"French duo Opéra Mort (= Èlg + Fusiller) performed a live soundtrack for two films that centre on the paradoxical symbiosis of love and death: ‘The Potted Psalm’ by Sidney Peterson and James Broughton, and ‘Dream Work’ by Peter Tscherkassky...Opéra Mort’s sonic accompaniment is a squirming contradiction, fraught with micro-harmonic friction and bleeps of electronic alarm. Is the soundscape melding into a solitary whole or blowing itself apart?...‘Film Works’ enacts the strange disputation that defines the climactic extremes of human experience: to love and death, the body is both the fundamental vessel and the husk that is left behind."

 

Opéra Mort – Film Works [LP]
19.00

Label: B.A.A.D.M.

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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 Highly recommended!

"‘Nattmusik’ is Gustafsson’s first record under his own name, removing the mediation of the artistic alias to fully embrace the symbiosis between body and environment. Keyboards splutter through bad wiring and wither into despondency, with notes engulfed by the sounds of earthly stir (tectonic rumbles of low frequency, muffled winds of sine wave). Symphonies of piano and electronics start to bloom and then flicker into states of death as the temperature suddenly drops ...‘Nattmusik’ depicts a world in which emotional decay feeds the flourish of nature – an earth thriving upon inevitable human decline."

Mattias Gustafsson – Nattmusik [LP]
19.00

Label: B.A.A.D.M.

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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"Working together for this album under their solo monikers, sound artists Dan Johansson and Sofie Herner already collaborated on some of the most captivating Swedish experimental releases of recent years with their work as Neutral and as part of Enhet För Fri Musik."

Sewer Election & Leda – Maar [LP]
17.00

Label: B.A.A.D.M.

Format: LP

Year: 2015

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"The first release that Hustle is glad to produce is dedicated to an Italian-Swedish trio: Mount Fog. Born in 2011 and formed by Nicola Domaneschi, Erich Grunewald and Marco Verdi, Mount Fog is a multidisciplinary art project that spreads in between audio/visual research, sound art and photography.

The two compositions showcase the participation of guest artists (Oscar Palou on the double flute and Riccardo Canta on the saxophone) and the mastering by the Swedish experimental musician Viktor Ottosson (Blodvite)."

Mount Fog – We Know Nothing [8" Lathe]
11.00

Label: Hustle Productions

Format: 8" Lathe Cut

Year: 2017

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"4 new pieces, including collaborations with Daniel Dimaggio (Piano) and Forest Management (digital audio). “The Impossible Room”, a companion to “Inversion Method” (CS, Phinery) is inspired by the individual revelatory experience and the refracting inner world therein." –LXV

LXV – The Impossible Room [CD-R]
5.00

Label: Hologram Label

Format: CD-R

Year: 2017

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Dion Kerr Nonet – Reptile Ground [CD-R]
5.00

Label: Hologram Label

Format: CD-R

Year: 2017

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Drone Pilot is a work of voice/sound poetry about a person who becomes part of a huge impersonal war machine, connected to a network of power and violence, which ultimately erases the person's individuality. My work is focused on the entanglement of humans and machines. I'm interested in how a mind can be imprinted with digital logic, and how digital and human memory can extend each other. I perform my work with just my voice, without electronics, but electronics are always present, in the aesthetics of the performance and the electrical currents of the body.”

Ian Hatcher – Drone Pilot [7"]
11.00

Label: c0sm0sm0se edition - sound writings

Format: 7"

Year: 2017

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"Though suffering from a period of inactivity (and possible finality), Kandekt’s well-discussed live presence has been documented and presented on Korea Undok Group. Melodic and complex, until combusting into brutal, senseless no wave. Impressive and oppressive Winnipeg group. To be missed by many."

Kandket – Live Performance (08/17/17) [C33]
6.00

Label: Korea Undok Group

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

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78 page book containing morphological and analytical diagrams, alogrithmical charts, and linguistic studies. CD of recordings derived from collected stones across the world.

Giancarlo Toniutti with Siegmar Fricke – *KO/USK– [Book + CD]
27.00

Label: Pans'ur Pans, cjàse me, M>Rn+k/04Rn

Format: Book/CD

Year: 1997

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Last original copies found in storage, complete with signed booklet.

Giancarlo Toniutti –  Epigènesi [LP + Book]
25.00

Label: Giancarlo Toniutti K di Rn/4

Format: LP, 40 pg. book

Year: 1986

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"Tarab explores re-contextualised collected sounds and tactile gestures formed into dynamic, psycho-geographical compositions inspired by discarded things, found things, crawling around in the dirt, junk, the ground, rocks, dust, wind, walking aimlessly, scratchy things, decay and most if not all the things he hears and sees.
More than simply documenting a given site, tarab is interested in a direct engagement with our surrounds, teasing out half narratives, visceral sensation, false leads and heightened awareness."

Tarab – An Incomplete Yet Fixed Idea [LP]
20.00

Format: LP

Label: Aposiopèse

Year: 2017

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"There exists something in a tropical forest that sounds like and plays within the realms of electronics, music and electronics noise ; something characteristic of an era long before the birth of biotopes that form this forest and create this sound. Script geometry comes from this idea and the desire to work with density, in an attempt to extract forms that characterize these analogies. Taking these sounds out of their context and rearranging them as we would patch cables on a synthesizer ; weaving these strata and vertical heights into a different pattern by using the signals from the forest as if they were synthetic sounds : dissecting this spectrum and looking for something that can only be revealed through listening, this is the essence of the project."

Thomas Tilly – Script Geometry [2xLP + CD]
23.00

Label: Aposiopèse

Format: 2xLP + CD

Year: 2014

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"Ombrophilia  is a collection of sound experiments I made with porcelain bowls filled with water between 2006 and 2008. Inspired by Jalatarangam, traditional Indian instrument, I started to play the 'waterbowls' with wooden spoons and metal wire (Mylapore, Jalatarangam Revisited). Since I immersed hydrophones in them, I have tried various ways of resonating the bowls without touching their surface : flicking, stirring, waving and dripping water."

