Albert Van Abbe

Albert Van Abbe

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It doesn't happen often, but sometimes you catch the eyes of a man as you pass him by in the street and you instantly get a feeling that this is not someone to mess with. It has nothing to do with aggression or malice – in fact, it's never the loud, cocky guys with the attitude and the practiced “cool” walk and talk. No, it's the calm, steady gaze of someone who has seen and experienced things and learned from them. Indeed, it does not happen often, but it's even more unusual to get that same feeling conveyed to you through art, literature or music. Albert van Abbe is that unusual.

Albert van Abbe started making music and performing live in 2001 but when listening to his work, there are certain elements that rather makes you think of 1901. Melancholic whispers of Stravinsky, Ravel or Schönberg, reduced and concentrated to rhythmical and melodic patterns, sometimes breaking free of the constraints set by arpeggiators or sequencers. Perhaps this otherly, nonconformist way of thinking and doing music is most evident in van Abbe's live performances, and he is in fact one of the very few Dutch techno live acts having performed Berghain, Awakenings & ADE just to name a few.

But there's something else that sets him apart from the vast majority of his contemporary techno colleagues, something that's harder to pin down. There's so much electronic music these days that is either intentionally underproduced; grimy, harsh and simplistic, or overproduced; tumescent, hyper-compressed and dense. Albert van Abbe's music is distinctively neither. There is always air in his productions; infinite skies, passing clouds, thin vapour rising from open fields... visions of mountain tops or endless tree crowns half covered in mist. There is always place for you within his music to fill your lungs to the brim with this cleansing air. A feeling of unrestrained, reflecting Albert van Abbe's own recalcitrant and anti-authoritative personality. To put it simple: It's music with a view.

Besides performing, producing music and DJing, Albert van Abbe also currently operates two record labels, No Comment and VANABBE. He has also released music on Semantica, Deep Sound Channel, Trolldans, ESHU & Curle.
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Albert Van Abbe Discography

Singles & EPs

No Comment_0001 Albert Van Abbe No Comment_0001 (EP) No Comment (2) No Comment_0001 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
No Comment_0002 Albert Van Abbe No Comment_0002 (EP) No Comment (2) No Comment_0002 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
No Comment_0005 Albert Van Abbe / Der Zyklus Albert Van Abbe / Der Zyklus - No Comment_0005 (EP) No Comment (2) No Comment_0005 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
No Comment_0007 Albert Van Abbe No Comment_0007 No Comment (2) No Comment_0007 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
NOCOMMENT0004 Albert Van Abbe No Comment_0004 (EP) No Comment (2) NOCOMMENT0004 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
No Comment_0006 Albert Van Abbe No Comment_0006 (EP) No Comment (2) No Comment_0006 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
NOCOMMENT0003 Albert Van Abbe No Comment_0003 (EP) No Comment (2) NOCOMMENT0003 2012 Sell This Version
CURLE 042 Albert Van Abbe Sugar Lobby Series (EP) Curle Recordings CURLE 042 Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
No Comment_0008 Albert Van Abbe No Comment_0008 No Comment (2) No Comment_0008 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
DSC006 Albert Van Abbe Ostinati E.P. (EP) Deep Sound Channel DSC006 Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
Vanabbe01 Albert Van Abbe Vanabbe01 (EP) Vanabbe Vanabbe01 Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
TROLLDANS003 Albert Van Abbe Ostinato EP(12", EP) Trolldans TROLLDANS003 Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
VANABBE02 Albert Van Abbe Vanabbe02(12", Ltd) Vanabbe VANABBE02 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
VANABBE 03 Albert Van Abbe VANABBE03 (12", Ltd) Vanabbe VANABBE 03 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

LTFN001 Albert Van Abbe Patch For Series (Active Mutations Of Self-Reproducing Networks)(CDr, Comp, Ltd, Num) Last Foundation LTFN001 Europe 2012 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Gouru Podcast 79 Albert Van Abbe Gouru.fr Podcast 79(File, MP3, Mixed) Gouru Gouru Podcast 79 France & Benelux 2015