Friday 12 April 2024

OUI036 : Ya Maa Diali / Ya Maa Diali

Cover art and pic by Daniele Morelli


OUI036: Ya Maa Diali / Ya Maa Diali 

A new proposal from Daniele Morelli is always a thrill. In solo, duo or here in trio, he always drives his guitar in a jazzy world approach. 
This time, teaming with an Israeli on bass and a drummer from Chiapas/ Mexico... 
On this album they present us with original compositions and 2 reinterpretations /arrangements from a traditional Egyptian and a Serbian songs. Enjoy! 

Daniele, Lat and Abraham

Daniele morelli is an Italian jazz guitarist who spends his time mostly in Mexico where he plays a lot with various formations from solo to quartet. 

He composed and released already 3 albums on Off (see also ODG047ODG147 and OUI008) and 2024 will be quite thrilling for him with 4 new albums coming every two months and starting with this one. 
When not in Mexico he spends his time in his beloved Toscana or play live in a lot of different European cities with always different formations. 




Liat Bar is a bassist originally from Israel, living in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. 
She’s a self-taught bass player participating and accompanying a variety of local and international groups in their live performances and recordings. 


 

Abraham López Calderón drummer is originally from SanCristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. He studied drums inMexico City at the DIM music school with teachers such as Beto Díaz, Hernán Hetch, Gabriel Puentes, among others. 
He has developed his drumming within jazz, rock and pop, playing in numerous festivals inside and outside Mexico. He has participated in more than 20 musical productions, such as the album "la metamorfosis » by the pop singer Reyli Barba which was nominated for the Latin Grammy 2020 and for whom he has been drumming since 2016.

Digital release on the 12th of April 2024.

Track listing:

1: Conlimon
2: Ta'aluma
3: Enta Omri
4: Puntas
5: Ajde Jano

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Friday 5 April 2024

OUI031 : Eric Petzoldt - Joshua Weitzel / Post Factual Bop

 


Cover art by Luis Krummenacher



OUI031 : Eric Petzoldt - Joshua Weitzel / Post Factual Bop

Eric Petzoldt and Joshua Weitzel – both from Kassel, Germany – work together since 2011. Post Factual Bop is their first duo release, combining influences from electro-acoustic music, punk rock, Jazz, and Moroccan music. 

Improviser-composer-songwriter Eric Petzoldt is a musician and scholar, who interrogates the guitar and saxophone in various formats and contexts in Europe and North Africa. His academic work concentrates on the critique of interculturalism, cultural diplomacy, and jazz. He lives in Kassel and in  Rabat, Morocco. 

The work of Joshua Weitzel is based on a social understanding of art and encompasses Improvisation, electro-acoustic and experimental composition, installation art, jazz, inter-media projects, curating and art mediation. He is a member of the groups Takatsuki Trio Quartett and Tan Bone and has participated in numerous releases, concerts and exhibitions in Germany and abroad. 

Eric Petzoldt – Tenor Sax, Flute, Oud 
Joshua Weitzel – Guitar, Analog Synthesizer, Shamisen, Sampling 
Recorded in Kassel and Lohfelden, 2023. 
Mixed and Mastered by Joshua Weitzel. 

All Music by Joshua Weitzel (GEMA) and Eric Petzoldt.

Digital release on the 5th of April 2024.

Track listing:

1: Souk de Wehlheiden
2: Acknowledge the Niche
3: Obey the Lawn
4: Soft Bop
5: Synthi Bop
6: Wack Work
7: Swing in X
8: Cultural Musicology

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Friday 29 March 2024

OVD080 : Pierre Vervloesem / Non-essential

 


Cover art by A.L. - pic by Caroline Lumia


OVD080 : Pierre Vervloesem / Non-essential

Pierre says:
"I have been told that I am not essential. OK then !"

We say:
"Non-essential music for Pierre which is absolutely essential for us! 
One more album to absolutely not miss... like the whole of his discography if you were still wondering!!!"

PV : all
Maurice Ravel : Pavane

Digital release on the 29 of March 2024.

Track listing:

1: Hot Chiken Wings
2: Low-Fille
3: Visual Ingestion
4: Amsterdam
5: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte
6: Fantastique
7: Courage
8: Controvertial

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Tuesday 26 March 2024

OUI033 : Ya Maa Diali / Conlimon

 


Cover art by Daniele Morelli - pic by Anny Zúñiga


OUI033 : Ya Maa Diali / Conlimon

Conlimon is the first single from the forthcoming new album from Daniele Morelli here in trio and always driving his guitar in a jazzy world approach. 

This time, teaming with an Israeli on bass and a drummer from Chiapas/ Mexico.

The album (coming in April) will feature original compositions and 2 reinterpretations /arrangements from a traditional Egyptian and a Serbian songs.

Daniele Morelli: Guitar
Liat Bar: bass
Abraham Lopez Calderon: drums

Recorded and mixed by Alas Blissett - Tecolote Records
Mastered by Alessio Lombardi and Simone Pozzolini

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Thursday 21 March 2024

OUI030 : The Shonai Collective / Epiphany

 


Cover art by Steve Meyfroidt


OUI030 : The Shonai Collective / Epiphany

The album works as a portal into the artist's inner world, with melodies, grooves, and sounds conveying a range of feelings translated into music with themes such as missing someone, hope, the beauty of simplicity, and the impermanence of life. 

"Epiphany" offers a rich and diverse soundscape, incorporating elements of folk, bebop, impressionism, waltz, minimalism, and hip-hop/R&B. This eclecticism adds a unique flavour to the album, showcasing The Shonai Collective's creative minds through collaboration, acceptance, and open-mindedness. 

At its core, "Epiphany" can be classified as modern jazz and is a testament to the power of music in conveying complex emotions and universal truths. 

The album concludes with a minimalistic composition featuring two quotations by Swami Vivekananda, a prominent philosopher from Bengal. This track serves as a philosophical reflection on the betterment of humanity and society. 

“Every idea has to become broad till it covers the whole of this world, every aspiration must go on increasing till engulfed the whole of humanity nay the whole of life within its scope.” - Swami Vivekananda

“Take off the veil of hypnotism which you’ve cast upon the world. Send not out thoughts and words of weakness into humanity.” - Swami Vivekananda



Shonai: Piano/composition - Bengal 
Shonai is a modern jazz pianist, composer, and an educator based in Delhi and the founding member of The Shonai Collective. 
Following a brief period of studying Western classical music, he turned to jazz. While traditional jazz being his main influence, his music also incorporates elements of other genres, including impressionistic music, R&B, soul, funk, folk, pop and blues. 
In addition to performing in and around India, he has given numerous performances in renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe and SE Asia. Shonai is actively engaged in working with original music in the local indie scene. In addition to his involvement with this collective, he is also a member of an experimental jazz ensemble and works as a music educator. 


Shonai

Shantanu Sudarshan: Drums - Kerala 
Shantanu Sudarshan has been working as an active session musician for both stage and studio scenarios since 2017. Proficient in many styles of music, he has had the opportunity to work with/for LIFEFORM, Bollyjazz, Saby Singh, Senor Elephante, Syncopation, The Copycats, RollsRoy's, Angad Katari, Abhilasha Sinha, Rie Ona, Nathalie Ramirez Tovar, Jose Neil Gomes, Bowjob, Nik And Nat, The Lyric Ensemble of Delhi, Kamakshi Khanna, IOISH, Gaurav Chintamani/The Dirt Machine, Shadow and Light, The Rahul Misra Enquiry Commission, Ujwal Nagar, Grain and the Shri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. 

Shantanu

Shifumi Saito: Double bass - Japan 
Shifumi's musical odyssey began in 1998 when she discovered her passion for the double bass in Kanagawa, Japan. Before her India sojourn, Shifumi played extensively in Japan. Relocating to India was a bold step, reflecting her unwavering dedication. In India, she seamlessly blended Japanese and Indian musical traditions and symbolizes music's power to unite cultures. 

Shifumi

Also part of The Collective is Steve Meyfroidt- (Visual Artist/Technologist/Scientist) a UK based artist who works at the intersection between science and visual arts and made the logo for the Collective and the album cover art.

