woensdag 10 februari 2016

VROOOM - UPCOMING + 'Between The Frames...'

Here's a quick rundown of upcoming VROOOM shows:

February 17:
Vrooom's READYMADE #1:
Dennis Verschoor, Jorrit Westerhof, Henk bakker, Memory stream, Hugo Costa

@ Poortgebouw - Stieltjesstraat 38, Rotterdam


April 6: PAUL DE JONG (nl / The Books) + LUCAS ABELA (au)
@ PINK PANK - Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam

@ WORM - Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

More info to be announced.

Meanwhile, check out TOMOKO SAUVAGE, tomorrow during

: Japanese Experimental Film/Sound Marathon'
Wednesday, February 11, 2016.

Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam and Sandwich-Island present a multifaceted event of experimental film and sound from Japanese artists.
TOMOKO SAUVAGE (jp / live)
The delicate work of sound-artist Tomoko Sauvage deals with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled noise; resonating from water bowls of different sizes, and amplified with hydrophones. Sauvage has been giving performances and exhibitions in Europe, US, Canada and Japan, often as a solo artist, but also in collaboration with musicians and choreographers. Her works have been released by and/OAR (US), aposiopèse (BE), and Dokidoki editions (FR).


19.00 – 21.00
● JAPANESE EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS (prolific years | 1975-1980)

21.00 – 22.00
● TOMOKO SAUVAGE (live performance)

22.00 – 23.45
● FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969, feature film)

18.00 – 00.00 | presale: 6€ / door: 7€
Location: Worm – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

extensive info here:

zondag 17 januari 2016

Fri, Jan 22: VROOOM 34

– BMB CON. (Justin Bennett | Wikke 't Hooft | Roelf Toxopeus)
& DJ Frederic Van de Velde.

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 | entrance: €6


Our first in 2016! Vrooom's 34th will take place at our newly found habitat PINK PANK. The place where Post-Office also have their base. It's tough not to wax lyrical about percussionist Han Bennink's first live show at Vrooom, but the rest of this bill is also the stuff of micro legends: BMB Con = one of the most mystifying sound/performance collectives from The Netherlands. Wim Langenhoff = the Philips company's former jack-of-all-trades and ex- New Electric Chamber Music Ensemble electro hippie.

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. He never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects, and is still very fond of playing chairs. Bennink was a crucial figure for the creation of a European improvised music which developed a new identity from its jazz roots. With fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the musicians collective Instant Composers Pool in 1967. Oscar Jan Hoogland represents the fourth generation of Dutch improvisers in the lineage of Misha Mengelberg, Guus Janssen and Cor Fuhler; smart pianists/composers with an itch to make music that cuts across genres. Artists that don’t take themselves too seriously, but whose whimsical music has real bite and brainpower.

BMB Con. (Justin Bennett, Wikke 't Hooft en Roelf Toxopeus)
BMB Con is a longstanding performance group working with sound, image, and whatever else they get their hands on. BMB con. was formed in 1989 by Justin Bennett, Wikke 't Hooft and Roelf Toxopeus and acted mostly as a fixed trio. Since 2006 BMB con. is a collaboration between the BMB con. core duo and various individuals and groups depending on the occasion.

WIM LANGENHOFF (nl) aka Oscar Nuovo Electrico

Wim Langenhoff is an enigmatic figure; inventor & artist. He used to be the jack of all trades at the Philips compound. He invented the first Dutch D/A (Digital/Audio) convertor in 1965. As 'Oscar Nuovo Electrico' he became the driving force of the legendary New Electric Chamber Music Ensemble; a group of musicians and artists from Eindhoven that were pioneering electronic experimentation and improvision, which they started to incorporate in their 'happenings' (performances, paintings, lightshows) circa 1966. Later, Langenhoff became involved with the Instituut Voor Betaalbare Waanzin. Vrooom invites him in tribute to his inventions of whimsical contemporary electronics; the stuff that can fill up quite a few shelves in modern homes but still needed to be invented back in the day.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam

woensdag 30 december 2015

Thu, Jan 7: HIEROGLYPHIC BEING in Rotterdam

Prior to his studio time in its vintage synthesizer shack, Hieroglyphic Being will do a highly anticipated live set at Worm during a pilot of 'Discombobulated': Infusing Rotterdam's cityscape with the most unruly, adventurous, technoid music currently out there. Organised in
conjunction with Sandwich-Island
Don't miss it!

