Dr Voxoid's Next Move
What will be the next move? Those who know him might expect a knight's jump...but then they know he won't do the expected. How about a king's stately step this time? Or the bishop's stealthy sneak-through?
Next time it might be:
--- sound poetry (his own works and probably an occasional 'classic' from this tradition)
--- songs in invented languages, for instance in "Onderlands" (the language of the Underlands, a synonym for Netherlands), in "GeenKrimpian" or in his personal English, "IngleTwist"
--- phonetic processes, acoustic as well as electronic
--- snippets of lecturing about odd topics, for instance "The User Manual"
--- some Solos for Voice by John Cage
--- quotations from Final Letters
--- improvisations and more...
--- in the right mood & circumstances, he may even project some visuals.
Victoriaville, May 2011 - Photo: Martin Morissette
("Victoriaville Heroes": FIMAV, Victoriaville, May 2011)
We can add to this short list of 2011FIMAV highlights the mind-bending Dadaistic vaudevillian virtuosity of the Dutch Jaap Blonk, who does things with his voice and texts (including historic 1920s-era sound poem works by Kurt Schwitters and others) that nobody else does. I felt my mental pores opening up during his solo show, called Dr. Voxoids Next Move. Some semi-Godly vision of controlled abandon welled up inside of me. Or maybe thats just Harold Camping putting the religious inklings in me, redirected toward the dada side by the shaman Blonk. Its the kind of epiphany occasionally to be found in this cowtown, although you never know when it will hit and zap your sense of wonder. Such is life.
(Josef Woodard, The Santa Barbara Independent)
Strangely similar to the Brötzmann (and on the same afternoon) was the solo voice lecture/recital by Dutch voice artist Jaap Blonk. He opened with the repeated sentence "Are you listening?" in his own forceful whisper, slowly pushing in volume and growl. Blonk loosely played the role of Dr Voxoid, a professor speaking on the history of sound poetry and falling into the subject, seeming to lose himself at times or lose the character for the sanctity of a piece at other times. He performed pieces by pioneers in the field, including Antonin Artaud and Kurt Schwitters, as well as works of his own devise. He performed a suite of pieces he wrote in "Underlands," a nonsense language he created out of Dutch phonemes, explaining that that way it didn't have to be translated and could be enjoyed by anyone. The pure range of technique Blonk has developeddown to the fricative sounds of his "cheek synthesizer"is impressive, but what might not have been expected within a performance of something that sounds as dryly artful as "sound poetry" was Blonk's sense of humor. He was, along with everything else, quite a good actor with a surprising sense for physical humor.
(Kurt Gottschalk, All Music Guide to Jazz)
Amanda Earl, Ottawa
Jamie Lee Rake, Milwaukee
Ljubljana, June 2011 - Photo: Petra Kaps