Digital release on the 21st of March 2024.

Track listing:

1: Absence
2: Hope
3: One fo the Lil One
4: No Dose
5: Hymn Of Dreams
6: The Reverend Man
7: Syogyo-mujo
8: Freedom Jazz Trance

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Sunday 17 March 2024

ODG192 : Mati Pirsztuk / Mitternacht

 


Cover art by Lady Von


ODG192 : Mati Pirsztuk / Mitternacht

About the album, Mati says:

"The landscape around us changes every time, but the soundscape remains intact. We can feel it, hear it; but we can’t see it.
This record managed to capture the parallel spectrum that happens at midnight (or Mitternacht, in German) when everyone is sleeping. And others... just existing. 
I recorded the songs in different spaces such as animal biopark, the exact spot of the Highway where I was hitted by a bus ten years ago and almost died (only unconscious for a lapse of time) and my studio."

Tracks 2 & 4 recorded at Temaiken Biopark, Feb 2024.
Track 3 & 6 recorded at General Paz Highway, Dec 2023.
Tracks 1 & 5 recorded at Elektrisch Flamingo Studios, Jan-Feb 2024.
All tracks recorded, performed & mixed by Mati Pirsztuk.
Recorded between 2023 & 2024 using contact microphones, power electronics, synthesizer and olympus voice recorder.
Artwork by Lady Von.
Mastered at Elektrisch Flamingo Studios, Mar 2024.

Mati Pirsztuk is an Argentinian experimental musician, composer and audiovisual artist. He incorporates different styles such as avant-garde, field recording and Berlin school. Along with music, he works as a film director. His works were published in different countries like Greece, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, UK, Japan, USA and Croatia.

This is a  BANDCAMP ONLY release.

Mati

Digital release on the 17th of March 2024.

Track listing:

1: Fractal Bodies
2: Natural Birds Expression
3: Lost Highway
4: Natural Birds Re-Expression
5: Untitled
6: Mitternacht

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Friday 15 March 2024

OLB002 : Lastboss / DarkestOur2 - CloakingDevice

 


Cover art by Lee Prescott and JT Tan



OLB002 : Lastboss / Darkest2 - CloakingDevice

For all info about this sumptuous series see OLB001.

Digital release on the 15th of March 2024.

Track listing:

1: CloakingDevice
2: LinearB
3: LightBendsAroundYou
4: Veil(ft.Process Prototype)

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Friday 8 March 2024

ODG186-OJP075 : Alinovsky - Tetsuroh Konishi / Hypnotic

 

Cover art by A.L.



ODG186-OJP075 : Alinovsky - Tetsuroh Konishi / Hypnotic

The new album was composed with an idea of perpetual slow variations in the backing electronics, giving a sense of hypnosis in the music.

Tetsuroh San added his magical trumpets to give the album another ethereal dimension.

Even in the more 'rhythmic' tracks, the base stays 'un' evolving.
Track number 5 which gives the title of the album was the starting point for the rest of the songs.
You can find a 16 minutes version on the single 'Tantric' released on ODG185-OJP074.

Alinovsky: keys, rhythms, mixing, editing
Tetsuroh Konishi: the trumpets, flute on track #9
Pierre Vervloesem: mastering

Digital release on the 8th of March 2024.

Track listing:

1: Bosonic
2: Spasmic
3: Obconic
4: Endemic
5: Hypnotic - Short version remix
6: Demonic
7: Vocalic
8: Fluidic
9: Gluonic
10: Sybotic

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Friday 1 March 2024

OUI029 : We Will Intersect / Fragments

 


Cover art by Eddie Boyd


OUI029 : We Will Intersect / Fragments

Australian improvisational “supergroup” We Will Intersect are proud to release Fragments, the follow up to their 2023 self-titled album (see also OCD053). Fragments features the quartet’s trademark electro-acoustic post-jazz improvisation, and masterful editing and production in a concise four-track release.

