take a psychedelic trip and reach the high of herman.
For Gonzo (Circus) Magazine I made a special mixtape. With IFFR and Sound//Vision in mind I I was inspired to use film(ic) music without historical or geographical boundaries. For your listening pleasure off course!!!
For Füsun Türetken we edited ‘a new version of Alchemic Desire, On The Most Powerful Catalyst On The Planet’. The new film will be screened at Impakt Festival – Alchemic Materials.
What drew you to street photography initially?
The shortest answer is that beauty and magic can be found everywhere as soon as you go out of the house. Next to that, I always consider myself an absolute beginner and street photography is my best teacher to learn and grow as a photographer and as a person.
You have to deal with the unexpected and you need to make split second decisions that deal with technical aspects (shutter speed), aesthetics (framing) and dealing with your fellow humans. I am still experiencing fear as I put my camera in front of somebody in let’s say, a supermarket. Because of this fear I have missed many opportunities. At one point I realized that experiencing fear is one of the best signals for a good photographic moment. You have to dive in.
On your Flickr profile, you mention that you have an interest in the “total scope of things” and this makes developing a singular style a challenge. I’ve felt the same way before, after all, the world is a place of great variety. Do you feel like the “richness in people and culture” can truly be captured and documented in photography?
I’m very much like a sponge, I want to absorb, understand and appreciate everything. My broad interest is a talent and enriching but also it is tiring and lacking consistency. But to answer your question: Of course! Taken in consideration that there is music, poetry, history and so on to document fully it takes one good photograph to capture truly. I live in Rotterdam which is a city with people of so many different nationalities. They all bring something into the rich mix and I sincerely love that about this town. It gives interesting contrasts and color on so many levels. (Also in black and white.)
You have a way with light! I love the way you use it to make images seem more intimate. How do you do it? What do you look for in lighting?
I am always sensitive and aware of shadow and light. It is that what can make or break an image and more so turn the ordinary in something extraordinary. First of all, it is a matter of always having your camera with you. When the light is special immediately alarm bells go off in my mind trying to use the opportunity to photograph. And I use an electronic viewfinder so I can actually see what I will be shooting. Tilting your camera a little bit up or down can have a drastic change in contrast and light. I really explore those possibilities and try to frame from an angle that gives the most beautiful light.
Do you have any tips for people who are new to street photography?
Like I said earlier, the best tip is to always have a camera with you. The best pictures I ever took are all made on film with an Olympus Mju II. It fitted perfectly in my pocket and when a photographic moment occurred I was able to capture it. It is such a horrible feeling when you have to say to yourself; oooohhh I wish I had my camera with me… You can never capture that moment again.
And I think it is best to have a very broad definition of ‘street’ photography. For me the street can be inside, outside, in cities, villages and in nature. It is a state of mind. To be able to see beyond the mundane.
In addition, I am an auditory person and I love the art of field recording which has many similarities with street photography. Only with sound you can not leave anything outside of the frame and you have to able to capture for long periods of time. Besides having a photographic eye I invite everybody to develop a photographic ear. If you are interested you can check out my release ‘The Sounds of Hokkaido‘ on ‘Greenfield Recordings.’ In the added pdf you can also find some extra images.
To see more of Robert’s work, please visit his Flickr page.
SUN 2 OCT ’16 – CONCERT MIMA 54: FRANCE (FR) + EKLIN Overdriven hurdy-gurdy versus enigmatic trance rock
MIMA 54: FRANCE (FR) + EKLIN
Imagine Tony Conrad & Faust reincarnated as a French punk trio in 2016, using only a minimal drum kit, bass guitar and hurdy-gurdy to drone you into another dimension. The set-up is simple but the results are mind-blowing. Repetitive pulsating rhythms, with pounding overtones created by the overdriven hurdy-gurdy. Obviously this stuff works best in a live-setting, with the amps cranked up to 11. France are loud, deep and trance-inducing.
