"Cognitive Bias" is a triptych release by OdNu. On these three albums OdNu experiments with the midi guitar as a midi controller (in the vein of controllerism). As both guitarist and controllerist, OdNu finger walks along the frets through a minefield of sounds and samples that surprise and inspire the improvisational guitar creating a conversation of floating guitar melodies and midi triggered atmospheres.... on one fret he may find a bandoneon, violin phrase, a voice, a field recording or other sound from his library and then incorporate that as a complement to the chords… Each song on "Cognitive Bias" is an improvisation following this process and each song was recorded in just one take between 2012 and 2017.
The three albums are named after variant types of cognitive bias. A cognitive bias is like a faulty circuit of thought pattern that a brain can become looped into causing errors and irrationality. A brain is benefitted by using and exploring all pathways of thought and electrical current. It might be possible that your personal cognitive biases will be rewired and flushed through by listening to OdNu's disjointed and intentionally cognitive scrambling loops.
Pareidolia is a phenomenon in which the mind responds to an image or a sound by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.
“Pareidolia” (Part 1) is an experiment on sampling and repetitive obsessive phrases developing and growing...the mood is schizophrenic happy and insistent with fluctuating guitar melodies following you all the way along.
Tachypsychia is a neurological condition that alters the perception of time.
“Tachypsychia” (Part 2) is an experiment in texture where guitar arpeggios and melodies construct a more cinematic soundscape while violin, clarinet,synth,crackles ,voices, field recordings and other noises populate the atmosphere while the guitar remains the centerpiece of the melody.
Reactance is the act of rebellion in the belief that one's behavioral freedoms are being imposed upon.
"Reactance" (Part 3) is an experiment in tap guitar technique and rhythm while midi triggering drums and percussion sounds as well as sounds of debris and synth guitar ,kazoo, bass etc... in a more frenetic almost free jazz style.
released October 26, 2018
All tracks recorded live between 2012 and 2017
Michel Mazza: midi guitar + Ableton live
Sounds from recorded instruments in:
Tracks: 2 + 7 + 9 = Alejandro Guerschberg - Bandoneon
Track 8 = Jon Kass - violin
Track 10 = Idiiom - voice
All tracks composed by Michel Mazza
Cover art by Michel Mazza
Mastering by Michel Mazza