In the early hours of January 31, 1953, the dikes broke and water poured into the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands. Within a day, more than 1,800 people had died as a result of what would come to be known as the Watersnoodramp. This week marks the 70th anniversary of that disaster, and to commemorate it producer Bart Kuntz has released a single under the name Zeeland. The song uses fragments from a polygon newsreel about the event, creating a surrealistic atmosphere. And it probably won’t stop there. On April 22, Bart Kuntz plans to release an album entitled Earth Day, on which climate is the central theme. Each song on the album will be based on a newsreel from 1953, including the single Zeeland. Kuntz has said that he hopes to honor the victims of the Watersnoodramp with this project.
Landschap (Bart Kuntz) – Zeeland.
The song itself is a carefully crafted composition of minimalistic sounds and samples interspersed with field recordings taken in Zeeland and interviews with survivors of the disaster. The song manages to capture a feeling of sorrow and sadness without becoming too melodramatic or manipulative. Instead, it creates an atmosphere of reflection and remembrance.
Watersnoodramp (Flood Disaster).
Overall, Bart Kuntz’s Zeeland is a beautiful tribute to those who died in the Watersnoodramp. It is a reminder of the fragility of life and of the importance of remembering those who have passed on. It is a fitting tribute to a disaster that shook an entire nation. The album Earth Day promises more music with similar themes, making it one to watch in the coming weeks. We can only hope that this will lead to more conversations about climate change and an increased awareness of the risks it poses. Whether or not this happens, we can be sure that Bart Kuntz’s Zeeland will remain a powerful and moving memorial to those lost in the Watersnoodramp. Highly recommended listening.
What is Zeeland?
Zeeland is a province in the Netherlands located on the North Sea. It consists of several islands, which are divided into two distinct parts: the mainland, and an archipelago. The province is bordered by South Holland to the north, North Brabant to the east and Belgium to the south. Zeeland is known for its rich history and culture, its stunning landscapes, and its many beaches. It is also home to the Oosterschelde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. The park protects more than 7500 hectares of marshes, mudflats, creeks and salt meadows that are rich in wildlife.
From its stunning views to its rich historical heritage, Zeeland has something for everyone. But its most striking feature is undoubtedly the Watersnoodramp, a tragedy that shook the entire nation in 1953 and continues to be remembered to this day. Through his song Zeeland, Bart Kuntz has paid tribute to those who lost their lives in this event and provided a surrealistic soundtrack to the province’s history. Highly recommended listening.
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