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The Second Sound / the other the self
The Second Sound is an imaginary conversation between musicians and sound artists on the role of gender and sex within their field. Gathering testimonies from artists of different backgrounds into a single stream of (often contrary) opinions, the text addresses discrimination as a paradigm of otherness, the possibility of gendered music and sound art, and how sound artists and musicians navigate the field. The text raises questions such as: How do life circumstances find their way into music and sound art? How does music reflect historical and social structures? What does discrimination do, and how can we navigate around it?  Is the under-representation of women and LGBTQ people in the field a symptom or a cause? Is art itself gendered? And can it reflect the gender of its maker? Is a different way of listening needed to more accurately understand those voices from outside the historical canon? Although this book raises more questions than it answers, it came to be a pledge for embracing artistic differences, for the richness of contextual listening, and for honesty in the expression of concerns and doubts. The responses seem to suggest that understanding differences by theme and not as predetermination is a way to provide freedom in a field of seemingly abstract art. The Second Sound is a project by Julia Eckhardt and Leen De Graeve. It is published by umland editions, and produced by Q-O2 workspace Brussels, with design by Maaike Beuten/garage64.
walking
The installation as a moment and the performance within the installation as a moment within the moment. Circular motion and feedback bring temporal motion to a state of suspension and this stasis becomes a field for pseudo and erratic linearity; walking the circumference of an irregular circle.
Rie Nakajima – objects, Guy De Bièvre - electronics, resonators, Johan Vandermaelen – feedback, singing stones, Pierre Berthet - shaking dead plants, water drops
Recorded by David Cunningham during a performance on November 24th 2013 at Q-O2, mastered by Johan Vandermaelen. Released on December 21st 2015 by ku_o_twe_e.
Urban Sound Design Process / SoCCoS
The book by Caroline Claus can serve as an introduction to the topic of urban sound studies, presenting the current concepts and terminology used in the field of sound studies, as well as experimental techniques for studying and experiencing urban soundscapes. Learning these tools will be useful for artistic and scientific activities related to sound design. Caroline Claus encourages us to develop multi-layered strategies to model the sonic tissue of the city: from ephemeral artistic interventions, to spatial development plans. It was made by our partner: A.I.R laboratory in Warsaw.
The Volume Surrounding The Task
Lucio Capece: Bass Clarinet, Preparations, Kevin Drumm: Electronics, Radu Malfatti: Trombone
Recorded by Fabrice Moinet live at Q-O2, Brussels, 01.21.2011
Interpretations. – the book / Interpretations.
In accompaniment to the festival of last December 2014, we put together a reader highlighting different positions towards the topic of interpretation.
You can consult this reader as pdf. or buy it for 5€. Just mail us.
With contributions by Christoph Cox, Camille Henrot, Roland Barthes, Giaco Schiesser, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval & Ivan Palacký, Andrea Neumann & Christian Kesten & Labor Sonor, Jennifer Walshe, Franziska Windisch, Manfred Werder, Charles Curtis, Bartaku & Ruta Vitkauskaite & Karl Heinz Jeron, Compost and Height & Patrick Farmer & Sarah Hughes, Julia Eckhardt/Eliane Radigue, Angharad Davies, Frederik Croene, Catherine Lamb, Guy De Bièvre, David Helbich, Joanna Bailie, Peter Ablinger, Okkyung Lee.
on taking things apart
Grundig TK5 tape machine. posted to Brussels. 
dismantled on arrival. 
various levers spun on motor. 
speakers used to amplify floor. 
resistors as styluses. 
fixing plate as broadcast antenna
. feedback animated through chassis
. springs heated & cooled
. components crushed

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All recorded to tape.
 Remains buried. recorded june 2012; released august 4, 2016
'on taking things apart' (42:41)
In Place
An investigation of place
Sound filling our bodies
Sitting and listening
Moving beyond perception
From City to City
The field openly around us

