Month: May 2014

kwadratuur reviews yodok III

Prior to the YODOK III release of the long-awaited debut album and its short tour in June, here’s a fantastic 5 out of 5 star review in Belgium’s Kwadratuur !

“Ondanks zijn minimalistische, dromerige ambientmuziek, is stilzitten een vreemd woord voor Dirk Serries. Al jaar en dag en in een razende vaart blijft de kunstenaar zichzelf vernieuwen in diverse projecten, hetzij solo, hetzij met andere gasten. Voor Yodok III heeft Serries de Zweedse drummer Tomas Järmyr en de Noorse tubaspeler Kristoffer Lo uitgenodigd. Op dit titelloos debuut, uitgebracht op het zelf opgerichte A New Wave of Jazz, presenteert het trio twee heerlijk lange geluidssculpturen die de organische sfeer van andere Serries-platen in stand houden.

Met de ademhaling van trage, holle drones sleept deze plaat binnen. Lange klanktonen van gitaar en koperblazer smelten in elkaar tot een compositie van onheilspellende toetsen, met enigszins een morbide nasmaak. Hoge piepklanken treden bij en op de achtergrond beroert Järmyr zijn cimbalen. Dit is hoe fantoommuziek hoort te klinken. Roffelende trommels vallen in en verscherpen het geheel. De drievuldigheid spoort zichzelf aan om in kracht en intensiteit te groeien. Roffels transformeren tot een wilde willekeur van drumpatronen waarbij het drumstel volledig benut wordt. Sfeerstoten evolueren tot een onweer van luidruchtige tonen. Na een kwartier is het noodweer overgetrokken. Enkele donkere wolkslierten blijven hangen als herinnering aan de gepasseerde ellende. Net wanneer het lijkt alsof de rust opnieuw verzekerd is, steekt de Zweed opnieuw het vuur aan de lont.  Als een bezeten monster verbouwt hij zijn instrumentencomplex en stoort er zich niet aan dat zijn kompanen zijn intensiteit niet volgen.

In de tweede track zit heel wat minder force majeure. Een herhalingsoefening van in elkaar vloeiende drones krijgt gezelschap van enkele welgemikte slagen op de floortom. Samen vormen ze een wezenloos geheel waarin klank en suggestie elkaar aanvullen. Tijd en realiteit vervagen in dit eindeloze spel van cirkelbewegingen. De houvast die de drummer meer en meer tracht te bieden door zijn opbouwende structuren, blijken vergeefs. De trein van benevelende drones is niet meer te stoppen en zuigt de aanhoorder genadeloos mee.

Het gezelschap kondigt zichzelf aan als freejazztrio, maar liefhebbers van dat genre zullen hier toch even moeten slikken. Het is het industriële ambientminimalisme van Serries dat hier primeert. Zware sferen, repetitieve tonen en een organische evolutie staan hier centraal. Dit is puurheid en intensiteit, gevoel die de stempel “muziek” overstijgt. Ronduit verslavend.” Johan Giglot – Kwadratuur

Streams analyzed/reviewed

Dirk Serries – Streams Of Consciousness 130806 / 131006 / 131106 (3xLP, tonefloatikon)

“In a new series of releases, sound sculptor Dirk Serries has reached a new phase in his work.  Some artists have a penchant for grand, sweeping statements, summing up several years of work within a single album. Dirk Serries, meanwhile, has always preferred taking small, incremental steps, documenting his work in a multitude of gradually progressing releases. With the first entries in the Streams of Consciousness series, he has now reached a new plateau, a moment where one phase of work ends, blending into and initiating another. The analogy with painting, always implicit through his hands-on sculpting, shaping and coloring of sound, has become strikingly explicit here: On six expansive twenty-minute canvases, he is working with a minimum amount of timbres, techniques and brushes, confidently applying slender strokes of black, gray and blue water paint like the imaginary Japanese visual artists in Bill Evans’s liner notes to Kind of Blue. “These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way that deliberation cannot interfere”, Evans wrote at the time, and while Serries is too much of a ponderer to put his reason to sleep entirely, it is true that he has let go of pre-conceived expectations more completely than ever before here. Rather than moving into a particular direction, these yearning guitar meditations are quietly resting in time, replacing development with ambiance, horizontal movement with space, complexity with intuition. It took William Basinski twenty years to understand that his long loop pieces didn’t need any embellishments and with these LPs, Serries appears to have arrived at a similar realisation: The more he is taking away, the richer his music is becoming. His floating webs of interconnected lines shift with the grace of a prism in slow motion, its components repeating, yet never returning to the same point twice. Commentators have noted the calming effect of these compositions, but that impressions depends on your perspective. In the absence of grand, sweeping statements, intricate details keep the attentive observer on the edge of his seat, minute refinement transcending into breathtaking suspense.” Tobias Fischer/Tokafi