Shapeshifting collective around Michiel Klein. Eklin started as a fairly abstract instrumental electronix trio in 2009 but evolved into a five piece band that produced a strange hybrid of atmospheric dreampop with female vocals and dubbed out trance rock as heard on their full-length Onwa. Nowadays Eklin seems to be operating mainly as a live unit with an ever changing line-up, chunking out improvised instrumental jams that focusses on their trance rock aspect.
Line-up during this concert:
Arvind Ganga (Every Bolt Rumbling): guitar
Robert Kroos (Duckfood, Torture Corpse, Tharpa Jigme): drone instrument
Marijn Verbiesen (Red Brut, Sweat Tongue): drums
Michiel Klein: (Sweat Tongue, Lewsberg): bass guitar
Fri 30 Sept > Rebel Up’s Duckfood @ Pantropical x Arab Film Festival: Gan Gah ≈ Deena Abdelwahed ≈ Tropikal Camel
PANTROPICAL x ARAB FILM FESTIVAL:
–– GAN GAH (ma)
–– DEENA ABDELWAHED (tn)
–– TROPIKAL CAMEL (il)
–– DUCKFOOD (nl)
♒ Arab dance / electronica, Morrocan bass ♒
Pantropical x Arab Film Festival is an integral part of the annual Arab Film festival [http://
≈ GAN GAH (ma | low up)
He’s on the rise; Gan Gah is a young, DJ / producer fed by traditional Gnawa and Berber rythms since he was born in the suburbs of Agadir. Now based in Brussels, he knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats. Offering a clever combination of club music and traditional North-African music, Gan Gah’s first EP “Souktronics” shows his love for both his Moroccan roots and modern electronic music. Moroccan Bass, you said?
≈ DEENA ABDELWAHED (tn | infiné)
As the main female representative of this generation of Tunisian DJs and producers, Deena Abdelwahed is not one to pander to commercial trends. She explores the urban rythms in the aftermath of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution, where social conservatism has been on the rise and only a few clubs adapt to innovation. Deena caters to those who seek alternatives to electronic music parties that either serve as lazy entertainment or an excuse to blow off steam and vent social frustration. In the past few years, since moving to Toulouse, Deena has made herself heard at music festivals all around Europe winning over crowds with her energetic music.
≈ TROPIKAL CAMEL (il | arabstazy, shouka)
The Afro-haired electronica/beats/global bass shaman from Jerusalem; Tropikal Camel aka Rocky B Assayag is a musical explorer traversing genres, creating an original musical language; a journey into Jerusalem’s unique sound and a fusion of Bass, Techno, Hip-Hop and the raw rhythms of tribal Middle- Eastern and North-African music.
≈ DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up, pantropical)
Duckfood’s massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance, so who else to ask for this Pantropical x Arab Camera special? His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Just dig in!
■ DJ TETRIS (mx | n.a.a.f.i., guaracha)
DJ Tetris, from the southern state of Oaxaca, has been a key part of the Mexican tribal guarachero scene for quite some time now. The origins of this particular style of dance music are from Monterrey and is characterized by the use of pre-hispanic rhythms, cumbia, and electronic beats, mixed with flute melodies, accordeon and synthesizers. With his signature style (a mix of tribal guarachero, Mexican fanfare, Mariachi en musica norteña Tetris quickly found a home with the N.A.A.F.I. collective (Lao, Siete Catorce, Mexican Jihad, Fausto Bahia). N.A.A.F.I. are famed for their special events and their unconventional ways of celebrating street/subculture. Tetris’ ultra-danceable ‘Costeño’ came out on N.A.A.F.I. in 2014.
■ DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up!, pantropical)
Always on the search for new sounds from around the globe, Duckfood’s massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Duckfood is connected to both Rebel Up! and Pantropical.
■ CHRISTIAN BAAS (nl | meanwhile in manolya, pantropical)
We threw him in the deep end with his maiden Pantropical set at the MDOU MOCTAR / ChupameElDedo double bill (14.07.16), but this young man unequivally impressed with his skilful set, that even ended up as a live jam with Mdou’s 2nd guitarist.
