Pepijn Caudron (Kreng)

Kreng is the musical alias of Belgium-born Pepijn Caudron. Raised in a musical family, Caudron sang and played drums in a number of bands as a teenager, but diverged away from the traditional guitar rock setup when he began experimenting with four-track recorders and sampling at the age of 15.

A graduate of Brussels’ prestigious Kunsthumaniora, Caudron spent most of the first 16 years of his career as an actor in film, theater and television. He appeared in over thirty plays during this period, including a number of leading roles in Shakespearean productions such as Hamlet and Macbeth. His interest in music never faded away, however, and he quietly compiled a vast body of unreleased material, refining the uniquely theatrical sound that would become synonymous with his work as Kreng.

This backlog of music eventually began to see the light of day in the late-2000s. His debut album, L’Autopsie Phénoménale de Dieu, arrived in 2009 via Norwegian record label Miasmah, and was followed by Grimoire two years later. Kreng’s discography comprises of six full-length albums, the most personal of which, The Summoner (2015), was based upon the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief and helped cement his reputation as one of the leading lights of modern-classical-electronic composition.

Beyond his solo musical work, Kreng has composed the scores to several dozen plays, some 30 of which have grown out of his long and fruitful partnership with Belgian surrealist horror-theatre company Abattoir Fermé. The troupe’s productions are sparse on dialogue and rely on music to drive the narrative, which effectively transforms Kreng’s compositions into a central character. A retrospective of these compositions formed the basis of his third studio album, Works For The Abattoir Fermé 2007-2011 (2012).

Feeling the need for a change of creative direction after more than a decade of stage related work, Kreng has branched out to film in recent years, composing the scores for horror comedy Cooties (2014), the score of which was released by Milan Records, and action thriller Camino (2015). His next score is set to arrive in 2018 for The Party’s Just Beginning.