Reverie is the sequel to the album Nocturnal by Qope (Bart Koop). It was recorded in the same place and follows the track of ‘Nocturnal’ – meditative and often cyclical musical expressions, with a spontaneous character. Qope plays a Steinway Model D-274 Concert Grand Piano on Reverie.
The album was recorded in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound DXD at the Westvest90 Church in Schiedam, Netherlands on February 21, 2021. The recording was made with DPA Microphones d:dicate 4006a and Microtech Gefell MG930 microphones and the Hapi and Anubis Analog to Digital Converters from Merging Technologies with a Grimm Audio CC2 Master Clock. It was monitored with Kef Blade Two Loudspeakers and Hegel H30 Amplifiers.
Qope is extremely critical of the adjustment of the grand piano and makes ample use of sustain, using space as a second instrument. Rarely have you heard the piano sound fade away so beautifully, for which of course the high-end recording by TRPTK engineer Brendon Heinst also guarantees. A symbiosis that leads to an irresistible musical result.
Qope says “Looking at this recording, I marvel – the mind is such a wonderful thing. It gives us the power of creation and imagination, giving birth to things never seen or heard before. Often I find myself drowning in daydreams, improvising on my piano, and imagining spectacular visuals. Sometimes they come and go, to never return. Lost in eternity. I tried to capture some of these reveries during this recording, like a modern dream catcher. It is up to you to imagine and join me in these journeys on the piano.”
Qope (Bart Koop) – Piano
Total time: 00:43:54
|Analog to Digital Converters|
Hapi & Anubis, Merging Technologies
Furutech custom microphone, power & loudspeaker cables
Grimm Audio CC2
DPA Microphones d:dicate 4006a & Microtech Gefell mg930
Kef Blade Two Loudspeakers & Hegel Music Systems H30 Amplifiers
JCAT Optimo 3 Duo, Net Card XE & M12 Switch Gold
|Original Recording Format|
Qope plays on a Steinway Model D-274 Concert Grand Piano
Furutech Daytona 303e, CAD Ground Control GC1
This album was recorded on February 21, 2021 at the Westvest90 Church in Schiedam, Netherlands.
Furutech NCF Boosters
|Release Date||May 21, 2021|
TRPTK describes the new album Reverie as “meditative music that arises in the moment.”
Qope, or the pseudonym of Bart Koop comes from a musical family and has been fascinated by keyboard instruments all his life. Once he took his first steps in classical piano. But soon Qope chose his own path. Self-taught, he also threw himself into composing and making music in a band.
For the adventurous TRPTK, he made the album ‘Paper Motion’ (TTK 0006) in 2016 with his eponymous band, a production that makes ample use of electronics. He then sought musical intimacy in ‘Nocturnal’ (TTK 0024), a solo exercise with the musician behind the grand piano in Schiedam’s Westvestkerk. A place praised for its atmosphere and acoustics.
In its artistic narrative, Qope is linked to the neo classical movement with composers such as Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannson and Nik Bärtsch. Music that seems to arise in the moment and has a kind of healing effect on the listener. Titles like ‘Lament’, ‘Reverie’, ‘Liminal Spaces’ and ‘Running Still’ speak for themselves.
In Qope’s music, which is improvised, time seems to stand still: the listener is forced to clear his head and create space for new thoughts and creativity. Qope gives, as it were, a prompt and whispers encouragement to his listeners. Something that, especially in this world that is so complicated and infested with the corona virus, is a particularly welcome artistic gesture.
Listen to the romantic ‘You Were Not Really Here’, the hopeful ‘The Vastness of Light’, the percussive ‘Time Lapses’ or the exciting ‘Underneath the Umbrella Pines’. Music to let wash over you: a moment of relaxation in complicated times.
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