28 July – From 21.00 till 2.00
LOCATION: Paviljoen aan het Water – Brielselaan 157, R’dam
entrance 5 euro [Subbacultcha members: free]
Het eerste zomerevenement van International Film Festival Rotterdam is een feit! Van 13 tot en met 17 juli slaat IFFR zijn tenten op in het Museumpark met IFFR White Nights. Overdag kun je op het terrein in kleine tenten doorlopend korte films bekijken, en ’s avonds licht een lange speelfilm de grote, centrale tent sprookjesachtig op.
Rode draad van IFFR White Nights is de potentie van al het talent dat door de vele vluchtelingen in Europa aanklopt. De White Nights zijn de slapeloze nachten van Europa (of die nu worden gevoed door empathie of argwaan) over de grote aantallen asielzoekers die op het continent hun heil zoeken. Naast bijzondere films uit landen als Syrië, Irak, Pakistan, Egypte, Palestina, Libanon en Tunesië zijn er boeiende tafelgesprekken met interessante gasten, workshops, kun je kennis maken met de Arabische keuken en genieten van de mooiste muziek. Het terrein én de films zijn gratis toegankelijk!
Zondag 17 Juli
Dagelijks programma 14:00 – 23:00
Zenith Fusion festival takes place on 24, 25 and 26 June, thereby kicking off the festival season. The first day, 24.06, is known as the folkloric Midsummer (”Enyovden”) marked by the Summer Solstice and is one of the country’s most vivid and joyful folklore traditions. Only 300 tickets available!
Find us at the Unesco heritage mountain village of Dolen, an architectural reserve, hosting a beautiful historic center, fun grandmothers, breathtaking panorama’s and of course… a staggeringly beautiful amphitheater.
Rebel Up! SebCat & Duckfood will play friday night 24 june, during the summer solstice.
Further lineup > Oratnitza, Merudia, Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs, Tupani i Gaidi, Gypsy Box, Dharba, The Bedlam Club, Vataff Project, Lazy Face Selector, Zornitza, Misirli, Svetlana Spanic & more!
24-25-26 june @ Dolen village (Blagoevgrad province)
thu 23 june > Also Rebel Up! set at Art Hostel in Sofia (FREE!)
Lichun Tseng’s JianJian film-installation will be exposed @ EYE: Close-Up – A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands. With sounddesign by Duckfood.
“In the exhibition we present the installation jianjian, which means so much as ‘gradually’ or ‘bit by bit’. The installation consists of three 16mm loops, different in length, which move independently of one another. With this, Tseng wants to record how black-and-white and colour, and sounds and images relate to one another. The linear viewing experience of a single channel film has been completely eliminated, resulting in a contemplative audiovisual experience. Sound design by Robert Kroos. More about this fascinating artist:http://lichuntseng.com/art/
After their horror-trip to Europe the ERITREAN REFUGESS from Havenstraat get a chance to Listening and playing Eritrean music, dancing and enjoying their home food at OCCII together with Rebel Up! DJ SebCat & Duckfood
Please bring instruments/cloths/Donation for all Refugees that are housed at the old prison Havenstraat here at Amstelveenseweg.
De Syrische Nezar (gitaar), Kenan (klarinet) en Shadi (trommel/drum) vormden in hun land de band Passion. In Syrië speelden ze in het professionele circuit. De bandleden hebben elkaar weer ontmoet in Amsterdam.
Eritrean Krar player Gerrie with on keyboard Mebrie.
With Mental Youth we did the warming up at ADE Jeff Mills presents Time Tunnel
At the request of Jeff Mills himself we did a Science Fiction – Soundtrack – Classical- Atmospheric – Experimental set.
ANTROPICAL presents DJ SPOKO as part of WORM’s ‘Afrofuturism Now!’ festival.
■ DJ SPOKO (south africa)
Raised in the rural town of Tzaneen (northern South Africa), Spoko started producing at age 12. After moving to Atteridgeville (a 99%-black township outside the mostly white city of Pretoria) he lived in an area called Ghost Town, near Atteridgeville’s cemetery, where as the neighborhood’s premiere producer, young Spoko earned the nickname The Ghost. In the early 2000s DJ Spoko traveled south to Soweto, where he studied sound engineering in the studio of Nozinja, creator of the SHANGAAN ELECTRO style. After Spoko built his own studio back home, he took a producer named DJ MUJAVA under his wing, leading to Spoko’s great but uncredited triumph as the percussion mastermind behind Mujavas Bacardi House indebted “Township Funk.” Since the release of “Ghost Town” (his first official western release) Spoko has continued to develop his own Ghetto Boyz entertainment – working with local Atteridgeville talent.
