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Various Weights

by Frans de Waard & Martijn Comes

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Buy all three Martijn Comes releases on Moving Furniture Records in one order.
    Contains his collaboration with Frans de Waard, his split LP with Giulio Aldinucci and his solo album with remixes on double CD

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Get three Frans de Waard releases on Moving Furniture Records.
    Includes his collaboration with Martijn Comes on CD. His collaboration with Richard Youngs and Peter Johan Nyland, and his solo CD as Modelbau.

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  • Special Edition with Bonus Album "Live in de Ruimte"
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Buy the CD with a limited to 50 copies bonus CD-R in hand-stamped and assembled artwork containing the live performance the Martijn Comes & Frans de Waard had during The Moving Furniture Records Festival 2019, on September 14th, 2019 at De Ruimte in Amsterdam.

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In sound art, concepts often take precedence over the actual music. Here, there were none. For their first collaboration, Frans de Waard and Martijn Comes decided on a strikingly simple approach: Each artist compiled a pool of sounds for the other to use as a point of departure. Comes worked with various analog synth- and field recordings by de Waard (including, among others, a Korg MS20 and Koma Field FX). The latter was sent a processed stylophone recording, a sample loop as well as recordings of the Web's first Software-Defined Radio by the University of Twente.

The results, now released as Various Weights, are two epic and immersive pieces. On "Boundary of Intersections", Comes focuses on  deep sonorities and harmonics, developing his materials into a mind-expanding drone zone. De Waard's "There are no two pianos" is more subdued, hovering mysteriously at the cusp of acousmatic research and sonic minimalism. Both pieces share a slightly uneasy, surreal feeling - perfectly captured by Bas Mantel's artwork, which was a direct response to the sounds contained on the disc.

The bonus-CD to this release, limited to 50 copies, contains a full 35-minute performance by both artists at De Ruimte Amsterdam after the project had been completed. Magically, the music appears to be a direct continuation of the album tracks. As such, Various Weights ingeniously juxtaposes live- and studio techniques, solo and duo work, spontaneous improvisation and meticulous composition. That, whether the artists intended it that way or not, probably makes it a concept album after all.

Tobias Fischer, March 2020

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released April 24, 2020

Music recorded 2018-2019 by Martijn Comes & Frans de Waard.
Mastered by Martijn Comes
Artwork & Design by Bas Mantel

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Martijn Comes Bloemendaal, Netherlands

Martijn Comes (1979) is a Dutch composer who is specialized in new media, sound design and electro-acoustic composition. He graduated at the academy for Digital Communications in 2004 with a thesis on live stage performance with the aid of digital media and studied Composition for Film at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (2010). ... more

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