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Three days of residency at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels: Diktat, unPublic, Radio Panik, and another couple of ookoi-clones.

august 20, 2023

A few months ago we had this wonderful chance to finally bring back to—matter of speaking—life: the mighty Diktat. Some of you will wonder indeed: what has happened to Jean Bordé? As a matter of fact, so do we; and I will happily go into more detail on this, any time you and I meet in real life. Here though, on these public pages (obviously, despite their minor interest for dealers in worldly and monetary affairs, under programmed (data) surveillance by many a greedy online actor, let's not fool ourselves), I feel I must hush.

As an artistic endeavor relatively obscure, devoid of financial backing, lacking grants, publicity, capital, and fees (for various genuine, not solely idealistic motives), and with each participant leading busy lives scattered over considerable distances, it has never been easy to come together and play.

And obviously corona days didn't help.

It was little before corona that I met Shih-wen Lee, one evening late January 2020 at the opening of a visual arts exhibition in a Parisian galery, of works by Yuu Lin and Olon Huang, curated by a former student of mine, Cecilia Yue Teng. Shih-wen there performed. On her double bass, using a Max MSP patch. Or Pure Data, I can't remember. Whatever, we got talking, and I invited her to join us for an unPublic session.

Which so happened. We met for the 65th unPublic on February 22nd 2020, in La Générale's Salle Pleyel, which actually was the very first unPublic in the new La GĂ©nĂ©rale, in the 14th arrondissement, where the collective had moved to at the end of 2019 (the 64th unPublic was the last one to be at the old place on the avenue Parmentier, you can imagine it as part of the soundtrack to La G's displacement). We were also joined by another fine Paris based Taiwanese artist, Chiwei Lin. I had met Chiwei in Taiwan in 2017, in Tainan, when at the Ting Shuo hear say Studio we did the 39th unPublic. For some reason I forgot, Chiwei did not participate in that Taiwanese unPublic. But he did then, in Paris.

shih-wen, uP 65

salle playel

up 65

Meeting Shih-wen was a fun and musically really satisfying chance encounter, and we would have all gladly have gotten together more often here and there to play. But then corona burst, and more so, Shih-wen, who up till then had been studying at the Paris conservatory, moved to Brussels to continue her studies at the Royal Conservatory there.

When in last year's—2022—summer we trained to Berlin to join Jeff Zeromoon there for a couple of days, we tried, though knew the 'no' pretty much sure beforehand, to maybe do it as a with-Jean Diktat. While in Berlin, with Rinus we arranged for him to come over to Paris for a short autumn residency at La Générale. Which then of course would have provided a perfect chance for that 42th Diktat performance, following the series of 41 that had started on the 7th of April 2006, in Montmartre, before came to something of a grinding halt in 2018.

But also autumn 2022 did not allow for a with-Jean Diktat in Paris.

Because there can be no Diktat without a double bass player, in came Shih-wen Lee. You may call it the 'concept', I'd rather call it the 'law', haha. Or say, it began as a 'concept', but then became a law.

(Conceptual music, like (other/all) conceptual (visual) art, says German music philosopher Harry Lehmann, can be recognised by identifying/verifiyng the existence of an isomorphism between the 'concept(ion)' of the work and its 'percept(ion)': what you read is what you hear.)


The idea indeed was obvious: we'd propose Shih-wen to join Diktat. And do that 42nd—number dear to 20th century pop culture—performance in Brussels, where we all then met with Rinus from Berlin. In May 2023.

Frans Claus was so kind as to make things easy from a practical point of view. I contacted him, told what was the plan, and he generously proposed me a three day residency in the Ateliers Claus's studio space, precisely on the days that we needed the space to work. Three days from May 11th till the 14th, including the possibility of a quasi-private, but still public presentation there on Friday evening May 12th. Of cours that I jumped at the occasion. Thank you so much once again, Frans!

Those three days have given rise to four memorable events. Being able to use the studio space offered obviously a fine occasion for unPublic sessions. There were two of them.

