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Sleep disturbance might sound like a bad thing for improvising, since responding and sharpness are an important factor. But it doesn't have to be. It can change perspectives, as if you're putting on a different lens. Lärmschutz has a somewhat ambiguous relation to sleep, since one member often sleeps for only short durations of time and the other has a history of nightmares.

Lärmschutz consists of a core duo, Stef Brans and Rutger van Driel, aided here by drummer Thanos Fotiadis. One night, after a gig, Stef and Rutger measured their sleep using a phone app. The outcome was a deep sleep for one, and a restless dream sleep for the other. The graph chart from those nocturnal hours were translated into a graphic chart for improvisation.

Sleepcycles is the result of these improvisations. A coming to terms with their own sleeping patterns.


Stef Brans: guitar

Rutger van Driel: bass, double bass & trombone

Thanos Fotiadis: drums


released June 1, 2016

Stef: Guitar
Rutger: Bass
Thanos: Drums

Art: Frédéric Lacroix-Loiselle
Layout:Florence Cardinal



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