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An ode to Dutch language.The lyrics consist out of the basic sounds of 'Nederlands', our language. Aa, Ee, Ie, Oo, Uu, Au and also Br, Kr or the consonant G, which is pronounced very sharply in the west of the country. It gives a sandpaper-like effect. Merely listening to it can cause an aching throat. The people that pronounced these sounds were filmed while they were speaking. These images are put together in a hilarious video clip.

002_"WATER" Een ode aan Amsterdam

The voice of Hellen Tuin from Amsterdam, recorded November 15 1998. She spoke very spontaneous during the interview I had with her. That day, her family (real 'Jordanezen' from the Amsterdam neighborhood 'De Jordaan') received me hospitable, serving lots of coffee and huge pieces of pastry. In the composition you can also hear the voices of her mother and grandma. If you listen well even the ornaments they were wearing can be heard, tinkling along with their passionate voices. The music is recorded in the Werf studio of the NITS. Henk Hofstede made a videoclip to the music.


I met Dutch poet and playwright Willem Jan Otten for the first time at the Wiel Kusters Carte Blanche at the old Maastricht theater 'de Bonbonniere'. He was so enthusiastic about my Hanlo adaptations, that he invited me to visit him. Then and there I recorded his recitation of this poem. I adapted it to a composition for sampler, guitar and piano.
It was played for the first time in the Italian restaurant La Storia della Vita in Amsterdam during the celebration of Jan Willem's 50th birthday. My sextet was that evening the poetic private band.

(interview voor de Berlijn-ode Tempelhof)

(interview for the Berlin-ode Tempelhof)
The voice of the aged Berliner, Bernd. This recording has been made during the first visit to Berlin of Rob Moonen (visual artist) and myself. March 14, 2003. Only shortly before we wanted to leave he turned up. He lives in a home for the elderly next to Ushi's house, our contact in Berlin. His big expression was striking. He allowed us to look deep into his soul during the twenty minutes that we talked with him.

(een ode aan Brussel, stad van straten)

(an ode to Brussels, city of streets)
The voices of the members of the 'Academie van het Brussels' were the starting point of this composition. One of the voices is owned by Marcel de Schrijver, the writer of the lexicon of the dialect of Brussels. This music was recorded in 1999.


An ode to the popular dutch talkshow Barend en van Dorp. The show was famous for the wrangling of its hosts often very close to quarreling. As it is hard to record people that quarrel, this was a great opportunity to find such material. Starring is upper-quarreler Jan Mulder, former Ajax goalgetter and nowadays columnist. He was the turbo on most of the disputes.


Core of this composion is the voice of the legendary Tilburgian music shop-owner Ad Coolen. He always had a juicy 'de groeten!' (See you!) in store you when you left his shop. The voices in the verses go from very young (baby-jabbering) to very old at the end of the song. By that time it becomes a kind of farewell whisper by a lady in elderly home st. Josefszorg at Tilburg.


Spontaneously sung by the great Miss Riet Goossens a genuine Tilburgianese. I didn't intend to ask her to sing something, she started singing just like that. When she stopped I had tears in my eyes. She died in 2003; her voice has sounded since then many times in the compositions 'de Winter? de Winter!' and 'Belleke trekke'. This song was also recorded by the Koh-I-Noor quartet in an arrangement of 4 saxophones and piano.


In 2002 I travelled to the medieval Italian city of Siena to gather this vocal-material.
I had a lot of help from my interpreter Karin Goulon, without whom all of this never would have succeeded (I don't speak Italian). The Sienese narrated freely about their passion for this European jewel.


Adaptation of a poem by Tonnus Oosterhoff. It's very dear to me; because of the unfinished, angular atmosphere, and Tonnus Oosterhoff's voice that sounds as if you are present in his head while he is thinking. Also because of the sadness of the communication. It's composed in 1998; then also performed for the first time at the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam.


I wanted to make a composition about the waiting of people at traffic lights, crossings, in traffic in general. A kind of ode to the crossing, which is a kind of 20th century altar where very strict codes and rituals rule. I invited Tonnus Oosterhoff to write a poem on this theme. During this complex process film- images where added to the composition. So we ended up with a poem spoken by the poet, music and film. The openings tune of my website also comes from this composition. Tonnus Oosterhoff won the VSB poezie prijs 2003 ( the most distinguished Dutch poetry prize) with the poetry book based upon this poem.


