Friday, April 28, 2017

OAS003 : Baishui / No Intrinsic, No Independent


Cover art by A.L.


OAS003: Baishui / No Intrinsic, No Independent


Born in a small Sichuanese city, Baishui is a composer and self-taught guitarist, pianist and master of many traditional Chinese instruments, whose compositions and performance have ranged across his career from neo-folk and dark-ambient-influenced music to experimental and post-rock sounds—and beyond.

He has recorded more than 10 albums which were critically acclaimed and won him a worldwide interest and prizes.

He has been performing in a lot of different countries and while sometime his music may seem to be the product of very different artists, they reflect Baishui’s multi-faceted approach to the musical expression of his personal journey. 

No Intrinsic, No Independent is a single 23 minutes long track originally recorded in 2011. It shows his more post-rock influences, mixing at times even some prog or jazz touches, before finishing with a typically folk flute reminding his Shichuanese roots.
He plays all the instruments on it.

See more here: Baishuimusic.com


Baishui

Digital release on the 28th of April 2017.

Track listing:

 1) No Intrinsic, No Independent (23min)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

OAS002 : Yingfan / With a Slightly Finger Move


Art cover by Dawang Yingfan Huang


OAS002 : Yingfan / With a Slightly Finger Move

Yingfan a.k.a. Dawang Huang is born in 1975 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Under strong influences of Japanese cult anime Akira's soundtrack (by Japanese amateur chorus Geinoh Yamashirogumi) and Einstuerzende Neubauten, Yingfan starts making bedroom recordings since 1991, and performs under various aliases and forms since 2002, recognized as an "outsider artist" in Taiwanese underground art/music scenes. 

Honorary Mention of Prix Ars Electronica 2012 for environmental improvisation project "Minkoku Hyakunen"(2011) personal project "Blackwolf Nagashi", which represents Taiwan's post-modernism has 2 full-length albums released. 

Since 2010, he collaborated with various contemporary dance companies, performance art groups, independent film productions, colleges, art curators, museums, galleries and small theaters, for contributing music/sound designs, artworks, as well as actings.

This time, Yingfan concentrates on fake instruments and his typical play with sounds.
All tracks by Dawang Yingfan Huang.
Recorded in Taipei between autumn 2016 and winter 2017 with lo-spec equipments.

Discover more here:

Yingfan, pic by Watan Wuma

Yingfan, pic by Weiching Lee


Digital release on the 21st of April 2017.

Track listing:

01 fake piano(1) [02:57]
02 fake putney(1) [08:12]
03 fake putney(2) [01:33]
04 fake crumar and fake yamaha ceepee [04:20]
05 fake tape echo [04:20]
06 fake piano(2) [08:37]
07 authentic virtual analog synthesizer [04:27]
08 cpu overload [05:56]
09 micro what [04:27]
10 unidentified fake jaguar [03:12]
11 fake piano(3) [07:30]


Monday, April 17, 2017

10th anniversary Off label Spotify playlist !

If you have nothing to do and you want to discover 85% of the Off label, just click on the link here under and enjoy, discover, download the following music:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

OAS001 : GUIGUISUISUI / From Another Dimension


Covert art by Dann Gaymer


OAS001 : GUIGUISUISUI / From Another Dimension


First release on the new ‘Asian’ series based exclusively on Asian musicians (but Japanese, see the 'Japanese' series for that) / non Asian musicians living in Asia or any combination possible between Asian musicians and the rest of the world, is Beijing based GUIGUISUISUI, a two piece journey into sounds and performances.
Man and woman, East and West, past and future, side by side, blending 8-bit electronics meditation samples whilst channeling blues, rock, hip hop, doom, punk, noise, and ambient bliss while performing an avante garde opera featuring a number of characters. 
This particular release focuses on the duo of preacher and minister for the cult of greed Lord Kamemameha and high priestess of profit Lady Chakra, including tracks and remixes from the ‘Wu Xing’ EP as well as an earlier incarnation of Lord Kamemameha from when GUIGUISUISUI was still a solo project.
Lady Chakra: vocals, percussion. 
Lord Kamemameha: vocals, guitars, bass, synths, beats, samples. 

