Dutch artist/musician Raymond Dijkstra is one of the most radical and original composers around today. With a clear DIY ethos and self-imposed restrictions he has created a singular universe all by himself. In the past 7 years he has (self-)released countless LP’s, 7“ & 5“ Vinyl releases in very tiny editions on his Le Souffleur label, all packaged in carefully edited artworks made by Dijkstra himself.
„L’Opus L’H“ will be one of his first widely available releases since 2003’s collaboration with Timo van Luyck (Af Ursin, Noise Maker’s Fifes, In Camera, Nurse With Wound) as Asra.
Dijkstra is using a minimal set-up for all of his compositions: organ & harmonium, scraping metal & glass, tuba, strings and, exclusively to his „Opus“ cycle, a tape echo. He’s exploring these small parameters in an improvised and highly personal, often trance-like, ecstatic setting comparable to „Automatic Writing“ or „Surrealist Automatism“ techniques. By offensively restricting and repeating his methods he is able to profoundly explore the depths of the particular sounds and, not least, of the player/composer’s psyche itself.
„L’Opus L’H“ is the second title in Dijkstra’s series „The Advantages of Schizophrenia“.
„ All my work is highly autobiographical, highly subjective and highly emotional. In this sense my work is the complete opposite of that from most musicmakers out of the experimental corner who's work is mostly without any emotion.
The reason for me making music is to strenghten my connection with life. For me my music is not experimental, simply because it was Never made to experiment.
There is a bit of a problem with most experimental musicians, who are mostly only touching the surface of a subject after which they go beyond to find another experiment. I feel more connected to painters and sculptors who delve deep into the subject and explore it thoroughly, going into every possible direction, to really connect with their world. Even more interesting I find it when one connects with ones own genuine personal world. Just to come home to his self, instead of going out for a journey, what experimenting often is.“