The first text, Galerie Ravenstein, read by Jason Kahn at Field Fest 2011, inspired the collection. To be published as Audio Issues Vol. 6, Errant Bodies Press, 2015.
CRYPT
Margarida Garcia and Manuel Mota are key figures of the Lisbon experimental underground.
The Crypt is their most intimate and profound work - a careful, geomantic descent beneath a reliquary, through layers of dust, rust and filth, to a black chamber tomb of groaning bass cantilevers and precise guitar, flickering light over half-seen grave goods.
Recorded at Q-02 in Brussels and ZDB in Portugal. Released by Yew Recordings in 2015.
Mensch Mensch Mensch
Berlin based composer-performers Liz Allbee and Burkhard Beins team up for some electro-acoustic explorations, utilizing synths and field recordings, trumpet and percussion on this LP. Informed by their musical backgrounds ranging from industrial/ noise via musique concrete to free improv, the two players create interactive fields of an imaginarchic nature.
Recorded at Q-O2 Brussels 2013, LP released by Alt.Vinyl 2014.
Rim Saraband
Cassette by Razen with esoteric improvisations deeply rooted in medieval, world and folk music. This Brussels duo plays an impressive variety of traditional instruments (santur, bombus, bouzouki, psalterium, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy etc) in transcendental dimensions. Has Bryan Lewis Saunders reciting on one track.
Limited edition, released by Sloow Tapes 2014.
premier angle
NUENI #002 - 'PREMIER ANGLE' - Angle by Jean-Philippe Gross and Jean-Luc Guionnet. Mastered by Frederic Alstadt. Cover photo by Guillaume Greff. CD. Nueni Recs, 2014. ANTICOPYRIGHT
ma-ta-ta-bi
The great closing concert of tuned city Brussels 2013 ma-ta-ta-bi by Akio Suzuki + Aki Onda was just released by ORAL_records Montreal. Read the conversation of Akio and Aki about this project. “Amazing clash and collaboration of two giants of Japanese Sound art and improvisation. A new duo who is there to stay for a long…. long… time !
oto-date
Oto-date by Akio Suzuki is an ongoing project created in the frame of Tuned City Brussels in June 2013. It is a sound walk which can be done individually any time, by means of a map which leads to the 'listening points' (translation for oto date) Akio Suzuki has chosen. Please download the map and discover them.
Rope House Temper
CD by Razen + Razen featuring Andrew Liles.
Apart from their usual playground of various wind and string instruments, on Rope House Temper the band experimented with deep hurdy gurdy drones, tabla madness and tripped out shaman samples. Their mix of ethno trance and medieval mysticism burns even harder in the unconsciousness, like a rabies infected giant guinea pig.
With recordings by Ludo Engels, released by KRAAK, 2013.
Tuned City Brussels
Tuned City Brussels took place from June 27th to 30th 2013. It was a dense program of lectures, walks, performances, workshops and installations, exploring the city and its sound and acoustic.
If you want to receive the program book, you can mail us or click 'order' to download the pdf.
Fremdkörper
The double-cd contains 10 recordings of acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions that Stefan Prins wrote between 2004 and 2010. Featured artists are Nadar Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Champ d'Action, Nikel Ensemble, Agartha, Zwerm electric guitar quartet, Matthias Koole, Pieter Matthynssens and Stefan Prins. Comes with a 20 page booklet containing a.o. a text by Michael Rebhahn. Released in 2012 by Sub Rosa.
In the Field / Sounds of Europe
The publication 'In the Field: The Art of Field Recording' (by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle of CRiSAP) is made in the framework of the project Sounds of Europe. The book is a collection of interviews with contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work. These conversations explore the fundamental issues that underlie the development of field recording as the core of their practice. Recurring themes include early motivations, aesthetic preferences, the audible presence of the recordist and the nature of the field.
Q-O2 materials
For the occasion of Open House in May 2012 we have made a publication in which we collected materials and reflections on our 6 years of workspace practice. If you want to receive this publication, you can mail us or click 'order' to download the pdf.
FIELD FEST
In this publication you can find different points of view on field recording by: Manfred Werder, Annea Lockwood, Anne Wellmer, Emmanuel Holterbach, Justin Bennett, Eric La Casa, Philip Samartzis , martiensgohome, Michael Pisaro, Jason Kahn, Mecha/Orga, Pali Meursault, Lee Patterson, Toshiya Tsunoda, Pauwel De Buck, Peter Cusack, Els Viaene, Jez riley French.
If you want to receive this publication, you can mail us or click 'order' to download the pdf.
AS:IS
An international trio of greatest renown. Andrea Neumann being one of the leading improvisors in the Berlin scene, master of the inside piano. Bonnie Jones, Baltimore and Seoul, one of the creators of the new South Corean impro, a challenging unique artist on electronics. A breathtaking trio performance.
Wege
Wege stems entirely from compositions completed at two artist-in-residence projects in Austria (Hotel Pupik) and in Brussels (Q-O2). The album is built around a cyclic electro-acoustic system, through which Belfi has developed a complex musical network of possibilities.
Released in 2012 by Room40.
fêlure
Fêlure is the second collaborative album between Pascal Battus (rotating surfaces) and Alfredo Costa Monteiro (amplified paper). The two musicians are still tirelessly exploring the very edges of tactile sonic exploration (in this duo and elsewhere), they are still working together –making this an ongoing collaboration, and not some one-off fancy that improvisers sometimes take to, and they still centre their work around the sounds produced by amplified paper.
Recorded at Q-O2, Brussels, in July 2010 by Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Pascal Battus and Ludo Engels. Released by organized music from thessaloniki, 2012.
Hochdruckzone
On Hochdruckzone Birgit Ulher uses extended speakers, fed with radio noise in her trumpet mutes. The  trumpet functions as an acoustic chamber and modulates the radio noise, thus acting simultaneously as the trans- mitter and receiver.
Recorded at Q-O2. Released in 2012 by Entr'acte.
//2009// – what do you make of what I say?

