Friday, 17 January 2020

ORT023 : Leap/detach / Singer Featherweight





ORT023 : Leap/detach / Singer Featherweight

This album is a result of a two-year research project called “Artificial Extensions of Acoustics” at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. 
Vitja (see his beautiful solo album ORT022), Hendrik & Casper wanted to explore the richness of their instruments in terms of timbre, time and form, regardless of any means and in interaction with each other. 

The ensemble Leap/Detach became the playground of the project that they literally consider as ‘leap in the dark’ with their custom made electronic instruments and preparations, in which new-made sounds arise that exist ‘detached’ from their origin. They like to think of it as painting together on a large canvas, sharing colours or stating opposites.

The music is a direct outcome of the tools they created and learned to control in relation to each other. Acoustic and electronic elements blend together in symbiosis, sometimes in abstract context, sometimes in more lyrical ways. For some tracks the threesome worked with specific guidelines or limitations while others had a totally free approach. All tracks are improvised except for Myrte which was composed by Vitja.

This production is a collaboration between the research department of AP Hogeschool (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen), Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen and Werkplaats Walter (which will distribute the Lp as Walter005).
Recorded and mixed by Dries Van Ende at Zennestudio, Anderlecht (Brussels)
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof, Cochlea Mastering





Vitja Pauwels – acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, live sampling, hard- & software processing
Hendrik Lasure – piano, live sampling, hard- & software processing
Casper Van De Velde – drums, objects, computer processing

Leap/detach - Jewelry video:



she was terrific to hold hands with video:



The album is out on Rat records and Walter Label and digitally released on Off on the 17th of January 2020.

Track listing:

1: partir
2: jewelry
3: buy me
4: prairie trot
5: klein insectenboek
6: magic hour
7: myrte
8: kapla
9: amber
10: crocodile tears
11: kalk
12: tevergeefs 
13: migraine
14: she was terrific to hold hands with
15: vijvermuziek




And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 10 January 2020

OUC023 : Peer Baierlein / Me² + 1



Cover art by Carmelo Cicero




OUC023 : Peer Baierlein / Me² + 1

Peer Baierlein started his professional studies at the early age of 16 at the Musikhochschule Köln in Germany. 
There, he studied with Prof. Malte Burba to become an orchestra musician and at the same time he took lessons with Arno Lange at the 'Deutsche Oper' in Berlin. In 1996, he moved to Leuven in Belgium to study with his favourite jazz-trumpet player Bert Joris at the Lemmensinstituut. Upon completion of his studies, he moved for a year to New York City in 2000, to take lessons form John McNeil and to play his instrument abroad. He then came back to Belgium, where he finished his studies for jazz trumpet and -after that- specialised as ‘lead-trumpet’, also at the Lemmensinstituut. Between 2005 and 2007, Peer Baierlein has been studying classical composition with Piet Swerts. He continued his studies from 2008 - 2011 and followed a special education for composing film music and classical orchestration with a.o. Denis Pousseur, Victor Kissine and Jean-Luc Fafchamps at the 'Conservatoire Royal de Mons'. From 2011 - 2013 he has been a student for 'new media' at the 'Hochschule für Musik und Theater' in Hamburg.

Peer

Peer about his album:
" 'me² + 1' is a contemporary music project and the title indicates the line-up - duo as well as some trio pieces are part of this recording, with me playing the piano on all tunes.
I recorded soundscapes with the prepared piano and tried to keep a certain color for each canvas, which resulted in 7 different tracks.
Then I invited 4 extraordinary musicians:
Nora Krahl (cello)
Gregor Dierck (violin)
Christian Gerber (bandoneon)
Rosemary Hardy (vocals)
Each of them improvised over these 7 footprints.
So I came out of this recording session with another 21 tracks.
Then the real work began. I combined different instruments and started to create
compositions out of the layers.
As for the booklet, latin letters didn’t fit aesthetically for the titles and I wanted the listener to use his own imagination and find his own titles.
On the quest for something else, I found the ancient Persian language. Dear Mr. P.
Oktor Skjaervo of the Harvard University translated the words for me.
People who understand the music will understand the titles.
The quality of the mixing and mastering and the design of the booklet is also of great importance to me.
So every production will be the result of a collaboration with other artists, who will enrich the process with their own taste and creativity.
Carmelo Cicero immediately agreed to design the booklet. His artworks fit perfectly
with the music.
Finally, Matthias Schwarz-Tkotz, whom I met in 2014 and have adored ever since, was
responsible for the mastering."

outside of the triple digipak cd

The old Persian language titles

inside of the triple digipak cd

Digital release on the 10th of January 2020.

Track listing:

1: Dawn
2: Metamorphose
3: Interlude 1
4: Peace
5: Interlude 2
6: Indian Chant
7: Interlude 3
8: Birth & Death



Beautiful limited edition 3 pages digipak cd available here:



Price



And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 3 January 2020

OJP040 : Itachi Mode / Daily Life


Cover art by Hajime Maruyama




OJP040 : Itachi Mode / Daily Life

Before starting to record at home, Hajime Maruyama aka Itachi Mode (see also his another album OJP037) collected lots of daily life sounds as he considers them to be the music created by nature.

His work is a fusion of  "digital sound" (inorganic) and "sounds of nature" (organic). 
It is also a fusion of reproducible and non-reproducible sounds combining elements of nature and entertainment music: various daily life scenes along with daily life sounds.

The idea behind his songs, from 'Artificial Nature' to 'Exit' is to show his town Tokyo becoming urbanised and convenient while nature being destroyed giving you the feeling that you want to get away from your daily life trough an emergency exit.

