After an almost 6 year hiatus, and the break up of the audio-visual trio it had evolved into, Origamibiro returns with Miscellany, a body of work amassed during the years since the release of 2014’s Odham’s Standard.
Though the group never officially disbanded, a number of life-changing events meant it simply became impossible to continue together. As such, the project organically reverted back to the solo pursuits of composer Tom Hill. Fellow multi-instrumentalist Andy Tytherleigh however, remains a strong collaborator.
Miscellany comprises a varied mixture of work, ranging from electronica to orchestral chamber music. Drawing upon much of the found-sound style for which Origamibiro became known, Hill’s DIY approach to sampling and composing continues to play a central role in the process.
Hill sums up his musical interests as a mixture of sound design, a love of the natural world and an inability to stick to just one instrument, which goes a long way to describing this new collection of music.
Click here to download a previously unreleased track.
My close friend and artist, Ali Bonsai, wrote the following prose in response to hearing the album in full:
Careful orchestra leaves nothing to chance
Old curiosities, remembered tokens, points on a map -
searching, tinkering, holding, studying
Satisfying mini-achievements, searching towards the whole
Interlude parting wave / transgression
Out of focus undulating vignette, rest up close
Along with the wrecks and driftwood
Fault lines faltering catch, caught in the freeze-frame
of an action played on life emergence,
gently push through the soils with new strength.
The last click of lights off fills the theatre loud
once into dark, quiet, safe
Miscellany will be released on Denovali Records, February 2021.
Origamibiro releases to date
Origamibiro's 3rd album, on Denovali Records.
Shakkei & Shakkei Remixed
Origamibiro's 2nd album on Denovali Records. Shakkei Remixed includes reworked versions by artists such as Plaid, Isan and Leafcutter John.
Cracked Mirrors & Stopped Clocks
Origamibiro's debut album, first released on Expanding Records, then again later as part of a box set on Denovali Records.
A small selection of films using Origamibiro's music. Some bespoke scores and some original album material.
For a full portfolio of all soundtrack work, check out the soundtracks page