‘Zombie Land’ and ‘Shadow Of The Moon’ Recorded by Yang Haisong at Psychic Kong in Beijing, China and in an apple tree in Dartford, England; mixed and mastered by Li Shenjie at Ran Music in Beijing, China. From the ‘Wu Xing’ EP: Bandcamp link

‘Cutting Ceaser Down’ recorded and mixed by GUIGUISUISUI in Beijing, China. From the ‘GUIGUISUISUI vs Black Science’ EP on Nasty Wizard Recordings / Hell Is Now Love: Bandcamp link

For the remixes:

Thruoutin is an American producer based in Beijing, China who combines heavily sampled electronic elements accented by vocals and the Chinese lute, ‘pipa’. He has toured extensively around Asia and the north American, including a Taiwan tour with an earlier incarnation of GUIGUISUISUI, and released through a number of labels. Bandcamp link

Lastboss is a British multi genre producer currently based in Zhuhai, China. While he lends his talents to many types of electronic music his ambient works are what caught the attention of GUIGUISUISUI due to his lush and mesmerizing dreamscapes, swirling around like an ocean of sound. Bandcamp link

Dee is a Chinese artist based in Beijing who constantly crosses back and forth between experimental dance, avante garde performance, and meditative noise. Sampling the every day and seemingly mundane, Dee constantly reinvents the world around him in a manner that is sometimes confrontational but always intriguing. Bandcamp link

Dazed Marrow is an American multi genre producer based in South Korea. Excelling at sinister yet fascinating soundscapes with infectious beats nestled beneath, Dazed Marrow sounds like a Harkonen dance party on Ghedi Prime from ten thousand years in the future,  which is perhaps why he’s signed to the same label as William Shatner, Cleopatra Records. Bandcamp link

Lord Kamehameha and Lady Chakra

A video created especially for the Dazed Marrow remix:



And the original version and video from their original album:



Digital release on the 14th of April 2017.

Track listing:

1: Zombie Land
2: Cutting Ceasar
3: Shadow of the Moon
4: Automatic Vedic Machine - Thruoutin Remix
5: Low Interest Salvation- Dazed Marrow Remix
6: Shadow of the Moon - Lastboss Remix
7: Low Interest Salvation - Dee Remix

Thursday, April 6, 2017

OUC002 : Helix 2 / Slower


Cover art by John Franek


OUC002 : Helix 2 / Slower

After releasing his solo album 'La mer dans le ciel' (see ODG063), American contemporary composer and musician John Franek return with another project: Helix 2, a new piano duo composed of himself and Mike Ryan.

Slower is an album composed entirely of improvisations for two pianos and these pieces are filled with lively melodic action, rhythmic precision and fast changing harmonic qualities. Helix 2 also performs concerts of established four-hand and two piano repertoire, with a concert scheduled as far into the future as Paris in 2019. 

The music is definitely contemporary but the use of an organ and the added electronics give it a different edge than the usual four hands piano pieces. One could feel some reminiscences with Steve Reich, Wim Mertens or Philip Glass or the minimalism mouvement, but Helix 2 brings something more romantic to the genre.

John & Mike

Digital release on the 7th of April 2017.

Track listing:

1: Aesi
2: Bais
3: Cheu
4: Date
5: Etia
6: Flor
7: Gela


Thursday, March 30, 2017

OUC001 : Gao Yanqin / Prelude


Art cover by Gao Yanqin, pic by Zhu Li


OUC001 : Gao Yanqin / Prelude

First release on the new (Un)classical Collisions series dedicated to all kind of contemporary classical music or (un)classical trained musicians composing in an un classical way or using their classical instrument in an un classical manner, twisting sounds with whatever, electronics, field recordings, electroacoustic...is the Ep album 'Prelude' from Yanqin Gao.

She is a computer-based composer and filmmaker living presently in Shanghai after finishing her education in Beijing Film Academy and China Academy of Art.
Her music is often inspired from silent movie, film noir and visual artworks and 
she tends to make dark and weird notes influenced by impressionism period, jazz chord and atonal music. 
She also makes story-telling video works for her music and is currently exhibiting her various works in China.

The four tracks on 'Prelude' are a subtle combination of West meets East (un)classical collisions and the simple and very modern contemporary way of posing her voice on track three add a singular emotion to her music.

Yanqin Gao

And a perfect example of her video works:


In Venice from gaoyanqin on Vimeo.

you can watch more of those on her Vimeo site.

