Friday 30 July 2021

OVD049 : Pierre Vervloesem / Dead


Cover art by Thierry Mondelaers

OVD049 : Pierre Vervloesem / Dead

Pierre about his album: 
"Dead, just guitars and a bass for this album... More would be too much!". 

Nothing to add!

Digital release on the 30th of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: Introduction to Dead
2: They Were Not All Dead
3: Dead Birds Again
4: Dead Waltz
5: Vivaldead Rv 532
6: Deadly Stunt
7: Motel of the Dead (Herrmann / Vervloesem)
8: Dead

And on Bandcamp:

Wednesday 28 July 2021

OVX010 : Masakazu Yamamoto / Vexations Vol.10


Cover art by A.L.

OVX010 : Masakazu Yamamoto / Vexations Vol.10

What Masakazu says about his proposal:

"I played the piano for this recording and put a virtual image on each of the theme and chord parts like a shadow. Adding electronic modulation, virtual images distort space and mind, blurring the line between reality and dreams.
The aim is for listeners to relive the meditation and hallucinations of the composer's own "Vexations performance" ".

Masakazu Yamamoto was born in Yamanashi, Japan. 
He started his career as a composer when he was a student. He now works as a pianist and also composes electro-acoustic music.
His acoustic works such as piano and ensemble are played by many people in Japan and abroad. 
He has released two CDs so far. 
Visit his site HERE.

Masakazu San







これまでに2枚のCDをリリースしており、Apple Music等でも販売している。

Bandcamp only release on the 28st of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: 40x Vexations - Piano and electronics

Friday 23 July 2021

OUW015 : Helder Wasterlain / Code mémoire - STIB


Cover art by Helder Wasterlain - A.L.

OUW015 : Helder Wasterlain / Code mémoire - STIB

Helder Wasterlain (see the beautiful OUW007) is back with another musical, this time about the STIB ( the Brussels transportation system) and its workers. 

Various episodes about a humans and moments that you don't notice while on the metro, tram or buses going to your destination...

Digital release on the 23rd of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: Être à quai feat. Kiù on voice and José-Luis Dominguez  on guitar
2: Les sons des parfums  feat. Jan Debski on voice and Julien De Borman on accordeon 
3: Les panneaux de Delvaux  feat. Roman Angeveld on voice and Alexandre Tripodi on violon 
4: Le feu de l’écrivaine feat. Sofia Atman on voice and Martin Daniel on piano 
5: Sous le soleil de midi feat. Josef Khattabi on voice and Manuel Hermia on flute 
6: Le boxeur feat. Daniel Simon on voice and Lieven Venken on drums
7: Tourner en rond feat. Sarah Hennecart on voice and Thomas Stadnicki on electric guitar

And on Bandcamp:

Wednesday 21 July 2021

OVX009 : KaoLi / Vexations Vol.9


Cover art by A.L.

OVX009 : KaoLi / Vexations Vol.9

What KaoLi says about her proposal:

"Based on the experience of participating in the "Vexations" concert held at the Music Box Museum "Hall of Halls" (Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture) in February 2021 with the ensemble of "double bass + keyboard harmonica", "double bass + voice", "piano + horn + voice", etc.

I played each voice part all by myself, using keyboard harmonica and voice. I borrowed the recording and editing skills of Mr. Wataru Iwata and put them together to create this "Keyboard Harmonica & Voice Version".

Born in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture in 1976. In addition to her solo piano performances, she has started her career as a singer-songwriter (from 2020). She gives improvisational performances using her voice, slit drum, metallophone, and other instruments. 

KaoLi is the director of Studio Muu-no-Ne and regularly holds workshops such as "Otogi Banashi (Sound and Technology Talk)" and "Shimiru Body WS (co-hosted by Tsuna Suzuki)," as well as ongoing "Chopin Complete Works Concert" since 2013.

In March 2021 she released an album of piano improvisations entitled "KaoLi Hitori-goto.

KaoLi San

"2021年2月にオルゴール博物館「ホール・オブ・ホールズ」(山梨県/清里)にて行われた演奏会「 Vexations/ヴェクサシオン」へ出演した際、「コントラバス+鍵盤ハーモニカ」や「コントラバス+声」「ピアノ+ホルン+声」等のアンサンブルで参加した体験を基に、各声部を、鍵盤ハーモニカと声を使い、すべて自分で奏でる。それらを、岩田渉氏の録音・編集技術を拝借して纏めた作品が今回の「鍵盤ハーモニカ&ヴォイスバージョン」となった".

