CD and download. Available on my Bandcamp page and streaming services (spotify, apple music etc). Buy here
all sounds recorded in the Balkans
all ambient layers recorded in Rotterdam
“𝘓𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴, 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘚𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘢, 𝘈𝘭𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘢, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢. 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘩𝘰𝘵, 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯. 𝘚𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰, 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘢𝘺.”
“Het is een schitterend kleinood en reisdocument(aire) geworden”
“The ambient backdrop Ard Bit waves as to underline the quiet and slow country life depicted in the field recordings”
“….over the course of seven tracks and 21 minutes Janssen amalgamates a plethora of often times washed out, cut up or otherwise unidentifiable fragments of Field Recordings with experimental electro-acoustic treatments….”
Vinyl and digital. Available on bandcamp, streaming services, Clone distribution.
Music For Delirious Episodes
Hand numbered LP limited to 250 copies, order here
Composed and produced by Ard Janssen
Artwork & Design by Niels Vrijdag
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu (Schwebung Mastering)
Distributed by Clone Distribution
Instead of looking outside, at your surroundings, it is worth going inside. You find happiness in yourself. And that happiness can only be experienced when there is balance with yourself. Happiness from within apart from expectations from the outside. It is essential to seek the silence to escape from who we think we are and experience who we really are. I like to reach out to that light. I record sound we hear every day, it is a part of life captured in it, a moment when everything happens, where everything can be heard. I focus on that because it is just there but we may have forgotten it, standing still in sound is my silence
Stay close to yourself, with love, Ard ♥
Music for Delirious Episodes brings together eleven compositions. Ard Bit is known for his delicate, almost brittle, works. This collection focuses on that same fragility that fascinates Janssen.
From the first steps of “Troubled Veil”, the listener is absorbed into a digital weave of field recordings, everyday undulations, other day modulations and loose harmony. Traditional instruments, string and wind, are filtered and re-imagined. The mundane echoes of routines are reborn as the percussive hum of pieces like “Stripped” and “Broken Respirator (White Funnel).” Behind the shifts and shuffles lurks something triumphal. Memories are given new form through audio carvings. Birdsong is handcrafted through knob tweaks, elephant trumpets bellow past swells of electronic insects as a glowing sun rises through the speaker. Hazes of static are shorn back, as in “Seppuku”, to allow moments of intense focus and reflection. And then we return, to that ephemeral beauty that permeates this record, with the final embrace of “Awakening Delusion.” An artist who finds the extraordinary in the often overlooked, or unheard.
“These microsound textures and tones offer bewildered nostalgia; taking us far, far away. How Ard Bit manages to create such vast sound fields, so precisely layered, with an abstracted trajectory, is beyond comprehension. Each piece gliding through each other, whether played in sequential or shuffled order, these are tunes and trips for the next plateau. Where baffling yet minimalist forms infinity stretch and low-flying sonic structures expand beyond our universe”
“….this is a soundtrack that gently builds up the proper level of drama and like a guide leads the listener along. Music For Delirious Episodes is a persistent process of exploring sound, leading to a clear, believable result. The album should be treated like a soundtrack: each scene is clearly delineated here, forming a coherent whole picture.”
“The field recordings have reached a level of abstraction that renders the original sound impossible to hear. Maybe animals, children, or some kind of mechanical process? I don’t always know. The album walks a fine line between ambient and modern music. Nothing here shocks the listener, even when some of the sounds are droning away. Quite a pleasant record, indeed”