Category: Live

Otis – Vertical tales – a/v live (english version)

PRESS-KIT

OTIS-Vertical Tales is the new project by Økapi, aka Filippo E. Paolini. A music album and now an audio / video performance. An illustrated journey in motion created by Økapi. Four years after the tribute to Olivier Messiaen, Økapi takes its cue from the story of Otis Elisha Graves, the inventor of the lift, who in the mid-nineteenth century took to the stage at World’s Fair in New York to demonstrate his elevator safety brake. It was the way for the vertical push of the horizons, the start to a new narrative imagination that Økapi explores with his sound samples palette (and of images, this time). The compositional processes often are parallel. Sound is born. It turns into an image. And then turns into sound again.  A visionary development that gradually takes shape in the claustrophobia of an elevator, from ground floor to 15th floor.
In the closing remarks of the illustrated book, Økapi writes: «Pushing a button to get us moving means entering a world whose borders are dilated. Space bursts open onto a theoretically infinitive series of variants […] Thought chamber of suspended time […] The lift is the perfect cabin to stop time and play with the immortality of events».

Live duration : 50 minutes
The album – distributed on physical medium (Audio CD), as an illustrated book (with English texts) bundled with an Audio CD and in digital download – was produced by and with Kappabit Music Publishing and is out on Folderol label (FOL-CD008) . Both physical media are enhanced by extra multimedia content available via QR-Code.

Press:
A wonderful sound experience: an elevator ride to new artistic heights and unprecedented electronic mixesSentireascoltare – Nicolò Arpinati
A project that consecrates the uniqueness of the Roman musician and his visionary compositional freshness, which goes far beyond cut-up skills, Otis-Vertical Tales is a project that should not be missed (hopefully in the future in a performative version).Il Giornale della Musica – Enrico Bettinello
Reviews:https://www.okapi.it/otis-vertical-tales/
Listen on Bandcamp: https://folderolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/otis

Small bio:

Økapi is a French-Italian composer of electronic music, well-known collagist and exponent of plunderphonic music. He released several solo records and took part to numerous collaborations and line-ups. A reckless crossplayer of codes and genres, an omnivorous listener, he’s appreciated in the musical research field and, because of other projects, in the underground and dance world as well.

Extended biography: https://www.okapi.it/bio/
Bio wikipedia: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%98kapi

Links:

http://www.okapi.it/
http://soundcloud.com/okapi23
http://soundcloud.com/okapi

Promotional teaser

Tech Rider:

Audio
Mixing console: min 2 input, RCA 
4 Cables, RCA 
2 Active speaker system (min.500 watt) 
1 Sub woofer speaker 
(optional) 1 or 2 monitor speakers
Video
1 HD projector (indoor >3000 ansi lumens, outdoor >5000 ansi lumens ) 
1 screen 
1 hdmi cable 
1 table min 1,50mt x 1,00mt 
220V plugs

Otis – Vertical tales – a/v live

PRESS-KIT

OTIS-Vertical Tales è il nuovo live di Økapi, tratto dall’omonimo album musicale illustrato uscito per Folderol Records. Un omaggio all’inventore dell’ascensore, Otis Elisha Graves, e a quel dispositivo che da metà del XIX secolo ha rivoluzionato gli orizzonti urbanistici e ambientato infinite narrazioni. Per questo live Økapi destruttura suoni e immagini provenienti dalle più disparate fonti e li ricompone in una suite in più tempi. Ascensorista d’eccezione, Økapi conduce lo spettatore in un viaggio verticale e mentale, dal piano terra al 15esimo piano di un edificio immaginario.
Scrive Økapi nel testo finale dell’album-illustrato: «Lo spazio [dell’ascensore] si spalanca a una serie teoricamente infinita di varianti. L’ascensore è il perfetto abitacolo per fermare il tempo. Camera dei pensieri e del tempo sospeso».
Durata: 50 minuti circa
L’album Otis, da cui lo spettacolo è tratto, è distribuito su supporto fisico (Audio CD), come libro illustrato (con testi in inglese) con CD allegato e in digital download, e pubblicato da Folderol (FOL-CD008). Da entrambi i supporti fisici è possibile accedere a contenuti multimediali extra tramite QR-Code.
Press:
“Una meravigliosa esperienza sonora: una salita in elevatore verso nuove vette artistiche e inedite commistioni elettroniche” Sentireascoltare – Nicolò Arpinati
“Lavoro che consacra l’unicità del musicista romano e la sua visionaria freschezza compositiva, che va ben oltre le abilità nelcut-up,Otis-Vertical Tales è un progetto che non ci si deve lasciar sfuggire (si spera in futuro anche in versione performativa).” Il Giornale della Musica – Enrico Bettinello
Leggi altre recensioni:https://www.okapi.it/otis-vertical-tales/
Ascolta l’album su Bandcamp: https://folderolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/otis

Breve bio:

Økapi, al secolo Filippo E. Paolini, è un compositore elettronico franco-italiano, noto collagista e cut-up artist, esponente della plunderfonia. Ha all’attivo numerosi dischi in solo, partecipazioni e formazioni. Spericolato attraversatore di codici e di generi, ascoltatore onnivoro, è noto nel mondo della ricerca musicale come, per altri progetti, in quello underground e dance.
Bio estesa: https://www.okapi.it/bio/
Bio wikipedia: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%98kapi

Link utili:

http://www.okapi.it/
http://soundcloud.com/okapi23
http://soundcloud.com/okapi

Trailer

Scheda tecnica
Audio:
Mixing console: min 2 input, RCA
4 Cables, RCA
2 Active speaker system (min.500 watt)
1 Sub woofer speaker
(optional) 1 or 2 monitor speakers
Video:
1 HD projector (indoor >3000 ansi lumens, outdoor >5000 ansi lumens )
1 screen
1 hdmi cable
1 table min 1,50mt x 1,00mt
220V plugs

SOUND LABYRINTH – Site-specific installation for children

LABIRINTO SONORO – SOUND LABYRINTH
A SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

 

 

A proposal by Filippo Paolini – aka Økapi supported by Teatro delle Apparizioni, Slap-Press and Quadra Booking

 

Introduction

Last November 2017, within the program of RomaEuropa Festival Kids (www.romaeuropa.net), an international artistic festival, there was “Labirinto” (Labyrith), a site-specific installation for children from 4 to 100 years old. The installation, conceived by the company Teatro delle Apparizioni (www.teatrodelleapparizioni.it) consists of a labyrinth of seven rooms, adapted to the architecture of an old slaughterhouse in Rome, built with recycled fruit and vegetable crates/boxes. Økapi, art-name of the italian sound designer and electronic musician Filippo Paolini, has been called to compose the soundtrack of each room in the labyrinth. Økapi has signed a sound journey through the emotions (fear, enthusiasm, abandonment, gratitude…) that accompany the children searching the exit…

 

During three weekends in November, the labyrinth was crossed by over 4,800 children, some alone and other followed by their parents. Labyrinth received great support from the public and critics. The music of Økapi became the soundtrack that children brought in their memory at the end of their adventure (and in digital format as a present for everyone). After this experience, the record label Aldebaran Records, in collaboration with Slap-Press and Quadra Booking, decided to publish a vinyl. A limited edition of 200 numbered copies will be released at the end of May 2018. A new project in three different options The experience of the Labyrinth in Rome led Økapi to develop a specific project for the psy-trance and alternative festival scenary. Økapi started from a premise.In psy-trance festivals, the audience is increasing and growing. Year after year, the public begin to bring their children with them. Those children already present in festivals also begin to grow up. It becomes necessary to think of them too, to this very young audience that start to show the need for their own autonomy of tastes and spaces. This is the new horizon that festivals are called to consider if they want to keep the very youngest.

Thinking about them, Økapi has conceived a labyrinth of 600 square meters. The core of this is a small dancefloor for children. The shape could be circular or square. The labyrinth has a soundtrack played 24 hours a day thorugh sound diffusion spots. The installation – of course – can be crossed by children of all ages. It become a new space in which you can run across or you can crouch in a corner, where the music gives you good feelings.

Inside the space, in the center of the labyrinth, every evening from 18.00 to 19.30 – at sunset – children can dance with Økapi. Ozora already appreciated his music in two different editions (2013 and 2017) and know well how it sounds good to generate high and lightful energy. It looks to the world of childhood and teenagers. It’s perfect for theatre and circus. It is a big surprise to dance laughing and jumping.

But… how to use the center of the labyrinth during the day? As a LAB(yrinth), of course. During the day the space can be used for workshop for children.