20.30 – 02.00 | presale: 8€ / door: 10€
Location: Worm – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam


Hieroglyphic Being is the alias of American techno producer Jamal R. Moss. Operating from Chicago, he naturally draws from that city’s dominant and enervating dance culture. Moss, however, looks both inwards and outwards to bring a richer, more sophisticated edge to his productions. Elusive but accessible, his music mixes elements of industrial jazz, rhythmic noise and cosmic house to dizzying effect. Jamal Moss has spent more than twenty years in the electronic underworld of Chicago and this rich experience has created his unique sound.

ASSEL (nl / anus records)
A maker of bruising, jarring techno, Assel is a promising electronica artist who caught our attention with his debut 10” vinyl (recently released on Anus Records). And just like that young (though growing) Rotterdam based label, Assel has a healthy preference for choosing untrodden sonic paths; always on the lookout for new angles to create his music from. Clone compared him to Tuff Sherm, and we might add a little Powell into the mix.

PAUL DU LAC (nl / bio rhythm)
Rotterdam based Paul du Lac started DJing in the early nineties. He became a key figure in the Dutch electronica underground; shunning the limelight to concentrate on his internationally respected Bio Rhythm record label and to craft rough jacking house/techno tracks. At the core of his output are his relentless - and highly esoteric - DJ sets; fluidly incorporating anything from mutant house, techno/electro noir and wave. We expect a more industrial / EBM-ish direction on this night.

Describing Parrish Smith can be quite a task, given the elusive nature of his music. But that's also why he finds himself as part of tonight's line up. Beginning his musical odyssey as teenage metal and rock fan, Parrish Smith gradually developed a taste for harsh sounds. In his "forbidding" but elegant DJ sets he will not look to manage expectations, but allow the tracks dictate the course (not the other way around). Stick with him until the end and you'll be in for one refreshing rush.

zondag 13 december 2015

Thu, Dec 17: VROOOM x DE PLAYER's festive end of the year shredder!

DE PLAYER and VROOOM's festive end of the year shredder. A collective happening where we'll ponder about 2016 and shed Liliputian tears over - and wave goodbyebye to - 2015.
– Goodiepal & friends
– Philipp Ernsting
– Red Brut
– Henk Bakr
– Gonçalo Almeida
– Lukas Simonis
– DJ Raging Ego

location: DE PLAYER - Hillelaan 49d, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 hrs | entrance: € 6


VROOOM's Shred-o-mat with: Philipp Ernsting, Red Brut, Henk Bakr, Gonçalo Almeida, Lukas Simonis

The (music) video 'shred' is a cultural phenomenon, arguably based on the flashy, fast metalized guitar playing (= shredding). It has taken on its own life in recent years. Artists from a wide variety of backgrounds are re-hashing and reinterpreting existing music videos and other things; spoofs of Steve Vai's smug live-in-concert noodling or reharmonizations of crazy people ranting. There's even musicless music videos; a playground for bastardized sound design. The shred can manifest itself in many different alternate takes. Together with the local artists of tonite's line up we will pick a few videos that will be tossed into the shredder for some improvised live treatment!


Goodiepal is a controversial Danish/Faroese musician/composer whose long list of antics are rooted in his oddbal artistic output. He does performances and lectures (on the future of computer music, his own compositional practices and resonance computing). From 2004 till 2008 he was the head of the electronic music department and a teacher at DIEM (Danish Institute for Electro-acoustic Music) at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. He is the author of two books: “Radical Computer Music & Fantastisk Mediemanipulation” and “El Camino Del Hardcore – Rejsen Til Nordens Indre”. He travelled very long distances only using his home-made cabin bike named 'Kommunal Klon Komputer 2', providing electric power during concerts with the help of its dynamo system. His international tours included 150 universities. Goodiepal has given away money and most of his belongings; in 2011 he published an 'album object' containing a 500 Danish Crowns note, and sold it for 250 Danish Crowns. During the 2012 edition of the Transmediale fest, Goodiepal shipped his belongings over and subsequently gave them away; dubbed as the 'MORT AUX VACHES EKSTRA EXTRA – THE GIVE AWAY!' performance.

Tonight's show sees him joining forces with Daniel S. Bøtcher + Grøn + Nynne Roberta Pedersen Pedersen for a set described by Goodiepal himself as "Scandinavian Nordic Dreamy Synth Music". But knowing him, it will probably be much more than that!


