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Artist: ASRA
Title: Souvenir A Asra
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $20.00
"Asra is a duo, consisting of Af Ursin and Raymond Dijkstra. Both of these people have by now quite some history in releasing music. Their interest is mainly in releasing vinyl, for whatever obscure reasons, and they both have done a few. Both Af Ursin aswell as Dadaphon (in whatever guise he pops up) have a personal way of creating music. Using an old eight channel reel to reel tape machine and a mixing board, they record densely layered sounds. Rubbing sounds, scratching objects, but also they play a wide variety of instruments, such as wind instruments and violins. Just as they dont like CDs, they also dont like electronica that much. So its a highly analog affair. Its hard to describe what it sounds like. There are traces of old Nurse With Wound (but not as collage like) or the recent minimalist drone masters (Mirror, Ora, Monos), but its less closed. On their collaborative record, they of course do whatever they can do best. The a-side has three tracks (although one is so short its merely an intro), staying close to the recent Af Ursin LP or the Dadaphon 10". Electronisch Samenspel (meaning electronic interplay) is a short track on the b-side (being clueless why they used only one third of the available vinyl) and a rather lo-fi theremin play, I assume by the both of them. Strange to hear them doing electronic music, but its kinda of nice, really. Strange and remotely playing. A very nice record by two lovely boys." - Vital. Highly recommended! Restocked. 2003 release.
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Artist: BHAAVITAAH BHUUTASTHAH
Title: Remembering in the Cosmic Manifestation
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $20.00
Bhaavitaah Bhuustasthah is Raymond Dijkstra (here on Mellotron, Moog IIIp, and percussion). "The following Text is not about the Content of the LP. Nor is it an Effort trying to explain what this LP is about. The LP is not about Memories, nor about Remembering any of the Events described below, despite the Title. The Title points at a pristine State of Being, while being in the Middle of a Cosmic Event. The Remembering of the Manifestation of the Cosmic Event, while being in the Middle of the very Manifestation. The Realization you recognize this. Even while you havent been aware of it before, nor did you ever knew it existed. It is the Moment you become Whole again. The text below is merely a fluctuating Series of earthly Events, a Series of Events which may or may not have happened in a Lifetime. ***** Returning to the great O... Daydreams saturated with Distortion Endless Circles of Circles in a Room: I was lying on my Bed. Motionless. At the same Time moving forward in Acceleration, in a Tunnel. Turbulence. At the End of the Tunnel there was always Freedom, floating in open Air… At the same Time in my Room, sparsely lit. Cosmic Chaos. I was working on a Painting; my Hands still dirty from the Day before. The Painting contained many Layers from being overpainted over and over again. My History contained in Layers of now unseen Visions. Like Memories. One Year Before I was in Front of the same Painting. In a different Room. In a different Town. I had been working on this Painting before… It was like painting my own Life over and over again. The Board was too small to just contain only a small Fraction… I woke up in Violence. Two Hands were holding me while two other Hands were punching me. Around me it was black and cold and I saw about thirty staring Faces around me. Apathetic, curious Gazes in a Mixture of Disgust and Bloodlust. Three old Friends were in between them. Their Faces were partly cowardish and ashamed for letting their Friend fall. When the Fight was over, they picked me up and dragged me Home. It was the last I saw from them. It is interesting how sharp you can see all the Details of an Event while your Consciousness is slipping away. In the Crowd I recognized a Girl who Id seen walking through Town regularly. The other Day I stumbled upon H. We had been very close Friends once in another Life. I still feel Friendship. Although our Friendship was lost a long Time ago. He only knew me the first 19 Years of my Life. The last ones of these were pretty hectic. It is funny to know when someone thinks of you, he sees an Image from Days long gone. I exist in many Realities. His Memory of Me is as real as is the current Me. Today I saw Me again. Upon Goodbye, we embraced. Again in another Life, me and A, my dear best Friend were walking through Town. A had committed Suicide a few Years later. He was only 13 when he had laid himself on the Tracks of a coming Train. The Universe ended then. His. And Ours as well. Just a Couple of Days back I was standing in front of his Grave for the first Time in 34 Years. His Mother was buried in the same Grave just two Years back. His Fathers Name was already engraved on the Stone, while still alive. I will always love you, A. My fragile Italian Friend with vibrant blue Eyes." - Le Souffleur.