The project //2009// was carried out throughout the year 2009; it involved ten sound artists who created a 7-minute piece in response to a composition by an unknown precursor.
You can download the program book here, or you can buy the Book+CD for 5€. Just mail us.

Released by Compost and Height in May 2010.

Do-Undo (in G maze) / DoUndo / recycling G

Eckhardt’s recordings seek the rich if occasionally dissonant overtones that have been central to the minimalist works of Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Eliane Radigue, and Ellen Fullman. And in his reconstitution of her recordings, Holterbach populates his compositions with field recordings whose turbulent textures and bristling movements sympathetically weave amidst the rasping drones from the viola.
Released by The Helen Scarsdale Agency by in March 2010.

Cranc: Copper Fields
Cranc is a trio of Angharad Davies on violin, Rhodri Davies on electric harp and Nikos Veliotis on cello. In 2008 they were guests of Q-O2, where they recorded this work for bowed and e-bowed tones and pulsating drones.
Released in 2010 by Drone Records.
The Sound of Gesture
Wishart has directed the development of an audio and gestural interface to control the computer as a violinist. The computer generated music moves between the speakers to create sonic clouds around the acoustic sound and physical placement of the violin.
Released in 2010 with support of the Flemish Community, in co-production with Q-O2.
Wedding Ceremony
In May 2007 the sextet of Lucio Capece, Julia Eckhardt, Christian Kesten, Radu Malfatti, Toshimaru Nakamura and Taku Sugimoto convened in Belgium to work together and play two concerts, one in Gent and one in Brussels. During their time together the group played a mixture of improvisation and their own compositions.
Released by Cathnor Recordings in May 2009.
Sound Like Water
The album blends the 4 improvisors' unique approaches to improvisation into a dynamic field. The great creative range of these performers gives the single improvisation an episodic feel, with layers of interaction and frames of sound moving around each other.
Released in 2008 by Formed Records.
reFLEXible: Realgar
The Antwerp & Brussels-based Collectief reFLEXible -Joachim Devillé (trumpet, flugelhorn), Thomas Olbrechts (alto saxophone), Stefan Prins (piano, objects and live-electronics) - focuses on free improvised music (or instant composed music) often combined with other media as dance, performance, video and film.
Recorded at Q-O2. Released in 2007 by Amirani Records.
Sobre el nivel del mar / DoUndo / recycling G

Live electronics: Sergio Merce

Viola sounds on the tape: Julia Eckhardt

Recorded on 6 October 2006 in Aalst (Belgium) by Ludo Engels

Released  by HulaHula Records in 2007, an Argentina based record label that makes free on-line releases

Disseminate
Phill Niblock is a seminal figure in "drone" music who crosses the Downtown and Improv scenes. In this orchestra piece, the players read from a conventional score. There is no after-recording manipulation of the material.
Written for ensemble Q-O2. Released in 2004 by ModeRecords.
Amber
Harp: Rhodri Davies
Tuba: Robin Hayward
Viola: Julia Eckhardt
Soprano saxophone, bass clarinet: Lucio Capece
Recorded on April 2004 in Berlin
Released by Creative Sources in 2005
Shim, Schlothauer, Werder, Inderhees
Composers: Kunsu Shim, Burkhard Schlothauer, Manfred Werder, Carlo Inderhees
Performers: Ensemble Q-O2
The music of Wandelweiser is avant-garde. It is, in the truest sense of the word, experimental: without a predictable outcome. It involves the integration of silence, which, since it hardly ever actually occurs in a concert situation, cannot not be controlled by the composer.
Released by Edition Wandelweiser in 2001 (co-production VRT Radio 3)
Pan&scan
A film to observe fragments of a city through a window and for a whole day. Facing outward, a camera scan the landscape in search for a multitude of possible frames. The succession of shots reconstructs events of the day while carrying a kind of slowness.

Video, hdv, color, sound, 30', 2012; recorded at Q-02 in 2011.

SOUNDS
Eleonora Vittoria Polato & Jonathan Frigeri 27/09/2016
Razen 14/10/2016
Two Envelopes 27/01/2017


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