Kid Baltan by Allison Cameron

Kid Baltan (2013)

When I was a student at The University of Victoria I was introduced to the music of Dick Raaijmakkers and his ‘prodigy’ Gilius van Bergeijk. A short time afterwards I was studying with them at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland. Thanks to Gilius I was able to collect a number of stories about Dick Raaijmakkers’ ‘unofficial’ escapades. He should be much better known for the ground-breaking work he did in the 40’s 50’s and 60’s in electronic music but for some reason he did not become a household name. 

Kid Baltan was an early alias for his career in electronic pop music – work he created long before anyone else was making it even in the pop music world. In 2013, Dick Raaijmakkers passed away. It was just before I was asked by David Dacks at The Music Gallery to be a part of their “Gaudeamus: Deconstructed and Reconstructed” music week in December of that year and I decided to make a graphic score for him. The work is also dedicated to Louis Andriessen on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Once again, I would like to give many thanks to Martin Arnold, David Schotzko, Arraymusic and all of the wonderful musicians involved, along with technical director Kelley Mitchell, Rick Sacks, Renée Leer and the Ontario Arts Council.

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