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A very special one-off printing of the music of Dutch filmmaker and musician Frans Zwartjes, who passed away in 2017, and his regular co-composer Lodewijk de Boer. The result of an endeavour over six years ago to track down and release his music, ‘Masterpiece’ and ‘Spectator’ are just two of the best pieces of their work. 

Limited Vinyl LP £26.99 purrrrrj001

180g vinyl LP on Purge. Edition of 500 hand-numbered + handmade copies with two custom inners, a screen-printed plastic outer and a double-sided riso print.

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Masterpiece / Spectator by Frans Zwartjes & Lodewijk de Boer / The Frans Zwartjes Sound System
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7/10 Will Staff review, 06 August 2019

David Lynch has Angelo Badalamenti, Steven Spielberg has John Williams, and Frans Zwartjes had Lodewijk de Boer. Directors that use one particular composer in a significant portion of their work often achieve a greater definition of style. Without Badalamenti, it's possible that Lynch wouldn't have achieved the eerie, oddly wistful atmosphere of 'Twin Peaks' and can you imagine 'Jaws' without those two film-defining notes? Zwartjes was a Dutch experimental filmmaker that made strange, oppressive, and often voyeuristic work. This was aided in no small part by the scores written by Lodewijk de Boer, whose music was cold and clinical. De Boers work was expansive, almost like soundscapes. However, somewhat paradoxically, this expansiveness felt constrictive in its hugeness. The music feels like there is no natural start or end point, you can easily become disorientated. 

Two pieces by de Boer have been given a one-off release on purge.xxx. They're called 'Masterpiece' and 'Spectator' and, although they are a little more tangible than a lot of his scores for Zwartjes, they still convey a sense of post-60s sexual anxiety and domestic oppressiveness. 


Frans Zwartjes & Stanley Schtinter - XEMATIASMA - YouTube



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