Godfried-Willem Raes Week. Part One

A week ago, I'd never heard of Godfried-Willem Raes. Then Peter sent me an email telling me he'd discovered an amazing Belgian composer, performance artist, programming-language writer and instrument pioneer. A man whose friends call him God. I asked him to make sure that he wasn't a hoax (he isn't), and I'm very proud to hand you over for the first part of a week of special reports:
Five Reasons why Godfried is a MT Hero:
1: He was thrown out of Ghent Royal Conservatory in 1971 for being ‘antimusical’ because of his experiments in electronic music. He is now professor of experimental music composition there.
2: In 1968 he founded the Logos Foundation, which explores new musical interfaces, including “wireless gesture control, microwave radar, acceleration sensors, pyrodetectors, lightsensors, myoelectric devices, brainwaves, EEG and ECG”.
3: He’s created his own computer language for music composition, GMT which he uses to drive an orchestra of robot instruments (of which more later).
4: He wrote a symphony for bicycles
5: He has a fantastic beard, smokes a pipe, and is usually nude during performances (unless he's wearing a silver jumpsuit).
MORE GODFRIED IN PART 2: THE INVISIBLE INSTRUMENT

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What a cool character!

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Length: 1m78 Weight: 58kg [BMI 18.3]

No driving license, no car, no TV, no kids, no dog, no cat, no sports, no Mac…

Never ever drank Coke nor ever entered a Mac Donalds.

Virtuoso bicycle rider

Tango dancer , milonguero

Speaks fluently Dutch, German, English, French and Jabbertalk.

Reads Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Basic, Darms, C, Fortran, Hex, Music, Assembler, HTML…
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hang on…

what was that again?

"no Mac…"

there's no need for that kind of talk!
 
yep, amazing stuff. i have an lp on the igloo label by logos (which was led by gottfried and moniek darge) wherein they deflate giant pillows on a giant stage in front of (presumably) giant people. pretty damn outrageous...
 
seen the guy live,
pretty cool stuff

also check www.kog.be and www.kog.be/mp3
 
Why the hell is this guy an MT Hero?

He's a man who rides a bike and plays synths naked...that's more creepy than cool...
 
Un sacré belge, une fois ...
 
I went to Ghent a few years ago and paid the man a visit. I also had the privilege of seeing a guy playing inside a piano..Splendid.
 
Actually amazing article.
 
Sweet!
 
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