> Het Concreet explores new sounds through manipulation of analog tape & equipment
> No digital interfaces shall be used between source and output
> Experiment is key, no composition is fully predesigned
> We never walk alone: we invite musicians, artists, philosophers and our audience on our journey
> While wandering, we collect sounds, words, thoughts and experiences in order to write our tape loop philosophy
Mathijn den Duijf (1971) composes whilst tinkering with tape recorders. His machinery is his musical instrument and is used to print sound and shape to analog tape with both mathematic precision as well as pure serendipity. His compositions are grounded in pulse and are looped around no input feedback, analog sound synthesis and acoustic instruments such as piano, and come together unparalleled. His interest in electronic music was fueled during his MA in Musicology in Utrecht and he gained experience as electro-musician and producer whilst working with Kytemans Hiphop Orchestra, Kytecrash and Mathijs Leeuwis. Mathijn listens to music that holds him captivated at every hearing: Italian opera, ultra-hard techno, analog sound synthesis, brass quintets and The Band.
Mathijs Leeuwis (1985) hears the greatest beauty in the transience of sound. One might call it the authenticity of decay. Whether it’s Alan Lomax’s field recordings or experimental compositions with everyday sounds from the musique concrète, Mathijs is fascinated by it and wants to master it. There has to be life in sound, an unpredictability. Imperfection as the highest attainable. Mathijs is a composer and pedal steel guitarist with a deep-rooted fascination for analog sound sources, and the power to create artistic concepts that spark the imagination. In 2021/2022 Mathijs will be City Composer for Tilburg and together with Anthony Fiumara they form ambient duo Poulson Sq. Mathijs listens to Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, Elianne Radigue, William Basinsky and every piece of music that unfolds slowly, in time, almost unseen, to perfection.
Anneroos Goosen (1987) connects words to elusive sounds, and seeks to unravel a sense of wonder in order to answer the simple question: what is the mechanism behind all this? This quest has formed through a carefully constructed puzzle that always kept place for coincidence: from the alienating films by Maya Deren to the endless copied worlds of Jean Baudrillard to extended personalities in a digital matrix: Anneroos has studied it in order to fathom and navigate this phenomenon. Within Het Concreet she not only takes care of business but also works on our tape loop philosophy: a deep understanding of the value of our analog materials and the surplus we bring into being through our creative process. Anneroos listens to Earth, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens and Tante Leen and is a big fan of the repeat button.
Stichting Het Concreet is based in Tilburg and receives structural financial support by Gemeente Tilburg. The board meets without renumeration.
Anthony Fiumara is Het Concreet’s unofficial pathfinder, meaning that he is closely linked to Het Concreet and sets out to find new routes for our ambitions.
If our ambitions speak to you and you want to help us realize them, please get in touch with business leader Anneroos Goosen through firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations of any kind are very much welcome and can be made through our PayPal account or by direct transfer to the bank account of Foundation Het Concreet: NL81 TRIO 0379 2569 40 (BIC TRIONL2U). For donations in the form of equipment or analog tapes, feel free to contact Mathijn den Duijf through email@example.com.
Stichting Het Concreet
Dr. Nolensstraat 6
5046 HR Tilburg
— Stichting Het Concreet will publish her annual reports here starting 2022
Studio Het Concreet
Ringbaan Oost 8.02
5013 CA Tilburg