Named after the galactic supercluster, Laniakea is the celestial music duo of Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, etc.) and Massimo Pupillo (Zu).
Cosmic hymns and atomised riffs slowed and stretched to unveil a pantheon of sound drawing on a rich tapestry of influences ranging from the plainchant of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice Coltrane's Ashram tapes to the monolithic bass frequencies of Godflesh. Laniakea investigates the micro and the macro in hermetic ubiquity.
As above so below.
Recorded at 147 Tower Gardens former home to gentleman satyr and Coil affiliate Ian Johnstone (and former residence of DOS), this music was conceived soon after Ian's untimely passing. An exercise in how to transform grief into grace. How to allow grace to transform space. How space can transmit information and be transformed in sound. A space so charged with life and energy and art and magick that only the physical presence of two vessels were needed to manipulate a variety of instruments and the atmosphere provided all the rest. Daniel was custodian of the suburban dwelling in which Ian Johnstone poured enormous love and energy. Clad in dark stained wood, a dense menagerie of power amulets and the sidereal painting of Austin Osman Spare, Ian shared his home with the late Jhonn Balance of Coil up until his death in 2004. In the process of packing an immense cabinet of curiosities into cardboard boxes, Daniel was visited by his friend Massimo (now resident of the Peruvian jungle and student of shamanic power plants) and in the midst of a great grief sounds began to flow with little discussion.
Only to celebrate the artistic and human heritage of dearly departed friends through music.
Hence Laniakea was born. And started sailing home.
Neil Leiter (Stars of The Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen) from Echo Collective will play viola with Laniakea
» Pak Yan Lau & Mathieu Calleja (Improvisation)
Après des études de piano en Belgique et au Portugal, les intérêts musicaux de Pak Yan Lau se sont orientés vers l’improvisation libre et la musique liée au bruit et au son. Son amour pour les objets au son curieux, son obsession pour les jouets et son fétichisme pour les toypianos ont vu naître un « toy band » appelé The Crappy Mini Band.
Mathieu Calleja has met with: Giovanni Di Domenico, Akira Sakata, Yan Jun, Manolo Cabras, Nicolas Talbot, Mathieu Werchowski, Laurent Blondiau, Jeroen Van Herzeele , Fabien Gruau et les Aires, Miguel Angel García, Artur Matamoro Vidal, Toma Gouband, Sanne Van Hek, Xavier Lopez, Frédéric Nogray, Mathieu Garrouste, Matthieu Gayon, Heddy Boubaker, Eric Surmenian, Manja Ristic, Fanny Lasfarges, Jozef Dumoulin, Sébastien Bouhana, Antez, Daysuke Takaoka, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Hugues Vincent, Brice Soniano, Mathias Delplanque, Joachim Badenhorst, Dafne Vicente Sandoval, Dante Feijoo, Jasper Stadouders, John Dikeman, Laurence Williams, Alexandra Grimal, Lynn Cassiers, Joao Lobo, among others…
» Björn Jauss & Matthieu Safatly (BE/FR) (Deep Ambient)
BJÖRN JAUSS (modular synth) with MATTHIEU SAFATLY (cello) for a DEEP-AMBIENT-ORGANIC-IMPROVISATION
Björn Jauss aka zen.se — Born in St. Vith (B) and living since his early 20ies in Brussels to pursue his research into the essence of sound. He was one of the founders of meakusma, organizing several electronic music production related workshops and jam sessions. Following his retreat, he made the move towards the modular synthesizer world, with the aim to build his personalized monophonic performance instrument. Driven by a fascination for feedback, his decade long quest, has given rise to "The Gonzophone".
Using exclusively analogue feedback as primary sound source, his minimalist performances are based on timbral variations over time. By keeping pitch changes to a bare minimum and using slow movements, he puts musical form into the sound itself, contrary to the common practice of combining multiple sounds into a musical form. The perception of time becomes fluid during the improvisation around sustained notes of gritty analogue timbres, played through an infinite delay loop to combine into deep and dense dronescapes.
Another aspect of his research is to integrate the play of an outboard instrument and the modular synthesizer into a single musical voice. This can range from simple audio processing of the external instrument, to sophisticated setups where the external instrument becomes a controller of a feedback synthesis setup. Having 2 players perform one musical voice permits to overcome the respective limitations inherent to both instruments.
Matthieu Safatly — Beginning in 1995 with the Norman group Quattrophage (still performing today with Nicolas Lelièvre & Olivier Hüe) — where acoustic instruments (cellos, percussion, prepared instruments and repurposed objects) blended with electric instruments (guitar, turntable, sampling…) for a mix of improvised music, contemporary music and electroacoustic music — the musical journey of Matthieu Safatly has followed a variety of paths.
That of “electro” with Black Sifichi & Negative Stencil (a trio forming a poetic electro-cabaret-circus in which he played the role of bassist, cellist and percussionist), then with the collective Wild Shores where he offset the rigor of machines and industrial sounds with his progressive layerings on the cello or his instinctive rhythms using metallic minimalistic percussion.
That of text, by tweaking his instrument for spoken word performances or plays.
That of physical and sonic performance with the Compagnie Faim de Siècle.
That of pure acoustic and personalized improvisation, in sometimes unexpected on-site encounters.
That of image, by accompanying films or slideshows of contemporary photography.
That of rock (with the Belgian group Present in 2000-2010), or of a tortuous, complex and sensuous solo melody.
He followed these paths before taking a long break and recording his first solo album.
Actually he is also :
- co-composer with his twin brother Tom Whist (surprising electro-crooner-looser)
- DJ Chosta, using exclusively contemporary music samples for deep-ambient-abstract-house sets
- the organizer of One Moment Free Improv with Jean-Jacques Duerinckx and Les Nuits du Beau Tas with Pierre-Jean Vranken, Jean-Jacques Duerinckx and Pit Kanigou, two musical event organizations based in Brussels.