NMUV Dutch String Sessions and Wisseloord Academy

Wisseloord Studios, Wisseloord Academy and NMUV (Dutch Music Publishers Association) have launched the Dutch String Sessions project. For this initiative, 12 well-known and big hits from Dutch soil have been given a ‘classic’ look.

All publishers affiliated with NMUV could submit suggestions and the first EP contains classic arrangements of ‘Omarm’ (BLØF), He is mine (Kris Kross Amsterdam, Maan, Tabitha & Bizzey), ‘Waves’ (Mr. Probz) and ‘Kleur ‘ (Fast).

The songs have been rearranged for string ensemble and piano by the creative team of the Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum and the international music production students of the Wisseloord Academy.

The idea for the Dutch String Sessions arose from the NMUV and came about with support from the Music Investment Fund, an initiative of Buma/Stemra with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This fund is intended for the development of new music and/or new exploitation of existing music.

In the coming months, the songs will be released on three EPs, the first of which was released last Friday. The songs are specially mixed in Dolby Atmos, the latest Dolby technology. The tracks can be found on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music.

The money generated by this project will mainly benefit songwriters, composers, musicians, as well as music education and talent development. The intention is that these classic adaptations also find their way into the world of films, series, games and advertising.

Wisseloord residency – Folamour

Meet Folamour, A popular French Electro-Dance DJ and producer who was recently on a  production residency in Wisseloord studios. We had a short conversation with the artist and here is what he had to say ;

 

  • How do you feel about the vibe around here?

 

Folamour:  I love it. It’s a really special place I think. I’ve never worked in a big studio like this one. There is like “a family vibe here” where you can feel that everybody is super involved in every project. Every time I needed help I could ask and someone would be willing to try his best to help. I worked with so many people here and everybody was like 100% on top of his game . It’s an amazing feeling.

  • What are your views on the Netherlands music scene?

 

 

Folamour: Everytime I’m playing in the Netherlands I see fans react positively. Dutch people are always open minded in regards to various genres. I can feel that the people are open to various music cultures and enjoy partying hard. Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities to play in.

 

  • Did the atmosphere at Wisseloord improve your creativity?

 

Folamour: Yeah, for sure. Since I got here I’ve been working full time every day 9 to 9, back to back. Next to my own sessions, I had the pleasure to see some of the classes of the Academy. All the songwriting courses, the music production classes, the whole music course is absolutely amazing. I feel super inspired and motivated. And there is such a vibe here. With the history and everything but even more, it’s the hub of people that inspires me. You want to be part of something great here. So I’m working a lot. And a lot of great ideas and inspiration have come to me for sure. It feels like being out of the city. I also love being in the woods.

Dolby Atmos Studio

Wisseloord has now an official Dolby Atmos enabled studio.
Since Apple has chosen Dolby Atmos as its new standard, the industry is taking note of this amazing way to experience music.

Is Dolby Atmos Music the new standard for spatial audio?

 

 

The team at Wisseloord is convinced about the impact of this new format and has setup one of the studios to the upcoming standard. The room has been tuned by the Dolby team itself.

Since July 2021, the whole Wisseloord team has been working closely with Dolby in order to gain knowledge and experience to pull the best results out of the projects that we produce and mix on a daily basis.

In this article, we discuss the developments of spatial audio, the impact on the production process and how you can use Dolby Atmos to elevate your production to literally the next level.

‘Spatial audio’ has been a hot topic at Wisseloord for years. Our team has worked with various formats and standards, but this technology never went mainstream. Until now. With the Dolby Atmos technology recently being adopted by Apple Music – Apple intends to offer its entire 75 million song catalogue in the Dolby Atmos format – the industry has started moving at a rapid pace. Now, labels, artists and publishers are looking to release new music according to the standard as well as up-mixing parts of their existing catalogue.

