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Artist: ACID FOUNTAIN
Title: Sabina
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Sabina is a suite of improvised music about nature and magic. About the kind of traces one leaves or want to leave on Earth. All music on this tape (except "Heavy Sand") was improvised and recorded in one take in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, during the last week of October 2015. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Richard Francés. Cover art by Simon Scott. Francés is a French composer and musician born in Alicante, Spain, in 1981 and based in Paris at the time of this release. His Acid Fountain project seeks to bring together abstract and representational art, improvisation and composition, and experimental and dance musics. Other projects by Francés include Juju, his "électronique libre" duo with Adrien Kanter. He also composes, arranges, and tours with French pop artists such as Owlle and Adrien Soleiman, to name but two. . . . As a live performer, he has worked on Julien Lheuilliers kosmische musik project Pointe du Lac and in 2015 he collaborated with the French art dance collective (LA)HORDE. Previously, Francés played drums and synthesizers with French underground psych/kraut/drone band The New Reformed Church of Napalm Katia. In January 2015 Francés founded Hylé Tapes, an experimental electronic music label releasing limited-edition cassettes by international artists like Takahiro Mukai, Raphaël Leray, D. Burke Mahoney, Jay Glass Dubs, and Mortuus Auris & The Black Hand." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: AMY WINEDEATH
Title: Speakeasy
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"A tongue wags. A tongue licks. A tongue tastes. A tongue clicks. A tongue lashes. A tongue curls. A tongue tuts. Tongue twister. Tongue-tied. Be careful what you think -- you dont know who is inside your head. How do these sounds get inside me? How do I get them out? Are they sent to stop me or urge me on? What do I risk if I spit them out? Am I in danger? Who is listening? Is anyone hearing this? What happens to the sounds? Do they die? Or is someone perpetually monitoring in space? I must be more careful... Or less... Speak easy." --Amy Winedeath, London, July 2, 2013. Edition of 150 copies. Illustration by Dave The Cap." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: AND BAND, THE
Title: Outhern
Format: LP
Label: Selection
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The And Band was the continuation of Wellington, New Zealands late 70s DIY pioneers The Spies, who received a posthumous release (The Battle of Bosworth Terrace) on Siltbreeze in 2014. Renamed the And Band after moving to Christchurch, the group wound down sometime around 1982, but not before influencing local musicians and releasing an incredibly rare split 7” EP (with the Perfect Strangers) and this LP—originally available on cassette only. Outhern features George D. Henderson, who would later go on to form the Puddle (Flying Nun), and should appeal to fans of early Red Krayola and The Godz. Co-released with Spacecase." - Selection.

Artist: ARCHETTI, LUIGI
Title: Null
Format: CD
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $18.00
"Die Schachtel presents an album by Switzerland-based composer, experimenter, guitarist and visual artist Luigi Archetti. Null is a monolithic, sinister and doomy drone masterpiece. Oscillating in filigree nuances, the modulation of a drone that seems to last an eternity alone indicates that the sense of real time has been canceled, while, at the same time, another acoustic track surfaces like a distant memory, only to disappear again. A universe of sound particles spreads out, in which the sounds provide no references to a possible location. What the ear might consider to be the crunching sound of snow crusts, the deep droning of ice breaking, the scraping of migrating glaciers is often merely an acoustic hallucination, while actually the sounds have been composed using the finest of sound particles, which Archettis ear has taken from completely different sources, such as the hum of generators, or the white noise of a blank video tape being played, or drone sounds created with the E-bow, which he extracts from his electric guitar (often with scordatura tuning). An intermediate realm is created in which acoustic sedimentations are layered into a sound tapestry so dense, that it feels like there is almost no air left to breathe or to hear with anymore. But it also draws one in like an invitation to journey further into unexplored regions, a journey through timeless and spare acoustic events with a rivetingly hypnotic effect. Housed in a deluxe tri-fold digipack edition." - Die Schachtel.

Artist: ARCHETTI, LUIGI
Title: Null IV-VII
Format: 4 CD Box Set
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Epic in scale, static, timbre, and stillness, Null is a vast and profound musical project that Luigi Archetti has been pursuing over a long period. His musical research is not about "null" (the German word for "zero") as a mathematical object, as a real number. Instead, the term "null" is used here as a metaphor to describe a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting. The music of Null is characterized by static sounds, drones, and their overlapping and layering. The sound surfaces turn into acoustic "sluggish material" which flows slowly through time and gradually transforms itself. It is a constant gliding, a constant mutation of sound structures. Attempts to discover clearly defined melodies, rhythmically ordered structures, or even beats are to no avail. A universe of sound particles diffuses in the foreground of the musical atmosphere, whereby the sounds do not provide any reference whatsoever to a possible location. All the sounds in Null are sourced from e-guitars, which are in part extensively defamiliarized through digitalization and thereby redefined. The e-guitars (frequently in scordatura tuning) are used to this end as suppliers of sound. The acoustic sedimentation of the diverse sounds and sound structures results in a dense and filigreed sound fabric which develops a pull-effect on the listeners. It is an invitation to travel in uncharted regions, a hypnotically captivating journey through timeless and minimal acoustic events. Null IV-VII, presented as two double-CD sets in an outer box, and follows Null (ZEITC 003CD, 2010) and Null II/Null III (ZEITC 009CD, 2012). All seven CDs are available in a special CD slipcase box as Null I-VII (ZEITC 3-9-18-19)." - Die Schachtel.

Artist: ATARPOP 73 & LE COLLECTIF LE TEMPS DES CERISES
Title: Attention LArmee
Format: LP
Label: Staubgold
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Staubgold present a reissue of Atarpop 73 & Le Collectif Le Temps Des Cerisess Attention LArmee, originally released in 1975. 10 December 1974. 200 conscripts exited the casern of Draguignan in order to demonstrate in the streets of the city. They made part of those clandestine soldier committees multiplying themselves all over France with a view to unite the young activists of the extreme left with the anti-militarists. This dispute was a backwash of the student manifestations in spring 1973 against the Debré law reforming the military service. The Collectif du Temps des Cerises founded by François Tusques, one of the pioneers of the French free jazz, supported the insubordinates. Denis Levaillant, 22 years old at the time, became the driving force of this discographical project. Its with another big name in jazz, Jef Gilson in his studio Palm, that the group recorded the compositions of Levaillant, appearing under the pseudonym Serge Igor, as well as cover versions of traditional Spanish music, among others the mythic "El Paso Del Ebro". The young French jazz avant garde scene of the early 70s participates in that session which brought together musicians like Jean-Jacques Avenel, Pierre Rigaud, Jean Méreu, Antoine Cuvelier, Gérard Tamestit, Guy Oulchen, Christian Ville, Robert Lucien, Carlos Andréou, and Kirjuhel. The graphic designer collective Atarpop 73 created the sleeve of the album which was released in an edition of 3000 copies and sold during the student manifestations. This radical report of a rebellious youth raising from the still glowing ashes of May 1968 offers a jazz as spiritual as revolutionary. Comes in high-quality full-color gatefold sleeve with insert; Edition of 500." - Staubgold.

Artist: BAKER, DUCK
Title: Duck Baker Plays Monk
Format: LP
Label: Triple Point
Country: USA
Price: $38.00
"On this LP, recorded at studio sessions in 2010 and 2015, Duck Baker delves deeply into the thinking of one of the most challenging composers, and renders guitar interpretations that are true to the original intent. That Bakers experience playing blues, gospel, ragtime, and swing serve him well on this project goes without saying. Duck Baker Plays Monk contains solo acoustic guitar renditions of nine Thelonious Monk compositions. Baker will remind you through his playing that the idiosyncrasies of Monks composing are further dimensions of the Americana continuum (and source musics) that has been his turf for years. Especially in Monks centennial year, many will address Monks oeuvre: Hundreds will in fact interpret the texts, but very few can inhabit this music in the way that the mature Duck Baker can. Includes new essays by Duck and the late Roswell Rudd. Available exclusively on high-quality vinyl; limited one-time pressing." - Triple Point.

