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Awesome Foursomes (iii - No. 562)

july 18, 2021

« Because the sounds evoke words, and the words do the sounds, round and round and round and rounds... »

No. 562

1. Tafel Dubbelnul [ookoi​]

Tafel 00 is the second track of the ookoi's Tafelmuziek / Muziektafel (2004) CD. It—notably and prominently—features FPCM on clarinet, and starts as an impromptu 'happy birthday' cantate, with him confidently blowing the first two phrases of the Dutch Lang zal ze leven. This particular birthday party, however, comes to an untimely end when, a mere five seconds into the track, the clarinet hicks up and rewinds. In the rebound it diverges into a lamento lento, a two minutes deep and slow melodic complaint, accompanied only by a very sparse guitar line. In the very last few seconds, a final light and airy 'hop' shakes off that sadness, as if it were a fly landing on your cheek to briefly pause from its erratic buzzin' flight:


2. Oefening Nummer Drie [Har$]

This curiously named and speedy up-tempo instrumental is one of many short pieces that I recorded in London over the years 1981 and 1982. It was multi-tracked late 1981 in a basement on Cavendish Avenue, St John's Wood (haha, and yes, in case some of you connoisseurs of pop history's faits divers wonder: indeed, that was/is right next to Paul McCartney's London mansion), using Tom Astor's four track TEAC and his Roland Space (tape) echo machine. I am playing pretty much all of the instruments: the acoustic piano, the electric bass and the electric guitar. The only guest player appearing is the trumpet player, of whom I remember no more than that his first name was Toby and that at the time he played with Stimulin, a then upcoming 'Britfunk' band. Toby blew the two extended trumpet interspersions, and the trumpet may very well have been the principal reason that in 1982 I picked Oefening Nummer Drie as my contribution to 'Colonial Vipers', a C90 cassette compilation with tracks by the crème-de-la-crème of very early 1980's Dutch ULTRA-ish home-taping experimental pop creators, released as TRUM 0008 by Brian Dommisse on his... TRUMPETT label.


3. Green Dress and Door Swinging [323​​]

323 was the Amsterdam Marnixstraat house number where in the ULTRA days the Minny Pops and the Young Lions shared a souterrain rehearsal space with my new wave / pop band Presse Papier. We rented it from a yoga practicing, herbal tea drinking and incense burning young woman. Her first name was—if I remember rightly—Hilda. The Brussels based record label Les Disques du Crépuscule had shown interest in a couple of demos of songs that I had recorded with Presse Papier in that small, low and dark basement space, lined with dark red coloured velours curtains, using the little four track studio set-up, installed there by Wijnand de Groot. One of those demo's, called 'Affectionate Silence' was included on Crépuscule's classic double vinyl compilation album The Fruit of the Original Sin, released in November 1981. As a sort of the band's new start, I proposed to no longer call us Presse Papier, but have the band named by our rehearsing space's house number: 323
I met quite a few times with the Crépuscule guy 'n' girl in Brussels. We talked about many things, including—a lot—about getting us studio time in Brussels to record an EP or even a full album, to be subsequently released by Crépuscule. But neither the one nor the other eventually happened.
There's still most of the lyrics, though (all of them pretty 'literary', and all centring on the doings of an alienated 'she'-protagonist in (those) 'modern' days). And quite a bit of the music intended for that album did survive in the form of approximate recordings, made back then, most of them early 1981, in the Marnixstraat souterrain, like this 'Green Dress & Door Swinging'.
It is of course merely a coincidence that many, many years later also the ookoi became green dressed door swingers. Or is it?

