About ten years ago, my attention was drawn to the performance of a young free jamming musician. He improvised in a very naturally structured way with a miniature orchestra of unconventional soundobjects, small wind, string and percussion instruments, environmental sounds, etc. His live performance is like a "nouvelle cuisine" of subtle sound selection, adding spice with primitive electronic tools by morfing the sound plate. Recently, this guy (named Timo van Luijk) got in touch with me and the P-ART world. He also exchanged copies of my record "Meta" (1983), and my Anthology Box (1985) with friends in Europe and Japan.
In the digital age of music, Af Ursin (aka Timo van Luyk / born Finland, 1967) prefers the "old fashion" medium of warm, analog vinyl sound for his music productions. In the meanwhile, he released remarkable records. During his Japanese tour in the summer of 2003, Af Ursin performed fragile sounds, impure noises, and strips of silence in a program of deafening techno and noisemusic. "Are you a Buddhist?", whispered the Japanese audience.
Sound is a fascinating vibration that can take any form.
Intangible but you can feel it. Becomes or doesn't become music.
Speaks volumes without words. Speaks for itself.
I'm interested to explore sound and its identity through physical vibration,
mainly with cheap or defected acoustic instruments (wind, string, percussion)
which I find very charming; they have a strong individual character and they
stand completely opposite to the actual technological consumption society.
I'm interested in improvisation, the expression of the moment where playing
becomes a method of employing the mind without thinking.
Following your intuition without fixed rules or reference, a sense of freedom.
I'm interested in the world of the irrational, tenuous or surreal; creating atmospheres where everything is possible through sound manipulation; modification of instruments
or different ways of recording and processing sound.
Live performances happen occasionally and take place in the same spirit; structured improvisations on a small set of miniature acoustic instruments with slight manipulation,
partly amplified, on remarkably low volume.
Click and listen to the short excerpt (600k, in mp3 format) of Twilight Silhouette, track 1 on my CD "2me Fascicule"(< click).
Live setting: Autoharp, toypiano, monochord, trumpet, small drums and cymbals, musical box, mirror, glass, tapedelay, spring reverb, portable cassette recorders and other objects amplified with microphone, contact microphone, megaphone otherwise acoustic.
Photos taken at live show in Kobe (Japan) May 2003 by © Sunao Inami
Other musical activities:
Together with Raymond Dijkstra member of ASRA.
Projects with NOISE MAKER'S FIFES, now more on irregular basis.
Participation in sessions with musicians from the Belgian free jazz scene.
Occasional sound creations for theatre and dance.
Record label "La Scie Dorée" since 2000.
Selective discography :
- 7'' :
- Aurinko/Korale (Rund um den Watzmann 1997)
- Hauskaa Joulua (Meeuw Muzak 1998)
- LP :
-AF URSIN: Murrille : LP : Scie 102 - 2002
-AF URSIN: 2me Fascicule : CDR : Scie 203 - 2003
-KRIS VANDERSTRAETEN - TIMO VAN LUIJK: High Noon : LP : Scie 305 - 2005
-AF URSIN: Aura Legato : LP : Scie 405 - 2005
-KRIS VANDERSTRAETEN - TIMO VAN LUIJK: Costa del Luna : LP : Scie 507 - 2007
-AF URSIN: Aika : LP : Scie 608 - 2008
- CDR :
- Die Antizipation des Generalised Other (SHMF 2002)
- 2me Fascicule (La Scie Dorée 2003)
- Various releases on different formats with NOISE MAKER'S FIFES (1992-1998)
- LP : ASRA : Souvenir à Asra (with Raymond Dijkstra) (Le Souffleur 2003)
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