daniel duchamP

Photographer, double bass player and modular synth wizard DANIËL DUCHAMP skates since long throughout the Belgian underground. He improvises massive electronic pieces with bass and self build electronics. I asked him seven questions via e-mail. I decided not to do a spelling check or make any grammatical corrections in his answers.
12 December 2017 | AG 10.1
Joeri Bruyninckx

 Your real name is Daniel Van Acker but you use the moniker daniel duchamP.

Daniel duchamP

Daniel duchamP is the translation in French of Daniel Van Acker and a reference to... Marcel Duchamp himself; for me, one of the most important creator in contemporary art with a large influence on multidisciplinary arts.

So for this occasion I inverse the rule of the capital letter in the beginning of a name!

jb

You’ve been making music for over 40 years but only released 10 minutes of music.

DD

I’ve made many concerts in Belgium everywhere, busy to play and to record rehearsal sessions; publishing was not the goal at the moment... Time flies as a bird over the sea and one day the opportunity came with an exhibition of contemporary art of Dominique Vermeesch, with whom
I work for everything that is sound, video, picture etc. 

12” was produced, the split with Timo, and we participated in performances during the exhibition... Slow is beautiful! 

JB

You started as a photographer but than turned into music. 

DD

I was always interested in both photography/picture and “music”. Why, I don’t know, it’s life that decided... Both are close with interactions between, same vocabulary etc. I like it!

JB

Why did you choose the double bass as your main instrument? 

DD

There was a time I played everything that I could buy: el-ac guitar, cornet, cello, violin accordion and more... Among them the double bass, the queen. I like deep tones and harmonics created with the bow... Quickly I acquired effects like those for el-guitar to mix the two worlds... 

JB

On the opening page of your site, there’s a John Cage quote that says: “I have never heard a sound that disgusted me. The only problem with sound is music”. 

DD

John Cage, like Marcel D., is one the founders, the basics of contemporary art, even today, I repeat myself... 
I don’t like too much the word music, it’s a word too connoted, too politically correct. I prefer the quotation of J. C., as it is more wide open. 

JB

On the same page is a pic­
ture of you. In the back, I see a Che Guevara poster and
 a buddha statue. What does this say about you? 

DD

Revolution, political consciousness, black is beautiful, jazz, free jazz, free improvised music, freedom... 
It was the time, so intense to live with... There are no more leaders in this world? But future is open! The Buddha from India stands for open smiling, open mind, commonly universal...