Von Rosenthal de la Vegaz

The Netherlands in general and Amsterdam in particular do not lack for DJs whose sound tends towards the memorable or the unusual, but in a class all his own is Von Rosenthal de la Vegaz. Where others raid the domains of electro-acoustic or film music for sonic treasure to pile upon their basses, he, with his earlier musical training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, has his sights set on classical music. In practice this means, most often, that he will refrain from making his samplings move to a beat – though he’s quite capable when he wishes of getting them jumping, and not even necessarily (this is an especial piece of finesse on his part) to the pulse of a bass; his music, therefore, is not really intended directly for the dance floor, but works very well at parties that have a different kind of tone: and for such events he and his frequently witty music have been quite in demand in this country and in Belgium recently.

Though he has a channel of his own, there isn’t much of his work available on Youtube, unfortunately; and the playlist is accordingly short. But on his Soundcloud page there’s more, including the longer piece “Nuit Classique” from his second CD, which was released earlier this year. Here are some of them.

“2010 – A Space Odyssey.”

“Heiss Mashup.”

“Nuit Classique.”

And “Beyoncé Stravinsky Ebony Mashup.”