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Burial Grid – Negative Space

Negative Space is meant to be the soundtrack to the same-titled new horror novel by B.R. Yeager, but it also serves as an uncanny musical representation of the current Covid-19 crisis. The novel also serves as a nice distraction. While we are in social isolation in The Netherlands, reading a book instead of watching a Netflix series brings more peace and produces another kind of distraction.

To be honest, I’ve only read the first few pages of Negative Space, but I like it and I am curious about the way the story will unfold. The novel follows four friends who are while struggling with a small-town suicide epidemic, drawn to WHORL, a synthetic hallucinogen that brings them into contact with ghosts. Love to finish the novel.

Meanwhile, the soundtrack by Burial Grid does a good job as ambient for my temporary home office. Although Adam Michael Kozak calls it ‘horrorsynths’, his compositions (all between three and six minutes) range from dark ambient to synth-drones with film music tropes (Jong Carpenter, anyone?). While sounding uncanny and dark, Kozak’s music also leaves a lot of room for personal interpretation. His production is light like the music is floating on air. It brings to life the ghosts that play an important part in the novel.

The open sound benefits from Kozak’s recording setup: his studio is filled with analogue en digital equipment. Besides a Kurzweil K2000, Korg MS20, Minilogue and Wavestation, Roland TR-8 and Waldorf Blofeld, he also uses field recordings to help shape his sound. It gives Negative Space that lively touch, situating you as a listener in the music: there is no escape.

Nice detail: if you buy Negative Space at Burial Grid’s Bandcamp the money will be donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Negative Space, the soundtrack, is released on Burial Grid’s Bandcamp. The novel Negative Space is published by Apocalypse Party.

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Sounds from the Rocking Chair

One of the coolest and most interesting labels from Amsterdam is already going strong for over a decade: Moving Furniture is a haven for qualitative experimental, mostly digital music.

The back catalogue is impressive: most known experimental composers and musicians in The Netherlands released their music on the label. Owner Sietse van Erve is a key figure in Amsterdam’s experimental electronic music scene.

It isn’t easy to keep up such an effort in the current musical landscape. A lot of labels are struggling and have a difficult time. At the end of last year, Van Erve announced a successful crowdfunding campaign. He also asked musicians for help. This compilation is the result. Twentyfour musicians contributed to Sounds from the Rocking Chair. Most of them teamed up in pairs and composed new music dedicated to the campaign.

The result is one of the coolest compilations of mostly Dutch experimental electronics. Resulting in over sixty minutes of cutting-edge ambient, noise, drones, modular synthesizers, modern classical and mixtures of all of these genres. Making Sounds from the Rocking Chair also an excellent introduction into the world of Moving Furniture.

Personal favourites? The ice-cold collaboration between Radboud Mens and BJ Nilsen, and the gloomy ‘Piano Music Redux’ by Freiband and Orphax (label owner Van Erve himself). But every track on this compilation is worth a listen.

The successful crowdfunding already led to a beautiful release by Tongues of Mount Meru. Make sure to check it out on Bandcamp.

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Sounds from the Rocking Chair is released by Moving Furniture.