1976年山梨県甲斐市生まれ。ピアノソロ公演の他、シンガーソングライターとしても活動を開始(2020年〜)。声、スリットドラム、メタロフォン等を用いた即興パフォーマンスを行う。スタジオ夢于の音を主宰し、「おとぎばなし(音技話)」「しみる身体WS(共催:鈴木つな)」等のワークショップを定期開催する他、2013年より「ショパン全曲コンサート」を継続中。2021年3月にピアノの即興演奏を収録したアルバム「KaoLi Hitori-goto」を発売。

Bandcamp only release on the 21st of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: 40x Vexations - Melodica and voices

Friday 16 July 2021

OJP058 : Kazunori Okuno / Implicit/Explicit

Art cover painting by Nobuhiko Akaba / design by Haruka Akaba

OJP058 : Kazunori Okuno / Implicit/Explicit

A new album by electro acoustician Japanese composer Kazunori Okuno (see also OJP015 and OJP046).

From Okuno San own words:

"Implicit/Explicit are the emotions and sensations that I can't put into words. 
This album is a collection of music that expresses what I want, while valuing phrases and sonorities rather than musical methods and structures. 
I hope that those small pieces of sound will be able to build links with what is in the listener's mind."

Digital release on the 16th of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: Float
2: Andante
3: Picnic
4: Abyss
5: Drop of the Sun
6: Other Side
7: Blurred

And on Bandcamp:

Wednesday 14 July 2021

OVX008 : Dmytro Radzetskyi / Vexations Vol.8

Cover art by A.L.

OVX008 : Dmytro Radzetskyi / Vexations Vol.8

What Dmytro says about his proposal:

"My love for Eric Satie's music began a long time ago, as a child. I loved his "Gymnopedia" and "Gnossienne" very much. In my youth I listened to a lot of his music, played his pieces on the piano, guitar and conduct fragments of "Parade". in 2016, I organized a festival in Kiev dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Satie's birth: we played orchestral music ("Cinema", "Parade", "Five Grimaces"), piano music, as well as "Furniture Music". And the main event of this festival was the first performance in Ukraine of the full marathon "Vexation" with 24 pianists. And to this day, I really love Satie's music, and happily responded to the offer to record 40 times for this project from 21 weeks of 2021."

Dmytro classical guitar transcription of the piece is his own.


Dmytro Radzetskyi was born on June 24, 1989  in Ukraine.
Graduated of Musiс Academy as classical guitarist & composer. Winner of many competitions in Ukraine as a guitarist and composer. Participant in the experimental music project "Supremus", rock band "SUR Band", electro-acoustic guitar duo "Big Second" and “Radz”. Founder, leader and conductor of Ukrainian Improvisers Orchestra.

He has performed concerts of classical, experimental, jazz and rock music in many cities of Ukraine, Poland, Germany, USA, Israel, Czech, Slovakia, Netherlands.
Author of chamber, orchestral, electro-acoustic, rock compositions, music for short films, radio and TV-shows, etc.
Author and developer of unique 8 and 10 string MIDI Radz-guitars, which combines classical guitar, electric guitar, bass-guitar and synthesizer.
In different projects collaborated with Tony Levin & Pat Mastelotto (KING CRIMSON), Phil Minton, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ed Mann & Denny Walley (Frank Zappa Band, "Bang on a Can All-Stars".

Bandcamp only release on the 14th of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: 40x Vexations - Classical guitar

Friday 9 July 2021

OUC033 : John Americus Witt / Solastalgia


Cover art by Silas Plum

OUC033 : John Americus Witt / Solastalgia

The return of John Americas Witt (see his amazing and intriguing other albums ODG115OUC026 and OUW012)! 

This time with an autobiography of the last year in music. More rough, more dark, more introspective, more roomesque, more pandemystic and definitely a reminder of the year 2020. The titles are in the haiku form and tell a lot about the music. 
Have a safe travel!

Digital release on the 09th of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: Remember the Dead-Place a Hand Upon Your Heart-This Will All Soon End
2: Skin Cells Lay as Dust-Unbroken Sheets of Lost Time-Waiting For Your Touch
3: The Days Pass in Gray-A Formless Mass Between Sleep-The Year Disappears
4: Time Measured in Pills-The Interval Between Hangs-Smoke In a Still Room

And on Bandcamp:

Wednesday 7 July 2021

OVX007 : Shido Izukawa / Vexations Vol.7


Cover art by A.L.

OVX007 : Shido Izukawa / Vexations Vol.7

What Shido says about his proposal:

"At this point in my life as a musician, this recording has become the one I least want people to hear and the one I most want them to hear.

