Dr Klangendum 206 – Reinier van Houdt

Thu 5 Oct '17


Een aflevering geheel gevuld met het werk van Reinier van Houdt. In opdracht van WORM / Klangendum maakte hij het radiowerk ‘Igitur Flotsam’ met Current 93 voorman David Tibet als verteller. Het stuk werd door Dr Klangendum voor het radia netwerk geproduceerd, en wordt aangevuld door een drietal andere composities van Van Houdt.


  1. Igitur Flotsam
  3. Erstclass
  4. Curran for C

More Info:
Igitur Flotsam – a stream of deserted anthems, disembodied voices, Morse signals, crank calls, corroded tapes, radio statics, counting games and wanderings through empty buildings. This radio  play is based on the unfinished Gothic tale ‘Igitur’ – a collection of texts abandoned by its writer Stéphane Mallarmé in 1869.

A man wakes up in the middle of the night. Is there something there? or has something disappeared? Outside are opaque constellations of stars, the radio plays random sounds from beyond, and the phone is dead. It seems as if something has been accompanying him already all the time, stealing his identity by being a double. Trying to escape this double he leaves his room and outside on the stairs he happens upon more reflections, shadows and doubles. He tries to conjure these multiples by counting steps and doors on the way. Finally downstairs everything vanishes in the dark when all the sounds of the world enter the large open space.

Music: Reinier van Houdt
Text: Stéphane Mallarmé/Reinier van Houdt
Voice: David Tibet
Produced by WORM / Klangendum

Thank you: David Tibet, Ossian Brown, Rita Knuistingh Neven, Andere Baustelle, Simon Lenski, Susanne Fröhlich, Sascha Sulimma.

Reinier van Houdt
Reinier van Houdt started working with tape recorders, radios, objects and various string instruments at a young age. He studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment – points beyond composition,  interpretation and improvisation. He has built himself an unusual repertoire that resulted from personal quests; from collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the composing and staging of music performances, or from unorthodox studies of classical music.

Aside from his own music he has premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, Walter Marchetti. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Peter Ablinger and Christian Marclay.

Reinier van Houdt plays in Current 93, who have recently released an album with contributions by Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony Hegarty. He is also one of the moving forces behind the experimental music collective, MAZE.