The new album ‘Deeper Ground’ is almost ready. It is something different. All eight songs were composed on polysynths, messing around with chord progressions. It was a very interesting process seeing the songs develop. The main idea was to create lush synthesizer-pop kind of songs, with only synths, Linn drum samples and some vocals. No guitars and organs. This principle I kept. Ofcourse the songs themselves pushed me into a different direction.
the first three songs were made I had to take a break. The new songs
that I made after some time had a different character. I liked it. They
actually had a very nice sound and feel. So I returned to the first
three songs and gave them the same vibe. Some songs I had to break down
So what we have now is five tracks with vocals and three instrumental tracks. I used to avoid a lot of chord changes because I like modal scale, so that’s new. The drum sound also makes it different. Apart from Astral Son I haven’t done much singing in productions. I used my voice as an additional melodic sound, with meaning ofcourse. Since I love analogue sound the album is packed with it. I’d say it is very warm and melodic as well.
At the moment I am happy with the album. I think it is one of the best things I’ve done. I’ve dedicated my composing and production skills to the making of an album that has the potential to attract a wider audience that normally would’t listen to electronic music. Only thing is that I’m confused and don’t know yet how to release because it isn’t instrumental electronic or psychedelic. So it will probably be next year!
In 2014/15 I made a couple of spontaneous tracks without thinking too much. They are a bit dark & mysterious, cosmic/psychedelic/electronic with arpeggio’s swirling, random synth patterns, distant space guitar solo’s, gliss and ofcourse hiss, hum, background noises and other things that make it lo-fi. I have remastered the songs for this special release keeping the atmosphere as it was. Looking back on these songs I can tell I was very much influenced by Edgar Froese, Manuel Göttsching and Daevid Allen.
In a nice flow I made three instrumental synthesizer tracks this week. On only one of them I played guitar, the same pattern over and over, alongside a sequence.. There are dreamy parts, just sounds moving around, sparse melodies, if any. I used the setup that I played at ESE with an additional poly synth. The mood is pretty calm and serene.
Our Electric Spectrum Experience live Electronic music festival was a succes. We had around 30 visitors, EM lovers, EM musicians, EM dj’s from the Netherlands, Germany, England and even Russia. The atmosphere was great and people were able to talk with old friends and meet new people from the scene.
As a festival we’ve grown. As musicians we also gained experience and I was very pleased with the sound and cooperation with the people from Muziek Organisatie Noord. Things like this need time to develop.
The performances were done by: Phrozenlight, Albert Steenbergen, René van der Wouden and of course Phrozen Weaver and Son of Ohm. And we had a little guest Ansgar Stock from Germany who joined our jam session. Unfortunately Albert wasn’t allowed to play his laser harp! Because of the smoke machine and fire alarm… What a pity.
We feel ESE deserves continuation and found a place in the EM scene. We may have some exciting developments for the next time. There is a need for live electronic music happenings, a place for musicians to play live and to meet people. We will see what happens.
Here is a German review of ESE by long time visitor Alfred Arnold from the electronic music webzine EM Pulsiv: EM in Hollands Norden
It was lovely to meet Harald Gramberg from Hippiesland. He wrote a nice report here
It was also nice to see John Valk Waveman (EM Expert from Underground-ÄxpÄrten) and Norman van Krimpen from STYLZ-Radio. Among the audience also were Hans van Kroonenburg, Ruud Heij & Marcel Engels from Free System Project and Bas Broekhuis, to name a few. Phil Booth has been visiting us from the beginning and most of the pictures shown here were made by him. He cames together with Michael Shipway from Volt. Arend and Gert who played with us last year were also present.
The Electric Spectrum Experience was organised by Bert Hulshoff (Phrozenlight) and me. Because we like to play on stage and for the joy it brings getting people together. We are delighted to have wonderful guest musicians and looking forward to a bright future!
This album has a whole different approach. It was made from studio jam sessions with synths, sequencers, space guitar and looper. I was searching for a way of free expression, direct and spontaneous. On the previous album Paradigma I was heading in this direction and I just followed the trail.
The core of this album are live studio sessions with synths, sequencers, space guitar & looper.
Some notes: Telefunken Baby! was recorded mono on reel to reel tape, then mixed live through a space-echo device; only bass was added later. The Endlos session was recorded on two track; drums, tabla, lead guitar & additional synth were overdubbed. Third Rock is a long two track jam; drums & some synth/tape effects and a touch of gliss were added later.
Instruments : Four analog synthesizers, two sequencers, looper, floor tom, low tom, snare, tabla, cymbals, egg, tambourine, tingsha, electric guitar, bass guitar, effects.
High resolution 24 bit/ 88,2 kHz download provided on Bandcamp.
I’m going to do a solo live performance and a Phrozen Weaver session with Phrozenlight at ESE. I will bring a bunch of synths, sequencers, looper and space guitar.
In preparation to the event did I a lot of live studio sessions with sequencer, looper, synths and space guitar. From some of the recordings I made a new Son of Ohm album. So the album is centered round spontaneous two track recordings with overdubs and several treatments. It has a very strong early krautrock feel and at times it is even lo-fi.
“Filled with perfumes of analog tones and with psychedelic vibes, Paradigma is another fine album from Son of Ohm who never stops to amaze with its sweet motorik beats”
A very beautiful album from Son of Ohm, PARADIGMA is got to be added to a discography full of very good albums from the Netherlands musician. For a little that we love these charms of an EM drenched in psybient and animated with motorik rhythms for Zombies marinated in THC, this album is a necessity. Like all the albums of Son Of Ohm by the way! Simply very good! Sylvain Lupari (April 19th, 2019) ****
This is absolutely fantastic! The smell, the noises it makes, it is alive…. And recording. Just mono, but that’s fine. I will let her run while I’m playing stuff, why not? It is a different feeling and I love it!
I just found an old reel in a second hand shop. There’s old German schlager on it. Could have been something more exciting. But anyway, it made me pull out the old machine.
On of my first experiments….
This is a cosmic joke. I didn’t want to have the original recording still sounding, but hey! This is fun stuff!!!
On the 22nd of June I’m going to do a live performance at Electric Spectrum Experience in Groningen. Preparations have long started. Currently I’m arranging my guitar pedal board. I narrowed it down to some essential pedals. It is all about tone. I changed the chain a bit. I decided to use the stereo outputs from the Electric Mistress Deluxe to create a lush stereo image. It is wonderful! I had to chain the echo unit in mono for that but it sounds brilliant this way. Furthermore I’m experimenting with the Sansamp GT2 (Tube amp emulator) because I don’t want to use my real tube amp setup. After some trial and error the sound is coming out really nice now.
In addition I’m going to use a looper that will synchronize with a sequencer. So I can drive a Moog Minitaur sequence and do some guitar looping with it! Really cool! I will also bring the Sub Phatty and probably another synth or two…
Main focus now is the Tone. And reducing the amount of devices. Creativity flowing in many directions!