Music is my true love and beyond (a) belief : my harp is my heart, my companion / i liberate her sound and she gives voice, makes sense and directs my life. Creating something new in my own beautiful world is the ultimate freedom and greatest joy to express myself. In surrender to the enchanted dance with the strings i can actually feel my harp/body and soul resonating, my breathing is my metronome and guide. I live a (day) dream during improvisation and (instant) composition, i go with the flow, i have such a strong connection with my instrument. And there are these precious moments that my heart and mind are in illusive balance ; i feel one with the music as if i am really awake : i am sensitive and focused at the same time when i want to touch the perfect. With music and love i invite the listener to join in silence my world of harp and soul where transformation and healing can take place. ― I am deeply moved and thankful when other artists give my music wings, it really touches me to the core when my harp and soul are truly known. For now i feel like a sculptor in an atelier. I am a (music) maker, an artistic director, a co-creator ; i know my way .. life is good !
Landscape Music : nature = music
And Music is Nature. Between nature and music there is a mysterious, irreplaceable and eternal mystical connection. Besides conducting a symphony of sounds, nature gives, just like music, a source of inspiration and a place to be yourself. ― Like a sculptor i shape sounds into cinematic imagery with the intent to move the listener. My works, be it auditive or visual, are meditative explorations of the artificial and the natural. I am a strong believer in the power of landscape music, stilled music that evokes and reflects nature, the internal (psyche/soul) & external landscape (natural/artificial) and place (topographic/philosophical) we are moving in. I translate my thoughts and feelings into a minimal and poetical note-score, that comes from my joie de vivre and strong desire to make connection / to make myself seen, heard and named in this beautiful world \ to inspire and to create awareness to take better care of our amazing planet, our fragile future!
harp and soul scapes
Next to making (motion)pictures in my studio i like to visualize my harp in an actual landscape. My harp and soul / every now and then in perfect harmony with our wonderful world \ another realm / a dreamscape \ are captured in film and photography to complement and strengthen the landscape music. In my landscape music videos i decipher landscapes and i bring the textures, patterns, colors of a scenery back to an abstract. It is about unveiling the narrative of a landscape .. translating it into actual words or vice versa. Through my visual poems i create new ways of looking and listening to our environment, in order to reconnect man and earth.
harPoetry : music = poetry
And Poetry is Music - a language that evokes the landscape of the universal and imaginary, therefore music unites ; we all are music as it were. Music and Poetry are existential. A concept of life. Utmost profound and everywhere. Music is everything and everything is music ; to be touched by the unsaid and infinity of for example a majestic whispering oak tree, wondrous bird talk and the silence of an amazing landscape make absolutely sense - how wonderful ! My passion, desire, restlessness, insecurity, despair (life is really felt in absence) are filtered in the serenity of my harp talk. Heart/soul, time, space and silence are essential (without silence no music !), so one can escape into the music, another reality, an alternative beautiful (dream) world and maybe even unravel the mystery of life or may find fudge ;)
Imaginative and effective chosen words that express introspection or come from intuition define poetry. I have a strong inner knowing about harPoetry = harp + (spoken) Poetry ; spoken word combined with harp-sounds alter the reality of the original music and text in a soulful and wondrous way. Such a touching and vulnerable synergy has arisen between the tone of vocals and the singing harp. My instrument almost sounds like a human voice that speaks enigmatic words and yet a recognizable language that touches the essence within the listener / harPoetry is a voice beyond words, that's why i am with the poet .
