Do anything you wanna do and do it yourself. Do it quick, cheap and do it for the love and not prestige. Stroboscopes & Smokemachines is a documentary mapping the electronic music culture in The Hague and Rotterdam and its particular scene ironically called the West Coast Sound of Holland.
The ’90s underground was an era of self-governed dance music settlements with a lot of uncharted territory and air of invention; it was the right time and right place for raw, uncompromising and deeply experimental music. But make no mistake to dismiss it as ‘old glory’ — new talents and labels are channeling the stripped-down gritty electronica and DIY attitudes while the pioneers of the scene retain devoted following.
Dutch filmmakers Anna Bogomolova and Dammes Kieft portray artists from the Dutch West Coast, whose music and beliefs hold key ingredients of freedom and oblivion.
The documentary is in post-production and will premiere at selected film and music festivals late 2019. The initiative is supported by the local artistic community, The Hague’s Fonds 1818 and the municipality of Rotterdam.
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