In 2002 I had a lot of contact with former 'Happy Hooker' Xaviera Hollander. At my request she told me stories of her life, live in front of my microphone, often completely improvised. This produced several musical pieces; one piece is specially arranged for my sextet, a hot erotic story about a trio she had with two young German businessmen.
The fragment that you can listen to comes from an improvisation during the very first recording (spatie) session we did. While she told all this, at her home, in the dining room, about Indonesia ('the place where I was made') and how she almost drowned in the treaturous waves of Bali ('what a way to go! what a way to go!'), I already knew that it was splendid material. Parts of this session can be seen in the Frank van Osch documentary about my work 'Zanger zonder stem'.


My youngest son Ingmar told me this semi-scientific story when he was 4. Crystal clear he explains how thunderstorm ('Onweer') is caused according to children's science. Inimitable.

Een ode aan Oostende en Dover

An ode to both cities, burt Ostend wins of course. At last I had a natural reason to combine Dutch (Flemish) with English. I connected these cities that are situated more than 100 kilometers from each other, because of the ferry. At my request people told about the seagulls. These birds are so obviously present in both cities, royal and common at the same time. The people of Ostend are proud of them ('the seagull is a proud beast'), as the people from Dover are more irritated by their noisyness, troublesome animals ('they poop on my dad's car.'). Of course the passion of the Ostenders beats the detachment of the Doverians (although their English sounds very beautiful). In the composition you can hear the voices of well known Ostendian folk singer Lucy Loes and Roland Desnerck, writer of the extensive Ostend dictionary.

studio opname

Autumn 2004. Right after the Tempelhof tour we went into the studio. The grand piano is recorded at the Tafelberg studio of Bernard Jussen. The other instruments are recorded at studio Ochtendhond with engineer Crip Theeuwes in charge. All the instruments were recorded separately with clicktrack. This was caused by the full agenda's of the musicians. How do you get them in the studio at the same time. A mission impossible.
In this fragment of about 1 minute, an old lady tells how she could see as a small girl through the kitchen window, the Zeppelin take-off from Tempelhof. As she tells this she becomes a small girl again, speaking with an excited voice: 'Guck mal schnell, da geht er jetzt gerade hoch!' (Look, it’s going up now!).

studio opname

During the second half of 2004 I cooperated with choreographer Jack Timmermans. We made a dance performance based on interviews with all kinds of people. They were questioned about good, evil, friendship, god, fighting, etc.
In this fragment an example of how I applied the principle: the youngest voice is from a 6 year old boy, the oldest from a man in his fifties. All of them are stating something about Life (Het leven).



from: Mijn/Koel

With the voices of Renate Tost and Peter Kohnen from Alsdorf
and Mr. Leo Skrabanja from Landgraaf.

das sagt man heute noch

wo Kohle abgebaut wird strömt CH4 aus
und der kleinste Funken CH4
CH4 ist hochexplosiv
und das ganze Ding fliegt in die Luft

je moet altijd letten, wat is die aan 't doen, wat is die aan 't doen
zijn we nog allemaal bezig, loopt 't nog
't kon zo gebeuren dat er iemand hier of daar
een zware brok tegenkwam die 'm niet paste
als er maar geluid kwam dat was altijd goed
je moest alert zijn, tot en met

das sagt man heute noch

am schlimmsten waren ängste
so vor bestimmten Feiertagen
das sagt man heute noch
also das hat man auch im Strassenverkehr
aber auch besonders im Bergbau
sagt man immer:
kurz vor Weinachten passieren die meisten Unfälle

020_DE CAUBERG (1982)

Finale deel 4

zo'n berg die doet wat met die renners
en zeker met Michael Boogerd
die wilde hier absoluut winnen
dat zie je dan aan de gezichtsuitdrukking van die jongens op de fiets
dan zie dat daar wat
begint te borrelen
in dat lichaam bij hem, in die sportman
daar zag je aan
ik ben op de Cauberg en nu moet het gebeuren

hij heeft zich dan alleen een paar keer verrekend
ik heb het 'm een paar keer gezegd
jongen, je hebt altijd de verkeerde bocht gepakt
je had de buitenbocht moeten pakken
die is minder steil als die hoge binnenbocht daar
dan meen jij dat jij op jouw Hollandse pootjes
door die binnenbocht die Italianen
de baas kunt zijn
dat kon jij nooit winnen
als je de buitenbocht gepakt had had je gewonnen
maar via de binnenbocht kon jij niet winnen

als je de buitenbocht gepakt had had je gewonnen
had je gewonnen
had je gewonnen