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Artist: THIELEMANS, ERIC
Title: Sprang
Format: LP
Label: Miasmah
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
“Adventurous Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans makes a fairly unusual entry into the Miasmah catalog with the surprisingly positive-sounding album Sprang. Thielemans has actually appeared on the label earlier -- as guest percussionist on Krengs debut album LAutopsie Phenomenal De Dieu. Although you can recognize the sound on this record, the main focus of Sprang is to revert to the pure joy of sound experimentation and letting go of your foothold. Thielemans previous exercises in expanding singular ideas and rituals in the two genre-bending and theoretical albums, A Snare Is a Bell & EARR Plays a Snare Is a Bell (SR 339CD), inevitably leads to Sprang. Embracing the bliss of working freely with his many percussion tools, he creates 11 pieces that are both instinctual and industrial. His impulses evoke a calm yet alive atmosphere where there is always movement. The tones of dripping water, settling dew, and flourishing plants of spring are juxtaposed with unexpected sounds of motion, of factory equipment, and gears turning. Though Sprang is a solo percussion album, its detail and depth is something wholly unique. Thielemans broadens his theory that there is always more to hear, more depth to interpret, and a way for the listener to add their own elements and create something new. A welcome addition to the Miasmah catalog, whose slogan "music for scenes and places" maybe never has been more spot-on.” - Miasmah.

Artist: THIELEMANS, ERIC
Title: EARR Plays A Snare Is A Bell
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00

Artist: THIELEMANS, ERIC
Title: EARR plays a Snare is a Bell
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"EARR plays a Snare is a Bell, is a revisitation of the roll and its overtones by an ensemble of musicians with very different musical backgrounds. The choice of musicians is above all a heart thing. I love hearing and seeing what they play. I like their recipes and the special cookies they bake. And I like sitting down and watching the stars with them.
"So It started again with my snare drum and voice in a room, and we all listened and added voices and sounds to what we were hearing. As if we were all fishes in a stream. Sometimes just swimming, sometimes wanting to show ourselves, wanting to be heard, making sounds and noises, adding to that stream, sometimes just floating, breathing, hanging in there. And sometimes we heard not only single sounds but many sounds together and sometimes we heard a song. And we started to think about where all these sounds, songs and noises were coming from. And where they were going to. And we thought of all those recipes in all our grandmas and grandpas cookbooks, and all their grandmas and grandpas, and we started to feel simple and happy.
Happy fishes in a big stream, watching the stars." -Sub Rosa.

Artist: THIELEMANS, ERIC
Title: A Snare Is A Bell
Format: LP
Label: Ultra Eczema
Country: Belgium
Price: $28.00
"This is the first in a series of solo percussion LPs on Ultra Eczema titled STS. A meditative psychedelic experience is what I would like to call this, though I realize I make it sound like a silly zen blowout, and thats not what it feels like at all! When I first saw it live in a giant church in Mechelen, Belgium, I was yelling this is the best show of the year. I thought there wouldnt be an end to it and didnt even feel a build-up to a more tense sound or a drone. There was a difference in resonating sound and it definitely changed, but as with more constructive minimalists such as Steve Reich or maybe even Terry Riley, you cant tell when things change. That experience got enlarged as well by the scenography he played in, a splendid eye-torturing construction, built especially for this piece by Antwerp-based sculptor Filip Metten. On record it feels different of course, as you can skip the needle up and down to the end and back, you can hear an enormous tension and sound difference. Though this piece is written for only a snare drum and a tiny bit of vocals (resonating with the snare drum) it sounds like either 20 people on a snaredrum, like if Glen Branca would invite 567 people playing the exact same snare roll, or like a choir, and by the end definitely like the sound of a Whitehouse LP; building up strongly to the point of absolute silence, which feels like a relief! This piece is based on a snare roll which changes 3 times. Live, this piece can go up to an hour or longer, on this record, it is one full side. The B-side is a psychedelic etch! Eric Thielemans is based in Antwerp, Belgium and has made percussive pieces for theatre, has played psychedelic guitar music with Mauro Pawlowski, spaced free music with Sickboy and Cassisini Division and a ton load of great free jazz with Andre Goudbeek and Peter Jacquemyn. This record is limited to 500 copies, has an insert and comes in a duo colored psychic design by Dennis Tyfus." -Ultra Eczema

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