4. Is the Future of Popp [ookoi​​]

"drie minuten elektronische gelukzaligheid"

Generations to come will rightly count this three minutes long 'Is the Future of Popp' among the 'ultimate ookoi', the ookoi's greatest...: « ookoi is the Future of Popp ! » ...
Re-phrased in more compact German: « ookoi ist Fop ! »
Think of this fully electronic ookoi piece, composed round about 2011, as the soundtrack generated by a worn-out and dripping wet future music box, soaked in the yet to occur flooding of one of your progeny's dwellings and brought back from there home here to you by an intrepid time traveller.
It is both a warning and a witness.
In the first twenty seconds you hear twice the rattling metal creak of tensioning the wind-up spring of a (is it real or is it fake?) mechanical playback mechanism—at 0'09" and again at 0'19"—amidst digital glitch, percussive hits and bubble-poppy synthesizer beeps.
The track then leads you along a vertiginous musical path of devious rhythmic complexity, a complexity that contradicts and counteracts the triviality of the duck-like quackings and the banality of the dominant cartoonish synthodies that persist and push on and on and on, accompanied though by cheerful lines and chords of a masterfully played electronic home organ, an as irrefutable symbol of false post-WWII optim- and future-ism as are Tupperware and the Jetsons, or the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium, and the Philips Evoluon in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Starting around 2'30", one senses that an apotheosis is imminent. But also the symphonic ending announced by a majestic piano intro (wall-to-wall, kamerbreed) is nipped in the bud by a comic-synth tune, marking the track's premature end at 2'51", just seconds before all evaporates and eludes us in the aftermath, as if it were a gas.
Yes, « ookoi ist Fop » is indeed much like the re-build of something that somehow, somewhere made a great fall, and scattered into a myriad of colourful pieces.
None of the king's horses and none of his men could put it together again.
Haha, but the ookoi did!
Disclaimers: ookoi's Future Popp is totally unrelated to the existing electronic pop music pseudo-genre named 'futurepop', which is merely steady beat electronic dance dipped in a creamy cyber-goth sauce, i.e. whipped up eighties synth pop. Take it if you like it. We do not.
Our use of 'Popp' on the other hand indeed does refer to composer, arranger and conductor André Popp (1924-2014), born in France into a Dutch family of German origin, and an unrivalled master of serious unseriousness in mainstream music.


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next up on b.ookoi:Awesome Foursomes (iv)

Read about the ookoi and Raudio and Stduio on the SoundBlog:
(2022, april 25) - Awesome Foursomes (viii) - No. 664
(2022, march 31) - Awesome Foursomes (vii) - No. 138
(2022, february 20) - Awesome Foursomes (vi) - No. 419
(2021, november 01) - Awesome Foursomes (v) - No. 954
(2021, august 20) - Awesome Foursomes (iv) - No. 793
(2021, july 18) - Awesome Foursomes (iii) - No. 562
(2021, july 09) - Awesome Foursomes (ii)- No. 284
(2021, june 21) - Awesome Foursomes (i) - No. 019
(2021, may 31) - d.ookoi writes b.ookoi (i)
(2020, january 26) - STDUIO Arti: aLife @Hal-fIve
(2020, january 25) - STDUIO Arti: The Lâ’¶st Weekend
(2019, march 03) - ookoi 2.0: the remake of a spect[r]al b[r]and
(2017, april 12) - 1024
(2015, march 07) - The men once in green are now writing a book!
(2014, may 09) - You are NOT Hier!
(2013, july 03) - How to keep devils away
(2013, may 06) - Next Numbr!
(2012, june 24) - Ninja Fruit Plus Instruments
(2012, may 06) - Y.3 = Yltra !
(2012, may 06) - Our final gig / Ons laatste optreden
(2010, may 23) - 'Raise the trumpet, sound the drum'
(2010, april 02) - [Second Life and WudyWudy]
(2010, january 05) - ookoi: onderood
(2009, november 17) - Soli Deo Gloria !
(2009, october 10) - Project Icarus OST
(2009, august 24) - ookoi ShakeNRoll
(2009, july 18) - Pure . Reactive . Music . Hack Day
(2009, april 07) - "Blood and Bottom" (Raudi0GaGa)
(2009, february 21) - Insular arithmetic (ookoi toont)
(2009, january 31) - A glimpse of Heesbeen
(2009, january 15) - Rien à voir
(2008, october 02) - The right to be slow
(2008, june 06) - Raudio Graffiti: almost live !
(2008, february 24) - The Great Washing
(2007, december 04) - I'm an island
(2007, november 20) - Live Beyond the Paradiso, Amsterdam
(2007, september 04) - leve ookoi! (3)
(2007, august 22) - leve ookoi! (2)
(2007, august 12) - leve ookoi! (1)
(2007, april 12) - Back to Berling [Raudio 11/15]
(2007, march 24) - Vicky, Killers and Avatars
(2007, february 15) - Every presentation is a premiere
(2007, january 25) - 1024 Waarden, by ookoi
(2007, january 19) - Preparations for a Second Life
(2006, november 05) - Cellarlar Heroes
(2006, october 20) - Funky shit
(2006, august 14) - placard : la générale
(2006, july 07) - de-'tails of lite house keeping'
(2006, may 06) - jam karet?
(2006, april 04) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [3] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 20) - raudio @cosman's
(2006, march 12) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [2] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 03) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [1] [Raudio 07]
(2005, october 12) - Raudio #06 [Raudio 06]
(2005, september 25) - 0 OK, 0:1, life on ze road
(2005, july 31) - Outside - Inside Paradiso
(2005, june 18) - Sand-Y da-Y #5-7 [Raudio 05]
(2005, june 05) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #04 - da birds
(2005, may 26-24) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #03, #02, #01 - Crew cut ; "The truth is out here" ; ::
(2005, may 14) - 9 Beet Stretch [Raudio Special]
(2005, march 31) - Raudio #04 :: "GespRek 1982-2005" [Raudio 04]
(2005, february 10) - raudio #3 (drie/three) [Raudio 03]
(2004, december 08) - pure sound [Raudio 02]
(2004, november 24) - other, and good news! [Raudio 01]
(2004, october 10) - raudio launched
(2004, september 24) - made in ameland
(2004, june 09) - boyzz buzz # listen!global corpus
(2004, may 20-31) - >∞-îl_o_tré

