Wednesday 29 September 2021

OVX019 : Grażyna Bienkowski / Vexations Vol.19


Cover art by A.L.

OVX019 : Grażyna Bienkowski / Vexations Vol.19

What Grażyna says about her proposal: 

"A New Symphony"

" When Off-Record contacted me to participate in the Erik Satie's Vexations Series, I was immediately interested in the project. Erik Satie is a composer whom I love very much and have often performed as a pianist. However, I had never looked into this short piece to play 840x in a row. The unusual idea of Alain Lefebvre (Off-Record label) and Wataru
Iwata to interpret Vexations freely but under the instructions of 40 performances immediately appealed to me as a pianist, but especially as a composer. Challenge that I accepted as the opportunity to highlight my two favorite roles.

The first directive I imposed on myself was to respect the essence of the score as much as possible. So I based myself on the musical material that she offered and discovered that, despite the constraint of repetition, there were multiple possibilities to play with her writing. It opened up the composition space by touching different musical universes. Which was a real playground for my various musical influences ranging from baroque to jazz. The general form of the piece that I have chosen is like a classical symphony of the late 17th century articulated around 3 movements (vivid 20x, slow 10x, vivid 10x). The form is the first freedom taken from the starting point. I felt that this taking of liberty did not seem to me to be a betrayal of the composer's spirit, given his whimsical temperament. I wanted to create a kind of macro-work that integrates Satie's piece into mine. To continue to give a wink at the composer, I have added an evocative title to each movement as an illustration of the temperament.
My second directive was, despite the 40 executions, to keep the attention of today's listener as long as possible. The evolving architecture, spread over the 3 movements, is organized through mathematical games distributed via the notes of the theme from a
rhythmic in the lines and the resulting harmonic encounters. This allows an unwinding of the executions with more relief.
In terms of the instrumentation used, the piano remains central in a completely traditional game but with a touch of modernity brought to it thanks to the post-production tools in the studio. I worked on it with French musician Emmanuel Delcourt. Benoît Lavollée (Fr) plays the leitmotiv on the vibraphone and marimba in the 1st movement called ‘My Lewis Caroll Version’ (vivid 20x). Bruno Ramos (Fr) on the double bass supports the piece as a whole.

The 2nd movement ‘Through the Crystal Silence’ (slow 10x) is the most lyrical, it is the only one that is played in a slow tempo as requested on the score by Satie. This movement is a kind of historical unfolding of musical writing. At the beginning the treatment of the theme refers to the counterpoint then slides towards a more 19th century pianistic
aesthetic to end with harmonic jazz colors.

The 3rd movement ‘The March of the Janissaries’ (vivid 10x) is a movement so called « exit ». Its title, inspired by a choir from Mozart's opera ‘L’Enlèvement au Sérail’, is also a nod to the moment when, judged talentless by his teachers at the Conservatory of Music and dismissed after two and a half years of lessons, Satie decided to enlist in an infantry regiment.

For the mix and mastering, I worked with Erwin Autrique from ICP studios in Brussels gives breadth andthe finished touch to this "new symphony".

Composition: Erik Satie & Grażyna Bienkowski
Piano: Grażyna Bienkowski
Vibraphone & marimba: Benoît Lavollée
Double bass: Bruno Ramos
Post-production & additional instruments: Emmanuel Delcourt
Mix & mastering: Erwin Autrique 