 

We’d like to propose this project in three different options, in order to fit in the Ozora plannig and to collaborate with other groups or creative teams already involved:

First option: the total project

Analysis and development of the project and installation of the labyrinth with proper recycling solutions (fruit boxes, straw, wood or bamboo) to cover an area of 600 square meters (about 6,000 fruit boxes);

Installation of stereo sounds spots in the area (14 speakers with connection usb);

Installation of light spots (maybe solar or not);

Setup of a dj console with DJ mixer, two speakers and two monitors.

Second hybrid option: bring the soundtrack and the dancefloor for children over other architectural projects

Application of the soundtrack by Økapi and realization of the dancefloor for children over a labyrinth structure already planned and / or already realized in Ozora Festival.

Analysis and development of the project in dialogue with the existing structure;

Installation of stereo sounds spots in the area (14 speakers with connection usb);

Installation of light spots(maybe solar or not);

Setup of a dj console with DJ mixer, two speakers and two monitors.

Third hybrid option: bring only the soundtrack over other architectural projects

Application of the soundtrack by Økapi in dialogue with a labyrinth structure already planned and / or already realized in Ozora Festival.

Analysis and development of the project in dialogue with the existing structure;

Installation of stereo sounds spots in the area (14 speakers with connection usb);

Installation of light spots (maybe solar or not);

 

 

Opera Riparata – Tribute to Bruno Munari – a/v…

ØKAPI & SIMONE MEME’ – Opera Riparata (Fixed Opera)

Økapi is Filippo Paolini, an Italian turntablist and sample cutup artist. Filippo has recorded several solo albums, as well as recording in the duo Metaxu and with the trio Dogon. He has performed live for national Italian State radio broadcasts (RAI) with renowned avant-turntablist, Christian Marclay and collaborates with numerous international artists such as Mike Cooper, Peter Brotzmann, Mike Patton, Matt Gustafson, Zu, Damo Suzuki, Andy EX, Kawabata Makoto, Metamkine… ØKapi’s album releases illustrate his unique and edgy use of turntables and computer beyond the hip-hop school of chopped up music, creating music that veers from orchestral to lounge with quirky experimental electronics that maintain a delicate and spacious sound throughout.

Opera Riparata (Fixed Opera) is a tribute to Bruno Munari and to his Broken Opera (created with Davide Mosconi).
Starting from the original text written in 1989 by Munari and Mosconi, the musician Økapi and the visual artist More*Tv*V de-structure and re-compose 40 famous Operas, following the contemporary framework of digital remix (cutting, breaking down, juxtaposing and overlapping).
While Munari and Mosconi’s monumental game/engine forecasted several performers and the whole scenic equipment, the Fixed Opera re-handles the same elements of the Opera language using only digital audio and visual instruments.
The possibility of digitalizing amongst every kind of cultural product, and the easiness of their retrieval turns that “availability of the whole music history” described in the original project into something which today is more real than ever, and brings Munari’s words into a new level, more prophetic than visionary as well. The Fixed Opera implies two different parts: studio session and live performance. In the first step, Økapi and More*Tv*V work on parallel paths mashing up the 40 Operas in short audio/visual portions of 1’11” time length each. The strictness of the writing mode is controverted in the latter part, when these rational and individual means meet, crash and melt, following the logic and the spontaneity of contemporary improv modules.
Just like in a child’s play, the Fixed Opera, though following strict principles and methods of academic composition, at the same time thrives on keeping itself close to the aim of staying free from ties and rules. It therefore suggests curiosity as a way of knowledge and creation but also as a transgression from primary forms to reach an unexpected result.

Økapi & Aldo Kapi Orchestra
Opera Riparata – Tribute to Bruno Munari

Offset records – Officina TodoModo (italian CD) Illegal-Art (International CD)
A genre-crossing journey into virtuoso turntablism with Okapi, aka Italian cutup artist Filippo Paolini, who has previously released work as one half of duo Metaxu and one third of trio Dogon, collaborating along the way with that elder statesman of the turntable, Christian Marclay. These sample-hopping narratives have a strongly humourous streak running through them, inevitably inviting Negativland comparisons, yet the music here tends to be less of a blur, instead forming beautifully produced fragmentary tracts that incorporate snatches of playful abstract electronics, old easy listening records and passages of dialogue. The overall effect is an absorbing musical narrative that’s full of wit and sleight of hand.

