Rinus van Alebeek – La radio mise à nu par ses auditeurs, même

La radio mise à nu par ses auditeurs, même

In the months of july and August 2012 I worked on a four hour sound piece.

These four hours were transmitted on FM radio in Paris by Radio Libertaire.

When putting all the recordings and snippets of music together I thought of
a small radio transmitter in a semi dark room in Paris. Maybe someone
couldnot sleep and heard all these unusual sounds, sounds that yet were
strangely familiar.

I imagined the radio as an animated object, a de-materialized guide
that would bring the listener safely to the other side of the night.

But maybe in my subconsciousness I had the title of Céline’s
great novel in mind.

Composed in Berlin and in Wuppertal.

Source material is taken from various cassette recordings,
be they mine, a stranger’s or yours.

Rinus van Alebeek (1956, Heerlen, The Netherlands) is a writer who uses his (environmental) recordings on tape to narrate a story. During the nineties he published two books (pseud. Philip Markus) in his native country. The first novel (De Weg naar Oude God) won the prestigious Geert Jan Lubberhuizen Prijs, a yearly award for the best first novel.

An accidental encounter with electronic and avant garde music in the year 2000 at the Lem festival in Barcelona, and an introduction to the cassette culture gave way to his further artistic development.

In the first decade of this century van Alebeek made a thorough research on how to make or manipulate recordings. Thanks to a great number of concerts, sometimes an average of ten in a month, he developed an approach of which people say it is ‘ between noise and pure poetry.’

“Rinus Van Alebeek is a peculiar observer of reality and an artist who instinctively transforms lo-fi tape recordings into evocative sound poems, being able to create a “détachement” towards the used media, which is a characteristic of the most original artists.”
Luis Costa, president of Binaural and Associação Cultural de Nodar