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Het BlokfluitAsiel
Het BlokfluitAsiel is a collaboration between instrument builder Lukas De Clerck, composer Angélica Castelló and music teachers Katelijne Lanneau and Matthias Verniers. Their pupils (recorders from the music academy of Jette/Brussels and organists from the music academy of the DG, department St.Vith) were invited to explore their own creative approaches to sound, improvisation, composition and […]
Nokivesi by Ahti & Ahti
Originally made as a radiophonic piece for the Q-O2 Oscillations Radio Marathon in 2020, Nokivesi (soot-water) embraces sound montage and cut up conversations alongside instrumental and electronic sound, outlining a fragmented story told by two voices about a person living isolated on a remote island.   The LP, by Ahti & Ahti – the duo […]
Jürg Frey: Circular Music
Played by Stan Maris, Victor Guaita, Yannick Guédon, Antoine Läng, Clara Lévy, d’incise, Florence Cats, Michaël Liberg. Released on Insub, Listen Here
Roomtones by FANT^MS
Roomtones on Bandcamp   Roomtones is the debut release by FANT^MS – the trio of Lee Patterson, Frédéric Nogray and Pali Meursault. Recorded between 12th – 15th December 2017 at Q-O2 Werkplaats, Brussels. Roomtones is a 12″ LP + 2 track CD combo. Both feature the burnt photography artwork of Marina Goussina.   CD contains […]
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
愛麗絲夢遊仙境 關於錯置、轉化、幻聽/象、解離與成為的體現。 This is an embodiment of displacement, transformation, hallucination, dissociation, and becoming.請打開下方連結,和詩譜與插圖一起聆聽專輯 LISTEN with poetic scores and images with this link: 數位專輯採買含數位書下載。 Digital album purchase includes this digital book. 00:00-03:09 I. 掉進兔子洞 Down the Rabbit-hole 03:09-06:55 II. 眼淚池塘 The Pool of Tears 06:55-10:03 III. 委員會賽跑與漫長的故事 A Caucus-race and a Long Tale 10:03-14:40 IV. […]
Going Out: Walking, Listening, Soundmaking by Elena Biserna
>>> available at Les Presses du Réel   Since the 1960s, the act of walking has provided a way for artists and musicians to escape the formality of the concert hall or institutional venue, engaging with shifting public spaces, natural environments, and the social and political sphere. Walking redefines notions of composer, performer, public, and […]
Jonathan Frigeri & Eleonora Polato – Ombra Magnetica
This record of Ombra Magnetica co-edited with Activerat, goes back to a residency by Eleonora Polato at the Q-O2 in Brussels and a project that she realised there together with Jonathan Frigeri in 2016. Now the vinyl record is available, together with a beautiful text by Julia Eckhardt.   Eleonora Polato (Anita) and Jonathan Frigeri […]
Oscillation ::: Tuned Circuits – audio releases /
4 split-albums, with a selection of pieces recorded at the festival, are now available as digital releases on Bandcamp: 1 > Jonáš Gruska / Farida Amadou 2 > Billy Roisz / Jeroen Uyttendaele 3 > Stellan Veloce / Yannick Guédon with Rebecca Lane & Catherine Lamb 4 > Catherine Lamb with Bryan Eubanks & Rebecca […]
Oscillation ::: Tuned Circuits – festival reader
As part of this year’s Oscillation Festival, we pre­pared a read­er of texts that have been inspir­ing to the program’s artists and to our­selves. READER PDF
Oscillation ::: Mayday Radio Marathon – audio releases   Oscillation Mayday Radio Marathon took place over 39 hours in May 2020, incidentally during the Covid-19 lockdown. It was broadcasted online and on FM radio, in collaboration with several community radio partners. Ten new pieces of the forty-six contributions are brought together for this series of five cassettes. Our gratitude to all the […]
Katharina Klement – Vessel 1.2 / Suite pour une femme seule   »If Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry could invent a symphony pour un homme seul in 1950, I feel compelled to launch a suite pour une femme seule 70 years later.« (Katharina Klement) With »vessel 1.2« & »suite pour une femme seule«, the Vienna based composer Katharina Klement presents a precise arranged album where […]
Olli Aarni – Mustikoita ja kissankelloja   From the crystalline sources of the stony rivers through the waves of 5G networks to the blood stream of yellow plasma. Mustikoita ja kissankelloja is like a chaotic sonic sedimentation of new weird Finland music revitalised and flowing through different waste channels, protected habitats and clogged veins. You can scan the microview and […]
Yannick Guédon – l’insistance des possibles
with Deborah Walker (violoncello), Cyprien Busolini (Viola), Yannick Guédon (voice) Edition Wandelweiser Records
Two Envelopes – Inner Phrases
Two Envelopes (Jacob Vanneste and Lisa Kokwenda Schweiger) recorded works by  composers Julia Emmery, Boris Bezemer, Ruud Roelofsen, Josh Trotter and Jesse Broekman. They were recorded with the label 7 Mountain Records under Frerik de Jong. Read more here
JD Zazie – Memory Loss
JD ZAZIE / MEMORY LOSS carapax #01 burp publications MMXX   JD Zazie: mixer, cd players, turntable, hard disk electromagnetic sounds, corrupted audio data and field recordings   Composed, recorded and mixed by JD Zazie at Q-02 – Bruxelles, AIR – Krems and Phonopolis Studio – Berlin. Mastered by Robert Curgenven Produced by JD Zazie, […]
Éliane Radigue – Intermediary Spaces / Espaces intermédiaires
Éliane Radigue is considered one of the most innovative and influential contemporary composers, from her early electronic music through to her acoustic work of the last fifteen years. Influenced by musique concrète and shaped by regular sojourns in the United States, where she discovered analogue synthesisers, her work unfolds an intensity which is at once […]
The Middle Matter: sound as interstice / Interfaces
The Middle Matter is a reader which brings together thoughts on the nature of sound; its substance, specific qualities, and potential – with a specific curiosity to its propensity to occupy the spaces in-between, the instertitial gaps between different spaces, times, cultures, and world views, between the interior body and the exterior space.
STUDIO_L28: SONIC PERSPECTIVES ON URBANISM – Caroline Claus / L_28 Urban Sound Design
Though sound is a central feature within urban life, it still receives little to no attention within processes of urban planning. The main difficulty in integrating sound is that it remains largely immeasurable — decibel levels say little about whether a sound is wanted or not, intrusive or welcome.   Studio_L28: Sonic Perspectives on Urbanism […]
The Night Receptionist
The Brussels-based Razen make experimental and minimal music with unconventional instruments, focusing on tuning, intonation and the use of intervals. This dual release (CD/digital) was made in collaboration with performance artist and poet, videographer and self-portrait painter Bryan Lewis Saunders. Recorded by Ludo Engels during a residency at QO2 in 2016, released July 2018 on […]
Grounds for Possible Music
Now available! How do we get to imagine the music we make? Where and how is it grounded? What is the relationship between the art and its maker, and what and who does music represent? Gender, voice, language, and identity are four important notions for musical creation, for the shaping of a canon, and for […]
Tales of Sonic Displacement / SoCCoS
Full book available here   Tales of Sonic Displacement is the SoCCoS project’s final catalogue. Five European organisations collaboratively designed the SoCCoS project as an exchange network in which artists, curators, researchers and non-professionals worked together on an equal basis. Together, they explored topics on the thresholds of other domains opening questions like: What can […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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

. All recorded to tape.
 Remains buried. recorded june 2012; released august 4, 2016 ‘on taking things apart’ […]
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.
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. […]
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, […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

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