Sunday, January 18, 2015

ODG034 : Mutantes Melancólicos / Mi Reloj Biológico No Necesita Cuerda



ODG034 : Mutantes Melancólicos / Mi Reloj Biológico No Necesita Cuerda  


AN INTROSPECTIVE ELECTRIC DISINTEGRATION
OF PHANTOM ROUGHNESS

Science fiction music for a life that needs emotion. It pretends to be immobile. It hypnotizes, seduces. Whispering voices, almost inaudible. Sparse piano chords interlaced with eternal trumpet howls. Demagnetized recording tape effects. Organ loops that create the ambience to listen to this album at night, in the dim light, to savor the intimacy that it offers to us.
The songs from “Mi reloj biológico no necesita cuerda” were born from the proposal of creating the soundtrack for a play in which Mutantes Melancólicos would take a key role playing this music live on scene. Even though the project never came to life, the music exists, lasts. This music was composed having as inspiration some of the backing chords for the melody of “Funeral March” by Frédéric Chopin. However, as Madrid recalls, some of his influences at this point of his career were the soundtracks for the films “Twin Peaks” by Angelo Badalamenti and “A Night on Earth” by Tom Waits.
Composed, played, produced and recorded by Gustavo Madrid between May and October 1995 at El Quinto with the support of Leo Kaplan and Marcelo Almejún. 


Coming from Buenos Aires - Argentina and conceived in 1992, Mutantes Melancólicos is the project behind Gustavo Madrid´s mastermind. The one he used as a vehicle to create new ways of making music without losing his personal imprint, pushing towards constant change and evolution. Guest musicians, free improvisation as the expressive force, and no formulas repeated led him to transform a style that was already his own.
The first traces of this project can be heard on a recorded version of “Dirt”, a song by The Stooges, that remains unreleased. Some critics claimed to find the influence of the appetite for low-budget productions; others found a dark spirit without optimism. We can say that both points of view are accurate to describe this group´s sound, but when a bit of black comedy is added as a third ingredient to blend and empower the mix, that´s when this mutant music is brought to life.

The first one of his 5 albums was published on cassette in 1993 and some of his songs appeared in 2 compilation albums: Unknown BA on Beat Records and Petronilo, an underground fanzine. Today, each one of those 5 original productions is available for the first time on CD with previously unreleased bonus tracks; besides, a sixth album with 16 tracks of unpublished material is added to the discography. Housed in carefully designed vinyl record replica covers, audio digitally remastered from the original stereo master tapes; each title is published in strictly limited editions of 1000 to document the career of a genuine artist whose commitment leads towards new and different sounds.

Line-up:
Gustavo Madrid : vocals + guitars + programming + organ + effects (1992-1998)
Special guests :
Christian Zerba : organ (1992-1993)
Martín Pavone : guitar (1993-1994)
Leo Kaplan : trumpet + organ + guitar (1993-1998)
Jorge Almejún : guitar (1994-1995)

Marcelo Almejún : programming (1993-1995)
 Gustavo Madrid

Leo Kaplan

Digital release on the 19th of January 2014.
The album was released by Mad-Ride Records at the time.

Track listing:

01 HUESOS DE METAL Y PLÁSTICO 05:53
02 MI RELOJ 02:39
03 LÁGRIMAS ARTIFICIALES 02:19
04 RELOJ BIOLÓGICO 02:40
05 DESPERTÉ Y ME DI CUENTA QUE ESTABA VIVO 04:35 WATCH VIDEO
06 DIOS SE EQUIVOCÓ 03:25
07 NO NECESITA 02:46
08 VIAJE ATEMPORAL TOTALMENTE CONTROLADO 04:01
09 NECESITA CUERDA 02:54
10 MÁQUINA DIOS 06:15





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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ODG036 : Collisions / Sea Motions

art cover by Fara


ODG036 : Collisions / Sea Motions

Second single out of the Masses / Sea motions video by Collisions to come out (see ODG035).

Collisions is a cybernetic utopia that became real when a unique interactive computer music technology created by Leonello Tarabella (saxophonist and computer music researcher at the National Council of Research in Italy) was combined with the organic and versatile drumming of Alessandro Baris (musician and composer known for his works and collaborations with L'Altra, Comfort, Young Boy, The Somnambulist, Caboto).