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam

maandag 30 november 2015

'Ein Abend in WORM' w/ Asmus Tietchens, Transport & more.


The continuation of the unique event series for original (pop)music culture & art made on German soil. In previous years cult acts like PALAIS SCHAUMBURG, BODENSTÄNDIG 2000, DER PLAN, CHRIS IMLER, and ECHO KRANK all found their way to ‘Ein Abend In WORM’. This should be enough of an indication to save this date! With kind support from Goethe-Institut Niederlande.

location: WORM - Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
doors / start : 20:30 | entrance: €7 | presale: €6

With kind support from Goethe-Institut Niederlande

Hamburg based Avantgarde composer Asmus Tietchens is one of the most important figures in non-academic electronic music and sound manipulation. Since the early 70s he has published more than 70 albums worldwide and collaborated with many notable sound artists. Asmus Tietchens' music draws on various musical genres; classical, electronic (both high and low-brow), minimalism, process music, all inform his sensibility. His sounds are both analytical and emotional, with a strong sensivity for the sources being used. The light rhythmic and melodic synth tunes from the early 80s almost seem an abberation in light of his later shift towards meticulous sound manipulations. To this day, Asmus Tietchens is actively releasing music, and spends the rest of the time being a theoretician, and music teacher.

Asmus Tietchens' performance will be expertly complimented by the electronic bricolage of DJ Zipo aka Till Kniola. He is also the main editor / curator of the Aufabwegen Magazine and label, which ranks as one of the most comprehensive, long running Fanzine-turned-Magazines, covering all things Post-Industrial, Ambient, Noise, and 'Geräuschmusik'. Aufabwegen published a monography on Asmus Tietchens in 1998, alongside a number of cd releases. For his part, Tietchens also contributes to Aufabwegen Magazine.

Transport is a young, very energetic band from the Ruhrgebiet, featuring instrumentalist Nils Herzogenrath, drummer Niklas Wandt (both also involved in German psychedelic pop group Ωracles / Oracles), and electronic composer Edis Ludwig. Drawing on early electronic music, Minimal, and the German Kosmische Musik of the 1970s specifically, Transport’s rocking improvisations are built around the slow and hypnotic variation of steady, Motorik drum and bass pulses, bursting into etheric synthesizer washes. Think Can’s “Mother Sky”, Ashra’s “New Age Of Earth” and Boredoms’ “Vision Creation New Sun” rolled into one tight sounding unit!

Following Amus and Zipo, The Transporters will also be your DJ hosts into the night, presenting a very tasty cocktail of Kraut / Dub / Afro / Kosmische Elektronische Musik, and a pinch of skewed disco.

MENEER VAN NU – visuals

Meneer van Nu learned the craftsmanship of moving images in the early 2000 in the clubs of Berlin. Based in NL since 2004, he currently accompanies several live projects; from free jazz to speed metal or abstract electronics, with sound-interactive visuals, around Europe.

maandag 23 november 2015

Thu, Nov 26: VROOOM #32 @ new Post Office

We're excited about the VROOOM initiation rite at the brand new Post Office headquarters, sandwiched right between Annabel and the Schieblock. This will be an evening dedicated to mindblowing performances by Eli Gras and Frédéric Le Junter, with their unique self-built instruments topped off with SK Kakraba's first live appearance in Rotterdam. Added ftw bonus: this new venue is the former Masonic lodge of Rotterdam.

date: Thursday, November 26
location: Post Office / Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 20:30 / entrance: €6

Frederic began to construct his unique instruments with found objects in 1984; a bizarre, partly mechanical assemblage of strings, winds and percussions. Little by little he managed to formulate a singular vocabulary of sounds that inspired him to consider music as landscape. Frederic presents his machines in the shape of 'automatic facilities' in exhibition centres and concert venues alike, giving partly improvised concerts.

Self-taught artist who has travelled a long musical path, from experimental to electropop, via Greek music, minimalism, folk, choral music, noise, etc. Eli's performance is based on experimental improvisation, using a portable set of instruments that she designed and built; sound plants, string-sequencer, bounce harp and prepared guitar. She has performed with many artists around Europe (Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Alain Wergifosse, etc.), and is founder / director of the NoNoLogic Festival (Spain) and the La Olla Expréss record label, and occasionally does workshops, and lectures.

