Thursday, October 19, 2017

OUC010 : Quentin Manfroy / Flute Solo


Cover art by A.L.,  original pic by Frederic Labaune. macromicrophoto



OUC010 : Quentin Manfroy / Flute Solo

This flute solo is a meditation about the chaotic organistation of the sounds of nature.
Thanks to my mountain guide, musician and soundman Thomas Manoury, this music was recorded in Iceland in the depths of frozen caves, in a lighthouse, in glacial crevasses, in the vicinity of enormous waterfalls or in more conventional concert halls.
The purpose of this disc is to succeed to make a monophonic instrument deploys the polyphony.
And perhaps through the contact with all these little drops and this water that never ceases to flow (it is its nature), the flute works here to make audible the voice of "the spirit of the sources", so tenuous it may be.

Quentin is a classical music trained flutist who studied at CRM Brussels. 
At the same time, his passage through F. Cassol's improvisation class (founder of Aka Moon) at the end of the 90ties motivated him to pursue a career as a classical musician and an improviser. He joined different jazz or rock band like Orange Kazoo (renamed Belgistan Orchestra later).
He then worked with outstanding musicians such as the Scottish composer Daniel Barbanel with whom he made many tours and records, or Song Yujhé, a Chinese singer and composer who inspired him on the level of sound directions and distances.
Thanks to Gregoire Tirtiaux and his in-depth work on Gnawa music, he discovered trance music with Maalem Hassan el-Ghadiri from Marrakesh. A long collaboration resulted from that encounter.
Currently he plays in the galaxy Mâäk (directed by Laurent Blondiau) with the big band Mikmaak and MW'soul (with the singer Ghalia Ben Ali).
He also works with the supersymmetric band Mû (with the leader Yann Lecollaire, see OUC008), Ananke quintett, Secret Base, Matthieu ha and the Syndicat d'Initiative, the spectral Gong Extensions ...
A certain tendency to desecration has been noticed in some unavoidable projects like the Gurkenpanpan 2 regressive musac cover band, or the Promethean POMPEI.

Played among others with:
Fabian Fiorinni, Sturm un klang, Garret list, Frederick Rzewsky, Coryfeye string quartet, Emmanuel Louis.


Quentin

The solo project is an intimate reflection about his instrument. For this solo, when playing live, it is purely acoustic. An instrument, a musician, an audience, a room.
Only one question is essential to Quentin: how to succeed in merging the sound of a modern flute and the techniques from the contemporary music on one side, keeping in mind that breath has come from the depths of the ages, from before history, perhaps even before language on the other side? He believes that there is a door opening "the space within ».

He is currently working on what can be labeled as "Great Catalogs" for flute. This research would integrate the contemporary techniques of his instrument to the tonal or modal music, in order to generate polyphony. An obscure and misunderstood phrase by the composer Victor Kissine, written to conclude an analysis of a cantata by Webern, is probably at the origin of this work:  ‘The vertical time is SUPERIOR to the horizontal time!’ 

The idea behind the development of these "Great Catalogs" is to give the numerous flutists in the world new multiphonic ways that could be integrated to the tonal system to "fold" the flute on itself, to verticalize it. These works will be the subject of a future record.

Sound and mix: Thomas Manoury and Vincent Poujol.
Mastering: Finnur Hákonarson
Photo: Frederic Labaune. macromicrophoto, see more here.

This acoustic solo contains twelve worked improvisations.

Digital release on the 20th of October 2017.

Track listing:

1: Flute Solo, Pt. 1
2: Flute Solo, Pt. 2
3: Flute Solo, Pt. 3
4: Flute Solo, Pt. 4
5: Flute Solo, Pt. 5
6: Flute Solo, Pt. 6
7: Flute Solo, Pt. 7
8: Flute Solo, Pt. 8
9: Flute Solo, Pt. 9
10: Flute Solo, Pt. 10
11: Flute Solo, Pt. 11
12: Flute Solo, Pt. 12

Thursday, October 12, 2017

OUC008 : Mû / From Form


Art cover by Vincent Capes


OUC008 : Mû / From Form


The repertoire of Mû consists of "Mouves".

Mixing complex compositions and inspired improvisations, Mû spreads with those "Mouves" a remarkable and seductive music derived from chamber music, rock, science fiction soundtrack and electronic music.

Elusive, they operate by a succession of steps in continuous flow.

Mystical and sensitive, lush and intense, Yann Lecollaire's compositions and telepathic interplay open a new level of subtle nuance and transcendent melancholy in Olivier Messaien's modes.