Artist: DADAPHON
Title: Dadaphon
Format: 10"
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $20.00
"Each time Raymond Dijkstra records, it seems to come out under a different name. In the past he has used Ki Sync Pulse and Razoul Uzlü, and now he becomes Dadaphon. The changing names make sense because each project is so different. In this guise, he has created two wonderful pieces of reverberant junk noise. These slow motion pieces (as opposed to the more intense cut ups of Razoul Uzlü) would lead one more to think he was a contemporary of Merzbow, MB and TNB than a contemporary artist. Add to this the simple cover with its paste on photocopy collage (each copy different), it looks a genuine artifact from a previous decade, the sort which would be coveted by now. An edition of only 400 numbered copies." - Vital Weekly. Limited 10" (with hand made covers) of weird electronic scrapings by Dutch sound artist Raymond Dijkstra. Dijkstra also has a project with Af Ursin under the name ASRA. Restocked.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Affen-Theater
Format: LP Box Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $45.00
"While exploring various territories of sound Raymond Dijkstra has released recordings under the names Ki Sync Pulse, Razoul Uzlu and Dadaphon, as well as being part of Indra Karmuka and Asra.  Having passed through these phases he finally settled on releasing music under his own name.  Published by himself only on vinyl releases, Raymond makes the format fit his music, some times only using one side of the disc for music rather than matching it with a piece which had no connection.  On this latest LP we are presented an automatic [in the sense that the Surrealists understood this word] suite in two pieces.  This distilled work of less than one-half hour shows to our ears the mysterious workings of an imaginary space.  taking the title of the album, "Affen-Theater" [which translates as "Monkey Theater"], as a jumping off point, one might envision a secretive performance wherein creatures go about their actions - twisting, turning, stacking and otherwise moving around in curious actions.  Not really creating music but a theater of aural actions, the nature of which remains impenetrable.  This is accomplished through the use and abuse of various acoustic instruments and their coloration through a minimal amount of electronic processing.  The simple nature and the interjection of space in the various layers of squeaks, bumps, scraps and wheezes gives the result of an unhurried density, one created through the agent of various hands, not cold machines.  Being a rather personal music, this music is released in only a small edition." - Eric Lanzillotta. "Affen-Theater is about delusions in a closed-off world. Claustrophobic, cyclic and delusionary, it deals with recurring mental states. Filmic and contemplative, it is both distant and personal. Its like sitting at a table. You are looking at the table. While looking, the table seems 50 meters away, yourself being very small. You know youre watching from close by, but your eyes say differently. Or it is like waking up. The atmosphere is both calm and hectic. The air is charged with emotions. Actions dont seem to fit. It goes to slow and to fast at the same time. It wrings in a utterly unpleasant way. You try to release yourself from this torment. You walk around, make some tea, but you cannot free yourself. When you sit completely still the atmosphere rushes through you. When you walk around, you go to fast for the slowed down surrounding.  It has nothing to do with hallucinations stemming from the use of drugs. More with self-induced mental states wherein delusions spontaneously occur." -Raymond Dijkstra. Packaged in a black linen covered, wooden slipcase with debossed gold print. Edition of 120. One of the more stunning packages ive seen. Yet another highly recommended release from one of my favorite European labels!
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Ce Phénomène Négatif dUne Manière Satisfaisante (This Negative Phenomenon of a Satisfactory Manner)
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $36.00
Signed and numbered edition of 100, in black linen-bound box with offset print and poster. Featuring Timo van Luijk and Frédérique Bruyas.
“This Record is the last Outcome of a Route started first in 2003 with the Pieces "Dada Black" and "Aux Chiottes…" (To the Shithouse…) which I composed for my group ASRA in 2002. Only in 2009 I returned to this Style with the Release of the Record "LOpus Ch", followed by "LOpus Lh" in 2010. (I had departed from this Direction early on in 2003 by making a New Series starting with "Untermensch Lieder", leading to a.o. Affen-Theater and more recently "De Schaal" (2013). ) It took another 3 years before I continued this Style in my Group NIvRITTI MARGA in the Piece "Bhaavitaah Bhuutasthah" (My Self Styled Sanskrit Phantasy meaning: Remembering in the Cosmic Manifestation). I recently began working on new Pieces in this Series; firstly "Ce Phénomène Négatif DUne Manière Satisfaisante", for which I invited Timo van Luijk again to deliver me with a Track of his Monochord Playing. "Démence Sénile..." and paNa pakShiNaaaM (Again a Made-up Sanskrit Amalgamation meaning: Play of Birds) followed soon, thus fulfilling 3/4 of this new L.P.. This Style of Music lies very close to my Heart for its Softness and Surrealism connects me to my personal History. I remember having walked that Road adorned with beautiful old Oaktrees in my Hometown in Friesland… the Road swirling through a Landscape now filled with old big 19th Century Houses, some in Jugendstil Style, others in a more Classical Style, but everything was softly pulsating… It was covered in Strangeness and my Walking was slow… I remember sitting as a young Boy in Primary School at my School Desk, staring at my Hands seemingly much further away than Physically possible… They