Whats this guy about?
Wouter Jaspers is an electro-acoustic composer, auteur of field recordings and synth designer making use of his busy tour schedule to amass a noise archive where the narrative qualities of sound become catalysts for dark ambient chasms and ear-splitting adventures.
Jaspers records and performs music under his own name, but also as Franz Fjödor, Das Gezicht, A Cryptic Mantra, Cock Cobra, Ambient Rage and others. He has performed as part of The Haters, To Live and Shave in LA, was one half of the Jim Morrisons and a member of 4daladiez & Meldy Peaches. With fellow Brabander Steffan de Turck he performs and records as Preliminary Saturation, with Dutch legend Frans de Waard he is Ezdanitoff, and with fellow Berliner Hainbach he performs and releases records as Odd Narrative.
Between 2011 and 2020 Jaspers was the managing director and chief designer of KOMA Elektronik, a Berlin-based synthesizer manufacturer that builds electronic musical instruments for experimentalists. In this capacity he designed the popular Field Kit Series and many other devices. After leaving the company at the end of October 2020, he is focussing on his passions which are performing and releasing music, education through hands-on workshops on music and electronics, stimulating DIY culture and helping other musical instrument designers in a role of conceptual design and business consultant.
When not working on machines and music he is riding one of his racebikes, which is his other big passion.
You get by with a little help of your friends
Together with long time friend and partner in crime Steffan de Turck, Wouter is the duo Preliminary Saturation, their latest album was released in 2019 on Moving Furniture Records.
Together with fellow Berliner Hainbach, Wouter performs and records as Odd Narrative. Being quite different as musicians, this project is an exciting mix of field recordings, soul wrenching melodies and electroacoustic prowess.
Together with Dutch electronic music legend Frans de Waard, Wouter is Ezdanitoff, a duo mostly focussed on using techniques invented by the greats; Cage, Tudor, Reich and others to explore new sonic landscapes.
What Other People Say
“What gives Wouters music its freshness is the way he combines field recordings and electro-acoustics, far away from the academic standard. The moving notion of the journey always metaphorically transposes into his work. The destination is not always known, which isn’t a flaw at all, quite the opposite.” – The WIRE
“Mesmerising tapestries of sound mixed with disturbing field recordings and psychedelic passages. Wouter Jaspers keeps his subtle compositions in perfect balance, and he stuffs them full with rich sound details.” – Brabants Dagblad
Preliminary Saturation – You Are The Universe
“It was late 2004 when Spanish label CONV released Textures and Mobiles, by Jos Smolders, in a limited run of only 100 CDr’s. This amazing album was based on a limited set of sounds: dtmf and ccitt tones that were generated by telephones and pure sine waves that interfere with each other. It came in like a wrecking ball! For us at least. A couple of years later, at Jos’ birthday party, we used samples of this album in a celebratory live performance. A couple of more years and years later we decided to make a recycle / remix project out of it, processed Jos’ original sounds, added some of our own spices and poured the results into this album.”