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Calming, lyrical "comprovisations", or as Bram Stadhouders says, "comprobient", because of the ambient influence. Recorded in october in his new livingroom in Berlin, the most intimate location for a pure form of concentration without distraction. For a few pieces he recorded stories through a vocoder, which gives a beautiful heavy effect. For other pieces he used vocal samples from other continents, and sometimes it's just pure and only acoustic guitar.

The fifth album of the 23-year old Dutch guitarist is clearly something else. As a little kid he started on the classical guitar. Later he went on to rock, jazz, experimental impro, electronic music, but for this new album he reached back to his first instrument, and took along the influences of his previous musical adventures. As he says himself, on the classical guitar he can express himself the most directly. He didn't have to search long for the album name "Halt". It's music to stop for a moment and think about the things that have the most value.

All comprovisations have a quite imaginary character. With aid of cetrain texts, you see yourself driving through the nightly desert, dancing in a white room in the city, stumbling through a rainy meadow. These kinds of imaginary images are also the inspiration for the compositions. Classical oriented guitartechniques with still the freshness of electronic music and modern experimentation. And as often admitted by listeners: "He combines sadness and bliss so intensely well in his music, that you get the idea that he's juggling around with your feelings".


released February 1, 2010

9 tracks, total minutes: 50:07

Bram Stadhouders | classical guitar | samples | voice | electronics

All tracks instantiously composed by Bram Stadhouders.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Bram Stadhouders
in october 2009 in Bram’s livingroom in Berlin, Germany
Photos by Walter Stadhouders, artwork by Bram Stadhouders



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Bram Stadhouders (b.1987, Tilburg, Netherlands), is considered to be one of the most interesting musicians based in The Netherlands. his love for the human voice has led him to work with excellent singers such as Sidsel Endresen, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Urna, Sebastian Brouwer, Sinikka Langeland, and much more. ... more

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