Rebel Up’s Duckfood will warm up an cool down with Afro Futuristic tracks from the past and present.
“Waste” by Nan Wang
“Waste” is an audio-visual performance use modified slid-projectors to project small trash material into enlarged moving image.
By using Electronic sound synchronised with tinny abandon objects, movements of light and shadows, constructing a story of wasted and lost memory.
“CELLULOID & NOISY LIGHT” – ” […] ”
Carole Thibaud and Mariane Moula from Nantes (FR)
30 min 4 projections 16mm live performance with sound
Four 16mm projectors and film only made with a sewing machine and a printer. Film without camera, an experience about the analogue film, and how the hole, moving and crossed by the light create pictures, sound, and talks about cinema.
” ” by Esther Urlus
An attack of imagined nostalgia for childhood. With soundscapes by Robert Kroos
■ HAILU MERGIA with TONY BUCK & MIKE MAJKOWSKI (et/au)
Hailu Mergia’s return to the world of music is one of the most unlikely comebacks of the recent years: The keyboardist / accordeon player was a major star in 1970’s Ethiopia, presiding over the country’s leading instrumental ensemble Walias Band. In 1981, a good part of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian band to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Since then Hailu has been a resident of the Washington DC area, spending most of his recent years as a cab driver at Dulles Airport and playing only privately. Enter Awesome Tape From Africa. Brian Shimkovitz, operator of the acclaimed blog-turned-record label, came across the 1985 cassette “Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument” in Ethiopia, tracked down the old maestro and reissued it: this tape has both a nostalgic feel (in its attempt to revive the accordion, once East Africa’s leading instrument before electrified “western” rock style instrumentation took over) as well as a futuristic dimension (recorded by the exiled Hailu all by himself, it features a host of synthesizers and drum machines). On the back this reissue in 2013, Hailu started to play live again with a rhythm section made up from two leading Australian improvisors: Tony Buck (THE NECKS, drums), and Mike Majkowski (double bass). Together the trio explores the deep, liquid and hypnotic qualities of Hailu Mergia’s music, while not forgetting to throw in some defty bits of funk.
■ DJ: DUCKFOOD (nl|rebel up!, pantropical)
Tonight’s party music supply will be in the hands of Duckfood. He defies categorization. His selections are too colourful to be hampered by any preoccupation about wether it fits this or that genre. Always on the search for new sounds from around the globe, his massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. This evening he will take us to the shoulder-shaking / hip breaking grooves of Ethiopia (Practice your moves with this), and much more!
■ VJ ALERTA (cl/nl)
Geometric Folklore visualized by Chilean / Dutch artist Vj Alerta aka Alejandra Huerta.
Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam
VROOOM #22: LOS DANSING QUEENS + INDICATOR2000 + FANFARE VOOR VOORUITSTREVENDE VOLKSMUZIEK + DUCKFOOD
■ LOS DANSING QUEENS (nl)
Los Dansing Queens [sic] are a phenomenon. Sprouting from the moldy hotbed of culture, Maastricht, Los Dansing Queenc might be the best kept secret in the Dutch music and art scene. This completely derailed band play absurdist pop with the dryest sense of humor, and dabble with performance art for good measure. They freed themselves from any preoccupation with what their stuff should sound or look like, sometimes resembling Rotterdam’s Coolhaven from another, particularly warped parallel universe. Los Dansing Queenc will provide plenty of entertainment for the curious, jaded and faded.
■ INDICATOR2000 (at)
An entirely different kind of affair is ‘Indicator2000′. This project by the artist and (quote) dilettantish (unquote) engineer Joseph Knierzinger explores different kinds of micro and marco movements of the X-Y indicator device, aka the computer mouse. By translating these movements into amplitude and frequency of a nofi-oscillator, an audible experience is created. By recording variable sequences of the movement an arythmic collage will be discovered.