We recorded the 93rd one as a trio, with Maurice Charles Jj on sopranino sax—Remember À Table!? There's this amazing album we recorded at the Brussel's Pianofabriek, still waiting to be released, as this one is meant to be on vinyl—(again, the first life meeting with Jean-Jacques since confinement! ...), Shih-wen on the double bass and myself, in the afternoon of Thursday May 11th.

uP 93


The next day we re-vived Diktat...


diktat 2023

... in what, as said, was to become, according to the 'count' on the quartet's web page, Diktat's 42nd performance since its inception in 2006 on the seventh of April, in the long time already no longer existing Project 101, a cellar space below a small shop in Montmartre that at the time was run by radio-artists Dinahbird and Jean-Philippe Renoult. Seventeen years ago, and a good as any reason also for the summarising essay dedicated to Diktat in the 175th issue of Gonzo (Circus) Magazine (that, of course is in Dutch).

diktat 2023

We added a 43rd to the list the next day: one of that Saturday evening's acts that were to perform at Les Ateliers, in the hall below the studio, had canceled, and Frans invited us to step in. And we did. A brief hand-held intervention on the 'dance floor'...

diktat 2023

diktat 2023

After the 43rd Diktat performance, we moved back up to the first floor and into the studio, for the final event of our three days at the Atelier: the 94th unPublic. We were joined by three of Shih-wen friends, all like her studying at the Brussels conservatory, and all from Taiwan. There were percussionist Hui-Chi Li, pianist David Sung (as there was no piano, David also did percussion, together with Hui-Chi), and Hung Shao-Huan, playing the sheng and using his voice. Additionally, we were joined by a friend of Rinus', Marcin Barski from Poland. In the recordings you will hear Rinus reading in Dutch from Simon Carmiggelt's short story 'Vreemdeling in Jeruzalem', and Rébus from the French translation of South Korean-born philosopher and cultural theorist Byung-Chul Han's 'Lob der Erde: Eine Reise in den Garten'

uP 94

uP 94

uP 94

uP 94


Diktat, unPublic... unquestionably fundamental and cornerstones of our creative endeavors over the past decade(s), one might say. As is the ookoi. They are sort of a trinity. A trinity that ordered according to seniority would run like: ookoi, Diktat, unPublic. Now, as far as the ookoi are concerned, Petermans is not much of traveler. He rather is and always has been the homely, seclusive, retired kind, and I pretty much knew beforehand that there would be little chance that he would make the trip down to Brussels, to join there in some of the work. But! We did manage to get our tails down there (thank you, Vieze Meisje!) ... You see them in the pictures, solitary dangling in the back of the Ateliers' studio...

... and yes, wrapping another couple of ookoi clones! They may well be with us more often in not so distant futures. As all the while the men once clad in green, continue to write their b.ookoi...

ookoi clones


During the residency, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nico Bogaerts, for his Moacrealsloa emission on Radio Panik. Nico made it into a thing of epic length, near to two hours. Here it is as an embedded podcast. For your pleasure... (It is in French)

A long and relaxed conversation, or rather of a series of mono-logues. I tell a lot, which makes it a useful document for myself. Some of the things that I said (en français): Je suis un jamais retraitĂ©; || fin des annĂ©es 1970 j'arrivais Ă  Amsterdam, je voulais faire des Ă©tudes, mais je n'arrive pas, il y avait trop d'autres choses Ă  faire || (: ultra / young lions :) je pense toujours que dans la courte pĂ©riode qu'on a fait, c'Ă©tait d'une grande originalitĂ©; peut-ĂȘtre quelque chose qu'on arrive Ă  avoir une fois dans ce vie ... discours sur les cassettes trouvĂ©es || ... Ultra ... || l'histoire de 'Commuters' || ... Koenig ...|| Maths || ... c'est le son qui fait la musique ... || ... 'Chronique Sonore' ... || 'c'est quoi la musique ?', il n'y a pas de reponse gĂ©nĂ©rale, tout le monde a sa propre musique ... pour moi, la musique c'est quelque chose qui se construit dans ta tĂȘte, c'est en Ă©coutant que se fait la musique || pour moi la musique commence au moment oĂč je commence Ă  Ă©couter musicalement || ... 'BruxellesGC' ... || Le Placard, rencontre avec Emmanuel || ... rencontre Rinus van Alebeek, Maastricht - Heerlen ... || la naissance de Diktat ... || ... si on se mets sur ne scĂšne, on devient tout de suite les Ronnettes ... || je suis devenu un grand propagandiste de faire de la musique sans public ... || ... ( :diktat:) on est des danseurs ! on danse autour de la basse ! ... comme instant, il y a cette idĂ©e ce qu'on fait avec diktat, on joue avec notre collection de cassettes trouvĂ©es, des choses qui sont enregistrĂ©es par nous mĂȘmes, qui sont trouvĂ©es dans la rue et on utilise ça d'une façon en rĂ©agissant l'un Ă  l'autre, mais on sait jamais ce qui va venir, parce que tout est imprĂ©visible, les instruments sont imprĂ©visibles, parce qu'ils ne marchent pas trĂšs bien, ou ils ne font pas ce'on pense ils vont faire, et ça c'est une sorte d'une grande piĂšce de musique, une seule piĂšce de musique, Diktat, qui tourne autour ces lignes de contrebasse, qui se ballade avec, ou avant, ou derriĂšre. Et c'est contrebasse est essentielle lĂ  dedans || pas de Jean, mais Shih-wen ; elle n'est pas Jean BordĂ©, mais elle n'est pas besoin d'ĂȘtre Jean BordĂ©, elle doit ĂȘtre Shih-wen Lee! || on le voit surtout comme des petits extraits d'un truc qui continue, alors l'idĂ©e de faire un disque, ça ne colle pas vraiment || ... ( :unPublic: ) ... Emmanuel et moi c'est une sorte de centre || ... avec ou sans publique, ce n'est pas la mĂȘme intention, ce n'est pas la mĂȘme chose, c'est diffĂ©rent || 'd'oĂč vient ta fascination pour la musique ?' moment d'illumination, j'avais 13 ans peut-ĂȘtre, au lycĂ©e, un garçon qui Ă©tait une classe au dessus de moi m'avait invitĂ© chez lui, et qui m'a fait Ă©couter Hot Rats, de Frank Zappa, on Ă©coutait Peaches en Regalia ... et lĂ  je me suis dit, "Dieu, ça peut ĂȘtre quelque chose, la musique" ... || 'Tu Ă©coutes quelle type de musique actuellement ?' || ... Surtout unPublic ... mais j'Ă©coute aussi beaucoup d'autres choses au fait, mais—et c'est peut-ĂȘtre aussi un peu l'Ă©poque—aprĂšs souvent je ne sais plus ce que c'Ă©tait au fait. Il y a absolument, peut-ĂȘtre pas tout trĂšs originale, mais il y a des musiques absolument fabuleux, une Ă©norme quantitĂ© ... il y a 50 ans, on avait encore l'impression qu'on pourrait connaĂźtre tout ... c'est la quantitĂ© qui est effrayante... mais il y plus que jamais de la musique intĂ©ressante, et la peine Ă  Ă©couter ... || ... Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner ... »

