Box of Black

by Ypsmael

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66 05:33
Snower 04:04
Becol 04:54
Ah, quelqun! 14:30
Rhombus 05:20
Bob Outro 00:31
Excerpt 05:29
Becolune 04:34


In early 2014, Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik (WIM) commissioned Ypsmael for two inaugural presentations of Box of Black, originally a performance conduit for an unlit room. Using sonic risk-taking, amplified objects, sound artefacts and grainy live sampling as a palette for computer-less improvisation with loop pedals and a variety of instruments, two performances were conceived during a residency stint at Bern's Dampfzentrale, staged on 2nd and 3rd May 2014 at Atelier Franziska Baumann as part of WIM Bern's Konzertreihe Zentral-deZentral. Subsequently, parts of this were further developed and transformed on tour in Switzerland, Southern France, and Germany. These recordings were usually made live to single track.

The selection you find here also include preliminary sketches made in Cambridge (UK) in 2012 and 2013, then partly lost, forgotten and found again in 2021. La Ndofo Akaf Terno On was the final installment, using borrowed gear, in Oakland in 2018.


released November 21, 2021

Sounds used are guitar, no-input feedback, voice, sipsi, slidewhistle, amplified objects and claves fed into pedals for effects, live loops and textural layering.

All were arranged in rural Baden-Württemberg in 2021.


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