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mm   Beautiful review from Meticulous Midgets in Russia about the album 'Duotoon', here is the translation:

“Duotoon” - new album of the Dutch project Geluidenfabriek is balancing on the verge between harmony and noise, bringing out many mysterious experiments and unexpected combinations. Field recordings, pianos and drums, guitars with an electric bow (ebow) and metal objects coexist in the tracks. And all this is masterfully painted with sound effects. When listening, there is a complete immersion in the well-defined space, which is indescribable, but has a real quality of firmness. Despite the abstractness, the tracks are very narrative without depriving the listener of the chance to make his own interpretation.

As acknowledged by the author (Simon van Weelden), a significant influence is musique concrète, which he considers to be related more to sound than music.

Brief history of the album, told by Simon: “A friend gave me his old drumkit and one of the drumkit items was an old self adjusted cymbal. That old cymbal had some weird/great sounds and I have used it in almost every track on this record. The cover of the album is a photograph of this cymbal”.


The new album 'Duotoon' is released on 29th of june, 2019. You can order the album now on Bandcamp:


Video Diffuus licht from the album 'Duotoon'.


May 2, 2019 I'm working on a new album called 'Duotoon', here are some new tracks:


Beautiful review 'Firmament' from Meticulous Midgets:

We are pleased to introduce you to the new remarkable work of the Netherlands group Geluidenfabriek – the album "Firmament", which was released on February 1, 2019. There is no point in retelling - it is necessary to listen! And in general, the search for words to express such phenomena is hopeless and ungrateful. But one word would still be very appropriate. This is a balance! Masterfully adjusted measure between dense and thin; between minimalist soundscapes and intricate acoustic effects; between elaboration in fine details and general conceptual expressiveness; between the disturbing dusky colors and very beautiful melodic inclusions. This usually happens somewhere on the elusively fine sunset line between Sea and Sky. The ability to feel and express the essence of this boundary is a sign of genuine mastery. We congratulate Simon and Erna van Weelden on this beautiful creation. Listening to such music, you forget everything else. Probably the way it should be with real music ...


February 1, 2019

Today is the release of the album 'Firmament', you can listen to the album at Spotify or Bandcamp



New video for the song 'Tot aan het Firmament'


You can now pre-order the new album 'Firmament' on Bandcamp:


New Album

Februari 1, 2019 is the release date for the New album 'Firmament'. Experimental album made with the use of guitar soundscapes, bass guitar, acoustic piano, metal objects, sonic treatments, cut-up techniques, repetition and sound-design.



Meticulous midgets has reviewed our instrumental album 'Interferentie':



Here is the translation:

We present one more incredibly atmospheric instrumental album of the Netherlands band Geluidenfabriek called "Interferentie" - the most recent for the moment (release date - July 5, 2018). This is the fourth release of the duo. And it is important that these musicians have no mediocre material. All their albums are extremely conscious and concentrate a lot of interesting, unordinary ideas - both in musical and technical sense. We can say that "Interferentie" is, in fact, the solo work of Simon van Weelden (Simon van Weelden), in which he paid attention to the subtle sound nuances. Here, rather complex avant-garde solutions are combined with melodic beauty and instrumental richness of arrangements, creating enveloping instrumental canvases of beautiful live music.


We have got a nice review of our EP 'No. 2': Meticulous midgets


Here's the translation:

2018 gave us two releases of the duet “Geluidenfabriek” from the Netherlands. The album "No. 2" has an EP-format and consists of six tracks. As in previous works (Geluidenfabriek (2017), De Eenheid (2015)), Erna and Simon categorically do not want to be in the framework of well-known genres and move along unsteady channels of the Unknown.

The general mood of the album is a cold and uncompromising detachment from imaginary values that are necessary for keeping on the glossy surface of the society (such as reputation, fame, success, comfort, etc.). After all, this surface is very illusory and often covers the unsightly predatory reality. At a certain point, excessive social manifestation turns into fetters for a man - he can no longer remain alone with himself. He ceases to understand who he is, where he is and for whom he is. Maybe he's an ideally crafted android with fake memories, or maybe a lifeless wire figure on threads. He is too exposed, thoroughly visible and open with all his weaknesses, in front of the merciless and cynical world in which he was so eager.

Sometimes it seems that the sound of this music shakes hopelessly falling asleep person. It tries to get him out of the stupor falling on him from different sides with completely unexpected techniques: fragments of words similar to the mysterious angelic language; childhood stories on a cosmic scale; psychedelic anti-guitar solos on one note; fantastic scenes and otherworldly unearthly sounds.

These songs are like magic polyhedral figures with an amazing number of internal degrees of freedom. They turn the new faces with each new listening and self-assemble in a new way, exposing the entrances to the cool shimmering labyrinths.

And, as always, “Geluidenfabriek” is very bright and extraordinary due to impeccable vocal, musical performance, magnificent arrangements and effects.


Juli 5, 2018 Release of the instrumental album by Geluidenfabriek.
You can listen or buy it at Bandcamp or listen at Spotify



May 25, 2018 Videoclip Beeldlijnen part 1 and 2

May 16, 2018 Release of the EP No. 2 and Videoclip 'Ongrijpbaar'. You can listen or buy it at Bandcamp or listen at Spotify


January 17, 2018 Soundtrack for 'Luchtschip'


New song with video clip: Signaal-ruisverhouding

Wereldwijd 50 muzikanten en meer dan 250 remixers, https://www.facebook.com/bsideprojectHQ. B-side is een remix project in de UK in samenwerking met Sound on Sound magazine. Wij zijn een van de uitverkorenen en doen mee met onze track "Mijn Klein Kind":

Mischa van Leeuwen van het Scapino Ballet heeft het nummer Bliss van de Geluidenfabriek gebruikt voor één van zijn dansstukken bij de voorstellingen van Made in Rotterdam 2017


Zaterdag 26 april 2017, resencie uit Rusland van Meticulous Midgets over ons nieuwe album

We hebben een hele mooie recensie uit Rusland.

