"Bewildering variety of music you've got there... few people go that far out, I dig it."
- Sam Marsh (MySpace reaction)
Randolf Smeets, a.k.a The Phlod-Nar, has reached his 20-year landmark in 2018 of what has been an amazing and diverse experience for his avid listeners.
The now-Belgian resident first embarked on his musical journey way back in 1996, with a lot on the menu to feed his quickly growing, hungry audience, dishing out to them an array of ambient, electronic and experimental audio-cuisine.
2006 saw five releases by The Phlod-Nar, consisting of works from 1996 to 2006, covering a multitude of genres. This included piano improvisations, ambient works, noise art, dark soundtracks and electronic fusion.
Just two years later, The Phlod-Nar caused controversy with his piece “Wanjina”, inspired by Aboriginal Culture. An article by Geoff Vivian for WA News, states that the Dutch musician had offended Kimberly Aboriginal elders by using their sacred cultural materials without their permission.
In his score-long career so far, Smeets has written music for various short films and audio books. He was also the film composer for the documentary “Arches & Bridges”. On top of this, he has been a sought after collaborator, working with ‘Jaxxrain’ in the piano/electronics duo ‘The Mun Astronauts’, ‘Booktrack’ (music for audiobooks), Agula (acoustic & electric guitarscapes), AZIMOGU (experiments in sound), Feirledijika (jazz with movie dialogue), band member of Dutch singer/songwriter Vigilan Freeland (on a soon to be released EP) and ‘The Concourse In Atmosphere’ - a collective of musicians each with their own artistic direction, coming together to create a revolutionary musical moment.
In a review of his Works For Piano, Kelly O’Neil most aptly summarized his work saying “Smeets is a highly creative composer…liberating musical constraints yet still keeping his works aurally pleasurable”
Be sure to keep up with everything new that Smeets has in the pipeline, including several new special releases in celebration of his 20-year musical landmark.
(this text is written in 2016 by someone who doesn't know Randolf personally)