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"The music of
deals with ways of approaching and conceptualizing ambient sound, of abstracting sounds from the world until they become much more than documentary observations. The music plays with some referential material (are they field recordings? digitally generated? does it matter?), a very wide dynamic range (to encourage active listening), evocative and even dramatic structures but also forbiddingly impersonal distance. It toys with the notion of 'ambient music' (as New Age wallpaper) by using ambiences to create deeply involving compositions which change as one changes one's listening focus. This music is open to any interpretation, or no interpretation at all. This is Meelkop's second CD on Intransitive. He is also a member of Kapotte Muziek, Goem, THU20, and the Audio.nl label. Previous albums have appeared on Mego, trente oiseaux, Staalplaat, 12k, Raster-Noton, and CMR."
"Roel Meelkop's musical activities date back to the early 1980s when he started influential group THU20, with Jac van Bussel, Peter Duimelinks, Jos Smolders and Guido Doesborg. The working method of THU20 included many discussions about how to compose and why. This period was crucial in forming his ideas and concepts about sound and how to organize it, but it was not until the mid nineties that he was able to fully realize these ideas. The purchase of a sampler and later a computer radically changed his possibilities of working with sound, offering infinitely more control and freedom. Since then he has worked steadily on a body of work with releases on such labels as Trente Oiseaux (Germany), Staalplaat (Netherlands) and Intransitive (US)."
Index of Artists