Godfried-Willem Raes round up




Godfried-Willem Raes was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1952. This is where, in 1991, he designed and build the Tetrahedron building, to hosts the Logos Foundation concert activities. He created various contemporary music ensembles, like the Logos Group (1968), the Logos Duo with partner Moniek Darge, the Man and Machine ensemble of musical robots (M&M, see logo below), etc. A prolific instrument builder since 1968, he created several dozens music instruments, including automats, modified classical instruments and sensor/captor based electronic devices. He says those captors work better with nude bodies, hence his numerous naked apparitions. See the Catalogue of Instrument page on Logos Foundation for more info on Raes’ creations. I made a selection in the many mp3s available at the Logos Foundation website to come up with an introduction to Raes’ own compositions. Moniek Darge’s music is also very good, especially her various exquisite music boxes.



01. ‘Gestrobo Studies’ (5:08)
For robot orchestra (including GeroVibi, GeroTrio, GeroBelly, GeroPuff, GeroTubi, GeroKlung) and with Emilie De Vlam: gesture, Godfried-Willem Raes: gesture & laptop, Kristof Lauwers: laptop. [from: lpd014 RoBodies by M&M Robot Orchestra]

02. ‘Harm’ (6:08)
For Harma, a programmable automated reed organ. [from: lpd 007 Automaton]

03. ‘So What’ (2:09)
For So, an automated sousaphone. [from: More Automats, lpd012]

04. ‘Afrotroms’ (8:01)
For Troms, a programmable set of 7 drums. [from: lpd 007 Automaton]

05. ‘Hidden cHarms’ (5:08)
For Harma, 2001

06. ‘Stacks’ (3:18)
Version for midi instruments. Written 2001, originally for the Spectra ensemble, conducted by Filip Rathe.

07. ‘Wouwel’ (5:25)
Quartertone music for Qt solo (a robotic quartertone organ), 2007

08. ‘Fidel Stroh’ 1991 (6:27)
Music theatre performance for Stroh Fiddle ‘see this link for this traditional irish instrument), played by Moniek Darge. [from: Logos Duo lpd009]

09. ‘For Synthelog and piano’ 1978 (5:05)
For synthelog (analog synthesizer) and piano, both played by the composer. [from: Logos Duo lpd009]

10. ‘Fujisan ni nobore fo’ (5:49)
For playerpiano. [from: lpd 007 Automaton]

11. ‘Fuzzy Harmony #8’ (0:59)
For Piperola (a barrel organ with compressor). [from: More Automats, Automaton 2, lpd 012]

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from: Logos Foundation mp3 page.



5 Responses to “Godfried-Willem Raes round up”

  1. 1 p. somniferum December 13, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed the Logos Foundation. Davey Williams turned me onto them one day after a conversation about the [im]possibilties of freedom. Thanks much for this. And yeah, more Belgians.

    On a side note, I’m a big fan of Belgian Trappist Beers. Duvel springs to mind.

  2. 2 continuo December 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    No way I could enjoy a belgian beer, tastes like water to me. I’m into czech beer and irish dark stouts like the Beamish.

  3. 3 Adam Eleven December 16, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    This is quite a discovery, thanks

  4. 4 walter raes October 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    dear sir and namegenoot
    looked at your website and it was mad ,great,fantastic
    could you please let me know if it would be possible to
    hear some of your creations
    shame you cant on your website
    anaway i will be in het moederland zijn .from the 22 th december till 2nd jan. 2009 be nice if i could hear some of them

    fellow countrymen
    ps check out my website

  5. 5 continuo October 10, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Hello Walter. Love some of your designs, especially clothes. Great! Thanks for visiting.

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