Grażyna - pics by Lara Herbinia

Grażyna Bienkowski is born in Belgium to Polish parents, Grażyna Bienkowski is a pianist, cellist, composer and musicologist based in Brussels.
She started learning the piano aged 7 with Stéphane Stas and a few years later the cello with Etienne Capelle.
After graduating high school, she studied Musicology and Cultural Management at university and completed her training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Passionate about jazz music,
she had become familiar with most major jazz great pianists by the time she completed her studies.
During her schooling, Grażyna also developed an interest in composition through film scores by composers such as John Barry, Zbigniew Preisner, Alberto Iglesias.
Grażyna has taken lessons, master classes, workshops in piano, cello, chamber music and music pedagogy with musicians from different backgrounds from classical to jazz music. Between 2006
and 2014, Grażyna worked at the Opera de La Monnaie and for BOZAR in Brussels as a cultural development officer and pedagogue. She also held the position of project coordinator in Passa Porta (International House of Literature in Brussels) for festivals and meetings for 5 years. She occasionally was invited as a freelance musicologist in debates, conferences or talks around music.
2005 marks her first steps in composition with neo-classical pieces for dance performances.
Drawing on influences as diverse as Sergeï Rachmaninov, Steve Reich, Mickael Nyman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Keith Jarrett or Bill Evans, she has written many instrumental piano-based pieces for small musical formations.
In 2010 she released Antichambre, her first EP for piano solo.
Literature and poetry always played an important part in her inspiration and she naturally became a songwriter in 2015, when she initiated Wolves, a female duo in which she handled all composition and writing, played the piano, keyboards, cello and vocals. Products of Love, a 14 track LP was released under the Belgian label in 2018.
Grażyna Bienkowski has performed in many countries (Belgium,France, Germany, Italy, Morocco among others) under her own name but also under joint efforts with artists such as DAAN (B), Karin Clercq(B), Emmanuel Delcourt (F), Pierre Hurty (F), Ken Stringfellow(US) as a live/studio musician, and for radio and TV performances.
She is a member of the Belgian Screen Composers Guild and part of the team of composers in the Belgian film music company Rabada.
Today, she is dedicating herself to the composition and production of her most personal works.
From the beginning, her music was described as narrative and sensitive, with a very personal strength, escaping the rules of any style classification but subtly playing with them.

Bandcamp only release on the 29th of September 2021.

Track listing:

20x Vexations - My Lewis Caroll Version
10x Vexations - Through the Crystal Silence
10x Vexations - The March of the Janissaries

Friday 24 September 2021

ODG146 : Von Stroheim / The Beautiful, Not the Damned


Cover art by David Crunelle

ODG146 : Von Stroheim / The Beautiful, Not the Damned

New Ep from Von Stroheim after their powerful single 'Bucketful of Bile (see ODG144 and also their previous album ODG101 and their intriguing reprise of the Buzzcocks hit 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) ODG116). 

Self recorded in their basement during covid and, as ever, strongly telling the rest of the world about their feelings! 
It's rock, it's hard, it's doom, it's good!

Marry Me:

The 4 covers by David Crunelle that compose the complete one for the Ep:

Bucketful of Bile
Marry Me

Digital release on the 24th of September 2021.

Track listing:

1: Bucketful of Bile
2: Marry Me
3: Men
4: Poison

Wednesday 22 September 2021

OVX018 : Wataru Iwata / Vexations Vol.18


Cover art by A.L.

OVX018 : Wataru Iwata / Vexations Vol.18

What Wataru says about his proposal:

"Furniture is not moving as it is moving though what if I am moving.
Furniture is not moving as it is moving though what if I or we are moving.
Furniture doesn't move as it is, but what if I or we were moving it?
Furniture doesn't move as it is, but what if I or we will be moving it?

It is as if the empty space of a pottery made of kneaded clay has a use for storing things, or a door or window is hollowed out to create a room behind it, and the empty space has a use as a room.

Wataru San

岩田渉 Iwata Wataru
コンポーザー/アーティスト  Composer/Artist

Composes and produces music in a variety of styles (see also OJP038 and OJP042 (quartet), OJP039 (solo), OJP041 and OJP044 (duo)), from acoustic to electro music. In addition, he is also involved in the creation and direction of installations and stage works, and is engaged in other activities that are trans-disciplinary.


Bandcamp only release on the 22nd of September 2021.