We Will Intersect is co-led by Adrian Lim-Klumpes, celebrated Australian pianist and mastermind behind some of Australia’s most original instrumental groups Triosk and Tangents, as well sensational young Australian trumpeter and sound artist Nick Calligeros (Microfiche, SOFT SPOT). Co-leaders Adrian and Nick met 16 years earlier as music tutor and student, respectively, and have gone on to forge a strong musical relationship including this group. The group also features both drummer & producer Nick Meredith (KCIN), who from a single drum rigged up to his laptop, is able to achieve an entire palette of otherworldly sounds, and versatile jazz drummer Miles Thomas. 

The four tracks of Fragments are short excerpts cut from an extended hour-long recorded improvisation that leads the listener through a masterfully constructed journey traversing multiple sound-worlds towards a cathartic conclusion.

Lim-Klumpes and Calligeros creatively edited each excerpt, constructing four distinctive and captivating sound-worlds. The first three tracks feature relatively restrained, experimentally-tinged soundscapes scattered with electronics and treated instruments, while the final track centres round a raw and impassioned trumpet solo over highly-compressed and gated drums and a ghostly piano track. 

Nick says: “This new record highlights the development of the group’s sound, not only in terms of strengthening ideas around group improvisation, but in terms of our post-production. The sound-worlds feel richer due to the additional creative editing and processing we experimented with on this record.”

Adrian Lim-Klumpes: piano, composition, editing
Nick Calligeros: trumpet, live electronics, editing
Nicholas Meredith: percussion, live electronics
Miles Thomas: drums

Digital release on the 1st of March 2024.

Track listing:

1: Fragment I
2: Fragment II
3: Fragment III
4: Fragment VI

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Friday 23 February 2024

ODV079 : Pierre Vervloesem / Saucers

 


Cover art pic by Pierre Vervloesem


ODV079 : Pierre Vervloesem / Saucers

To finish his trilogy about the univers Pierre gives us Saucers. Because they're there watching you! Enjoy!

Pierre says:
"Many people have observed what could well be UFOs at these places (these are places). 
This is an evocation of these events, calm down."

Pierre Vervloesem : Guitars, Bass, Keys, vocs
Teun Verbruggen : Drums

Digital release on the 23rd of February 2024.

Track listing:

1: Roskovec
2: Ballymahon
3: Taszâr
4: Lemnos
5: Clarenville
6: Yerevan
7: Antananarivo
8: Fatima
9: Belgian Wave
10: Saucers

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Friday 16 February 2024

OUI026 : BULLIPHANT / Sleep

 



OUI026: BULLIPHANT / Sleep


Sometimes they play with the punch of a quick-tempered bull, other times theysound like a spacey group of kind elephants. 
Caused by its name and cutting-edge interaction, Bulliphant sets a strong image of natural phenomena. 
This is how the music of their debut album 'Hightailing' came to life.

For its new album 'SLEEP', Bulliphant draws inspiration from the experiences of body and mind during different stages of sleep. 
That's the initial spark for Ruben's compositions; the rest unfolds through imagination, interplay, and improvisation.

Goya's statement “The sleep of reason produces monsters”, resonates strikingly within this context.


Bart Maris: trumpets
Ruben Verbruggen: saxophones
Thijs Troch: piano & electronics
Gonçalo Almeida: double bass
Friso van Wijck: percussion & bells

Recorded by Cyrille Obermüller, Brussels 2023
Mixed and mastered by Cyrille Obermüller
Compositions by Ruben Verbruggen

pic by Robert Kroos

Bart Maris (BEL) is a versatile trumpeter renowned for his distinctive sound and significant contributions to various bands, such as Spinifex, Flat Earth Society, Moker, Free Orleans Rebel Band, and Jaune Toujours. Beyond the jazz mainstream, Maris crafts a dynamic and multifaceted career, characterized by an extraordinary musical force. In 2021, he was honored with the Cultuurprijs Stad Gent.

Ruben Verbruggen (BEL) is a passionate alto- and baritone saxophonist and composer dedicated to crafting jazz and improvised music with soul. With a strong commitment to musical quality, he leads his own bands, Bulliphant and Yes Pavlov, and he collaborates with others to bring soulful, powerful music to audiences of all ages. Ruben is also a member of other bands such as Punk Kong, Jamaican Jazz Orchestra, Tom Bourgeois' Rumeurs, and more.

