Timon Persoon profiles himself as a sound poet and concept artist, creating sound and music for contexts like live performances, theater, dance and film. He shapes sound like a poet would shape words. With the use of field recordings, analogue synths and acoustic instruments he creates atmospheric music that appeals to the imagination.
Besides melancholic dark layers, contrast and imperfection elicit the unexpected in his work. It is the unexpected that awakens the listener’s attention, making it both flow and focus. Stimulated to listen actively, a communion arises between music maker and listener. Together they meander through a wakeful dream of wonder and exploration.
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As a songwriter and keyboard player Persoon played in several projects. Together with Anna Van Rij they embody the Visual. “From melancholy to bombastic they take you with them in a dystopian black and white arthouse film, where time stands still.” In 2019 they played at Best Kept Secret and released their debut album ‘Moments of Being’. Next to that Persoon is lead singer and songwriter of the band Rhou. In 2020 Persoon received the 3 Package Deal support from Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten which he used for developing Rhou and other creative projects.
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Persoon played in several projects. Together with Anna Van Rij they embody the Visual. “From melancholy to bombastic they take you with them in a dystopian black and white arthouse film, where time stands still.” In 2019 they played at Best Kept Secret and released their debut album ‘Moments of Being’. Next to that Persoon is composing and producing semi-electronic music for interdisciplinary arts.
Rampike - Dark Ensemble
Music: Timon Persoon
Text & voice: Blanka Pesja
Photo front: Miranda Birney
Photo back: Eve Dijkema
Graphic design: Stefan van der Heuvel
Vocal engineer: Bernice Pisters
Mastering: Attie Bauw
Recorded: Abbey Road Inst. & Musicmatrix Studio
Vinyl production: Green Vinyl Records
Big thanks to 'Voor de kunst' and all the supporters of the crowdfunding.
Rampike is a collaboration between lyricist Blanka Pesja and sound artist Timon Persoon. Together they were inspired by the life of a tree. "This silent and seemingly static life form is often taken for granted. We believe that by making an assumed silence audible we will enhance the appreciation of a tree’s existence. Their slow growth, density and fungal collaborations are but a few of the characteristics that inspired our poetry and soundscapes."
The album is also available on vinyl produced by a sustainable process using silkscreen method for the cover and pressed by Green Vinyl Records.
Contact. meif you'd like a Vinyl.
New album coming soon.
Listen to newest single here.
Lead vocal and guitar: Anna van Rij
Keys and bassynth: Timon Persoon
Guitar: Django Trienes (La Loye, Lizet Aviva)
Drums: Christophe Claeys (Balthazar, Sylvie Kreusch)
The Visual, an Amsterdam-based outfit, revolves around our most acute perceptions. Our awakenings. Our sense of being. Like a living organism, their music traverses and wanders out on its own. “I opted for a word that was clear,open and non-partisan,” singer/guitaristAnnaVan Rij explains.“The idea of entering a new experience. It was all very instinctive.” With co-founder Timon Persoon, the Amsterdam-based unit has become a vehicle where the more elusive, specific experiences and observations are expressed in this very intrusive, tactile fashion.
The group has been taking The Netherlands by storm since the release of their debut EP Translation in 2017 at a sold out Melkweg in Amsterdam, becoming one of the most hotly tipped bands emerging in the Dutch music scene, with significant coverage on important tastemaker platforms, and support from streaming, radio and press. They were named 'One To Watch in 2019' by Dutch broadcaster 3VOOR12, and their recent single 'Figure' was premiered by U.K. blog Gigwise, who stated: ‘Anna van Rij’s voice, cool and evanescent as the morning dew, veers between melancholy lethargy and emotionally wrought upper-register bends. Partner in crime Timon Persoon does his ‘voodoo soundman’ bit on keys, crafting a proper three-dimensional sound landscape at the tender locus of soundtrack and songwriting’. The Visual released their full length debut album 'Moments of Being' on UK/NL based label Mink Records on March 31st 2019 and played at Best Kept Secret Festival and BBC6 Radio that same year.
An atmospheric, postapocalyptic landscape of decay in which people try to find their place.
Gerben Vaillant studied mime, which is where his love of working from the body came together with his desire to capture the distance between people and the world in which they live. Like a sculptor, he searches for the right materials to do so: movement, text, music, philosophy, architecture, trash… everything is used to give precise form to abstract atmospheres and unnamed feelings. In this atmospheric performance swimming studies (the other everything), a world is created and then meticulously torn down. Bodies in neon swimwear roam through the rubble where a swimming pool once stood. Their bare skin looks soft next to metal beams, shattered glass, and broken tiles. From the old diving board, you have a beautiful view of everything that used to be there. In an alienating, postapocalyptic landscape of decay, we see people at their most naked, torn out of their context. They try to find a new place for themselves, to adapt to a world that works differently than expected. Everything is reconsidered. In that landscape, we will dance
Directing and concept: Gerben Vaillant
Live sound design: Timon Persoon
Performers: Annabel Koele, Charlotte Gillain en Gerben Vaillant
Coaching: Maurice Bogaert
The Other Everthing (research)
The Other Everything is een ambigue mime-performance die het publiek meeneemt in een sferische paradox: een heimwee naar een plek waar we nog niet geweest zijn, een zoektocht naar eeuwigheid en volledigheid in een wereld die dat nooit kan zijn.
Directing and concept: Gerben Vaillant
Performers: Charlotte Gillain, Kirsty Baker and Joao Dinis Pinho
Music and Performance: Timon Persoon
Coaching: Aukje Verhoog
Productie: Frascati Producties
Meisjes en Messen
Meisjes en Messen is een interdisciplinaire solovoorstelling over vrouwelijk daderschap. In een dialoog tussen muziek, lichaam en tekst belichaamt Jantien de samenkomst van actualiteit, geschiedenis en persoonlijke verhalen. Een speelse, zwart-komische performance over de afschuwwekkende maar ook fascinerende agressieve daden van vrouwen uit heden en verleden.
Meisjes en Messen is een podructie van Theater Walhalla en in coproductie met Likeminds.
Spel/concept: Jantien Fick
Regie: Silke van Kamp
Dramaturgie: Babette Kalker
Tekstbijdrage: Iona Daniel
Coaching: Liet Lenshoek
Decorontwerp: Django Walon
Muziek: Timon Persoon
Lichtontwerp en techniek: Youri Wezenaar
Foto: Bas de Brouwer
A spoken opera based on the epos 'Vissenschild' by Liesbeth Lagemaat. In this project I was invited to develop an auditory landscape of the story, guiding the voices and their characteristic developments.
Liesbeth Lagemaat won the 'Grote Poëzieprijs 2021' with Vissenschild.
Writer, director and performer: Liesbeth Lagemaat
Composer and performer: Timon Persoon
Performer: Kars Persoon
Performer: Jan van der Haar
“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experience”
– Brian Eno –