yodok III LP + tour

With Tonefloat’s A New Wave Of Jazz imprint soon to release YODOK III’s debut on vinyl, this trio will selectively tour Europe in June.  With Tomas Järmyr on drums, Kristoffer Lo on tuba & flugabone and Dirk Serries on electric guitar, YODOK III will unleash live a wash of unbelievable beauty, overpowering melancholy and intense combination of frequencies.  This is where introspection and freejazz meet.  Don’t miss out and join YODOK III at one of the upcoming live rituals :

7/6 – Kinkystar Club, Ghent – Belgium
8/6 – Magasin4, Brussels – Belgium
12/6 – Worm, Rotterdam – The Netherlands
13/6 – De Singer, Rijkevorsel – Belgium – official LP release show

Listen to part two of YODOK III’s concert at Dokkhuset, Trondheim (Norway) :


 

classic vidnaObmana

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This Saturday returns Dirk Serries to the realm of his classic vidnaObmana ambient period (1989 – 1996), his Projekt Records phase, with a performance at the Antwerp Ambient festival.  For most of the vidnaObmana devotees this is a welcome return and one to have been wanting for years.  Synthesizers replaced by one electric guitar and some digital effects will bring back the atmosphere of his warm but desolate, expansive structures.  The festival is being held at one of the best acoustic theatres in Belgium and tickets are still available here.  All welcome.

improvising Beyond The Redshift

Technical malfunctions, due to most likely bad cables and wrong wire-ing at the venue, prohibited us from playing the first Dirk Serries: Microphonics UK set. However we made it by playing a complete and full-length improv set with Justin K. Broadrick which became more surprising and satifying than we ever could expect. Sometimes some things go wrong for a reason and this was the right one. Appreciation to Justin K. Broadrick for being there and to Ronald Mariën for adjusting sound and making the Boston Music Room a dynamic breathing space…  Here are some beautiful and eerie snapshots from this exclusive performance, courtesy of Shaun Cullen.

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beyond the redshift festival

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Dirk Serries’ Microphonics only 2014 and rare UK performance at Beyond The Redshift festival, curated by Cult Of Luna, this Saturday May 10th 2014, gathering at the Boston Music Room, 6pm.  Towards the resolution of Dirk Serries’ Microphonics set his good friend and collaborator Justin K. Broadrick will join him as special guest guitarist !  Not to be missed.

tonefloat’s a new wave of jazz

tonefloat presents A New Wave Of Jazz : a contemporary approach to the DIY philosophy that grew Sun Ra’s saturn label and the underground cassette scene. Under the wings of tonefloat, this little label will focus itself upon a series of limited vinyl editions on 240 copies, black vinyl, 180grams, in customized sleeves, numbered stickers, download code, insert booklet with extensive sleeve notes by (free)jazz connaisseur and critic Guy Peters. Featuring music that originates from a fascination for free jazz and all related and extracted. We’re proudly launching the label with a pair of albums : YODOK III’s debut album and THE VOID OF EXPANSION’s Ashes And Blues.
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YODOK III – s/t (LP) – was performed & recorded at the Athletic Studio, Halden – Norway 2012. YODOK III is Tomas Järmyr – drums, Kristoffer Lo – amplified tuba, flugabone, Dirk Serries – electric guitar, effects.

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THE VOID OF EXPANSION – Ashes And Blues (LP) – was performed & recorded at the Sunny Side Inc. studio, Anderlecht – Belgium 2014. THE VOID OF EXPANSION is Tomas Järmyr – drums, Dirk Serries – electric guitar, effects.

You can now pre-order, incl. instant download, both albums at our bandcamp site – support DIY ! Shipping out June 16th.