Bas Van Huizen hails from Nijmegen (The Netherlands) but currently lives in China and has been experimenting with sounds for quite some time now. With guitars, voices, found objects and computers, he has been generating music under the moniker Basi Goreng and Shoganai, each time exploring a different range of soundscapes and noise. Personally, I never heard his music until today but I'm quite certain that I will listen more often from now on.
My former label owner once named this genre 'harsh ambient' and I still think that's a very good description for what I'm hearing now. This is the dark but highly interesting area between ambient and noise and it's so damn nice to listen to. It's not quite as calm and soothing as the first one but is also lacks the intrusive character of the harsher genres. The end result is something you can't really grasp, a sonic journey where anything can happen at any time.
It's hard to compare this to other acts I know but I guess Svaixt, Rapoon and Zoviet France come close. Layers of soundscapes, noises and other, unidentifiable sounds float in and out of the room, seemingly not guided by anything but Van Huizen's imagination and improvisation. Some of them are gentle, others are deeply disturbing and 'VIII' is just downright scary. Check it out, this truly is some strange music...