"...Mesmerising...You can't help but be impressed by Origamibiro's audio-visual mechanics. A Revelation." - NME
Origamibiro are a multi-practice audiovisual artist collective: Composer and producer, Tom Hill, musician, Andy Tytherleigh and video artist, The Joy of Box (aka Jim Boxall).
Imagine music and video playing a game together. And telling stories at
the same time. That's what it's like to experience a performance by
audio-visual collective, Origamibiro. The collaborative trio merge found objects, unorthodox contraptions,
multi instrumentalism and persistence of vision to create an atmosphere
both nostalgic and otherworldly.
make connections between seemingly unrelated
elements and create a world that plays the scale of human emotions.
"An absolutely beautiful journey through subtle, delicate and, above all, gloriously introspective music." - www.smallfish.co.uk
Originally started out as a solo music project by Tom Hill in 2007 with the release of Cracked Mirrors & Stopped Clocks, Origamibiro has since become a live audio-visual collective involving multiple instruments, hi and lo-fi technologies and an array of unorthodox objects and mixed media.
"London's finest post-electronica classical combo of today" - pennyblackmusic
Predominantly a classical and electric guitarist, Tom plays a number of instruments including drums, percussion, bass and bowed electric guitar. Tom also a composes soundtracks for film and television and creates art installations and audiovisual apparatus.
"Symphonic dimensions. Extraordinary live performances." - fluid radio
Formerly one half of the electronica duo, Wauvenfold, with Noel Murphy (aka Visual Display Unit / Bury & Disinter) Tom has released 3 albums and 2 EPs under a variety of aliases, gaining a reputation among the likes of Björk, John Peel, the BBC and the Super Furry Animals.
"The fall of a typewriter key, the pluck of a double bass, the ripping of
paper - all these tiny, transient moments become the notes with which Origamibiro compose a world of sound around them... And it's an
extraordinary world: strangely calming in its slow revealing;
startlingly beautiful in its climatic chiming; strong enough to cut
through pixelated ennui" - dummy
The Joy of Box (aka Jim Boxall) has been working with video and moving image for over a decade and has worked with artists such as DJ Krush, Theo Travis, Susumu Yokota, Raphael Lozano-Hemmer, Do Make Say Think and Active Ingredient amongst others. Jim's work addresses the inherently anomalous process, practice and performance of live visuals: how it works, how it is interpreted, how it is misunderstood, where to start and where to stop.
"Video artist Jim Boxall
manipulates and weaves an intriguing and original experience, the
mixture of scored and improvised music set to video projections is a
performance of eloquence and intensity."
"What Origamibiro & The Joy of Box have on stage together is something totally organic. Utilising all manner of electronic technology and combining it with the flick of a dog eared book or the heavy fingered tap on an old typewriter they achieve a highly emotive and immensely satisfying experience on all levels" - Oh Francis MagazineTo view more work by The Joy of Box, including his blog, click here
"Origamibiro & The Joy of Box are part of that new breed [that] bring the best of new technologies into their sets and their sounds, enlisting looping riffs and electronic wonders and tonight they showed much of the best that such an approach can bring."
- BBC Manchester Online
Andy Tytherleigh, aka, Shmoov / Hubtone / Debaser Boy, is a man on most musicians' radar in Nottingham due to his outstanding ability to perform at a professional standard in almost any genre of music.
"A truly beautiful blend of the glitchy
electronic soundscapes of the likes of Fennesz with some stunning
Spanish and classical acoustic guitar... A really beautiful meeting of
electronic trickery and live acoustic sounds." - roadrecs.com review of Cracked Mirrors & Stopped Clocks
First and foremost, a double bassist, Andy can turn his hand to any instrument and play. From Jazz to Folk to Dance to Experimental, Andy's experience as a live performer has taken him all over the world, sometimes playing to crowds in the thousands. With such a rich and professional background, what Andy brings to the mix raises the bar and pushes the envelope that little bit further.
"Straddling the middle ground somewhere between
electronic and acoustic, [Origamibiro] have a high level of intimacy and
an organic quality that is contrasted and often mixed with digitally
created tones and broken electronic sounds. At times the contrast is
distinct but at others they compliment each other beautifully, the warmth and fragility
of the guitar melodies amplified by just the right amount of discrete
glitchy electronic effects." - igloomag.com
Photography: Ursula Kelly - www.flukstudios.com