Monday 23 December 2013

A Xmas gift from Dorit Chrysler to all Off followers


For this 24th of December and all the coming merry Xmas, the queen of theremin Dorit Chrysler (here , hereand here!) is offering all the Off followers, friends and fans a marvelous gift: 3 versions of the famous Irving Berlin song!
Pick your favorite one, listen to it, share it, give it to a friend as a gift, download it for free... do whatever you want but do enjoy it and have a wonderful Xmas!

Performed & Produced by Dorit Chrysler 
Additional production by Allen Farmelo. Mixed and mastered by Allen Farmelo

Thursday 19 December 2013

ORT005-OUI023 : Arve Henriksen - Teun Verbruggen / Black Swan

                                                                       Cover art by Rob Musters & Peter Verbruggen

ORT005-OUI023 : Arve Henriksen - Teun Verbruggen / Black Swan

This release sees the return of magical Norvegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen ( bioORT002ORT003 ) this time playing and singing over prepared drums and electronics by Teun Verbruggen ( bio ). It's a beauty like always with Monsieur Arve. It was mixed by Eric Honoré and mastered by Helge Sten.

Album Review:

To some, this might seem like an unlikely collaboration. Throughout much of his recent career, whether solo or as a member of Supersilent, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen has explored expansive, deeply atmospheric territory. He has recorded not only for Rune Grammofon, but also for ECM, and his austere, breathy tone inspired by the Japanese shakuhachi is entirely in keeping with the latter label's Scandinavian cool, even when Henriksen is displaying his abstractly explorative side. Belgian drummer Teun Verbruggen would seem to embrace experimentalism of a somewhat different stripe, seated on the drum stool for Peter Vermeersch's oddball big band Flat Earth Society for a decade, collaborating with creative jazz pianists, and recently firing up noisy jazztronica improvs with his groups Othin Spake and the Bureau of Atomic Tourism, documented on his Rat Records label. But here they are on the 2012-2013 Rat album Black Swan, although not exactly together, since Verbruggen recorded drums and electronics in Belgium during September 2010 and sent digital files to Henriksen, who added trumpets, vocals, Hardanger fiddle, keyboards, snare drum, samples, and treatments from his home in Norway during February 2011. Knowing the back-story behind the creation of these 11 sonic vignettes makes the results that much more impressive, particularly in how Henriksen found evocative ways to build upon Verbruggen's foundation of abstract, even arrhythmic percussive and electronic sounds (although the listener sometimes can't discern with absolute confidence which musician produced which sounds on the album).
In fact, "Fridge Detective B." sounds primarily like a Henriksen creation, a calming, drifting foray with subtle overlapping rhythmic pulses and sequenced tones, random plucks and droplets, falsetto vocals, and trumpet harmonies stretching out luxuriously — the percussives seem muted and drowned. Henriksen fans should delight in it. With its own ghostly atmospheres, "Sweet Marrowbone" is a fine trumpet showcase, with lingering windy and cavernous drones, Verbruggen's cymbal washes, and sequenced repetitions providing subtle seasoning for Henriksen's entry, retreat, and reentry, which give the track a semblance of structure. The one-two punch of the title track and "Bryggen" are at the other end of the spectrum: the former with squelchy deep throbs and a sustained, multi-layered electro-acoustic percussive attack; the latter continuing with more treated percussives, repetitive clicks and pops, electro bursts and throbs, gated noise, and undefinable implements escalating into a mechanistic cacophony. Somewhere between the extremes of these tracks lie "Boxgrove Home Page," in which Henriksen's exploration of Middle Eastern phrasing ascends into near abrasion against Verbruggen's stop-start pound and clatter, and "Baby Flock N," in which Henriksen explores a deeper yet similar mode against a more flowing, rolling backdrop of percussion, electronics, and tones. Almost a straight-up drums and trumpet improv over empty space, "Orange" is a nice palate-cleanser, although it is a mere precursor to the concluding "Mystery," in which Verbruggen's crisp punctuations make room for Henriksen's trumpet to enter beautifully against a distant chordal sweep, encapsulating all that the simple one-word title could possibly evoke.

Already relesed on Rat Records as RAT017 HERE.
Original digital Release on Off on the 20th of December 2013, now in Bandcamp.

