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2. Speech grooves & ostinatos


that hearing JacobTV’s music for the first time was as life-altering as hearing Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, but it came darn close. My head was pretty much blown open. He is so visceral and so elemental. He doesn’t lead with the intellect, he leads with the heart. It just doesn’t sound like any other music I’ve ever heard. I had to re-think my thinking about music. It’s so beyond the intellect and the chord changes and the resolution and whatever. It’s just not about that. It’s about tapping into a very deep place, into some other sub sub intellectual place and that is why I love him. It’s magic.

Limor Tomer, former curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art NYC, former Executive Producer of Music WNYC, General Manager Live Arts at the Metropolitan Museum NYC



Sat 6 Nov 2021 | 16:00- 17:00 | November Music Den Bosch
Sun 7 Nov 2021 | 20:15 - 21:30 | Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
Tue 9 Nov 2021 | 20:00 - 21:30 | Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht
American tour: May-June 2022


Sophie Dunèr, vocals
Cynthia Yeh, percussion
Stephen Burns, trumpet
Steve Roberts, electric guitar


Music in times of corona

who, what, where, when, why?


farewell feathered friends

hexagram of the heavens

From The Archives Box Set Trilogy

On the CD box trilogy of his works, JacobTV's orchestral music resembles Jeff Koons in its earnest explorations of kitsch. His boombox pieces, for solo instruments and speech grooves audio, are limning the outlines of larger-than-life American figures in a pop idiom with digital sampling and DJ-like repetitions. And there is an overarching element of Henri Rousseau: the bright colors and slightly crude outlines of a folk artist. JacobTV's control of energy and momentum is one of his music's greatest strengths. His fast-moving pieces have an exciting sense of drive and purposefulness, and his more meditative pieces have a logic and quiet intensity that keep them from being meandering or static. Emotionally direct, he possesses an authentic lyrical gift that never sounds like rehashed Romanticism.


Podcast VPRO Vrije Geluiden

Voor de eerste aflevering van VPRO's Podcast ‘De componisten-kamer’ toog Melchior Huurdeman naar Doorn. Daar woont de succesvolle componist Jacob ter Veldhuis. Hij geeft een rondleiding door zijn werkkamer en vertelt wat hem inspireert, ontroert en kwelt. En waarom kunnen slechts vier noten een componist in extase brengen?