Artist: BOCCARDI, ALBERTO & STEFANO PILIA
Title: Bastet
Format: LP
Label: Nashazphone
Country: Egypt
Price: $24.00
"Collaboration piece between two major players in the contemporary Italian electro-acoustic music scene. Alberto Boccardi has studied composition and music theory at Milans Music Civic Academy and has frequently collaborated with Lawrence English, Nicola Ratti, and Maurizio Abate, among others. Stefano Pilia is a prolific guitarist and electro-acoustic theorist with a massive body of work and compositions. He has collaborated with Mike Watt, Nico Vascellari, David Tibet, and Valerio Tricoli, to name a few." - Forced Exposure. "The sounding worlds of Boccardi and Pilia meet in quasi-narrative paths. Immediately, from the first glance at the tracklist, something seems to thematize the encounter in its two-faced nature: two dedications ("Bastet" and "Dayira", the birth), each one in two parts, but also an encounter between electric guitar and percussions. The guitar being itself already an encounter between acoustic and electric sounds. Yet again, organic and electronic soundscapes are coupled down into introspection and vision. While "Bastet" is set to follow an inner voyage along memories and ambiences where Popol Vuh and Robert Rich seem to faintly appear, it is "Dayira" that is given the mission of projecting the inner vision into vast emotional landscapes. And at the very end something new is birthed, a minor chord that apparently has nothing to do with the drones and patterns preceding it, along the sound of the entire album. An intriguing surprise that is driven by an electronic, floating aura to a quasi-interrupted ending. Functioning as a promise that this voyage has yet to be finished." - Massimilano Viel, Milano, Italy, January 2018. "I love this new album Bastet by Alberto Boccardi and Stefano Pilia right from my first listen I decided I would go to the sea (my pedro town is in the harbor of Los Angeles) to write my thoughts about it cuz the sea is what I first thought of when I heard the first sounds of it coming -- I figured it was the sea cuz I had feelings from the music I had these sensations cuz I felt I was in the ocean -- on a boat... actually not just on a boat but in the bottom of it -- down in the bilge. The musical interaction between Alberto and Stefano is seamless and whole, free of potentially encumbering static structures. Im drawn into the pitch and yaw, the port and starboard, the heave and ho. The piece is made of two parts ("Bastet" and "Dayira") with each of those parts being made of likewise two parts. By the middle I feel lower in the bowels of the boat and in fact, this boat is now feeling like a submarine and so not only am I deep down up in the vessel itself, the world I feel around in is also deep down in it, deep down beneath the waves and so I feel the pushing of currents, the pressure of the depths compressing the bulkheads. On the very bottom of the hulls inside, over the keel I place my head so the vibrations can pass right the bone of my skull. The last part of the voyage for me is a surprise cuz now the sub feels more like a train. Were still moving but everything is no longer wet and there are many gifts falling into my eyes and I survey the passing landscapes. The mechanized sounds throughout the piece by now only confirm my suspicion they were only coincidences of chance and not purpose-built reels of barbed-wire to enforce fake borders. Maybe this "railroad" in my head actually was the sea becoming a river and I got confused. Whatever, Alberto and Stefano created and preformed a whole and beautiful work that I feel we are very lucky to get to share with them. Music connected by imagination to let the spirit flow true. No wonder I read somewhere the cat-headed old Egypt deity of past was considered the guardian of the dream world. I am inspired. Grazie, fratelli." - Mike Watt, San Pedro, California, January 2018.

