the sound of belgium

music documentary, 90 minutes, HD, 2012
produced by visualantics
with the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Communauté française de Belgique, MEDIA

At the end of the 80s, Belgium was taken by surprise by the New Beat, a once immensely popular, almost surreal type of dance music. Its unexpected but short lived success didn’t only leave a mark on a new generation of musicians in Belgium in the years to come; It's eclectic mix of sounds and styles actually had its seeds in earlier decades.

Now is the time to tell the story that has been widely ignored by ‘serious’ music critics and the mainstream media in general. This is a documentary that goes in search of the spirit of a nation, by exploring the history of Belgian's popular music and the people that danced to it.

director, camera, editing : jozef devillé
sound: kwinten van laethem
sound edit: jeroen truijens & yana soentjes
sound mix: senjan jansen
production : steven dhoedt & gert van berckelaer

more info
**** review cutting edge
radio interview for radio 1 joos