This music was never released on record or CD. Its origin is mostly from compact cassette recording/mastering/duplication.
Also it was never intended as official release.
These recordings can be seen as part of development of us as musicians and/or audio engineers or in other cases as rarity.

Here we go in chronological order:

"Huisje" (Wassenaar nov 1979)

  1. Diep in het Duin
  2. Ruisde het Ruisde
  3. Diep in het Duin 2 (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)

Paulus Wieland: Bass Guitar, Percussion
Richard Neumöller: Guitars, Voice
Recording: Paulus Wieland on a Sony TC377 and a Sony TC378 open reel tapedeck (ping-pong system) with Shamrock tape (the cheapest you could buy at the time)

some equipment from the "Huisje" period.

2 Componenten Collectief (Zeeland march 1980)

  1. Ochtendgloren 2
  2. Verzin een list
  3. De nacht daarvoor
  4. Cadans (Zeeland)

Paulus Wieland: Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Richard Neumöller: Guitars, Ring modulator, Voice
Recording: Paulus Wieland on Sony TC377 and Revox A77 open reel tapedecks (ping-pong system)

The "Studio" at Paulus' home

Union der Festen Hand (Zeeland june 1980)

  1. Neen Anna Neen
  2. Een onaangename verrassing (intro: Union der Festen Hand)

Paulus Wieland: Organ, Guitar, Bass Guitar on 2., Voice
Richard Neumöller: Piano, Guitar.
Ton Willekes: Bass Guitar on 1., Recording on AKAI GX-270-DSS 4-track. Mastered on Revox A77.

Paulus also smoking

"Ultra" Period (Wassenaar nov/dec 1980)

1. Untitled 1

Paulus Wieland: Gizmotron Guitar
Richard Neumöller: "Dive bomb" Guitar.
Eus Otte: "Rhythm" Guitar.
Aart Jan Breddels: Organ.

2. Untitled 2

Richard Neumöller: Gizmotron Guitar
Eus Otte: Guitar.
Aart Jan Breddels: Organ.
Ton Willekes: Major Morgan

Major Morgan, the electronic toy from the 80's

3. Untitled 3

Willem Koning: Organ, Voice
Richard Neumöller: Guitar (very distorted)
Ton Willekes: Bass Guitar

Recording on all of the above: Ton Willekes on a borrowed Akai GXC-??? cassette deck. Direct "live" recording. No overdubs.

Klompenisten (Zeeland 1981)

  1. Re-evaluatie 2 (a very early version of "Ash grey as Sunday")
  2. Ochtendgloren 1
  3. Schets nr.1
  4. Schets nr.2
  5. Schets nr.3
  6. Schets nr.4

Paulus Wieland: Keyboards, Voice
Richard Neumöller: Guitars, Gizmotron guitar, Voice
Recording: Paulus Wieland on Sony TC377 and Revox A77 open reel tapedecks (ping-pong system)

Tulpstraat Sessions (Rijswijk 1981)

  1. HLT 1
  2. HLT 2
  3. After I bought my Siel
  4. Instruments in Foreign Sounds
  5. Cages
  6. HLT 3
  7. Wie Immer
  8. HLT 4
  9. Oosterland

the Gizmotron. Guitar add-onn from the 80's

Paulus Wieland: Keyboards, Bass guitar on 3, 5, Gizmotron guitar on 1, Voice
Richard Neumöller: Guitars, Gizmotron guitar on 2, 7, Syndrum, Voice
Eus Otte: Guitar on 1.
Willem Koning: Voice on 5.
Ton Willekes: Bass guitar on
1, 2, 7. Synthesizer on 8. Recording on AKAI GX-270-DSS 4-track. Mastered on Akai cassette deck.

Ton (gimme some more equipment) at Tulpstraat

Demo (Wassenaar 1982)

Yes, we also tried it. Make a demotape and send it (on cassette) to the record companies. Polydor's Harry Knipschild replied to us. For you who don't read dutch: They listened to it, they thought it quite nice, but wondered if we had some other songs that could be released as a single. We replied that if they thought there wasn't a single on the demo, then we didn't have any candidate for it (of course). Here's the letter from Polydor (in dutch). And so we didn't get a contract.