SK KAKRABA (gh / Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Sk Kakraba was born in Saru, a small farming community in the northern region of Ghana, which is known for its many great xylophone players. His uncle, Kakraba Lobi, was one of the first gyil players to tour, lecture and record internationally. Sk Kakraba undertook traditional training in xylophone from a young age. Later, he was brought to Accra by his uncle to work as a performer and instructor at the International Center for African Music at the University of Ghana. From 2000, SK began touring internationally, performing in Jordan, Switzerland, and seven African countries. In 2002, he released his first recording “Gandayina: Xylophone Music of Ghana” (Pentatonic Press). In 2012 SK relocated to Los Angeles and began working with local musicians to create a new blend of traditional and modern music. He also began performing for children in schools and giving workshops to American music teachers. He is currently working on a book with Doug Goodkin of Gyil music adaptable to Orff instruments.

maandag 5 oktober 2015


Fri, Sat, Sun 9 - 11 OCTOBER:

DE PLAYER, VROOOM, Koffie & Ambacht, MiMa, Poortgebouw, foundation B.a.d, PAE, Noodlebar, Roodkapje, Wolfart Projectspace, De Nieuwe Ruimte - presents:




@ various locations in Rotterdam
€10,- for Friday or Saturday.
€15,- for a passepartout.
Sunday = FREE.

NZZN (North-South-South-North) is a 3-day festival initiated by DE PLAYER and VROOOM, organised in collaboration with other Rotterdam-based organisations / venues that operate on the fringes of the Rotterdam subculture; Koffie & Ambacht (Le Sud), MiMa, Poortgebouw, foundation B.a.d, PAE, Noodlebar, Roodkapje, Wolfart Projectspace, De Nieuwe Ruimte.

The festival highlights the network that is flourishing between these platforms; not merely to cement and emphasize the common grounds, but also to celebrate the creative nucleus. The small-scaled, decentralized events that take place in characteristic and sometimes unusual locations, are particularly beneficial for a lively, diverse cultural climate; just outside the defined city centre borders there is plenty of room for risktaking, experimentation and adventure.

NZZN seeks to map out and showcase this peripheral Rotterdam of leftfield music, sound art, improvisation, and performance art with a vibrant mix of international and local artists. The festival takes places in various locations in the North and South of Rotterdam, in walking distance between the locations.


[ 20.00 ] @ Studio de Bakkerij - Bergweg 283
• Pak Yan Lau (be/hk)
• Saskia Venegas (es)
• Mariëtte Rouppe Van Der Voort (nl)

[ 22.30 ] @ Roodkapje - Teilingerstraat 128
• Kubus (nl)
• Tom White (uk)
• Many Others (Francesco Gregoretti & Olivier di Placido) (it)
• DJ Madrotter (nl)


[ 20.00 ] @ Niffo Galerie / Recycling Studio – Paul Krugerstraat 210, Rotterdam
• Fckn Bstrds (nl)
• John Giskes en Michal Osowski (nl/pl)

[ 21.30 ] @ Damage Playground - Hillelaan 29, Rotterdam
• Zeno van den Broek (nl)
• Huib Emmer (nl)

[ 23.00 ] @ DE PLAYER – Hillelaan 49D, Rotterdam
• Tashi Dorji (Bhutan / us)
• Fluwelen Koord (be)
• Kent Tankred (se)


[ 15.00 ] @ Wolfart Projectspace - Wolphaertstraat 25-C
• Yann Gourdon (fr)
• Mercedes Azpilicueta (ar)
• Godswil (nl)


TASHI DORJI (Bhutan / us)
Guitarist from Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Now residing in North Carolina, Dorji developed a style unbound by tradition. His improvisations grow along surprising paths, dragging the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones. The experience is one equally disorienting and reflective, in which Dorji’s musicianship brings haunting beauty and mindfulness to the listener. Last year Dorji released his debut LP through Hermit Hut, the label of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance). Think: Bill Orcutt, Derek Bailey, and Jack Rose.

PAK YAN LAU (be / hk)
Pak Yan Lau is an artist born in Belgium, with origins from Hong Kong. Her love for curious sounding objects, toys, and toy pianos in particular, is demonstrated in her delicate sound mosaics. For the occasion of NZZN, Pak Yan will be presenting her piece 'Book of Toy'; a solo composition for four toy piano's, pendules, and electronics.

These four No Wave dandies prefer playing with their flutes over wetting their brushes in their painting studios. Fluwelen Koord is one of the latest additions in the Ultra Eczema camp; Belgium's backbone for unclassifiable music / sound art. Basically, this is a bunch of ill-bred art students being caught with their pants down, trying to channel their weird and wonderfully crude sound to the audience as good as they can.