Thijs Troch (BEL) is a piano player who is mainly active in improvised music. He plays in bands such as Keenroh, Jukwaa, Kabas, The Milk Factory, Halcyon Days and Bulliphant. In 2023, Thijs released a solo album titled 'Stilleven,' aiming to create textural, electronic meditations — “a space where time blurs, and the natural flow takes precedence without the need for forceful interventions”. 

Gonçalo Almeida (PT, NED), a Portuguese musician based in Rotterdam, is a dynamic artist, a unique improviser with a strong interdisciplinary approach. Founder of Hydra Ensemble, Lama Trio, Albatre, and more, he collaborates internationally, sharing stages with prominent improvisers. Gonçalo also founded Cylinder Recordings, a digital label documenting his experimental collaborations and new paths in music. 

Friso van Wijck (NED), lives in Rotterdam and is a one-of-a-kind musician and composer known for his mastery of drums and percussion. Beyond his performance skills, he imparts his knowledge as a composition instructor at Codarts in Rotterdam. Always tuned in with open ears, Friso is a super sensitive musician, constantly looking for the right sound at the right time.


Digital release on the 16th of February 2024.

Track Listing:

1. Cinematic fields 
2. Inner forces 
3. Hypnic jerk: a 12-tone discovery 
4. Inhale, exhale 
5. Sunday, part I: Inception 
6. Sunday, part II: Develop and conclude 
7. A dream leaving Bali 
8. REM stage 
9. Deep sleep 
10. Waking up

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Friday 9 February 2024

ODG185-OJP074 : Alinovsky x Tetsuroh Konishi / Tantric

 


Cover art by A.L.


ODG185-OJP074 : Alinovsky x Tetsuroh Konishi / Tantric

The new collaboration (see also ODG179) starts with a long piece moving very very slowly, therefore the title of the track 'Hypnotic'. One 16min long track to listen best with headphones, eyes closed...Let you drive in a peaceful place!

The second piece is more classical/ cinematic.

Both tracks are the visiting card of the forthcoming album 'Hypnotic' with 10 new tracks which will be released in March 2024.

Alinovsky: keys, rhythms, mixing, editing
Tetsuroh Konishi: the trumpets
Pierre Vervloesem: mastering

Digital release on the 9th of February 2024.

Track listing:

1: Hypnotic
2: Cometic

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Friday 2 February 2024

OUC046-ODG182 : Shortest Job First / Fertile Fractures

 


Cover art by Lena Czerniawska


OUC046-ODG182 : Shortest Job First / Fertile Fractures

Shortest Job First dives deep into the waves of improvised electro-acoustic music via a cascade of continuous but broken sound events, a glitching and moving entanglement of different genres and styles. Driven by a mutual sense of empathy, structure and form, they assemble their sound shards and bits and tiles into unique and unpredictable sonic mosaïques. Inside the project both a common shared esthetic and the individual researches find space and allowance, by this means melodious fragments transition into noisy outbursts, rhythmic elements dissolve into pulses or simply acoustic movements.

The trio:

Edith Steyer is a free improvising and composing clarinet and saxophone player with her roots in jazz and classical music. As a former student for social anthropology she is also interested in world music. 
She is dedicated to the exploration of her instruments and makes use of preparations with music tools and elements from every day life. She experiments with drum skins, wind and water and, lately, with electronic devices and feedback. 
Aside from working on a solo practice, her foremost interest is to create intelligently woven nets of interaction and noisy sound scapes with other artists. She is part of the Improvised music scene in Berlin and
has worked with many musical theatre groups there.

Pietro Frigato is a musician and sound artist whose research is focused on the creation of ephemeral sound cosmogonies throughout improvisation, on open forms and non-linear narrative, on connections
via the means of sound. 
His solo performance can be described as a dynamically emotionally wideranged, archetypical, primal, wordless storytelling torn in conflict between total abstraction and deep symbolism. 
Pietro has been running since 2018 as artistic director, the Cataclisma Improvisation Festival, a space for new music, improvisation and social projects. Alongside his solo practice he performs with Ensemble Collettivo Crisis, Shortest Job First, S.P.I.I.C. ensemble, and other projects.