looked as if 5 Meters away from my Point of View and my Head felt somewhat disconnected from the Rest of my Body... I remember being in a Room. In front of a Mirror. I wanted to go somewhere and tried to do my Hair in a Bun. A great Part of my Hair got loose from my Head, but stayed together, like a living Wig. I couldnt get it into a Knot. At a certain Moment I put the separate Part aside and the Rest on my Head, but I looked like some Sort of Transvestite with Bebop Hair and a strange (blonde) Wig. I searched for the Part of my Hair which Id put aside, but couldnt find it in any Way. Mum and Dad wanted to go somewhere with some Kind of small Car, to search for my Hair, but I was the only one with a License and I couldnt drive because Id lost my Hair… I remember climbing with a large Group of People inside a big Department Store, onto a steep Path (45˚)(instead of a Staircase which should have been there) to the second Floor of the Building. We held ourself to Parts of the Railing so as not to fall down. It reminded me of a Department Store in my old Hometown, only much bigger. Everywhere I looked was Sand and a lot of Dogshit. We visited the Place because it was said there would be some rather big Birds. I told a Friend (to clarify which Bird it was) in a Piece of Varèse there was a Bird who we could spot here, but I couldnt remember its Name. He wasnt acquainted with Varèse well enough to tell me which Bird it was… I told a Girl in Front of me, (whod let me pass before her in the Meantime) that just before we would be Upstairs, the real Test would only than come, namely, if wed really be such good Soccer Players (It was a Joke of me...) Arriving Upstairs, my Friends had suddenly disappeared, as I assumed they were looking at Something, Somewhere. The whole second Floor looked more like a giant Soccer Field (as far as the Eye could see), somewhere outside (there were no Walls). I went to the Dressing Room to get into my Soccer Uniform.” - Raymond Dijkstra.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Ce Phénomène Négatif dUne Manière Satisfaisante (This Negative Phenomenon of a Satisfactory Manner)
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $20.00
Signed and numbered edition of 100 packaged in an offset printed fold-over jacket. Featuring Timo van Luijk and Frédérique Bruyas.
“This Record is the last Outcome of a Route started first in 2003 with the Pieces "Dada Black" and "Aux Chiottes…" (To the Shithouse…) which I composed for my group ASRA in 2002. Only in 2009 I returned to this Style with the Release of the Record "LOpus Ch", followed by "LOpus Lh" in 2010. (I had departed from this Direction early on in 2003 by making a New Series starting with "Untermensch Lieder", leading to a.o. Affen-Theater and more recently "De Schaal" (2013). ) It took another 3 years before I continued this Style in my Group NIvRITTI MARGA in the Piece "Bhaavitaah Bhuutasthah" (My Self Styled Sanskrit Phantasy meaning: Remembering in the Cosmic Manifestation). I recently began working on new Pieces in this Series; firstly "Ce Phénomène Négatif DUne Manière Satisfaisante", for which I invited Timo van Luijk again to deliver me with a Track of his Monochord Playing. "Démence Sénile..." and paNa pakShiNaaaM (Again a Made-up Sanskrit Amalgamation meaning: Play of Birds) followed soon, thus fulfilling 3/4 of this new L.P.. This Style of Music lies very close to my Heart for its Softness and Surrealism connects me to my personal History. I remember having walked that Road adorned with beautiful old Oaktrees in my Hometown in Friesland… the Road swirling through a Landscape now filled with old big 19th Century Houses, some in Jugendstil Style, others in a more Classical Style, but everything was softly pulsating… It was covered in Strangeness and my Walking was slow… I remember sitting as a young Boy in Primary School at my School Desk, staring at my Hands seemingly much further away than Physically possible… They looked as if 5 Meters away from my Point of View and my Head felt somewhat disconnected from the Rest of my Body... I remember being in a Room. In front of a Mirror. I wanted to go somewhere and tried to do my Hair in a Bun. A great Part of my Hair got loose from my Head, but stayed together, like a living Wig. I couldnt get it into a Knot. At a certain Moment I put the separate Part aside and the Rest on my Head, but I looked like some Sort of Transvestite with Bebop Hair and a strange (blonde) Wig. I searched for the Part of my Hair which Id put aside, but couldnt find it in any Way. Mum and Dad wanted to go somewhere with some Kind of small Car, to search for my Hair, but I was the only one with a License and I couldnt drive because Id lost my Hair… I remember climbing with a large Group of People inside a big Department Store, onto a steep Path (45˚)(instead of a Staircase which should have been there) to the second Floor of the Building. We held ourself to Parts of the Railing so as not to fall down. It reminded me of a Department Store in my old Hometown, only much bigger. Everywhere I looked was Sand and a lot of Dogshit. We visited the Place because it was said there would be some rather big Birds. I told a Friend (to clarify which Bird it was) in a Piece of Varèse there was a Bird who we could spot here, but I couldnt remember its Name. He wasnt acquainted with Varèse well enough to tell me which Bird it was… I told a Girl in Front of me, (whod let me pass before her in the Meantime) that just before we would be Upstairs, the real Test would only than come, namely, if wed really be such good Soccer Players (It was a Joke of me...) Arriving Upstairs, my Friends had suddenly disappeared, as I assumed they were looking at Something, Somewhere. The whole second Floor looked more like a giant Soccer Field (as far as the Eye could see), somewhere outside (there were no Walls). I went to the Dressing Room to get into my Soccer Uniform.” - Raymond Dijkstra.

