Label: 901 Editions
“The work presented here for the very first time is the full documentation of Japanese sound artist and instruments builder Akio Suzuki’s solo works performed as part of ‘Resonant Spaces’, a tour with UK saxophonist John Butcher arranged in 2006 by the Arika organisation.
‘Resonant Spaces’ allowed people to experience sound in some of the remotest regions of Scotland for a series of site-specific performances in natural, prehistoric, manmade and industrial locations including the largest coastal cave in the UK (Smoo Cave), the Wormit reservoir, the largest industrial ice house (Tugnet Ice House), the WWII massive 4 storey, 30m wide cylindrical oil tank located in Lyness, the 2,500 year old - and Scotland’s largest stone circle - Ring of Brodgar, and the Hamilton Mausoleum which has an impressive reverberation decay of 15 seconds!
The fascination for the power of echo and the process of listening in relation to the audience are here magnified to create a very particular bond of rare beauty between the musical creation and nature’s environment.” –901 Editions
Label: 901 Editions
“merican interdisciplinary artist and composer Yann Novak returns to 901 Editions with his 4th edition for the label following ‘Blue.Hour' (2013), ‘Undefined' (with Richard Chartier, 2013), and ‘Liminality' (with Fabio Perletta, 2014). His new venture takes the form of a book and CD documenting the history of his series of works ‘Stillness' (2010–2017) through essays, photographs, and an audio CD.
‘Stillness' takes its inspiration from the two climates Novak has inhabited: Subtropical in Los Angeles and Oceanic in Seattle. In these works he investigates these climates’ almost static meteorological states and their emotional effect on their inhabitants. Constructed from numerous photographs of the horizon and shortwave radio signal tuned to static in each location, the source material is intended to captures a literal portrait of these climates. These elements are then digitally altered to create an ambiguous abstraction, leaving enough of the source to guide the experience and define the location, but abstract enough to create an immersive environment perfect for contemplation and personal reflection.
The book includes essays by Independent Curator Suzy Halajian and Director of Audience Engagement at The Broad Ed Patuto. In her essay 'Unbound Time', Halajian explores how these works ask us to question what can an understanding of time look like when it is not measurable, containable, or even expressible? In Patuto’s essay 'Stillness at The Broad', he expands on why ‘Stillness' was chosen as the first artwork to be exhibited in the renowned Los Angeles museum’s massive third floor gallery. To compliment the essays the book includes photographs documenting three iterations of the work, first in London and then twice in Los Angeles. The Audio CD rounds out the edition with abridged versions of the sound elements from 'Stillness.Subtropical' and 'Stillness.Oceanic', mastered for home listening by Lawrence English.”
Format: LP, USB business card
“Pentiments is proud to present a new release-experiment in the form of an analog/digital hybrid sound mobile by the Swiss sound architect Andres Bosshard. Bosshard has been working since the early 80’s as an exhibiting and performing artist, architectural designer, teacher and writer, earning several awards and accolades for his body of work along the way. His new release Piano Streaming: Flügel im Sinkflug über Grüneck, A Self-Organizing Choreophonic Constellation for Flying Sounds is his first foray into the realm of physical music releases in about three decades, with the most readily available precedent to the project being his 1987 tripartite cassette mobile Nachtprisma Hexaphonisches Sonarium – Soundscapes Für Stereoanlage Ghettoblaster Und Walkman.
Piano Streaming takes as its sonic and conceptual base an LP presenting a 41 minute long soundwalk through and around a 1924 Steinway grand piano, exploring the resonances, materials, potentials and dynamics of the instrument in manners both subtle and raucous (with the particular help of a few errant tennis balls). The periphery and superstructure of this “sonic garden” takes the form of 256 ancillary satellite recordings in figurative gravitation around this base—recordings provided on a USB business card are included for simultaneous playback in the vicinity of the LP in modes and variations left to the listener. While one is free to take the release on the terms of a traditionally discrete electroacoustic composition on disc, Andres’ conception asks instead that the LP become only an interface for wider collisions outside of musical time, the “streaming” indicated by the title more fittingly interpreted as describing a “liquid archive” comprised of a living spatiotemporal dispersion of the sonic bits and pieces of this piano and its environment. “Use a pair of headphones or a mobile Bluetooth speaker, carry it around, keep it mobile. Feel free to alter the amount of satellites, each playing its own sound library in shuffle/repeat. Explore your space, go back and forth, open and close sometimes windows and doors.”
However you choose to engage Andres’ invitation, the skillful sensitivity through which the work has been crafted is undeniable–the “visionary” descriptor afforded him by Schweizer Musikpreis in 2017 seems to us not unfounded.”
“or so they said.
they would do anything for success and popularity.
being an ” artist” in America.
the supremacist parlances of the charlatan.
R.I.P. Larry Spider.
When Spiderman met Micky mouse.
When spiderman fucked miniature-mouse.
this is the final sad “haha”.
the great millennial “haha”.
the laughter of a nobody.
a cold alienated cackle emerges from a cloud of coca-cola smoke. they have all but accepted
the immeasurable embraces of the neo- fashionably conservative .
yours truly is an art of pathetic withholdings.
your trulys is the art of supremacist and the charlatan.
i am neither, could defintley be either.
in remembrance of the moment when Peter Friel met Larry Spider in the McDonald’s on 31st and Halsted.
where it all began ,where it all ended.
where it all began , wher e it all ended.
we are no longer friends because of this art show i put together.
all my ” art” friends now hate me.
i am no longer within what previously qualified as an artistic friendship.
we work together sometimes, but mostly hate eatch other.
we come togehter on occasions where the spirits moves yous .
we are no longer on the speaking terms.
Larry Spider is now more.
Larry Spider is an always-has-been.
both of these guys are loosers.
emo vs. emo.
“neo-pastisch” – do not cut it.
a series of plays set in America, the legendary and dis-credited backwater.
The current Soliloquy of the hasbeen.”
Label: Fördämning Arkiv
“An epic who's who of New Zealand underground music circa 2000, featuring Pumice, Peter Wright, Kunst/Veet (Witcyst), CJA & Anamarie, Sleep, Donald McPherson, GFrenzy, Kieran Monaghan, Swagger Jack, Birchville Cat Motel, Richard Francis, 1/3 Octave Band, Tim Cornelius, Seht, Antony Milton and James Kirk, a total of 16 tracks.
Originally released as a CD-R on Antony Milton's PseudoArcana in 2003, reissued as a 2xLP in a heavyweight deluxe deluxe gatefold sleeve and insert with liner notes by Antony Milton and Matthias Andersson. Photography by Andrew Ross and mastered by Viktor Ottosson. Limited to 250 copies. Fördämning Arkiv 3.”
Label: Förlag För Fri Musik
“Cortex A9: Basic Housekeeping order" is a new noise/electronics-project By Dan Johansson (Neutral, EFFM, Sewer Election etc), Frederikke Hoffmeier (Puce Mary) and Hugo Randulv (Amateur Hour, Makthaverskan, EFFM etc.”
Label: Förlag För Fri Musik
Note: Jackets come stapled at the opening. Your staple will likely have been dislodged over the course of shipping.
“Oroskällan is a new musical project from Gustaf Dicksson (Blod, Enhet För Fri Musik) and Dan Johansson (Sewer Election, Neutral, Enhet För Fri Musik etc) LP comes with screenprinted cover and printed insert/poster.”
Label: Shame File Music
Format: Lathe cut 7”
“Turntables prepared with misplaying flexi-discs of Japanese and Pakistani folk music, mediated into precise collages of whirling voices and broken melodies. Specifically composed for the 7” vinyl format, available in a limited edition of 50 lathe cut 7” singles, with full colour hand-numbered covers, each intricately sliced for a kaleidoscopic effect, with download code. Digital-only version also available. Download/digital version comes with a bonus live track.”
Classic live concrète/electroacoustic performance recorded at Kosugi’s apartment and originally issued as part of the Fluxus cassette anthology originally issued on Slowscan in 1994. An entrancing melange of disparate events and matter stirred into excitation by a master of the form.
"Microtonal synthesizer music, composed and recorded by Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen at Danish Institute for Electroacoustic Music (DIEM) in Aarhus, Denmark"
“This cassette contains different versions of a kind of static music consisting of humming sound formations. Various parts are combined in constantly different ways and activated or paused at a slowly changing pace. The three versions have different tempos with different characters ensuing. Simple looped motifs repeating themselves form the basis. Some of these are capable of modifying the pitch of each other. I have acted as a musician playing the computer sequencer by changing tempo, allowing tracks to sound, by silencing them, making pauses, and employing a ‘fermata’ pause function causing the sound to ‘freeze’. The background for composing these pieces is my interest in sounds of both nature and everyday life, and in Indian music.
