Thursday 26 January 2017

ODG062 : Drawings in sound / 161 ep

Cover art by Youri Van Uffelen

ODG062 : Drawings in sound / 161 ep

Drawings in sound is a platform for research, experimentation and exploration of concepts in electronic music. This first selection of 6 tracks is extracted from improvisation sessions based on an old casio and a korg x-911. 
Music Youri Van Uffelen defines as 'from slow tone-bending ambient to dance music for lost souls with attention deficit disorder’.

Since 1996 Youri Van Uffelen (Antwerp) makes music and soundscapes for theater, comic novels, art installations, film... 
Thanks to his studies in audiovisual arts, he is inclined to think in images, resulting in atmospheric music that tells its own story.

music and artwork by Youri Van Uffelen
mastering by Francesco Donadello

A nice review in Flemish in Luminous Dash.

A video for 'Pulse':

Digital release on the 27th of January 2017.

Track listing:

01 Felt
02 Decay
03 Pulse
04 Slept
05 Saw
06 Released

And in Bandcamp:

Wednesday 25 January 2017

The Stilll Label

Before I started Off, Jérôme Deuson and myself released 15 albums under the label Stilll.
Listening back to them recently I still enjoyed them the same way than years ago, and as they were the precursors for Off to become what it is today, I wanted to share that music again to all of you who missed it at the time.
There is now a Bandcamp page dedicated to those albums.
All of them will be available in the near future.
Meanwhile here are already a bunch of them:

Holiday for Strings / CD :

Immune / The Sound Inside :

A Perfect Friend / APF :

Costa Music / Lighter Subjects :

De Portables / Topless is More :

Stilllysm / Various Artists :

Monday 16 January 2017

Thursday 12 January 2017

OJP017 : Androgena アンドロジーナ / Mondo Electronica

OJP017 : Androgena アンドロジーナ / Mondo Electronica

Androgena was formed in Tokyo in June 1996 and wav active until July 1997.
One of their member was Yuichi Onoue (see also OJP003 to discover his new band).
Their musical concept was called ‘retro-future and exoticism’ and was based and influenced by the mondo (the Japanese Buddhist term which prefigure a certain dialogue between master and disciples) but also the film genre, and of course the musical style lounge.
Adding the techno pop that was in vogue in Japan in the 80ties (see Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ippu Do etc...) and post rock to that concept gave something original to their music while definitively Japanese sounding.

They had three gigs at SILVER ELEPHANT ( a famous progressive rock club in Tokyo) and released a K7 album 'Mondo Electronica' with the five songs that are re mastered and digitally re released today.

The back of the original K7

The band live at Silver Elephant

A video:

Mondo Matsuda - Bass, ARP Odyssey Synthesizer, Sound Effects
Ramiel Iriya - Vocal, Accordion, Kazoo
Hoshipy Hoshikawa - KORG 01/W & MS-10 Synthesizer, Roland VP330 Vocoder
Shigeki Suzuki - Electric Drums & Percussion
Yuichi Onoue - Electric Guitar, Onoue Co-Q(Original One String Fiddle), Sound Effects

Produced by Mondo Matsuda
Engineered by Mondo Matsuda & Yuichi Onoue
Recorded between Sep. 1996 and Feb.1997.
Remastered by Pierre Vervloesem in 2016

Digital release on the 13th of January 2017.

Track listing:

1. Akasha (lyrics by Ramiel Iriya , Music by Mondo Matsuda)
2. Star's Child (lyrics by Ramiel Iriya , Music by Mondo Matsuda)
3. Princess Knight (lyrics by Kahei Nou, Music by Isao Tomita)
4. Under the Moon (lyrics and Music by Ramiel Iriya)
5. Seabed Super Express (lyrics by Noriko Sakamoto , Music by Mondo Matsuda)

Friday 6 January 2017

ODG061 : Pascal Doguet / The Old City

Covert art by Pascal Doguet

ODG061 : Pascal Doguet / The Old City

Pascal Doguet is a French artist active for the last  20 years in the electronic music. 
As a young musician, he turned away his drums and started djing.
He then discovered the music of German electronic pioneer Edgar Froese and was influenced to an such an extend that he never ended experimenting with synthetisers. 
Initially self-taught, he perfected his learning with passion and practice, forging his own style ranging from electro to ambient music.

From his studio whose geometry varies according to projects or from his ipad while on his boat, he concocts sounds that will ultimately say more than all words could.
Pure product of the original electro scene, he now refines his tracks in an almost mystical atmosphere.
It would probably require as many qualifiers as there are states of mind to label his music but immediate feeling and ephemeral emotions are probably some of them.

His first electro colored album Mechanical Blue was released in 2009 followed in 2011 by two more atmospheric and ambient albums: Einziger Sohn and Air Lock.
2012 saw the cinematic album Reset and 2014 his last album Wholesale Of Love.
He is now more into writing long pieces that can just live by themselves. 

The Old City and Russian Girl are two examples of his ambient or his more IDM approaches.

Original cover for The Old City

Original cover for Russian Girl

Pascal Doguet

Digital release on the 6th of January 2017.

Track listing:

1: The Old City
2: Russian Girl

And on Bandcamp:

Monday 2 January 2017

Off 10th anniversary begins!

Hello to all and happy New-Year!
For it's 10th anniversary, every new order of physical cd will bring you a gift!
For 1 cd order, you will receive a free cd of John Koenig/ Codswallop or Claude Zac Ensemble (see in OBX001).
For 2 cds order, you will receive a free cd to choose between OCD008/OCD009/OCD010/OCD015 or OCD017.
For 3 cds order, you will receive a free dvd of Lomahongva and a free cd of Caca (see in OBX001).
For 4 cds order, you will receive a free box The C.K. Theory OBX001 and a dvd of Lomahongva.


Also, the Off band camp will come with more and more titles at a price cheaper than the usual Itunes and all, so please, go for it! This will help the artists to make a better living than the 0,003$/€,£ they do with Spotify and all!