What does it mean for me and my shakuhachi to play this piece skilfully while looking at the staff notation? This was the most important theme for me this time.
The original plan was to record all the takes in the studio, but after the second take it became difficult to continue playing and the recording had to be stopped. As a result, subsequent recordings were made in the middle of the night in the mountain forest, and I had to try again after a gap of time. The shakuhachi I practice is Zen music, and my shakuhachi is made of 100% natural materials. Perhaps my naturalness as a performer clashed with this work, and I could no longer perform in a highly artificial studio.

In this challenge to create Vexations, while maintaining a level that can be listened to as a musical work, I also positively incorporated the cultural conflicts, happenings, and communication that I encountered during this recording as important elements of the music. I have come to want to preserve the series of events as a story as much as possible.
In other words, I wanted to enjoy with everyone the fact that the contrived complication of Western music called Vexations clashed violently with the identity of the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese instrument, and exposed an aspect of the essence of culture, as one of the real pleasures of music. (I had a lot of trouble with the incompatibility of the music and the instruments, and once I almost gave up halfway through due to unexpected problems, but Mr. Iwata helped me out and I was able to finish the recording.)

I also don't know if Satie intended it to go that far, but if he saw a traditional instrumentalist from a far eastern island country struggling to play this piece 100 years after the piece was written, I'm sure he would at least think, "I've got it". I hope that those who listen to this recording will be able to experience the atmospheric sound of the shakuhachi, as well as the bittersweet cultural conflicts, and It would be a great reward for me and the shakuhachi if the listeners could enjoy it as a well-crafted musical composition by Satie.

I am truly grateful for being able to receive this kind of opportunity.
Best Regards, Shido IZUKAWA"

Shido San

Work process:

1. First of all, I tried to record only the theme 40 times in the studio, but after a few blasts, the instrument started to hate it, and the recording became impossible to continue.

2. Since it became impossible to continue recording in the studio, I tried to record outdoors in the mountains late at night and managed to record the theme 37 times.

3. Although, I felt that I had reached my limit at this point and decided that it would be difficult to record the entire piece 40 times and asked to abandon the recording, I received encouragement and advice from

Mr. Iwata and tried to record additional parts other than the theme, aiming to complete 40 times and record this story by editing.

4. After a gap of about two months, I tried again to record in the studio, and succeeded in recording the missing parts, although the performance was less like the original shakuhachi. (Incidentally, the two months gap was due to the lockdown caused by COVID-19 and unexpected construction work at the university studio.)

5. The first priority is to preserve the original sound of the recording as much as possible, and to assemble it in Protools as specified in the score.

*As for the placement work on the DAW, it should be done only once in a row, so to keep the “one-time experienceness” as a shakuhachi player. I did not make any changes afterwards.


1st, 39th, 40th: 1st studio recording
2nd to 38th: outdoor recording 
Other parts 2nd studio recording

Equipment used:

1st studio recording: Neumann U89i, ZOOM H4n
2nd studio recording: SONY C48, ZOOM H4n
Editing: Protools, Reverb is used for THEME only.

SHIDO Izukawa is a Composer, Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) player, PhD in fine art. He graduated from the Osaka University of Arts in music, then studied composition, ethnomusicology and electro-acoustic music at Osaka University of Arts graduate school. He is a member of the Society of Research in Asiatic Music, Information Processing Society of Japan, and Japanese Society for Electronic Music. He is a Junior Associate Professor at the Osaka University of Arts.

Izukawa plays in the style of "Suizen (It means that he enters the world of Zen by blowing shakuhachi)," which is a way of Zen meditation for Myoan Taizan School shakuhachi, and the

sound of Jinashi Shakuhachi called "Neaji (Taste of Sound)." He has taken professional western music education since he was a child, and he has established his own creative policy just as he sought for the unique spirit within Japanese traditional music. He has worked on sound producing which crosses genres. He has put his effort in the development of electro acoustic music.






Bandcamp only release on the 7th of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: 40x Vexations - Shakuhachi (indoor and outdoor recordings)

Friday 2 July 2021

ODG141 : Mathieu Babinot / Sea


Cover art by Mathieu Babinot

ODG141 : Mathieu Babinot / Sea

The return of French electronic composer Mathieu Babinot (see also his beautiful tribute to Hiroshima ODG124) with 3 long tracks centered around the Sea! 

Introspective, rutilant, opaque, mysterious, bright or loud music to make you travel on an imaginary boat in the middle of the ocean... Enjoy!

Digital release on the 2nd of July 2021.

Track listing:

1: Sea, Pt.1- The Unknown
2: Sea, Pt.2 - Abyss
3: Sea, Pt.3 - The Last Wave 

And on Bandcamp: