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by Oorbeek

Amsterdam's most uncompromising 7-piece weird-jazz-avant-rock outfit organically blends atmospheric film music with hard rock, tribal vocals with distorted New Age bells and yodel with dub. For experienced listeners only!
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Does
6:36 album only
2. Body& Beauty
3:51 album only
3. Hardeman
4:35 album only
4. Woerdings
2:04 album only
5. Grimme
3:43 album only
6. Tropic 2000
12:17 album only
7. Duffels
1:51 album only
8. Slinger
4:48 album only
9. Malik
6:29 album only
10. Rab
9:28 album only
11. Bels
17:01 album only
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Album Notes
OORBEEK is a collective of artists-musicians based in Amsterdam. ETOS is Thing Number Three, among the items produced under the umbrella of the 'Stichting Fijn Lawaai' (The Nice Noise Foundation).

Oorbeek says it cannot describe itself. It does use two slogans, though:

Oorbeek always starts again & Oorbeek frees sound

Oorbeek plays in any formation of two or more members:
Serge Onnen (tpt)
Peter Cleutjens (drs)
Maarten Hepp (voc, effects)
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (bss)
Arie Altena (gtr)
Alice Smits (gtr)
Mark van Tongeren (voc, effects)

Here are two comments on Oorbeek's music. The full story (music, concerts, reviews, Things and so on) can be found on

Rough translation of the Japanese review on http://diskunion.net/ :

This band has released in the past CD-Rs, etc, but this CD is going to be the first release of this LO-FI band. Roughly, this band's music reminds us of the degree of Lo-Fi (as evident in God is Co My Pilot) and is thrilling. In particular, their strange spacing and avant-garde improvisions (as common with the work by JOHN CAGE and CORNELIUS CARDEW) are very weird in a fantastic way.

Review from: Vital Weekly 489, http://www.staalplaat.com/vital_archive/489.txt. :

OORBEEK - ETOS (CD by Fijn Lawaai)
CD | Fijn Lawaai Ding 03
Recorded at Studio Climax, 2004
Artwork: Serge Onnen
Perhaps Oorbeek isn't that much of my tea and maybe more for fellow reviewer Dolf Mulder, but I saw them live last year and they left me a very good impression. Oorbeek is a seven piece group, with an extended instrument section: from drums to trumpet to toy instruments, voice, electric guitar and bass. So besides the usual rock line up, they also incorporate weird stuff, and weird their music is. Oorbeek cites as influences: overtone singing, Motorhead, improvised music, no wave, Cage, Cardew, Zorn and musical traditions from Mongolia. From all these influences improvised music is most clear one, as they play a very fine set of improvised music in a rather traditional way. Instruments sound as they sound like and not like 'objects' as many other contemporary improvisers sound like these days. But in this free improvisation they maintain the influence of free rock and no wave best: a tight rhythm section on bass and drums, which built the fundament of the pieces and the others are free to create whatever madness they find suitable. It's not always full rock on, but they create with similar means moments of silence and contemplation. Now that I heard the CD and compare it to what I heard last year, I think they have grown quite a lot. Perhaps check out them out during a new live concert would be a good idea. (FdW)

Oorbeek has produced many more Things besides ETOS (Nice Noise Thing 3), such as CD-R's, T-shirts and artwork. Irregular gigs happen at galleries, museums, radio stations and highway parking lots.

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