Tomoko Sauvage – Ombrophilia [LP]
20.00

Label: Aposiopèse

Format: LP

Year: 2012

 

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VA AA LR - Recorded 2012 - 2015 [C40]
7.00

Label: Second Sleep

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

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Tambour Doux – Punctual Memory Lapse [C20]
7.00

Label: Second Sleep

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

 

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Jake Meginsky - Basslines [2x7"]
16.50

Label: Second Sleep

Format: 2x7"

Year: 2017

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SEC_ – W.H.E.A.D [LP]
21.00

Label: Second Sleep

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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V/A – Korea Undok Group [LP] 
12.00

Label: Penultimate Press

Format: LP

Year: 2016

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Christer Gerwin, Lars Hallnäs, Roberta Settels, Jon Appleton, Eugeniusz Rudnik, Rune Lindb

"Text-sound compositions 11 contains works from the seventh Text-Sound Festival in Stockholm. Th festival took place on April 23, 24, 26, and 27, 1974 at Fylkingen, Östgötagatan 33."

Text-sound compositions 11 [LP]
21.00

Label: Fylkingen Records

Format: LP

Year: 2016

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Tamas Ungvary, Herman Damen, Lars-Gunnar Bodin

"Text-sound compositions 10 contains works from the sixth Text-Sound Festival in Stockholm. The festival took place on April 24, 25, 26, and 28, 1973 at Fylkingen, Östgötagatan 33."

Text-sound compositions 10 [LP]
21.00

Label: Fylkingen Records

Format: LP

Year: 2016

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Christer Grewin, Bob Cobbing, Maud Reuterswärd & Bengt Nyquist, Öyvind Fahlström, Charles Amirkhanian

"Text-sound compositions 9 contains works that were presented at the fifth Text-Sound Festival in Stockholm.  The festival took place on April 17, 19, 20, and 22, 1972, at Fylkingen’s then first and brand new venue, located in the movie theatre Facklan on Östgötgatan 33."

Text-sound compositions 9 [LP]
21.00

Label: Fylkingen Records

Format: LP

Year: 2016

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Bengt Emil Johnson, Gust Gils, Herman Damen, Bob Cobbing

"Text-sound compositions 8 contains works that were presented at the the fourth Text-Sound Festival in Stockholm. The festival took place on April 21, 23 and 26, 1971, in Studio 3 at Radiohuset (the Swedish Radio)."

Text-sound comopsitions 8 [LP]
21.00

Label: Fylkingen Records

Format: LP

Year: 2016

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Rolf Enström – TNT [LP]
16.00

Label: Fylkingen Records

Format: LP

Year: 1986

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Dazzling stunner that might as well have been made yesterday. All other Electronic Musics get in line.

Pär Lindgren – Electronic Music [LP]
15.00

Label: Fylkingen Records

Format: LP

Year: 1986

CAVEAT EMPTOR: The sleeves for these records took the most significant impact from corner bumps/drops during shipment from Sweden. See lower left corner. As a result, I've knocked a few bucks off the original sale price I had intended. I continue to eat it, and you get an otherwise amazing new record.

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"...the first comprehensive monograph on Gordon Monahan’s uncompromising and radically innovative artist's multifaceted body of work. This trilingual book—with parallel text in English, French, and German—was published in conjunction with the 2011 multisite retrospective exhibition of Monahan’s work of the same title. This book begins with three texts about Monahan’s body of work, then goes on to detail 45 of his works with descriptions, scores, and documentary images. Video documentation for 14 of these works is included on a DVD that comes with the book."

Gordon Monahan – Seeing Sound: Sound Art, Performance & Music 1978 - 2011 [Book/DVD]
20.00

Publishers: Maclaren Art Centre/Doris McCarthy Gallery/Blackwood Gallery/Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Format: Book/DVD

Year: 2011

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""This CD and booklet accompany three new sound installations by Gordon Monahan exihbited in Regina, Saskatchewan in February, 2008. Sound installations presented include: 'A Very Large Vinyl LP Constructed in Acoustic Space', 'Aeolian Winds Over Claybank Saskatchewan', and 'Theremin Pendulum'
This CD includes a Quicktime video of Monahan's Aeolian String installation at the Claybank Brick Factory, and a 12 page booklet with an essay by Ellen Waterman.

Gordon Monahan – Saskatchewan Sound Installations ‎[CD]
10.00

Label: C3R Records

Format: CD

Year: 2008

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"In this piece, an interactive theremin controls a MIDI interface that manipulates several sound sculptures. Long piano wires are struck by mechanical solenoids, and water droplets are triggered to fall onto amplified percussive plates. Elsewhere, a dancer manipulates the harmonic resonance of a long piano string , while a DJ mixes in barely-audible recordings to accompany.
'Theremin in the Rain' premiered at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 2003."

Gordon Monahan – Theremin in the Rain [CD]
10.00

Label: C3R Records

Format: CD

Year: 2007

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"A work for solo piano in 9 movements. In this piece, the acoustical properties of the piano are explored. The piano is not treated as a traditional concert instrument, but rather as a machine for the synthesis of sound. An extreme, un-pianistic keyboard technique is used to excavate acoustical sounds that are not normally associated with the piano."

Gordon Monahan – Piano Mechanics / Large Piano Magnified [LP]
13.00

Label: Gordon Monahan

Format: LP

Year: 1986

Attention buyer: Although these are sealed copies, the vinyl is a bit on the thin side and have been stored for quite some time. The one I opened for myself was was not perfectly flat around the circumference, so the needle did some surfing but playback was uninterrupted and sounded great. I've priced them a little bit lower than Speaker Swinging and included the full rip of my copy as the sound sample for assurance.


