Blonk, Zach & Grydeland
Jaap Blonk, Ingar Zach & Ivar Grydeland
""Fourth record in the Kontrans "improvisors" series, with the seminal design by Melle Hammer""
Jaap Blonk / Bart van der Putten / Paul Pallesen
"Double CD with eight longer pieces, with meticulous trio improvisations."
Hübsch, Van Bebber & Blonk
Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Claus van Bebber & Jaap Blonk
""Blonk recites (?) sings (?) moans (?) in his usual fashion and is probably one of the more wilder characters in this kind of music. His elastic voice seems to be capable of just doing anything with it. It works really nice along the strange sounds produced on a tuba and the turntables." -Vital Weekly"
""This continues a somewhat new direction for the ever-inventive sound sculptor Jaap Blonk, who never seems to shy from flirting with the extremes of noise/music. For this version of his group Braaxtaal, the vocalist recites his poetry supplemented by his own contributions on electronics, and he is joined by Rob Daenen on sampler and Theo Bodewes on drums and sampler. Blonk speaks in the obscure and unique fictional language of Onderland, which sounds like the Dutch language, but is actually totally different from it." -Steve Loewy"
""For each piece I experimented with a different configuration of sound equipment, and made a recording at a stage where the setup still held a certain amount of unpredictability for me. I chose to stick to my voice as the sole source of sound in these recording, using it straight as well as in sampled and processed form." -Jaap Blonk, April 2001"
Jaap Blonk's Splinks
""From very short ditties (the 16 “Reportraits” are only ten seconds long) to 15-minute compositions, humor has always been an important part of Blonk’s work and it is central here: musicians have fun, so does the listener." - Underbelly"
"Working with his BRAXTAAL group, Blonk combines wit with sputters, twists, and loose social commentary to demonstrate his extraordinary ability to mold the human voice into often unrecognizable forms. Vocalizing in English (and other tongues, some nonsensical), this recording is not easy listening. In fact, it may disrupt and even annoy with its unique vocabulary of noise/sound. Nonetheless, there is much here to savor, and Blonk's utterly unique style and marvelous technique are quite astonishing. Performances by Blonk are not for the squeamish (he has been known to simulate the sounds of bodily functions), and this one is no exception. But for those open to something entirely different that is challenging as well as entertaining, though sometimes upsetting, a fling with Jaap Blonk might do the trick. Especially gripping are his renditions of the entertaining "Speechlos," and the prescient "Rational," and the provocative "As I Was Saying.""