«Listening to this beautiful floating and energetic album transports you to another time and place altogether, taking you away from all your stresses and worries. It's a hypnotic and blissful trip through progressive music, New-Age soundscapes, gentle jazzy diversions and ambient atmospheres. There are frequent world music elements and ethnic instruments that enhance the experience and give the album a greater variety without sounding messy or fragmented ». Aussie Byrd Brother on Progarchives

« As soundtrack for imaginary terrestrial travel across oceans, down rivers and into rain-soaked forests, Waters bears an abidingly dreamlike vibe juxtaposing jazzily sprawling guitar-synth breaks. While jazz improv in dominant ambient environments might seem odd on paper, Yves makes it work by mindfully conforming his sorties to the context of each composition. When he gets his Joe Zawinul tones going on "Lake of Night Ruins" for example, the welcome spontaneity gives your mind something to chew on while the rest of you floats away.» John Collinge, Progression magazine, issue 71, winter 2017.

Jazzcomputer.org's music « reveals new variations and an astonishing-sensual combination of elements, motives, sounds and textures. The musical orchestration seems to flow into deep spaces, dissolving material rules to reach the listener into an unique mind travel, full of reveries and mystical projections.» Philippe on Progarchives

 

Yves Potin

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The albums can be found on major commercial platforms for streaming or downloading : at first, Bandcamp, but also Amazon, Deezer, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and many more.

Short bio

Yves Potin started playing guitar while « Dark side of the Moon », « Close to the Edge » and Klaus Schulze's « Timewind » were just released, widely opening new musical territories. Jazz was also like a revelation to him, especially the fusion styles. Scott Henderson, in Tribal Tech, was his major influence on improvising techniques, with Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny and of course Weather Report. Their jazz made of ambiences, moods, climates and Wayne Shorter's sense of tastefully creating melodic improvisations have become timeless.

Yves has always been interested in computers. The music you can hear on Jazzcomputer.org's first album was mostly written at the turning of the nineties, using an Atari ST with a couple of hardware synths. During these college years, he also played in many bands, with musicians having fun together, encountering opportunities to learn and extend their musical skills and sensibility. But the ambient feeling at the root of Yves's music always remained : David Sylvian's « Gone to Earth », Mick Karn's bass lines and Andreas Vollenweider's albums were unforgettable experiences. Later, Steve Roach became a strong milestone beyond german influences.

With the spreading of the internet in the late nineties, Yves became more and more interested in technology and networking. Everything started to change, including the way music could be written, performed, recorded and distributed. Computers became powerful enough to host the instruments inside themselves ; music could be self produced, then distributed from a home made server using free software. These ideas were the root of a concept named Jazzcomputer.org : ambient, electronic music with twisted harmonies and improvisations, distributed mostly freely in a decentralized way.

Since ten years, Yves is tweaking atmospheres and climates, melting the results, improvising on various synths, guitars and oriental electronic instruments, especially the use of koto-guitar and also sampled Udu and percussions, sounds from elsewhere, jazzy and always ambient music. From the beginning, it can be freely discovered on the website : http://jazzcomputer.org so just enjoy his music and have a good time !

About the gear, the most used instrument is a Parker Flymojo guitar, with a synth converter. Quite everything on the records, including all improvisatons, are performed on the guitar. Two MIDI keyboards complete the set, and only VSTi synths running inside Cubase on PC with a RME sound card. Camel Audio Alchemy (alas, discontinued) is intensively used, among other virtual synths and samplers like Kontakt and Omnisphere.

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