Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Labels: Obs






Obs (short form of "Observatoire") is a Russian label (Rostov-based) born from the ashes of "Observatory Records" and maintaining substantial continuity with this one.
In fact, Observatory was discontinued in 2007, thirteen releases to its credit, and the number 14 marked the start of a new chapter entitled "Observatoire".

A third, further phase took shape in late 2011, under the current name, "Obs".

The label, active since 2005 and steadily run by Denis Shapovalov, artist (Adriva, Enmerkar, Matter and Sunchariot are projects he was involved in) as well as graphic designer (see below some artworks created by him), after a year of silence (2010), has made a significant comeback and consequently expanded considerably its catalogue.

Twelve valuable records released thus far since the last restart, the participation of names often mentioned in these pages (Ben Owen, Richard Garet) and other outstanding figures of the experimental scene (Andrea Marutti, Chris Whitehead, Five Elements Music, Francisco Meirino, Gregory Büttner, Jim Haynes, Roel Meelkop etc.): here are some factors that have led to a growing recognition for Denis' efforts.

Although these artists operate in different contexts and their conceptual approaches are anything but standardized, the label’s actual activity seems to show, as a recurring element, a predilection for works conceived through methods/means of experimentation privileging an intense use of concrete materials as sources, mostly submitted to post-processing techniques or somehow manipulated.
In addition, a firm choice to highlight new forms of electroacoustic improvisation.

Check out below the complete catalogue, consisting of three sets. The first section (Observatory Records) includes numbers from 001 to 013, whereas the titles from 014 to 025 are related to the second period (Observatoire) and finally the recent releases (starting with the number 026) are placed into Obs.
You will also find some hi-res scans, have a look at them.

Spiritual Archives is grateful to Denis Shapovalov for his precious collaboration.


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Founder: Denis Shapovalov
Location: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Area: Ambient, Electroacoustic, Experimental, Field Recordings
Website: http://abser1.narod2.ru/

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Catalogues:

I. Observatory Records


Sunchariot - Right Sun / Ritual Head
















Cat. #: 001
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2005
Notes: limited edition of 40 copies

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Sunchariot - Exzorcizm
















Cat. #: 002
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2005
Notes: limited edition of 55 copies

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Sunchariot / Adriva - Komodia / Ognezmei

















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Cat. #: 003
Format: Cassette, C90
Release date: 2005
Notes:

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Adriva - Losung
















Cat. #: 004
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 33 copies

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Adriva - Equites
















Cat. #: 005
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 38 copies

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Sunchariot - Fictio

















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Cat. #: 006
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2006
Notes: limited edition of 40 copies

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Sunchariot - Ruina Atrasiab
















Cat. #: 007
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 10 copies

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Adriva - Ognezmei
















Cat. #: 008
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 8 copies

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Matter - Untitled
















Cat. #: 009
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 11 copies

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Enmerkar - Untitled

















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Cat. #: 010
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 18 copies

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Adriva - Issin
















Cat. #: 011
Format: 3" CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 40 copies

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Enmerkar - Untitled

















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Cat. #: 012
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 20 copies

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Adriva - Equites Mini
















Cat. #: 013
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 30 copies

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II. Observatoire

Matter - Pinkly Lips
















Cat. #: 014
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 50 copies

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Sunchariot - Eidyllion Δ
















Cat. #: 015
Format: 3" CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 36 copies

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Sunchariot - Komodia / Eidyllion / Eikon




































































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Cat. #: 016
Format: Cassette, C90
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 36 copies

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Sunchariot - Komodia Δ
















Cat. #: 017
Format: 3" CD-R
Release date: 2007
Notes: limited edition of 36 copies

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Adriva - Cuore
















Cat. #: 018
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2008
Notes: limited edition of 18 copies

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Adriva - Adtasa
















Cat. #: 019
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2008
Notes: limited edition of 18 copies

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L'Homme Eternel - Jour Gris De L'Homme Eternel
















Cat. #: 020
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2008
Notes: limited edition of 28 copies

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L'Homme Eternel - Maladie Orientale
















Cat. #: 021
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2008
Notes: limited edition of 50 copies

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Eduard Srapionov - Biologic
















Cat. #: 022
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2008
Notes: limited edition of 38 copies