(HARP)music fused with other art-forms fabriks another sound - motion - shape - color - vision, therefore i use the trial/error method for (free)improv., sound art experiments, spoken and written word (poetry) & (modern) visual art @ my HARPlab., where music becomes visible, tactile, moving or a speaking voice and visual art audible. Seemingly unusual ARTfusions trigger innovation, when different worlds meet, exciting new ideas and cutting-edge formats might happen and appear to be of added value. These try-outs inspire to learn and renew my work without artistic compromise, to remain the integrity of the productions. Even-though i take a step back regularly to review and reflect, i am on a constant sound-search - a life-long journey - to go further and forth.
from ARCHITECTURE to SOUND SCULPTURE = stilled music = AUDIO ART = hq .WAV
My compositions have a structure based on patterns like squares, triangles, circles or //, instant music, textures, nature and poetry. A harp solo must stand on its own before it receives a musical answer in order to create music that matters. I like to see my music as sound-sculptures (three-dimensional), a scenery where one can walk around the notes as it were, with room to embrace the natural sound, movement, light, morphology, texture and poetry of the actual landscape or architecture, inevitably reality is altered by the subtle harp whispers. Stillness is fundamental to make music tangible. When the harp strings are seen as clay and the sound as a statuary, then the way i pull and push the string(s) and choose the clusters, will obviously be of influence to the shape of the material. How and when i mold my 47strings define the music. Silence and the intention between one and the other note give the listener time and space to experience the music as a real sculpture. The creation of a sound-sculpture is an organic and intuitive process ; coloring, grading, movement and texture happen simultaneously, light and shadow are inherent. The architecture and sound-quality of a recording are crucial to make my compositions work.
A (hq) headset is my favorite way of listening - in silence / in my own time and space \ to sonic art or a spoken word project. The sound experience is very personal and effective, the listener's heart and soul resonate immediately, because the auditor is isolated, therefore more focused and in touch with the artist. The combination of earphones and sound art is an immersive way during an aural journey to understand poetry and feel the music.
To feel complete as an artist i feel the strong need to make myself visible in music-videos and installations ― how else would a hermit like me get noticed by an audience ? Sharing my music (audio art) through video art - real sound sculptures - is a work in progress and a perpetual experiment.
INNOVATION : minimal harp as basis material @ UNPLUGGED MUSIC & SONIC ART
Traditional orchestral film-music may not always do the images justice, it can be too monumental or predominant. That's why the audio i produce has an acoustic harp basis to secure an authentic sound because my harp speaks her own language. In other words : stilled music complements alternative art forms / especially created with 47strings = harp power ! Harp and Soul Music gives your concept an unique sound identity. A rich and impressive audio experience can be reached with a contemporary harp arrangement or sonic art. Minimal harp mixed with digital music, sounds of nature or spoken word are effective, modern and edgy and leave room for the essence of the project. The Dutch trade magazine for harpists qualifies therefore HSM as an artistic inventive and innovative music label.
sound on sound
For the ultimate harp+ sound overdub is needed. An authentic narrative and clear texture are a strong basis for a heartfelt musical answer ; combining different music styles through the sound on sound recording method results in music recycling / remix (the same concept seen in a different light), has impact, is innovative and creates an avant garde sound in the classical music scene !
Art for Art
The harp - the purest of all instruments - has an unique timbre that blends particularly well with the sounds of nature and spoken word. A minimalist note-score creates maximal music in perfect harmony with the visuals instead of the traditional orchestral works. I'd like to advocate that more harp-based-audio-productions are heard in Film, Multi-Media, ARTprojects, Health-Care &Science and that authentic creations should not be at the expense of purely opportunistic choices ; art should always be the starting point. As an indie musician i have artistic freedom / i am free to collab. with musicians of my own choice - creative and skilled artists who can give a touching musical answer to my harp monologues - in order to maintain the quality of my work. How do i know if i am on the right track? What makes art Art? When is art profound and outstanding? What i do know is that art is subjective and can be experienced in different styles and philosophies. To me art creates a state of wonder and stillness, expresses the unsaid and makes the abstract tangible, as i intent with my audio art & sound sculptures. Enfin : l'Art pour l'Art !
Earth without Art would be just eh.
Art is existential, autonomous, ambiguous, fierce, edgy, expressive, imaginative, impressive, empowering, amazing, fantastically weird. And Art evokes, rebels, moves, shakes, heals, reshapes, reviews, reveals, disturbs, comforts (eg). Above all : Art gives the earth color and a life breath .. with harp and soul .. with music &love.
— Anne Vanschothorst