My current project is called Diminished Duo. I have started and played in a fair share of bands, but most bands eventually fall apart. Not because we start to despise each other, but because people tend to move a lot nowadays. The world is more connected then ever, but the distances we move are also greater and the pace of our lives faster, so the initial handful of band members are destined to be reduced one by one until only the smallest unit possible remains. One. Hence The Diminished Duo is a solo project and the name quite literally explains the origin of the band.
The last couple of years I have felt more and more disconnected from the creative part of making music, and increasingly lost in the daunting quagmire of technology. Trying to be an all-in-one musician, producer and audio engineer means a serious investment of both time and money, and money always seems to be the shortest route to perfection. Warmer preamps, punchier compressors and more microphones.
In reality however, more gear means more to learn, more to lug around and less joy of creativity. It made me forget that music is really about songwriting, not technology. So I decided to donate and sell most of my audio gear and to simplify my recording and mixing processes.
The purpose of The Diminished Duo is to stop chasing the elusive perfect mix. To stop thinking that new technology will make my songs better. To stop procrastinating. And most of all, to revive my love of songwriting.
Below you can find a handful of my current music as well as songs from my former projects. If you fancy them – please let me know.
A tribute to one of the greatest musicians ever. Enough said.
This might be my most surprising composition, even to myself. I present to you a short orchestral piece with an accompanying chalk board stop-motion video.
A minimalistic, acoustic song.
During the hottest summer in the history of the Netherlands, me and three other talented souls who love music more than anything else, recorded a pop/rock/disco album for the starving ears of the world population. For all of you who missed the memorable performances in the gritty clubs and pubs of Amsterdam – and for all of you who actually were there – here’s another chance to sit back and enjoy the unique sound of Songsmith.
Regarding the name of this song, rumors have it that guitarist Andreas and I would come by all round genius Tom’s place after work to write some tunes, and that Tom would always serve us a dish called “Peanut Tofu”.
The album that started it all. In 2002 me and my entourage released Terrapin Poets’ debut album “Smalltalk by the Coathanger” and set out on the musical journey that I am still on to this very day. Below you can find all eight songs from the album.
All of the former members of Terrapin Poets are still very much alive and playing in interesting bands. For example you can find bass player Magnus in the stoner rock band Gudars Skymning where you will also coincidentally find guitarist and vocalist Kenny-Oswald with whom I started my very first band long, long ago.
“Dark nights” was the last song on the album but is still the most requested song when playing live.