Three tapes in from Tanuki Records. Niobium by E42.A8 and Yann Leguay's Ground dropped off the face of the earth when they were originally sent back in November, but I'm happy to have do-over copies along with the more recent Wututu by Ericamour Yovogan & Quentin Nicolaï. Wututu is a particular standout in the Tanuki Records catalog for me, and should appeal to fans of the Idea Fire Company trumpet/radio template or recent house favorite The Bird. Neighboring label Entr'acte is back for another season with a strong batch of three distinct flavors. Tom Mudd's Gutter Synthesis is a suite of computer music based around an a namesake program for producing unique, deceptively organic sounding material which carries all the tension and animate qualities of hot mics and real instruments but with a leg up over the laws of physics. Nathan Jones and Kepla’s The Happy Jug pairs a culturally relevant, smashed to pieces libretto by Jones with a sympathetically dazed and cracked audio interpretation produced by Kepla. The Coppice duo have a new LP titled Surreal Air Fortress, described as “post-industrial device music", it walks the listener through a dim gallery of close listening in familiar yet uneasy environments augmented by lurking electronics.
iDEAL Recordings presents a high quality, artist approved edition of John Duncan's Riot. Originally released in 1984 on Duncan's AQM label, the new version comes fully remodeled and remastered from the original tracks. The KRAAK label+ of Belgium has issued a double seven inch set of language based/sound poetry/text-sound works centered around the BRAUBLFF series of events, organized and published cooperatively with DE PLAYER. BRAUBLFF (Materie und Laut) features recordings from the series by Gerhard Rühm and Arf Arf, as well as studio works by Tomomi Adachi and Alessandro Bosetti, packaged in a silkscreened booklet of generous proportions. From Kythibong, Temps en Terre by L'Ocelle Mare, which is the moniker of the French musician/improviser Thomas Bonvalet. Primarily known for his unorthodox high-wire usage of banjo, small amplifiers, tuning forks, etc. in live performance. This LP is mostly all studio recordings and ranges from tightly syncopated rhythm experiments, to fragile bow scrapes, to fully red amplification of cyclical gestures and DC intrusion. Your're Magazine #2 is also in the shop, which Sean Tatol has been busy editing roughly since Black Pin appeared as part of the first wave of stock on this site a little less than a year ago. 72 page art dipped exotic car mag featuring contributions from Bryce Wilner, Elliott Radner, Nick Strobelt, Marc Matchak, Zoe Sparks, Natalia Panzer, Perry Trollope, Newell Walther, Madalyn Merkey, Temra Pavlovic, Sean Tatol, Kazuma Sasajima, 0100011110001, Alex Harris, Tom Trudgeon, Laurel Schwulst, Rafael Delacruz, Gordon Faylor, & Patrick Scott-Walsh.
Two new CD-Rs from Hologram Label: a Matthew Revert designed hard copy rendering of Vanessa Rossetto’s Rocinante, and a reissue of the 2013 debut release by Ashpa. A pair of cassettes from the Indonesian label Hasana Editions that caught my curiosity, both leaning towards a hard-edged concrète/synthetic hybrids, Mahesa Almeida and Riar Rizaldi. On John Chantler’s 1703 Skivbolaget label, a trio recording from last spring at Cafe OTO featuring him, Steve Noble, and Seymour Wright. On the very fancy Edition Telemark, Herman de Vries birthday bash LP, Herman de Vries and the Eschenau Chaos Band. The most recent Black Truffle releases: deluxe reissue of Whirled Music by Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell, and David Toop and the new set of Alvin Lucier pieces Criss-Cross / Hanover. Small Cruel Party’s Islands of Sleep has been reissued on CD with good cause. Last copies of The Suncoast Digest by Imaginary Softwoods, a humble side of padded piano music sure to please. From Second Sleep, compiled cellphone recordings from Matteo Castro’s own Mercury Hall on a tape called Trampoline, plus another copy of the VA AA LR cassette turned up. Recurring installment of old CDs that are just for me: Carlfriedrich Claus & Hartmut Geerken, Einem luftigen akustischen Kosmos entgegen. Claus was the standout on the Lautpoesie compilation on Gertraud Scholz Verlag I got a few months ago, so I took an opportunity to get a few of these. Back in stock: Good Area’s Macbeth LP and the John Duncan – Mantra / Ursonate CD.