Dominic Jasmin is a composer and improviser from Montreal, Qc. His music, somewhere between free jazz and acousmatic music, blends the accidental and unpredictable nature of the former with the techniques of the latter to create what has been described as « structured noise ». Primarily working with found sounds and electronics, he also incorporates guitar and voice to some of his live sets.
He graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 2018 and has been active on the music scene there through his involvement in organizing concerts with Kohlenstoff collective and Mardi Spaghetti as well as being an active musician.
Apart from his solo practice through which he has collaborated with many other artists on a one-time basis, he is involved in different projects including Actors Artificial, SJF Trio and Larsen.
He is also a trained sound engineer, working in live sound for contemporary classical music and in the studio (or on location) recording, mixing and mastering different projects.




Edith Steyer: Extended reeds
Pietro Frigato: Electric guitar
Dominic Jasmin: Live electronics, Voice

Recorded live at Splendor (Amsterdam), 04-06-2022
Live mix and recording: Luke Deane
Mix/Master: Dominic Jasmin

Digital release on the 2nd of February 2024.

Track listing:

1: Fertile Fractures - Part 1
2: Fertile Fractures - Part 2
3: Fertile Fractures - Part 3

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Friday 26 January 2024

OVD078 : Pierre Vervloesem / Graviton

 

Cover art by P.V. / A.L.


OVD078 : Pierre Vervloesem / Graviton

Pierre says:

"Drone' n drums for your pleasure, it's only theoretical music."

Pierre Vervloesem : sounds
Teun Verbruggen : drums

Jean-Pierre Jonckheere : all thinks teknik when recording drums
Bernard Moucheron : landlord

Digital release on the 26th of January 2024.

Track listing:

1: Gravitoelectromagnetism
2: Gravitino
3: Dmitrii Blokhintsev
4: Massless Particle
5: Gluons
6: Planck Scale
7: String Theory
8: Graviton

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Friday 19 January 2024

ODG181 : Dmitry Lapshin / Therapy

 



ODG181: Dmitry Lapshin / Therapy

Therapy is the first solo album from Dmitry recorded with bass only and several effects pedals.The album was recorded live at Ground Galery (Moscow) – October 8th, 2022.

Dmitry Lapshin: bass, effects pedals
Peter Ototsky: recording, mixing
Nik Samarin (Orange Studios): mastering


Dmitry Lapshin is a Moscow-based musician, bass, and double bass player. 

His main project is the free jazz (or as we called it ‘no jazz’) trio ‘Brom’. They already have 6 albums, which are mostly issued by Trost Records, playing with a wide range of improv musicians from all over the globe like Toshinori Kondo, Peter Ole Jorgens, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love, Umezu Kazutoki, etc... 

Dmitry plays also in the noise/free improvisation band Dog Bites Back (with Ilia Belorukov) and the uncategorished outfit Caravan of Stories. 

He has also a few other projects. Below you can find a few links of his various releases:

https://brom.bandcamp.com/music

https://whitepaperrecords.bandcamp.com/album/back-forward

https://fancymusic.bandcamp.com/album/stamp-a-spot

https://sluchaj.bandcamp.com/album/d-dsdromen

Digital release on the 19th of January 2024.

Track listing:

1: This Room Is Familiar To Me
2: Amber Resin
3: Not Sharp Knife
4: Little Pill Is Your Little Bomb
5: Your Eyes Are Empty

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Friday 12 January 2024

OLB001 : Lastboss / DarkestOur1 - HaveYouSeenTheHate?

 

Cover art by Lee Prescott and JT Tan


OLB001 : Lastboss / DarkestOur1 - HaveYouSeenTheHate?

Tate says:

"It’s a great pleasure to have been presented this opportunity to work with Off for this release."

