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Hans Essel / Saitensack / Vinyl LP / Edition Telemark / 314.01
Debut release for Darmstadt-based composer Hans Essel who has been active in improvised music and Grundlagenmusik (foundational music) for more than 20 years. This LP showcases his project Saitensack (string-bag) in which he develops new ways of playing the violin and viola. Comparisons could be drawn to other experimental violinists like Tony Conrad and Takehisa Kosugi but Hans Essel uses a far more stripped-down approach: The instruments are neither modified nor amplified. Strings are not pressed by fingers but rather damped. Only through bowing, they are excited to complex free vibrations, sometimes harsh and noisy, at other times reminiscent of uilleann pipes with cracking and breaking like in yodeling. Saitensack focuses on the origin of tones out of the noise, zooming into the very character of string instruments. Saitensack is pure violin. The essence of violin playing. Side A features an overtone-rich performance from 1994. Side B has a harsher 1999 recording: 24 minutes of pure violin noise bliss. Edition of 500 with printed inner sleeve featuring a Saitensack discussion transcript.
Richard Youngs / Rurtain / Vinyl LP / Alter / ALT07
Richard Youngs / Rurtain / Vinyl LP / Alter / ALT07
Half High / Rubble Indent / CDr / No label / No catalogue #
After two recent releases 'Deserted Squares Under The Rain' (Chemical Imbalance, 2017) and 'Folds' (self released, 2016), which saw the duo inhabiting spaces swaddled in synthesizer warmth and scattered tape remains, Half High return, and make a harsh left turn, with 'Rubble Indent'. The 3 tracks presented here follow a more hoarse kind of creeping than previous outings, with the introduction of heavily processed guitar and a more eroded approach to the electronics taking the pair's usual synthesizer/tape combo deeper into the gravel. released February 23, 2017
Etant Donnes / Royaume/Aimant + Aimant - / Vinyl LP / Penultimate Press / PP14
Royaume (originally a CD on Touch, 1991) is made up of 4 tracks and is a kind of purifying travel through the four elements which symbolically refers to the light evoked by the colour green, an allegory of the grail and of the light­ carrier angel. As to the poems, they tend to amount to their essentials, as is the case in Matin which is both Taoist and surrealistic. Aimant + Aimant ­(originally as a split 10”/CD on Danceteria,1992) presents itself as a magical alchemical mantra based upon the force of love, the force of life. Two pole like two bodies like two hearts like two magnets. Like true buffoons from ultra – world , Eric and Marc Hurtado succeed in achieving what many sages consider to be the very purpose of magical art : to create one’s own ritual and , being one’s own referent, to become a vibrating point in the cosmos and be a receptacle for natural energy, like those bright patches or that black point recurring in their magical music, real poems­paintings and irremediably aiming , like an insect caught between the circle and the cross, in the heat of the sun in an attempt to merge with the Whole. ­ Stephane Duval.
Andrew Paine, Richard Youngs / Rotten Masters EP / 7" Vinyl / Sonic Oyster Vinyl / SOV001"
Andrew Paine, Richard Youngs / Rotten Masters EP / 7" Vinyl / Sonic Oyster Vinyl / SOV001"
James Ferraro / Rerex / 3 x Vinyl LP / Aguirre Records / ZORN16
James Ferraro is an experimental musician, composer and virtual atmospherist born in Bronx, NY. Ferraro has released material under a wide array of aliases, and was a member of the Californian two-piece avant-garde project The Skaters. His album Far Side Virtual was chosen as Album of the Year by the UK's Wire Magazine in 2011. Ferraro has been producing small runs of releases on cassette, CD-R, and VHS with a wide variety of styles all representing different dreams of a demonic mind tower spanning from freak flesh bodybuilder atmospheres to ambient modern world/psych. First on New Age Tapes and later on MuscleWork Inc., self run cassette / CD-R labels primarily used for releasing small runs of his solo work. In the summer of 2009 Ferraro composed and recorded the Summer Headrush Series in Antwerp, Belgium for Musclework Inc. The series is loosely based on visualisations that came to mind while receiving self-induced hypocapnia (aka choking oneself) or as it’s commonly called 'free fall'. The albums being representatives of the free fall head space. Other albums from the Headrush Series are: Body Fusion 1 and 2, iAsia, Wild World, Son of Dracula and Hacker Track. The Rerex album is vintage hypnagogic Ferraro and with it’s length (almost 3 hours) it may be considered as one of his Magnum Opuses. Using cheap casio keyboards, loops, effects and difficult to trace samples Ferraro creates a slightly haunting but oh so beautiful musical world which we’d like to visit. Please use headphones for a dynamic HD headphone experience. Music & artwork by James Ferraro, mastered & Lacquer cut by Christoph Grote-Beverborg at Dubplates & Mastering, lay-out by Jeroen Wille. Released on Aguirre Records in a limited edition of 500 copies.