Track listing:

40x Vexations - Electroacoustic reconstruction

Friday 17 September 2021

OPV016 : Pierre Vervloesem / Pierre Vervloesem's Flambant Neuf


Cover art by Thierry Mondelaers

OPV016 : Pierre Vervloesem / Pierre Vervloesem's Flambant Neuf

Pierre Vervloesem's Flambant Neuf is the return of Pierre in a quintet format. Surrounded by some of the best Belgian musicians with whom he shared music already in various bands ( Bruno Vansina band, Flat Earth Society, Pierre Vervloesem Group...), Pierre allowed everyone to add what they wanted on his tracks then mixed the music to a grand spectacle which reminds various styles but with a definitive modern and vigorous joy behind them! Enjoy!
Teun Verbruggen : DrumsFalk Schrauwen : Percussions  

Thomas Mayade : Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Baryton Bb, Keyboard
Bruno Vansina : Saxes, Keyboard, Xun
Pierre Vervloesem : Bass, Guitar, General view

Drums and bass recorded at La Grange by Jean-Pierre Jonckheere
Bruno Vansina recorded by Bruno Vansina
Thomas Mayade recorded by Thomas Mayade
Composed by everyone
Mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem
Thanks to Bernard Moucheron
Cover art Thierry Mondelaers

Physical and digital release on the 17th of September 2021.

Track listing:

1: Route 65
2: Muchongoyo
3: Grand Outlandish Hotel
4: Exmoor Horn
5: Rigor Mortis
6: Dacron Dream
7: You're in My Way
8: Chinese Facelift

And on Bandcamp:


Physical CD here:

Wednesday 15 September 2021

OVX017 : Keitaro Yamaguchi / Vexations Vol.17


Cover art by A.L.

OVX017 : Keitaro Yamaguchi / Vexations Vol.17

What Keitaro says about his proposal:

"I have only had experience in recording with a large ensemble, but I am grateful to have been invited to this project and to have been able to take on a new challenge.
Unlike the piano, wind instruments can only produce a single note at a time, so it was fun to make multiple recordings and play as an ensemble."

Keitaro Yamaguchi is one of the horns players of The Tokyo universal Philharmonie orchestra.

Keitaro San


Bandcamp only release on the 8th of September 2021.

Track listing:

40x Vexations - English Horns

Friday 10 September 2021

OJP060 : Agito Maruyama / Epilogue


Cover art by Kohoshi Shihoko

OJP060: Agito Maruyama / Epilogue

Agito Maruyama aka Itachi Mode (see OJP037 and OJP040) comes back with an introspective mini album which tells all about his corona confinement period in Tokyo which was as complex as anybody else in the rest of the world. Spending time at home with few walks in his favorite streets was quite a boring time and a lot of self asked questions. But here he is again with an album that starts wondering and finishes with hopes and new lights for the future. The album has touches of his signature electronic music but this time less up tempo and even introducing contemporary sort of classical music. A new departure, enjoy!

Agito San

Mochi San


Digital release on the 10th of September 2021.

Track listing:

1: Repentance (feat. Itachi Mode, Marumoko)
2: Gloomy Sky (feat. Itachi Mode)
3: Dance (feat. Itachi Mode, Mochi)
4: Light in the Depression (feat. Itachi Mode, Marumoko)

And on Bandcamp:

Wednesday 8 September 2021

OVX016 : Christophe Petchanatz / Vexations Vol.16


Cover art by A.L.

OVX016 : Christophe  Petchanatz / Vexations Vol.16

What Christophe says about his proposal:

"Erik Satie was probably one of the most founding composers for my approach to music, between classical and modern, humor but dignity, and an incredible sense of melody. It was also listening to Satie that allowed me to go from rock'n'roll to classical as a listener.
Moreover we had a fairly close project with Denis Tagu from the In-Poly-Sons label, which we had discussed this summer.

As for the method, as I often work in small parts, trying and errors, adding, removing, a bit like cooking (except that it is difficult to remove when cooking!)"


Christophe Petchanatz (Lyon, france) aka Klimperei:
Toy-music, naive, minimal, experimental, neo-classical, bizarre, avant-garde, lunar, overturned toy box, noise-pop... 
Founded in 1985, Klimperei at this time focuses on the composition of minimal and childish short instrumental pieces, in the mood of Erik Satie or Nino Rota. 
More than sixty records were released on various French, German, Japanese, US labels... 
Klimperei works also for theater, dance, tv, advertissements and multimedia events... 
In recent years, the duo Madame Patate-Klimperei became a stable and complementary configuration for live performances... 
Live and studio collaborations are numerous : Daevid Allen, Ammakasie Noka - Mayu Nanba, Pascal Ayerbe, Pierre Bastien, Jac Berrocal, CE François Couture, Éric Chabert, Chapi Chapo, Centre Aéré, Sacha Czerwone, Don Simon y Telefunken, David Fenech, GNG, Eli Gras, Dominique Grimaud, Itoken, Judith Juillerat, Felix Kubin, Frank Pahl, The Pancakes, Palo Alto, Bernard Szajner, Shugo Tokumaru, Voxfazer... and of course Madame Patate ! 
He has toured the world playing live numerous festivals.

various vst & sf2
classical, folk & electric guitars (sometimes prepared)
synthétiseur ks-32 ensoniq
elastic bands
music box
various effects
some midi devices

Bandcamp only release on the 8th of September 2021.

Track listing:

40x Vexations - Various instruments and various effects

Monday 6 September 2021

OUW016 : Sarah Kokot / Se Souvenir


Art cover: detail of a work by André Prues (c) coll. Art et marges musée

OUW016 : Sarah Kokot / Se Souvenir

Sarah Kokot is born in Belgium in 1984. As a child, she wanted to become a painter, or writer, or florist. With its sound capsules, it is a bit of all three at the same time ... Offering our senses, through sound and word, mental landscapes to dream and to feel.

Sarah - pic by Jeanne Bidlot

She produced her first sound capsules in 2016 during a radio creation workshop hosted by Marie Michiels and Miguel Allo. She then began to distribute them on a Soundcloud page which she called "Les petits ordres". The expression comes from entomology and designates the orders of insects less known to the general public.

In her sound poems, Sarah Kokot strives to magnify the insignificant, to stretch a furtive sensation, an absurd reflection into a space of astonishment that is both naive and disillusioned.

After "Minutes domestiques" (2019, see OUW001), "Se Souvenir" is her second album to be released on the "Off" label. For this project, she is inspired by six works from the collection of the Brussels museum of brut and outsider art, the Art et marges museum and slips, through sound, into what the fragile, the delicate, the enigma of these works leave him space to echo them.

From works by: Paul Duhem, Mohammed Targa, Antoine Mvumbi, Sylvain Cosijns, André Prues and Michel Dave.

Directed by Sarah Kokot, with the exception of "Le blanc de ton parfum": arrangements Sarah Kokot-Alinovsky and "We are advancing in time": text by Michel Dave.
Mastering: Pierre Vervloesem.
Cover: detail of a work by André Prues (c) coll. Art et marges musée
With the support of Art et marges musée and La Semaine du son.

Digital release on the 4th of September 2021.

Track listing:

1: Passé Empiétant

Paul Duhem (c) coll. Art et marges musée

2: Le blanc de ton parfum

Mohammed Targa (c) coll. Art et marges musée

3: Note de passage

Antoine Mvumbi (c) coll. Art et marges musée

4: Assieds-toi correctement

Sylvain Cosijns (c) coll. Art et marges musée

5: Lames

André Prues (c) coll. Art et marges musée

6: Nous avançons dans le temps

Michel Dave (c) coll. Art et marges musée

And on Bandcamp:

Friday 3 September 2021

ODG147 : Daniele Morelli - Matteo D'Ignazi / La Valigia Dei Sogni


Cover art by Jesús Godinez - Pic by Daniele Morelli

ODG147 : Daniele Morelli - Matteo D'Ignazi / La Valigia Dei Sogni

"La Valigia Dei Sogni" sees the return of Daniele Morelli (see also ODG047 and OVX004) on guitars, this time in a simple duo with Matteo D'Ignazi on drums for 17 perfect jazzy cool tracks. Simplicity and efficacy at best! 

Each composition has a specific personality, each theme has a different mood or is a perfect little story that you can imagine put in music.
The careful arrangement of the guitars, the use of effects and the mix of drums and percussion accentuate the texture of the themes.
The drums are at times discret, at time powerful while the guitar turns around the beat with grace and subtlety...Jazz but not only, cool but not only!

Daniele and Matteo have been playing together since they were children. Daniele's guitars were recorded in a remote place in Mexico where he lives and sent to Italy where Matteo added his drums and is the result of two musicians who know each other in details.

Danielle - pic by Anny Zuñiga

All tracks are composed by Daniele Morelli except Kala by Matteo D'Ignazi and Los Mixes by Tomàs Vargas Gris.
Mixed and mastered by Daniele Pistocchi.


Calendario effímero:

Digital release on the 3rd of September 2021.

Track listing:

1: La valigia dei sogni
2: Profili notturni
3: Agguato
4: Cactus e sale
5: Tochtli
6: Calendario effimero
7: La Colonia dell'immaginazione
8: Porte aperte
9: Kumantuk
10: El Santo
11: Illuminescenze
12: Kala - Kalimba
13: Quando apro gli occhi
14: Gocce di anima
15: Los Mixes
16: Occhi di puma
17: Zopilotes

And on Bandcamp:

Wednesday 1 September 2021

OVX015 : Yusuke Koroyasu / Vexations Vol.15


Cover art by A.L.

OVX015 : Yusuke Koroyasu / Vexations Vol.15

What Yusuke says about his proposal:

"What is repetition?"
The same melody is repeated 840 times in Vexations, and in this project, 21 different artists will share 40 times each. What does it mean to repeat something over and over again? Especially since I compose using a computer (DTM), I cannot understand the subjective change of mind through the repetition of the performance as other performers can.

In my composition, I was reminded of the times when I was taken skiing as a child. I rolled a small lump of snow off the top of the hill and it got a little bigger with snow dust around it. I rolled it again from the top of the hill, and by repeating this over and over again, I made a big snowman. My joy was short-lived, and I couldn't take the big snowman home, so I had no choice but to put the small lump of snow in my pocket and take it home. Of course, it melted and disappeared in the car on the way home. The important thing to remember here is that the small lump of snow at the beginning and the one I brought back at the end are two completely different things. The latter is filled with my efforts, memories, and much more.

Now, on this note, let's think about what "repetition" can do for us. If we gradually flesh out an object by repeating our initial action on it, when we observe something similar to the original object again, we get a different impression than when we first saw it. I think this is what happens.
In my composition, the basic melody of Vexations is played first, and then the music is built up by multiple instruments. How does it sound to you when the melody is repeated and strengthened, and finally when the original melody is replayed?"


Yusuke Koroyasu is a student at the University of Tsukuba, bachelor of informatics, college of media arts, science, and technology. 
He is involved in various aspects of acoustics, including scientific research, electronic music, sound installation, and contemporary art and  is a member of "TParty", a collective of students who work and create using cutting edge technologies.
About his work in general:
"My artwork gives viewers an opportunity to reconsider familiar objects from a different perspective by providing them with stimulating experiences such as sound and light. It is like learning about the force of gravity after playing on a trampoline."
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 筑波大学情報学群情報メディア創成学類在学。音響学に対して科学研究、電子音楽、サウンドインスタレーション 、現代芸術など様々な視点から取り組む。テクノロジーを中心とした制作活動をおこなう学生によるコレクティブ"TParty"のメンバー。

Bandcamp only release on the 3rd of September 2021.

Track listing:

40x Vexations - Repetitions on computer