The Midi Syndicate

The Midi Syndicate is about honest music composed on the fly and depending on the mood of the band, as a collective, as well as the individuals are in.

It means no one knows what they are going to get.

The best base for improvisation.

But above all it has to do with everone’s ability to listen well to eachother and to themselves. And place none above the other.

It’s all about, and only about, the music.

Generated by five open minds.

The Midi Syndicate consists of :

John Berrevoets : Midi drums, Midi vibes, percussion, any musical instrument desired
Edwin Bouman : bass guitar, Midi modules, any musical instrument desired
Rene Kos : EWI electrical wind instrument, WX windcontroller, synthesizers, any musical instrument desired
Robbert Becker : Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, keyboards, Midi modules, any musical instrument desired
Fred Tabois : sound engineer, samples, plunderphonics, sound treatments, electronics, any sound desired

Each "rehearsal session" consist of a get-together of the five members, without any musical plans whatsoever, 1 minute of silence and then, either, Hell or Heaven breaks loose for a minimum of 50 minutes

All improvised, on the spot

Clearly enough no rehearsal session is the same, ever

All rehearsals are recorded professionally

The Midi Syndicate' s intention is to actually perform live with these sessions.

Since they all play Midi instruments without any amplifiers they are only able to hear each other by headphone

Crowd members of these "live sessions" wil be supplied with wireless High End headphones to experience the ultimate sound and will be able to roam around freely inbetween or around the musicians since the absense of acoustical amplification means the musicians can be situated anywhere.

Not a conventional stage setup

In addition lights and projection will be used to reach the ultimate aural and visual setting

On the next page you are able to listen to some of these rehearsals