B.P.S. – Live at WiLLEM ii STUDiOS

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LTD Cassette Release.
Compositions by: Kohhei Matsuda (Bo Ningen, JP) & Mark Cremins
All tracks Live recorded by B.P.S. at the wonderful Willem Twee studios in Den Bosch, Sept ’20.

 

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LTD Cassette Release.
All tracks Live recorded by B.P.S. at the wonderful Willem Twee studios in Den Bosch, Sept ’20.

Compositions by: Kohhei Matsuda (Bo Ningen, JP) & Mark Cremins

The first track is the live broadcast from September 2020 (inc. various tape machines, Kohhei’s guitar, effects and the studio’s ye olde filters). Bird Painting Scum 1-5 are edits and collages made with extra material from the sessions.

B.P.S. (cassette, private)
The acronym stands for Bird Painting Scum. I understand this to be a duo of Kohhei Matsuda and Mark Cremins. I am not sure if I have heard of either musician before. Matsuda is a guitar player, and Cremins plays tape machines, mics, bells and some wind. On the first side of their cassette, we find recordings they made at the Willem Twee Studios in the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. They house a wonderful collection of old synthesizers, which was lost on the recording of this music. At least, that’s what I assume. The other contains five shorter pieces. There is a certain brutalism to be noted in the music throughout these pieces. Not the kind of brutalism that blows up your speakers because they don’t play as loud as possible; rather not! I mean, they use a sort of direct approach when it comes to recording. Straight to tape, with all the ‘mistakes’ ( I am sure they don’t call it as such) left in. So when Cremins cuts a loop that isn’t perfect, it still ends up getting used. Matsuda’s guitar is, at times, a guitar, but he knows some tricks to bend and shape it, playing a rather percussive edge, which is most enjoyable. All of this moves away and around the lines of improvisation, drifting at times further afield, towards noise, towards lo-fi experimentalism. There is quite a variation within these pieces; they shift techniques and approaches in a vivacious environment. Topped with a classic ‘no Dolby’ layer of hiss, the ultimate do-it-yourself release this week.

(FdW) Vital Weekly 1322

Shouts To The Magnificent: B.P.S. & Willem Twee Studios Crew