Regler / Regler / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm059
Welcome to the ground-zero of music. This insane and self-titled LP is the punkest record ever made! Regler is a new, jaw-dropping side-project duo comprising Mattin (Billy Bao, Josetxo Grieta) and Anders "Drajan" Bryngelsson (Brainbombs, No Balls). Dancing on the ashes of a cultural breakdown, Mattin and Bryngelsson reach a tipping point where the dead body of rock explodes, before imploding upon itself. Mastered by Rashad Becker and released on the 8mm Records label in an edition of just 200 copies."
Idea Fire Company / Rags To Riches / Vinyl LP / Recital / R4
An edited and remastered issue of a tape by the IFCO quartet – Scott Foust, Karla Borecky, Jessi Swenson, & Meara O’Reilly. Rags To Riches is a live record documenting pieces from 2003 through 2005. Showcasing some top-shelf unreleased works; “The Whole World,” “Metropolis,” and “The Bitter End.” Older material is also included, a fierce version of “Artificial” from 2005’s Stranded, as well as the notorious “Cycle-19.” Additionally, there is a beautiful voice-based rendition of “Some Of Us” by IFCO comrades’ The Shadow Ring. All these pieces exhibit a contemplative and well-informed use of electronics, radio, and voice. Interlaced with spoken title announcements in French, punching typewriter passages, and bookended perfectly with audience dialogue and Mr. Ferry. Their mechanical and uncompromising aesthetic is pronounced, as Rags To Riches reminds us all why Idea Fire Company are such an important contemporary outfit. Edition of 285 copies, with color insert & essay by Scott Foust.
Księżyc / Rabbit Eclipse / Vinyl LP / Penultimate Press / PP19LP
"Deluxe 180 gram vinyl version on reverse board card with printed inner sleeve. Rabbit Eclipse is the second -length recording from the legendary Księżyc following on from theirfull self titled debut from 1996. The Moon never went away. The 2013 the Penultimate Press re-issue of Księżyc’s timeless debut exposed the band to a large new audience resulting in a return to live performance and the subsequent development of new material. Rabbit Eclipse was recorded in Warsaw throughout May to September 2015 within the idyllic Palladian palace Królikarnia (The Rabbit House). All original members gathered to conjure the peculiar hybrid of the ancient and the contemporary unique to the band. With more expanded forms, Rabbit Eclipse presents a rich and subtle environment of beguiling narratives hanging in suspended tension. This opens up an entire new phase in the cycle of the band where an enchanting discrete musical continuum of rich and subtle sound excursions are enveloped in a mysterious melancholia. Rabbit Eclipse is another exemplary presentation from one of Poland’s most idiosyncratic and respected outfits."
Public Housing / Public Housing / Vinyl LP / Torn Light Records / TL005
Public Housing / Public Housing / Vinyl LP / Torn Light Records / TL005
Hellier Ulysses / Prime Example / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR47
Hellier Ulysses / Prime Example / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR47
Craow / Preferable Execution By Firing Squad / Vinyl LP / Death Shadow Records / deathshadow004
The second in a set of LP re-releases of early recordings by Sean Halpin aka Craow. On Preferable Execution By Firing Squad, we see Halpin further honing his craft and once again immersing us in complete and total darkness. Recorded completely with his jaw wired shut, these recordings show Craow in its darkest form to date. Originally released as a limited tape on Corpse Without Soul in 2011, Death Shadow Records is pleased to present these recordings to the public again. Remastered for vinyl by J Short, this release is presented in an edition of only 100 copies.
Idea Fire Company / Postcards / Vinyl LP / Swill Radio / swillradio#033
"2013 marks both the 25th anniversary of IFCO and the 30th anniversary of Swill Radio, so what better way to start the celebrations than with a brand new IFCO LP? Postcards is a reworking of a cassette originally released by No Basement Is Deep Enough in 2011. Re-ordered, remixed, remade, and remodeled Postcards presents a more charming atmosphere than Music From The Impossible Salons (Kye) stark melancholy. There is still plenty of piano and sad scenarios, but there are also flights of electronic fancy. Eight imaginary impressionistic portraits of cities we have never been to. Karla Borecky and Scott Foust. Deluxe edition. 220 g vinyl. Cover painting and artwork by Karla; booklet with highly subjective text by me. Postcards from a past that never existed. IFCO march on and on." - Swill Radio."
Aaron Dilloway, Jason Lescalleet / Popeth / Vinyl LP / Glistening Examples / GLEX 1403
Latest collaborative efforts of Aaron Dilloway and Jason Lescalleet. Recorded at Tarker Mills in February 2014 then mixed and mastered at Glistening Labs, this 38 minute LP was carved deeply into 150 grams of virgin vinyl via Direct Metal Mastering at GZ Media in the Czech Republic. These records are sheathed in deluxe poly-lined inner sleeves and presented in 300gsm uncoated reverse board, beautifully adorned by Australian artist and novelist Matthew Revert.
