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Neurosis Orchestra and Lfo Demon are back from a mad, mad weekend in Holland. What can I say – it has been a really good time in Tilburg on the ZXZW festival. The concept behind the festival is pretty awesome: all alternative venues in town join forces to organize a massive event that lasts one week. I guess it is pretty nice for the local community as everbody collaborates on this project one time a year: representing independent culture.

Getting out of the car on friday night we were glad to get some cold beer in the backstage area to forget about the horrors of the motorway. The whole breakcore line up worked as The shape of Breakcore to Cum. Good work, Mr. Bart Hart. Of course we missed most of the acts like Doormouse, Otto von Schirach and Rioteer in the Main Hall playing over a special 8 speaker sound system. And also the sets of Assassin and FFF. Damn, all this could have been fun. So we just saw a bit of the set of Electric Kettle and Floorclearer, who played his excellent mashed up core beats. We went meanwhile on the other side of the street to the V39 venue to see a bit of Pisstank. Andi rocked the crowd with his unique Ravecore straight outta London. Back to the Kleine Zaal Ladyscraper was about to turn up the hardness factor and stood headbanging on stage. Then it was already time for me to perform as Lfo Demon. What can I say? I shouldn´t drink before going on stage. I freaked out so much and acted so stupid I couldn´t move my head for 2 days due to a massive muscle ache. Ouch! I managed to crawl off stage while Judith Priest started playing. Getting trashed, off to bed.

The next day we checked the Peter Beste exhibition. The pictures mainly originated from his book on Norwegian Black Metal which I discovered already a few weeks ago. On the other side of the gallery the Antenne/ Sam Sam store was located. I never saw the mash up of an second hand clothes store and a vinyl store before. Here it is in the Noordstraat of Tilburg: second hand clothes and all the records you ever dreamed of. I even found a copy of the “Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits, 1972-2006″. On the way to the next venue we saw the artist Knitta at work: Street art with Yarn. We went on to an exhibition of graphic artists who sold their posters, mainly on bands. The vegan cuisine there was the most delicious food I had in a while with grilled beetroot and pumpkin.

Further on to the European Noise Contest in the NS16 venue. We first saw Kaiserschnee who made a performance that could have been influenced straight from the writings of Theodor W. Adorno: The caged subject in the administered world. The scientist – Kaiserschnee dressed like a surgeon – as the protagonist of the blind reason raging like a madman. Subjectivity as a mimesis to the productive forces that are out of control and humans struggling with alienated labor represented by an electric oven and some bread rolls. Beyond the expectations that the proletariat was about to bake the bread Kaiserschnee put over the oven on this head. Instead of the leftwinged claim of taking over the whole bakery (as a hegelian-marxian “Aneignung” of the means of production) the fatalistic story ended with world downfall which was symbolised by the gesture of throwing the oven into the audience. It crashed on the floor and caused a short circuit, all sounds went off. Bravissimo!
Kakawaka´s performance started as a caricature of a rock musician on a midi keyboard. After some stunts he undressed and under his clothes his yellow stage outfit appeared. The rest of the show reminded at some looney tunes character on acid. He played with a gigantic fork with some attached microphone. Later on the microphone was detatched to a metal joist in the room. Running on it with a sinister grin on the face and falling to the floor after a frontal collision made some more harsh noises. It was pretty interesting to see how Kakawaka played with the expectations of “being funny”, experimenting with the tipping point where the atmosphere of grotesque nonsense was about to collapse.

Oh – and there was a jury! Between a few performances a jury equiped with various characters that could be casted straight for a movie judged the performances. You remember Bob of Twin Peaks? He was one of he jurors, alongside with a woman in a leopard dress. Sitting there with a glass of red wine the jurors gave the whole event the real Eurovision Grand Prix atmosphere. Actually this was one of the most impressing events I saw in the while. I like it when the relationships between artists, audience, performance, entertainment and artwork gets fluid.

Later that day we were about to perform as Neurosis Orchestra. Playing our dark Dubstep tunes in a concert atmosphere was a new experience for us and we enjoyed it. Our songs worked well, the sound was loud and awesome and we decided after the show to work more on a hybrid between Doom Metal and Dubstep. Afterwards we talked a bit with the sound engineer about the difference between Paul Elstak and the Darkraver. We stayed in the V39 venue and watched the Japanese invasion with DJ Shabushabu and Maho Thaidisco and their pop inferno. Afterwards the sound got wilder with distorted mashcore by the USA Kings. Dj Pinchado finshed the evening with broken beats somewhere between the Agriculture and Word Sound: No 4/4 rhythms but uneven loops. We left at some point to see the rest of the DJ set of Chris Moss Acid in the “Studio”: Acid in all varieties from Luke Vibert orientated stuff to extremly broken amens at the end. Excellent set in a totally crowded venue. Off to bed.

