Thuistezien 222 — 01.04.2021

No View, The Radio XXXX
Emile Van Helleputte
Unsound Body


Emile van Helleputte is a Belgian composer and performer, employing sound in a conceptual and critical way. His work questions the presentation of art objects and the context in which they are shown, and the authority the instrument itself may inspire. With a background in jazz music, Van Helleputte started experimenting with the different uses of the double bass. Through the preparation of his instrument, his interest in the theoretical background of musical instruments and scores grew, resulting in a more conceptual approach to performance and the shaping and sharing of musical experience.

In his own words about the piece: ‘Unsound Body is a composition for double bass, objects and a manual. The piece was composed in 2019 and can be performed by myself or someone else. The only condition is that the performer is a somewhat trained double bass player; it should be obvious that s/he is used to handling the instrument.

The piece starts from the basis that playing the instrument is first and foremost based on movements. The use of the word ‘manual’ instead of score emphasises this. The manual only shows the different movements; the notes or intended sounds are not mentioned. The manual allows an interpretation of different movements and how these movements produce sound.’



Illustration by Marc Lauber


About the series: No View, The Radio
The arts are taking a break. Theaters, museums, concert halls and galleries are closed. To a large extent, the art that is so desperately needed right now is inaccessible. Imagine being quarantined at home without films, without books, without music. Though we may not access the art, we can still think about it. The enforced rupture of this isolation can also be an opportune moment to reflect on and from, the arts. Every Friday for the upcoming weeks we will showcase original musical works by different artists, selected by Alex Andropoulos.


Overview episodes No No View, The Radio

I. House Flood — Sholto Dobie
II. Heaps — Saber Rider
III. Detached [ but Interconnected ? ) — Alexandropoulos–McEwan & Sasha Zalivako
IV. Salon Gout — Wanda Group
V. West jam — Goze
VI. Your Feeling — Genevieve Murphy
VII. Katilluik and the Warp — Bill Orcutt
VIII. YSTERA — Tzitzifriki[a]
IX. The Moon, the Bear and the Princes — Orphan Fairytale & Katja Louisa Stonewood
X. Look in all directions — Yeah You
XI. Uileboombox — Lyckle de Jong
XII. Pane, Both Sides — Edgars Rubenis
XIII. Touching a Mountain — Katherina Heil & Rik Möhlmann
XIV. On the Platform — Booker Stardrum + Chris Williams
XV. Stalingrad 1917 — The Rebel
XVI. Rainbow Bits — City Dragon
XVII. You Would Sound Much More Convincing If You Spoke As If You Cared — Horse Whisperer & Anna Danielewicz
XVIII. Rehearsal 06.08.2020 — Kurws
XIX. Planetary Synchronicity 2 — Alexander Johannes Heil
XX. Leaks — Soft Tissue
XXI. Realistik Soap — Cindy Lee
XXII. Stand Your Ground and Hold Water — ch
XXIII. 00 03 58 23 — Farida Amadou
XXIV. Western Front — Sarah Davachi
XXV. Protection from City Planning — Wendy Eisenberg
XXVI. Tone Cloud — Tsev
XXVII. This Could Be Any Day — Comfort
XXVIII. Hypocrisies of Improv — Kevin Shea
XXVIV. Number One — Sasha Zalivako
XXX. Selten gehörte Hausmusik — Black to Comm
XXXI. Improvisation on ‘An Air Swept Clean of All Distance’ — Rhodri Davies
XXXII. Paradoxes — Mariam Rezaei
XXXIII. Untitled —  Tongue Depressor
XXXIV. Tara Clerkin Trio —  Tara Clerkin Trio
XXXV. Wrens sing all the winter through, frost excepted —  Ernest Vilsons
XXXVI. Sticky —  Still House Plants
XXXVII. For West Den Haag —  David Fenech + Klimperei
XXXVIII. Summer Of Love —  Watkins/Peacock
XXXVIV. The Turn Things Take — John Butcher
XXXX. Unsound Body — Emile Van Helleputte
XXXXI. Non Human Logic — Helena Celle
XXXXII. Lost in Deep Taiga — Abiboss