Shiny new wares in from I Dischi Del Barone. What else would it be but a seven inch record? And what more would you want it to be than the latest from Korea Undok Group? Continent marks the first appearance of the namesake moniker since the Deepening Floor cassette, which actually managed to pass through this service two different times before disappearing instantly. For a full, complimentary breakfast courtesy of KUG, make your way into their official Soundcoud. As an added bonus, IDDB was kind enough to send over some copies of the cassette edition of Arv & Miljö's self-titled album originally issued in 2016 on Förlag För Fri Musik. Be sure to spend some time at IDDB's own excellent mailorder wing as well; many fine Kiwi obscurities, in addition a nice selection linked to the house regulars.
I'm excited to also have four titles in from the similarly Swedish Hästen & Korset, which is operated by Mattias Gustafsson, whose LP Nattmusik was adored by many last year. There's a cassette reissue of the Rabbit Hole LP by his best known enterprise Altar of Flies, Volumes V and VII of Gustafsson's Tapeworks series, and a 7" by his duo with Daniel Fagerström, Cryme.
A new LP by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project on Helen Scarsdale Agency quietly sneaked its way into the shop last week. August 53rd is the latest installment in the collective's extensive works with the objective of scraping away at histories through tape treatments and granular sifting of source material.
Eight tapes now available from the Canti Magnetici label of Italy. The newest are from Michael Bonaventure, Luigi Monteanni, Videobasic, and Sammartano; older titles also here from Joshua Bonnetta, Elisha Morningstar, Luca Garino, and Andrea Penso. If you'd prefer a record, there are some copies of Sammartano's LP Low Pitched Italy in the shop.
Jeph Jerman's The Bray Harp was back in stock.
Quite a few favorites in the shop this week. A second edition of The Bird cassette by Sean McCann, Matthew Sullivan & Alex Twomey, first distributed by Sullivan a few months ago. Exceptionally warm music from trusted hands, all the usefulness of a scented candle with more longevity. Two new tapes on Regional Bears, doing us all a favor by continuing to rally up both new and forgotten material from top players in the 80s/90s tape circuit and onward. Here we have a reissue of Small Cruel Party's Κοῖλος, originally released on a mini-CD via AMK's Banned Production in 2003, as well Embedded—new servo-centric creations from AMK himself with past artwork collaborator WM Zarate. Of a similar ilk is a new LP by Jeph Jerman. Before having heard any of it, The Bray Harp bore a few tells that suggested it could lean closer to being an updated Hands To release. Having now been fortunate enough to listen, I can confirm that my instincts were not far off. This is a wild one. The record comes from White Centipede Noise in a plain black sleeve with a piece of sandpaper and a glossy photo adhered to it. It is meant to be an appropriately rough encapsulation of the work, however about half of the copies came extra distressed and are being offered below cost. See what I mean in the product page. Take advantage! The audio is fantastic. [EDIT: All gone. More coming for first week of March. Ask to reserve a nice one.]
Sale prices will run through the weekend to give mailing list friends that may not have noticed before a chance to catch up. Thanks to everyone who has had a taste of the discounts so far.
Also, a surprise find last copy of Hugh Davies' Tapestries CD!
The Institut on Satie i høj sø:
"The most enigmatic and rare of Danish artist and composer Henning Christiansen’s albums Satie i høj sø is now re-issued by Institute for Danish Sound Archeology and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark. The album collects five central works from Christiansen’s neo-romantic period in the 1970s. This completely overlooked and virtually unheard period in Henning Christiansen’s oevre contains perhaps his most fascinating and beautiful works.
For 10 years from 1969-79 Christiansen turned his back to the art scene and made a very unorthodox artistic decision: To leave behind ‘art for arts sake’, Fluxus and the concretist art music, that he had invented in the 1960s. Instead he created a music that was a positive vision for the future. A music that would make it ‘sing’ inside the listeners – and by changing them would change the world. A convinced communist, Christiansen created wonderful joyous waltzes and dancing melodies that set to bring about a revolution – both an inner and an outer revolution – by believing in the good in the world and by having hope for a bright future. Now, with the re-release of Satie i høj sø the music can make it sing inside us again."
The Slowscan Vol. 40 7" box set is here. Standard edition wooden box. "Fear No Forks" by Albert Fine, piano and soprano recorded in 2017, with score. George Brecht's "Drip Music" performed by Al Hansen in 1993. Joe Jones' "Solar Music Hot House" from the 1988 Ars Electronica Festival. Ken Friedman's "Zen for Record" (1966), complete with notes by Friedman chronicling its long unrealized publication until now. "Type Without Time" by Charles Amirkhanian; environmental collages for teleported text-sound recitation, previously only on Slowscan Vol. 1. Adriano Spatola's "Autoroute" previously on Vol. 8, backed with "Al Capone Poem". Pauline Oliveros' "World Ear Project", excerpts from a 1971 room and window field recording captured in Osaka, Japan.