Leonardo is a Dutch
musician/producer. In his private studio he has produced more than 25
albums, ranging from electronic (downtempo, leftfield, electro, Berlin,
cosmic, dance) to psychedelic (space rock, krautrock), mantra (India &
Bhutan), poetry (with beat poet). Most of these albums were released
digitally, some as CD.
As a young boy he
play the electronic organ, but he thought it wasn’t cool at all. At the age
of 16 he got his first synthesizer. From that moment his fascination for
sound took off. In his early twenties he started composing his own songs,
with the help of a reel to reel recorder and a tape deck. At the age of 26
he started to learn to play the electric guitar. A period of song making
followed, both electronic and singer/songwriter stuff. By then he owned
several synths and organs and effects devices, cobbled together in a small
home studio. The arrival of the computer opened new doors. From ’99 until
2003 he worked furiously and made a lot of songs. Finally, he felt, it was
possible to make high quality music and create his own albums.
‘Origine’ (2003) was
the first album. It has an electronic 70’, 80’ sound with an analogue feel.
After that, a couple of instrumental electronic albums followed (Dharma, Samsara, Electronic Reality). In between he made Soundweaver (2003-5),
electronic/ psychedelic, with lots of electric guitar and vintage organ.
Turn on, Tune in, Drop out (2005), psychedelic/space rock with electronic
edges, was learning material and never released, although it had some very
With ‘Collective Memory
Generator’ (2006) a new chapter had begun. Now Leonardo explored the
possibilities of the virtual studio, where everything could be done within
one program, also adding virtual synthesizers. Before that recording,
mixing, editing and programming was done in separate computer programs, and
sounds came from hardware devices, such as synthesizers and organs. (Okay,
he was using Rebirth for drumsounds and some bass lines, but that was all!)
Temple (2007) was made,
an intoxicating krautrock album, this time with the electric guitar as the
main instrument. It is one of Leonardos classic albums. ‘Open’ (2007) and
‘The Turning Point’ (2007) followed, albums in which he mixed electronic and
psychedelic influences, even vocals. Those two albums are hard to pin down
to a specific genre; especially The Turning Point is very eclectic.
Leonardo went back to
electronic with meditative ‘Sabda’, retro futuristic ‘Elements’ (both 2008)
and ‘The Fascinating Vibes of Electronic Waves’ (2009). By then he made full
use of his analogue and virtual instruments. In 2010 ‘Quantum Generation’
was made, an electronic album with instrumental tracks, robotic vocals and
beats. Later that year ‘Imagine’ followed, with ambient and dance tracks.
(2009 and onward) was a project that never finished. The music was very
colourful, inspired by late sixties, early seventies psychedelic bands, and
has vocals. Leonardo worked on it on and of during the next years, but it
never satisfied him, although a handful of songs were pretty nice.
In 2011/12 Leonardo
worked with beatpoet Egbert Hovenkamp and produced 3 albums with him, ‘Músarrindill’,
‘AARDE’ (both on CD) and ‘InSpiratie’. On those albums Leonardo made use of
every instrument he could find like acoustic stringed instruments, electric
guitar, organs, percussion, synthesizer, voice and found noises...It was a
departure from everything he did before! During that period he invented the
character Leoweyn and made the acoustic/electronic/space/folk/poetry album‘
Waar het Stroomt’. It has Dutch vocals and the same playful attitude as ‘Músarrindill’.
It hasn’t been released (yet). More experiments followed, like ‘Chants
according to...”, with yoga teacher G.N Rao chanting Vedic Mantras. ‘Inner
Space Dimension’ was also made in the period 2011/12, a cool old school
electronic album with some psychedelic edges.
In 2012 ‘Drones’ was
created, an ambient/krautrock album with four long tracks. It is, as
Leonardo said, the real follow up of ‘Temple’, a mix of dreamy electronics
and space/glissando guitar.
In 2013 Leonardo
produced two songs for ‘A Drop in the Ocean’, a CD with singer Lhamo Dukpa
from Bhutan. It was a very special project with ancient Bhuddist mantras.
He made electronic arrangements for the songs and also did the artwork.
In 2014 ‘Mantra
Electronique‘ was released, another electronic album.
In 2012 Leonardo
started working on ‘Gurumaya’, a neo-psychedelic/krautrock album with vocals
and a band feeling. It went very well. All instruments were played by
Leonardo, as usual. Realizing this was something completely different, he
decided to take on a different name for the occasion, Astral Son. In 2014 it
was released on vinyl by label Headspin Records.
In 2015 new Astral Son release Silver Moon. Vinyl (Headspin Records) and download.
New electronic album: Syrinx. Released only on Bandcamp and with a new name:
Son of Ohm.
2016 Made a new Son of Ohm album- unreleasd. Release of Astral Son albums Silver Moon
and Mind's Eye on CD by Sulatron Records and Mind's Eye on vinyl by Headspin
2017 Working on a new Astral Son album. Planned release of Astronaut by Son
Pierre Henry, Kid
Baltan, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kitaro, Vangelis,
Tomita, Bo Hansson, ELP, Cream, Hendrix, Spirit, Moody Blues, Incredible
String Band, Caravan, Camel, Gong, Steve Hillage, Pink Floyd, Ash Ra Tempel,
Beatles, Sun Dial, Zappa, Brainticket, Hawkwind, Classical Indian music,
Aphrodite´s Child, Eno, Aes Dana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bowie, Kraftwerk,
Kula Shaker, Led Zeppelin, Oldfield, Massive Attack, Witthüser & Westrupp
and many more.....
Studio60 in 2014.
Band1971 jam session, 2014.