ni.itu is releasing a new vinyl only LP, the 8th of its catalogue, composed by Freiband.
Freiband is one of the long lasting projects of Frans de Waard, who is making music since more than 25 years under many aliases and in different line-ups, the most well-known being Kapotte Muziek (with Roel Meelkop and Peter Duimelinks ), Goem
(same team, different tools), THU20 (same, augmented by Jac van Bussel and Jos Smolders), Beequeen (w/Freek Kinkelaar), and more recently Wieman (formerly known as Zèbra) (w/Roel Meelkop), Ezdanitoff (w/Wouter Jaspers) and Tobacconists
(w/Scott Foust from Idea Fire Company). Solo he has been active under his own name, Shifts and of course Freiband. His other activities include : editor and writer for Vital Weekly, programmer at Geluidswerkplaats in Nijmegen, organizer of the residencies Brombrom and director of the labels Korm Plastics, Moll and Plinkety Plonk.
The name Freiband itself is picked from Asmus Tietchens' album Daseinsverfehlung, on which he explored sounds created by rubbing tape freely on magnetic heads.
Frans de Waard transferred the concept to the digital field and now mostly uses that name for his computer-based pieces.