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Harold is an Opera? Yes!
As American composer Robert Ashley said “Well, if I say it’s opera, it’s opera! Who’s running this show anyway?”. :)

Harold is an Opera is released as 4 single tracks through Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes & Apple Music, 24/7, 7Digital, Amazon MP3, Deezer, eMusic, Google Play, Groove, KKBox, Medianet, TIDAL, VerveLife.

I: When Harold is Asleep (He Loses His Body)
Release date: September 29, 2016
Lionel Benancie: composer/sounds
Martin Hoogeboom: sounds/assemblage
Ed van den Brekel: electronics/trumpet
Theo Calis: mix/master

II: When Harold Comes Home - The Empty House
Release date: November 3, 2016
Lionel Benancie: composer/sounds
Martin Hoogeboom: sounds/assemblage
Vumseplutten 1709: voice
Gregoire Aïssani: alto sax
Theo Calis: sounds/mix/master

III: Eleanor and Harold Loved Their Child. Once….
Release date: December 1, 2016
Swoon (aka Marc Neys): composer/sounds
Martin Hoogeboom: sounds/assemblage
Ed van den Brekel: trumpet
Theo Calis: sounds/mix/master

IV: Coda - Harold Must Give Himself Some Time
Release date: December 15, 2016
Temporal Transmission: composer/sounds
Martin Hoogeboom: sounds/assemblage
Rob Grace: voice
Theo Calis: mix/master

Scott Minzy: artwork
Artwork can be obtained directly from Black Wood Editions:

Lionel Benancie:
Swoon (aka Marc Neys):
Temporal Transmission:
Ed van den Brekel:
Vumseplutten 1709:
Gregoire Aïssani:
Rob Grace:
Scott Minzy:


released September 29, 2016

Many thanks to Lionel, Marc, Darko, Ed, Gregoire, Vumseplutten, Rob, Theo and Scott for their enthusiasm and creative generosity.

"Harold is an Opera" is a Martin Hoogeboom project.




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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