And here's the original demo:

The demo has been released on vinyl in august 2007 on Minimal Wave as MW007. The record is sold out but you can download the track here:

  1. Earthbound Paradise / Starcase (an early version of "Better Life's")
  2. Lovesong
  3. Wieland's Wonderorgel (we don't remember the title to be honest)
  4. Artificials
  5. Medley: After I bought my Siel / A relieving shout / Cages / Bossa Nova
  6. A distant dance
  7. Just shine on me
  8. Ash grey as Sunday
  9. Astral awareness (bonustrack from this period)

Paulus Wieland: Keyboards
Richard Neumöller: Guitars, Syndrum, Voice. Keyboard on 9.
Ton Willekes: Triggered Bass-synth on some tracks, Recording on AKAI GX-270-DSS 4-track. Mastered on Akai cassette deck.

Le Bateau Rouge (Wassenaar 1982)

This is interesting stuff. Ton came with the idea of making tape loops on the 4 track Akai recorder. Because EP used a drumcomputer instead of a drummer, it would be impossible to synchronize the rhythm of the loops with that of the drumcomputer. To achieve synchronisation, 1 track of the loop was made a pulse track. Using a programming unit for the CR-78 drumcomputer (WS-1) as an interface, the TR-808 drumcomputer and the TB-303 bass-sequencer where triggered via the DIN input.

At the yearly popfestival in Wassenaar this very new technique was introduced on stage. It looked a bit strange. Most of the sound was coming from the cassetterecorder from Richard with 1 track with mixed loops and the other track triggering 2 machines (the drumputer and the bass-sequencer). The musicians Paulus and Richard sparsely touching their instruments. Because of the experimental nature of this performance, they called themselves "Le Bateau Rouge" instead of "Ensemble Pittoresque"

The only thing left of this are 2 titles from the rehearsal session:

  1. Real Power
  2. Jozo at the Auratorium

Paulus Wieland: Guitar
Richard Neumöller: Keyboard
Ton Willekes: Tape loops triggering Roland TR-808 and TB-303. Recording on Akai cassette deck.

After the "Bateau Rouge" experiment it was decided to start recording the "For this is Past" album. The album was released on our own independent label Clogontronics in 1983. After that a record deal was made with VIP records which released "Frequenz" in 1984.

The only interesting unreleased material from the last active period from EP is the Rejected Master from Frequenz. The recording sessions for Frequenz took place twice. Recording direct to mastertape proofed to be tricky business. After the whole album was recorded, Ton came to the conclusion, that the sound on the tape wasn't right. There was to much basedrum in the mix he made because of strange monitoring in the control room. He asked for a new recording session with better monitoring. Meanwhile, Paulus bought a new drummachine Roland TR-909 that could be used instead of the TR-606. So the master of the first session wasn't used for the record. Now in 2005, the tape was digitized and with the help of some digital manipulation on the computer, the tonal balance of the rejected mastertape could be modified. This is the result:

Rejected mastertape from Frequenz recording session (The Hague 1984)

  1. Urban Catastrophy
  2. Sound it is
  3. Saturday paper (Frequenz)
  4. My baby is a waitress
  5. Sleepwalking
  6. The Mouthshut
  7. Program (Tetra Kilo)
  8. Whatever happened
  9. Shift 17 (Down the factory)

Richard Neumöller: Voice, Soundtracks, Drumcomputer, Guitar
Ed van Hoven: Bass, Crashcymbal
Paulus Wieland: Guitar
Marion Prinz: Bass Synthesizer, Voice
Le Biquo: Synthesizer, Trumpet, Lead vocals on 5 !!
Ton Willekes: Mixing and Recording direct to mastertape on Tandberg TD20A-SE open reel taperecorder


the 4 track recorder that never let us down during our recordings: The AKAI GX 270 DSS