Since 2004, London-based Iker Ormazabel has been progressing experimental music in different forms, through solo projects (as IOM or Iker Ormazabal), alongside dance performers (Itto Morita, Soizu, Minako Seki), improvising with other musicians (Miguel A. Garcia, Oier Iruretagoiena, Andrew Page, Arturo Blasco) and in bands (Mnemonic, Warren Schoenbright, Fft Players, Oilbag).
This solo work is heavily inspired by acousmatic composers, and acousmatic listening, the music and writings of Pierre Schaeffer, Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, Francisco Lopez, taking inspiration from what is known as 'deep listening', listening with intent or acousmatic listening.
"UK-based Iker Ormazabal offers up this slab of layered drones. Repetition is a key part of his style here, with recurrent patterns that may have been looped or sequenced. The textures of these waves are smooth with some roughness around the edges. Usually, two to three distinct voices are present and occasionally one might take on a role resembling that of a melody. The overall feel is not unpleasant though certainty forbidding. At almost 90 minutes, The Oscillation may be a lot to handle as active listening, but it also can serve as ambiance – it contains a surprisingly dreamy psychedelia that lulls you into a quietly anxious state. There is a constant reminder that the dreams could easily change into nightmares, but the album never quite goes that far and instead leaves you hanging in an indeterminant state." (Avant Music News)
released December 4, 2020
guitar, doepfer dark energy, arturia mini brute, iohm fx pedals.