Weirdomusic - Democassette!!???
This morning, I woke up with the song "The Man with the Wooden Eyes" in my head. I couldn't remember who performed it. My sleepy head was rattling through all sorts of New Wave bands. Maybe it was the Urban Verbs, Ultravox, Chrome - who was it? So I did a search online and it turns out to be the awesome Marco Kalnenek, aka Weirdomusic, the brain behind WM Recordings, former project collaborator and one of my favorite people!
Here is his entire February 1990 Democassette!!??? release. I do not know whether this release predates his six years at the conservatory, but there are impressive keyboard segments here. I particularly like them towards the end of "Acid." I sure had fun revisiting this music. Enjoy!
Several tracks also appear on his A Piece of Weirdomusic History. These are the songs Marco contributed to weeks 26 of the fantastic 52 Weeks project from Splogman.com.
"Weirdomusic is the nom-de-plume of 35 year old Marco Kalnenek from Heerlen, the Netherlands. The name was first used for his 1992 cassette release Someweirdomusic and is now the name of Marco's website Weirdomusic.com and all related musical activities.
"Marco started playing the piano at age 9. His first band Foolish Behaviour was formed around 1982, when he started jamming and recording tapes with his pal "Deurie" (Marco Dörenberg) and assorted other friends. Hundreds of hours of music and other noises were recorded in the 12 years that followed. A few cassettes and cd-r's were privately released and a couple of tracks turned up on compilations made by other people.
"In 1994 Marco's interest in writing and recording music started to fade, mainly due to his bad experiences at the Conservatory of Music in Maastricht, where he studied jazz piano for 6 years between 1987 and 1993. Most of Weirdomusic's home recordings from 1982-1994 still survive [and are currently being transferred to archive.org].
"In 2001 two older recordings were remixed by Dutch musician Ton Rückert and Japanese dj Hideo Nakai for an as yet unreleased cd-compilation of Weirdomusic's work. Meanwhile Marco has been experimenting with pc based composing and recording. His first new recording in nearly 10 years was released on the Comfort Stand label in April 2004."
more info at the Weirdomusic Discography.