A mysterious set of four works using magnetic pickups to create a diverse set of soundscapes, from ringing tones to cantankerous scratchy earthquake zones, with radio captures alone or on top of those environments adding a sense of mystery to each piece, sometimes providing enigmatic voices, sometimes static, sometimes strange signal and carrier waves; fascinating.
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Label: Verz Imprint
Catalog ID: #025
Squidco Product Code: 32107
Packaging: Recycled Chipboard Sleeve
Recorded in Kobe, Japan, in Summer, 2021.
Tim Olive-radio, magnetic pickups
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"The music of Tim Olive arises from collaboration with fellow musicians/sound artists, collaboration with physical and temporal setting, and collaboration with those involved in the act of listening. Using simple materials (magnetic pickups, steel strings, tuning forks, metal strips, hand-wound motor mechanisms, magnetic tape, dental floss and analog electronics), Olive's work examines presence and the present, the interplay of the human with material/time/space, and the uniqueness, intensity and unrepeatability that lives in each performing and/or recording situation.
He is interested in music as a social activity, as a way of creating community, a way of countering the forces which lead to an increasing atomization of contemporary life; music as a felt experience rather than as a concept or a theory.
A Canadian residing in Kobe, Japan, Olive has released music on Japanese, European and North American labels, with Jeff Allport, Cristian Alvear, Pascal Battus, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Samuel Dunscombe, Nick Hoffman, Anne-F Jacques, Jin Sangtae, Jason Kahn, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Francisco Meirino, Katsura Mouri, Takuji Naka, Makoto Oshiro and Ben Owen.
Olive has performed/recorded in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, with the recording collaborators listed above, as well as with Akiyama Tetuzi, Maria Chavez, Che Chen, Kelly Churko, crys cole, Joe Foster, Haco, Hong Chulki, Bonnie Jones, Richard Kamerman, Kostis Kilymis, Siew-Wai Kok, Madoka Kouno, Tomasz Krakowiak, Fangyi Liu, James Rushford, Carl Stone, Fritz Welch, Nate Wooley, Jared Xu and Yan Jun.
In addition to organizing events in Japan, Olive runs the label 845 Audio."-Tim Olive 11/28/2022
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1. Okay Grand Dependable 1 08:22
2. Okay Grand Dependable 2 05:42
1. Okay Grand Dependable 3 07:12
2. Okay Grand Dependable 4 07:21
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"Japan-based Canadian sound artist Tim Olive debuts on verz with more magnetic pickup mastery. This time incorporating radios, he summons ghosts of tubes and transistors past. Tactile!"-Verz ImPrint
"[...] On Okay Grand Dependable, Olive does something out of the ordinary. The magnetic pick-up thing is still present, but now he works with radio sounds. I am not entirely sure, but I don't think Olive has used radio a lot so far. I don't know what kind of radio Olive uses, and I don't mean what kind of brand, but if this radio is a small handheld device or if he uses one of those websites where you can tune in on short and long waves. The website from the University of Twente is the best-known one and is recommended for anyone looking for quick sound sources. Listening to Olive's music, I think he uses one of these websites, judging by how things sound. There is no ambience, no sustaining sounds, but loud, improvised sounds with scrambled radio recordings. Messages from other places and different times; echoes of the past and no longer to be understood. Almost erased. Think The Conet Project and their number stations releases, but now made into music. Olive's work has fine brutality to it without being too noisy. Olive doesn't go for the cheap effects of plain noise, or too much repetition, but in these pieces, he has much variety, and on various occasions, he cuts the sound away and just starts something different within one piece. His magnetic pick up is recognizable here and works wonders as well. Great tape!"-Frans da Waard, Vital Weekly
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