The Void of Expansion

The Void of Expansion – Ashes and Blues

Release Date: August 13th 2018

The Void of Expansion

The Void of Expansion presents their acclaimed first album: “Ashes and Blues” in a special edition digipack, mastered by Dirk Serries in his studio in Belgium.

Published by the contemporary experimental music, avant garde and sound art label Substrata.

Ashes and Blues

“Ashes and Blues” is the first studio album by The Void of Expansion: The Swedish drummer Tomas Järmyr (Zu, Motorpsycho, Yodok, Yodok III) and the legendary Belgian guitarist Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning).

With an introspective, enigmatic, yet equally feral and untamed sound, the work of The Void of Expansion moves within the limits of genres such as shoegaze, drone, free jazz and modern sound experimentation.

The musical exercise of The Void of Expansion in “Ashes and Blues” is like that of a craftsman working his art in precise detail, while at once creating the impression of free motion through sinuous paths.

Movement gives way to the overflowing energy of free improvisation, in an exercise of concentration and expansion, levels of tension and liberation of energy, breaking through layers of sound, textures of various kinds, amplitudes and unorthodox harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures and patterns with an almost psychic effectiveness, automatically remitting to a cosmic vastness, desolate places, nocturnal glares and a special ritual aroma.

This special edition on digipack includes artwork by Belgian artist, musician and photographer Martina Verhoeven and graphic design elaborated by German multimedia artist Juliane Schütz.

Tracklist:

Paradox
Damper
Consecration

 

© & ℗ 2018 The Void of Expansion | Substrata

Presskit – click here

Contact:

contact@substrata.mx
substrata.sound@gmail.com
newwaveofjazz@gmail.com

Links:
http://www.dirkserries.com/
substrata.mx

Composed and performed by: Dirk Serries & Tomas Järmyr
Recorded and mixed by Nicolas Lefèvre at Sunnyside Studios
Remastered by Dirk Serries
Photography by Martina Verhoeven
Graphic design by Juliane Schütz / https://julieannenoying.com/

© & ℗ 2018 The Void of Expansion | Substrata

Presskit – click here

Contact:

contact@substrata.mx
substrata.sound@gmail.com
newwaveofjazz@gmail.com

Links:
http://www.dirkserries.com/
substrata.mx

The Void of Expansion

Two third parts of the epic ambient/improv trio Yodok III comprised by the legendary Belgian guitarist Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning, Yodok III, Kodian Trio) with the skillful Swedish drummer Tomas Järmyr (Zu, Motorpsycho, Yodok , Yodok III)

In spirit the music of The Void of Expansion is closer to the impro tradition, but coming from a slightly different angle, making it hard to categorize, but easy to be be fascinated by.

Dirk Serries’s mature and hypnotizing style is forced towards a less idiomatic area by the immensely diverse playing of the drummer Tomas Järmyr, who despite an obvious knack for tonal control also excels in free form energy.

A wildly eclectic, yet organic combination with endless posibilities.

DIRK SERRIES : ELECTRIC GUITAR. Since his first releases in the early 80s, uncompromising Belgian artist Dirk Serries has garnered respect from and invitations to collaborate with recognised musicians like Steven Wilson, Steve Von Till, Justin Broadrick, Cult Of Luna, Teun Verbruggen. He has been commisioned to write works for Dutch national television broadcaster VPRO, the Antwerp Zoo as well as architectural festival Biënnale Rotterdam and worked on stage with the Holland Symfonia orchestra. His discography encompasses stylistically diverse releases on labels like Relapse, Projekt, Conspiracy, Tonefloat and Consouling Sounds. Over the past thirty years, he has toured extensively through Europe and the USA and performed at some of experimental music’s major venues and concert spaces, as headliner or in support of Low, Mono, My Bloody Valentine, Jesu and others. He currently runs the New Wave Of Jazz label, his personal imprint for impro and free jazz music while teaming up with some of the finest in the modern impro scene like Colin Webster, John Dikeman, Alan Wilkinson, Andrew Lisle, Steve Noble, George Hadow, Luis Vincente, Jan Daelman and Thijs Troch.

TOMAS JÄRMYR: DRUMS. Born 1987 in Sweden, currently based in Norway. The short story is that he’s been playing drums since the age of 2. Moved around in Sweden, studied music and ended up in Norway. Here he studied at the Jazz Conservatory at the NTNU university in Trondheim, where he also started to teach right after graduating. With one foot in rock/metal and the other in jazz/improv, combined with wild creativity, extreme energy and presence, Tomas drumming is something unique. TOMAS JÄRMYR : DRUMS. Born 1987 in Sweden, currently based in Norway. The short story is that he’s been playing drums since the age of 2. Moved around in Sweden, studied music and ended up in Norway. Here he studied at the Jazz Conservatory at the NTNU university in Trondheim, where he also started to teach right after graduating. With one foot in rock/metal and the other in jazz/improv, combined with wild creativity, extreme energy and presence, Tomas drumming is something unique. Plays in MOTORPSYCHO, ZU, DOFFS POI, THE MAXX, YODOK III.