Merlijn Twaalfhoven performs sound collage with spoken word about a time of rest, unrest and change.

Merlijn Twaalfhoven: Single “Waartijd”, written during the lockdown, evokes rebellion. Initially, composer and writer Merlijn Twaalfhoven wanted to write a poetic piece of music about the stillness that the pandemic brought us. But when economic support packages for multinationals were announced as early as the first week, the unrest struck. Are we, as human beings, offside now that the future is being determined? Is the unfair and unsustainable system being put back or is a turnaround possible? How can we show what is really important?…   

In the 4’40 minute single “WaartijdMerlijn Twaalfhoven, who is known as a composer of large music projects in challenging locations and worked in conflict areas and refugee camps, makes a call for revolution. But it’s not a revolution you’ll see on television, he paraphrases Gil Scott-Heron. It’s a revolution that’s on the inside. Only when we see the beauty of the world can we connect with what is really of value, and thus prevent ourselves from being carried away by the hypes of the day.

For this single, Merlijn Twaalfhoven worked remotely with composer Jurriaan Berger, who edited recordings of Twaalfhoven’s compositions in the computer and assembled them into a collage. Filmmaker Anna Eijsbouts made the video clip.

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