<DarkestOur> is a collection of 24 tracks spread across 5 releases. Each release brings its own unique character and mood. From lush pads and ambient noise to distorted guitars and breakneck quasi-metal arrangements, genre lines are deconstructed and re-arranged in unexpected ways. 

The collection takes inspiration from a wide range of themes: music therapy, social media, chemotherapy, ancient languages, magic, technology both real and imagined, in addition to longterm expat life in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Several books have also been important catalysts for this release. They are listed below for your perusal:

Music As Medicine: The History of Music Therapy Since Antiquity by Peregrine Horden 

        ◦      Extreme Music: From Silence to Noise and Everything In between by Michael Tau 

Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

The following will be released bi-monthly throughout 2024.

1 - HaveYouSeenTheHate? (4 Tracks)
2 - CloakingDevice        (4 Tracks)
3 - Immaterial (4 Tracks)
4 - TheGuildofStCecilia (4 Tracks)
5 - Roentgenizdat / BoneMusic (8 Tracks of Bonus Material)

Accompanying the release is a PDF liner note graced with the beautiful artwork of long time collaborator Lee Prescott and Hong Kong based visual artist JT Tan. In addition, a variety of associated projects can be found on Instagram and WeChat channels. You’ll find DIY instruments, live performance, vinyl experimentation, mobile music and much more.  

@lastbossmedia

<Lastboss> is a China based music project exploring electronic music in a variety of forms. Through workshops, performance, collaboration and content creation the project aims to share a passion for creativity, music, and technology. 

From its roots in Manchester, UK , the project has had significant active periods both at home and abroad. In London 2004-2008, the unique free party scene became home for regular appearances and events including extensive work with scene mainstay @badsektarecords. In Japan, 2008-2009, the project regularly appeared with the ‘Dogwalt’ crew at their Shinjuku breakcore parties.  Lastboss was also crowned ‘Laptop Battle Tokyo’ champion during this period. 

For the last decade, however, the project has been based in China. Highlights include performing at the @Hoodootechno Aquaticism festival in sumptuous Yangshuo, releasing cassettes via Guangdong based @Jyugam_label, providing mixes for Vogue+, doing workshops and contributing to the Beijing based ‘UnicatAttack!’ Project.

The project continues to seek out and manifest opportunities for creative expression and collaboration.

All material recorded, arranged, and produced by T.McNeil
*Except flute parts on ‘Triumvirate’ and ‘Veil’ which are by the irrepressible ProcessPrototype.
Artwork by Lee Prescott @l_prescott1
Hardware:
Hofner Shorty guitar, Joyo extreme metal pedal, Chase Bliss Mood Mk2, moskyiso10power supply, ZoomU44 audio interface, Focusrite Solo interface, Korg Microkey air, iPadMini5,  AkaiMidimix, MacAir 2017, Rokit 5 Monitors, AudioTechnica M20 Headphones, Samson SM58 microphone
Software:
KymaticaAUM, Samplr, Sugabytes Turnado, Gauss field Looper, Patterning2, FLStudio21, Izotope Ozone5

Digital release on the 12th of January 2024.

Track listing:

1: UnitAndUnibrow
2: HaveYouSeenTheHate?
3: Triumvirate (ft.Process Prototype)
4: HaveYouSeenTheLove?

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Friday 5 January 2024

OUW020 : Mutantes Melancólicos / A Partir Del Silencio De Un Paraíso Artificial

 

Cover art by Gustavo Madrid


OUW020 : Mutantes Melancólicos / A Partir Del Silencio De Un Paraíso Artificial

Burning restraint. Renewed frenzies of experienced sensuality. Everything must be credited to the contingencies of the poetic fury. Opened up again are the doors to the absurd, to the irrational, to the spontaneous, to the unexpected. Such as an exquisite corpse, everything is built from clippings, remnants, bits and pieces, or grafts. Slices of sounds, of melodies, gestated by free association and improvisation, meet, get piled up and are intertwined. The vibrant multitude of tones resonates to offer a dance with neither age nor timing. Randomness in the conception isn't an obstacle to burst open the senses and to surprise the wisest of the skepticals.