Digital release on the 31st of March 2017.

Track listing:

1: Ripple
2: Hedgehog in the fog
3: Voice
4: By the riverside

Friday, March 24, 2017

ODG066 : Boxface / Life Is Fluid


Cover art by Boxface


ODG066 : Boxface / Life Is Fluid

Matthew James aka Boxface is an experimental rock DIY outfit living in San Luis Obispo, California. 
He juxtaposes hard rock with ambient textures and passages, sometimes reminiscent of the no wave genre that was in vogue in New-York in the beginning of the 80ties or the hardcore punk / post-hardcore genre pioneered by bands like Black Flag. 
Adding some prog and folk sonorities to his songs make them definitely new and original. 
As he is saying himself: « To describe the sound of my music, imagine falling into a vat of vibrant swirling paint. Prepare your earbuds for an experimental, progressive rock journey. »

Matthew James 'Boxface'

 The intended back cover

 Digital release on the 24th of March 2017.

Track listing:

1: Entrance
2: Pop!
3: Cloud Sailing
4: Wires
5: Gears
6: Stairs
7: You’ve Come so Far
8: Camels on the Moon
9: The Road Home


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ORT018 : Vansina - Verbruggen - Gudmundsson / St. Cecilia


Cover art by Bruno Vansina


ORT018 : Vansina - Verbruggen - Gudmudsson / St. Cecilia

The cooperation between Bruno Vansina (saxes - see also ORT007 Vansina Orchestra) and Teun Verbruggen (drums - see also almost all on Rat-Off) makes the pivot of this trio that was formed at the conservatory of Brussels in 1996. 
They got their initial inspiration from the trio recordings of Sonny Rollins 'Live At The Village Vanguard'. The music of Miles Davis Sextet with John Coltrane and Canonball Adderley, and the music of Chet Baker had it's influence as well. 

In 2003 Gulli Gudmundsson (bass - bio) joined the band and was an immediate enrichment.
Existing compositions by Bruno Vansina were a starting point along with some standards and originals.
This repertory became more and more expanded, it deepened and got tested by their urge
to experiment. Little by little, free- and collective improvisations became a major part of their music.
A very personal playing style developed and was more and more perfected during their shows. You could call it ‘growing up in public’.
A first album called ‘Trio Music’ was recorded in 2003.
In 2005 they created Double Trio – a confrontation between a jazz trio and three dancers -, with the internationally renowned dance company Rosas.
A year later they were on tour with the Fender-Rhodes mammoth Jozef Dumoulin (who played with the trio at the Flemish Jazz Meeting 2007 as guest) and Magic Malik, who got himself noticed on St-Germain’s Boulevard album. The tour resulted in a live album called ‘In Orbit’ and two years later another one called 'Tokio Quantize ’.
The trio still played over the past years although less frequently.
The ‘St. Cecilia album was recorded by the trio in 2008, one year after the release of ‘Tokio Quantize’.
This particular session was completely improvised freely, using a lot of electronic devices,
loop machines keyboards etc … This approach was never experimented live and was in a way quite different and unusual for the trio.
The recording was almost forgotten and lost on a old backup hard disc but was recently rediscovered by Bruno. 
Listening back to the music he felt the urge to release the session, as a document not to be lost and because the music made him smile. 
He then asked mixing and mastering maestro Pierre Vervloesem to get the music, or whatever non music, out of the lengthy recorded session.
The result is a psychedelic-free-jazz session. Three musician friends experimenting around with confidence and joy, like playful kids.


Bruno Vansina (alto- tenor- soprano sax, clarinet, keys, loops, voc)
Gulli Gudmundsson (bass, keys, loops, voc)
Teun Verbruggen (drums, electro, loops)
All songs by Vansina, Verbruggen, Gudmundsson
Recorded at St. Cecilia, Hoogstraten, Belgium 29th of March 2008 by the VVG trio.
Mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem, March 2015.
All songs by Vansina-Verbruggen-Gudmundsson.
Artwork by Bruno Vansina

Gulli, Teun and Bruno




Digital release on the 10th of March, physical on the 17th of March 2017.

