correspondances sur la mer de chine (b) in residency at les ateliers claus
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from May 7th until 13th Oona Libens is working on a new project which will premier in the fall of 2018
Oona Libens (1987) is a Belgian-Swedish artist. Her work revolves around media-archaeology and the history of the (moving) image. She develops a distinct universe by creating a dialogue between historic and recent media phenomena — from shadow theatre as the most primitive form of the moving image, by way of the magic lantern, the computer or TV screen, to today’s entertainment society and Google. With her performances Oona Libens tries to broaden our experience of the image and the screen, to create an analogue virtual reality and to make an entertainment machine that is slow, hesitates, falters and fails. Since her graduation from KASK Gent in 2012 she has been working on a series of poetic-scientific lectures dealing with topics such as the universe, the sea, time and the human body.
Raymonde IV in residency. recording his future album. Arbeiten!
in the meantime somewhere near Düsseldorf - Ben Bertrand his LP covers in the making with Zeloot & Christophe Albertijn
Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels is a fine space to see exciting concerts; sometimes even of bands and people discussed in these pages. They also have a label, which is new information for me, but this album by Ben Bertrand is already their eleventh release. Bertrand is from Belgium and plays the
bass clarinet along with effects and loop pedals and is influenced by early minimal music of Steve Reich and Terry Riley. However don’t take this inspired by thing too literal in this case, as Bertrand’s
music is not as loopy or bouncy as the early works of the American pioneers. In the five pieces on this album Bertrand is more interested in playing a mellow tune, more ambient and the comparisons made by the label to Jon Hassell and Gavin Bryars make in that respect quite some sense. The bass clarinet is not always easy to recognize here; most clearly it sings in ‘V380 Orionis’, with some nice melody played over a repeating phrase. In ‘Sanctus Hubble’ the bass clarinet is introspective and the loops is kept simple. In the three other pieces the clarinet sound is much obscured by these effects and it becomes a bit blurred but in a very pleasant way. This is some truly fine minimal ambient music.
I understand that the album is also available on LP, which makes that it is not very long, but even at thirty-two minutes still is rather short. I for one would not have minded this to be a bit longer, both as an album, I guess, as well as individual pieces to be longer in duration. Hopefully there will be a follow-up album soon then! (FdW)
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