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Das Schone
Format: Lathe Cut LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $56.00
"For the superficial listener (for whom this is certainly not produced) what Dijkstra does may sound the same. Like say a guitarist he uses his instrument: on Das Schöne a table played with glass and an echo unit. A reduction that is in various way. Before he used an organ too, more electronics. Thats one difference. But here he also plays with silence. He plays for maybe twenty second shrieking sounds, fed through echo and then there is silence, in which nothing happens. Sometimes these silences are longer than the actual music. It leaves the listener in nothing less but a state of confusion. To the annoyed, who think: is this it? Is the record over? But to the more careful listeners, he builds great tension - the strongest line between silence and sound. The other new LP is more along the lines of the previous ones, the glass sounds, organ/harmonium and echo unit at work. There are strong similarities between all of these works, but its the smaller details that these works do differ from each other. Schijnheilige Vissen seems to be using the element of silence and also a bit more distortion, but that might very well be the King pressing at work. Dijkstra builds a consistent piece work - an oeuvre as you will. A highly personal world of sound." - FdW/Vital. "These highly interesting handmade polycarbon pressings have an each individually different, deteriorated quality, which is a perfect fit to the music." - Le Souffleur. 2 new Peter King lathe-cut LPs from Dijkstra, oversized foldover jackets, signed and numbered edition of 50.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Fazant
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $86.00
"Translation: "The pheasant". LP plus fine (newspaper) paper inlay with black image. Recordsleeves with handpainted circles and half circles. Handwritten numbered 1-50. Vinyl-record weight: 120 grams. Black vinyl. Handwritten recordlabels. The record contains six short musicpieces, each between 1 and 2,5 minute. The musicpieces are each seperated by blank vinyl without grooves. With half circles painted on the blank vinyl. 33 Rpm. Limited edition of 50. Artwork Raymond Dijkstra." - Le Souffleur.

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Gedachte
Format: LP Box Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $144.00
"Translation: "The thought". Red velours/cloth-linen hardcover box with debossed black and debossed gold print on front and debossed gold print on side. Inside the box a fine (newspaper-)paper inlay with black image; and the LP-cover with stamp of the publisher Le souffleur and stamped number 01-50. The inside of the box is signed by the author. Size of the box: 32 - 32 - 1,5 cm. Total weight: 750 grams. Vinyl-record weight: 120 grams. Black vinyl. Handstamped recordlabels. 33 Rpm. Limited edition of 50. Concept, design Raymond Dijkstra. All items are individually handmade under supervision of Raymond Dijkstra." - Le Souffleur. Packaging-wise, on De Gelofte and De Gedachte, Dijkstras outdone himself, if you can believe it. Very highly recommended!
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Gedatche
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $86.00
"Fine (newspaper) paper inlay with black image limited edition of 30 copies" - Le Souffleur

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Gelofte
Format: LP Box Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $144.00
"Translation: "The vow". Red velours/cloth-linen hardcover box with debossed black and debossed gold print on front and debossed gold print on side. Inside the box a fine (newspaper-)paper inlay with black image; and the LP-cover with stamp of the publisher Le souffleur and stamped number 01-50. The inside of the box is signed by the author. Size of the box: 32 - 32 - 1,5 cm. Total weight: 750 grams. Vinyl-record weight: 120 grams. Black vinyl. Handstamped recordlabels. 33 Rpm. Limited edition of 50. Concept, design Raymond Dijkstra. All items are individually handmade under supervision of Raymond Dijkstra." - Le Souffleur. Packaging-wise on De Gelofte and De Gedachte, Dijkstras outdone himself, if you can believe it. Very highly recommended!