Artist: BRISSON, OLIVIER
Title: Horizon Capiton
Format: LP
Label: Nashazphone
Country: Egypt
Price: $24.00
""What is Normal Music?" That was the title I chose for an article some years ago and despite the fact that I was searching something else, it was difficult to find anything better to start these lines about Horizon Capiton; the new LP by French musician Olivier Brisson. Monsieur Brisson lives in Lille and has been involved not only with sound experimentation but also with psychiatry. The latter is not just a detail but an important fact here: this is a work about frames and boundaries. But who (or what) are inside/outside those frames? Thats not easy to say. The sound collage brings us to a continuous flow where everything seems mixed: "professionals" cataloguing "mental illness," voices of "patients," tape failures, suggestive music passages, anomalous noises, field recordings from everywhere and several rivers of sounds sailing together along with the listener. The trip is intense and compelling. Beautiful and terrifying. The horizon might be a cushion but it might be also something else. Were culturally trained to believe that something is normal or not and we put a lot of effort in trying to make the world fit in those categories. But in the end who is normal enough to say what is not normal? This is what this record is about and Beware! Sound can easily break barriers, even those you didnt notice were present." --Anla Courtis, Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2017.

Artist: CHRISTIANSEN, HENNING
Title: Satie i høj sø
Format: LP
Label: Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi
Country: Denmark
Price: $35.00
"The most enigmatic and rare of Danish artist and composer Henning Christiansens 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 Christiansens neo-romantic period in the 1970s. This completely overlooked and virtually unheard period in Henning Christiansens 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." - Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi.

Artist: CONJOINT
Title: Earprints
Format: Double LP
Label: Demdike Stare
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Demdike Stare present the first ever reissue of Conjoints Earprints, originally released in 2000. After a slew of acclaimed releases by Equiknoxx, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Shinichi Atobe, and Mica Leviin 2017, Demdike Stare start 2018 in typically unexpected style with a remastered reissue of David Moufang (Move D), Karl Berger, Jamie Hodge, Gunter Kraus, and Jonas Grossmanns gorgeous sophomore Conjoint album, Earprints (2000). Conjoint was the little-known but hugely regarded ensemble founded by David Moufang two decades ago, featuring techno pioneer Jamie Hodge, Deep Space Networks Jonas Grossmann, acclaimed jazz guitarist Gunter Ruit Kraus and, most intriguingly Karl Berger, the jazz pianist and vibraphone player for Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and George Clinton, to name a few. The ensemble are accompanied on Earprints by Andrew Pekler, Anna-Lena Fiedler, Burkhard Höfler, and Kai Kroker, among many others, and flesh out a full frequency spectrum of instrumental and electronic timbres, precisely yet louchely coalescing a timeless and cool blue sound that is entirely respectful to its roots, yet dares to imagine them in an altered context. In that respect its an influential, memorable precursor to Jan Jelineks acclaimed Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records that was released the following year. Democratic in its construction and flush with pregnant, contemplative space between and around the notes, the lasting impression made by Earprints is indelibly classic, quietly awaiting immersion by a new wave of listeners who will no doubt marvel at its many charms. If youre into late night listening and have followed the work of Move D, Miles Davis, Tortoise, Detroit Escalator Company, Elodie, Terre Thaemlitz, or Jan Jelineks frayed, late night jazz minimalism, this ones for you. Remastered by Matt Colton." - Demdike Stare.

Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: Pretty As Ever
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"The fourth LP in Recitals Loren Connors editions/reissue series. Pretty As Ever is a beautiful collection of Lorens guitar ballads, dedicated to his wife Suzanne. It includes the "Pretty As Ever" and "Trinity" suites, from the out-of-print album Sails (2005), alongside the complete Little Match Girl (2000). This album falls in line with the other LPs Recital has published, Airs (2015), Lullaby (2016), Evangeline (2017)... as hopeful and careful as a heartbeat. This LP includes "Woman of Sorrows", a 6″x9″ 12-page art-booklet of illustrations by Loren, unpublished until now. It also includes with Lorens rendering of "The Little Match Girl", a tragic tale written by Hans Christian Anderson. Remastered for vinyl by Sean McCann. Edition of 500." - Recital.

