Monday, April 26, 2010

From the congested e-mail inbox of the A&E editor: Van Eck Does Van Gogh

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:11 AM

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Artists have often used great works of music as inspiration, so why not the other way around? Because some things are better left alone.

Dutch ex-financier Diederick Van Eck was commissioned by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to create a musical interpretation based on the work of fellow countryman Vincent Van Gogh. Van Eck wrote, sang and produced Van Gogh by Van Eck: A Musical Journey Into the Heart and Soul of Vincent Van Gogh (Private Sound Records, 2006; recently released in the United States). An art book of Van Gogh reproductions and Van Eck's explanations about the songs accompanies the CD. According to Van Eck's Facebook page, a Broadway musical is in the works, as is a remix album.

For as visceral as Van Gogh's paintings are, Van Eck's musical response to the work is a bit flaccid. Muted trumpets, jazzy guitar and Van Eck's sometimes breathy talk-singing seem so completely at odds with Van Gogh's rich, layered work.

The video below doesn't help, especially the miming tap dancer in the middle. I'll repeat that in case you missed it: There is a video of music inspired by painter Vincent Van Gogh that features a miming tap dancer. Miming. Tap. Dancer.

See Van Eck discuss the multimedia project on AP TV Online and BetterTV.com

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