From left to right: Yann, Eric, Quentin and Benjamin

Inside cover




Recorded originally in November 2013 by Maxime Gendebien, studio Pyramide, Brussels.
Mixed and mastered by Dre Pallemaerts.

Yann Lecollaire: clarinets, editing, programming.
Quentin Manfroy: flutes.
Eric Bribosia: Fender Rhodes, SH101, piano, Hammon dB3.
Benjamin Chaval: drums, noise, left hand keyboard, electrictable.


Digital release on the 13th of Octobr 2017.

Track listing:

1: Mouve 12
2: Mouve 11
3: Mouve 2
4: Mouve 8 
5: Mouve 6
6: Mouve 3
7: Mouve 10




There are still some copies of the original cd available here:
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

OUC007 : John Franek / I'm Sure You Can Imagine


Cover art by A.L.


OUC007 : John Franek / I'm Sure You Can Imagine 

Another 13 minutes pieces on harpsichord by maestro John Franek. 
All is played manually, no loops here! 'I'm Sure You Can Imagine' shows once again the love of this artist for the sound of the instrument as well as the complexity of the many layers of intended repetition of patterns. 
It could reminds us the way of the minimal music pioneered in the 60ties by great composers such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
After the subtle ambient 'La Mer dans le ciel (see ODG063), the four hands piano 'Slower' (see OUC002) and the dark elements from 'I Hav Not See What Other Saw' (see OUC005), this is another side of the multifaceted John!

Digitally release on the 6th of October 2017.

Track listing:

1: I'm Sure You Can Imagine

Thursday, September 28, 2017

OAS006 : Baishui/ Diary of Broken Sounds


covert art by A.L. from a Baishui drawing


OAS006 : Baishui/ Diary of Broken Sounds

Third release on Off from Sichuan born Baishui (who lives now in the US) after the post rockish No Intrinsic, No Independent (see OAS003) and the intriguing contemporary post folk Sound In Motion (see OUC003), Diary of Broken Sounds (originally released in December 2013, without the bonus suite ' Night Songs for the Half Moon), follows quickly on the release of his first full-length soundtrack album, Einstein and Einstein and is actually Baishui’s ninth album. Both albums, though quite distinct, remain important signposts on the road to understanding the artist’s perpetual search for the optimal form of artistic expression. 

If Einstein’s overall feel is a heavy yang, Diary goes yin with a lighter, yet still full, sound. Though electronics are an essential part of Diary, the feeling is distinctly unplugged, in stark contrast to recent forrays into post-rock and experimental music. Diary, in short, takes a minimalist approach to the artist’s very maximalist goal: the pursuit of a new music—“Baishui Music”—with an Eastern core. 

Chimes and flutes float playfully across wide-open expanses; static-like sounds pierce the bed created by carefully-plucked strings evoking both old-time blues and new-age soundscape with an overall ambient-world-music vibe that is equal parts meditative and playful. For brief moments, the listener is rewarded with the haunting vocals of long-time collaborator Yuan Tian, transporting both music and audience to points far above ground and back in time. 

Diary is the artist’s journey—and, as listeners, we are along for the ride—through a freshly-carved yet still-to-be-fully-mapped-out terrain: “Baishui Music.”

All music, instruments,sounds,produced and mixed by Baishui.
Mastered by luo keju.
Vocal & original art work by Yuan Tian.


Original cover artwork

Digital release on the 29th of September 2017.

Track listing:

1: Lost Impression, Pt. 1
2: Lost Impression, Pt. 2
3: Children’s Dreams, Pt. 1
4: Children’s Dreams, Pt. 2
5: Reverse Memories, Pt. 1
6: Reverse Memories, Pt. 2
7: Geometry, Pt. 1
8: Geometry, Pt. 2
9: Geometry, Pt. 3
10: Ballad, Pt. 1
11: Night Songs for the Half Moon, Pt. 1 - Pt. 5 -Whisper, Reverse, Drunk Leaves, Branches, Ritual - Bonus track 



Thursday, September 21, 2017

ORT020 : Bicipital Fine / Bicipital Fine


Cover art by Noah Punkt


ORT020 : Bicipital Fine / Bicipital Fine

Somewhere up North. Maybe. A small abandoned Village. Plants finding their way through
the cracks in the concrete. Reconquering. Creaking. Howling. A beauteous force. One
Force of resistance and bloom. Something small but powerful, forging ahead. Little by little
and irresistible – Causing a tender friction.

