review of kantoor and a short explanation of the kantoor series

kantoor: (Dutch) archaic word for office
Cantor, Kantor: first singer
Canto: (song; to sing a) long poem.

Focus on one definition and the other one blurs.

The kantoor series break the shell created by conditioned listening patterns.

“Conversations in foreign languages, unseen events; what is going on? Some of the recordings are so banal it’s beyond belief; I’m just not feeling the sublimation, if there’s any to be had.” – Ed Pinsent

full review

How to Kantoor 2


Geert Jan Hobijn, founder of staalplaat, illuminates the room with his copy of kantoor2.

I met Geert Jan during a Sunday coffee break after a visit to little Balkans, the wonderful flea market in the east of Berlin.

Geert Jan Hobijn, sound artist. 

Staalplaat, the label. GJ curates, designs and produces the artwork of the staalplaat (vinyl) releases.


kantoor2 – out now!


Dubbing process is still going on, but the first copies are ready to go. The kantoor series are dedicated to found sounds. Copied on a found C90, the release comes with a zine. Petrichor publishers in Deventer took care of the zine.

The sounds on the tape were found and assembled by Marcin Barski (Poland) Kristoffer Raasted ( Danmark) Roman Voronovsky ( Russia ) and Mark Vernon ( Scotland ). All four of them also provided text, collage and pictures for the zine. Additional texts were written by Giada dalla Bontà and Rinus Van Alebeek.

More info will follow soon.

Review of Dear Concerned Employees

Ed Pinsent listened and found out what Dear Concerned Employees was all about:

Muzak, new age relaxation tapes, talks about dolphins, corporate pep talk messages, inaudible spoken word – these are among the contents, everything segued so it’s hard to know where one thing starts and another ends. It’s both comforting and slightly disturbing; nothing is really explained. The music episodes would probably be bland and innocuous in any other context, but here they become quite surreal and almost transcendent. The muzak is oddly warm, not sterile; I often had the impression of being in a friendly hotel, where the TV is constantly beaming up-beat messages.

full review

staalplaat shop

staaltape shop


Tape Run

Like modern day archeology, from the depths of our shared heritage some copies of various tape runs resurfaced, all untouched and still in their original package.

The tapes were dubbed and assembled at home, all are chrome quality.

The tapes are available at the Underbelly distro in Rotterdam, also on-line.


tape runs

Montreal Tape Run was released in collaboration with crustacés tapes from Montreal. This is the staaltape version. Link MTR

In the picture you also see the tourist editions of Paris Tape Run 1 + 2 and Berlin Tape Run 1.

Link PTR1 Link PTR2 Link BTR1