"Speaker Swinging is an experiment for three or more swinging loudspeakers and nine audio oscillators in an enclosed space. The idea comes from hearing such things as Leslie speakers, moving vehicles with broadcasting sound systems, airplanes, and other moving sound sources, both industrial and organic. The subsequent acoustical processes of phasing, vibrato, and tremolo are fundamental to the work, as are the elements of sweat, struggle, fear, and seduction."

Gordon Monahan – Speaker Swinging [LP]
15.00

Label: Gordon Monahan

Format: LP

Year: 1987

 

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"engines of desire (2009) is a conceptual follow-up to binary(and/or) (1986). do business (1994-95) is the sequel to the uncompleted …she visits. she doesn’t stay. as always, blackhumour audio uses only the sound of found-object spoken human voice with no effects, back- or speed-masking. because things are as they are – and this is how this is.

if i could i would repeat myself endlessly.

repeat myself endlessly.

endlessly."

blackhumour – engines of desire [CS]
9.00

Label: Regional Bears

Format: C72

Year: 2017

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David Maranha – Cai-Bem [LP]
15.00

Label: Tanuki Records

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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"The focus of this work is on the real relationship of the sonic phenomena when they meet our personal environment, how they mold our perception and are molded by it, in its cognitive affirmation. Music, in other words." – GT

Giancarlo Toniutti with Tiziano Dominighini – the Sound-Placing land biridge [CD]
13.50

Label: menstrualrecordings

Format: CD

Year: 2016

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"Unreleased very first recordings from 1979, by Giancarlo Toniutti together with Tiziano Dominighini (pre "airthrob in" project!) on electric and acoustic instruments and noises. Recovered and mixed by Giancarlo Toniutti 2014. Limited to 300 copies."

Giancarlo Toniutti & Tiziano Dominighini ‎– Counterchronology [CD]
13.50

Label: FinalMuzik

Format: CD

Year: 2015

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Complete, original copies direct from Toniutti.

“The assumption of a place-name as title (name) for a sound-work establishes the adoption of a totemic relation between site and sound-work, an elective kinship and so an identity tie (we could define it between two cultural places), which produces whole systems of mutual dependances and respects. Also a whole project can elect is own totem-lace, and can do it founding an inner reality (through an even implicit myth), an elective locatable reality, not necessarily real. So we could see in TAHTA TARLA the ‘father/mother-land’ of this project.” –GT

Giancarlo Toniutti, Andrew Chalk – Tahta Tarla [LP]
23.50

Label: Pans'urlo Panseri

Format: LP + 28 page booklet

Year: 1993

 

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Result of three years of collaboration between two inimitable artists. A more varied soundworld for Toniutti than any of his work since, and something of a farewell to electronics.

Giancarlo Toniutti • Conrad Schnitzler - Кулáк (camma) ‎[LP]
23.50

Label: Urlo Panseri Editore

Format: LP

Year: 1990

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"12" vinyl version of the first Red Wine and Sugar album, following the now sold out 2016 compact disc compilation of short run cassette releases 'Chattels + The Confidence and Humour of John'. 'Dogs, Blood, Storms, Spiders' was recorded in various locations in Victoria, Australia during 2015-16. Regular weight black vinyl, limited to 100 copies."

Red Wine and Sugar – Dogs, Blood, Storms, Spiders [LP]
23.00

Label: Index Clean

Format: LP

Year: 2017

After giving us all a chance to get caught up with their first wave of studies for greyscale warble and questionable advice cut-ups, Red Wine and Sugar make fine use of their first opportunity to occupy two whole sides to themselves. Building on their template just enough to keep things exciting and somewhat mysterious, the ability to stretch out serves the pair quite well. The editing techniques have gotten even sharper, clearly made evident within the first few seconds of“Like Honey in a Jar”, and there’s also a shift towards more explicitly musical source material suits them well. A haunted, gloomy filter casts the stitched pieces in a unifying low light, as they stroll through sections f bin rattle, incidental music, wildlife, cable hum, broken hand percussion, and much more. There’s even time for an extended, conked out, blurry daydream passage in “View of the Darkened Room”. While similar themes relating of tactics for overcoming personal psychological defects remain from the previous recordings, much of the LP pulls its text from what seem to be even darker and more esoteric resources. The pages here are lifted from some shady playbooks, with the subject matter seemingly alluding to clandestine activity, going off the radar, etc. Shadowy cloak and dagger dealings to make this a real gripper and every bit as good as I hoped it would be. Download comes in handy for a miserable, rainy commute on public transportation.

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Thrill to a rare opportunity to hear Wendt’s brand of semi-narrative, tech-centric sound poetry, backed with a version of the hard plundered perennial favorite Devil’s Music.

Larry Wendt / Nicolas Collins – Slowscan Vol. 3 [C60]
24.00

Label: Slowscan

Format: Cassette

Year: 1986

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Essential reissue of a 1978 Balsam Flex tape. Five works which evolved over multiple decades, ranging from improvisation to adapted concrete poems.

Henri Chopin – OH audiopoems by Henry Chopin [2xLP]
33.00

Label: Slowscan

Format: 2xLP

Year: 2017

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"Dances Interdites reissues a number[of] Peter Finch sound text and processed voice works from the late 1970s and 1980s. The Dances Interdites set of ambient cassette recordings were originally issued by Balsam Flex in 1982 as a follow up to 1980's Big Band Dance Music. They use the limitations of domestic technology available at the time as a compositional discipline."

Peter Finch – Dances Interdites [LP]
23.00

Label: Slowscan

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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Cris Cheek, P.C. Fencott, Lawrence Upton

"The energy which can be created and released by two or three poets' working on common ground rather than with their personal material can be as a great a force as that often experienced through jazz improvisation....We believe in LIVE performance, not live repetition of previous successes. Each performance develops from and heads towards the next."

