Wouters Holst - It's a Wild World (1989)
80's electronic avant-garde
mp3 192 kbps
Hero Wouters (1950) and Bianca Holst (1955) started their collaboration in 1976 after meeting at Psychopolis/The Free Academy, the well-known but obscure art-institute in The Hague, where Hero was teaching electronic music and film-editing. From 1985 to 1991 they used the name Panta Rhei, giving many live-performances with Bianca's expressive voice and Hero's synths, tapes and electronics.
Although many of their concerts were recorded, apart from a few short appearances on sampler-discs and -cassettes of the time there is only one Panta Rhei-album available: Weird Duck (1998, initially released as a cassette in 1988, COM Records CD02). Nonetheless they reached a cult-state in the Netherlands, owing to their music on VPRO-radio and a remarkable 1990- televisionperformance.
It's a Wild World was recorded at de Wilde Wereld, a theatre run by students of the Wageningen University of Life Sciences. Bianca sang and used small stones for percussion-effects, Hero played his synths plus a Commodore 64 with his own Herosynth JJ64-software, turning this ancient personal computer into a double-joystick-controlled synthesizer-randomizer that produced nice random-drawings besides. Among his other assets were 2 cassettedecks with prepared tapes (as Wageningen lies amid the Dutch “bible-belt”, he of course started the concert with the words of a confused reverend).
This album shows the avant-garde of the eighties at its amazing peak in a world that was confronted with the impact of computers, the first cd's and multi-channel television at the same time- dazedly coping with an outbreak of data-overflow.
Bianca Holst studied at the Toneelschool Amsterdam to become an actress with Fact, Publiekstheater and Werkteater. Today she is performing as a composer and theatre-director with her ensemble Het Musisch Wu Wei Universum and Wouters Holst.
Hero Wouters was a composer of music for film and theatre who had fled Amsterdam to live in the country. Although he preferred to work as a solo-artist his other groups include Dada di Musica, The TWO, Angelos Obscuros (with Legendary Pink Dots-singer Edward Ka-Spel) and Nul Kelvin.
01. Wilde Wereld part 1 - time 28.54
02. Wilde Wereld part 2 - time 22.53