Simone Memè is a Visual artist and Co-Founder of More*TV*v, a VJ and Video Artists Group, that works on Audio/video performances, mapping and VJing during DJ sets.

More*TV*v has collaborated with electronic DJs and Music Producers as well as with various live bands creating unique and original live performances. Thanks to the group’s passion for art films, animation and video vanguard they’ve created a new language with a strong empathy between the sound waves and the public.

As Co-founder of Aye Aye – Interactive Experiences, specialized in the production of interactive videos for museums, exhibitions and private clients, Memè also works on the design and the realization of interactive video contents. The experience gained during live performances and a well trained ear, define his excellent improvisation skills, which have led to numerous collaborations with theater companies.

Rewiews

WIRED:
“Paolini’s remix compositions possess the steely bounce of traditional electronic music, mixed with the sometimes menacing, sometimes whimsical vibe of opera. It’s an interesting juxtaposition and one that might sound discombobulating if it weren’t so fascinating.”
http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/06/free-mp3-okapi-opera-remix/

INTERESTING BLENDS:
“The pay off is worth it though as within this gargantuan effort there are some incredible bits of music and ingenious use of classical compositions. It’s been getting some, justifiably good press, not least by Wired magazine and is a truly great project that I think in years to come will be looked on in the same way as projects such as Plunderphonics.”
http://www.interestingblends.com/okapi-aldo-kapi-orchestra-opera-riparata-tribute-to-bruno-munari/

ELEKRO DAILY:
“Paolini’s remix compositions include electronic music, menacing and whimsical vibe opera. A perfect mix of an odd but uniquely composed sound.”
http://www.elektrodaily.com/news/2012/06/free-music-download-from-italian-turntablist-økapi/

IN AUDIO WE TRUST:
“Økapi takes famous classical works and breaks them down into segments that are exactly 1 minute and 11 seconds, he then rearranges them and tweaks the hell out of them to create some of the most interesting sounds and tracks I have ever heard. At times ominous and other times whimsical this track is in a category of its own.”
http://www.inaudiowetrust.com/2012/06/okapi-batch-nine/

IN YOUR SPEAKERS:
“On first listen, I was not sure what I had gotten myself into. However, during the third time though, the initially incongruous composition started to make sense. Through constant sonic foreshadowing and revisiting, this instrumental hip hop-opera achieves level of seamlessness that is nothing short of amazing.”
http://inyourspeakers.com/content/news/1-what-happens-when-instrumental-hip-hop-and-opera-combine-12082011

THE END OF IRONY:
“… a truly devilish sampling of opera mixed with contemporary sounds”
http://www.theendofirony.net/2012/01/premiere-okapi-rips-apart-opera.html

BOOMARM NATION:
“Økapi is a maestro of the sample. Twisting hundreds of tiny sounds into a dense and emotive fabric, rich with as much left-field avant leanings as micro techno head nods. We dig..! Heady but also for the heads.”
http://boomarmnation.com/2012/02/07/okapi-world-premiere/

SURVIVING THE GOLDEN AGE:
“It is a must listen for fans of classical music, turntablism, or just generally innovative/cool music.”

Premiere: Okapi “Batch 6”

THIS IS BOOK’S MUSIC:
“… it ‘borrows’ from a number of famous works of opera, breaks it down to its core, then gathers up the dust and residue and creates something uniquely new-yet-familiar, done in the way that Økapi fans have come to know and envy.”
http://www.thisisbooksmusic.com/2012/04/28/some-stuffs-free-mp3-download-exploring-the-operatic-experience-of-okapi/

PARADE OF FLESH:
“Always scouring for something original and unique, we came across a ‘manipulated classical opera’ album by turntablist Økapi.”
http://paradeofflesh.com/2012/02/premiere-okapi/

KEMPTATION:
“… a master of turntables and computer tech who reaches far beyond the realms of intermittent sample splicing.”
http://kemptation.com/post/27575633463/premiere-okapi-opera-riparata-batch-10

405:
“Weather you like mashups, classical operas or inventive producers, Opera Riparata is worth a listen… it’s a sign of a good thing, that Paolini is somewhat breaking through from the mold and is thankfully showcasing this type of talent now.”
http://thefourohfive.com/review/article/okapi-opera-riparata