{{Playlist: Harold Schellinx - Kitty Knew ; Harold Schellinx, Ronald Heiloo - A Twilight Smile ; [[Minny Pops]] ; Commuters: The Ventriloquist, The Acrobat, The Young Lieutenant, The Man on the Island ; Diktat - Sonic Circuits, Volkspaleis ; unPublic - uP 154, uP 483.}}

We are but our stories.
They will all be forgotten, eventually.
We write to forget.

Thank you, Nico!


Read about Diktat elsewhere:
Gonzo #175, mei/juni 2023 - Een Band zonder Eigenschappen

Read about Diktat on the SoundBlog:

(2023, december 23) - Diktat rules in Brussels
(2023, august 20) - Three days of residency at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels
(2018, august 13) - Rage, rafts & refugees
(2014, july 01) - Speculative Dancing - Diktat - americana / 2
(2012, october 20) - Audio monitoring the Watergate Hotel - Diktat - americana / 1
(2012, august 11) - Diktat outside/inside the Manufactured Normalcy Field
(2012, february 19) - Magnetic Remanence
(2011, August 05) - (I can't get no) Immediate Satisfaction - Diktat in Berlin [iii]
(2011, Juli 31) - 'Komm raussi!' - Diktat in Berlin [ii]
(2011, Juli 29) - 'Where ist Ausland?' - Diktat in Berlin [i]
(2010, march 30) - on-g'luk = un-luck, that is: malheur, twice ...
(2009, april 16) - Le Grande Cirque
(2009, february 10) - DIKTAT's "Sturm der Liebe"
(2007, october 19) - Diktat in Breda [ii. boezem]
(2007, october 14) - Diktat in Breda [i. dutch angle]
(2007, september 20) - Diktat in Den Haag
(2006, april 7) - The birth of Diktat

Listen to Diktat:
(2016) - Tour de Force (Coherent States, CS-7)
(2012) - DIKTAT in Berlin

See & hear Diktat:
(2014) - 4 US Dances

Read about unPublic on the SoundBlog:

