Sunday 24 July 2011

OCD015 : Dave Formula and Christine Hanson / The Organ Of Corti

Cover art by Kiekebiche

OCD015 : Dave Formula – Christine Hanson / The Organ Of Corti

The new album from Dave Formula and Christine Hanson explores a range of themes and ideas within a variety of acoustic and electro-acoustic landscapes.
Their new album, released on October 17th 2011 on the Off label presents the results of those musical explorations.

“We met in 2009 and discovered we were having a similar recurring dream about a series of adventurous and diverse musical themes.
We would love these sensory themes to enter your ears so we decided to record and unleash them.......
The album we called The Organ of Corti.
Allow yourself to take a similar adventure as us... it can be your version to have whenever you like - awake and even when fully dressed.....”

Guests appearing on the recordings include:
Howard Devoto and Noko - from Magazine, Luxuria and Apollo 440,
Giorgio Li Calzi - award winning Italian jazz trumpet player,
Michael Marra - the acclaimed Scottish singer songwriter/playwrite
Pat McCarthy - leading UK jazz guitarist.

Christine Hanson:
Music has taken Christine Hanson from touring Canada’s High Arctic with a tango trio, to playing traditional music in the Outer Hebrides.
Classically trained Christine, in her many roles as cellist, composer, singer, and sound designer is eclectic in her musical explorations.

Her experiences include :
Compositional commissions, arranging, studio sessions, film soundtrack, theatre sound design, TV work, and performing as an ensemble musician with a variety of groups playing classical, folk, jazz,
pop and experimental music. She also gives master classes in workshop settings on both sides of the Atlantic.

Recent albums contributions have included:
Satellite Sweetheart the new solo album by Dave Formula, A Rose by Italian electronic musician Stefano Panunzi - with Thomas Leer & David Sylvian ,Waltz With Me by Norwegian musician Annbjorg Lien, Songs of Robert Burns by Eddi Reader, Equestrian by Neotropic, Colin
MacIntyre’s album Island, No Thyself by the legendary post punk band Magazine, and Kissin is the Best of A’- the new Bruce MacGregor & Christine Hanson collaboration.
Her own album The Cremation of Sam McGee received rave reviews, as did the successful live shows.

Dave Formula:
Is best known for his work with Magazine, long regarded as one of the most significant & influential British bands. Recently all their albums have been re-mastered by Sean Magee of Abbey Road studios and re-issued by Virgin EMI.
Along with Magazine cohorts John McGeoch and Barry Adamson, Dave joined Steve Strange, Midge Ure, Billy Currie in Visage for two very successful albums before leaving to concentrate on Strongroom Studios, London, which he founded in the mid 1980's.

He has been involved with synthesisers, electronics & live improvisation since the mid- 1970’s. Matt Wand, from Stock, Hausen & Walkman, provided additional electronics on Dave’s recent solo album Satellite Sweetheart.
The album features additional contributions from: Robert Wyatt, Corrine Drewery, Howard
Devoto, John McGeoch & John Doyle.

Dave rejoined his Magazine colleagues for five sold out shows in February 2009 to great critical response and in Summer 2009 Magazine played several European festivals and an acclaimed show at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The band closed the year with T.V. appearances on Later With Jools Holland and BBC Electric Proms.
In October 2011 Magazine release a new album - their first in 30years - followed in November by a nine day tour of the UK .

The video for Mistaken For A Dream:

Digital and physical releases in November 2011.

Track listing :
1) Osseous Labyrinth
2) Adrift
3) Mistaken For A Dream
4) Angel Of Merci
5) 2.13
6) Organ Of Corti
7) Uncle Frank
8) Ornithogalum
9) Winter Stalk
10) Homo Lupus

And a few pictures from Dave in London, April 2011:

Two pics of Dave and Christine for promo / cover: