Virlyn aka Frédéric Vanderlynden is a sound artist from Belgium, whose passion for electronic music was ignited at an early age. As soon as he was able, he started recording his favourite tracks off the Belgian radio and making mix tapes using an old-time mixer he acquired for a small price. After discovering the music of The Future Sound of London and The Orb, he soon began to search for ways to record his own sounds and mixing them into self made tracks under the artistic alias Virlyn. Where first he was focused on learning how to make electronic breaks, he later became more interested in ambient sounds and experimental electronica.
In his early twenties he went to university and got a degree in history and in film and visual culture. This did not only keep him interested in cinema but also sparked his interest in atmospheric music and sound design; a genre and direction of music making he’s still exploring. Since then his music is evolving into an organic symbiosis of classical instruments and an electronic transformation of field recordings. He also got intrigued by the use and alteration of recorded vocals and spoken word.
He was able to apply this method of designing music to a theatrical adaptation of Herman Hesse’s Steppewolf and a modern dance performance in Istanbul, for which he wrote and produced the music. In the meantime, he also released new work via the Belgian electronic label Xtraplex Records (Wolk EP) and the Canadian netlabel Spiritech Records (Scratch Book EP). In addition, he’s collaborating with the Polish sound designer Dominique Grenzler (aka An Moku) on a project that will result in the release of the album “Of Mirrors”.