Spoken word music
Yes. Today I found out that many of the (literally) hundreds of short electronic music sketches I made throughout the years are actually perfect for performing spoken word on. Now it’s just about selecting the right mood for each poem and slightly adapting them in order to create a live show.
I have always loved these short sketches, often even more than some of my full-blown published songs. They have this rawness and realness to them. The only problem was that I never knew what to do with them. I played with the idea to release them as a separate album. Acts like Boards of Canada proved that that can actually work, although they always combined their vignettes with a few longer tracks. Anyway, it’s a great feeling to know that the sketches will finally find their own home and that I didn’t make all those tracks to just sit on my computer.
Somehow, this ‘rediscovery’ perfectly fits the concept behind my Breath Clouds (Dutch: Ademwolken) project in which I used all kinds of texts, written on note papers that had been scattered throughout my house for the last two decades. People often say it’s healthy to throw things away. I guess this goes to show that you have to be careful of what you throw though.
“Willful waste makes woeful want.”