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Adriva - Oriens
















Cat. #: 023
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2008
Notes: limited edition of 38 copies

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Adriva - Lacte Sessia
















Cat. #: 024
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2008
Notes: limited edition of 38 copies

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VV.AA. - Idea Of South-Indian Picture
















Cat. #: 025
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2009
Notes: limited edition of 115 copies

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III. Obs

Placement & Adriva - Geometry In Distant Agriculture



















































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Cat. #: obs * 026
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2011
Notes: edition of 400 copies

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Five Elements Music / Andrea Marutti / Jim Haynes - Tri-Ton



















































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Cat. #: obs * 027
Format: CD
Release date: 2011
Notes: edition of 400 copies

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Five Elements Music & Denis Shapovalov - Steel Glares And Night Shadows



















































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Cat. #: obs * 028
Format: CD
Release date: 2011
Notes: edition of 500 copies

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Ben Owen - Birds And Water, 2&3



















































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Cat. #: obs * 029
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2011
Notes: limited edition of 350 copies

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Roel Meelkop & Takanobu Hoshino - Fukushima



















































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Cat. #: obs * 030
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2011
Notes: limited edition of 350 copies

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Ofer Bymel & Gregory Büttner - Ripsnorter



















































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Cat. #: obs * э | instrument 031
Format: CD-R
Release date: 02/2012
Notes: limited edition of 250 copies

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Chris Whitehead - Gryphaea



















































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Cat. #: obs * 032
Format: CD / Cassette
Release date: 03/2012
Notes: limited edition of 300 copies

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Richard Garet - Silver



















































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Cat. #: obs * 033
Format: CD
Release date: 03/2012
Notes: limited edition of 300 copies

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Takanobu Hoshino - A Sampling + 5





















































































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Cat. #: obs * (л65) 034
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2012
Notes: limited edition of 65 copies

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Zero Centigrade - Umber






































































































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Cat. #: obs * и | music 035
Format: CD-R / Cassette
Release date: 03/2012
Notes: limited edition of 110 copies

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Francisco Meirino - A While And Awhile




































































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Cat. #: obs * 036
Format: CD-R
Release date: 03/2012
Notes: limited edition of 100 copies

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Emmanuel Mieville - Buddha - Anima - Asia

















Cat. #: obs * э|tradition 037
Format: CD / Cassette
Release date: 05/2012
Notes: limited edition of 300 copies

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D'incise - Prairie

















Cat. #: obs * e|миф 038
Format: 2xCD-R
Release date: 05/2012
Notes: limited edition of 100 copies

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ADR_VA - Voix De Mythe - Предчувствие - Ombre - Parties

















Cat. #: obs * 039
Format: CD-R
Release date: 04/2012
Notes: reissue, limited edition of 65 copies

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VV.AA. - Archaic Variations - Localization
















Cat. #: obs * v/a 040
Format: CD
Release date: 08/2012
Notes: limited edition of 300 copies

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Yannick Dauby / Hitoshi Kojo / Michael Northam - Корлигон
















Cat. #: obs * и|миф 041
Format: CD
Release date: 08/2012
Notes: limited edition of 300 copies

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SALA - Plotina

















Cat. #: obs * миф|(л65) 042
Format: CD-R
Release date: 10/2012
Notes: limited edition of 65 copies

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Vincent Laubeuf - The Poetics Of Vacuum 

















Cat. #: obs * 043/OtO 003
Format: CD
Release date: 12/2012
Notes: limited edition of 300 copies

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Andrea Borghi - Vetrale

















Cat. #: obs * instrument|(л65) 044
Format: CD-R
Release date: 01/2013
Notes: limited edition of 65 copies

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Zero Centigrade - Birch

















Cat. #: obs * instrument|(л65) 045
Format: CD-R
Release date: 01/2013
Notes: limited edition of 65 copies

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Joris Rühl & Antez - Joris Rühl & Antez

















Cat. #: obs * instrument|046
Format: CD
Release date: 03/2013
Notes: limited edition of 150 copies

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Miguel A. Garcia & Oier Iruretagoiena - Sohorna



















Cat. #: obs * RD#1
Format: CD-R
Release date: 04/2013
Notes: limited edition of 100 numbered copies

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Olivier Dumont & Rodolphe Loubatière - Mouture


















