Oscar Jan Hoogland - Oscar Jan Hoogland - Electric Clavichord

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"Jack in a box! For a long time I had the wish to enter the sound world of the electric guitar. I was hoping to be able to combine this sound world with the improvisation language I developed as a pianist. Then I heard an early 70’s recording of C.P.E. Bach’s clavichord music by Gustav Leonhardt. Being recorded much to close, the loud high notes bend ridiculously. I loved it and thought; this is it. I started working on building my own electric clavichord. After trying out two clavichords and about 20 different guitar-pick-ups, a lot of soldering and clumsy DIY failures I came up with the electric clavichord as it is now. Tuned down an octave and played with unconventional techniques takes the bending and sound possibilities to a new level. This recording is a piece of the first solo concert I gave on my electric clavichord during one of the Trytone evenings, a monthly night for improvised music that took place at Zaal 100, Amsterdam (NL) ." Oscar Jan Hoogland, Amsterdam 2014

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from Zea / Oscar Jan Hoogland - split 7", released March 4, 2014
Oscar Jan Hoogland - solo clavichord. Recorded live at Zaal 100 by Ron Ruiten. March 18, 2009. Mastered by Arnold de Boer. Cover art: picture of Circling by Zoro Feigl. PB005 De Platenbakkerij distributed by Toondist.nl oscarjanhoogland.com www.doek.org

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Arnold de Boer deploying guitar and sampler for an almighty bout of crazily high energy songs - urgent lyrics over guitar, roughshod beats and grimy bass lines. Joyfully obstinate, wonderfully bonkers.

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