Posted In: Ambient

...10 & 10...

Posted On: 6th of May, 2021
Posted In: Parentheses Records, Compilation, Anniversary, Mark Cain, Patrick Graham, John Sellekaers, Masonik, Mathias Delplanque, Philippe Foch, François Robin, L'Ombre de la Bête, Compagnie Linga, KEDA, E'Joung-Ju, GRM, Experimental Music, Ambient, Soundscape, Soundtrack, World Music, Traditionnal, Geoumungo, Percussion, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Quebec, Brussels, Nantes, France, Perth, Fremantle, current

On December 3 2020, Parenthèses Records turned 10 years with the date marking our first release, « The Vedantic Chapter » by Perth-based sound and visual arts collective Masonik.

12 releases came out in this time-lap (yes, we like to take it slow), all encapsulating the label’s core artistic vision but most of all 12 albums that were true collaborative efforts leading to enduring friendships.

To celebrate the big 10, PR is proud to release two free compilations:

...10
10...

Unnatural

Posted On: 18th of March, 2020
Posted In: Patrick Graham, John Sellekaers, Parentheses Records, Unnatural, Remix, Leafy Suburbs, Lyndon Blue, Debashis Sinha, Mathias Delplanque, Lawrence English, Tamar Kasparian, Percussion, Ambient, Abstract, Experimental Music, Soundtrack, Tradition, Continuum, Belgium, Canada, Australia

After three singles and their accompanying remixes, we're very excited to share with you UNNATURAL by Canadian percussionist and improviser Patrick Graham & Belgian sound artist John Sellekaers.
The album is available from our our Bandcamp HQ including two bonus tracks and from all streaming platforms.

Next of Kin

Posted On: 25th of January, 2020
Posted In: Patrick Graham, John Sellekaers, Parentheses Records, Unnatural, Remix, Leafy Suburbs, Lyndon Blue, Percussion, Ambient, Abstract, Experimental Music, Soundtrack, Tradition, Continuum, Belgium, Canada, Australia

Next of Kin, the third single taken from "Unnatural", the fiercely imaginative collaboration between Patrick Graham & John Sellekaers, translates once again the duo's shared aesthetic to play on timbres and textures. A sparsely populated, sonically inquisitive track with the electronic treatments slightly more upfront creating cavernous resonances that engage the listener into a sonic containment.

At the remix control, we find Leafy Suburbs. His take on Next of Kin isn't one easy to pin down. A syncopated monochromatic disorienting pulse traverses micro sound manipulations that leave the listener with an overall feeling of cosmic weirdness.

Innerland

Posted On: 18th of December, 2019
Posted In: Patrick Graham, John Sellekaers, Parentheses Records, Unnatural, Remix, Debashis Sinha, Percussion, Ambient, Abstract, Experimental, Music, Minimal Techno, Tradition, Continuum, Belgium, Canada

Innerland is the second single announcing "Unnatural", the collaborative effort between Patrick Graham & John Sellekaers that will see the light in February 2020.

Worked around Patrick' improvisations with cymbals and other percussions, Innerland offers a total different narrative than the one of Lacuna's with John again subtly sculpting the palette creating wonderfully uncluttered sonics...enabling the smallest details to find air.

A percussionist with a distinctive voice, Debashis Sinha has long been a fixture on Canada’s creative music scene as an acoustic and electronic musician, exploring the many different ways traditional and contemporary tools can inform each other.
While keeping the atmospheric and sometimes cavernous feel of the track, his remix manages to bring it to the minimal techno realm.

Lacuna

Posted On: 27th of November, 2019
Posted In: Patrick Graham, John Sellekaers, Unnatural, Remix, Mathias Delplanque, Percussion, Ambient, Abstract, Experimental Music, Dub, Tradition, Continuum, Belgium, Canada

Taken from Unnatural, the forthcoming album by Patrick Graham & John Sellekaers due on February 25 2020, Lacuna is the first of a series of three singles released each month for free with their accompanying remixes.

The track testifies of the dynamic at work between Canadian percussionist/improviser Patrick Graham and Belgian sound artist John Sellekaers where the vast percussion-based sound palette is sculpted to create a dark and enigmatic soundtrack, a physical sound immersion into some imaginary ritual.

We've asked our dear friend and close collaborator Mathias Delplanque (KEDA - Foch/Delplanque) to give Lacuna the remix treatment. His re-envisioning of Patrick & John's sustained tones injects the original with pulse and dub elements (reminding of his work as Lena) without losing the sense of space present in Lacuna but framing it into new territories.

