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Sweet Sissy And The Ballroom Hiss

  • Title: Sweet Sissy And The Ballroom Hiss
  • Artist: staalplaat soundsystem
  • Label: Staalplaat
  • Format: mCD
  • Price: €6,00EU (incl. 19% VAT)€5,04non-EU

Staalplaat Soundsystem is an eclectic mix of techno culture and sound art installation. The initiator of Staalplaat Sound-system Geert-Jan Hobijn is the founder of the Staalplaat music label and he has been the organizer of many sound art and performance events in the past. What is probably not so well known is that Geert-Jan Hobijn not only is a producer,but has also always been influential in how many Staalplaat productions looked and sounded. With Staalplaat Soundsystem Geert-Jan Hobijn finally shows his own creative talents openly. No doubt the move of the Staalplaat headquarters from Amsterdam to Berlin has been important in making this happen. Whereas in Amsterdam media culture is an indoors experience most of all, Berlin has a very strong public media art scene with a deep interest in sound art and experimental techno-music. Geert-Jan Hobijn knows the experimental music scene inside out. With the Staalplaat Soundsystem he combines this knowledge with his experience in shaping performance art events. Working from a punk aesthetic (Staalplaat was founded in the beginning of the 80's) and his knowledge of 20th century avantgarde music traditions the Staalplaat Soundsystem has developed into a trashy extravaganza with the down to earth simplicity of the Cagean music universe. Every event is tailored to fit its environment. Give the Staalplaat Soundsystem an interesting or challenging space to work with and the space gets transformed into an immersive environment with many of the characteristics of the world of experimental music and performance in which Staalplaat has always been one of the vectors.
Josephine Bosma

Josephine Bosma is a critic and journalist in the field of art and new media. She lives and works in Amsterdam. Publications of her work have been both offline and online in, amongst others: nettime, Rhizome, Mute (UK), Telepolis (D), Metropolis M (NL), UHK (NO), Switch (USA), Ars Electronica '97 catalogue (AT), Walker Art Center and SFMoma on line (both USA). She organised the radiopart of Next5minutes 2 (n5m2) and its .successor n5m3. Josephine Bosma also lectures about aspects of net art, and sound art at various events and institutions. In 2001 she initiated the newsletter for net art criticism Cream.

Staalplaat Soundsystem: Sweet Sissy and the Ballroom Hiss
Vooruit Geluid Festival 2002
Ghent Belgium

Staalplaat Soundsystem was our guest during the 6th edition of Vooruit Geluid Festival (26-30th of march 2002). The idea for this project saw the light when Geert-Jan Hobijn (one of the founders of the acclaimed Dutch Staalplaatlabel) came to Vooruit and got an extended tour throughout the building. Many of the spaces awakened his enthusiasm but it was the big concert hall that inspired him most. A few weeks later the full concept was formed.
Geert Jan Hobijn and Carlo Crovato built a huge installation for 12 industrial floor polishers, a whole range of household equipment (coffeemachines, mixers,…) and technical tools. All the machines were obeying Geert Jan who was producing bizarre soundpieces and sometimes hilarious tunes, as a true master of ceremonies.
Downstairs the floor polishers were dancing in what seemed to be a choreography, on the balconies the other equipment was commenting the whole event in its own rattling way. The result was impressive to say the least: our concert hall which usually hosts rock concerts and dance-parties for about 1200 people, was now the scene of a Sissy-esque electric,
ballroom experience with the floor polishers as spastic ballroom dancers and the other machines as enthusiastic side-actors.
Eva De Groote, Music Department Arts Centre Vooruit