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Gelofte
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $86.00
"Fine (newspaper) paper inlay with black image limited edition of 30 copies" - Le Souffleur

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Hamer
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $55.00

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Larf
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $55.00

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: De Schroef
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $38.00
"Perhaps our most beloved outsider in experimental music. Raymond Dijkstra never ceases to amaze me. De Schroef (the screw) is his biggest edition so far (I think), limited to 200 copies. Thats not the only change here. The music is ten pieces of maybe one minute to 90 seconds, ending in a silent lock groove and with lots of blank space in between those pieces. Meaning you have to get up to place the stylus into the next piece. Most odd. It doesnt end there. Each of the pieces seems to be a variation on the same theme. An organ/harmonium sound, scraping of glass; all done rapidly. But the proceedings are short and one is left to think its the same thing, but perhaps its not. Thats the great thing about releases by Raymond Dijkstra. It leaves an endless amount of thinking about it. Is it same, or different? Why is it cut like this? Poetry. I think Dijkstra offers us sound poetry. Without words, but these ten poems are variations on a few sounds. It will surely annoy a few listeners, but no doubt the true fans of Dijkstra - count me in there - are amazed. Once again. The great outsider." - FdWard(Vital).

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Der Triumph
Format: CDR
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $32.00
"The previous LP Affen-Theater was packed in hardcover box and so is this new CDR, which seems to me also music-wise a continuation of Affen-Theater. Seven tracks (now that is something odd for him), which are relatively short (odd!), but contain the similar sound elements as before: scratching the surface, most likely glass with metal objects, a harmonium, and some sound effects, mainly echo. Everything stays on a similar sound level through the piece. By itself these are probably highly annoying, but when played/placed all together they start making sense. Small patterns are formed, giving a sort of a hallucinating feel to the music. This is the kind of drone music that certainly adds something new to the notion of drone. Not endless patterns of treated guitars, synths or field recordings, but electro-acoustic music played very tightly. The previous Affen-Theater was announced here as the strongest release by Dijkstra so far and in that respect Der Triumph (I must admit I keep wondering about his love of German titles) doesnt surpass that one, but extends its beauty to this release." - FdW-Vital Music. Another amazingly packaged release from Dijkstra. Only 25 were made despite being signed and numbered 100 copies.. Out of print.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Der Triumph
Format: LP Box Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $90.00
"The previous LP Affen-Theater was packed in hardcover box and so is this new (LP), which seems to me also music-wise a continuation of Affen-Theater. Seven tracks (now that is something odd for him), which are relatively short (odd!), but contain the similar sound elements as before: scratching the surface, most likely glass with metal objects, a harmonium, and some sound effects, mainly echo. Everything stays on a similar sound level through the piece. By itself these are probably highly annoying, but when played/placed all together they start making sense. Small patterns are formed, giving a sort of a hallucinating feel to the music. This is the kind of drone music that certainly adds something new to the notion of drone. Not endless patterns of treated guitars, synths or field recordings, but electro-acoustic music played very tightly. The previous Affen-Theater was announced here (see Vital Weekly 479) as the strongest release by Dijkstra so far and in that respect Der Triumph (I must admit I keep wondering about his love of German titles) doesnt surpass that one, but extends its beauty to this release." - FdW, Vital. "LP in linen hardcover box with debossed and gold print. Numbered and signed edition of 80 copies." - Le Souffleur. "What sounds like a man scraping broken glass on metal w/ brain-burnt organ accompaniment makes for one killer LP. Dijkstra has been honing his skin splitting aurality for years and presents us this masterpiece in a hardback linen box sleeve." - Bulltongue, ARTHUR Magazine. #5 in the Top 80 of 2006.

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Der Triumph - Artwork Edition
Format: LP Box Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $142.00
"The previous LP Affen-Theater was packed in hardcover box and so is this new (LP), which seems to me also music-wise a continuation of Affen-Theater. Seven tracks (now that is something odd for him), which are relatively short (odd!), but contain the similar sound elements as before: scratching the surface, most likely glass with metal objects, a harmonium, and some sound effects, mainly echo. Everything stays on a similar sound level through the piece. By itself these are probably highly annoying, but when played/placed all together they start making sense. Small patterns are formed, giving a sort of a hallucinating feel to the music. This is the kind of drone music that certainly adds something new to the notion of drone. Not endless patterns of treated guitars, synths or field recordings, but electro-acoustic music played very tightly. The previous Affen-Theater was announced here (see Vital Weekly 479) as the strongest release by Dijkstra so far and in that respect Der Triumph (I must admit I keep wondering about his love of German titles) doesnt surpass that one, but extends its beauty to this release." - FdW, Vital. "LP in linen hardcover box with debossed print and original artwork from composer. Numbered and signed edition of 10 copies." - Le Souffleur.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Die Sonne
Format: LP Box Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $146.00