At the same time, more and more people can experience content in Dolby Atmos. Apple is now offering Dolby Atmos in their phones, headphones and laptops while car manufacturers are implementing this technology into the speaker setup of in their new designs. Not talking about cinemas, Soundbars and many more items entering the consumer’s homes. Dolby Atmos is looking to be the new music standard, similar to when stereo replaced mono a while back.

Working in Dolby Atmos

 

 

Wisseloord has been working at the cutting edge of this development.
“Dolby Atmos can take your music to a whole new level,” says Malik Berrabah, CEO- Co-Owner of Wisseloord Studios. “Instead of working in the two-dimensional stereo format you can put every single stem or instrument in space. You can make different creative choices with the increase in space. The listeners can experience your music differently and this offers a new artistic challenge on its own.
Right now, everybody in the industry is talking about Dolby Atmos. But this is an experience that people can understand only when they hear and feel it. That is also why Dolby is working closely with us, many great artists come here to work on their music and are now able to experience it in our studios.”

For any music genres

 

 

“The amazing opportunities that Dolby Atmos offer can be applied to all music genres. For one project, our team at Wisseloord was working on string versions of so-called evergreen songs from various artists. This was happening at the same time that our soon-to-be ATMOS  studio was being tuned by the Dolby team. So it made a lot of sense to connect the two opportunities. We recorded the individual instruments and created new, unique spatial compositions. It’s really as if you’re sitting in the middle of the music.”

“It applies just as well, maybe even better, to electronic music. You don’t want an instrument to move around the room but that’s different with an electronic sound. And how about depth and complexity? With this technology, you have more space to place instruments and sounds without overwhelming the listener. I’m really excited to hear what artists and producers are going to come up with.”

For people looking to learn how Dolby Atmos works, Wisseloord is offering several opportunities :

For recording producers, artists and mix engineers

 

 

Our team of engineers is available to instruct you and help you work in this format. We have the knowhow and experience that will help you kickstart your productions or mixes and get the most out of your working time. Additionally, we can offer up ideas for the creative application of this technology in close collaboration with performers themselves.

Courses and workshops

 

 

Wisseloord Academy, the educational center that is interconnected with the Wisseloord Studios, is offering courses and workshops for those interested in learning to work in Dolby Atmos. For this format, a fully equipped studio is a luxury, not a necessity, and you can utilize it from your own small(er) studio at home or anywhere in the world by using headphones.

 

Wisseloord residency for Elephanz music duo

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What happens when an established musical duo moves for a 3 week residency? Maxime and Jonathan Verleysen of Elephanz lived and recorded at Wisseloord for 3 weeks, working with other artists to create a large number of new songs. We talk to them about their time here.

“It’s magical, you wake up every day not knowing if you’ll be able to create. But every day we have found inspiration.”- Jonathan Verleysen

We invited brothers and music duo Maxime and Jonathan Verleysen for a residency at Wisseloord through our collaboration with the French Centre National de la Musique. The goal of this partnership is to create a bridge between the French and Dutch music industry. By doing this the artists and industries of both horizons can collaborate and expand their fields. For 3 weeks, they have been working on creating new music and collaborating with other artists in the Studios.

Collaborate with other artists

“We didn’t realize what it would bring us,” says Maxime. “We are always working exclusively together, a literal band of brothers. But to come here and work in such a big studio where you interact with different artists every day, that opened up our perspective.”

Jonathan interjects: “Not only that, it also helped us understand something about our own way of working. We discovered that we share a lot more with other artists than we thought, we can bring them in to work on ideas together. And it made us very productive, we have been writing one to two tracks per day, which is amazing. It really helped that we lived on site, at the campus, so that we could record at any time.”

Writing songs every day

“The residency also felt like a retreat from our French music career, a break from the pressure and an opportunity to work on new material. We certainly got the most out of our time here, we got a lot of inspiration and learned a lot about working with different artists. We have really enjoyed this environment,” explains Maxime.

