The legendary vocalist begins with mundane texts from everyday life such as newspapers, user's manuals and science books or his own artificial language. He then generates electric solo improvisations using samples, processors and algorithms driven by a Powerbook to extend the range and density of the vocal source. The computer injects elements of unpredictability to complicate these efforts but the final result remains true to the simplicity and clarity of the solo voice. Blonk is an absolute original from the idiosyncratic Dutch improvisor scene and is as amazing to watch as to hear.
Sweden's Mats Gufstafsson, Dutch vocalist and sound poet Jaap Blonk and the Assyrian-Chicagoan percussionist Michael Zerang continue their explorations/improvisations for a third straight year. Their debut recording, Imp-Rovi-Sors (Kontrans 143), was released in 1996.
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Solo Voice compositions and improvisations. Continuing his intense exploration of the wide field between speech, song and noise, Blonk creates a spontaneous sound logic of his own, making up and breaking up a language or two on the way.