The two very different sound worlds melt together creating a huge range of differently shaped sound landscapes, which take the audience through a musical and visual journey for heart and mind.

“We want to share our music through a sensorial journey, magic and unusual, beyond ordinary sound and video experiences touching heart and mind of the spectator.”

MASSES AND SEA MOTIONS is a live perfoming video shooted in the amazing and evocative location of Theatre of Silence in Tuscany; born from a Collisions idea it has been realized with the collaboration of director Davide Abate and producer Francesca Holsenn, inspired by videos as Godfrey Reggio's “Koyaanisqatsi”, Beach House “Forever Still” and Pink Floyd “Live at Pompei” with such a high quality production and a great impact which makes it comparable to those videos.



The video in full, tracks:
1. MASSES (00:00 to 5:13)
2. SEA MOTIONS (5:13 to 10:41)



Digital release on the 16th of January 2015.

Track listing:
1: Sea Motions

Thursday, January 8, 2015

ODG035 : Collisions / Masses

Cover art by Fara

ODG035 : Collisions / Masses

First single out of the Masses / Sea motions video by Collisions to come out sees the return of Alessandro Baris (see OCD010:Comfort), this time associated with Leonello Tarabella.

“We want to share our music through a sensorial journey, magic and unusual, beyond ordinary sound and video experiences touching heart and mind of the spectator.”

Two years after their latest release and the applauded performance at Robot festival 2014, this new work from Collisions shows an artistic step forward of the italian duo formed by Alessandro Baris (known for being a member of L'Altra, Comfort, Young Boy, The Somnambulist) and Leonello Tarabella (saxophonist and computer music researcher at the National Council of Research in Italy) .

MASSES AND SEA MOTIONS is a live perfoming video shooted in the amazing and evocative location of Theatre of Silence in Tuscany; born from a Collisions idea it has been realized with the collaboration of director Davide Abate and producer Francesca Holsenn, inspired by videos as Godfrey Reggio's “Koyaanisqatsi”, Beach House “Forever Still” and Pink Floyd “Live at Pompei” with such a high quality production and a great impact which makes it comparable to those videos.



Masses And Sea Motions is made of solid and brilliant grooves supporting a texture of synthesizers and dreamy melodies, creating an evocative crescendo.
From sunset to twilight the music spreads all over the place brought by a dinamyc and versatile drumming melted with digital sounds performed through a unique and spectacular computer music interactive technology, developed by Tarabella, which consists of two gesture recognition systems:
the first one is called Palm Driver and is a device that consists on infrared beams which detects the distance of different parts of the palms of the hands thus getting information based on heights and rotations of the hands.
The second system is called “Handel” and is based on real-time processing of grabbed video images. A video projector creates background scenarios  where the performer places and moves his hands.
In both the systems the information produced is sent to a computer creating an interactive computer music performance by controlling sound processing and sound synthesis programs both affecting melody, timber or effects.

An involving journey enriched by a creative video editing led by the eye of a drone camera.

composed and performed by COLLISIONS
recorded live by Alessandro Sportelli at Theatre of Silence,
september 2014, Lajatico - Italy

mixed and mastered by Alessandro Sportelli at West Link recording
produced by COLLISIONS and FRANCESCA HOLSENN
executive producer Information Science and Technology Institute
artwork by MOODIF
Alessandro Baris proudly plays UFIP cymbals and CVL drums
© 2014 Alessandro Baris – Leonello Tarabella (SIAE)
COLLISIONSmusic.com

COLLISIONS is: 
Alessandro Baris drums 
Leonello Tarabella handel, palm driver

Digital release on the 9th of January 2015.

Track listing:
1: Masses

A trailer from the Robot Festival in 2014:




Another great track "Sound Carrier":



"Flutter":



"Landscapes Serenade":



Sunday, January 4, 2015

ODG033 : Lark Wool / Lark Wool

cover art by A.L. from a Jack Ison pic

ODG033 : Lark Wool / Lark Wool

After his Incidental Music period from the 80ties (see here Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3), Jack Ison started a new project in 2012: Lark Wool. 
This time, with more instruments and better equipment to record, he played and recorded all the tracks in Trenton, Ohio from 2012 to 2014. 
The music has matured from his debut, but stay ambient, intrigual and more spiritual than before. 
It's a universe in itself! Just close your eyes and listen to enter into it! Enjoy!

