John Van Rymenant ‘Memory Stop’

John Van Rymenant 'Memory Stop' LP front
John Van Rymenant 'Memory Stop' LP back cover
John Van Rymenant 'Memory Stop' LP side A

A stunning electronic and musique concrète LP by Belgian saxophonist and composer John Van Rymenant (born early 1950s), Memory Stop was Van Rymenant’s first disc for the wonderful Igloo Records in 1982, before the 1984 Scan Lines with Michael Galasso. Both LPs were composed as incidental music for the Plan K company. Residing since 1979 at Brüssels’ La Raffinerie – a former sugar factory transformed into art space–, Frédéric Flamand’s Plan K, created 1973, was a multimedia performance group organizing exhibitions as well as theater, dance and concert events — William Burroughs, Steve Lacy, Joy Division all played at La Raffinerie during the late 1970s-early 1980s. The place is now run by Minimalist composer Thierry de Mey. In the early 1970s, John Van Rymenant played sax in several Belgian progressive rock bands like Waterloo (First Battle LP, 1970) and Necronomicon (pre-Univers Zéro, 1973). In 1975, he performed at Brüssels’ Palais des Beaux Arts in a duo with Kris Shannon called Pneuma Two. His unusual sax technique included a contact microphone inside the instrument and electronic treatments, in a style known as ‘free-jazz électronique’. Memory Stop was composed during Plan K’s 8-months stay in Brazil in 1979, during which Van Rymenant had plenty of time to immerse himself in the Brazilian sound world, and to grow a fascination for the capoeira‘s famous accompanying instrument, the berimbau, which he recorded extensively and then treated electronically back in his Brüssels’ studio. The LP also has weird sounding, pure electronic tracks, typical from the electroacoustic music genre.

01 Escravos (3:59)
02 Electro Samba (2:41)
03 Cigarras (5:25)
04 Scooters (3:34)
05 Gaiolas (3:06)
06 Capoeira (5:30)
07 Moteur: Film Bleu (3:09)
08 La Fin Des Cigales (3:38)
09 Memory Stop (5:11)

Total time 36:00
LP released by Igloo Records, ref. 009, Belgium, 1982


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6 Responses to “John Van Rymenant ‘Memory Stop’”

  1. 1 Marcus Staniec April 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    A musique concrète piece I have not yet heard.
    This will be a good end to my night.
    Thanks so much!

  2. 2 continuo April 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Would love to know your opinion about it when you eventually give it a listen. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 Marc Fontfreda April 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Simply stunning, great find , weird electronics, proto-techno ,

    not knowing its true origin, i would think it´s a lost
    vanity records lp .

  4. 4 continuo April 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Belgium rocks! Thanks for your comment, Marc.

  5. 5 james carroll June 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Please make this available…

  6. 6 continuo June 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    See the 2012 Re-ups page.

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