Renato Rinaldi / Planta / CD / Senufo Editions / senufo editions # fifty one
Renato Rinaldi / Planta / CD / Senufo Editions / senufo editions # fifty one
Pink Luminous Invocation / Pink Luminous Invocation / Vinyl LP / Sagittarius A-Star / Sagittarius A-Star 11
Pink Luminous Invocation / Pink Luminous Invocation / Vinyl LP / Sagittarius A-Star / Sagittarius A-Star 11
Terry Riley, Persian Surgery Dervishes, 2 x Vinyl LP, Aguirre Records, Les Séries Shandar, SSH04
This classic minimal music album is now available again on vinyl for the first time since the 70s. Californian composer Terry Riley’s In C, first issued on vinyl in 1968, is widely acknowledged as a Minimalist landmark that altered the course of twentieth-century music. His influential album A Rainbow In Curved Air, which appeared the following year, is a vivid fusion of rock and raga, jazz and psychedelia realised through overdubbing on an 8-track machine which had recently been installed at the studios of Columbia Records. In recent decades Riley has composed a series of critically acclaimed pieces for string quartet. He has also written for full orchestra and explored a variety of instrumental combinations. But during the 1970s, he concentrated on solo keyboard performances, continuing to make music yet writing down almost nothing. Riley selected a mode, chose a few motifs or basic patterns and then, seated on the floor in front of his audience, improvised on electronic keyboard. That instrument became an essential part of his musical identity for a while, although it was chosen in part for practical reasons. The electric organ, superseded at later concerts by a synthesizer, was portable and consistent. This enabled him to avoid unreliable pianos in venues which were less formal and more variable than the standard concert hall circuit. By the early 70s Riley had come to feel that scores were a distraction. Faithful interpretation of an already written piece was a deviation from the true purpose of making music, which was spiritual quest. Fortunately, some of those live performances, personal journeys towards a state of transcendence, were captured on tape. Persian Surgery Dervishes, issued initially on the French label Shandar, features two such concerts for electric organ and reel-to-reel delay, one recorded in Los Angeles on 18th April 1971, the other in Paris on 24th May 1972. At the start of that decade Riley became a dedicated student of the great Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath. Looking into North Indian classical tradition he found correspondences to modal and cyclic ideas that he was already working on. In 1971, as a way to learn more, Riley himself started teaching Indian music at Mills College, in Oakland. That experience fed directly into his solo keyboard performances, but other influences were also shaping the music heard on Persian Surgery Dervishes. Personal research into ancient Persian culture and the poetry of Rumi lit up his imagination, while the repetitive swirling of Sufi devotional music from North Africa, which Riley had first encountered in Europe during the early 60s, reverberates through these performances. Jazz, as conceived by such masters such as Bill Evans and John Coltrane, is also present as an enduring source of inspiration. The Californian version of Persian Surgery Dervishes starts with low dark tones, dense and brooding like a huddled human figure, deep in introspection. But as the improvisation unfolds Riley’s buoyant spirit asserts itself, spiralling out in ecstatic coils, as though liberated from the grip of body consciousness. The Parisian concert conveys a different mood, brighter and more open in texture, more relaxed from the outset and breathing with greater freedom as it takes flight. Echoes of Terry Riley’s inspired music have spread far and wide - into progressive rock, New Age and ambient soundings, film soundtracks, blissed-out electronica and dance-floor trance. His fluent and hypnotic keyboard playing can be heard as part of a continuum, transmitting energies from ancient and distant musical sources into the living here and now. Persian Surgery Dervishes is a significant part of that picture, a mesmerising record of a vital stage in Riley’s ongoing quest for connection with the universal mind and the sublime music that flows ceaselessly from it. “Music is my spiritual path. It’s my way of finding out who I am.” Terry Riley, in 1976
Paul Panhuysen / Pendulum Change Ringing / Vinyl LP / Edition Telemark / 314.03
Debut LP edition by Dutch sound and visual artist Paul Panhuysen since 1986. In terms of sound art, Paul Panhuysen is well-known for his long string installations, yet he has produced a vast amount of other sound installations using different materials and sound sources ranging from various instruments to animals such as birds. This LP contains a recording of the installation "Pendulum Change Ringing", displayed at Pand Koloniale Waren in Hasselt (Belgium) in 2012. The installation consists of twelve engraved Turkish metal platters, each mounted onto a black plastic bin, and placed in a 20 meters long row. The rim of each platter is hit by a metal pendulum operated by a tiny electromotor. Each hit causes the platter to resonate with a rich sound texture full of dissonant overtones. During the recording, the twelve pendulums are activated one after the other. The paces at which they swing differ due to their rods having different lengths. This causes interlocking rhythmic patterns to emerge that become more complex with each step and never stay the same. Hits aggregate into clusters, then thin out again. The sound is not chaotic, yet its regularity is hard to comprehend. "You might call Pendulum Change Ringing a typical Paul Panhuysen piece: it works according to a system, quite a simple one in fact, but its effect surpasses that apparent simplicity by far." (René van Peer) Edition of 300 copies. Full-color sleeve with photos of the installation and liner notes by René van Peer. Black poly-lined inner sleeve."