Digital release on the 5th of January 2015.

Track listing:

CD1:
1) Awkward Roller 
2) Corona 
3) Correct Well Hidden Order 
4) Fiction Room 
5) Forgone 
6) Galassia 
7) Lines 
8) Moire 
9) One from the Mare's Nest 
10) Other Thing 
11) Slow Space 
12) Threads Between 
13) Time and No Time 
14) Where at the End 

CD2:
1) Crescent 
2) Dia 
3) End Of 
4) Event Blank 
5) Filter Tricks 
6) Impulse Catalogue 
7) Moment Loops 
8) Resistance 
9) Shaky Event 
10) Simulated Origin 
11) Unknown 
12) Whisper 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

OCD022 : Philippe Tasquin - Bandes originales des films de Gerlando Infuso (Les pécheresses / L'œil du paon / Milovan circus)

Covert art: Thierry Mondelaers

OCD022 : Philippe Tasquin - Bandes originales des films de Gerlando Infuso (Les pécheresses / L'œil du paon / Milovan circus)

Philippe Tasquin is a composer, musician, singer and comedian born in 1965.
He composed a dozen albums, all from improbable different musical genres like clownesque glam-rock, symphonique pop or songs with a string quartet.
He has collaborated with as many various personalities as the singer Vincent Trouble (‘Tasquin vs Trouble), producer and multi instruments Pierre Vervloesem ( soon to be re released on Off ‘My Skinny Wonderland’), stage director Charlie Degotte (various ‘Revues’ or the opera ‘Youpi’) or the singer Julie Jaroszwski (‘Furia’).
His musical style is often tinted by mystery, strangeness or concern.
He loves to use pastiche and to re conciliate the extremes: burlesque and lyrisme, severity and self-deprecating, complex and pop music.

Philippe Tasquin (pic by Julie Jaroszewski)

Gerlando Infuso, born in 1986, has been studying visual arts and animation in La Cambre in Brussels.
Since then, he has forget a dark and poetic universe. His first school movie ‘Margot’ has won the junior price at the Annecy animation international festival in 2008.
In 2009, ‘Milovan Circus’ has won 14 prices. The same year, he also directed the clip of the song ‘Ange et Démon’ for the French singer Robert which was used a Givenchy parfume commercial.
2010 sees is terminal school movie ‘L’Oeil du Paon’ which will won more than 15 prices in various festivals.
2012 sees him again directing a clip for Emilie Simon.
2014 is the year of his first short movie ‘Les Pécheresses’.



Gerlando Infuso (pic by Emilie Montagner)

What Philippe is saying about the album:
‘ A une époque submergée par la technologie et l’ère numérique, il est réjouissant de voir surgir et de reconnaître l’expression de l’artisan. Dans les films de Gerlando Infuso, qui auraient presque pu être réalisés à l’époque de Mélies, l’amour du détail, le soin apporté à chaque accessoire, chaque costume et chaque décor laissent pantois. Quant aux cadrages et à la mise en scène, ils sont l’oeuvre à la fois d’un peintre et d’un authentique cinéaste.
Je me suis senti instantanément familier de l’univers sombre, baroque et poétique de Gerlando.
Mettre en musique ses films intemporels et singuliers représentèrent un sacré défi, et voir ses créatures s’animer sur ma musique furent un pur plaisir.
L’auditeur attentif percevra peut-être ici ou là des échos de Bernard Herrman, John Barry, Ennio Morricone… j’écoute leurs musiques depuis l’enfance. Mais j’ai aussi convoqué, parmi quelques fantômes du passé Sibélius et Duke Ellington, quand le besoin s’en est fait sentir!
Qu’ils soient donc tous ici remerciés et crédités.’

