Wim Mertens

Wim Mertens

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Wim Mertens (b. Neerpelt, Belgium, May 14, 1953) is a Belgian composer, countertenor vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and musicologist.
Mertens studied social and political science at the University of Leuven (graduating in 1975) and musicology at Ghent University; he also studied music theory and piano at the Royal Conservatories of Gent and Brussels.
In 1978, he became a producer at the then BRT (Belgian Radio and Television). For Radio 2 (Radio Brabant) he produced concerts by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Urban Sax, and others, and hosted a program called Funky Town together with Gust De Meyer (with whom he recorded the experimental CD For Amusement Only).
Known primarily as a composer since the late 1970s, Mertens is best known for his opus "Struggle for Pleasure". He is also well known for his piece "Maximizing the Audience", which was composed for Jan Fabre's play The Power of Theatrical Madness, which premiered in 1984 in Venice, Italy.
Mertens' style, while continually evolving during the course of his prolific output, touches veins of minimalist, ambient and avant-garde, usually, however, preserving a melodic fundament to the forays that he makes into the worlds that he is exploring.
Mertens' music was used in the 1987 Peter Greenaway film The Belly of an Architect, along with that of Glenn Branca.
Mertens also recorded under the name "Soft Verdict", and is the author of American Minimal Music, which looks at the school of American repetitive music.
In March 1998 Mertens became the Cultural Ambassador of Flanders.
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Wim Mertens Discography

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Wim Mertens Struggle For Pleasure (Album, MiniAlbum) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Performed By Soft Verdict Wim Mertens Performed By Soft Verdict - Maximizing The Audience (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Instrumental Songs (Musique À Une Voix) (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule, Lome Arme Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens A Man Of No Fortune & With A Name To Come (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens The Belly Of An Architect (Album) Normal Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Educes Me (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Japan 1987 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens For Amusement Only (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Vergessen (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens After Virtue (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Motives For Writing (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Spain 1989 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Strategie De La Rupture (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule France 1991 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens, Vita Brevis Wim Mertens, Vita Brevis - Vita Brevis (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Greece 1991 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Sources Of Sleeplessness Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
TWI 943-2 Wim Mertens Alle Dinghe(3xCD) Les Disques Du Crépuscule TWI 943-2 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Shot And Echo / A Sense Of Place (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Shot And Echo (Album) Les Disques du Crépuscule France 1993 Sell This Version
TWI 953-2 Wim Mertens A Sense Of Place(CD) Les Disques Du Crépuscule TWI 953-2 Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Epic That Never Was (Album) Les Disques du Crépuscule Italy 1994 Sell This Version
TWI 1005 Wim Mertens Gave Van Niets, Part III : Gave Van Niets(3xCD) Les Disques Du Crépuscule TWI 1005 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
TWI 1003 Wim Mertens Gave Van Niets, Part I : You'll Never Be Me(2xCD) Les Disques Du Crépuscule TWI 1003 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
TWI 1006 Wim Mertens Gave Van Niets, Part IV : Reculer Pour Mieux Sauter(3xCD) Les Disques Du Crépuscule TWI 1006 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Jérémiades (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule France 1995 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Jardin Clos (Album) Les Disques du Crépuscule Spain 1996 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Sin Embargo (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
Wim Mertens Integer Valor (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Europe 1998 Sell This Version

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April 23, 2003
Anyone into Mertens? isn´t he one of the most soulful and delicate composers of the last decades? I got into him after years on techno, glitch, ambient and so on, but he´s showed me new (or old) ways of making simple, effective, addictive tunes that goes straight to your heart and...well, am I the only person in the world who dances to some of his tracks?

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