by Martin Hoogeboom

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Music by Martin Hoogeboom, Ed van den Brekel & Theo Calis.

Martin Hoogeboom: sounds/objects/assemblage/concept
Ed van den Brekel: trumpet/electronics.
Theo Calis: fractal rhythms/sounds/sound design/additional recording/mastering.
John Grzinich/Veljo Runnel: field recordings
Adrian Smith/Robert Hickling: ant sound recording.
Mayako Nakamura: artwork ('Futatsuboshi - A Pair of stars')


released November 21, 2017

Recent studies have shown that ants regularly communicate with each other by sound. Most ants have a natural washboard and plectrum built-in into their stomach. By rubbing these against each other, they create sound. This enables the queen to order her workers. Researchers can record these sounds, which are the basis of Colony, with the newest audio techniques.

I gave sound designer Theo Calis and trumpet player Ed van den Berkel the following instructions for improvisation: autumn forest, cold, blue sky, strong wind, chasing clouds. In the same forest where you are enjoying your walk, a superorganism is building complex colonies. Like aliens on a new planet.

I am very grateful to everyone for their support and commitment to this project.

Martin Hoogeboom
January 2014

An Etched Traumas release February 2014 (ET60)




Martin Hoogeboom Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch sound artist with long standing interests in transcending conventional instrument approaches and the use of non-instrumental organic and homemade sounds. Improvisation and collaboration are an important part of my work.

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