Mattias Gustafsson’s LP ‘Nattmusik’ will be officially out January 2017.
An edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with download code.
According to the theories of Greek/Roman scientist Claudius Galenus (131–216 AD), human temperament has a direct and reactionary link to the world around us. A phlegmatic personality is connected to water and the moist chill of winter; the aridity of summer is associated with fire and human irascibility. For the B.A.A.D.M. debut of Mattias Gustafsson (aka Altar Of Flies, Ornaments, Cryme), we presented him with this theory of human/world symbiosis and asked him to explore its numerous implications: the transience of environment and being, the regenerative intimacy between life and the earth, the prospect of death and decay as integral components of rebirth.
‘Nattmusik’ is Gustafsson’s first record under his own name, removing the mediation of the artistic alias to fully embrace the symbiosis between body and environment. Keyboards splutter through bad wiring and wither into despondency, with notes engulfed by the sounds of earthly stir (tectonic rumbles of low frequency, muffled winds of sine wave). Symphonies of piano and electronics start to bloom and then flicker into states of death as the temperature suddenly drops. Body and telluric elements respire into each other, as the contours of Galenus’ theory ripple with crumbling field recordings and spurts of melodic dejection. ‘Nattmusik’ depicts a world in which emotional decay feeds the flourish of nature – an earth thriving upon inevitable human decline.
Mon. 19.09.16 – Art Cinema OFFoff, Lange Violettestraat 237, Ghent, Belgium
B.A.A.D.M. presents live performances by Timo van Luijk & Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, Frederik Croene and Mathieu Serruys.
19:30 > Doors open
20:15 > Mathieu Serruys
21:00 > Frederik Croene
21:45 > Timo van Luijk & Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg
Entrance: 9€ / reduction: 6€
Due to the limited capacity of the venue, we take reservations by mail to email@example.com. Please only make reservations if you sincerely intend to come. Your ticket will stay reserved until 20:00.
A fine selection of releases by the appearing artists will be available for sale during the evening!
Uli Rehberg is one of the trailblazers of the experimental ‘Hamburg-scene’. Besides his own enigmatic musical and non-musical activities as Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg, he has been releasing important records by a.o. SPK, Throbbing Gristle, Asmus Tietchens and Werkbund through his legendary Walter Ulbricht Schallfolien imprint.
Timo van Luijk (a.k.a. Af Ursin) releases his immersive and poetic sound works as beautifully executed limited editions on his own label La Scie Dorée. He is also active in numerous collaborational projects with the likes of Christoph Heemann, Andrew Chalk, Frederik Croene, …
Van Luijk and Euler-Donnersperg started working together in 2011 at the Brombron series curated by Frans de Waard. Since then they do occasional live electro-acoustic text-sound performances with use of voice, objects, acoustic instruments and electronics, modified record players and tape machines.
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Frederik Croene has developed a rich experimental practice of improper use of the piano, whether by expanding its range with the help of technology or by deconstructing its mechanics. After his rather intense encounter with the organ on ‘F.C. Me Fecit’, which appeared last year on B.A.A.D.M., Frederik Croene will channel another wind-driven instrument: the Hammond-organ.
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In the past two years, Mathieu Serruys has been performing extensively with the eroded melodic textures from his tape- and synth-driven debut album ‘On Germaine Dulac’, which also marked the start of B.A.A.D.M. as an active label. While not wandering too far from his distinctive approach, also some new sonic territories will be explored now.
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Fri. 15.04.16 – 019, Dok Noord 5L, Gent, Belgium
Once again, we teamed up with film historian dr. Sofie Verdoodt to curate ‘Night of the Experimental Film’ for Art Cinema OFFoff.
We’re delighted to announce that Croatian Amor (DK), Erik Enocksson (SE) and Opéra Mort (FR/BE) will provide this year’s edition with live soundtracks to a selection of fine experimental films dealing with love, death and the fragmentation of the body. B.A.A.D.M. has selected sound artists not just aiming to ‘support’ the moving image, but rather to confront it in order to add other layers of meaning and open up new possibilities for interpretation and perception.
Yukoku (Patriotism / The Rite of Love and Death)
Yukio Mishima, JP, 1966, b/w, 30’, digital
Live soundtrack: Croatian Amor (DK)
The Potted Psalm
Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, VS, 1947, b/w, 18’, 16mm
Peter Tscherkassky, AT, 2001, b/w, 11’, digital
Live soundtrack: Opéra Mort (BE/FR)
Carolee Schneemann, VS, 1965, color & b/w, 25’, 16mm
Takahiko Iimura, JP, 1962-63, b/w, 10’, 16mm
Live soundtrack: Erik Enocksson (SE)
+ Party with dj’s Nosedrip, M.A.V. & Loke Rahbek
The LP will be officially out on December 19th at Noisefest in Kortrijk (Belgium), where Sewer Election and Leda will perform as Neutral.
An edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with download code.
79 BC: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius covers the ancient Roman city of Pompei with tons of ash. All of its inhabitants die and are buried forever. The imprints of their remains have been preserved for centuries. Today one can still gaze at the plaster cask of a perished dog, as if somebody did not want him to be forgotten. Destruction and stillness are united in ‘POMPEI. Impronte’ (ca.1888), Giorgio Sommer’s photo of this dog. B.A.A.D.M. presented this iconic image to Sewer Election and Leda, as a source of inspiration for what now became ‘Maar’. Working together for this album under their solo monikers, sound artists Dan Johansson and Sofie Herner already collaborated on some of the most captivating Swedish experimental releases of recent years with their work as Neutral and as part of Enhet För Fri Musik.