When asked about what learning or experience they are taking with them back home, Jonathan is very clear: “We are workaholics, so writing and creating good songs is what makes us happy. Leaving here with a large number of songs that are musically composed [finished] is what makes this residency a success for us. We’ll finetune them some more when we get back home, when the whole experience has settled in, and after that it’s time for the publishers to do their job: find artists to perform our songs and make them their own.”

In residence: electronic music artist TOLVY at Wisseloord

TolvyTOLVY is an artist that discovered electronic music at the age of 8 but had already started drum lessons at 4. She made her first track when she was 14 and many have followed since. She has been living and recording at the Wisseloord Studios for 3 weeks and fell in love with people and atmosphere. She has learned a lot about her music and collaborating with other artists during her time here.

“I can only work on music that has my signature; it needs to be me. That is something I discovered during my time at Wisseloord.”

Violette, better known as TOLVY, has been described as the new French hope of electronic music. She describes her music as spatial, allowing the listener to travel over wide distances, and uses a lot of orchestral sounds. The 19-year-old was selected by the Centre National de la Musique for the 3-week residency at the Wisseloord Studios.

Residency at Wisseloord

“Electronic music often has no lyrics and is therefore borderless, and that applies especially to my spatial music style,” explains Violette. “I want to discover new countries and incorporate those influences in my music. This 3-week residency is perfect for that, I’ve collaborated with 3 different artists and have learned a lot from each of them.”

Legendary collaboration

“My collaboration with songwriters of the Wisseloord Publishing rooster Lars Koehoorn and Ward Reijmerink was legendary. Working with a vocalist was a new experience for me but Lars was able to find the lyrics for what I wanted to say. And it went the same with Ward, I made the decisions but his ability for selecting and organizing orchestral music is uncanny. The three of us wrote about 90% of the song in one day! I’m really proud of the end result, the song is called Panoramic view and I’ll definitely release it.”

Learning

“My typical day at Wisseloord is pretty straightforward, I get up and get dressed before going upstairs for some breakfast. After breakfast I go straight to work in the studio. And it’s that rhythm that has really given me a lot of confidence, I’ve realized I’m capable of so much more than I thought. I can apply that at home as well.”

When asked if she enjoyed her stay a great smile comes to Violette’s face:

“I will definitely come back to Wisseloord. I’ve met so many nice people and the studios are just awesome, the whole place is just made for music. I’ll come back as soon as I can.”

DJ/producer Todi3for in Residence

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Could you work on your music for 20 days straight? Belgian DJ and producer Todi3for did during his residency at Wisseloord Studios. Collaborating with a new artist every single day of his 3-week stay he created about 40 songs. We talk to him about his reasons for coming here and if he can highlight his favorite collaboration.

Todi3for, the stage name of Luca Pecoraro, is a DJ and producer from Belgium known not only for his rap & dance crossover music style but also for his record as a producer. We inviteded him for a 3-week residency at Wisseloord following a selection by the French Centre National de la Musique to expand his scope as a producer.

Outside of comfort zone

“What was my goal in coming here? To work outside of my comfort zone and meet new people. Every day, I’d be working with a new artist and that has really forced me to deliver. I couldn’t have an off-day or go out partying at night when there would be a new guest arriving the next day, expecting me to perform. So, it was all about the music for me.”

Inspiring collaboration

“About 40% of the artists I invited I had never met before; I didn’t know what to expect. One collaboration really stood out, working with Rapper Sjaak was amazing. He was my second studio session, the second day I was here, and we worked very well together. He’s a good worker and a really funny guy which meant that we could write some great music together.

But that’s just one collaboration, I had a great time working with all of them. I think I’ll be leaving Wisseloord with about 40 songs, of which at least 8 are very strong, and I look forward to working on those in the future. A great result from this residency.

Would I do anything differently? Well, I would take more breaks, working on creating new music for 20 days in a row is a real challenge.”

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