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Wim Mertens

This Belgian composer is not well-known among U.S. audiences, although he has made several highly regarded appearances at the New Music America festivals. In Spain, however, where he was the subject of a major television special, he is a new-music celebrity. Mertens' style employs mesmerizing minimalist techniques with a sense of the romantic that appeals to both serious music aficionados and more mainstream listeners. The keyboardist uses a certain amount of electronics along with some acoustic instruments like violin, flute, and saxophone. ~ Linda Kohanov
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cran Aux Oeufs

Disc 1

1. Wegzuwünschen

2. Unwillen-Nichtwollen

3. Wie Mich Dünckt

4. Earmarked

5. Reihengewebe

6. Überhandnehmend

7. Post And Postures

8. The Place Of A Gap

9. According To The One

Disc 2

1. Loosening The Ropes

2. In The Knapsack

3. And Hit The Bitter Water

4. Those Willing To Tell A Story

5. Oxyrhynchus

6. But The Archer Himself Feeling The Arrow’s Point From Another Bow

7. Burned On Non Fruit-Bearing Wood

8. Mixed With Hellebore

9. Many Tens Of Thousands Of Things

Disc 3

1. Tunneling

2. Kyrielle

3. Set Metres

4. A Travelogue

5. Nuanced

6. Moss You Are

7. Transbordered

8. The Tonality

9. Old Katarakt

10. More Real

11. Eigenstates

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Track List: Charaktersketch

1. Wegzuwünschen

2. Unwillen-Nichtwollen

3. Wie Mich Dünckt

4. Earmarked

5. Reihengewebe

6. Überhandnehmend

7. Post And Postures

8. The Place Of A Gap

9. According To The One

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Track List: The Promise Kept In Advance

1. To Obey

2. Tout Ça, C'est Fini

3. Tout Est Illuminé

4. A Feet Maniac

5. Au Fond, La Mer

6. Neither Do I Too

7. We Are The Thieves

8. Not At Home

9. Tourtour (2014)

10. Salernes (2014)

11. Positively Imperative

12. No Testament

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Track List: Double Entendre

1. Line Bundles

2. Sieve Coverings

3. Chordal Graphs

4. Suite Exacte

5. Gentleman Of Leisure

6. Unwinding Nests

7. Without Fioritures

8. Simple Repose

9. Salernes

10. Families Of Characters

11. Rings Of Invariants

12. Cryptic Reserve

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Track List: Partes Extra Partes

1. In and for Itself

2. Often a Bird

3. Yes, I Never Did

4. Birds for the Mind

5. Al

6. With All Its Might

7. Multiple 12

8. Struggle for Pleasure

9. To Obey

10. Close cover

11. A Sandy Shore

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Track List: A Starry Wisdom

1. From A Nethermost Point Of View

2. More Than A Genre

3. Contemporaneousness

4. The Custom Of Amok

5. Given Without Givenness

6. At The Edge Of The Void

7. Ausgedehnt

8. The Scene Of Two

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Track List: When Tool Met Wood

1. Leeway

2. Joy Of Laughter

3. Cire Perdue

4. Sovereign Abandon

5. Initial Detachment

6. Holes In Habit

7. Slinging

8. Affine Schemes

9. Ahead Of Itself

10. Ode Devenu Épisode

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Track List: Skopos

1. According To The Real

2. Compass Strokes

3. Zing'up

4. Zoet'kemiesch

5. Finding A People

6. Mienneté

7. Fair Warnings

8. Pitched In Pairs

9. Z's Rival

10. Zusammensetzen

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Track List: To Fill In The Blank

1. To Obey

2. Leverage

3. Positively Imperative

4. Yes, I Never Did

5. Neither Do I Too

6. Collateral Damage

7. Sidemen

8. To Obey (Reprise)

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Track List: Series Of Ands

1. The Great Outdoors

2. Sonsigns

3. Voilet

4. Face À Main

5. Navigare Necesse Est

6. Der Des Ders

7. Indexed By The Arche-Fossil

8. Man-In-Person

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Track List: Open Continuum

1. In And For Itself

2. Varieties Of Invariants

3. Multiple 12

4. The Way Down

5. Tout Ça, C'Est Fini

6. Al

7. Often A Bird

8. The Way Up

9. Zusammensetzen

10. In 3 Or 4 Days

11. The Paths Not Taken

12. La Fin De La Visite

13. To Obey

14. Yes, I Never Did

15. Further Hunting

16. Birds For The Mind

17. Close Cover (2011)

18. Struggle For Pleasure (2011)

19. A Sandy Shore

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Track List: Motives For Writing

1. Watch!

2. The Personell Changes

3. Paying For Love

4. No Testament

5. Words On The Page

6. The Whole

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Track List: Receptacle

1. Evenhandedly

2. Retranchement

3. As Ifs

4. Passend

5. The Paths Not Taken

6. Gist

7. Rival Sameness

8. Send

9. Passend (Reprise)

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Track List: Cave Musicam

1. Tout Est Visible

2. La Fin De La Visite

3. In 3 Or 4 Days

4. Au-Delà Du Fleuve

5. And Bring You Back

6. Yes, I Never Did

7. Comme En Dormant

8. Sidemen

9. Inergys

10. Maximizing The Audience

11. 4 Mains

12. Close Cover (1998)

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Track List: In The Absence Of Hindrance

1. Alef

2. Not At Home

3. Tout Est Visible

4. La Fin De La Visite

5. Multiple 12

6. Circular Breathing

7. Wandering Eyes

8. Silver Lining

9. Kof

10. Voo Outro

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Track List: Un Respiro

1. Essence Of The (K)not

2. Warm By One Another

3. From Lure To Lure

4. Many A One

5. Fitting Destiny

6. Fernglanzend

7. Workable Resonance

8. Who Put Such A Thing To Work

9. Gleaming From Afar

10. Un Respiro

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Track List: Educes Me

1. A Visiting Card

2. The Fosse

3. No Plans, No Projects

4. When The Line Grows Thick

5. Usura

6. Educes Me

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Track List: For Amusement Only

1. Insert Coin

2. Deluxe

3. 8 Ball

4. Mystik

5. Fireball

6. Invader

7. Dog-In

8. Gorf

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Track List: Der Heisse Brei

1. Von Ganz Unten

2. Eine Kugelrunde Null

3. Geräusch

4. Das Unstatthafte

5. Weiter Und Weiter

6. Sich Polieren

7. Zutzig

8. Rest Meines Ichs

9. Sänger Ohne Stimme

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Track List: The Belly Of An Architect (Original Score)

1. Birds For The Mind

2. The Aural Trick

3. Struggle For Pleasure

4. 4 Mains

5. Close Cover

6. Time Passing

7. Tourtour

8. And With Them

9. Flank By Flank

10. Figs

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Track List: Best Of Wim Mertens

1. Struggle For Pleasure

2. Birds For The Mind

3. Close Cover

4. Their Duet

5. Humility

6. Often A Bird

7. 4 Mains

8. No Testament

9. Iris

10. Hors-Nature

11. Maximizing The Audience

12. The Scene

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Track List: Father Damien

1. Newcomers

2. A Sandy Shore

3. The Good News

4. A Fragile Peace

5. My Confession

6. Inhale Deeply

7. I Saw You Come

8. A Wood Stove

9. As Music In The Trees

10. A Permit To Return

11. I Come As I Am

12. My Rosary

13. I've Been Dreaming

14. No More

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Track List: Jérémiades

1. Kaf

2. Kof

3. Mem

4. Alef

5. Gimel

6. Jod

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Track List: Stratégie De La Rupture

1. Darpa

2. Wia

3. Jaat

4. Houfnice

5. Hufhuf

6. Iris

7. Humvee

8. Kanaries

9. Awol

10. Far

11. Slam

12. Karet

13. Keed

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Track List: Sin Embargo

1. The Line

2. The Ruler

3. The Rythm

4. The Way

5. The Same

6. The Date

7. The Sense

8. The Scene

9. The Child

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Track List: Epic That Never Was

1. Circular Breathing

2. Multiple 12

3. The Land Beyond The Sunset

4. Voo Outro

5. Humility

6. La Femme De Nulle Part

7. Iris

8. Kanaries / Night Creature

9. The Belly Of An Architect

10. Close Cover

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Track List: Jardin Clos

1. As Hay In The Sun

2. Often A Bird

3. Wound To Wound

4. Out Of The Dust

5. A Secret Burning

6. Hedgehog's Skin

7. Pierced Heart

8. Not Me

9. Only Hurry

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Track List: Shot And Echo

1. Their Duet

2. His Own Thing

3. Watch Over Me

4. One Who Matters

5. Silver Lining

6. Shot One

7. We'll Find Out

8. Let Him Go

9. Wandering Eyes

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Track List: After Virtue

1. Justice

2. Prudence

3. Temperance

4. Courage

5. Humility

6. Faith

7. Hope

8. Charity

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Track List: A Man Of No Fortune, And With A Name To Come

1. Casting No Shadow (live)

2. A Tiels Leis (live)

3. Hirose (live)

4. You See (live)

5. Multiple 12 (live)

6. Naviamente (live)

7. Noli Me Tangere (live)

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Track List: Maximizing The Audience

1. Circles

2. Lir

3. Maximizing The Audience

4. The Fosse

5. Whisper Me

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Track List: Struggle For Pleasure

1. Tourtour

2. Struggle For Pleasure

3. Salernes

4. Close Cover

5. Bresque

6. Gentleman Of Leisure

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Track List: At Home - Not At Home

1. Coloured By Turning

2. That Strange Attractor

3. Dense Points

4. That M

5. At Home

6. Not At Home

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Track List: Vergessen

1. Inergys

2. Circular Breathing

3. Mildly Skeeming

4. 4 Mains

5. Multiple 12

6. Inergys (Reprise)

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1. Kiss you left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a weekday
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand
7. Repost this on 15 songs and your crush will tell you that he likes you on that day



(I honestly dunno why I'm doing this, but there's a small chance that my crush likes me, so I'm gon take all the luck I can get.
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donncha2
Yes ... Struggle for Pleasure is a hauntingly beautiful and powerful piece. I create a dance, Striving to Live, in honor of Malala Yousoufzai, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, using this piece of music..
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I'm a video producer in southern NH and I'm currently working on a documentary to be released in Dec. 2015. I'd love to be able to purchase the rights to use Close Cover by Wim Mertens for the ending segment. Any directions toward a contact to purchase the right would be appreciated
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bbueno12563
Beautiful
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Struggle for Pleasure so enchanted me I had to go online and get the sheet music - it gives me endless delight to play it now!
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info46242
Just found this via nature by numbers. Miki Casta on You Tube. Awesome. I'm a new fan!
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Beatifull
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txcommunicat o r
Isn't it grand?
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dean786
I found out about him from a YouTube video called Nature by Numbers This is a fabulous video and well worth a look...not to mention fabulous music by Mr. Mertens.
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I think I'm in a movie... and it's a good one.
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ttrtlr46160
great energy
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excellent work!
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amywynkoop
Struggle for Pleasure is wonderful!
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anthonysaint a m a n t
Amazing !!!
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What beauty in this work of art.

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