Like the Pompei dog seems reaching to his tail, becoming a symbol of infinite being, this record emerges as a closed world or a vacuum, with two side-long tracks interminably referring to each other. With ‘Maar’ Sewer Election and Leda created a sound cask, an isolated sonic universe with no beginning nor end.
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Sat. 12.12.15 – Sint-Pieters church, Gent, Belgium
B.A.A.D.M. kindly invites you to the presentation of our second LP release, ‘F.C. Me Fecit’ by Frederik Croene (B.A.A.D.M. 002). We celebrate this with a concert by Frederik Croene on the extraordinary Van Peteghem organ. Be welcome! Entrance: free!
The reciting of vows, the exchange of rings, the nuptial blessing: the Catholic rite of marriage centers around well-structured passages of a sacramental nature. When Frederik Croene was asked to rethink the musical settings for a wedding mass of a couple of friends, he got intrigued by the challenge of playing the Van Peteghem organ at St. Peter’s Church in Gent. The family of its creator Pierre Van Peteghem was famous in the Romantic period for their exquisite organ constructions.
It was not the first time Croene made improper use of traditional instruments: for his album ‘Le Piano Démécanisée’ (AudioMER, 2010) he turned to the frame of a piano, navigating between the classical repertoire and radical deconstruction of the musical idiom. With Timo Van Luijk (aka Af Ursin) he released ‘Voile au Vent’ (La Scie Dorée, 2009), creating a haunted cosmos of classical instruments pushed to the edge. Impressed by Croene’s exploration of the Van Peteghem organ, B.A.A.D.M. invited him to return to this massive instrument for a recording of his battle with the registers of pipes and pedals. ‘F.C. Me Fecit’ is the result of hours of variations high up in the organ loft of the St. Peter’s Church. Recorded during stormy weather, this album reflects the different moods instilled by the idea of an eternal alliance between people. Alternately connecting and disconnecting with the organ, Croene’s polluted chords unfold a world of archaic aesthetics and romantic ambiguity. In the split universe of both album sides of ‘F.C. Me Fecit’ (a deliberate wink to artistic mastery), Croene tames the organ and puts you under its spell.
Fri. 03.04.15 – 019, Dok Noord 5L, Gent, Belgium
B.A.A.D.M. together with film historian dr. Sofie Verdoodt curates the next edition of ‘Night of the Experimental Film’ for Art Cinema OFFoff.
These adventurous musicians will interact with a programme of rare films that communicate the metaphysical, transcendental and physical impact of cinema. Through thematic “double bills” we discover returning visual strategies that influence our perception of time. earthly existence, the relationship between the physical and the sensory, nature, animality and transience are connecting elements running through the programme. We deliberately chose films with a strong suggestive charge that evoke primal feelings and find their maximum impact on the big screen.
B.A.A.D.M. has selected sound artists not just aiming to ‘support’ the moving image, but rather to confront it in order to add other layers of meaning and open up new possibilities for interpretation and perception.
Le Songe des chevaux sauvages
Denis Colomb de Daunant, FR, 1960, 11′, color, 16mm
Jack Chambers, CA, 1966, 9′, b/w, 16mm
Live soundtrack: Camargue (BE)
Landscape (for Manon)
Peter Hutton, US, 1987, 18′, b/w, 16mm
A Journey to Avebury
Derek Jarman, GB, 1971, 10′, color, 16mm
Live soundtrack: Sewer Election (SE)
Andy Warhol, US, 1963, 35′, b/w, 16mm
Werner Herzog, DE, 1962, 12′, b/w, digital
Live soundtrack: Helm (UK)
+ Party with dj’s Nosedrip, Raf & B.A.A.D.M. DJs
Fri. 20.09.14 – HISK, Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a, Gent, Belgium
Edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with download code.
On Germaine Dulac is the debut LP by Belgian musician Mathieu Serruys. B.A.A.D.M. commissioned Serruys to revisit Germaine Dulac, female pioneer of the early experimental film. Loosely inspired by moods, scenes and sceneries of La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928), Serruys creates a sound spectrum that reflects the bewildered states of mind that mark her avant-garde masterpiece.
Atmospheres range from fierce monumentality to delicate emotions, evoked by eroded textures and brittle two-tone melodies. Maltreatments of broken tape recorders, instable sound constructions and instant technical seizures mirror the shaken universe of distorted cinema.
On Germaine Dulac is the result of a surprising confrontation between disciplines and collocutors separated in time and space.
Fri. 28.02.2014 – 8.30 pm, Art Cinema OFFoff – Gent
B.A.A.D.M. proudly presents a tribute to the artist and director Derek Jarman, who passed away twenty years ago. Three Belgian bands that display an affinity with his films will perform at Art Cinema OFFoff. The blue screen of Jarman’s radical testament Blue (1993) will be disconnected from the recorded sound and reinterpreted by the musicians. The lineup of this adventurous evening features sound artist Af Ursin (Timo van Luijk), the young experimental band Maan and Vortex Campaign. Exclusively for this unique occasion, the members of Vortex Campaign, who in the eighties collaborated with Coil and The New Blockaders, will create new work.
More info about the event: http://www.offoff.be/