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“Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording” reviewed by Silence and Sound

S’il aime comparer son travail à celui du calligraphe, Jos Smolders sculpte les sons plus qu’il ne les peint, composant des structures au fluxes mouvants, où glitches scintillants et bruitages familiers forment un tout à la précision abstraite. Car l’abstraction est ici partout et ailleurs, comme poussée par ces sons qui changent de consistance, à […]

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“Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording” reviewed by Bad Alchemy

Smolders sieht sich durch jahrelange Zenübung vom niederländischen Planer zu Klangkalligraphen befreit. Ein Klangfluss kann sich nun in einem Zug entfalten, statt erst in akribischer Feilerei und Korrigiererei Gestalt anzunehmen. “Nowhere” spielt dabei schon auch irgendwo, ‘Incident at Ras Oumlil’ führt nach Marokko, irgendwo zwischen Guelmim und Tan-Tan. Aber es gibt Orte, an denen man […]

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Sven Schlijper on Jos Smolders’s “Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording”

Nowhere marries brutalism to beautalism. Smolders knows the tools of his trade, inside and out. Movements are trained, skilled and well honed. The performance and the product it delivers open up to the moments of making and of reproduction. The controls handed over to aesthetics, again: moving swiftly. Gently also, like an inked brush gliding across […]

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Massimo Ricci on Jos Smolders’s “Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording”

Those who have seriously attempted to operate a synthesizer know from experience how easy getting lost in the meanders of programming is. In a plurality of parameters and wave shapes, finding a way to produce a decent result – let alone a beautiful one – is not exactly a walk in the park when the necessary practicality […]

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Chris Dooks on Jos Smolders’s “Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording”

The first track from Jos Smolders’s Nowhere is a good example of music generating images of somewhere, even if it is an unstable, ungraspable locale. Smolders’s modular synthesis works are surprisingly cinematic for music of a kind that is often labeled clinical, academic or heavy. The work has a ‘materiality’ that is nimble and strong, like a kind […]

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New release: Jos Smolders’s “Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording”

Crónica is elated to present Jos Smolders’s new CD, “Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording”! During his preparation, setting up the paper, wetting the brush and grinding the ink stone, the calligrapher is in deep concentration. Then, when he is ready, he performs the drawing in a few swift strokes. My works have […]

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“Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording” reviewed by Vital

A few years ago, Jos Smolders sold all his records, switched off his laptop and invested in the purchase of modular synthesizer parts; a whole lot of them. Simply because it was time to do something new. Before that he worked extensively with tape-machines, found sound and later on with laptop technology to create his […]

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“Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording” reviewed by nitestylez.de

Scheduled for release on January 10th, 2k17 via the Portuguese imprint Cronica is Jos Smolders newest album effort named “Nowhere: Exercises In Modular Synthesis And Field Recording” in which we see the artist stepping away from his usual approach of detailed, thought out composition and exploring a method of letting his electronic devices of mostly […]

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“Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording” reviewed by Aural Aggravation

In the sphere of experimental and what one may reasonably term ‘fringe’ music, there is something of a propensity for descriptive titles. I’m quite a fan of these kinds of titles. Picking up Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording, I have a reasonable idea of what to expect. Granted, there’s no detail as to […]

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Soon in Crónica: Jos Smolders’s “Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording”

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