JGJGJGJG ‎– A Farewell Performance [LP]
23.00

Label: Slowscan

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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Bob Cobbing, Peter Finch, François Dufrêne, Helmer Bodil, Lawrence Upton – Untitled [LP]
23.00

Label: Slowscan

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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"All in all this LP presents the listener with a powerful compilation of recordings by one of the most relentless and subversive avantgardists of our time. And all this attractively packaged by Slowscan's designer Johnny Van de Koolwijk to boot. It's well done on either side and as mouthwatering to collectors as the smell of St. Lawrence on the grill must have been to the hungry population of the slums of Rome." –Ben Schot

William Levy and Collaborators – Popular Teen Shot In Face By First Love [LP]
23.00

Label: Slowscan

Format: LP

Year: 2016

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Scald Rougish - Idioal Oifrmech [LP]
16.50

Label: Ge-stell

Format: LP

Year: 2017

Chris Douglas is perhaps best known for his Dalglish project in recent years, although this is the first time I’ve checked in since the O.S.T. Waetka disc iDEAL nearly a decade ago (still have a fondness for that era of mostly black digipaks on the label). Naturally the sound is significantly more refined on a technical level and far less crunchy. Condensed, home-version acousmatic music that morphs and tumbles like recordings of a futuristic obstacle course being manipulated through pliable sheets of expensive plastics, alternating with long breaths of languid string synths. Many have folded post-techno idioms into the lineage of academic tape music, and Douglas remains an early adapter and stalwart. Top notch electronic music with some brainier tendencies free from archives and rehash.

 

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Christophe Charles + Kozo Inada – i[] [LP]
16.50

Label: Ge-stell

Format: LP

Year: 2017

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Tom Knapp – Mophoc Rez’ [12" EP]
16.50

Label: Ge-stell

Format: 12" EP

Year: 2016

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"Sheffield and Rippie are both working with samples and records, creating their own brand of plunderphonics ...They focus on very small, almost microscopic fragments of music, and process them by all means available, using effects pedals, sampling effects, or modifying and damaging the records. The result is a textural reworking of the original sounds, layered and expanded into slowly unfolding atmospheric collages. Although almost..."

Colin Andrew Sheffield & James Eck Rippie ‎– Polarities [CS]
7.00

Label: Tanuki Records

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

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Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille – Strong & Foolish Heart / Blue Ghost Blues [7"]
8.00

Label: Tanuki Records

Format: 7"

Year: 2016

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"Framed as an ‘ambient novel’, a term coined by the American writer Tan Lin, Safe Mode abandons the traditional novel’s temporal logic in favour of spatial and atmospheric dispersal, combining intensely personal material with unacknowledged appropriated content to explore the narratives made possible by mood, or the moods made possible by narrative. Which is which? Does it even matter?"

Sam Riviere – Safe Mode [Book]
21.00

Publisher: Test Centre

Format: Book

Year: 2017

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"The album comprises 7 tracks, each a collaboration between Pester and another artist, in which ideas associated with lullabies form the basis for an improvisation. Each track has its own unique aesthetic, exploring different female responses to ideas of work and play, care and collaboration, motherhood and sexuality, curses and spells.

Holly Pester – Common Rest [10"/Book]
22.00

Label: Test Centre

Format: 10"/Book

Year: 2016

First major recorded work by UK poet and sound artist Holly Pester, including a companion book of poetry. Common Rest is an engrossing collection of sculpted improvisations, spiritually guided by themes related to an unconventional view of the of the lullaby. Seven graceful articulations of living in the shadows of work, and the nightly attempts to transform those shadows into a healthy, regenerative atmosphere. Pester invites a different collaborator into the room for each track, which play out like scenes in different settings with the same central figure. Pattern games figure prominently early on with “Shift” and Means” in a style that nods politely to the Cobbing school, but also captures the peak of exploring a unique shared linguistic space. “Burn” relocates to a hazy lounge, where Pester seems to take a somewhat perverse delight in assuming the role of a singer for an unsuspecting audience—crooning, whispering, and roaring fluctuating reads on phrases that have been looping involuntarily in my head for a month now. Right at the midpoint of peak hypnosis, we have “Brush”, a purely textural piece performed with Claire Tolan. “Halt” is the one I want to go on for a full side, but is only two and half minutes worth of wonderfully recorded cello, spastic and bristly tape work, with clipped prose which makes me cry don’t go! inside when it does a hard fade out. Cut your insoles to size for this one, for I am very fond of it.

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"Released in a limited edition of 250 copies, the magazine is A4 and stapled, with cover artwork by A. Selby and H. Dunnell.
Contributors: Chris Torrance, Sam Buchan-Watts, Allen Fisher, Holly Pester, MacGillivray, Pierre Guyotat, Daisy Lafarge, Joseph Persad, Rachael Allen, Sam Riviere, Francine Elena, Erik Stinson, Chrissy Williams, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Jen Calleja, Vahni Capildeo, Iain Sinclair, Ralf Webb, Angus Sinclair, Paul Buck, Caleb Klaces, Stephen Watts, Laura Elliott, A. K. Blakemore, Nick Thurston, SJ Fowler and Ahren Warner."
Test Centre Seven [Magazine]
10.00

Publisher: Test Centre

Format: A4 Magazine

Year: 2016

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"The issue is dedicated to Lee Harwood, and features a number of pieces written for and about him.
Released in a limited edition of 250 copies, the magazine is A4 and stapled, with cover artwork by Ross Adams.
Contributors: Holly Pester, Olly Todd, Erik Stinson, Laura Elliott, Maria Fusco, Ahren Warner, Robert Herbert McClean, Mira Mattar, Paul Buck, Michael Thomas Taren Lord Kreiden, Purdey Lord Kreiden Thomas Taren, SJ Fowler, Chris McCabe, Chris Torrance, Jeremy Reed, Stephen Watts, Tom Chivers, Jack Underwood, Daisy Lafarge, Sam Buchan-Watts, Iain Sinclair, Jen Calleja, Chrissy Williams and Alan Moore."
Test Centre Six [Magazine]
10.00

Publisher: Test Centre

Format: A4 Magazine

Year: 2015

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"Pedigree Mongrel is an album by Jonathan Meades composed of specially-recorded readings from his books PompeyMuseum Without Walls and An Encyclopaedia of Myself. Combined with the distinctive soundscapes of Mordant Music, it is both a unique retrospective of Meades’ fictional and essayistic writings, and a new and significant standalone work."