Also, my favourite symbolics in music: unity in the diversity – and diversity in the unity. Diversity here means unpredictable combinations that excite the ears. Chaos as an order not yet discovered. Combinations occur within and between the different colours of sound, their placement within the stereo image, their dynamics, and the perceived melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic phenomena. Especially concerning harmonics, this is an investigation of the beauty of the ‘false’ tones and chords outside the normal tuning of the keyboard. This has taken place both systematically, in the programming, and in the immediate performance. Unity is present as the possibility that all these elements and dimensions may melt together into one sound.
It is recommended to experiment with the bass control of your stereo system, since the bass sound may come out very differently depending on the unit. Likewise, experimenting with treble control may reveal different layers of the timbral processes.”
Copies driect from Matthew complete with some extra adornment on the signed insert.
“Matthew is nailed together with driftwood from around the world. The waters of Italy, the pubs of London, birds of Japan, a phone call in Los Angeles.
Sullivan moved from California to London in 2016. Living in London was a pivotal time for Matt, as I see it. This record digests that time. Each sound on Matthew means something very specific to the artist. Locales and memories focus to mind as passages rise and sink. Us listeners cannot know what transpires across the speakers, however. Our own narrative is quietly built. I like records that don’t concern the audience, ones that make you invest yourself; this is one of those records.
Fans of Sullivan’s music know that he never gives an inch more or an inch less than he needs to. Bold and looming with few extraneous elements. Ekhein, Matt’s former cassette label, and his new label, as of yet without name, also carry this motif.
Two side-long pieces, expertly woven, constitute this album. I admire Matt’s ability to play with proximity and depth of field: fading sirens, ripping waters, and digitized breath. Like an hallucinating Bill Fontana, the two works are sensory travels folding into themselves. Matt is once again living in Los Angeles, and thus the nostalgic mist that forms within Matthew is all the more meaningful.” -Sean McCann
Label: Rekem Records
Format: CD, 46 pp. book
“Starting as a joke on 'Nixon in China', and long before he established his name as senior statesman in the Greek experimental music scene, Costis Drygianakis met with two thirds of the group Dimosioypalliliko Retire (see Rekem 10) to produce this moving yet humble radio "opera". Tip-toeing on absurdity based on the improvised libretto (the edition comes with translations of both lyrics and newly commissioned texts), Drygianakis produced here one of his definitive works, based on irreverence and boundless spirit. First presented in 1998, we hope this reissue allows it to shine properly now that the world has caught up.
Audio remaster by Stephan Mathieu. 46pp with accompanying texts from Areti Leopoulou, Costis Drygianakis, Thanasis Chondros and Alexandra Katsiani, Kostis Kilymis.” –Rekem
Label: Independent Woman Records
“Recorded 2015-16. Lucas Abela, Graham Moore, Balazs Pandi, Rat Bastard and Tom Smith. Engineered & Mixed By Willi Dammeier. Mastered By Rat Bastard.
Edition of 300 In Full Colour Digipak Packaging.”
Label: spazio di Hausdorff
Format: 5CD. 64 pp. booklet + bookmark
“Enrico Piva has been a master of concealment. And a profoundly serious researcher who devoted himself to art in his various facets never blending it with mediocre and tamed perspectives. He never stopped doing things, from art (drawing and photography) to botanical investigations in the field, from mountaineering to needlework, from literature to stretching, from collecting natural specimens to inventing objects and mocking society. Music has always been the centre of his attitudes even when concealed in other guises (for him observing nature had a musical impact, doing archeological investigations was musical, preparing his own clothes was musical). He was complete yet fuzzy, maniacally attentive to detail yet often unable to pin down a structure. In all this he not only confused friends, listeners and readers, and environments, he confused himself to death (he committed suicide on 10.10.2002).
This anthology presents most of his musical researches, under his name or another moniker (mainly Amok), from his early experiments with electroacoustic acceleration of the late 1970's through his dramatic journeys into psychoacoustic surveys and metamusical choices of the 80's to later interiorised and silenced musical reduced magmas. We have collected most of his production covering his very early self-produced cassettes (presented under the collective name conceptualmusicontape) and some unreleased music from the same era (cd 1); his tryptich of the 80's (as Amok), his most important and influential efforts on cassette complemented with unreleased contemporary pieces (cd 2 to 4); and several unreleased musics Enrico composed in later periods, at times meant for future releases (which never appeared cf. Mouches Volantes) or self-contained experiments he occasionally sent to friends (cd 5), which demonstrate the span of investigations he continued to pursue, even when solipsistically intended in modus operandi.
The edition represents a homage and a private narration constructed directly from the words of Enrico himself and all the evidences gathered from several testimonies of his life. The project started in 2014 thanks to the Pivick club, and through the years and several believable and unbelievable winding and rough passages and paths, it never kept from reaching the target: to celebrate and disclose to any possible audience someone, an author, who never stopped investigating life and death, finally giving him a place in music history, where he belongs.
Richly presented in a deluxe box, with 5 cd's housed in trifold covers with fully detailed notes and images, a 64 pp. booklet with essays on his music, his activity, a comprehensive notated discography and a large set of images, photos, scotographies, drawings and scores from the archives of members of the Pivick club. “
Label: Regional Bears
New one from Thomas DeAngelo and Jim Strong. following the abnormal circumstances documented on their The Gift of Music debut. Tapes, text, rooms, T.D.’s low fuss devices, and Strong’s sculptural playables. Action packed!
Jim says it all: “Movement Musik' is the follow up to the two 'Outten...' tapes on The Gift of Music, completing a sort of self-contained trilogy (of which Association Copy's 'Schlager' could be considered a semi-related prequel). All three tapes present a distinct realization of similar sources/set up, and can be enjoyed on their own, or in sequence. With that out of the way, what does 'Movement Musik' sound like? It was compiled from the same sessions as 'Outten Inside', however, while the primary concern remains belabored rehash within different contexts, the progression here is to literal motion, as the Strong Estate in Narberth, PA is probed, prodded, and milked with all the dexterity of a bemused child. In comparison to the two prior tapes there is something approaching 'patience' on display, with an intermittent, hovering dread redolent of such heady classics as Hastings of Malawi, East Bionic Symphonia or the Curfew Recordings. Eventually our journey circles around, as it must, as a dog chasing its own tail. Crucially, this music can be enjoyed solely on sensual character, without any speculation of intent or analysis, as in a dog licking its own arsehole.”
Label: Regional Bears
Reliable madness from Joe Murray, dictaphone and otherwise, this time with a few guest contributors including Otto Willberg, id m theft able, and OD Gee. “Posset used dictaphones, tapes, mouth sounds, text to speech machines, bells & wine glasses to make this cassette
Recorded and assembled Dec 2018/Jan 2019.”
Label: Canti Magnetici, Invisibilia
“Invisibilia - the new Canti Magnetici serie curated by Andrea Penso - is proud to introduce for the first time on vinyl a composition of Michèle Bokanowski, one of the most poetic composers in the avantgarde european music scene.
Remained unpublished until today, this composition is made as soundtrack for the short film "La Plage" (1992) created by the experimental filmmaker Patrick Bokanowski (husband of Michèle Bokanowski).
"La Plage" is probably the less "concrete" composition made by Michèle Bokanowski. It is pure liquid abstraction in sounds. It is one of those rare compositions really out of time and space.
As expressed by Pip Chodorov, editor of 4 DVDs that contain all the films directed by Patrick Bokanowski, we can feel the works created by Michèle Bokanowski and Patrick Bokanowski are a sort of "spiritual search for the overrunning of perception, and thereby oneself. Searches into abstraction in the real, mysterious blanks that recover the daily". –Canti Magnetici
Label: Fragment Factory
Discounted for minor corer bumps.
"Motor" is the second part in a trilogy, preceded by "Das Baank" (Fragment Factory/Rekem Records) in 2016. The Motor started a long time ago with small basic fragments used for different steps (phases) like installations and performances. Those fragments were put together over the years into a longer piece presented on this LP. Motor is now a 32 minutes long continuous piece of sounding matter. Autonomous and free in itself. Like an homunculus it can now leave its birthplace and head for the future, for something else. The initiative (the basic source) was taken already in April 1949, as an inevitable starting point.
Leif Elggren is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm. Active since the late 1970s, he is a writer, visual artist, stage performer and composer. He has many sound-works to his credit, both solo and with the Sons of God (with Kent Tankred), on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and Firework Edition Records (which he co-runs with Kent Tankred). His music usually presents carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and can range from quiet electronics to harsh noise. His wide-ranging and prolific body of art often involves dreams and subtle absurdities, social hierarchies turned upside-down, hidden actions and events taking on the quality of icons. Together with artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, he is a founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) where he enjoys the title of king.” – Fragment Factory
Label: Edition Erich Schmid
Live techno in a room, cosmic and on its toes. Presented in tandem with Eric ‘Godfather’ Schmid’s anti-poseur polemic which shows up on the thermal text.
