Sunday, May 21, 2017

Off 10th anniversary starts this week!!!



Hello to all!

May 25th 2007 saw the first ever release on Off!
In order to celebrate this anniversary, Off starts this week with 1 DJ mix on Bandcamp:
Off-10 years in a nutshell is a mix by German musician and DJ Morgen Wurde which celebrate the 10th anniversary of the label. It's a 4 parts mixes based on ambient, downtempo and rock with a total of no less than 50 tracks representing around 65% of the label's music! 

So enjoy, listen, discover and don't hesitate to look for more once you like one of the artist of this gigantic mix!



And for those who prefers just to stream, Off have a playlist with a huge choice of music covering 85% of the label releases that you can download or follow here:


And for all of you who wants still the real thing, you can order 2 cds for the price of 15€!!!
You can choose any cds from OCD001 to OCD030 (except OCD024) or OPV001 to OPV011including worldwide shipping.
The box The C.K. Theory OBX001 is 15€ including worldwide shipping.
20€ for OBX001 + 1 cds from OCD or OPV series including worldwide shipping.
The rest of the catalogue comes at the normal price.
For 3 cds order, you will receive a free dvd of Lomahongva.

For 4 cds order, you will receive a free box The C.K. Theory OBX001 and a dvd of Lomahongva.

You can just paypal at:
order@stilll.org
and write which cds you wish!
Enjoy!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

ORT019 : Northern Escorts / Impeccable Class


Artwork & Cover concept by Ian Dykmans


ORT019 : Northern Escorts / Impeccable Class

Northern Escorts is a Belgian experimental rock band formed in 2016 by Sigfried Burroughs, Teun Verbruggen, Thijs Troch, Jan Daelman.
Influenced by modern times and a passion for contemporary avant garde, their music searches through some sort of bizarre confusion between jazz and violence combined with their love for electronics.
They establish a brute but balanced musical form, assaulting the body and scraping the skull.

Teun (1975) first picked up the drums by age of 8. After getting fed up with having to play always the same fills in rock bands he was getting interested in jazz-and improvised music. He went to the concervatory of Brussels were he took lessons with Hans Van Oosterhout. Since graduating from this school in 1999 he started working as a sideman in lots of different bands and musical Styles. His searching for a personal touch and wanting to explore all possibilities of playing music and drums, his lack of boundaries and styles and trying to find fresh sounds and freedom in collectif improvisation made him work (and still touring) with (among others):
Alexi Tuomarila 4tet and Trio, Jef Neve Trio, FES, VVG trio, Karanova (featuring Kitchen Motors from Iceland and Mauro Pawlowski), Molo Trio, Jambangle, Rackham, Pascal Schumacher 4tet, “4”, JojoBa, Streams,Silent Song, Jozef Dumoulin Trio,...

Thijs Troch is a Belgian piano player, mainly active in improvised music.
He plays in bands such as : Keenroh, Jukwaa, Kabas, Glin Fraktion, Hypochristmutreefuzz, Northern Escorts, Residuum Free Unit, Bulliphant,...

Jan Daelman is a Belgian flute-player.
He plays in bands such as: Keenroh, Kabas, Glin Fraktion, Northern Escorts, Residuum Free Unit, DST Trio, The Milk Factory, ...

Sigfried Burroughs (1987) is a musical centipede and multi-instrumentalist graduated from The Royal Conservatory of Brussels in June 2016.
Especially known as drummer in popular rock formations such as Kapitan Korsakov & The K.  Frontman and co-founder of ONMENS, where he lends his voice to the unique mix of beats and electronics.
He's recognized as a musician who's hunger for experiment is insatiable.
Active in various jazz projects: JUKWAA (drums); Northern Escorts w. Teun Verbruggen (vocal/bass); Residuum Free Unit w. Dirk Serries (drums:noise/electronics); Burroughs & Crane w. Mattias De Craene (drums), Kleedje w. Elias Devoldere (drum-duo). He recently became a fixed member in FÄR and started working for the Ghent based booking/management bureau Live Fast Die Young, besides Joppe Behaeghe. They'll put up their own LFDY record label in September 2017. Burroughs also runs TAPIR Promotion, an independent music promotion agency.
As a part of his final project at Brussels Conservatory, he set up his formation Glin Fraktion. An avant-garde ensemble which explores different aspects of contemporary music.
Besides band formations he's also deeply interested in noise, electronics, recording and producing.


Thijs Troch : Synth
Jan Daelman : Sax & Violin
Teun Verbruggen : Drums & Electronics
Sigfried Burroughs : Vocals & Bass

Recorded by Nicolas Lefèvre at Sunny Side Inc. Brussels, Belgium
Performed live, February 2016
Mixing, Editing & Mastering by Joe Talia, Melbourne, Australia
Cover photo by Ian Dykmans with Myriam Clericuzi, "la femme arbre"

The vinyl is on sale at Rat records here.