Jonathan Meades – Pedigree Mongrel [LP]
19.00

Label: Test Centre

Format: LP

Year: 2015

A guided tour of selected rough stuffs from the acclaimed television presenter, novelist, and restaurant critic. Personal and cultural histories, real and fictitious alike, are dealt out with authority by Meades over a broadcast quality bed of shuffled and sweetened samples by Mordant Music.  The echoes swing long and evenly as the text becomes increasingly dramatic, rambunctious, and absurd. Consistently foul and funny for the most part. The challenge for most listeners might be overlooking the highly polished professionalism that comes with the territory (I personally favor the somewhat looser atmosphere of the second side). I have no idea how well known Meades is outside of the UK, but I imagine this would be an introduction for many on this site. Pedigree Mongrel serves as a fine one, dressed to the nines and tap dancing around the gutter.

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"Museum of Loneliness is a 12″ LP by Chris Petit composed of specially-recorded readings from his novels Robinson (1993), The Hard Shoulder (2001) and The Passenger (2006), and from his project The Museum of Loneliness. Backed by field recordings and soundtracks from his films Asylum (2000) and Content (2010), the album was smeared and spored by Mordant Music"

Chris Petit – Museum of Loneliness [LP]
19.00

Label: Test Centre

Format: LP

Year: 2013

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Of Habit – Extended Technique [CS]
8.00

Label: Entr'acte

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

I leapt at the very notion of this project, as a Spoils & Relics listener recently hipped to Mr. Myles’ A Series of Lizards imprint, a new tape that adds a literal voice to his activities was a no-brainer of an acquisition. A couple small boxes and a microphone from the desk of a calm downer is often a winning formula in my book, and Extended Technique draws out rich material from that territory, with the same lustrous blackness as the material in which the cassette itself is encased. There’s an extraordinarily high degree of clarity being delivered, suggesting a crystallized view of a dreary, sickened setting. Head firmly in hand, the sun all but forgotten, a readback of the captain’s log, interwoven with surreal, recovered half-dreams that bleed into reality. Rhythms hit hard, contrasted with the low, undramatic delivery of the text, and the whole outing is quite craftily sequenced, spacing out the vocals for an eventful listen. A sense of movement from one place to another under the shadiest of circumstances is injected by the stretched instrumentals. Loops fade the listener in and out of consciousness down hallways. Talk of gear and signal paths somehow lends to the confusion, more so than breaking any walls, as the equipment being discussed sounds more and more like William Lee’s typewriter on my third pass. A damp, poetic survey of technological malaise and wasting days, full of quotable lines. Already sold out at the source, so do the right thing.

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Transistor – The Horde [12"]
13.00

Label: Entr'acte

Format: 12"

Year: 2017

It seems like most desks this one has come across elicit some comparison to Vainio/Vega from the listener, so rather than formally regurgitate that observation, I’ll at least acknowledge its validity and leave it here. “Never Again” and “Swallow the Brim” are both hinged on the crushed, saturated discharge of electronics as fiery accompaniment to Ben Miller’s possessed howling. It’s easy to imagine the red lights flashing, smoke billowing, and panic to find the emergency exits during these controlled electronic combustion workouts. Blast away, fellas. Personally, I’m much more of a fan of where things go on the flip, accompanied by a rpm change to literally and figuratively take things down a notch for the flip to the titular track. Both performers present themselves in clearer light; the fire and brimstone text is delivered with audiobook transparency, backed by Frank Vigroux's cautiously arranged, semi-theatrical sound design of lurking synthetic strings, fragments of raw diffused impulses, and the occasional crackle and sharp sine wave. The coda satisfies your craving for tightly structured, clipped, spartan electronics from machines sure to alert TSA officers.

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Mike Majkowski ‎– Swimming In Light [LP]
13.00

Label: Entr'acte

Format: LP

Year: 2016

Sustain doesn’t come without work on Swimming in Light—on the first side, you can hear all the flexor action being implemented to heat up the instruments enough that they might start to levitate, a small band, vibrating in a shared magnetic field, suspended in time.“Radio Weather Vending Machine” feels like it could break out into bombastic horn wailing and snare explosions at any moment, but instead that energy is reserved and fed back into the cycle. The first side resets a few times to change color, generally anchored by a slow pendulum of bass notes to anchor the shimmering acoustic blur to a clock—a rowing motion of minimalism that reminded me of the d’incise disc you can still get here (as it turns out, Majkowski has indeed performed a collaborative work by said artist). “Structure and Posture” lives up to its title, and inverts the ratio of notes to abstract washes for a something more like eerie, creeping incidental music. Stay field recordings suddenly sneak up behind the instruments to liven up the upper reaches, like someone hit a jackpot of bottle caps. One of the great success of this one is the amount of instrumentation that Majkowski seamlessly rotates through, never saddling the music with a shred of business. Varying timbres drift in the same glimmering pool of sound, floating into different pockets of translucency, ripe for a Sunday morning listening session.