"Its perhaps no big secret that I am a big fan of the work of Raymond Dijkstra, and maybe reviewing all of his previous work, entitled me to a copy of each of this: a big black wooden box with golden text, in an edition of merely 100 copies - the preprogrammed art item or well calculated collectors item? (You decide). Times three. Crouton released a big wooden box, while Dijkstras Le Souffleur label releases two LPs at the same time in a linen hardcover box with debossed and gold print, like his previous Affen-Theater (see Vital Weekly 479). Sound wise Dijkstra continues the road he choose now for a while. A while ago I saw him in concert,with Timo van Luyck, with whom he has an ongoing collaboration, and their set up is very simple. An ancient loop echo, a small table and a small bunch of objects that are played on the table, like glass, knives, forks and wood. On Maskenstilleben Dijkstra continues this. Somewhere in the back there are the disharmonious drone like chords he plays, seemingly at random, whereas in the foreground there are scrapings and scratching of the surface, which are fed through the ancient echo machine (which, to be honest, could have been a little less). Perhaps the use of echo makes this electro-acoustic music, but its merely a deception to call it like that. This is acoustic music in optima forma and one of a highly original kind. Composition? Not of great interest for Dijkstra. Structure? Nope. Being part of a scene? Which one, or in fact is there one? Not for Dijkstra. He claims to work best in strict isolation, building up the pressure and when he plays his music, he releases his pressure. Inside his closed system (both mentally and in the real world), he derives the sounds which he likes, plays them ad infinitum, without beginning or end. This is noise music, but stepped outside the relatively known genre of overload. This is improvisation, but not as we knew it. Total outsider music, as its hard to come across Dijkstra, who hardly plays concerts. Not part of the serious music world, the underground noise scene, microsound or the laptop flock, he persists very much in his world. "Releasing my work I only do for metaphysical reasons; to keep all psychic and physical channels open, and maintaining a healthy system. It is not much more then relieving yourself in the toilet", he says. I hardly see anything more beautiful, both music and package wise, coming from relieving yourself in the toilet (the analogy is a bit lost on me, but then I am an outsider to his world). The differences between the three LPs is not very big. Normally it could result in me nagging about that, but in the case of Dijkstra you can only see the purity by which he works. We hardly complain about people using guitars and drums, so why should we complain about Dijkstra using objects like glass and metal? Its not the same song repeated three times. Each is genuinely different from the previous or the following record. The instruments remain the same, the composition remains the same, yet, like a good monochrome painting, the differences are in the detail. Die Sonne I thought was a bit more minimal than the other two, more sparse, while Maskenstilleben was a bit more dense, and Die Wille, although close to Die Sonne fell sort of in between the two. After a bunch of self-released records, the release for Crouton may open more doors for Dijkstra, and probably he doesnt care, but at least the public should care. Three great LPs, by all means, although Art (big A in place) doesnt come cheap." - FdW/Vital Weekly. "LP in linen hardcover box with debossed and gold printing, edition of 100 copies."
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Die Wille
Format: LP Box Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $146.00
"Its perhaps no big secret that I am a big fan of the work of Raymond Dijkstra, and maybe reviewing all of his previous work, entitled me to a copy of each of this: a big black wooden box with golden text, in an edition of merely 100 copies - the preprogrammed art item or well calculated collectors item? (You decide). Times three. Crouton released a big wooden box, while Dijkstras Le Souffleur label releases two LPs at the same time in a linen hardcover box with debossed and gold print, like his previous Affen-Theater (see Vital Weekly 479). Sound wise Dijkstra continues the road he choose now for a while. A while ago I saw him in concert,with Timo van Luyck, with whom he has an ongoing collaboration, and their set up is very simple. An ancient loop echo, a small table and a small bunch of objects that are played on the table, like glass, knives, forks and wood. On Maskenstilleben Dijkstra continues this. Somewhere in the back there are the disharmonious drone like chords he plays, seemingly at random, whereas in the foreground there are scrapings and scratching of the surface, which are fed through the ancient echo machine (which, to be honest, could have been a little less). Perhaps the use of echo makes this electro-acoustic music, but its merely a deception to call it like that. This is acoustic music in optima forma and one of a highly original kind. Composition? Not of great interest for Dijkstra. Structure? Nope. Being part of a scene? Which one, or in fact is there one? Not for Dijkstra. He claims to work best in strict isolation, building up the pressure and when he plays his music, he releases his pressure. Inside his closed system (both mentally and in the real world), he derives the sounds which he likes, plays them ad infinitum, without beginning or end. This is noise music, but stepped outside the relatively known genre of overload. This is improvisation, but not as we knew it. Total outsider music, as its hard to come across Dijkstra, who hardly plays concerts. Not part of the serious music world, the underground noise scene, microsound or the laptop flock, he persists very much in his world. "Releasing my work I only do for metaphysical reasons; to keep all psychic and physical channels open, and maintaining a healthy system. It is not much more then relieving yourself in the toilet", he says. I hardly see anything more beautiful, both music and package wise, coming from relieving yourself in the toilet (the analogy is a bit lost on me, but then I am an outsider to his world). The differences between the three LPs is not very big. Normally it could result in me nagging about that, but in the case of Dijkstra you can only see the purity by which he works. We hardly complain about people using guitars and drums, so why should we complain about Dijkstra using objects like glass and metal? Its not the same song repeated three times. Each is genuinely different from the previous or the following record. The instruments remain the same, the composition remains the same, yet, like a good monochrome painting, the differences are in the detail. Die Sonne I thought was a bit more minimal than the other two, more sparse, while Maskenstilleben was a bit more dense, and Die Wille, although close to Die Sonne fell sort of in between the two. After a bunch of self-released records, the release for Crouton may open more doors for Dijkstra, and probably he doesnt care, but at least the public should care. Three great LPs, by all means, although Art (big A in place) doesnt come cheap." - FdW/Vital Weekly. "LP in linen hardcover box with debossed and gold printing, edition of 100 copies."