TECHNICAL RIDER:

Audio:
Mixing console: min 2 input,  RCA
4 Cables, RCA
1 or 2 Stage Monitors

Video:
1 HD projector
(indoor >3000 ansi lumens,
outdoor >5000 ansi lumens )
1 screen
1 hdmi cable
optional: monitor preview on stage
2 tables min 1,50mt x 1,00mt
220V plugs

Pardonne-moi, Olivier! a/v Performance

Pardonne-moi, Olivier!
16 oiseaux pour Olivier Messiaen

OCD035: Off-Record label /Broken Silence
Digital release on the 18th of November 2016.
Physical release on the 3th of Febbruary 2017.

Økapi: Direction
Geoff Leigh: voice, soprano sax, flutes
Mike Cooper: guitars
Simone Memè: live visuals

Aldo Kapi’s Orchestra: Olivier Messiaen – Jon Appleton – Senking – David Berezan – Kyoka – Marc Tremblay – Aoki Takamasa + Tujiko Noriko – Paul Dolden – Ryoji Ikeda – Mochipet – Elsa Justel – Circuit Bent- Subjex – Mr. Ours & 4bstr4ck3r – Coh – Martin Leclerc – Herve Boghossian – Monty Brigham bird sounds collection – Adrian Moore – Signal – Christian Bouchard – Anemone – Kangding Ray – Louis Dufort – Hildur Gu›nadóttir – Wolfgang Voigt – Marc Tremblay – Atom Tm – The Three Suns – Åke Parmerud – Emptyset – Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Ivor Darreg

The album is a plunderphonic parabola of the imaginary world, mystical and ornitological, of the French composer of the XX century, Olivier Messiaen. A sort of birds’ catalogue, as Messiaen tried to do during his life.
As always, even in this case økapi composed a little sound-collagism opera, which includes a video development. This is the soundtrack of this “movie”.

For this A/V-project, økapi is co-working with the italian video-artist Simone Memé, part of the collective MoreTv-V.

Because of his dixit plunderphonic nature, and for the occasion, økapi involved Geoff Leigh (sax/flute) and Mike Cooper (guitar) into his phantomatic virtual orchestra.

Geoff Leigh (voice, soprano sax, flutes). Well known for his work in the 70’s with Henry Cow, Hatfield And The North, Slapp Happy etc., Leigh then went on to play world music, post-rock, free jazz, and electro-acoustic music. For several years he has collaborated with Faust, and his current projects include The Artaud Beats (Chris Cutler, John Greaves, and Yumi Hara), Jump For Joy (Cutler, Hara, and long-standing Faust members JH Peron and Zappi Diermaier), Warrior Squares (English electronica group), and guitarist Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple). Since 2009 he has toured Japan four times (with The Artaud Beats), and has played on numerous occasions in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, and Russia.

Mike Cooper (guitar). Currently lives in rome/italy and for the past 50 years has been an
international traveller and musical explorer pushing the boundaries of his music and art.
He is an improviser working with music, film and video; visual and installation art as well as
composing and performing live music for classic and contemporary silent film screenings.
His full biography and extensive discography can be viewed on his website: www.cooparia.com.

Simone Memè is a Visual artist and Co-Founder of More*TV*v, a VJ and Video Artists Group, that works on Audio/video performances, mapping and VJing during DJ sets. More*TV*v has collaborated with electronic DJs and Music Producers as well as with various live bands creating unique and original live performances. Thanks to the group’s passion for art films, animation and video vanguard they’ve created a new language with a strong empathy between the sound waves and the public. As Co-founder of Aye Aye – Interactive Experiences, specialized in the production of interactive videos for museums, exhibitions and private clients, Memè also works on the design and the realization of interactive video contents.
The experience gained during live performances and a well trained ear, define his excellent improvisation skills, which have led to numerous collaborations with theater companies.

TECHNICAL RIDER (Økapi & Simone Memè):

Audio:
Mixing console: min 2 input,  RCA
4 Cables, RCA
1 or 2 Stage Monitors

Video:
1 HD projector
(indoor >3000 ansi lumens,
outdoor >5000 ansi lumens )
1 screen
1 hdmi cable
optional: monitor preview on stage
2 tables min 1,50mt x 1,00mt
220V plugs