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Gerard Herman ‎– Die paste, die wrong [LP]
13.00

Label: Entr'acte

Format: LP

Year: 2017

Gerard Herman grapples with an undulance of masked and tarnished sounds—swelling grocery sacks of pulses, plunks, and unwieldy resonances. Musical fragments get caught in a mason jar, and buzz around with building anxiety. On Die paste, die wrong, we’re escorted through a trip down an assembly line of wobbly motifs digested by plastics. Wake just before dawn to catch the blue fade through flowing curtains, evidence of work clinking and humming from a distance. Limber up, takes some vitamins, and start chipping away. Get lost in the wheel grind and the pings of the hopper for a bit, start to have a couple bad ideas. Go to town for a hallucinatory stroll through a street fair, step into a tent and walk through a hall of cracked mirrors and clocks, make a wrong move and get sucked under by a vortex of phantom tones. Emerge to scale a heap of torn armchairs and bicycle parts, plopped onto a conveyor built upon descent. Resolve to relax and listen to the the pistons pump and the whistles blow, gazing into the flickering lights above. Exceptional studies in transformation, nurturing and growing sounds with materials others might all too often use to exploit decay.

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Laurent Fairon ‎– Musique Isotype [CD]
11.00

Format: CD

Label: Entr'acte

Year: 2016

Laurent Fairon, of Continuo’s Weblog fame, gives us a taste of his curatorial prowess, playing matchmaker for some strange bedfellows of found sounds. The results of these crude lab tests plays like negative space heavy musique concrète, which staunchly refuses to pander or do tricks. Odd disparities, redactions, and contextual uprooting makes for a challenging listen; layered images never seem to line up in an obvious way, as if provoking one’s ears to do the aural equivalent of squinting. Broken library music, multiple autoplays going at the same time—a great thali of ‘other’. Musique Isotype is also given to highlighting and voraciously turning out individual sounds like a Rubik’s cube, flicking at them like a spring door stop—a style similar to the classics of Anne Gillis with an archaeological twist. Sometimes speech comes largely unobstructed, but in the dizziest of turns, voices get get swallowed up by the grinder when Fairon decides to really get his hands dirty. A total head-scratcher of ADD in slow motion. Any knowledge of the Continuo blog (or the ‘press’ photo of the man in his Tellus t-shirt) should be enough info to hook you in on the one.

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John Wall / Alex Rodgers ‎– Rafia Longer [7"]
8.00

Label: Entr'acte

Format: 7"

Year: 2015

This one appeared a year after the excellent Work 2011–2014 from the Wall/Rodgers pairing, further highlighting their predilection toward an near song-like approach to crafting hacked up miniatures of computerized expression. The opener “Rafia Longer” keeps the largely numerical text low in the mix, tucked nicely into shuffled and smeared abstractions of basic kit sounds. Less structurally delinquent or sonically acrobatic as one might come to expect from Wall, this piece is more of a primer for the other side of the disc.  The four short tracks on the flip relish in directness and separation of power. It’s mostly text-to-speech for the duration, which is fine by me—it’s a form I’ve been especially fond of lately (just had the computer serenade me with this write-up for fun), and the synthetic proxy yields some delightful quirks in the vulgarity. Full of choice slang and modern grievances, I’d happily sit down with a full-length program version of the few minutes that make up “Macbeth”. The new Wall/Durgan CD on Harbinger is a cause for celebration, so why not extend the festivities with a rare JW vinyl outing, eh?

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John Wall / Alex Rodgers ‎– Work 2011-2014 [CD]
11.00

Label: Entr'acte

Format: CD

Year: 2014

The second of three collaborative releases thus far, Work 2011-2014 is a thrilling composition of scattered computer wheeze and sparkling sandstorms of searing mutations, seasoned with black salt prepared texts from Rodgers. Bubbles burst, drinks get spilled, shoes get scuffed. A remarkable gauntlet of sounds that seem absolutely to be happening for the first time ever, constantly evolving and spawning new ones atop medical grade stainless steel. Speech starts in a somewhat neutral zone, then proceeds to take many different machines as host. The singularity seems as close as ever here—the most human of concerns and dissatisfaction in perfect harmony with living, breathing data dissemination. Presented as a single track, this is actually fifteen different pieces seamlessly unified, as indicated on Wall’s website, which explains the edge-of-your-seat feeling present throughout the easily repeatable runtime, along with what is credited as "severe editing". Rodgers’ strength as a poet is clearly evident (especially in the sleeve text), but in service to the disc as a whole, he lurks in the shadows often. There’s plenty of room to breathe and not get overwhelmed; both partners pulls their weight accordingly and flesh out something more interesting than a continuous reading layered over freeform electronics. Confrontational and jarring, yet with a sense of economy and technical precision to make this something very special indeed.

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Ben Gwilliam / Michael Vorfeld ‎– Lauste [CD]
11.00

Label: Entr'acte

Format: CD

Year: 2010

Having enjoyed some of his more recent work, I wanted to dig a little deeper into Ben Gwilliam’s back catalog, so I checked this collaboration with Michael Vorfeld off on my list for Entr’acte. Lauste turns out to be just the right thing to put on when I want to mask some of the nasty wiring/ground loop/dying amplifier issues in my current apartment. A magnetic quilt of flickering pinpricks and pilfered wattage, these five pieces have an unsettling element of household danger that comes and goes as the listener is immersed in modulating depths of sharp, microscopic textures. Coiled up from light bulbs and tape recorders, the material is (for the most part) on the especially brittle side—which means you have to crank it up to really get the full experience. There’s no attempt at sculpting this audio into the electronic music listener’s preferred EQ curve; instead, we’re subject to the findings of exploratory probes with natural dynamics that yield more than a few jolts. A fair amount of this reminds me of the Joe Colley tracks that are posed as studies of malfunctioning circuits and failing small electronics—which is awfully fine company to be in—although Lauste is even more ungarnished and preferential to the tweeter. Live incandescent audio with an extra fine point; sounds normally only heard when something’s about to break, magnified and proliferated by trusted professionals for your listening pleasure.