(2023, november 3-..) - Ethereal Reverberations. A Decade of unPublic (« Dix ans qu'on fait la musique sans public ») (uP#100)
(2023, august 20) - Three days of residency at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels (uP#65, uP#93, up #94)
(2022, september 2) - Three Musketeers Musicking Maastricht & La Générale (uP#86, up #87)
(2022, august 4) - Berlin: Zero Cohesion (3) (uP#84)
(2022, july 24) - Berlin: Zero Cohesion (2) (uP#83)
(2022, july 11) - Berlin: Zero Cohesion (1) (uP#82)
(2022, july 2) - X-unPub (uP#81)
(2022, march 13) - "Manifeste" (uP#80)
(2021, june 13) - Die Stillgestandenen (The Stillstands / Standstills / Stillstanders) (uP#67)
(2021, may 02) - Playing Apart Together: Chuncheon↯Paris (uP#73)
(2018, november 02) - "Five years stuck on my eyes" (Lustrum Non Publicum) (uP#56)
(2018, september 01) - t'Obsolete or not t'Obsolete ... [iv] (uP#54)
(2018, august 13) - Rage, rafts & refugees (uP#49, uP#50)
(2018, august 10) - t'Obsolete or not t'Obsolete ... [iii] (uP#45)
(2017, june 11) - Moving out, of, on ... [ii] (uP#42)
(2016, june 10) - unPublic #18 - 대부도 (Daebu-Do), 14 June 2015 (uP#18)
(2016, may 07) - In Praise of Slowness (uP#21)
(2015, july 15) - Bridges, troubles, water (uP#19)
(2015, april 14) - Mal-là--colisé dans l'espace et dans le temps (uP#16)
(2014, august 02) - Appearance and Reality (uP#8)
(2014, march 08) - "12 - 11 - 9 - 10 - 3 - 6 - 7 - 1 - 2 - 8 - 4 - 5" (uP#5)
(2013, december 31) - Candles, Cassettes & Champagne (uP#4)
(2013, november 23) - unPublic 1, 2 (sauf riverains) (uP#1, uP#2)

Read about unPublic on Medium:

April 16, 2022 - Playing Apart Together (uP#66-#69)
March 17, 2022 - All delusion is expansive (uP#80)
November 10, 2021 - The Future always was Yesterday

Read about unPublic in Gonzo (Circus) [Dutch]:

Gonzo #143, januari/februari 2018 - Met kop noch staart: muzhakdag! (uP#48)
Gonzo #139, mei/juni 2017 - De waan, de wil, de weg

Read about unPublic elsewhere:

Plus-X-Creative, january 2022 - Playing Apart Together
Electronic Cottage, november 2018 - unPublic - 'Five Years stuck on my eyes' -sketch as a memoire

To listen, download & support, visit unPublic @ Bandcamp.

Read more about Les Ateliers Claus on the SoundBlog:

(2023, august 20) - Three days of residency at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels
{... more to be added ...}
(2009, may 13) - attention ! oeuvre d atable
(2009, march 10) - A weekend at the Ateliers Claus
(2009, february 19) - Time and the weather
(2009, january 30) - A Tingel Tangle Tape Machine

Read about the ookoi elsewhere:
ANNUAL, 1, december 2023 (Korm Plastics) - Green-tainted hyperbole, quailish quirks and summer-flies. The inscrutable genius of the ookoi.
eContact! 21.2, july 2023 - Towards an Unhearable Music. Conceptualism in the ookoi's art.
Gonzo #88, september/october 2008 - Zelfcomponerende Klankstukken