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: L Opus Ch
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $86.00
"Perhaps a lengthy introduction, but please bear with me. On Friday 27 March 2009 Extrapool Nijmegen staged another one of their "Audiotoop" evenings. The idea of Audiotoop is that artists from various disciplines create a radio play especially composed for the evening of the performance. This Audiotoop saw a performance of Edward Ka-spel and Silverman (of the Legendary Pink Dots) who staged spoken word pieces with added soundscapes created by Silverman. Quite wonderful. After their performance ASRA was next; a collaboration between Timo van Luijk and Raymond Dijkstra. I was really looking forward to their performance as I hold both musicians in high esteem. The stage was scattered with a lot of small acoustic instruments, a piano and a tuba. Together they performed the best live set I have heard in a long time. Beautiful, spacious music with respect for all individual sounds and both performers. The reason for this introduction is the fact that that night I bought the new Raymond Dijkstra LP Lopus CH. Another reason is that when I came home and played the record the following day, something of the magic of that performance appeared to be also etched in the grooves of this record. I have all Raymond Dijkstra LPs so I know his music well. For un-initiated ears his records might sound "all the same", but that is not the case. His music carefully and gradually develops and Dijkstra documents this process in his records. Interestingly enough this works well. Lopus CH (attractively packed in a handmade cover; made of old newspaper fragments stuck to the cover) is a new step in Dijkstras development. The instruments used on this album include piano and tuba amongst his more regular set up. More relaxed, more open than ever this is one of my favorite records from the past few months. Not just a record for those "in the know", but certainly one for everyone who appreciates beautiful music. As only 50 copies were pressed, I suggest a certain haste in contacting his label Le Souffleur." - Freek Kinkelaar (Vital). "Handpainted / collaged recordsleeves. Handwritten numbered 1-50. Vinyl-record weight: 120 grams. Black vinyl. Handwritten recordlabels. When everything slows down... 33 Rpm. Limited edition of 50. Artwork Raymond Dijkstra.." - Le Souffleur.

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: L Opus Ch
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $26.00
"Since 2003 Dutch painter, musician and sculptor Raymond Dijkstra has put out more than 40 releases on his Le Souffleur label, in a range of formats (LP, 10", 7", 5", and 3" vinyl), under his own name and a variety of pseudonyms (Ki Sync Pulse, Razoul ÿzlü, Dadaphon). All are very limited art editions, whose sleeves feature his drawing and painting, and are priced accordingly. Dijkstras lack of profile and insistence on working in isolation make it tempting to classify his work as a form of outsider art. He has certainly evolved an unusual and relatively unique approach. The few of his albums Ive been able to hear sound like nothing else around - organ loops, metal scrapings and string scratchings are crafted through insistent repetition and crude manipulations into totally self-contained and obsessively insular soundworlds. Lopus Ch and De Fazant are his two most recent releases. The more substantial Lopus Ch serves up two sidelong tracks, both primitive improvisational collages, at times indistinguishable from each other. A small range of sounds is repeatedly distressed, forced into meandering, circular patterns, with little in the way of development or progression - unidentifiable tinny scrapings are filtered through echo and delay effects while what sound like a pump organ creakily chunters away in the background. Like much of Dijkstras music, its at once futile and profound." -Nick Cain (The Wire). Edition of 300, with poster.

Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: La Philosophie Des Chiottes
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $19.00
"The title "La Philosophie Des Chiottes" (The Philosophy Of The John) refers both to the philosophical approach of this piece, as well to its nihilistic concept." - Le Souffleur. Edition of 200.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Schijnheilige Vissen
Format: Lathe Cut LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $56.00
"For the superficial listener (for whom this is certainly not produced) what Dijkstra does may sound the same. Like say a guitarist he uses his instrument: on Das Schöne a table played with glass and an echo unit. A reduction that is in various way. Before he used an organ too, more electronics. Thats one difference. But here he also plays with silence. He plays for maybe twenty second shrieking sounds, fed through echo and then there is silence, in which nothing happens. Sometimes these silences are longer than the actual music. It leaves the listener in nothing less but a state of confusion. To the annoyed, who think: is this it? Is the record over? But to the more careful listeners, he builds great tension - the strongest line between silence and sound. The other new LP is more along the lines of the previous ones, the glass sounds, organ/harmonium and echo unit at work. There are strong similarities between all of these works, but its the smaller details that these works do differ from each other. Schijnheilige Vissen seems to be using the element of silence and also a bit more distortion, but that might very well be the King pressing at work. Dijkstra builds a consistent piece work - an oeuvre as you will. A highly personal world of sound." - FdW/Vital. "These highly interesting handmade polycarbon pressings have an each individually different, deteriorated quality, which is a perfect fit to the music." - Le Souffleur. 2 new Peter King lathe-cut LPs from Dijkstra, oversized foldover jackets, signed and numbered edition of 50.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Untermensch Lieder
Format: 7"
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $18.00
"The name Raymond Dijkstra may not be sparkling alive, but the man has been around for some time, and he has released many works, under his own name, aswell as Dadaphon, Razoul Uzlu, Ki Sync Pulse, Asra (a duo with Af Ursin) and at one point one-third Indra Karmuka. On this 7" he doesnt return to the noise work he released before under his own name, but rather continues paths taken by the work as Dadaphon: amplifying objects, layering them and making a collage out of it. On the a-side there is the scratch of glass on metal sound in the foreground and osbscure, semi-percussive rumbling in the back. Similar scratch is on the b-side but the percussive element is louder here. Not dissimilar to Organum, Raymond Dijkstra however likes his sounds to be free of any electronic treatment, rather keeping in close contact with the original sounds. The treatments are played and not generated. A rather solitary voice in this kind of music. Should appeal to more people than it does by the name and thats a pity. Check it out, will ya?" - FdW, Vital. Edition of 100 copies. Restock of this 2004 release without the original sticker on label and signed and dated 14/03/11.
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Artist: DIJKSTRA, RAYMOND
Title: Verzameld Werk 2005 / 2007
Format: 4 LP Set
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $105.00
"The 4 musicpieces included in this set were originally released as separate LPs by muziekuitgeverij Le Souffleur between 2005 and 2007. Together they form a closed series. This series includes: Affen-theater (2005), Der Triumph (2006), Die sonne (2007), Die wille (2007)." 4 LPs in 2 gatefold silkscreened jackets in silkscreened band. Numbered edition of 100 copies. A much more affordable way to check out these amazing (and disturbing) recordings of echoed scraping metal/pump organ. Very highly recommended!
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Artist: NIVRITTI MARGA
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $20.00
Numbered edition of 200. Nivritti Marga is Raymond Dijkstra, Timo van Luijk, and Frédérique Bruyas. "Apart from these reservations placed upon the kind of relationship more or less intimate that I should maintain with you, my mouth is ready at no matter what hour of the day to exhale like an artificial gale the flood of lies exacted strictly from each human by your vainglory from the moment that the bluish dawn arises seeking light in the satin folds of the twilight, even as I, excited by the love of virtue, seek the good." - Le Souffleur.

Artist: SANTASEDE
Title: s/t
Format: 10"
Label: Le Souffleur
Country: Netherlands
Price: $18.00
First non-privately distributed release on Raymond Dijkstras label since 2009, following a long string of ultra-limited art edition lathe-cuts. An unlikely collaboration between Dijkstra and Tiff Lion, who has done soundtrack work for CSI and The Hunger Games. LP by the duo to follow next year on Dekorder. "The music has an obscure and surreal character hard to categorize. It certainly has filmic qualities, if only as a film of the inner-eye. The music has a psychedelic touch and elements of esotericism by its use of sitar, (primitively played) tabla and highly reverberated string instruments. The reciting of old Italian Alchemistic texts by Tiff Lion links the music further to a dark spirituality. There is a great emphasis on acoustic instrumentation played in a raw manner (among others piano-strings) giving the whole record a very rudimentary character. The use of electronics is done in such a way that its often impossible to divide acoustic and electronic sounds. The electronic instrumentation thus emphasizes the rawness of the acoustic sounds. Highly recommended for lovers of psychedelic music." "Vanilla white vinyl with dash of brown (every exemplar has a different dash so every exemplar is unique) Vinyl-record weight: 160 grams. 33 Rpm. Limited edition of 250 ex. With personalized downloadcard. October 2012." - Le Souffleur.

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