Rhodri Davies / Pedwar / 4 x LP, Box Set / Alt Vinyl / av058x
Rhodri Davies / Pedwar / 4 x LP, Box Set / Alt Vinyl / av058x Archive box includes: Remastered LP & DL versions of Trem (2002), Over Shadows (2007), Wound Response (2012), & new LP An Air Swept Clean of All Distance Flyers, posters, essays etc. Limited edition of 250 only review: Ltd edition of 250 Definitive solo career retrospective of this seminal improvisational harpist Records housed in hand screenprinted heavy card sleeves with commissioned artwork by jean luc guionnet Curated flyers, posters etc of key gig & festival appearances Risograph printed musical score Booklet written by Rhodri Davies Essay by David Toop Download audio of all 4 albums All housed in custom made card archive box hand numbered by the artist This box set is heavy. Please add the following for postage: UK £8, EU £14, RoW £22
Karies / Parole Grätig / 7" Vinyl / Harbinger Sound, In A Car / Harbinger156, In A Car 002"
Karies / Parole Grätig / 7" Vinyl / Harbinger Sound, In A Car / Harbinger156, In A Car 002"
Pancrace, Pancrace, 2 x Vinyl LP, Penultimate Press, PP28
Music for pipe organ Stiehr-Mockers 1848, Bird Calls, Baroque Violin, Tin Whistle, Boîtes à Bourdons, Landscape Piano, Motorised Bow, Standuino Pi Synth, Microphones, Hurgy Toys, AM radio, Church Bells, Uilleann Pipes and Hulusi. Penultimate Press is proud to present the debut recording from French outfit Pancrace. Pancrace is an improvising quintet comprising French, British and Austrian performers. The members include Prune Bécheau, Arden Day, Julien Desailly, Léo Maurel and Jan Vysocky. Pancrace is also the name of the church in Dangolsheim Alsace located next to where the instrument inventor Léo Maurel lives. Maurel makes ingeniously designed instruments inspired by the hurdy gurdy. The recording emerged from a disruption of the traditional elements within the church, namely the church organ which was prepared inside out whilst the performers challenged it’s gregarious authority with an array of constructed and modified instruments. In Pancrace one can hear many of these shape-shifting instruments and devices being twiddled without quite knowing which are bowed, plucked, hammered or rubbed. The results are a maelstrom of sound and song which see-saw between the harrowing and the sublime with incredible detail to sonic content. Pancrace instigates proceedings in the confinement of an organ; a Cyclops puffing its continuous and raucous breath only to be woken by instruments who, like horseflies, mischievously start tormenting proceedings with microtones and striated polyrhythms. The journey ends four sides later with the language of the birds imposing an unadorned silence on the church.
Eli Keszler / Oxtirn Live / CD / R.E.L Records / REL017
Eli Keszler / Oxtirn Live / CD / R.E.L Records / REL017
Hisato Higuchi / Otomeyama Bottom / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm057
When freedom meets grace. New, wonderful work by one of Japan's most unique voices. Hisato's songs shine like stars in a summer night. Warm, fragile, and thorn music. It will send shivers down to your spine. EDITION OF 250 COPIES WITH PROFESSIONALLY PRINTED ARTWORK AND INSERTS.
Control Unit / Oto Live / CDr / Chocolate Monk / choc.244
Control Unit / Oto Live / CDr / Chocolate Monk / choc.244
Hartmut Geerken / Orpheus / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL094
Fantastic sound poetry piece by Hartmut Geerken restringing the Sun Harp, the Ukranian bandura that Sun Ra gave him in 1971 when he visited Egypt for the first time. The acoustics of his manual workings emerge without any esthetic intention: the bandura's voluminous resonating body forms the reverb of the room. Each manual action and each contact of the tuning key with the wooden body is 'reverbed'. The instrument creates its audio space. A mythic dream play is evoked: the myth's space of reverb. An ear ready to absorb, hears the labor pains of voice and string ahead of language and music. A human voice in search for language and thus for communication. A string instrument in search for sound and thus for music. Based on this phonemic pre-space, words do rise only sporadically. Through certain techniques of vocal chords the phonemes move close to the meditative Indian Dhrupad-singing, as well as to lunacy and disturbance. Animal languages, signals, shepherds' calls, silvered drum-language, hamboning, calls, litany, subconscious voicings, sirens: the search for Eurydike and the search for the origin of letter and syllable, out of the breath. Besides one single 'superimposition' no further mounting, no computer-generated sounds, no digital gimmicks, no remix or art mix do exist in this live-recorded dream play. pressing info: 200 copies on black
Debt Of Nature / Order, Spoil The Entire State /  Vinyl LP / Harbinger Sound / harbinger111
An album of incredible archival recordings by Brad Laner and Jim Goodall's 1980's noise orchestra. Featuring many other LAFMS superstars such as Rick Potts and Joseph Hammer , along with several unknown secret San Fernando Valley noise geniuses. An album's worth of epic spontaneous compositions created with tape recorders, short wave radios, cheap synths, random orchestral instruments and circuit bent gearand all unleashed in front of an unsuspecting audience. "...we opened for WALL OF VOODOO and successfully pissed off 1000 screaming New Wave assholes" Starting out back in August 1981 as Brad Laner's solo project and self-confessed "pretentious art phase". It wasn't long before he started bringing friends , most notably Jim Goodall and SpencerSavage, and other players in and over the following years DEBT OF NATURE would expandinto a much larger ensemble. It's those larger ensembles that are captured on this album with liverecordings caught throughout the bands final two years. These tracks were originally programmed with a four 7" boxset in mind, but the flow of the pieces works just as well on the 12" format here. Even though they only released a small number of cassettes throughout their lifespan, mostly on ARPH and Laner's own Party Sound Tapes label. They appeared on numerous seminal Noise and Punk crossover compilations that emitted from California's west coast on labels such as the Minutemen's New Alliance imprint, New Underground, and Trance Port. Later other work appeared on Anomalous Records.Over the five to six years they existed the band played many showsthroughout Los Angeles and up into the Bay Area. DEBT OF NATURE is the starting block for both Laner and Goodall's musical trajectory that has now spanned three decades and taken in many points along the way. Both players recently resurfaced with a reformed MEDICINE , a band they formed who released material via Creation Records and Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Prior to that they could be found alongside LAFMS mainstay Rick Potts and others in the STEAMING COILS. Laner was also a major player in FOURWAYCROSS and could be found at times in SAVAGE REPUBLIC, NERVOUS GENDER and many others.Jim Goodall would record for a number of years under the alias of D.D.DOBSON and his violent electronic works can be found on numerous experimental noise labels. He also played as a member of WHITEHOUSE during their comeback tour of the USA during 1993. Brad Laner was also a major contributor to the legendary experimental music magazine UNSOUND which will be the subject of an extensive feature in the forthcoming As Loud As Possible #2 magazine. A second DEBT OF NATURE album capturing the band's earlier years is scheduled for release on Harbinger Sound sometime too."
Family Battle Snake / Optimistic Suburbia / CDr / Chocolate Monk / CHOC-182
Family Battle Snake / Optimistic Suburbia / CDr / Chocolate Monk / CHOC-182
Orchestra Of Constant Distress / OOCD / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm064
Orchestra of Constant Distress is the new Swedish supergroup featuring Joachim Nordwall (Skull Defekts, Alvars Orkester), Anders 'Drajan' Bryngelsson (Brainbombs, No Balls), Henrik Rylander and Henrik Andersson. Their self-titled debut Lp on 8mm is a nice slab of Hard Rock from the year 3000. 5 tracks of pure mechanical alienation, built upon very minimal guitar/drums patterns and waves of harsh electronics, sounding pretty much like anything else in the actual noise rock scenario. Limited edition of 200 copies.
The Barton Workshop Plays Philip Corner / OM Entering. And Once Entered: The Barton Workshop Plays Philip Corner / Vinyl LP / Kye / kye39
Kye is proud to announce the release of 'OM Entering. and Once Enterd', the latest LP from veteran fluxus composer Philip Corner. 'OM Entering. and Once Enterd' comprises four previously unreleased recordings with the Barton Workshop, taken from performances in the Netherlands, and South Korea, between 2000-2007. "OM ENTRANCE. OM ENTERTRANCE. which one does....because the performance is a real "passage from the material to the spiritual" unless the "real" world is just as spiritual already which i like to think it is. As perhaps an everyday awareness is already to be entranced which i have been told it is, really. To the facts: musicians' coming-in already the performance of everything has to be done to get ready from unpacking to tuning and all that is done in the concentrated and exalted spirit of real music. Multiplicity moves noise to instrument possibilities with virtuosity show-offs slowing down to a perfect tuning in a quiet circle from where there is nowhere else to go but the sustaining of a quiet long tone. My old friend and colleague also great composer Jim Fulkerson is there as he has be, as he was even at the first performance way back must be almost 50 years by now joining the Creative Associates at the University of Buffalo on his initiative as likewise these performances in Holland with his group he calls The Barton Workshop and for sure he is there playing trombone too. The movement from SANG/TEH (SITUATIONS). Guard duty in a cold Korean winter. This piece was a major turning-point in my work. My life too you-could-say. "Of Ancient Times and Modern Sounds" i wrote then: a better world---much much better---than being in the American Army. The heterophonic melody-only texture learned from their "Ah Ahk" court music ("Soo Je Chun" the most beautiful music in the history of the world!) imposed on a thoroughly modern chromatic note structure. Occidental instruments absorbing the traditions of subtle sound colours so-long absent from the West. Public performance in Seoul. That must have been the Spring of 1961 just before they "shipped me out", to bring all that back home. Before that the wonderful and exceptional opportunity to "run through" some of it with the indigenous instruments of the Koog Ahk Wun (National Music Institute) thanks to the cultural open-mindedness of the classical kayageum master Byungki Hwang. And Jim has not only played the 3rd movement often, but brought if back to Korea once at the Pan Music Festival. But my long-waiting-for performance in Korea on native instruments has yet to take place. The CHOPIN PRELUDE piece is one of two, reworking passages from his D Major Prelude for piano, and a part of the "as a revelation" series which "looks into" moments from the classics which usually go by too fast. Begun with Mozart, the series has "got a lot of mileage" out of Satie, as well as including Buxtehude, Bach, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Verdi, Ives, Berlioz,, and others." (Philip Corner, 2015). 'OM Entering. and Once Enterd' arrives in a full color, high gloss Philip Corner designed sleeve, with insert, 350 copies black vinyl with a special edition of 50 copies on colored vinyl."