The work of Tom White (London) traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance. He has exhibited and performed internationally and published many sound works since 2009 (on e.g. Chocolate Monk, Alien Passengers). In 2014 he won the British Composer Award in Sonic Art for his piece 'Public Address', commissioned by the South London Gallery.

The work of mister Van Den Broek revolves around space, spatiality and time. He uses Audio/Video to influence space and spatial awareness, both in a tactile and mental way. Zeno's output is released through albums, installations, paintings, and live performances.

Neapolitan drums & guitar duo founded by Francesco Gregoretti and Oliver di Placido, where guitar and drums often reverse roles. Oliver created a new hybrid guitar, with an unfixed neck and moving pick-up. Contact microphones are used for primitive realtime sound processing, blurring the lines between composition and improvisation, further intensified by explosive blast beats and complex polyhrythms.

• Panos Gklistis (piano)
• Robin Eggers (percussion)
• Timoteo Carbone (electronics)
Saskia Venegas is a Rotterdam based classically trained Spanish/Belgian violinist, and music theatre maker, who is not afraid to take part in a wide variety of musical ensembles; from Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras to interdisciplinary performances. She works with visual artists, dancers, and actors.



Visual artist, poet, and performer, currently in residency at the Rijksakademie. Language, the body and the voice – departing from her own peculiar resources and obsessions – are three things that often define her work; resulting in (video) performances, poetry readings and exhibitions.

Cult junk noise tribe risen from the cultural wasteland in the northern regions of suburban Netherlands. Their live shows are seizure-like manifestations of disorder with its members clad as rubbish heap vagrants.

Rotterdam based composer informed by 20th century avant-garde music and early techno. His gritty instrumental electronic pieces and A/V projects have been performed by many ensembles, soloists, and orchestras.

KUBUS (nl)
Producer behind some of the most upfront and extraordinary NL hiphop productions to appear throughout the last decade. Kubus' roots go back to the early rave days, where raw analogue beats and brutal electronics melted together into something unheard of. In this light it's no surprise that his current style is a unique fusion of techno, electro, and hiphop. He experiments with modular- and hardware synths, in constant search of new, wicked sounds.

Dutch saxophonist and flutist. Formerly active as initiator and musician for various projects in the composed and improvised music field during the eighties and nineties. She played with the electro-acoustic group Byte and formed a duo with Ab Baars. The piece that she made for NZZN consists of a song cycle inspired by excerpts of Kafka's 'The Burrow' and will be executed by Mariëtte and cellist Nina Hitz.

Hurdy-gurdy player, composer, and sound artist Yann Gourdon looks at vibratory fields and sound perception as a medium. He focuses mainly on acoustic phenomena that have a dynamic relationship with their environment. Every aspect of his work deals with quality of sound. It's not a matter of an event between spectators and a musician, it's 'a space to submit to a process.'

Hailing from Stockholm, Kent Tankred is a prominent name in sound art. He has been the president of the Fylkingen society between 1993-98, forms Sons of God with Leif Elggren, and has participated worldwide in the 'Freq Out' project of Carl Michael von Hausswolff. He is known for his circuit bent instruments that are represented in the form of collages, sound installations and recordings. Kent's self-built apparatus will be an integral part of his NZZN live show. Coinciding with his peformarnce, DE PLAYER will be presenting a new limited Kent Tankred record as part of their 'Pour Vous' series.

Dutch crate digger who has been living in a village outside Bandung, Indonesia for the last twenty years. He curates the amazing music blog linked below; chock full of great music from across Indonesia. Madrotter will spin many of his found treasures for the first time ever in Rotterdam: Jaipong (popular Indonesian dance music), early Dangut, Takdiran, bits of post-punk, etc.

LIGHT PAINTING – project w/ John Giskes (nl) & Michal Osowski (pl) & Ingrun Schnitzler (nl)
'Light Painting' is a newly developed technique where the light of small lamps in motion are recorded, stored, and transformed into a video projection that creates a brief visual experience. Various images are mixed up gradually into a dynamic and unpredictable narrative. The video images are generated by a performer who mimics specific motion patterns with these lamps attached to her/him.

One man harsh noise project that developed naturally from the frequent live noise musings during this man's own radioshow at Radio Papatoe.




This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam, City of Rotterdam Department of Culture, NFPK+,
Mondriaan Fonds