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Nils Vermeulen


Nils Vermeulen - double bass

Recorded by Peter Desmedt
Mixed by Peter Desmedt at Studio Ledeberg
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea

Artwork and copyright by Shervin/e Sheikh Rezaei
Design by Robin Foesters

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"Matter thus resolves itself into numberless vibrations. - Henri Bergson"

On Hirohito’s Famous Win
On Interludes Part II
For Scodanibbio
On Integration
On a Stumble Not a Fall
Of Me
For Bowed Flute

On Nils Vermeulen’s first solo album, the sound of the double bass is the main variable. Recorded at the empty Ghent Opera, where every note, attack and vibration comes through, including the creaking of the wooden floor. There is no hiding in reverb, nor in easy playing. The strings Vermeulen uses on this recording (‘Tempera’ strings by Gerold Genssler), are inspired by traditional gut strings, and has lower tension to let the instrument resonate freely.  

The pieces on the album, both composed and improvised, explore variations of techniques, proportions, and notes. Often, they depart from or tend to almost mathematical material, countered by Vermeulens highly intuitive playing.

Every tone has its acoustic universe, comprised of a multitude of other tones. All possible combinations already exist. The composer merely chooses one variation and organizes the sounds in a particular way.

'variations' is produced in association with Troika <3 and KASK & Conservatorium Ghent