EXART, founded by Hessel Veldman, started its activities in October 1982.
In 1978 Hessel started composing experimental music and before 1978 he was playing distorted guitar in several local blues- and alternative rock-bands. Also an early fascination for noise and dissonance, from the beginning of the 1970s, in combination with a preference for writing and performing extremely idiosyncratic music, created a wide range of experimental compositions.
Improvisatie VI was composed in 1979. The pre Exart period.
Only using an electronic organ and a tape recorder.
The Deep (unreleased) was made as a soundscore for a fairytale radioplay. (1980)
Finally in 1982 the label started to spread new experimental and improvised music. The EXART studio was the place to make compositions, recordings, radio-programmes, mixes and remixes. And at the same time Hessel started to preserve sounds in the EXART archive.
The first EXART issue was a tape by ROTTERDANS, a group of people from Rotterdam, who made their own city folk-music in an old building; one of the few that were left after World War II.
Soon after the first EXART-release “United States XV” was issued. A one-month-tour through the States gave Hessel so much inspiration that fifteen soundscapes could be heard on this C-90 music-cassette.
Interference by Rotterdans is from the Hersenletsel tape from 1984/85. Recorded in Rotterdam and mixed at the EXART studio.