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Geschreven op 14 februari, 2015 | door redactie

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The strong connection between Music and Space

Giuseppe Valenza kennen we van Bodypolitics en heeft zich voor de komende tijd teruggetrokken in zijn bungalow net buiten Utrecht, Walden, om aan nieuw materiaal te werken. We vroegen hem een stukje te schrijven over muziek, de plek, inspiratie en de behoefte om zonder planning muziek te schrijven.  

I care about enjoying my time with the musicians and the people I love, in a place where we can record a song at 2 AM, out in the open air, or eat altogether while practicing new songs, forgetting about time.

I still remember those days when I could place my guitar amp outside the rehearsal room, which was an unused farm in the middle of nowhere, between the soft hills of my home region, Marche. I could plug my guitar in and play it loud, in the middle of the night. No one could hear me, no one could care. Only in that way, I felt free of expressing my purest sound identity.

I grew up playing with friends, from the age of 13, in places where time was never an issue and where neighbors were sheep or cows, not humans.

Less than a year ago, Bodypolitics got stuck, I got stuck. After years of playing in rehearsal rooms where you have to pay to play; after receiving thousands of complaints from my neighbors, while trying to write a new song, in the 7 apartments I changed during the last 7 years I spent in the Netherlands; after feeling suffocated by the amount of rules related to sound isolation, live performances and recording process, I realized it was time to deal with this beautifully flat country in a radically different way, to avoid blowing all my dreams away.

Nine months ago, I moved into a bungalow outside Utrecht, which I named Walden. Walden is my home, my recording studio, my writing spot and my rehearsal space, my small private restaurant, all in once. It’s nothing fancy at all, but an isolated place, away from the city and from other houses, surrounded by trees, where you can scream, play loud, smoke, play outside or with the window open. It’s the place where anybody I know and plays an instrument can come and express him/herself, without a purpose, without a plan.

This all planning thing in this overcrowded, exciting and useless Dutch music scene, makes me feel locked in. Most of the people I know who work with music here, are constantly busy making plans, fixing agreements, blocking weeks, checking the click and the clock. Asphyxiating.

As a reaction, my plan is to have no plan anymore. I don’t give a damn if no label will sign me or if I will have to keep booking shows on a Sunday afternoon from my laptop, but I care about enjoying my time with the musicians and the people I love, in a place where we can record a song at 2 AM, out in the open air, or eat altogether while practicing new songs, forgetting about time.

Don’t get me wrong: places like dB’s or the Mailmen studios are really needed and they give great opportunities to hundreds of musicians. I’m glad they exist. But in a culture where all parties involved in the music business are used to perfectly plan their agendas three months in advance, I decided to give less value to time and planning and to focus instead on the connection between Music and Space.

Time flows anyway. People change. Walden stays.

Note: Bodypolitics is now working on new music, which will also be recorded at Walden.

 

Zie hieronder een van de sessies die we met Giuseppe op het oude kantoor opnamen.

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