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Giuseppe Ielasi – 3 Pauses [3CD Box Set]
21.00

Label: Senufo Editions

Format: 3CD Box Set

Year: 2017

First solo release under his own name in a few years from Ielasi, presented in a sleek, black box in three separate parts. While many of the releases and series in his body of work incorporate elements of natural and coaxed rhythms, 3 Pauses is stripped down to narrow beams of light hues and floating dust particles—dare I say, suitable for playback on virtually any sound system. Identifiable peaks and ripples form through repetition, so in that sense, rhythms emerge in a more biological than kinetic form. This attractive set comprises a volume of mostly delicate loops that change phase and fold back on themselves through simple, yet effective imaging for the listener to absorb, as one would peruse a book of photography, carefully studying each page in the album for a good five minutes or so before moving onward. Useful ambience that rings of air conditioning, seashell resonance, small appliance songs, multiplying wildlife; grainy reductions, stippled and selectively erased. There are a few forays with more bold, clicky mechanisms that wind up and down through “Part 2”, but they’re generally in a more docile realm than Ielasi’s recent tape improvisations. Hard not to use the term ‘microsound’ here, as this is very much like a meditative gaze into a catalog of cell slides, but despite the descriptor of “electronic music” from Senufo, it’s within the most humble of organic sounding means. Very ear-friendly, tactile frequency ranges. Thumbnails of environments and lifeforms, tastefully sketched with real and processed sounds. Smallness remains a fertile fields for cultivation, when done with the right set of hands. Far more of a steal than a purchase, if you ask me…

 

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Alessandro Brivio – SB [CS]
9.00

Label: Senufo Editions

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

I must confess to not having seen. or even previously been aware of Sound Barrier, the film from which SB was pruned. However, I’m certainly no stranger to storage facilities in Queens, so after gleaning that part from the synopsis and taking into account the Senufo bump, my interest is piqued! Apparently, the film features a not-inconsequential 1,753 separate cuts, which Alessandro Brivio saw fit to fold even further for a rhythmically scrubbed fan edit of the audio track that seems heavy on street traffic and aggressive rummaging. If one chooses to omit all the cinematic context, the unknowing listener gets to hear a twitchy game of hopscotch within the start and end points of innumerable excerpts. This one is like being in a room in a noisy neighborhood with all the windows opening and closing in spasmodic fits, yet somehow extremely enjoyable. Working his way through the timeline at the itchiest of paces, Brivio emphasizes the aspect of an endless search that comes up empty-handed, making sure not to overlook any instance of one or more objects making contact in his source material. The sound sample provided is one of the more subdued passages that features actual dialogue, an element that reinforces the narrative focus. Not often do we find stutter-centric splicer music to be so concerned with thematic elements unrelated to the sound objects themselves, so the noble utilization of suppression and repetition tactics on SB is a rare treat. Appropriately cracked cases, which I initially forgot was part of the deal upon opening the box—damaged Norelco boxes are pretty much a rolling headache in this business. Listen closely, and maybe you can hear the o u n d and a r r i e r parts scattered on the cutting room floor.

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Dimosioypalliliko Retire – On the administration of panic [LP]
15.00

Label: Rekem Records

Format: LP

Year: 2016

The layers on this baklava of confusion start at the format lineage: here we have an LP reissue of a ‘magazine’ that was published in 2002 in the form of a CD-R. (Is this technically still a magazine? Maybe I should put the ‘zine’ commerce tag on this just in case.) The instrumentation and production is mostly an odd, two-decades-late take on Brilliant Trees era David Sylvian, Laurie Anderson, or something from the Downtown pop end of the Lovely Music catalog. Extra watery drums, rubbery bass, chorused guitar all over the place, multi-effect action leads, chunky FM keyboards—you get the picture. But there’s plenty of object work and extended vocalizations that push this further into outsider territory, rather than exclusively tongue-in-cheek pastiche. The opener, “When I Retire”, gives us a look at the group’s most free and unmasked incarnation (I actually played the B-side first by mistake, so for me it was a little mid-meal palette cleanser rather than an amuse-bouche.) A solid ten minute vocal riff on a phrase which translates to “come on, why bother”, which lets us know right off the bat that this periodical didn’t come here to make friends. Check that inner-sleeve photo of these weirdos cracking hundreds of walnuts on the floor—looks far more archival 60s avant grade than 80s leftfield rock, right? Clearly, there’s some shenanigans going on here. I’ll have to take word of the label notes that there’s a hefty amount of humor, provocation, and boundary-pushing at their word, but I presume those with an ear for Greek would able to use the lyrics to identify the subversion tactics more conclusively. D. Retire seems to thrive on playing in a extremely boxy area that could hardly be more loaded, which creates a formidable challenge for both parties in the creator/consumer relationship. Definitely in a league of its own, and the performance art rockisms go down much easier than one would think.

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Panos Alexiadis ‎– Katabasis [LP]
15.00

Label: Rekem Records

Format: LP

Year: 2014

A fitting title if there ever was one, as my first thought was of a creeping descent down a well via a pulley system, followed by: hazy detective hallucinations featuring bug-zapper electronics, echoes of unknown footsteps, expressionist swells, serialist scatter. Dark music box excursions with a consciousness of breath—more than one Morty comes to mind. A shadowy sense of withholding, an intermittent blocking of the CCTV lens. Bleeding the radiators. Out for a midnight stroll through city streets, looks to be all set scenery. Trying to recall the exact reason for a state of nervousness. Skipping stones in the dark, wading further into the water. Cover is looking sharp and on the money in bold black and gray, so come on down.

