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Silas J. Dirge - Tales of Woe

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For the release of his album Tales of Woe Jan Kooiker adopted the moniker Silas J. Dirge, a reference to his family's nickname Durkie. On the album he combines an acoustic folk sound with Morriconesque guitars and sings about 'everyday subjects like giving in to your black soul and having conversations with Death'.

Jan wrote and recorded the album with the help of friend and guitarist Harald de Ruiter with whom he played in alt-country band The Information. The result was a dark semi-acoustical album containing mostly, well, pretty woeful tales.

For the recording of the album Jan played most of the acoustical instruments and some electric guitars himself but the bulk of the electric guitar parts were played by Harald de Ruiter. Double bass is being played by Thomas van Voorst (Bek vol Zand) and additional spoken vocals by Justin Zandbergen.
The American gothic style artwork was created by Yorick Bergsma, who also plays harp on the track On the Train of Aches.

The Information

From 2008 until 2015 Jan played in alt-country band The Information. They released two albums, four EP's and one single, and among other shows played the Eurosonic festival and reached the finals of De Grote Prijs Van Nederland in the rock category.


Jan also creates music for documentaries. This music is mainly instrumental but with the occasional vocal. He blends acoustic instruments (acoustic guitar, harmonium, cello, piano) with soundscapes and ambient electric guitars. For most of those documentaries he's worked on the sounddesign as well which gives him the opportunity to melt sound and music. You can listen to a number of tracks in the player below but if you want a good picture of how music and sound work together you can check out trailers of the films on the sounddesign page.