Bicipital Fine. Five. Derek Baron, Cameron Kapoor, Brad Henkel, John Andrew Wilhite and
Noah Punkt. A euro-american encounter of quiet force, of soft and fragile tugging. This
wonderful music is an abrasive minimalism full of curiosity and creative urge.

Derek Baron – Flute, Objects
Cameron Kapoor – Guitar, Objects
Brad Henkel – Trumpet
John Andrew Wilhite – Double Bass
Noah Punkt – Double Bass, Recorder


The band live


An impressive bio about works, bands and all from Noah Punkt : noahpunkt.de
And John Andrew Wilhites johnandrew.no

Physical and digital release on the 22nd of September 2017.

Track listing:
1: Bicipital Fine, Part.1
2: Bicipital Fine, Part.2
3: Bicipital Fine, Part.3
4: Bicipital Fine, Part.4
5: Bicipital Fine, Part.5





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Thursday, September 14, 2017

ODG074 : The Paul Swest : Sports Car Illusions


Covert art by Charles Chace



ODG074 : The Paul Swest : Sports Car Illusions


Charles Chace is an artist and musician from Massachusetts who has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Miami and North Carolina. 
His recent works consist of a multimedia installation that included paper collage, video, and manipulatable noise machines. 
Other recent work includes a series of portrait paintings that Dave Bazan used for record covers. 
He also has an ongoing avant-garde musical project under the moniker The Paul Swest. Using multi-track recording he bounces between instruments, constructing layered improvisations that range from free form splatter to surf-jazz, from Derek Bailey to post-rock.

If you are ready to surf on all those genres, this is an album that will open your brain to  ecstasy! 

Charles Chace


Recorded at Beep Wave Studio.
Recorded by Brian Paulson.
Mastered by Yuuki Matthews.

Digital release on the 15th of September 2017.

Track listing:

1: Slandered
2: Silver Fang Alert
3: Glacier
4: Wanna Dance
5: Climate Refinement


Friday, September 8, 2017

ODG072 : Sad Man / Sad Man


Art cover by Andrew Spackman


ODG072 : Sad Man / Sad Man

Still another facet of the personality of Musician and Artist Andrew Spackman (Nimzo-Indian -see ODG052, Nomadno-, Lark, On-Et-Wocombo), Sad Man is a deep swim into Noise, Dark Ambience, Glitch, Free, Improvisation, Avant Garde, Dark Jazz, Alternative Rock, Industrial Rock, Live Electronics. 
Quite an angry album from one of the most prominent and prolific English electronic musician! 
A 24 tracks odyssey into the universe of a Sad Man!

Some of the many faces of Sad Man

Digital release on the 8th of September 2017.

Track listing:

CD1:
1: Perkins
2: Toe
3: Stooky Bill
4: Sad Man
5: Toms Diner
6: Pink
7: Un-Fun
8: Black
9: Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication
10: Nooze
11: Nimzowistche
12: Un-Dec
13: Un-Fut
14: Double Psycho
15: Bankum


CD2:
1: Ocicat
2: Chartreux
3: Abyssinian
4: Khao Manee
5: Birman
6: Tonk
7: Pulse Length Point (Radio Edit)
8: Topufto
9: Zoo


Thursday, August 31, 2017

ODG071 : Tunnel Ensemble / Tunnel Ensemble


Cover art pic by Veit Schmoll


ODG071 : Tunnel Ensemble / Tunnel Ensemble

Tunnel Ensemble aims to open up new sound spaces through examining the relations between the saxophone and electronics. 

The duo was founded in 2013 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and has played several concerts in Europe and Asia and a live radio concert at the “Art's Birthday 2015” in Antonio Tapies Foundation Barcelona. 
It won the “1st Prize at the International Contest of Soundart Performance” in Zaragoza 2014 and the “Encouragement Prize” from the Tokyo Experimental Festival 2016.

Tunnel Ensemble sees itself as a band working in a tension of improvisation and research. 
Peter Breitenbach developed a controller with different sliders and sensors and a custom software. 

Marc Vilanova explores the most unconventional registers of the instrument, rethinking each sound as means which is processed.

Peter Breitenbach: peterbreitenbach.de
Peter Breitenbach (1987) is a sound artist, composer and sound designer whose work traverses sound installation, performative sound art, composition and sound for theatre. In his installations and performances he is investigating the relationship of movement and sound, through the development of software and hardware as part of sculptural objects and instruments.
His work was shown in many festivals and exhibitions in Europe and Asia. Amongst others, at the CCCB in Barcelona, Ryogoku Monten Hall in Tokyo, at Museum Biedermann in Donaueschingen, at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe (ZKM), at the Municipal Gallery Sindelfingen and the Embassy of the Federal State Baden-Württemberg in Berlin. He is creating sound designs, sound environments and sound installations for different theatre productions, regularly for the renowned theatre group Rimini Protokoll whose productions are performed worldwide.