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Michael Adamis ‎– A Selection Of Electroacoustic Works 1964-1977 [2CD]
18.00

Label: Rekem Records/Mafia

Format: 2CD

Year: 2013

Prior to finding this set, I would have had trouble naming any Greek composers of 20th century experimental music aside from Xenakis, and perhaps I’m not alone here. Rekem and Mafia teamed up to deliver this glowing, marvelously detailed effort to introduce the world to one of Greece’s lesser known figures regarded as significant to the development of early electronic and electroacoustic music. The pieces presented here might not necessarily track as a ‘greatest hits’ compilation for the composer, however the curators nobly tasked themselves with providing a well rounded overview that follows the evolution of Adamis’ work, ranging from etudes and studio experimentation, to sprawling dramatic realizations. “Proschemata (Pretexts)” is composed entirely with tape-manipulated voice, and while Adamis doesn’t sound to be as much of a cartwheeling, explosively proficient technician when it comes to tape editing as—let’s say, a Parmegiani (who is?)—he demonstrates an impressive ability to smear and refract a single sound source into a sustained tonal environment far removed from its initial starting point.“Kratema” (presented in two separate incarnations, 30 years apart) is a highlight, as the performers run a noticeably free, while Adamis roils up a shifting undercurrent of electronics and tape, including the most prominent EMS usage to my ears. This is a particularly interesting piece that links the namesake Byzantine chanting with 20th century avant garde music, borrowing a phonetic free-space component of ancient religious music for a result that’s more akin to dadaism. Fans of Jean-Claude Éloy’s work in the 80s, which partnered extended vocal techniques and ethnic instrumentation in an open electroacoustic setting should feel at home with more than a few recordings on this set. The latest piece included, “Endon (Inward)”, hides the seams a bit more than the earlier cut-up affairs, finding Adamis using old sound sources with newer technology to craft a more spectrally focused and inconspicuously morphing tonal gradient. A satisfying range of compositions from a lesser known name, and evidently only a drop in the bucket—the introduction states the man took part in over four hundred productions, which makes it all the more curious for those of us just being introduced.

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The Glass Path – Floating Heads in Rhapsody [CS]
7.50

Label: Imminent Frequencies

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

The Glass Path submits another installment in his growing catalog of current-soaked chirps and toppled over toolbox distillations. We’re treated to a woozy overture of primitive instrumentation that intermittently and aggressively tears into the fabric of the magnetic canvas, before settling into the snowball of narrow width punch-ins and junk extractions. The synthesizers credited in the IF description suggest more of a utilitarian Tudor box or Nicolas Collins variety upon listening, more so than even the most humble of conventional electronic instruments: pulse machines with little aspirations for pitch, defiant homebrews of common electrical engineering. The B-side is a more overtly loop-building exercise, but there’s a guiding hand present in The Glass Path that diverts the listener’s attention from the cycle rate enough to focus on the sounds themselves rather than the crooked grid lines. Still not for the repetition averse though—relentless thwack patterns crash in for a mild endurance test, such as someone intending to provoke by acting as if their going to strike you, stopping inches from your face repeatedly. The most recent recording I’d heard previous, Lunatic Fringe on Summer Isle, was of a beefier and more lively nature, in contrast to Floating Heads in Rhapsody which seems like a negative image line drawing composite of its antecedent. A performed, minimally edited, after hours quality sets this tape apart, seasoned with the slow-reeling, drippy, psychological interference one might commonly associate with the Great Lake State. Lots of empty space and room for missteps, so the degree to which this effort works is all the more commendable. Especially fine artwork to boot.

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The Latent Hour – Arcata Nocturne [CS]
7.50

Label: Imminent Frequencies

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

A gloomy three-parter approximating a prolonged experience of optically adjusting darkness as forms begin to take shape in moonlight. Heavily cloaked organ/not-organ cycles without any connotations of robes or flimsy mysticism; the mental fog of insomnia as opposed the atmospheric fog of flimsy drama. External intrusions narrowly seep in through the cracks in the baseboards, stifled enough to just add some welcome breath to the bellows. Constantly in motion without drawing too much attention to the changing of the gears, chords and timbres shift subtly in service of the sustained whole. The latter portion is forged from a rumbling furnace a few floors down, for a more troubled, elemental churning that disturbs the foundation, compared to the half-conscious melancholy daze of the first side. Patience and measured dynamics make this a far more successful effort at rendering something composerly with long-haul electronic sound than your average droner. While not quite as glistening and of-the-air as a Chalk/Heemann joint, this is certainly in the right area. A fine debut—both eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel.

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d’incise – Ukigusa (the sky is as blue as a tragedy) [CD-R/Score]
9.00

Label: Suppedaneum

Year: 2017

Format: Score/CD-R

Swiss sound artist d’incise’s Ukigusa (The Sky Is As Blue As A Tragedy) is a relatively accessible work, contrary to what one might expect from the somewhat lofty, albeit inviting presentation. The score has a simple legend and basic notation system which is enough to follow along, and there’s hardly a more pleasing instrument to listen to than than a vibraphone—struck hard or soft, prepared or clean, it’s rooted in an acoustic purity that’s easy to be lured into. The two players focus on a small range of tones across one vibe and brush them out in precisely clocked intervals. The effects suggest a calm traversal not unlike dragging a sled over ice with ease, stopping every few meters for a rest; or the gentle, impeded time of a half-speed chime clock with a couple loose parts. “Just… Hold… Your… Horses!” is heavy on the beat frequencies, exuding an amiable dissonance which has a sneaky, investigative quality. The two middle pieces, “She Sent Me a Postcard” and “I’m Not So Sure Now”, shimmer in a miniaturized space often reserved for electronics, marked by delicate, high sustained tones and the subtle erosion of the midrange pendulum strikes keeping time. “He Always Left Like That, With a Heavy Heart” takes this even a little further, with soft, long bows, letting the metallic buzz get more of the shine.  d’incise’s chosen preparation are all relatively soft in nature—nothing heavier than aluminum—and inject just enough noise into the system to keep one’s ears perked up. Nice to see that the titles of the pieces have a pulpy radio drama excerpt quality, adding some personality to the proceedings. The origami swan is the cherry on top of the elegantly designed packaging, acting as a small totem for the precise folding and demure simplicity contained within.

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