BOOK OF AIR

is a series of bundled compositions exploring each time specific musical parameters closely related to sound, frequency and time. How is the perception of sound influenced by time? What happens when we slow down time, stretch time, and so use time as a microscope to zoom in on sound? How do we relate to time in music as improvising and performing musicians? There are currently two projects in Book of Air: fieldtone and vvolk

 

Projects

Agenda

11•11•17 | Book of Air vvolk
Brand festival
Nona Mechelen, BE

14•01•18 | Book of Air Fieldtone
Brussels Jazz festival
Sunday afternoon concert
Flagey, BE

VVOLK

 

“As a listener you experience one sound, one cloud, one texture, with slow moving details within. While getting deeper in the sound of vvolk, the perception of time fades. It is astonishing how improvised music can create such a timeless, and calming experience for the listener. This timelessness clearly has an effect on the physical body. After a concert of ‘vvolk’ you will leave with an altered body state.”

This is the second Book of air chapter performed by ‘VVOLK’. The music of ‘VVOLK’ is played by a group of 18 improvisers with roots in jazz and classical music. The group investigates performing and improvising music, in close relation to present time; what are the possibilities in playing music, when changes in this music pass by unnoticed? How do we as musicians relate to the running time of a performance? How does our hearing and memory react to these slow changes? As a result ‘vvolk’ let’s you experience music which is less perceived in the present time, but rather occurs in our memory of the past. This clearly challenges the improvising musicians, and makes audience and performers discover new territories in collective improvisation.

Inspired by the slow tempo and invisible motion of nature; how the seasons pace without sudden turns, slow and gentle. Seemingly still, yet always in motion.

 

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CREDITS

01 lente > zomer
02 herfst > winter

Music performed by:

STIJN COOLS – drums
SEP FRANCOIS – vibraphone & percussion 
HENDRIK VANATTENHOVEN – double bass
NATHAN WOUTERS – double bass
LAURENS SMET – double bass & electric bass
BERT COOLS – electric guitar
RUBEN MACHTELINCKX – electric guitar
BENJAMIN SAUZEREAU – electric guitar
NIELS VAN HEERTUM – euphonium
VIKTOR PERDIEUS – tenor saxophone
THOMAS JILLINGS – tenor saxophone
ERIK BOGAERTS – alto saxophone
FRANS VAN ISACKER – alto saxophone
STEFAN BRACAVAL – flute
INDRE JURGELEVICIUTE – kankles
FRUZ TONTELING – harmonium
WOUT GOORIS – rhodes

Composed by STIJN & BERT COOLS

Recorded by PETER DESMEDT
Mixed by STIJN COOLS
Mastered by UWE TEICHERT 
Cover Picture by JOHN TAI 
Layout by JONATHAN KARSILO

Published by Sub Rosa 2016 SR413
Recorded january 7th 2015 at ‘deSingel’, blauwe zaal
Coproduction of ‘deSingel’ International Arts Campus

 

 

FIELDTONE

Fieldtone refers to ‘roomtone’: Roomtone is the “silence” recorded at a location or space when no music is played or dialogue spoken. Every room is different, and these recordings always carry their unique character. The compositions of fieldtone are inspired by the tempo and sonic textures of specific nature locations. The sound to be found in nature has a very slow groove. A groove embedded by silence, and so slow it can almost only be felt while spending a few hours in the nature at sea, during a forest trip, in open fields, etc… It is this groove and the “silence” of nature that was an inspiration for the fieldtone compositions. By embedding this silent slowness into the compositions, the details of the sounds played become much more prominent. In this way the silence itself, amplifies the sounds that are played, and will also amplify the room surrounding the listener. The music is performed by an ensemble of string instruments supplemented with drums.

 

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CREDITS

01 SHEN sow tyray
02 SHILLE gwer canne
03 PHIO beres
04 O chiba ram ren

Music performed by

NATHAN WOUTERS – double bass
INDRE JURGELEVICIUTE – kankles
BERT COOLS – electric & acoustic guitars
BENJAMIN SAUZEREAU – electric guitar
STIJN COOLS – drums & composition

Recorded on 16-19/07/2013 in Gembloux

released November 15, 2015

Recording supervision by IVAN MORENO
Mixed by STIJN COOLS
Mastered by UWE TEICHERT
Cover picture by SANDRA SENA
Layout by XING DETHIER

Published and Released by Sub Rosa SRV412
Produced by granvat & Sub Rosa 2016