Marc Vilanova: marcvilanova.com
Active as a performer in many art forms, including electroacoustic music, free improvisation,
contemporary repertoire and collaborations with dancers, saxophonist Marc Vilanova’s work is focused on the exploration of the instrument, as well as ongoing research into new sounds, techniques and expressions connected with technology and other arts.
His approach coherently encapsulates both performative feature and sound installation. 
His works have been presented in many festivals around the world including countries like Japan, USA, Canada, Brazil, Taiwan, Russia and many more within Europe creating a deep involvement with the viewers, who are urged to evolve from a condition of mere spectatorship.
He is also running several workshops of extended techniques and live electronics that had been performed at the Tokyo National University, MIT Saxophone Ensemble in Taipei, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Saxophone Academy in Sao Paulo and other universities within Europe like Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Royal Academy of Music Aarhus or Hochschule für Musik Basel. Those experiences meant the first step for some musicians that keep exploring successfully their instrument up until now.

For more info, pics and videos, visit their site here!

Credits:
Saxophone: Marc Vilanova
Electronics: Peter Breitenbach
'Mina': recording: Benni Grau, graumusic.de / mix: Peter Breitenbach
'Rami / Göng': recording & mix: Peter Breitenbach

Image: Veit Schmoll, veitschmoll.com

Peter and Marc

Two videos:


Work by Tunnel // Marc Vilanova - Peter Breitenbach from Marc Vilanova on Vimeo.



Tunnel Ensemble | @44Perills Art Sonor | Marc Vilanova & Peter Breitenbach from Marc Vilanova on Vimeo.


Digital release on the 1st of September 2017.

Track listing:

1: Gong
2: Mina
3: Rami

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

OPV012 : Orchestra Exotica / Plays Martin Denny


Cover art by Bruno Vansina


OPV012 : Orchestra Exotica / Plays Martin Denny


Martin Denny revisited by Bruno Vansina and Pierre Vervloesem.

Bruno Vansina ( Flat Earth Society, Vansina-Verbruggen-Gudmundsson trio, Vansina orchestra…) was inspired by the famous exotica music of Martin Denny and Les Baxter for a children’s play: MaiTé, het meisje en de vogel



The songs were arranged by Pierre Vervloesem and recorded as a trio using a lot of electronics, guitars and vibraphones in quadraphonic for the play. The music can be heard on the second cd of this double album.
When presenting the show, mostly to children, they always play the music live.

A teaser from the MaiTé shadow play:




Later on, Bruno envisaged another way to play the songs appart from the play and considered to re record them as a full orchestra. The compositions were then rearranged by Pierre Vervloesem in a way to remain true to the originals, but to have a very contemporary feel to them as well, and soon started to lead a life of their own. This resulted in a new band – the 7-piece Orchestra Exotica – that performs the playful and multicolored music of Denny and Baxter with a healthy dose of humor, cunning craft and an infectious drive. The result can be heard on the first cd of this double album.

Both cds were mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem.

LINE-UP:
Bruno Vansina - flute, synth & parafernalia
Pierre Vervloesem - guitar
Frank Van Eycken - vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, percussion
Peter Vandenberghe - keys
Filip Vandebril - bass
Kobe Proesmans - percussion
Simon Segers - drums


Orchestra Exotica

Bruno live
Pierre live

'Escales' live:



Physical and digital release on the 25th of August 2017.

Track listing:

CD1: Orchestra Exotica

1: Escales  
2: Cobra 
3: Misirlou (Slow Version)
4: Jungle Madness   
5: Kalua  
6: The Enchanted Sea  
7: The Left Arm of Buddha 
8: Llama Serenade
9: Mau Mau
10: M’bira
11: Misirlou
12: Simba
13: Tiki
14: Stone God
15: Tune from Rangoon

CD2: MaiTé Het Meisje En De Vogel

1: Escales
2: M’bira
3: Tune from Rangoon
4: Stone God
5: Cobra
6: Misirlou
7: Jungle Madness
8: Kalua
9: Tiki
10: The Enchanted Sea
11: Simba
12: The Left Arm of Buddha
13: Mau Mau
14: Llama Serenade
15: Akaka Falls






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