Track listing:

SIDE A
Nr. 8 (7:42)
Nr. 4 part 2 (4:08)
Nr. 5 (11:50)
SIDE B
Nr. 2 (18:04)
Nr. 4 part 3 (1:47)
Nr. 9 (7:08)
SIDE C
Nr. 3 (19:17)
SIDE D
Nr. 4 part 1 (4:57)
Nr. 1 (12:34)
SIDE E - Digital only Bonus tracks

Nr. 6,  Bonus Track 
Nr.10, Bonus Track 





Price


Monday, February 27, 2017

New video from Kurtisz : Too Far!

Another hit from the marvelous Wired album (see OCD034) by Kurtisz: Too Far!
This time a live version recorded at Rubens Studio in Brussels.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

OJP018 : Silentwave / Live Seasons (feat. Yoshinori Noguchi)


Cover art by A.L.


OJP018 : Silentwave / Live Seasons (feat. Yoshinori Noguchi)

After releasing the beautiful album 'The Deap Sea - Noisebeat' (see OJP010), Silentwave aka Yoshinori Noguchi, one of the most respected and prolific Japanese electronic artist, returns with a live album.

Most of his work consists in very long (between 15 to 40 minutes) ambient pieces that are either prepared or improvised during his live shows. 
The 'Live Seasons'  three tracks album is a perfect example of the mood he creates during his live performances. They were all recorded in 2016 in Tokyo.



Yoshinori Noguchi

Digital release on the 24th of February 2017.

Track listing:

1: Saravah
2: Four Seasons, part.1
3: Four Seasons, part.2


Sunday, February 19, 2017

OVD018 : Les Boucles Absurdes / Un nouveau pied pour Noël (feat. Pierre Vervloesem)


Covert art by A.L.


OVD018 : Les Boucles Absurdes / Un nouveau pied pour Noël (feat. Pierre Vervloesem)

After the fabulous OPV007OPV010 and OVD003, this is another gift from Les Boucles Absurdes! 
Broken Leg features Seesayle on vocals. The rest of the album is again absurd loops put together by J-P Jonckheere and magistrally mixed by wizard Pierre Vervloesem.
Like always with Les Boucles, you know where a track starts but you never know where it goes and ends! 
Bizarre for some, genius for others! I tend to say: genius!



From United Mutations blog:


"Last week, I received a small wooden box. The box had "Les Boucles Absurdes" written on top of it and it presented a USB stick. Never afraid to put a memory stick in my pc, I plugged it in to find "Un Nouveau Pied Pour Noël", the brand-new album by Les Boucles Absurdes.
Les Boucles Absurdes is Jean-Pierre Jonckheere and Pierre Vervloesem.
"Un Nouveau Pied Pour Noël" (A New Foot For Christmas) is their fourth release and it's superb.
The album presents six tracks. Every track is some sort of loop. (Les Boucles Absurdes = Crazy Loops).
Floating guitar tones, extraterrestrial voices, sampled synthesizer tones, the crackling of a vinyl album, contemporary classical percussive sounds and sirens, pulsing bass lines, a Gregorian choir, ...
"Un Nouveau Pied Pour Noël" will take you on an amazing journey.

I love it. I'm hearing new things all the time."  - Peter Vanlaarhoven
German review in Babyblaue here.

Digital release on the 20th of February 2017.

Track listing:

1: Broken Leg (feat. Seesayle)
2: C'est la mousson, pt. 1
3: C'est la mousson, pt. 2
4: Kenavo
5: Lays
6: Un nouveau pied pour Noël

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ODG065 : Ben Bertrand / Era - Area



ODG065 : Ben Bertrand / Era - Area

Ben Bertrand is a Brussels-based bass clarinetist who evolved in the Belgian contemporary/classical scene. 
He imagined a device that enables him to transform the natural sound of his instrument into electronic ones, allowing him to create loops and orchestrations for solo performance. 
For his first EP, Era/Area, he arranged a collection of themes drawn from a wide range of places and ages – from a pygmy song to an ancient crusaders' melody dedicated to the lost Jerusalem passing by a Gavin Bryars's piece – merging them into a subtle, fascinating and hypnotic musical object.


Ben Bertrand

Pygmy song video:




digital release on the 15th of February 2017.

Track listing:

1) Pygmy song (Anonymous)
2) Partial Truths (Page one) (Evan Ziporyn, 1999) 
3) Planctus for Jerusalem (Anonymous, 1245)
4) Lauda for bass clarinet and drone (Gavin Bryars, 2009)