Timo van Luijk, born in Finland (1967) and living in the Belgian countryside is an autodidact sound instrumentalist / improvising composer, photographer and printmaker.
Started in the mid 80’s with sound improvisation and experimental music. Formed, together with Geert Feytons, the audio-visual experimental music collective Noise-Maker’s Fifes in 1989 using selfmade instruments and field recordings to create complex, surreal audio-visual live happenings, including dance, projected sound and video installations.
Solo music project (Af Ursin) since 1993. Conducted by improvised arrangements with focus on intimate and hermetic atmospheres, suggestive mystique melodies and wear of sound. All works are recorded and produced in the ‘Kulta Saha’ home studio and since 2001 published on LP format through the private ‘La Scie Dorée’ imprint. Album sleeves are self designed mostly using own visuals. Occasional commissioned works as music/sound composer for dance, theatre, film and other art events. Frequent collaborations with ao Andrew Chalk (Elodie, Mirror), Christoph Heemann (In Camera, Mirror), Raymond Dijkstra (Asra), Frederik Croene, Kris Vanderstraeten, Bart De Paepe (Ilta Hämärä) and the group Onde formed together with Greg Jacobs and Marc Wroblewski (both from Noise Maker’s Fifes)
The photography, collage and print works reflect a poetic sensibility floating between pictoralism, surrealism and romanticism. An appearing constant in all work is a profound attraction to an irrational, organic and delicate stilled world, a fin de siecle aura, faded through erosion of time, like through antique lenses.
Co-founded Metaphon in 2007, a concert organisation and record label releasing archive works of experimental music composers and sound artists.
Er streichelt, immer noch
Es färbt färbt seine Farbe
Ins Klingen versetzt
Der Klang einer STERN-HARFE
Etwas heultrollttollt so deutlich südlich
Rührt das Licht
Uralte Glocken locken
Gong ping gong tsching
Im Wind Canale Grande
Der Welt Lyrische
(A.W. September 2010)