Quest | Yesternights st.an.da. (CD/DL) Frans de Waard‘s long-running aka Quest has been consistently putting out quizzical electronics over the past few years, nearly one per annum. On Yesternights (edition of 100 on the Silentes sub-label) we are engaged with symphonic swelling synths that are like molecules of mist. The seven tracks open with the […]

Richard Youngs/Frans de Waard/Peter Johan NÿlandOnder/Stroom | Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) The title of this collaborative album means “sans electricity”, and refers to a series of performances that were staged without any electronic instruments.  When this spate of events ended, the three artists on this record decided to go the opposite direction and use everything […]

Modelbau | Offen Barreuh Records (CS/DL) Frans de Waard is a tireless creative, having produced countless recordings under a dozen or so monikers, solo and collaborative, and this past season alone, as Modelbau, four recordings have emerged on various imprints. Offen (in an edition of only 27 tapes) stood out to me for its tight programming […]

Troum & Various Artists | Transformation Tapes Transgredient (CDx2/DL) Celebrating twenty years as Troum (Martin Gitschel and Stefan Knappe) Bremen’s incredibly prolific Glit[S]ch and Baraka[H] (formerly known as Maeror Tri), here employ a huge cast of amazing fellow artists who, in their unique way, interpret/adapt, sample and otherwise deconstruct the duo’s work. The results range […]

Howard Stelzer & Frans de Waard The Rebels Fold Scratchy, Relaxed Meanings Into Their Smallest Actions (Park 70; CS/DL) This is an interesting premise for another collaboration by these two venerable experimenters, a recording that blends parts and pieces from their many collaborations over two decades. What’s more, they entrusted a Knoxville-based start-up, cassette-only imprint […]

Quest Tuesday Evening (DL) For Frans de Waard, this is as ambient as it gets, and it’s fairly pure in terms of genre. Quest is one of his projects born in the mid 90s to explore this form of transformative deep listening. The wavy synth and happy bird chirping illuminates a path, not unlike the […]

Since 2014 Frans de Waard‘s many splinter projects, Modelbau, has delivered over a dozen releases, this one on Dutch imprint Des Astres d’Or. One of the more prolific sound artist’s today, this is a solo project with an overall fairly quiet space feel, introspective, until it’s not. The platter consists of three tracks at a […]

Just released this month, Emanate is the latest and twenty-third full-length from Freiband (Frans de Waard), this time appearing on Silent Records. As one of many long-serving side projects for de Waard the hour-long affair is made up of two long tracks billed as Part 1 and Part 2. Similar to past recordings by the […]