Astatine, Ogrob / Oeil Céleste / 10" Vinyl / Doubtful Sounds / doubt 13"
This record is the result of a collaboration between Astatine aka Stéphane Récrosio, head of the label Orgasm since 1994 and Ogrob aka Sébastien Borgo, member of Micro_pénis and L'Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Etait Due A L'Autopsie. 6 compositions, created in 2014, mixing Astatine's noise experimentations in Paris and Ogrob's field recordings and short waves in Sydney, Australia and Tasmania. Astagrob. Astatine / Ogrob. Digital precision / Lo-fi fog. Junk sounds / Clean noise. Field recordings / Kitchen utensils. Collect / Rubbish tip. Northern hemisphere / Souther hemisphere. Astral / Holocaust. Table of the elements / Elements on the table. Postal card / Stamped cardboard. Oeil Céleste. Masterised by Nicolas Marmin. Transparent 10''. 200 numbered copies. Cardboard cover by Ogrob. Postal card by Astatine.
Elodie / Odyssee / CD / Faraway Press / FP028
Elodie here featuring core members Timo van Luijk and Andrew Chalk, playing live in Germany in 2015. Performing a pure duet of flute and string synthesizer over one episodic track 'Odyssee', a poetic and melancholy synchronous soundtrack to a film made and shown by van Luijk on the same evening. 'Odyssee' was mastered for CD release by Denis Blackham and is packaged in handmade gatefold mini LP style sleeve with Japanese language obi. Faraway Press.
Chris Dadge / Not Sudden / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / houseofalchemy#068
Chris Dadge / Not Sudden / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / houseofalchemy#068
Tom James Scott / Nocturnes / Cassette / Skire / SKR07
"Nocturnes" is a collection of twelve solo piano pieces recorded in May 2015 by Tom James Scott. Drawing inspiration from the “nighttime language” of Anna Kavan's Sleep Has His House and the (often starlit) nature writings of Kenneth Rexroth, 'Nocturnes' further explores the shadowy terrain between lyrical and abstract modes of expression that has formed a common thread throughout much of Scott's solo work to date. Available in cassette and digital formats, 'Nocturnes' is presented here as a C41 chrome cassette with an extended j-card. Each copy is then housed in a double sided 260gsm card slipcase featuring four different inner print designs and comes with a printed download card. Limited to 100 copies. Recorded May 2015. Mastered by Sean McCann. Artwork by Andrew Chalk. Design by Tom James Scott."
Damion Romero / Nobody Missing / Cassette / Tape Room / TRK71301
Recorded 2012, Los Angeles, California. Edition of 50.
Ludo Mich / No Qu Tche Boo Boo Parity / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / 069
Ludo Mich / No Qu Tche Boo Boo Parity / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / 069
Ben Hall's String Trio / Negatively Complicating A Procedure That Is Already Flawed / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm060
Stunning new jams by Ben Hall's She Shells String Trio, the trio of Ben Hall (Graveyards), C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Mike Khoury. With two violins and incendiary drums, the trio create a series of dialogues which magically combine intensity and introspection, rhythm and silence, discipline and "fire". When imagination meets instinct, music is free. A rare gem, a gift by gifted musicians. Released on the 8mm Records label in a limited edition of 150 copies and housed in handmade covers."
Peter Behrendsen / Nachtflug/Atem Des Windes / Vinyl LP / Edition Telemark / 628.05
Peter Behrendsen (b. 1943) is a Cologne-based radio producer, performer and composer of experimental music. He started concerning himself with electro-acoustic music in 1972, was a member of Josef Anton Riedl's ensemble and assistant to Klaus Schöning at the WDR radio play studio (Studio for Acoustic Art). In Cologne, he organized numerous concerts and festivals for experimental music, most notably BrückenMusik, a series of concerts in the box girder of the Deutz bridge. He regards John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jackson Mac Low and David Tudor as his most important teachers, with whom he also collaborated, and has performed his own live-electronic and text-sound compositions throughout Europe. This LP pairs a live-electronic and a text-sound piece: "Nachtflug" (Night Flight, 1999) is based on electronic treatment of the sounds of ats made audible, and is performed by hans w. koch and Behrendsen. "Atem des Windes" (Breath of Wind, 1999–2005) is a text-sound compostion on the subject of the wind, inspired by a Taoist text by the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, and features the voices of Bettina Wenzel and Behrendsen. Edition of 300 in full-color sleeve and inner sleeve."