Label: I Dischi Del Barone
“Small Cruel Party's work is focused on the inherent mysterious and beautiful quality of sound itself, with the emphasis on noninstrumental sound sources, the source itself not being readily apparent. Work generally involves manipulation of physical objects in acoustic space and a great deal of concentrated activity. Even in pieces involving dense sound at high volume the resultant effect is one of intense calm.” –IDDB
Label: Helen Scarsdale Agency
"Cristopher Cichocki is an interdisciplnary artist from the Coachella Valley, with an extensive body of work that examines transmorphic cycles of decay and renewal. His multi-faceted practice addresses environmental and socio-political disintegration above and beneath the surface of everyday perception.
Cichocki is as accomplished in maximalist, immersive composition as he is with painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and Land art interventions. Desert Drone Cycle returns from the Southern California desert and Salton Sea, a region which has long been a subject of his work as well as an integral source for his materials. Water recordings and windstorms are amplified and dilated into thrumming movements of ominous frequencies and hypnotic echo. Cichocki girds such sounds around a somatic rhythm akin to a heartbeat and frames the notion of the ‘drone’ both as the trance-inducing, keening sound, but also as the unnamed aircraft conducting infrared surveillance.
On one level, Cichocki’s sound research and experimental applications highlight the complexities around land use management when humanity encroaches upon sensitive environments. And on another, it stands as a harrowing document of isolationist composition paralleling that of Thomas Köner, Deathprod, Alan Lamb, and BJ Nilsen.” –HSA
Label: Round Bale Recordings
"We are thrilled to be issuing the debut vinyl release from Private Anarchy, the solo art-punk project of Clay Kolbinger (Maths Balance Volumes, Termite Acropolis). His previous eponymous cassette on Round Bale Recordings found its way into Marc Masters’ Best Cassette Releases of 2017 list for his Hi-Bias column on Bandcamp where he wrote, “Coursing with wiry riffs, rattling beats, and deadpan singing, the debut tape by Private Anarchy (aka Madison, WI’s Clay Kolbinger) echoes the fiery racket of many post-punk forebears. In other words, you could say Private Anarchy sounds like the Fall, Swell Maps, and lots of bands who sound like those bands. But there’s something idiosyncratic about Kolbinger’s bent geometry that’s harder to pin down. It’s not so hard to feel its effects though: the 11 tracks here all carry the insular DIY genius that often inhabits basements, attics, and garages, with Kolbinger banging away as if music is his only source of heat.” On Central Planning, Kolbinger further expands upon this skewed framework, introducing a more elastic vocal approach and a more experimental edge to the production. But, the basic formula is still intact: you’ll hear rapid-fire minimalist punk songs that feature buoyant rhythms and dueling guitar parts performed with jittery exactness. It’s a DIY sound that begs to make its way out of the basement, and with this larger LP edition, we hope that you’ll invite a slice of Private Anarchy into your own life." –Round Bale Recordings
Label: Round Bale Recordings
“We are pleased to be working once again with the talented, multi-disciplinary artist, Matthew Revert, after releasing his disorientingly brilliant tape and voice work, Letters to Friends of the Late Darcy O’Meara, last year. While the room sound reverberations and rickety chair squeaks are an ever-present feature of Revert’s soundworld, the material on his latest release, The Inpatient, captures him in an entirely different headspace. Whereas Letters found Revert channeling various hallucinatory voices to achieve a fairly holistic narrative arc, as surreal as it may have been, on The Inpatient he is consumed, nay possessed, with an intensely focused ‘character study’. But, Revert is no mere method actor, the circumstances surrounding this wholesale body takeover was very real. He writes, "It was while preparing for surgery that 'The Inpatient' became a possibility. Amid fasting and the histrionic evacuation of intestinal contents, one's sense of reality finds less clarity. In states like this, improvising Spanish love poems irrespective of my inability to speak Spanish seems like a worthwhile idea. I tend to gravitate toward moments of physical distress when mining ideas." With that, The Inpatient’s stricken singer-songwriter moves represent another utterly unique entry into Revert’s fascinating and ever-growing body of work.” –Round Bale Recordings
Label: Moone Records
“Originally released on cassette in 2018 and quickly went out of print. For this version, Tashi carefully curated about 15 more minutes of material.”