Long before ABSENT MUSIC became the name of a record label, it was the pseudonym for my private minimal-wave-and-other-experiment-like project which I had put up halfway through the 1980s, when I was still involved in the THE MISZ.
ABSENT MUSIC released 2 cassettes: Absent Music For Absent People (1986) and Chez Renee (1988), the latter being the soundtrack for a video, exhibition and performance by Renee Lodewijckx. The cassette was in full swing during the eighties. It was the most democratic medium, and they could be sent all over the world. That's how ABSENT MUSIC ended up on cassette compilations like Mad In Belgium 2 (MAD tapes), Cortisol (ZNS tapes) and the Homo Sexpiens Project of 3Rio Tapes.
In 2012 EETapes released the Absent EP on vinyl, with five tracks, three of them never released before.
In 2017 STROOM came up with the '11000 Dreams' retrospective album, containing 4 tracks by ABSENT MUSICc and at the same time EE Tapes rereleased the Chez Renee soundtrack for the first time on CD, including a DVD with the restored original video.
Also the 'LOST AND LATEST' album (EE Tapes 2020) contains 3 ABSENT MUSIC tracks, 2 of them were never released before.
contact Jan Van den Broeke / Absent Music: firstname.lastname@example.org