Circuit Breaker / My Descent Into Capital / Vinyl LP / Harbinger Sound / harbinger151
"My Descent Into Capital" represents the most ambitious recording from this London-based duo to date. Even if they're taking influence from minimal synth, post-punk or early industrial sides, Circuit Breaker are unmistakably contemporary with their delivery. Forging together metallic drum machines, propulsive synth lines and stark guitar degradation into bold , simple and effective songs about isolation, discontentment and the true horror of work. This album transgresses any simple nostalgia for its musical forefathers and showcases a band with their eyes fixed firmly on the future. Any obvious reference points are contorted and stretched to the point where they are transformed into something new. After ten years of obscurity, a refusal to go away, and two well-received records on Tombed Visions, this album is their first full-length album, as-well as their first with abstract-punk imprint Harbinger Sound. Having played many shows supporting Sleaford Mods, the duo are about to embark on an extensive tour with new label mates Consumer Electronics early next year. The album was mastered by Barry Grint at Alchemy. ""
Karel Appel / Musique Barbare / Vinyl LP / Sub Rosa / SRV420LP
First vinyl reissue of this musique concrete classic, first released in 1963. Dutch abstract-expressionist painter Karel Appel (1921-2006), one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948, logged time in the Instituut Voor Sonologie to compose music for a documentary being made on himself by cinematographer Jan Vrijman. Musique Barbare was born, released by Philips, this masterpiece of Musique Concrete is a real jewel for any record collector. Made in collaboration with the Insituut's member Frits Weiland, the result is a fantastic mix of electric organ fumblings to full-on riots of distorted kettle drum and assorted percussion-room filigree, assembled into an extremely edit-heavy suite - heavy tape-speed manipulation.
Hüseyin Ertunç Trio, Phil Musra, Michael Cosmic / Mûsikî, / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL099
Holiday Records present a reissue of Hüseyin Ertunç Trio's Mûsikî, originally released in 1974 on Intex Records. This cosmic free jazz improvisation by this legendary trio guided by Hüseyin Ertunç - on drums - with his then-regular partners Michael Cosmic and Phil Musra - on saxophones and additional percussion - reveals the primitive and physical approach of the trio, with Ertunç's massive cymbals drumming building a carpet of trance-driving vibe where the reeds can freely dance without any structure. "A new world of improvisational freedom opened up for me when I first heard drummer Huseyin Ertunç's 1974 LP Mûsikî, with reedmen/multi-instrumentalists/brothers Phil Musra and Michael Cosmic. Ertunç returned to his native Turkey about twenty years ago (and performs with the Konstrukt collective), but Musra - this tune's composer - now resides in Los Angeles and, as regular readers of this blog know, is still active in music. Although I initially assumed that Mûsikî and Musra's companion LP The Creator Spaces (1974) were recorded at the same session, in truth Mûsikî was recorded months earlier. The Creator Spaces is a bit more spacious than Ertunç's date, though both are quite intense documents of self-produced and spiritually-directed improvisation. Knotty and weird, there's a folksy unhinged-ness that really spoke to me in a way quite different from Albert Ayler, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and other music I was spending time with when I dropped the needle on the trio's debut album. Ertunç's percussion work really shocked me and it's still absolutely fascinating, and Cosmic's organ playing behind/around Musra's tenor is just something else." -- Clifford Allen. Edition of 400."