Field recordings, electro, minimal house and J pop at its best! Enjoy and dance! Yoyo Toshi o!

A joyful 'Changed My Life' song in an almost empty Tokyo:



Itachi Mode

Digital release on the 3rd of January 2020.

Track listing:

1: Artificial Nature
2: Daily Life (feat. Shokora)
3: Don't Be Swayed By (feat. Sergey Yarochevsky, Yona Marie)
4: Maze
5: Changed My Life (feat. Kana)
6: Exit



And on Bandcamp:


Friday, 27 December 2019

OVD029 : Pierre Vervloesem / Wonderful Viruses


Cover art by A.L.



OVD029 : Pierre Vervloesem / Wonderful Viruses

December and time for Pierre to finish this year 2019 with a last winter album! 
13 pieces composed and played only with synthesizers and celebrating all the wonderful viruses on earth with the habitual humorous style of Monsieur Vervloesem! 

Frightening titles, great music! Don't catch cold while listening!


The great Pierre!

Digital release on the 27th of December 2019.

Track listing:

1: Tobacco Mosaic Virus
2: XMRV
3: The Pigs Have a Problem
4: Influenza A
5: The Itchy Torso
6: Archaea
7: Influenza B
8: Hepadnaviridae
9: Herpes
10: Birnaviridae
11: Bunyavirus
12: Papillomavirus
13: Ebola



And in Bandcamp:

Friday, 20 December 2019

ODG117 : Ben Sluijs - Erik Vermeulen / Decades




ODG117 : Ben Sluijs - Erik Vermeulen / Decades


"Decades is the third album of the duo Ben Sluijs (see also OCD039ODG086ODG095ODG096 and ODG103)- Erik Vermeulen (see also ODG095), after "Stones" (released in 2001 under the label Jazz Halo, before being included in the catalog Werf) and "Parity" (Werf 2010).
But the two musicians have known and appreciated each other since much longer: the pianist Erik Vermeulen was first part, with Piet Verbist (double bass) and Eric Thielemans (drums), of the quartet of the alto saxophonist, and already recorded with Ben the albums "Food For Free" in 1997, "Candy Century" in 1999 and "Seasounds" in 2000. After the quartet he joined the quintet The Unplayables, with Jeroen van Herzeele (tenor saxophone), Manolo Cabras (double bass) and Marek Patrman (drums) for "Harmonic Integration" in 2007.
The complicity and interactivity between the two men is obviously total: "Some musical encounters, explains Ben Sluijs, are exceptional, doomed to register in time. It is quite possible that the complicity which emerges from it is of those which one meets only once in one's life". The duo's first album included only original compositions and improvisations. "Parity" opened to two classics: Con Alma by Gillespie and the standard Sweet And Lovely. The result of a week-long residency at the De Werf club in October 2013, and live material recorded between 2011 and 2013, "Décades" includes eight original compositions, plus Monk's Light Blue, Steve Swallow's Eiderdown. and two classics revisited in a very personal way: The Man I Love with a beautiful piano intro and April In Paris with a long intro of alto saxophone. In the crystalline interlacing of the piano, the voluble volutes of the viola are lovered: a diaphanous sound that suits languorous tempos (Little Paris, The Man I Love, Eiderdown) as well as the jerky rhythms of Monk (Light Blue)), always through very lyrical flights (Call From The Outside). A fine example of accomplice empathy that is worth to our two compatriots to be included among best albums "Shock" by the June JazzMag!"

Claude Loxhay
This article was published on jazzaroundmag.com


Erik and Ben (c) Cees van de Ven

Digital release on the 19th of December 2019.

Track listing:

1: Broken
2: Little Paris
3: Up Here
4: Up There
5: Eiderdown
6: Light Blue
7: April in Paris
8: Pretty Dark
9: Carillon
10: Call from the Outside
11: Decades
12: The Man I Love



And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 6 December 2019

OVD028 : Simple / Undeletable Remixed


Cover art by A.L.



OVD028 : Simple / Undeletable Remixed


Pierre Vervloesem, composer, performer, mixer and remixer talking about the album: 

"Recorded for the first time in Brussels and then erased from the studio computer by pure malice (names of officials available in discreet folds), the album was recorded again in Simple keyboardist's place who had forgotten to tell us he had a studio, therefore the title of the album 'Undeletable'. 
Released in the media desert common to all my productions the cd was mixed with cold feet and deserved that I went back there once again and gave it a proper mix. It's done, it's fresh."

So this is it, a 2019 completely new version of this great album for you to (re)discover again / finally !

And a great review in Luminous Dash BE here!

Digital release on the 6th of December 2019 for St Nicolas day!

Track listing:

1: Belgian Triumphalism - 2019 Remix
2: Blabaway Utterbunk - 2019 Remix
3: Deliver Us from the Aliments - 2019 Remix
4: Domestic Daredevil - 2019 Remix
5: Finally an Elephant Full of Jam - 2019 Remix
6: Glass Pie - 2019 Remix
7: Mental Mento - 2019 Remix
8: One of the Weakest Tune of the Set, Pt. 1 - 2019 Remix
9: One of These Doris Days - 2019 Remix
10: Oscar Niemeyer - 2019 Remix
11: Pierre Richard - 2019 Remix
12: The Amazing Soudcheck Band - 2019 Remix
13: The Foam Cage - 2019 Remix






A video of Glass Pie directed at the time of the original release by Bartek Zmuda:



Originally released as OPV008. Original cds still available at:


Price




All versions of the album on Bandcamp: