[Eg0_145] Doedelzak : Wandering in Dust

Doedelzak is a french musician (pianist / composer / improviser) who recently came under eg0cide’s radar, thanks fo “friends of friends” who led him to participate to the free improvisation collective XtetX since may 2015. Through his diverse musical tastes (early “krautrock”, electronica, traditional musics from various regions of the world, contemporary & medieval composers) and activities, Doedelzak focuses on the use of a few elements (intervals, rythmic patterns, sonorities) without favouring a precise era or style. In his first “officially” published album Wandering in Dust the only sound source used is the virtual synthesizer Synth1 created by Ichiro Toda. Its two long melancolic droney tracks respond to each other,  in a thoughtful, and restrained way, that could remind some minimalist composers like Terry Riley. Despite of these possible reference points, a close listening will let you hear a personal, mature voice that could be expressed by other forms and sounds.

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[Eg0_144] XtetX : (2×2)²

This 2nd album of the XtetX was recorded before the first published one Nabemono (recorded in may 2015). At this time (november-december 2014), the XtetX had no name yet, and comprised only 3 members : Jules/Valentin, Kecap Tuyul and Missing O. Their will to play with other improvisers progressively led them to define themselves as an open collective with a variable team, rather than a band with a permanent staff.

The title (2X2)² is an allusion to the album 2X2 (eg0cide productions, 2012) which contained two duos of Kecap Tuyul, one with Charles premier (who later became his partner in Half Evidence), one with Mathew Tyas. This new album also contains two duos of Kecap Tuyul, one with Missing O, one with Jules/Valentin. Like in the first volume, these were the first recordings of these duos.

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[Eg0_143] Sobria Ebrietas : Ashes of Light

These three last years, our regular contributor Bertrand Barbier aka Sobria Ebrietas has focused on rather abstract and/or disturbing releases ( The Soundtrack, Üphemism, Ügenics ) under the Eurovision Über Alles pseudonym.

Ashes of Light brings back the smoother and more harmonious side of his earlier project Sobria Ebrietas. At the first encounter, this album is quite an easy listen thanks to catchy melodies, uplifting beats and well chosen samples, but the subtility of compositions and the richness of their details require many listenings to be fully appreciated.

If you want to hear more from Sobrieta Ebrietas, we recommend his compilation Media Res, and his masterpiece Esion.

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[Eg0_142] Jeff Sampson : Mining Obscurity

After the minimal and droney Energy of the Multiverse, Jeff Sampson offers us a quite different album containing pieces recorded between 2003 and 2015,  Mining Obscurity. This album lets us discover a wider part of his rich sound palette, while the whole remains very cohesive, demonstrating that the author has a clear and mature vision about his own work.

The foreground vocal melodies in Unaware & Kage are very touching and catchy despite (thanks to?) their sober atmosphere – far away from the stereotyped & overdone gimmicks of most pop singers. The other tracks (using mainly synthesizers and field recordings) are more abstract, while keeping a strong emotional background. Each one has its own nuance, from serenity to darker shades, and contributes to the unique atmosphere of “Mining Obscurity”, an album that manages to blend the smoothness of ambient music and the rough edges of sound experimentation with the depth of human feelings.

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Notes by the artist:

This is a small collection of songs created over a slightly larger period of time.
Working the Stream was started in 2006, sat forelorn for several years and completed in 2014.
The original recording for Unaware was in 2003. It was hiding in a hard drive folder waiting for rediscovery in 2014, which is when it was finished.
The Morning After: most of the work was in 2010. Tweaked and mastered 2015.
Kage also began life in 2010. Worked on it off and on. An earlier version was released on Necktar 2017 Volume 7.
Slopes of Ngranek was begun in 2009 and promptly put into hibernation. Large and small parts were added this year. There’s also a thing in it I had saved from 1984.

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Jeff Sampson: voices; synthesizers; field recordings; found sounds; sundry hits, slips and blips

Jeph Jerman (on Slopes of Ngranek): clarinet; additional sundry noises

[Eg0_141] XtetX : Nabemono

XtetX is a free improvisation collective that was founded around the end of 2014. It comprises from 2 to X members depending on the occasion. After various sessions as a trio and duo, their first playing time as quartet took place in may 2015 and gave birth to the material published today on their first album Nabemono.

Don’t be mistaken by the introductory track : XtetX is not a rock band, but they’ve decided not to restrain themselves to a specific esthetic. They are able to produce catchy melodic tunes, but also storms of chaotic noise, minimal drone, and unidentified sound objects, taking advantage from the diverse backgrounds of each participant and the unpredictable results of their blending. Nabemono unveils only a small part of these possibilities…

Et pour les franciliens : ne manquez pas leurs prochains concerts

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Credits

All tracks recorded may 3, 2015, featuring

Doedelzak : analog synthetizer
Missing O : laptop
Torbill : guitar
Kecap Tuyul : prepared guitar, voice

Recorded and mixed by Kecap Tuyul

Artwork: paintings by Héloïse, design by Doedelzak

[Eg0_140] Kecap Tuyul : Tunnel Songs

With Tunnel Songs, Kecap Tuyul delivers his possibly darkest batch of half improvised ritual tunes to date. Prepared guitar is still at the core of his music, but voice and melodies are getting more in the foreground than before.  The tracks of the album were loosely recorded between 2009 & 2014, and patiently mixed between 2012 & 2015 in various places.

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[Eg0_139] Ayato & Naoki Ishida : Red_control rec​.​played

Ayato & Naoki Ishida have been collaborating online since a few years. Their blending of field recordings from their two countries (France, Japan) create a new, unstable but welcoming sound territory. Their latest album Red_control rec​.​played has a dream-like quality: a somehow arbitrary mixture that you accept as a coherent whole – as long as you accept the trip as it comes without thinking about where it can lead…

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