De Russische tekst is hier te vinden: http://stopcran.ru/news/geluidenfabriek_geluidenfabriek_2017/2017-04-26-176.
Hieronder toch ook maar de Engelse vertaling.

We hasten to share the wonderful news that came to us from the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. On April 20, 2017, the duo GELUIDENFABRIEK presented their new and absolutely magical album.

What can be said about this music? Fortunately, not much because it makes you want to listen to it, over and over again. At the same time the flow of thoughts, rational interpretations, comparisons and judgments completely stops. The language of music here is much broader and richer than the language of speech. And rightly so!

Probably with music like this it should be so - any unnecessary word simply hinders, leads away and distracts from the hypnotic essence of these fragile and extremely fleeting states.

Nevertheless, a few right words I would like to quote here. They belong to the great Chinese sage Zhuang Zhou and were said more than 2,000 years ago just about such music, and maybe not even about music: “I employed notes which did not have that wearying effect. I blended them together as at the command of spontaneity. Hence they came as if following one another in confusion, like a clump of plants springing from one root, or like the music of a forest produced by no visible form. They spread themselves all around without leaving a trace (of their cause); and seemed to issue from deep obscurity where there was no sound. Their movements came from nowhere; their home was in the deep darkness - conditions which some would call death, and some life; some, the fruit, and some, (merely) the flower. Those notes, moving and flowing on, separating and shifting, and not following any regular sounds, the world might well have doubts about them, and refer them to the judgment of a sage, for the sages understand the nature of this music, and judge in accordance with the prescribed (spontaneity)”. (Chuang Tzu, chapter 14, translated by James Legge).

Separate attention is deserved by video installations accompanying some compositions of the album. This must be seen!


28 juni 2016, Nieuw minimal stukje muziek: Static

Nieuw minimal nummer: Static, op Youtube kun je de clip zien:


25 juni 2016, Clip voor de song 'De zangeres'.

Ik heb een clip gemaakt voor de song: De zangeres
Op Youtube kun je de clip zien:


20 juni 2016, Nieuw nummer met clip: Lost and found

Nieuw nummer: Lost and found. Op Youtube kun je de clip zien:


22 april 2016, improvisatieconcert

Vrijdag 22 april was de eerste editie van het Hoogkerker Impro Festival, met toneel, muziek en dichtkunst, bij Hart van Hoogkerk (Theresiakapel, Zuiderweg 38). Thema van deze avond: ‘Als de koning komt...’
Geen scene was voorbereid, alles ontstond ter plekke. Het publiek hielp mee, met suggesties waaruit de artiesten hun inspiratie haalden. Aanwezig waren de improvisatiemuzikanten Erna en Simon van Weelden, improvisatieacteurs van theater­sportvereniging Ulteam, Erik Keuning (klankschalen) en blokfluitist Anneke Hoekman. Soms had de muziek de leiding, soms het toneel, soms was het in het samenspel niet meer te onderscheiden.


06 april 2016

De nieuwe naam voor het muziekproject van Simon en Erna van Weelden is Geluidenfabriek. Alle muziek die ze vanaf nu uitbrengen gaat onder die naam. Simon en Erna werken al 17 jaar muzikaal samen, sinds 2003 onder de naam Projekt67 en nu dus Geluidenfabriek. Nieuwste songs staan alweer klaar, te beluisteren onder andere via Soundcloud:


21-03-2016, De russische website: Meticulous Midgets heeft een artikel aan Projekt67 gewijd over het album 'De eenheid'..



Hier de vertaling in het engels.

Modest and unpretentious name Projekt67 hides the amazing musical and family duo from from Groningen (Netherlands) - Simon van Weelden and his wife Erna van Weelden. Simon - composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and experimenter. He plays the guitars, synthesizers, percussion instruments. Erna is the owner of the magic voice and plays the piano.

The world of music lives and develops only owing to musicians who strive to sound the way as it tells of their inner tuning fork, that is, without amendments on market conditions and commercial outcomes. It is because of such people there are new trends, genres, and the music itself is still not fully dissolved in the depths of plastic consumer products. Such creativity is usually called avant-garde. The essence of any avant-garde in the fleeting beauty - when the novelty wave breaks on the open space and enlivens all around for a brief moment. Then it starts quickly to petrify providing solid ground for the secondary waves of imitators and artisans. Projekt67 is that wonderful moment of avant-garde and a shiver of novelty when the wave has not yet solidified, leaving a feeling of live frailness and trembling. When the music is still alive, fragile, almost potential. This music is not like anything. On the one hand it is natural and simple (that simplicity when the inner essence indistinguishable from the external form). But on the other hand, it is a kind of primal beauty, wildness and spontaneity. Perhaps the first music on Earth looked so. Perhaps an orchestra of the far future will sound so when all possible forms of music would be exhausted. And that is how this music sounds here and now!

At the same time, the musical mastery of Projekt67 is at a very high professional level. Erna's voice sounds easily and powerfully, giving a solid vocal-choral training. Simon is a true artist that uses canvas of silence and strokes of fancy colored sounds. Many of their songs musicians accompany with the stunning videos. During live performances, they only play improvisations, considering an ordinary recreating music is lifeless.

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