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Artist: CROENE, FREDERIK
Title: Le Piano Demecanise
Format: LP
Label: audioMER
Country: Belgium
Price: $28.00
"2010 release. Le Piano Demécanisé is the result of Frederik Croenes urge to sabotage the piano, to destroy the nostalgic relation between player and instrument, making obsolete acquired techniques, finding himself unable to play repertoire, thus freeing himself and the object." -- Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly 757. Frederik Croene performs his music on a "dismantled" piano, which, if I believe the cover of this record, looks like a drum set. It seems to me that much of the music is played in an improvised manner, but perhaps with classical training in mind. Also, again, I am not sure but it could very well be that Croene takes his inspiration from Zen. Sometimes, like in "Gonflammation," the piano actually sounds like a piano, which is odd if it has been dismantled, but in "Postludium pour le piano," Croene allows external piano sounds into his music. Overall the music has a very contemplative and percussive nature. Either with hands, sticks, or bows, he gently approaches the piano and works on it, very much like a composer, an explorer, and an improviser. Croene explores the possibilities in a careful way, almost like a scientist, and lets the results speak for themselves. Hard to place on the scale composition versus improvisation, but throughout very nice." -audioMER.
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Artist: DE VREE, DEWI & JEROEN UYTTENDAELE
Title: Ground
Format: DVD & Book
Label: audioMER
Country: Belgium
Price: $34.00
"Limited hand-numbered edition of 300. NTSC region-free DVD with 60-page paperback book (290mm x 220mm). Ground is an audiovisual performance in which Dewi de Vree and Jeroen Uyttendaele use graphite drawings as a control interface for several electronic instruments, thus rendering the acoustic tactile. Fascinated by ways of rematerializing an increasingly dematerialized and idealized world, they produce work that can be seen as an attempt to approach electronic music in a more intuitive, engaging manner. Using graphite, a material that conducts electricity and is used in everyday variable resistors, they compose drawings that figure as the interface that controls the volume, pitch, and amplitude of the piece. As the drawn lines stretch, intersect, or encounter foreign conductive elements -- such as the hand -- the sound is either modulated or becomes warped. The result is a performance that blends senses together or juxtaposes them, as it creates tension between the unpredictable, aleatory qualities of the graphite and the order of lines that the performers impose upon it, forming the rudimentary score of the piece. The Ground book collects 51 of these graphite drawings, presented with text by Hicham Khalidi, and is accompanied by DVD containing a video recording of Ground performed live by the artists at Studio Loos in The Hague, Netherlands, in July 2014. Jeroen Uyttendaele (born 1981) is an artist interested in sound as a sculptural element and in its relation to light, space, time, and the audience. This manifests as the development of audiovisual instruments, installations, and sound compositions. His works often exploit basic properties of technology, such as conductivity, as tools for expression. Dewi de Vree (born 1983) is a multimedia artist based in The Hague who deals with the sensual experience of physical experiments. Building upon her background in the visual arts and her fascination with the interaction between man and machine, she makes translation machines, sound interfaces, performances, and installations. Examples of her work include works based on the physicality of electricity, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. She is involved in the Villa K experimental music venue in The Hague, the Instrument Inventors Initiative (iii), and Proefjeslab, an interactive science show for children created with Arno Verweij. Ground is a co-production of iii and audioMER. made possible by the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL. Camera operated by Takeuchi Toshi. Sound by Matteo Marangoni. Edited by Matteo Marangoni and Jeroen Uyttendaele." - audioMER.

Artist: HIEROGLYPHIC BEING
Title: Le Jardin des Chemins Bifurquants
Format: LP
Label: audioMER
Country: Belgium
Price: $25.00
"2011 release. Le Jardin des Chemins Bifurquants is the first full length album from Chicago based electronic music artist, producer, and DJ Jamal R. Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being. Educated by house legends Adonis and Steve Pointdexter, hes been following a singular musical path, producing a gritty futuristic meltdown of house, free jazz, new age, and noise. For this record, Jamal worked with the concept of plants having a religion, and the question of what their way of worship would be. This resulted in a dark, deep-space overture with raw synth stabs, extreme pitch-shifted textures, and hypnotic tribal rhythms somewhat reminiscent of Sun Ras interstellar electric keyboard explorations. Le Jardin des Chemins Bifurquants is an unclassifiable tour de force that is oozing with profound cosmic meaning. Artwork by visual artist Robert Beatty (Hair Police)." - audioMER.
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Artist: PAWLOWSKI, MAURO ANTONIO
Title: Untertanz
Format: LP
Label: audioMER
Country: Belgium
Price: $28.00
"2008 release. Mauro Antonio Pawlowski is best known for playing skronky guitar riffs in various Belgian bands such as Deus, Othin Spake, Evil Superstars, Club Moral, and countless other projects. On his own he is notorious for being an unpredictable master of puppets who simultaneously oozes freshly demented nursery rhymes and weird avant rock from his trousers. Untertanz is a collection of live performances that capture his free jazz take on madman rock n roll. Think Ciccone Youth era Sonic Youth, Bruce Haack, The Residents, Jandek, and Derek Bailey. Ranging from abstract spooky blues to musique concrète made for stampeding schoolgirls to wonky dances of death, this album captures Pawlowski at his most alchemic and complete." -audioMER.

Artist: SACHIKO
Title: Golden Hypnos
Format: LP
Label: audioMER
Country: Belgium
Price: $32.00

"Stellar vocals and drones by Sachiko of Overhang Party; three pieces of hypnotic, gliding delight. This is Sachikos first all-drone vinyl release, in an edition of 350. Heavy-weight vinyl & paste-on sleeve with artwork created by Johan De Wilde. AudioMER. edition in collaboration with Croxhapox gallery." -audioMER.

Artist: WHITE OUT
Title: Asphalt and Delay
Format: LP
Label: audioMER
Country: Belgium
Price: $25.00
"2011 release. Whiteout is a weather condition in which visibility and contrast are severely reduced. The horizon disappears completely and there are no reference points at all, leaving one with a distorted orientation. These same characteristics could be applied to the sound of the musical brainchild of Lin Culbertson and Tom Surgal. In the past White Out have been heralded for the way they entirely reinvent themselves to accommodate the creative personalities of their many prestigious collaborators, including Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Jim ORourke, William Winant, and many others. Recorded over an extended period of time in an undisclosed midtown Manhattan location high above the city streets, Asphalt and Delay marks the first time in White Outs recorded history that Culbertson and Surgal have devoted an entire album to duo improvisations. Each of the five compositions captures a different hue of the spectrum of sound in White Outs sonic universe. Asphalt and Delay puts White Out in a whole new light, unfettered by any external influences they burn super nova bright. The artwork for this LP is provided by Belgian photographer Yoko Tack." - audioMER.

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