Who said that collage techniques are useful just for the visual arts? Who said that improvisation and spontaneity are useful just to perform jazz music? Who said that synthesizers and computers are useful exclusively to compose and record electronic music? Who said that a piece of metal, a plastic tube, a glass of wine or a couple of stones aren´t musical instruments? Who said that the rusty strings of an old guitar, covered with dust and fluff, can´t invite to hum a memorable melody? Who said that stealing a single sound is an intellectual property crime when fusing it with other sounds, together they generate a new and unpublished timbre? Who said that music must obey linearity and sequencing rules? Who said that piling up sounds and melodies isn´t a compositional technique? Who said that mutilating recognized and respected poems is a sacrilege? Who said that a lonesome man can´t create such a massive wall of noise? Who said that recipes for expression and creativity do exist?
An invitation to musicalize a poem by Richard Brautigan served as the starting kick for this project. Having only one week to compose the music, create the arrangements and record the song, was a great challenge. Each one of the parts that integrate this song was recorded over one single Saturday afternoon. On the next day, the structure of the song was conceived and arpeggios, sounds and effects were overlapped, with the help of digital edition tricks. Vocals were recorded one day after that. During that week the guests who made their long-distance contributions from abroad or from other provinces, sent their recordings to add that special touch of theirs that can be heard all over the album.

The experience was so stimulating and enriching that Mutantes Melancólicos (see also ODG034) rebirth from the ashes couldn't be prevented. Their creative energy, their youthful spirits and their impudence served to dare to deal with classic poems, manipulate and adulterate them to create an unusual project in a musical career without a fixed course.  
Just five months later, eight new songs – close to a sound graft that flirts with the fusion of intergalactic spaghetti western and surrealist poetry – gave place to a spontaneous record, neither planned, nor projected. However, in anticipation.

As many of the music parts were found pieces which were then overlapped – sometimes inserted or interlaced, to create the album cover for this album some images of a deserted landscape – that were stimulating enough to stick to those sounds – were taken off a profile from a well known social network´s website. With no guilt at all, colours were altered, shapes were intertwined, and completely new images of artificial paradises´ landscapes were created, again, by the grace of digital edition gimmickry.

Composed, performed, produced and recorded by Gustavo Madrid (see also ODG118 and ODG142between the months of June and December 2022 at El Rosario with collaborations from: Omar Scavone, Jorge Pablo Almejún, Christophe Gallien, Philippe Heywang, Leo Kaplan, Christian Zerba, Juan Ignacio Ferreres and Marcelo Pérez.

"The album´s title became evident to me while I was reading an art history book on the surrealist movement, an artistic avant-garde movement that I started enjoying during my teenage years when I got to know paintings by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Giorgio de Chirico and Max Ernst on the catalog from an exhibition organized by the company where my mother worked at. Years later, when I studied Art History while studying Graphic Design at the Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo at the University of Buenos Aires, I was introduced to the oneiric world of these fascinating artists that not only dedicated their lives to graphic arts but also to literature, poetry, cinema and theater. Always looking forward to expressing, in every way they could, the real functioning of thinking, without the compelling intervention of reason, without worrying neither for the esthetics nor for the morality of their production. 
The song “La horca del sueño de la cama doble” was composed, arranged and recorded in one week for the BRAUTIGAN FEST VII, as an answer to the invitation of Nicolás Domínguez Bendini and served as an inspiration for the creation of this album.
The following poets were the origin of these songs: Richard Brautigan (The double-bed dream gallows), Paul Éluard (Finir), Federico García Lorca (Llagas de amor), Julio Cortázar (Cantos argentinos), William Blake (The tyger), Raymond Queneau (À partir du désert), Antonin Artaud (Poète noir), Paul Verlaine (Spleen)."

Gustavo

Digital release on the 2nd of January 2024.

Track listing:

1: Cantos argentinos
2: El tigre
3: Llagas de amor
4: Poeta negro
5: Terminar
6: La horca del sueño de la cama doble
7: Hastío
8: A partir del desierto

Itunes, Spotify, etc.:

https://bfan.link/a-partir-del-silencio-de-un-paraiso-artificial

And on Bandcamp: