Location: Roterdam, Netherland
Rene Splinter was born in December 1968 in The Hague, the Netherlands. Since 1977, Rene got interested into electronic music since he had heard Jean Michel Jarre's 'Oxygene'. It was in 1986 when Rene was introduced into the world of Electronic Music by his best friend. Within that year, Rene bought his first synthesizer, the Sequential Circuits Pro One. Since then he started to record his own music, first with very limited resources, by overdubbing the tracks with two cassette decks, and playing nearly everything manually. During the following years, Rene has been collecting more synths and recording equipment.
At the end of 1989, after a few years of experimenting and recording, Rene released his first album, named 'Almery'. The album was a private release on compact cassette, and some tracks were aired on the national Belgium radio station BRT1 early 1990 on the 'Manouvers In Het Donker' show.
After that album, lots of new material was recorded, but none of it was released. Productivity ended almost completely at late nineties, and was picked up again in 2006, when Rene met artist Souw TikHien. Souw asked Rene to accompany his artwork exhibitions and video installations with Rene's music.
In the mean time, 'Almery' was remastered and re-released as a private release on CDR and digital download in 2008. An introduction album called 'Dreaming Angels', containing both recent material, as well as recovered earlier work, also saw the light of day in several digital ways.
Besides composing new music again, Rene had re-discovered his own work from the early nineties. As the old recordings were well received by his friends, Rene decided to restore it and polish it up for possible release. The recovery work required quite some research, as most of the original tapes were not archived carefully, and even some original material appeared to be lost completely. But when the puzzle was completed, the album 'Transit Realities' was finally ready for the world. 'Transit Realities' is Rene's first release on MellowJet Records.
1989 - Almery (compact cassette)(private release)
Impressions from the past...