The band in action

The band relaxing

Digital release on the 19th of May 2017.
Track listing:
Side A: "Je choisis la facon dont je m'habille"
Side B: "Le laquais doit couper les etoiles"

Thursday, May 11, 2017

OUC003 : Baishui / Sound In Motion: Prologue - Puzzle Suite


Cover art by A.L.


OUC003 : Baishui / Sound In Motion: Prologue - Puzzle suite

After releasing his post-rock-prog-folk single " No Intrinsic, No Independent" (see OAS003), Baishui returns with two completely different albums: Prologue and Puzzle Suite.

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.


"Throughout Baishui’s work, a near-religious serenity and atmosphere transports one to a faraway place; foreign yet familiar; where Baishui, and his listeners, seem to be the only residents."  Jonathan Campbell

1: Prologue
About Prologue, better read what Luo Keju & Jonathan Campbell have written about it:

"Sound, which we experience in fascinating and abstract ways, is difficult to describe. 

From the three-piece prog- and post-rock sound of City of Lost to his first attempt at minimalist glitches Diary of Broken Sounds, prolific Sichuan musician Baishui has been searching for ways to describe and enable the experience of sound. In pieces or as a whole; violent or delicate; carefully-composed or improvised: The search for the balance of these, and other, opposites in the various moments of his work is what Baishui's music has been about. 

In a new series of projects -- Sound in Motion -- Baishui examines the relationship between sound and movement. Whether in terms of sound's motion or changing, the project is intentionally open-ended; Baishui lays the musical foundations upon which a range of artists from a variety of backgrounds are invited to build through collaboration. 

Sound in Motion: Prologue is the series' first release, with four musicians representing different genres participating in their own unique ways. It originates from a field recording or a photograph with which collaborators are encouraged to employ in their own ways; Baishui then combines the contributions into a final product. There is no certain end point to the project; rather, the very nature of sound emerges from the somewhat random creative process. 


More releases, as well as performances, are now being prepared for the series' future stages. A perpetually-evolving project, artists from across modern dance, visual and installation art as well as sound artists of all kinds are sought to maintain the motion essential to the series."

Originally released in December 2015.

all music by baishui 
produced by baishui, luo keju 
sounds & instruments by baishui 
analog synthesizer by luo keju 
mixed & mastered by luo keju 
original photo by baishui 
design and layout by sun yunfan, deng zhang, yuan tian 
guest artists: yuan tian (#00 vocal performing), lanre (#00 vocal samples), yao chunyang (#01 electronics), lin tianran (#03 vocal performing)

Original cover


2: Puzzle Suite
Puzzle Suite is the second full-length album of Sound in Motion Series, which is a suite composed of single sound material. Sichuan musician Baishui tried to use relatively simple improvisation instrumental recording, vocal samples as well as field recording to create a sound poem without words. 

Originally released on September 2016.

all music composed by baishui except vocal performance (#1, 3, 8) 
produced by baishui 
ruan, guitar, bamboo flute, bells by baishui 
cymbals by chen ran (#7) 
vocal by yao chunyang (#1), yuan tian (#3), anna (#8) 
recorded at blanksounds studio by baishui 
field recorded in fuxing, xiamen, yibin by baishui (#2, 5, 6) 
edited, mixed & mastered by baishui 
original photo by achiu 
design & layout by yuan tian 
cover artist is zhang dianling 


Original cover

Digital release on the 12th of May 2017.

Track listing:

1: Prologue:
1) Prologue #00
2) Prologue #01
3) Prologue #02
4) Prologue #03
5) Prologue #04

2: Puzzle Suite:
1) Five Grains of Sand (feat. Yao Chunyang)
2) Four Strings
3) Dwarf (feat. Yuan Tian)
4) Migraine
5) Assassination
6) Stone Frog River
7) Strange Moth (feat. Chen Ran)
8) This Soul of Mine (feat. Anna)


Friday, May 5, 2017

OUC004 : Ben Bertrand / Era-Area Live @ Ateliers Claus


Cover art by A.L. from a Kurs Freitags image


OUC004 : Ben Bertrand / Era-Aera Live @Ateliers Claus

Recorded live at Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels, this is another side of the first Ep (see ODG065) released by Belgian clarinetist Ben Bertrand. 
Opposed to the studio recordings, the songs take now a more dynamic approach and interfere more with the loops created live on the moment. 
While the first four songs are re arranged and re imprecations of different or anonymous artists, the last song, 'Swiss Landscape' is a personal composition from Ben Bertrand. 
For just a few loops, electronics and a clarinet, the music sounds intricate and powerful!

A teaser of his live action:



Digital release on the 5th May 2017.

Track listing:

1) Intro + Parial Truth (Evan Ziporyn)
2) Planctus for Jerusalem (Anonymous)
3) Lauda for Bassclarinet and Drone (Gavin Bryars)
4) Pygmy Song (Traditional)
5) Swiss Landscape (Ben Bertrand)

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]


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