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Produced in binaural audio with dearVR MUSIC and recorded throughout the weird year of 2020, the textural and experimental guitar ambient album Expansive Nothingness by music producer Michel Mazza (aka. OdNU) channels his feelings on the events that took place during the COVID 19 pandemic. He discovered that even the most intense, chaotic and surreal realities can become harmonious when we don’t let fear control us and allow ourselves to observe from a perspective of expansive nothingness.
Michel used the electric guitar as the main sound source for his album. It's always very processed and sometimes almost unrecognizable, pushing its sound to the breaking point. Loopy leitmotifs come and go, creating a space that for a time seems unable to contain itself. In the following, he gives an insight into the production and shares his creative process within the world of binaural audio.
We could all use some rest and relaxation in this turbulent and often anxious-filled world where everything happens at lightening speed, news flashes come into and out of view only to be replaced with some other distraction.
OdNu’s Expansive Nothingness is an aptly titled full length album on the ever-dependable Audiobulb imprint, and diving in without any background about OdNu, it is refreshing to learn that these tiny sound sculptures glow and spark in all the right places—fragmenting and evolving along the way. Each piece is filled with tranquilized microscopic glitches, found sounds, flowing instrumentation, and fluid tones’n drones drifting in the background. Cinematic moments are featured throughout, offering a glimpse into the artists’ vast musical arrangements as they create otherworldly and colorful soundscapes. Strings merge with tangled ambient shifts as miniature melodies flicker and pulse.
As if to shine a light on hazy dreamlike states of consciousness, OdNu carefully plucks away—offering vast pseudo-shoegaze entanglements, blending organic sounds with digitized fizz-fuzz compositions. A dense yet carefully executed album that is at once blissful and brittle as it is contagious and captivating. If ever there were a more on-point title, this expansive nothingness is fully explored.
OdNu is an alias of Michel Mazza, residing in Hudson, NY, originally from Buenos Aires.
His new album is an absolute delight to listen which you can not so easy file into experimental ambient/soundtrack file.
Composer's extensive study of musical matter and studio techniques and experience with composition and instrumental velocity brings something quite unique - a deeply organised album of wonder, evocative, lyrical and with experimental edge to it.
The main instrument here is guitar but Michel but there is synths, there is field recording and other instruments. It brings out the best out of those thanks to how he operates with his own musical language. And it is a language of both simplicity and opaque complexity that he knows exactly how to conduct.
Michel uses the electric guitar as the main sound source for this album but always very processed, sometimes to the unrecognizable and often pushing the guitar sound to the breaking point. Loopy leitmotifs come and go knitting feelings and ideas and creating a space that for a time seems unable to contain itself. In this way he is able to create music that is visceral, raw and dramatic and he pushes sound to experimental directions without losing clean and recognizable melody and emotion.” (Audiobulb
‘Lejano’ will be the latest album to be released on Girasol Music, coming August 2017; written and produced by Michel Mazza, the New York-based ambient and experimental musician under the name of OdNu. The album is filled with short, expansive pieces that are the outcome of experimentations with MIDI guitar to trigger a variety of field sounds and instrumental recordings; extending the typical abilities of the instrument into exploratory and augmented places and creating something truly unique.