Gianni Giublena Rosacroce / Musica Da Camera Oscura / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL-080
Gianni Giublena Rosacroce / Musica Da Camera Oscura / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL-080
Sean McCann / Music For Private Ensemble / Vinyl LP / Recital / R5
Music For Private Ensemble is Sean McCann’s first new solo album since 2011’s The Capital. Demonstrating a more serious study of orchestration and timbre than his previous work; it is a big step forward. The four arrangements presented here shy away from the use of synthesizers and effects processing – instead relying on voicing and movement to actuate the album’s sentiments. Inspired by the grandiosity of John Adams, the concerned somberness of Gavin Bryars, and the guttural tape work of Fluxus artists. Private Ensemble was written, recorded, and laboriously edited over the course of 17 months, composed both traditionally as well as through the clustering and organization of improvisations. McCann played violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel, and percussion. He was forced to notate samples of bassoon, french horn, and timpani, as those were not available resources at the time. Taking multi-tracking to extremes, many of the pieces surpass 100 layers of instruments. However this structural depth does not lead to chaos; no sound on Private Ensemble is unintentional. The objective with the ambitious multi-tracking and precision editing was to achieve the sound of a full orchestra. The only other person appearing on the album is vocalist Kayla Cohen (Itasca), her layered singing is formed into a small choir to help conclude the record. This album reveals McCann’s most refined work to date, indicating the beginning of his transformation into a modern composer. Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering Pressed at RTI in an edition of 500 copies, with full color insert
Harold Budd,  Eraldo Bernocchi / Music For Fragments From The Inside / 2 x Vinyl LP / Sub Rosa / SRV239
Harold Budd, Eraldo Bernocchi / Music For Fragments From The Inside / 2 x Vinyl LP / Sub Rosa / SRV239
Olymphia / Music For A Dance Performance / Vinyl LP / Posh Isolation / Posh Isolation 155
Olymphia / Music For A Dance Performance / Vinyl LP / Posh Isolation / Posh Isolation 155
No Balls / More Is More / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm065
We are very glad to announce the release of the new, amazing, NO BALLS LP, 'MORE IS MORE' on 8mm. One of the best records we have had the pleasure to release, a milestone of future rock for the ages to come. It's a rare feeling when music can give you the sensation like a bullet through the head, and you call it a pleasure. No Balls 'More is More' gives a new meaning to what we used to call 'heavy shit', filling the missing spot between rock and harsh noise. Anders Bryngelsson (Brainbombs, Orchestra of Constant Distress), Kjetil Brandsdal (Noxagt, Ultralyd), David Gurrik (Anal Babes, Astroburger), Jan Christian Lauritzen (Noxagt) blessed our ears with a masterpiece of brutal honesty and perverted beauty. Essential.
Sunburned Hand Of The Man / Mind Of A Brother / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records, Manhand / FTR198, Manhand ‎001
Amazing archival retrieval (with extra material on the download) of the first release by long-running human zoo known as Sunburned. Forged in the heat of Kristin Anderson’s Charlestown loft, the group more or less descended straight from the corpse of Shit Spangled Banner, although they did not assume the band name until 1997 (two years after the first protean jams had started). The material on the album was recorded in 1997 & ’98, often deep in the grip of acid flashes, and it really shows. Over the course of their nearly two-decade lifetime, Sunburned has been many things, but it’s easy to forget how spacily jazzoid and proggily psyched-out their initial gushes were. The music here is wildly explorative and crazily inventive, sharing a clear affinity with fellow travelers No Neck Blues Band. Indeed, the second edition of the CDR of this album was created to be sold on a 1999 tour which was No Neck, John Fahey and Sunburned. One can only shudder at the mere thought. Anyway, this may well be one of the best Sunburned albums. It has a bizarre sweetness I never noticed in the band back then, because they always seemed like thugs underneath everything else. But you can really sense it here. And Rob Thomas’ excellent liner notes attest to the benign flow of their early visions. How nice to hear where this weird trip started. -Byron Coley, 2015
Graham Lambkin / Millows / Art Book, CD / Penultimate Press / PP3
Graham Lambkin’s oeuvre has long explored the cracks which burnish the underside of contemporary music, poetry and visual art. His work teases the fragile threads connecting the psychotic, the absurd and the mundane; often bringing them to the point of near ruination.. Throughout his 20 year canon of published work, Lambkin has continuously played with the themes of horror in the everyday, whilst mocking the comical violence inherent in us all. Millows brings together two previously unpublished works, both dating from 2004. A series of 450 photographic combinations documenting a solitary drunken non-event and an audio work which plays out as an open-ended late night spy thriller, with all the key dialog removed.
Fossils, Darksmith / Million Year Spree / Vinyl LP / Kye / KYE014
Fossils, Darksmith / Million Year Spree / Vinyl LP / Kye / KYE014
Jo Thomas / Mermaids / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL061
Jo Thomas / Mermaids / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL061
Peter Brotzmann, Jason Adasiewicz, John Edwards, Steve Noble / Mental Shake / Vinyl LP / Otoroku / ROKU010
Our tenth OTOROKU release sees a return to the group that kick-started the label - the veteran German reedsman and free jazz pioneer Peter Broetzmann with the long-running London bass/drums partnership of John Edwards and Steve Noble. After the release of '…The Worse The Better' that group went on to play a series of devastating shows in Europe and to emerge as one of Broetzmann's finest working groups. Over the same period Peter was developing a deep rapport with Jason Adasiewicz, the upstart vibraphone player from Chicago. What seems on paper like an awkward pairing reveals itself on stage and on record as a symbiotic revelation. Adasiewicz's physical attack matching Broetzmann for impact whilst the extended sustain of the vibes opens up an eerie space for some of Broetzmann's most fertile lyricism. The recording is from the last set of a two-day residency at Cafe OTO that brought these two groups together for an astonishing quartet. Adasiewicz and Noble struck up an immense partnership in rhythm. Edwards wrestled with a broken house bass and failing amplifier and still managed new levels of invention - stoking the others onwards. Broetzmann was clearly energised - I swear I saw him dancing at the side of the stage whilst exchanging a shattered reed. And for all the usual rhetoric of Free Jazz bluster and machismo, this is a meeting characterised by the joy of communal creation that makes you want to dance - even if only in your head.