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Collecting Space

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QST is an abbreviation of Quest, both of which are aliases of Frans de Waard, whose decades-long career as a performer, composer, writer/publisher, labelhead and general artistic instigator has seen him traverse more electronic/experimental hybrids and subsects over the course of a single year than accomplish in a lifetime. The grass surely doesn’t grow under his feet: he still regularly publishes the (online) review list Vital Weekly; recently penned a history of the label he co-founded, Staalplaat; performs regularly throughout the world; and continues to release a staggering array of recordings under an equally diverse cover of aliases. QST has been the place de Waard allows his ‘techno’/rhythmic flag to fly free; earlier works champion an exhaustive dissection of repetitive beats, patterns, loops, sequences, and motifs. On his debut for Carpe Sonum, the QST modus operandi appears in full regalia. “QST 28” exults in its Casio-esque robo-bop; “QST 29” focuses on early Aphex Twin-like squelch ’n’ roll; “QST 67” could be Tangerine Dream reimagined for the dub-techno set, sprinkled with some of Bochum Welt’s fairydust; “QST 79” is a dayglow fest of spring breeze machinedrum majesty. One of Carpe Sonum’s more unusual editions perhaps, but nonetheless, de Waard’s spunky rhythmese is boisterously welcomed in our ever-expanding sonic universe.


released October 13, 2019

Recorded by Frans de Waard 2016-2018, mostly at home, but also in trains, planes, and Stockholm.

Thanks to the usual suspects, Rik, Steven Wilson, Carpe Sonum Records and everyone else who cares to listen.


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qst Nijmegen, The Netherlands

In the mid 90s ambient house was peaking and I decided to try my hands at it and failed. I did however record some nice ambient music, some with a bit of rhythm. When it has rhythm it was called QST and without it came as Quest. This is the complete work, including one album of previously unheard music. ... more

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