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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
full bio

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: Dust Of Truths

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

x

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

x

Track List: Integer Valor - Intégrale

Disc 1

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)

Disc 2

1. Tout Est Visible

2. Au-Delà Du Fleuve

3. Tout Est Illuminé

4. Tout Ça, C'est Fini

5. La Fin De La Visite

6. Comme En Dormant

7. Au Fond, La Mer

8. Si Loin, Du Centre

9. Hors-Nature

Disc 3

1. The Way Down

2. A Feet Maniac

3. And Bring You Back

4. In 3 Or 4 Days

5. Song 6

6. For Quietness

7. The Way Up

x

Track List: If I Can

1. So That:

2. Limes

3. The Ship

4. Tresias

5. Stretti

6. For Soothsay

7. To Keep Them From Falling

x

Track List: Moins De Mètre, Assez De Rythme

1. Gentleman Of Leisure

2. Watch Over Me

3. Lir

4. Salernes

5. La Mesure

6. Wandering Eyes

7. Shot One

8. We'll Find Out

x

Track List: L'heure du loup

1. Pas de chiffres

2. Hors-nature

3. Mal vu

4. Mal dit

5. Le mal

6. Pas de lutte

7. Même terre

8. La honte

9. Le regret

10. Plus de mots

11. Pas d'Âge

x

Track List: The World Tout Court

1. Its Long Sought Principle

2. As Instrumentum

3. Cumbrous Notations

4. Random Groping

5. The Whole of the Past

6. Such a Transition

7. Par Chance, Sans Effort

8. Apatride

9. This Necessary Willkür

10. Without Example

11. Unless the Hand Obeys

12. Its Maschinewesen

x

Track List: Not Yet, No Longer

1. Its Long Sought Principle

2. As Instrumentum

3. Cumbrous Notations

4. Random Groping

5. The Whole Of The Past

6. Such A Transition

7. Par Chance, Sans Effort

8. Apatride

9. This Necessary Willkür

10. Without Example

11. Unless The Hand Obeys

12. Its Maschinewesen

x

Track List: Nosotros

1. And Growth Can Be Heard

2. Swirling Backwards

3. From out of Which

4. Bold Forgetting

5. Songes

6. Venturing into Colony

7. Further Hunting

8. Working the Ploughs

9. What That One Does

10. Fantasmatic Certainty

11. Bewildering Din

12. Wound to Wound

13. Often a Bird

x

Track List: Lisa - EP

1. Le Noir

2. Le Vide

3. Ce Bruit

4. La Brume

5. Ta Tête

6. Et Pourtant

x

Track List: With No Need for Seeds

1. Apart from the One

2. Zweierlei

3. Whisper Me

4. The Fosse

5. Close cover

x

Track List: Series Of Ands - Immediate Givens

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

1. Kerf Width

2. The Biggest Fable Of All

3. In.Zones

4. The Determinant Of The Last Instance

5. What It Is Like To Be From Belgium

6. Remaining So And As Such

7. Oeuvrer

8. Unwitnessed Ancestral Phenomena

9. Tactility

10. The Fossil Argument

11. The Real Of The Cut

x

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

x

Track List: Instrumental Songs

1. Mimicry

2. Exitium

3. Confutatio

4. Pernicies

5. Condemnatio

6. Non Datur

7. Pranzo

x

Track List: Music And Film

Disc 1

1. The Way Down

2. Common To All

3. A Tiels Leis

4. Second Self

5. Shot One

6. The Scene

7. Where It Withdraws

8. Shared Out

9. Houfnice

10. Phrase Ordering

11. The Paths Not Taken

12. More Acute

13. Le Vide

14. Often A Bird

15. Le Noir

16. Now You See It, Now You Don't (Closing)

17. Handgriff

Disc 2

1. As Hay In The Sun

2. Ce Bruit

3. Eine Kugelrunde Null

4. Coltan

5. No Plans, No Projects

6. The Weight Of The Height

7. The Land Beyond The Sunset

8. Kept In Grip

9. Close Cover

10. At Risk

11. Tout Est Visible

12. La Brume

13. In A Frank Manner

14. In 3 Or 4 Days

15. Doubly Distanced

16. The Grasp Of Letting Go

Disc 3

1. The Way Up

2. Ta Tête

3. Birds For The Mind

4. It's Halting

5. Glue Of Words

6. Tourtour

7. La Femme De Nulle Part

8. Spanned

9. 4 Mains

10. In Effigy

11. Perfectly Uncovered

12. Et Pourtant

13. Years Without History

14. Acted Out

15. Naviamente

16. Effaced Horizons

17. Struggle For Pleasure

x

Track List: Ver-Veranderingen

1. So That:

2. Limes

3. The Ship

4. Tiresias

5. Contentu Melodiae

6. 2 And 3 = 1

7. T Klopt

8. Gleaner

9. Tsjueh

10. Wording

x

Track List: What You See Is What You Hear

1. In and for Itself

2. Not at Home

3. Wandering eyes

4. A Secret Burning

5. Usura

6. When the Line Grows Thick

7. The Fosse

8. We Are the Thieves

9. Wound to Wound

10. Their duet

11. Hedgehog's Skin

12. Maximizing the Audience

13. 4 Mains

14. Struggle for Pleasure

15. Watch!

16. Close cover

x

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

x

Track List: Shot And Echo - A Sense Of Place

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

1. In A Void

2. Swallow It

3. M.O.U.T.

4. D.C.O.L.

5. Fellow Travellers

6. Whatness

7. The S-Song

8. As It Is

9. Sleepers

x

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

x

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)

x

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

x

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

x

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

x

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

x

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

19. A Sandy Shore

x

Track List: Music for Flute and Percussion, Vol. 2

14. Inergys

x

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

x

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)

x

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

x

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)

x

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

x

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

x

Track List: For Amusement Only

1. Insert Coin

2. Deluxe

3. 8 Ball

4. Mystik

5. Fireball

6. Invader

7. Dog-In

8. Gorf

x

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

x

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

x

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

x

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

x

Track List: Jérémiades

1. Kaf

2. Kof

3. Mem

4. Alef

5. Gimel

6. Jod

x

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

x

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

x

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

x

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

8. Kanaries / Night Creature

9. The Belly Of An Architect

10. Close Cover

x

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

x

Track List: After Virtue

1. Justice

2. Prudence

3. Temperance

4. Courage

5. Humility

6. Faith

7. Hope

8. Charity

x

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)

x

Track List: Maximizing The Audience

1. Circles

2. Lir

3. Maximizing The Audience

4. The Fosse

5. Whisper Me

x

Track List: Struggle For Pleasure

1. Tourtour

2. Struggle For Pleasure

3. Salernes

4. Close Cover

5. Bresque

6. Gentleman Of Leisure

x

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

x

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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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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dg89
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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