Read about the ookoi and Raudio and Stduio on the SoundBlog:
(2023, december 31) - d.ookoi writes b.ookoi (ii) - A Year in the Rear (2023)
(2023, december 16+) - Awesome Foursomes (xi) - No. 178
(2023, december 16+) - Awesome Foursomes (x) - No. 789
(2023, december 16+) - Awesome Foursomes (ix) - No. 329
(2023, august 20) - Three days of residency at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels
(2022, april 25) - Awesome Foursomes (viii) - No. 664
(2022, march 31) - Awesome Foursomes (vii) - No. 138
(2022, february 20) - Awesome Foursomes (vi) - No. 419
(2021, november 01) - Awesome Foursomes (v) - No. 954
(2021, august 20) - Awesome Foursomes (iv) - No. 793
(2021, july 18) - Awesome Foursomes (iii) - No. 562
(2021, july 09) - Awesome Foursomes (ii)- No. 284
(2021, june 21) - Awesome Foursomes (i) - No. 019
(2021, may 31) - d.ookoi writes b.ookoi (i)
(2020, january 26) - STDUIO Arti: aLife @Hal-fIve
(2020, january 25) - STDUIO Arti: The LⒶst Weekend
(2019, march 03) - ookoi 2.0: the remake of a spect[r]al b[r]and
(2017, april 12) - 1024
(2015, march 07) - The men once in green are now writing a book!
(2014, may 09) - You are NOT Hier!
(2013, july 03) - How to keep devils away
(2013, may 06) - Next Numbr!
(2012, june 24) - Ninja Fruit Plus Instruments
(2012, may 06) - Y.3 = Yltra !
(2012, may 06) - Our final gig / Ons laatste optreden
(2010, may 23) - 'Raise the trumpet, sound the drum'
(2010, april 02) - [Second Life and WudyWudy]
(2010, january 05) - ookoi: onderood
(2009, november 17) - Soli Deo Gloria !
(2009, october 10) - Project Icarus OST
(2009, august 24) - ookoi ShakeNRoll
(2009, july 18) - Pure . Reactive . Music . Hack Day
(2009, april 07) - "Blood and Bottom" (Raudi0GaGa)
(2009, february 21) - Insular arithmetic (ookoi toont)
(2009, january 31) - A glimpse of Heesbeen
(2009, january 15) - Rien à voir
(2008, october 02) - The right to be slow
(2008, june 06) - Raudio Graffiti: almost live !
(2008, february 24) - The Great Washing
(2007, december 04) - I'm an island
(2007, november 20) - Live Beyond the Paradiso, Amsterdam
(2007, september 04) - leve ookoi! (3)
(2007, august 22) - leve ookoi! (2)
(2007, august 12) - leve ookoi! (1)
(2007, april 12) - Back to Berlin [Raudio 11/15]
(2007, march 24) - Vicky, Killers and Avatars
(2007, february 15) - Every presentation is a premiere
(2007, january 25) - 1024 Waarden, by ookoi
(2007, january 19) - Preparations for a Second Life
(2006, november 05) - Cellarlar Heroes
(2006, october 20) - Funky shit
(2006, august 14) - placard : la générale
(2006, july 07) - de-'tails of lite house keeping'
(2006, may 06) - jam karet?
(2006, april 04) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [3] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 20) - raudio @cosman's
(2006, march 12) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [2] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 03) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [1] [Raudio 07]
(2005, october 12) - Raudio #06 [Raudio 06]
(2005, september 25) - 0 OK, 0:1, life on ze road
(2005, july 31) - Outside - Inside Paradiso
(2005, june 18) - Sand-Y da-Y #5-7 [Raudio 05]
(2005, june 05) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #04 - da birds
(2005, may 26-24) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #03, #02, #01 - Crew cut ; "The truth is out here" ; ::
(2005, may 14) - 9 Beet Stretch [Raudio Special]
(2005, march 31) - Raudio #04 :: "GespRek 1982-2005" [Raudio 04]
(2005, february 10) - raudio #3 (drie/three) [Raudio 03]
(2004, december 08) - pure sound [Raudio 02]
(2004, november 24) - other, and good news! [Raudio 01]
(2004, october 10) - raudio launched
(2004, september 24) - made in ameland
(2004, june 09) - boyzz buzz # listen!global corpus
(2004, may 20-31) - >∞-îl_o_tré

Read some of the ookoi's papers in pdf:
(2014) - Localized Sounds, Sounding Locations.
Presented at the International Symposium "Locative Media and Sound Art", Kortrijk (be)
(2007) - ookoi - Uptime Publishing Demonstration. (With Jay Needham.)

ookoi - The works:
(2015—now) :: writing b.ookoi: pick a number!
(2017) Weekly, 10'24" :: ookoi dooki podcast
(2014) HIER - iPhone app, 4 track album of localized Future Popp
(2013) Y ¬ Y.1024 (HTML5 web app)
(2013) Wandelzand - iPhone app, soundwalk for the Dutch isle of Ameland
(2012) Palm Top Theatre V2
(2010) WudyWudy, machina movie, filmed in Second Life by Evo Szuyuan (trailer)
(2009) ookoi_@_E@rport, Amsterdam - channel 19 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2009) ShakeNRoll, Project Icarus OST - scenes for the RJDJ reactive music iPhone platform
(2009) iRingg®, iPhone ringtones
(2009) 2525 (video)
(2008) L'Ecoute - public space screen video
(2008) Jam Karet I & Jam Karet IV - pocket movies
(2007) Live beyond the Paradiso (USB-stick data-dump)
(2007) Leve ookoi! - channel 16 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2007) 1024 (DVD)
(2007) 1024 Waarden - flash animation
(2006) "Roam Stroam" - channel 12 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2006) Tijdrekken - flash animation
(2005) Sand-Y (Zandoog) - channel 7 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2004) Muziektafel-Tafelmuziek (CD)
(1980) Signs and Symptoms

tags: unPublic, Diktat, Ateliers Claus, ookoi

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