■ FANFARE VOOR VOORUITSTREVENDE VOLKSMUZIEK (nl)
Mysterious project by the even more mysterious Woodstone Kugelblitz. Next to setting up the abovementioned fanfare project with homemade trumpets, Kugelblitz is known for activities that includes ongoing work on L’Intolérant – a stenciled newspaper on art in daily life, poetry and popular uprising. Kubelblitz is all about work that is ‘lived’ instead of work that is being ‘created’.
■ DUCKFOOD (nl)
Duckfood told us that he doesn’t like the abbreviation ‘DJ’ in front of his alias, but he actually is one. It’s because the man loathes pigeonholing and rightly so. So do we. Under Duckfood‘s scrutiny, the boundless juxtaposition and mixing of tracks always ends up being something really tasteful.
PAKRAMMEL series as broadcasted on De Concertzender showcasing the history of electronic music from the 50’s till 2013
We did a one hour radiospecial about Liz Harris – Grouper on the Concertzender. Give yourself an hour to listen to this wonderful stuff HERE!
Once again Rebel Up! Soundclash returns with a dance night of global tunes, vintage sounds and ethnic bass in Amsterdam. It promises to be an excellent night with a live set and some special DJ sets, here’s the roll;
This duo specializes in obscure metaphysical music and global soundtracks with piano, organ, melodica and electronics that take you through Russia, the Middle East and the 70′s *Giallo* cinema of Italy. Expect a heavy dose of psychedelics that will make your swirl into a higher state.
we once again welcome our good globetrotting friend who will go back to his roots with a straight up old-skool dj setof global revolution beats, self recorded ethnic sounds and new urban dance styles. Expect a storming underground dance set as ever!
our sheepskinned man from Rotterdam will again bring his lively mix of global sounds and special remixes. what to think of Moldavian jump up music, Iraqi choubi beats and other underground party styles.
as always your hosts will bring their best tunes and visuals to surprise and amaze the dancefloor. Whether it’s a trip to the tropics, the rural countryside or the urban jungle, they are ready and armed with good global beats and sweet swinging tunes.
Profits go to charity; NGO Bhakti Luhurin Eastern Java, which takes care of handicapped children and set up school projects in various villages.
~Come & have your healthy dose of global sounds from the underground!~
26 October… One-of-a-kind movienight featuring the amazing short “Banana motherfucker” and the amazing horror film ‘Noite do Chupacabra’. Brazilian set by Roberto Caroso and DJ Markinho! Nossa!Nossa!
Rodrigo Aragão is an up-and-coming Brazilian director who gained recognition with his Mud Zombies, which screened at BUTFF in 2009. With ‘Night of the Chupacabras’ he once again delivers a film filled with amazing guts and gore effects. Aragão shows that Brazil has more to offer than just arthouse. Be prepared for a no holds barred splatter movie, 80’s style.
Cultvideotheek en Lantaren Venster presemt in ambiance Française: ‘a Filmnight with Leos Carax’ With two films Mauvais Sang en Les Amants du Pont-Neuf!
And I will bring some beautiful French music with me: (dance party at the end)”
Tonight there is a screening of Jodorowsky’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN @ WORM. 35mm restored. This is a once in a lifetime MUST SEE film. And if you have seen it.. you want to see it again!
Before and after we have a ‘end of the film-season’ party with nice DJ’s. (like me;)
Track from my first heavy TC cassette Particular Sufferings on Stunned Records based on the Buddhist Hell Realms.
8 & 15 December 2011
Testing, testing, testing… a film of in-between-ness that’s set in Tangiers, features a director who’s overruled by his cast and crew of kids, and utilizes the King of Morocco’s discarded 35mm film camera to stunningly scrutinize realism. YOU ALL ARE CAPTAINS is a brisk, graceful, tender, debut shot with an intimacy that’s reminiscent of Abbas Kiarostami’s best work and deservedly ran away with the 2010 International Critics’ award at Cannes.
Before and after the film I will play the best Moroccan music from all regions, styles and periods,