Track listing:

1. AHOB 1
2. Fridge Detective B.
3. Site Q1/B
4. Boxgrove Home Page
5. Fresh Air Inspector
6. Black Swan (for Allowin)

7. Bryggen
8. Sweet Marrowbone
9. Babyflock N.
10. Orange
11. Mystery 

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Thursday 12 December 2013

ORT004 : The Bureau Of Atomic Tourism / Second Law Of Thermodynamics

Cover art by Vincent Glowinski

ORT004: The Bureau Of Atomic Tourism / Second Law Of Thermodynamics  

Continuing to explore the Off association with Rat records (see here), this new release is by The Bureau Of Atomic Tourism - aka BOAT-, a fabulous sexet of stars composed by Andrew d'Angelo (bio) on sax, Nate Wooley (bio) on trumpet, Marc Ducret (bio) on Guitar, Trevor Dunn (bio) on bass, Teun Verbruggen (bio) on drums and Jozef Dumoulin (bio) on fender rhodes.
This is a live recording of a fabulous gig played at The Paradox in Tilburg-Holland on the 16th of November 2011 captured by Dieter Claeys, then mixed and mastered by Richard Comte in January 2013.

Album review:

The musicians of the Bureau of Atomic Tourism — aka BOAT — were assembled by Belgian drummer Teun Verbruggen for Antwerp's Follow the Sound Festival in November 2011. Several days after the festival gig, BOAT recorded their 2013 debut album, Second Law of Thermodynamics, at a club show in Tilburg in The Netherlands, and by then they were truly firing on all cylinders. Verbruggen (Flat Earth Society, Jef Neve Trio, Too Noisy Fish) certainly surrounded himself with a top international lineup: bassist Trevor Dunn, reedman Andrew D'Angelo, and trumpeter Nate Wooley from the Brooklyn avant scene in the U.S.; and guitarist Marc Ducret and (Belgian-born) keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin from France. The music played by this transatlantic sextet is uncompromising, heavy on improvisation and with noisy electronics scattered about, and even some noisy electronics-type sounds created without electronics — thanks primarily to Wooley. Free improvisational opening track "Corollaries of the Decay Laws" finds D'Angelo (on bass clarinet) and Ducret screamingly intense; Dunn and Verbruggen maintain tumbling momentum while Dumoulin and Wooley, the latter playing long Miles-ish lines, chart out a middle ground — until D'Angelo's high-energy squeals push the trumpeter to move beyond tonality into pure static.
Verbruggen is ostensibly the bandleader but — at least for the set documented here — D'Angelo brought all the scores. His "BooBeeBooBeeBee" takes nearly four minutes to assemble itself into a messed-up pound-and-retreat theme — the midsection is a fine feature for the Ducret-Dunn-Verbruggen trio in halting escalation to an abrupt stop. D'Angelo also penned the two-part "Marthana," initially pairing the composer's woozy alto and Wooley's trumpet over a subdued dark ambient backing; Ducret's snaky guitar is soon surrounded by repetitive clicks, ticks, and pops that sound like a relatively gentle but deliberate pummeling is being delivered directly to the surface of your eardrums with the world's tiniest jackhammers. "Marthana, Pt. 2" builds into a fearsomely energetic and then fragmented jam after a Dumoulin keyboard feature, ultimately sputtering out before the reins are handed to Wooley, who again pushes beyond notes into sound and noise. A tumultuous improvisation with a physics formula title that translates as "The Average Defining the Generalized Force" stops on a dime and is immediately followed by D'Angelo's "Meg Nem Sa" (from Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson's Tyft album of the same name), in which Verbruggen and Dunn lock into a tight but quick-shifting groove as Ducret, D'Angelo, and Wooley shoot fireworks across the top. The members of BOAT might be split between countries and even by an ocean, but on this souvenir from Tilburg they draw from a common improvisational language, seeming like they've played together for years. Perhaps the title Second Law of Thermodynamics is meant to convey that these sonic scientists don't comprise an isolated system as they channel and disperse their roiling energy. In any case, this album provides a jolt suggesting anything but a slow and steady decay into thermodynamic equilibrium.

Another one here from Neural magazine.

The album (Rat 020) is already released and on sale on the Rat records website HERE

Original digital release on the 16th of December 2013, now in Bandcamp.

1.Corollaries of the decay laws
3.Morthana part 1
4.Morthana Part 2
5. -1/ (Ω (E)) ∑y Y Ωy(E)
6.Meg Nem Sa 

7.Law of Entropy

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