The next morning we figured out that there wasn´t a single café or bakery open so we were lucky to get some…. well…. let´s say “breakfast” at Mc Donalds. And let´s also pretend the french fries were vegan as they might not even be vegetarian. No problem for the omnivoric part of Neurosis Orchestra.
We were sad to leave town as we were going to miss so many bands on the last day of the festival: Sun Ra Arkestra, Pelican, Torche, Cadence Weapon, Seein Red and so many more that we would have liked to see. But it´s quite a distance back to Berlin so we were glad to arrive back home in the late evening after a long car ride. Synopsis: An amazing festival with the most friendly organisers you can imagine.


ZXZW is the annual celebration of independent culture. Expect a diverse view on indie culture as a whole, including music, contemporary dance, film and visual arts. We bring more than 270 cutting edge artists in an intimate context to an international audience. Black metal next to free jazz. Street art next to academic dance.

There’s a special 8 bit night during this festival:

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We just thought that we had enough of gameboy music. Most of the times it’s just the same tunes. Suddenly Akira from Buenos Aires contacts us that he’s around. His audio visual performances already rocked acclaimed festivals like Creamfields and Onedotzero. They are visual astonishing. And it’s just nice music.

Computadora is Herr Galatran and Dr.Drama with their intelligent happy computer. The sounds and visuals come from old Commodore and Atari computers and the passion comes from extensive performing as part of various punk/hardcore/IDM/electro-constellations through the years. At the moment the computer likes to mashup old 8-bit songs with the humans’ flavour for groovy glitches and electro squarewave party

With his roots in catchy aswell as extreme music, a Goto80 performance is like an 8-bit uppercut of data death, with toys on top. Who said that pop, grindcore, acid and polka couldn’t be mixed together using bleeps and vocals? With 100 released songs and 50 gigs only in 2007 he has almost become some kind of retarded ambassadeur of lo-tech data error – or “one of the most prolific chipmusic people”, according to the magazine Computer Music. In 2007 he also introduced chipmusic to Israel, was one of three nominees for best C64-composer ever and celebrated 10 years in the C64-demoscene.

Stu has earned his name “Don Atari electro” by years of crunchy beats for dance floors and low-tech music lovers worldwide. He became well known due to his ways of tweaking the very limited soundchip of the Atari ST to a completely different level. Nobody can do what Stu does, using only a squarewave and a noise generator on three channels. His complex sound programmings shuffled into groovy rhythms, can arrange soundscapes that are more digitally harsh than any other electro available


For people who like techno, minimal, future disco and techhouse:

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with artists Bjørn Torske and Shari Vari

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with artists Schlammpeitziger, Louis Guilliaume, Gastón Arévalo, James Kumo, Chris Moss Acid and Disco Exota


On saturday there’s very eclectic dance night from dubstep to eurohouse to thai disco. It is named World Electronix

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20:30 – 21:00 Gelbart
21:00 – 21:30 Suckafish P
21:30 – 22:00 Neurosis Orchestra
22:00 – 22:30 DJ Shabushabu
22:30 – 23:30 Maho*Thaidisco
23:30 – 00:00 The USA Kings
00:00 – 01:00 DJ Pinchado


For the people who like breakcore and stuff, there’s also a special dance night:

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on friday september 19th the timetable for The Shape Of Breakcore 2 Cum will be:

Hall of Fame Area 1:

21:00 – 21:45: Nano.strike

Surround Breakcore Project:

21:45 – 23:55: Doormouse
21:45 – 23:55: Otto Von Schirach
21:45 – 23:55: Rioteer

Hall of Fame Area 2:

21:00 – 21:45: Sah selecter
21:45 – 22:15: King Pin
22:15 – 22:45: And Full Stop
22:45 – 23:15: Binray
23:15 – 00:00: Fractional


22:00 – 22:45 Assassin
22:45 – 23:30 Kid Kishore
23:30 – 00:00 FFF
00:00 – 00:30 Babyshaker
00:30 – 01:00 Pisstank

013 Kleine Zaal

23:00 – 23:45 Ebola
23:45 – 00:30 Electric Kettle
00:30 – 01:00 DJ Floorclearer
01:00 – 01:30 Ladyscraper
01:30 – 02:00 LFO Demon
02:00 – 02:30 Judith Priest
02:30 – 03:15 The Deathmaker
03:15 – 04:00 Speedranch

013 Batcave

23:00 – 23:30 DjDjipe
23:30 – 00:00 Raxyor
00:00 – 00:45 Harry Poppins
00:45 – 01:30 Tep
01:30 – 02:00 Tapage
02:00 – 02:30 Ars Dada
02:30 – 03:00 Hard Off
03:00 – 03:30 Freeka Peeka
03:30 – 04:00 Company Fuck

Breakcore is the bastardchild of many musical genres like Jungle, IDM, Hardcore, Punk, Ragga, Breakbeats, Industrial and Noise. The most important rule is..? There are no rules! Early breakcore came from 80’s industrial, and got big with Digital Hardcore from the ‘90’s. Always evolving and adding new influences to the canon of breakcore, the artists invited here keep pushing the boundaries. Always forward developing and from the beginning till forever it is having some kind of anarchistic attitude.
Breakcore can be Rave and breakcore can be one big moshpit.

For ZXZW 2008 there will be a special addition in the form of the world’s first ever surround sound breakcore set by Otto von Schirach, Doormouse & Rioteer, using the M.A.S.E. interface with eight independent audio inputs and a library of sound movements. The artists have sample options for assigning a trajectory to an incoming audio signal and to start, stop or localise this. The artists can input the dimensions and shape of a room and the number of speakers which are to be controlled. Otto von Schirach, Doormouse and Rioteer are going to experience for a week long with this new system, and they will present a special breakcore set in this surround form on september 19th.
Furthermore we aim to show the diversity of the genre, as well as provide a meetingpoint for like minded, by putting together artists from all over Europe in The Shape of Breakcore 2 Cum!


On saturday there’s a noise contest named Eurovision Noise Festival!

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European countries compete against each other for the title of “The Best European Noise Act Of 2008.” Every act gets 13 minutes to show their skills to the audience. A professional jury constisting of Dr Bibber and Frans de Waard will give a professional reply to what the act showed them. The winner will get a release on ZXZW Records and of course the honor of being “The Best European Noise Act Of 2008.”

there artists that are performing here are:

The Sleep Sessions
Sheik Anorak
Sten Ove Toft
Animal Machine
Programmierter Zellentod & Radioaktiver Alterswohnsitz
The Disciple
Mafia vs. Ninja
Eugene Spaan Stamrot
Seven Armed Ooorgh


Noise on sunday will be in De Verschijning with

16:15 – 16:45 Anonymeye
17:45 – 18:15 Usurper
19:15 – 19:45 De Haan/ Spruit
20:30 – 21:00 Pigs in the Ground w/ leslie keffer

in this venue artwork of Manuel Tinnemans and Mchlknr is showed! These guys are gonna work for two weeks in the venue to make a new dark art work!!

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further this week there’s many many more!

Amongst others there’s performing:

Computer Truck
Ambassador 21
Sir Duperman
Golden Serenades
John Hegre
Stellar Om Source
Total System Failure
Nackt Insecten
Kylie Minoise
Starving Weirdos
Burial Hex
Black to Comm
Our Brother The Native
Melted Cassettes
Bram Stadhouders
Onno Govaert
Sun Ra Arkestra
Cadence Weapon
Two Minute Noodles


Ticket info:

Passepartout Friday to Sunday: Click for ticket.
Passepartout for all events and performances from Friday 19 to Sunday 21.
€25 + service fee

Passepartout Monday to Sunday: Click for ticket.
Passepartout for all events and performances from Monday 15 to Sunday 21.
€45 + service fee

Monday ticket: Click for ticket.
Valid for all events and performances on Monday.
€7,50 + service fee

Tuesday ticket: Click for ticket.
Valid for all events and performances on Tuesday.
€7,50 + service fee

Wednesday ticket: Click for ticket.
Valid for all events and performances on Wednesday.
€7,50 + service fee

Thursday ticket: Click for ticket.
Valid for all events (excl. Heavy Metal Bowling) and performances on Thursday.
€7,50 + service fee

Friday ticket: Click for ticket.
Valid for all events and performances on Friday.
€7,50 + service fee

Saturday ticket: Click for ticket.
Valid for all events and performances on Saturday.
€15 + service fee

Sunday ticket: Click for ticket.
Valid for all events and performances on Sunday.
€15 + service fee

If you’re in The Netherlands, you can buy your tickets at the Ticketservicepresale outlets: The bigger post office, Free Record Shops, The GWK-banks, AUB Ticketshop and VVV-offices. You can also buy your ticket at the 013 Box Office and Sounds musicstore. If you don’t want to leave your house , you can also buy your ticket through 0900-3001250 (45ct. p.m. Only in Holland) or order the tickets on

International guests can order tickets online via


For the full zxzw program and all info about the other nights please go to