Cat. #: obs * RD#2
Format: CD-R
Release date: 07/2013
Notes: limited edition of 100 numbered copies

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Gintas K / David Ellis / Simon Tyszko, Masayuki Imanishi, Dasein - Gintas K / David Ellis / Simon Tyszko, Masayuki Imanishi, Dasein
















 
Cat. #: obs * RD#3
Format: 2xCD-R
Release date: 10/2013
Notes: limited edition of 100 numbered copies

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Dante Tanzi - Double Miroir
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма|047
Format: CD
Release date: 01/2014
Notes: limited edition of 200 numbered copies

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Éric Broitmann - Carnets Africains
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма|048
Format: CD / Cassette
Release date: 01/2014
Notes: limited edition of 200 numbered copies

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Michael Northam - Le Septième Déguisé En Neuf
















 
Cat. #: obs * миф|049
Format: CD
Release date: 03/2014
Notes: limited edition of 200 numbered copies

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Antez / Mathieu Calleja / Miguel A. García / Artur Vidal - Malasaña
Gregory Büttner - Kaktus
Héctor Rey - Myxini

















 
Cat. #: obs * RD#4
Format: 3xCD-R
Release date: 04/2014
Notes: limited edition of 100 numbered copies

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Michel Titin-Schnaider - La Mort De La Transcendance
















 
Cat. #: obs * э|music 050
Format: CD
Release date: 05/2014
Notes: limited edition of 200 numbered copies

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Lionel Marchetti & Yan Jun - Shanghai Atelier
















 
Cat. #: obs * эксперимент|051
Format: CD
Release date: 07/2014
Notes: limited edition of 200 numbered copies

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Emmanuel Mieville / Dante Tanzi / Hiroki Sakaguchi - Emmanuel Mieville / Dante Tanzi / Hiroki Sakaguchi
















 
Cat. #: obs * RD#6
Format: CD-R
Release date: 10/2014
Notes: limited edition of 100 numbered copies

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Alba Francesca Battista / Michel Titin-Schnaider / Masayuki Imanishi - Alba Francesca Battista / Michel Titin-Schnaider / Masayuki Imanishi
















 
Cat. #: obs * RD#5
Format: CD-R / Cassette
Release date: 03/2015
Notes: limited edition of 100 numbered copies

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VV.AA. - Chitarra E Altre Corde
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма AUDIOR|052
Format: CD
Release date: 03/2015
Notes: limited edition of 300 copies

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ADR_VA - Ognezmei
















 
Cat. #: obs * миф|053
Format: Cassette, C45 + Cassette, C60
Release date: 06/2015
Notes: limited edition of 50 numbered copies

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Benjamin Aït-Ali - Ballet And Other Works
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма|054
Format: CD-R / Cassette, C64
Release date: 06/2015
Notes: limited edition of 100 numbered copies

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Jean-Baptiste Favory - Voyage Immobile
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма|055
Format: CD / Cassette, C54
Release date: 08/2015
Notes:

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VV.AA. - Vox Humana - Inventing Forgotten Languages
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма AUDIOR|056
Format: CD
Release date: 10/2015

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Dante Tanzi - Double Miroir
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма|057
Format: Cassette, C70
Release date: 12/2015
Notes:

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Dante Tanzi - Into Another Space
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма|058
Format: CD / Cassette, C74
Release date: 04/2016
Notes:

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Francisco Meirino - An Investigation On Electricity, Magnetic Fields & (para)Normal Electronic Interferences
















 
Cat. #: obs * эксперимент|059
Format: CD / Cassette, C46
Release date: 09/2016
Notes: a5 monochrome book

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VV.AA. - Catastrophe
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма AUDIOR|060
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2016

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Manfredi Clemente - La Forme Du Paradoxe
















 
Cat. #: obs * акусма|061
Format: CD-R / Cassette, C37 
Release date: 09/2016
Notes: a5 monochrome book

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Somnoroase Păsărele - Tion
















 
Cat. #: obs * э music|062
Format: CD-R / Cassette, C44
Release date: 10/2016
Notes:

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Anton Mobin / Takanobu Hoshino - Innsbroke / Primitive Future
















 
Cat. #: obs * к|063
Format: Cassette, C60
Release date: 12/2016
Notes:

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