Boomkat Product Review:
Fairly bonkers self-made soundtracks from cult Dutch film director Frans Zwartjes - from layered concrète cut-ups to floating organ meditations and synth themes packed with jazzy turns of phrase.
“This LP represents the first ever sound recordings from the archive of cult Dutch arthouse film director Frans Zwartjes. The sound is unlike anything you may have heard - dream-like, disjointed, peculiar, unexpected and totally unique.
Frans Zwartjes is famous for his art-house films (look him up on YouTube). A Dutch underground auteur, his prolific output dates from 1968. A unique talent, Zwartjes produced, directed and edited his own films (his last work was in 1991), but more importantly he created and improvised the soundtracks too. Zwartjes is still alive today and his large body of work is only now being recognised by a wider, more international crowd, with screenings at the NFT and other important art-house cinemas across the world. The recordings on Tapes 1 were mixed directly from the Zwartjes soundtrack tape archive. They were assembled directly and in real time by Zwartjes archivist Stanley Schtinter and were originally issued three years ago on cassette, in an edition of 50. Don’t bother trying to find one of them.
The music, sound and speech have been put together as two long, seamless sequences; they are dreamlike, peculiar, plugged-in, prescient and unlike any other soundtrack we have heard. Tapes 2 will follow in due course.”