Starfish Pool

Starfish Pool

Real Name:
Koen Lybaert
Profile:
The electronic project of Koen Lybaert - that evolved out of Starfish Enterprises - that was active between 1993 and 2003. Starfish Pool was working in the experimental area of minimal, rhythmic, ambient and noise in all its aspects. Since the very start it is the manipulation of loops - the basic idea of the way tracks were created as Starfish Pool. This concept that has nothing to do with the sound but more with the way that tracks where practically made. In 10 years' time Starfish Pool had more than 25 releases.
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Starfish Pool Discography

Albums

NZ016 Starfish Pool Chill Out 'n Confused(CD, Album) Nova Zembla NZ016 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
Starfish Pool Amplified Tones (Album) Nova Zembla Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
Starfish Pool Interference '96 (Album) Nova Zembla Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
SU 001 Starfish Pool Dante's Carnival(CD, Album) Silver USA SU 001 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
D1032 CD, D1032CD Starfish Pool Kinetic(CD, Album) Daft Records, Daft Records D1032 CD, D1032CD Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
Starfish Pool Illusions Of Move - Chapter Blue (Album) Hymen Records Germany 2000 Sell This Version
U-COVER 003CD Llips. vs. Starfish Pool Llips. vs. Starfish Pool - Sweetwater(CD, Album, Ltd) U-Cover U-COVER 003CD Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
Starfish Pool Illusions Of Move - Chapter Red (Album) Hymen Records Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Starfish Pool Illusions Of Move - The Golden Cycle (Album) Hymen Records Germany 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NZ027 Starfish Pool EP One: Restless(12", EP) Nova Zembla NZ027 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
NZ029 Starfish Pool EP Two: Cool For Lovers(12") Nova Zembla NZ029 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
NZ032 Starfish Pool EP Three: Offday (The Remixes)(12") Nova Zembla NZ032 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
rw001 Starfish Pool Abstract Number Two EP(12") Respect Wax rw001 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
RW 002 Starfish Pool Remixed(12") Respect Wax RW 002 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
Starfish Pool Rituals For The Dying (Album) Conspiracy Records (2) Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
Lymph 3 Starfish Pool Meets Various Starfish Pool Meets Various - Lymph Three(12", Ltd) Lymph Ltd. Lymph 3 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
core 015 Quetzal (2) vs. Starfish Pool Quetzal (2) vs. Starfish Pool - Touch / Retouch(7", Ltd, Whi) Conspiracy Records (2) core 015 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
Lymph 2 Starfish Pool Meets Various Starfish Pool Meets Various - Lymph Two(12", Ltd) Lymph Ltd. Lymph 2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Lymph 4 Starfish Pool Meets Various Starfish Pool Meets Various - Lymph Four(12", Ltd) Lymph Ltd. Lymph 4 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Lymph 1 Starfish Pool Meets Various Starfish Pool Meets Various - Lymph One(12", Ltd) Lymph Ltd. Lymph 1 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Lymph 5 Starfish Pool Meets Various Starfish Pool Meets Various - Lymph Five(12", Ltd) Lymph Ltd. Lymph 5 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Lymph 6 Starfish Pool Meets Various Starfish Pool Meets Various - Lymph Six(12", Ltd) Lymph Ltd. Lymph 6 Europe 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

Sire 007, SIRE007 Starfish Pool Remixed(CD, Comp) Silver Recordings, Silver Recordings Sire 007, SIRE007 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version

Reviews

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Moanerman

Moanerman

June 24, 2009
Starfish Pool’s music was the sound of my puberty, I can’t say it in a better way. As a 14 years old kid I had a really hard time at home: struggle between my parents, searching for an own identity, bored at school, questioning myself, exploring the sense of life etc. Starfish Pool’s music was the soundtrack for that period in my life. PS: everything ended up well with me :-)

I still remember the moment I discovered his album Amplified Tones at the local music store. No one was interested in this ‘weird’ music. I instantly fell in love with this obscure and lo-fi sounding album although I had never heard of Starfish Pool, I even didn’t now that he was from my own country, Belgium. I discovered a lot of other music by him thanks to my niece’s boyfriend, who was a DJ at the time. I didn’t have a turntable so he put EP 1, 2 and 3 on tape for me, just to name a few. I recorded all his music on a couple of tapes and I was listening to it constantly in my walkman.

This was a whole new and safe world to me: Starfish Pool’s music is quite unique. Very minimalistic, moody, dark and somehow out of this world. This fitted perfectly with my mood. During the years I collected nearly everything produced by this man, and also the stuff by other artists on his labels. What I concluded is that he is capable of producing a lot of ‘genres’. His discography is very versatile: techno, experimental, noise, ambient or electro but always with that minimalistic, hypnotic, and devasting approach. I played a lot of his cd’s to death so I just bought them all again. Insane? No: love.

Koen Lybaert still produces music nowadays under his Ontayso disguise, now more dub-orientated and with ambient influences (certainly on the same quality level of Rod Modell) . Totally different from his earlier work but still with high quality standards. The 24 hours box for example is a masterpiece of chilled, dubbed-out and fragile landscapes. Koen Lybaert will always be a great musical influence to me and I treasure his (now dirt cheap) EP’s and albums as much as my hard-to-find and expensive gems, that’s the least I can say.

A lot of my friends are obsessed with dark and minimal techno but when I tell them about Starfish Pool they say they never heard of him. That’s somehow a typical example of the Belgian attitude: they admire people like Hood, Mills, Ruskin, Surgeon etc (no offence, I like their music too) but they never pay attention to their own backyard. There are a lot of unknown gems to discover on the many early nineties labels from Belgium. Valium, Brain Pilot, Xingu Hill, to name a few artists from those labels like Nova Zembla and KK. Don’t look too far, the gems are just in front of you…

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