Give it a spin HERE

PR welcomes

Posted On: 24th of February, 2017
Posted In: Mathias Delplanque, Philippe Foch, Taarang, Electronics, France, Belgium, Parentheses Records, Tabla, Australia, ambient, experimental music

We’re very excited to be able to welcome the duo collaboration of Philippe Foch and Mathias Delplanque to the Parenthèses roster !

Their collaboration started at the time when Philippe was recording the Taarang album under the Signature Label (Radio France) in 2015.

Since, the pair has continued to explore further Philippe Foch's idea to bring the Taarang (tabla ensemble) to new sound territories, has enjoyed a residency at the GMEM (Centre National de Création Musicale,France) and was invited to perform at the Maison de la Radio Ina GRM

Room40 masterhead Lawrence English is currently putting the finishing touches on the album which will see the light of day in the second half of 2017.

Stay tuned...


KEDA 'Hwal'

Posted On: 30th of November, 2015
Posted In: KEDA, Mathias Delplanque, Lena, E'Joung-Ju, Korea, Electronic, Dub, Tradition, Continuum, Parentheses Records, Experimental Music, Ambient, World Music

It's been a long time coming but we're super proud to finally announce the official release date for KEDA (Mathias Delplanque & E'Joung-Ju)'s long awaiting debut album 'Hwal'.

Hwal, meaning ‘bow’ in Korean, was entirely recorded live, then dissected for a whole year by Mathias Delplanque. The result of this long process represents the birth of a project meant to last; to enjoy both on stage and on disc!

Beyond the meeting of two instrumental practices separated by centuries, their creation stands out as an original form, drawing from ambient, dub, blues, African music and noise art. Hypnotic, warm, alternately dancing and meditative, their music is an imaginary folk, a unique and hybrid sonic adventure.

Head to our bandcamp page to listen to Eobu Noale, the first single to emerge until we release more for your earing pleasure.

RE: Residual

Posted On: 6th of October, 2014
Posted In: Peter Knight, Dung Nguyen, Mathias Delplanque, Lena, Tilman Robinson, Joe Talia, Black Sifichi, Dan West, Residual, Remix, Experimental Music, Ambient, World Music

In 2010, Parenthèses Records released Peter Knight & Dung Nguyen’s duo collaboration RESIDUAL seeing the pair developing unique approaches to combining Vietnamese and Western music elements in a contemporary setting.

At the start of 2014, Alexis Courtin from PR and Peter Knight discussed their shared desire to give the album a second life and thus asked a carefully chosen list of musicians from France and Australia to present their personal perspectives on Residual. The result is this amazing album that comes as a FREE download, blurring the boundaries between abstract ambient, repetitive experimental music and groove-based textures.

From LENA (aka Mathias Delplanque, France, Bruit Clair Records)’s proto dubby techno, Tilman Robinson’s abstract ambient, Joe Talia’s subtle electronica, Black Sifichi (France)’s unmistakable voice and post-musique concrète edit to Dan West ’s minimal groove, Residual was given the most refined homage.

FREE Download
October 20 2014
Bandcamp/

Parentheses Records Welcomes

Posted On: 13th of December, 2013
Posted In: Mathias Delplanque, Zaman Productions, Parentheses Records, E'Joung Ju, Geomungo, Electronic, Ambient, Korea, Coree, France, Australie, duo, KEDA

Mathias Delplanque is an electronic music composer, music critic, author of sound installations, teacher, composer for theater and dance and the founding member of several musical ensembles. He lives and works in Nantes (France) and runs the Bruit Clair label, dedicated to electronic music and sound art.

E'Joung-Ju is a master of the gomoungo, the six strings traditional Korean wooden instrument, which has a history of over 1600 years, used both in court and popular music.

Their collaboration now called KEDA started in 2010 and confronts the ancestral sounds of gomoungo to textures, rhythms and electronic treatments. Beyond the meeting of two instrumental practices separated by centuries, their creation stands out as original, hypnotic, warm, alternately dancing and meditative, drawing on blues, African, Jamaican, ambient and noise influences.

KEDA is currently working on its debut album due for release in October 2014 and will be touring Europe in 2014 courtesy of Zaman Produtions.

Check out KEDA's live excerpt at the Musee du Quai Branly (Paris) HERE.