' At a time overwhelmed by technology and the digital age, it is gratifying to see emerging and recognize the expression of the craftsman. 
In the films of Gerlando Infuso , which could almost have been made ​​at the time Mélies , attention to detail , the care with every accessory , every outfit and every setting give startling results . As for the framing and staging , they are the work of both a painter and a genuine filmmaker.
I felt instantly familiar with the dark, baroque and poetic univers of Gerlando .
To create music for his  timeless and unique film represented quite a challenge, and see his creatures come to life on my music was pure pleasure.
The attentive listener may perceive here and there echoes of Bernard Herrmann, John Barry, Ennio Morricone ... I listen to their music since childhood. But I also convened among some ghosts of the past Sibelius and Duke Ellington, when needed !
So they are all here thanked and credited . '

Additional musicians:
Jean-Paul Estievenart: Trumpet on 3 and 6.
Edward Wallyn: Trombone on 3 and 6.
Julie Jaroszewski: Singing on 13 and 16.

Digital release on the 26th of December 2014.
Physical release on the 23th of January 2015.

Track listing:
34 tracks including various bonuses and never released tracks from the 3 movies.
Les Pécheresses:
1) Les pécheresses
2) Le pianiste de cabaret
3) Cerise au cabaret
4) Joséphine en cuisine
5) La tentation
6) Le grand escalier
7) Le couloir
8) La poursuite
9) La chute
10) Le châtiment (inédit)
11) Le néant (inédit)
12) Les pécheresses (reprise)

L'oeil du Paon:
13) L'oeil du paon
14) La capture
15) Le théâtre
16) Danse du paon
17) Les oubliettes
18) Les douves
19) Les sept portes
20) L'hallali
21) Epilogue
22) Danse du paon (version piano solo inédite)

Milovan Circus:
23) Milovan circus
24) L'enfance de Iakov
25) L'audition
26) Le numéro
27) Le monstre
28) Pantomime
29) Milovan circus (1ère version inédite)
30) L'audition (1ère version inédite)
31) Le numéro (1ère version inédite)
32) Le monstre (1ère version inédite)
33) Pantomime (1ère version inédite)

Bonus
34) Les pécheresses ( version longue inédite)






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Thursday, December 18, 2014

OVD011 : Pierre Vervloesem - john Litton Baroï / Shanti ( Remastered )


OVD011 : Pierre Vervloesem - John Litton Baroï / Shanti (Remastered)

Eighth in a chronological series of 11 digital only remastered releases (6 solo (5 augmented with bonuses, lives and remixes), 1 duo, 1 unreleased duo and 3 pots-pourris (with absolutely every tunes possible ever recorded by Pierre and never released)) and coming at the pace of one every month is the never released second duo album from Pierre Vervloesem and John Litton Baroï: Shanti (2003).

In 2001, Pierre Vervloesem (bio) met John Litton Baroï (bio) in Brussels. 
The result: Zala Zala (OVD007), an album that mixes with subtlety west and east instruments, modern beats and tradition, pulse and emotion, never loosing his Asian roots.

In 2003, John came back to Pierre with new songs and asked him to arrange and produce again his next album. Only this time, he decided to sing in English to reach more people and gain a better access to the 'pop' world.

For whatever reason, the album was finally never released.
Here it is at last completely remastered.

John Litton Baroï: Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonium 
Pierre Vervloesem: Guitar, Bass, Programming 

Digital release on the 22th of December 2014.

Track listing:
1) Shanti
2) I Have Touch
3) No I Don't Want 
4) I Sing
5) You Will Be Blessed 
6) After All 
7) No One
8) In My Mind 
9) This Is My Life 
10) Provou

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ORT011: Stalhmus Delegation / When stoke stokes (Live at Rockerill Charleroi)


ORT011: Stalhmus Delegation / When stoke stokes (Live at Rockerill Charleroi) 

One more time, Teun Verbruggen (bio and all), probably one of the best Belgian jazz drummer in another formula! 
This time joined by multi star Mauro Pawlowski (biohome, Deus, Evil Superstars, The Love Substitutes) on guitar and Jean DL (bio) on second guitar. 
This is a live recording in Charleroi. 
Total improvisations, total madness, total pleasure!

Already released as a 98 numbered K7 copies (RAT029) on Rat records Here
Digital release on Off on the 15th of December 2014.

Track listing:

1) SD1
2) SD2
3) SD3
4) SD4
5) SD5
6) SD6
7) SD7