Dan Armstrong | Radboud Mens
First CD release:
Guitar tacks recorded over 2009 and 2010 in studios and live
performances in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
The first release in the 12-year live instrumental and
electronics collaboration between Dan Armstrong and Radboud Mens.
South Luangwa (b_blue)
Surrogate City (h_brown)
Tone and Vicissitude
Produced in Rotterdam and Amsterdam during 2009-2010.
In this recording, Armstrong uses both Gibson and Fender
guitars, and outboard hardware routing via Akai, Lexicon, Symetrix,
TC Electronic, Drawmer and Boss. Mens
uses Ableton Live with 3rd party audio effects.
Fitness Landscape is a new collaboration
concept between Dan Armstrong and Radboud Mens that is based on
real-time guitar processing and the organic growth of split signals in a
live or performance studio environment.
The growth and manipulation of sound inputs and outputs roughly
models the biological concept of environmental "fitness", wherein the
traits of the channels are allowed to develop based on the performance
space. In evolutionary biology, fitness landscapes are used to visualise
the relationship between genotypes and their relative reproductive
Armstrong (US) is a collage guitar artist living in Amsterdam, a worker
of loops, delay and feedback since 1985.
He began releasing music and performing in Europe since 1997.
Work includes solo concerts, CDs and performances in
collaboration with 20+ international artists, including the improvised
quartet The Vacuum Boys.
Mens (NL) is a sound-artist and composer who living and working in
Rotterdam. He started experimenting with sound at a very young age and
makes music since 1982. In 1988 he began creating audio-installations
and noise-machines. Since 1994 he releases his music on many different
labels like Staalplaat, ERS, Korm Plastics, Noise Museum, Audio.nl,
Mutek and Touch, and has given over 150 noise-performances,
standing-wave performances and concerts. His work is rooted in, and
continues to develop within the broadest definition of contemporary
music and varies from electronic to conceptual. While his interest in
the physical effects of sound on the body gave him a preference for
noise in his early work, his later music has contributed more to the
development of minimal electronic music, glitch and minimal-dub-techno.
Mens uses electronic technology to render audible microscopic sound