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 





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