Read some of the ookoi's papers [pdf]:
(2014) - Localized Sounds, Sounding Locations.
Presented at the International Symposium "Locative Media and Sound Art", Kortrijk (be)
(2007) - ookoi - Uptime Publishing Demonstration. (With Jay Needham.)

Read about the ookoi in Gonzo (Circus) [Dutch]:
Gonzo #88, september/october 2008 - Zelfcomponerende Klankstukken

ookoi - The works:
(2015—now) :: writing b.ookoi: pick a number!
(2017) Weekly, 10'24" :: ookoi dooki podcast
(2014) HIER - iPhone app, 4 track album of localized Future Popp
(2013) Y ¬ Y.1024 (HTML5 web app)
(2013) Wandelzand - iPhone app, soundwalk for the Dutch isle of Ameland
(2012) Palm Top Theatre V2
(2010) WudyWudy, machina movie, filmed in Second Life by Evo Szuyuan (trailer)
(2009) ookoi_@_E@rport, Amsterdam - channel 19 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2009) ShakeNRoll, Project Icarus OST - scenes for the RJDJ reactive music iPhone platform
(2009) iRingg®, iPhone ringtones
(2009) 2525 (video)
(2008) L'Ecoute - public space screen video
(2008) Jam Karet I & Jam Karet IV - pocket movies
(2007) Live beyond the Paradiso (USB-stick data-dump)
(2007) Leve ookoi! - channel 16 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2007) 1024 (DVD)
(2007) 1024 Waarden - flash animation
(2006) "Roam Stroam" - channel 12 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2006) Tijdrekken - flash animation
(2005) Sand-Y (Zandoog) - channel 7 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2004) Muziektafel-Tafelmuziek (CD)
(1980) Signs and Symptoms

Read about ULTRA on the SoundBlog:

(2012, june 24) - A Night at the Museum [ One big sweep, from ULTRA-modern to post-experimental (iv) ]
(2012, may 06) - Y.3 = YltrA! [ One big sweep, from ULTRA-modern to post-experimental (iii) ]
(2012, may 03) - One big sweep, from ULTRA-modern to post-experimental (ii)
(2012, april 02) - One big sweep, from ULTRA-modern to post-experimental (i)
(2011, december 24) - Touching base

Read about ULTRA in Gonzo (Circus) [Dutch]:

Gonzo #108, maart/april 2012 - Ultra

tags: ookoi, b.ookoi

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