Wim Mertens

Also known as Mertens, W. Mertens, W.Mertens, Wim Mertons, Win Mertens

Profile of the performer Wim Mertens: Wim Mertens (b. Neerpelt, Belgium, May 14, 1953) is a Belgian composer, countertenor vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and musicologist. Mertens studied social and political science at the University of Leuven (graduating in 1975) and musicology at Ghent University; he also studied music theory and piano at the Royal Conservatories of Gent and Brussels. In 1978, he became a producer at the then BRT (Belgian Radio and Television). For Radio 2 (Radio Brabant) he produced concerts by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Urban Sax, and others, and hosted a program called Funky Town together with Gust De Meyer (with whom he recorded the experimental CD For Amusement Only). Known primarily as a composer since the late 1970s, Mertens is best known for his opus "Struggle for Pleasure". He is also well known for his piece "Maximizing the Audience", which was composed for Jan Fabre's play The Power of Theatrical Madness, which premiered in 1984 in Venice, Italy. Mertens' style, while continually evolving during the course of his prolific output, touches veins of minimalist, ambient and avant-garde, usually, however, preserving a melodic fundament to the forays that he makes into the worlds that he is exploring. Mertens' music was used in the 1987 Peter Greenaway film The Belly of an Architect, along with that of Glenn Branca. Mertens also recorded under the name "Soft Verdict", and is the author of American Minimal Music, which looks at the school of American repetitive music. In March 1998 Mertens became the Cultural Ambassador of Flanders.

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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Released at Label
1 Wim Mertens - Strategie De La Rupture Strategie De La Rupture 9 mp3, CD 1991
2 Alle Dinghe 10 mp3, CD 1991 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
3 Wim Mertens - Sources Of Sleeplessness Sources Of Sleeplessness 25 mp3, CD 1991 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
4 Wim Mertens - Vita Brevis Vita Brevis 7 mp3, CD 1991 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
5 Best Of 12 mp3, CD 1997-11-00
6 Wim Mertens - No Testament No Testament 2 mp3, CD 1989 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
7 Wim Mertens - The Power Of Theatrical Madness The Power Of Theatrical Madness 2 mp3, CD 1984-05-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
8 Struggle For Pleasure 6 mp3, CD 1988
9 Whisper Me 4 mp3, CD 1988 Windham Hill Records
10 Wim Mertens - Hirose Hirose 2 mp3, CD 1986-07-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
11 Wim Mertens - Educes Me Educes Me 6 mp3, CD 1988 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
12 Wim Mertens - Usura Usura 10 mp3, CD 1985-01-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
13 Wim Mertens - Close Cover Close Cover 6 mp3, CD 1986 Windham Hill Records
14 A Man Of No Fortune & With A Name To Come 6 mp3, CD 1986-05-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
15 After Virtue 8 mp3, CD 1988-11-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
16 Wim Mertens - Strategie De La Rupture Strategie De La Rupture 9 mp3, CD 1991 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
17 Maximizing The Audience 5 mp3, CD 1988 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
18 Wim Mertens - Vergessen Vergessen 6 mp3, CD 1988 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
19 Wim Mertens - At Home - Not At Home At Home - Not At Home 7 mp3, CD 2001 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
20 Wim Mertens - Jérémiades Jérémiades 6 mp3, CD 1995 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
21 Wim Mertens - Epic That Never Was Epic That Never Was 10 mp3, CD 1994-03-00 Les Disques du Crépuscule
22 Wim Mertens - A Man Of No Fortune, And With A Name To Come A Man Of No Fortune, And With A Name To Come 6 mp3, CD 1988
23 Wim Mertens - Integer Valor - Intégrale Integer Valor - Intégrale 27 mp3, CD 1999-04-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
24 Wim Mertens - The Belly Of An Architect The Belly Of An Architect 14 mp3, CD 1988
25 Wim Mertens - Shot And Echo / A Sense Of Place Shot And Echo / A Sense Of Place 16 mp3, CD 1993 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
26 Wim Mertens - Gave Van Niets, Part I : You'll Never Be Me Gave Van Niets, Part I : You'll Never Be Me 5 mp3, CD 1994 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
27 Wim Mertens - Vergessen Vergessen 6 mp3, CD 1990 Materiali Sonori
28 Wim Mertens - Instrumental Songs Instrumental Songs 7 mp3, CD 1988 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
29 If I Can 7 mp3, CD 1999 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
30 Wim Mertens - For Amusement Only For Amusement Only 8 mp3, CD 1988 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
31 Wim Mertens - Instrumental Songs (Musique À Une Voix) Instrumental Songs (Musique À Une Voix) 7 mp3, CD 1986-10-00
32 Wim Mertens - Motives For Writing Motives For Writing 6 mp3, CD 1989 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
33 Wim Mertens - After Virtue After Virtue 8 mp3, CD 1994
34 Wim Mertens - Jardin Clos Jardin Clos 8 mp3, CD 1996
35 Wim Mertens - Maximizing The Audience Maximizing The Audience 2 mp3, CD 1985-08-00
36 Wim Mertens - Father Damien (Music From The Original Soundtrack) Father Damien (Music From The Original Soundtrack) 14 mp3, CD 1999 EMI Classics
37 Wim Mertens - Maximizing The Audience Maximizing The Audience 5 mp3, CD 1985-05-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
38 Wim Mertens - Jérémiades Jérémiades 6 mp3, CD 1995
39 Wim Mertens - Shot And Echo Shot And Echo 9 mp3, CD 1993 Les Disques du Crépuscule
40 Wim Mertens - Maximizing The Audience Maximizing The Audience 5 mp3, CD 2003-05-00
41 Wim Mertens - Integer Valor Integer Valor 8 mp3, CD 1998 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
42 No Testament 5 mp3, CD 1990 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
43 Wim Mertens - Educes Me Educes Me 6 mp3, CD 1987-08-00 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
44 Wim Mertens - Jardin Clos Jardin Clos 8 mp3, CD 1996 Les Disques du Crépuscule
45 Wim Mertens - Close Cover Close Cover 6 mp3, CD 1993-04-23 Windham Hill Records
46 Wim Mertens - Educes Me Educes Me 6 mp3, CD 1987-09-00 Factory
47 Wim Mertens - The Belly Of An Architect The Belly Of An Architect 14 mp3, CD 1988-05-00 Factory
48 Educes Me 6 mp3, CD 1987-09-00
49 Wim Mertens - Maximizing The Audience Maximizing The Audience 5 mp3, CD 1986 Grabaciones Accidentales
50 Wim Mertens - Years Without History - Volume 1 - Moins De Mètre, Assez De Rythme Years Without History - Volume 1 - Moins De Mètre, Assez De Rythme 8 mp3, CD 2002 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
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