Artist: CURGENVEN, ROBERT
Title: Transfixed
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"A1: various recordings of live performances in the UK from late 2011 remixed; pipe organ recordings from Cornwall from 2011-2013; a 78rpm acetate from 1927; series II resonating dubplates, stereo test LPs, generalized record and turntable abuse, industrial fans, custom-made low-and high-frequency oscillators. B1: pipe organ recordings from West and Mid-Cornwall, turntables, series II resonating dubplates. No electronics. Robert Curgenven (1974) is an Australian composer/sound artist currently based in Cornwall. His work draws on the physicality of sound, not just the physical impact on the body but how it can shape our perception of space and the dramaturgical flow of time. After many years living and working in the elemental vastness of the tropics and deserts of Northern and Central Australia and subsequently five years in Europe, relocating to Cornwall has facilitated a return to wild country and the pipe organ. The renewed focus on pipe organ comes following over 30 years of active engagement in composition, radio, and performance since his beginnings as a classically-trained organist. Edition of 150 copies." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: DOOZER, THE
Title: Figurines
Format: LP
Label: Feeding Tube
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Brilliant sixth album by The Doozer demonstrates that while you can take the boy out of Cambridge, it aint easy to do the obverse. The results are twelve inches of splendidly psych-soaked pop readymades laced with tendrils of Syd Barrett, Chris Knox, Pip Proud and early Nick Nicely. Because he has been crafting just this sort of thing for over a decade now, it shouldnt take so much name-checking to place The Doozer inside his aesthetic continuum. But even after wonderful LPs on labels like Pickled Egg, Siltbreeze, Golden Lab, Woodsist and elsewhere, too damn many people still havent grasped this music the way it deserves. Why this is the case is perplexing. On his own records (and also as a frequent UK participant in the MVEE caravan), The Doozer has always shown himself to be a dab hand with both melodic construction, as well as with sound generation using keys and strings of all sorts. For his live sets, just as on his records, Mr. The Doozer creates an enveloping blanket of sound and image that is as comforting as it is weird and artful. Like those legends I mentioned earlier, The Doozer has a wonderfully original way of creating sunny sounds, smeared at the edge of their event horizons so that they seem more like aural hallucinations. Like the aforementioned he also has the ability to craft pop hooks in a manner that makes them feel simultaneously new and deeply familiar. Figurines is an album that sounds great the first time you play it, and loses none of its pleasure on its fiftieth spin. Truly a record for the ages, and a classic late night spin if ever there was one." - Byron Coley.

Artist: DR. FLEISCHBRITTEL
Title: The 7th Synphonie Of The Seven Swevens
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
Andrew Lagowski writes: "The 7th Synphonie of the Seven Swevens aka 777 by Dr. Fleischbrittel was recorded direct to cassette on the 29th and 30th of May 1983 at IP1 3PG, Ipswich. The project was realized as a means of escape from the band mentality that I was part of at that time. It offered me the chance to free-form in more ways than one and express my more demonic leanings -- those of a frustrated teenager recording in whichever bedroom had the space for the equipment. Unbeknownst to them, my parents were sonic partners in this exploit. Power drill and spade by Ryszard Lagowski. Vocals by Dr. Fleischbrittel and family. Reworked & edited on the 6th of March 2011 by Andrew Lagowski." Andrew Lagowski, London, 17 April 2011. Cover features an illustration by SavX. 200 copies only.

Artist: DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE
Title: Issue 5
Format: Mag
Label: Dynamite Hemorrhage
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
"A deep overview of 1990s outsider label MAJORA RECORDS, featuring not one but two interviews with label founder Nick Schultz. Majora was a singularly unique record label that released strange musical transmissions from around the globe, including the bulk of the Sun City Girls work in the 90s, along with avant-folk, noise and fractured DIY from the likes of Dadamah, Leslie Q, Skullflower, Paris 1942, Eddy Detroit and others. MAXINE FUNKE, a New Zealand-based solo artist whos made some of the most transcendent, gentle, low- fidelity, super-minimal strum & voice recordings of the last decade. Wed never seen an interview of her anywhere before, and were happy to corral her for a talk on the eve of the release of her third album. “PARALLEL WORLD PUNK-ERA 45s”. What if we just invented a ten-best list of punk-era 45rpm singles that never existed, but should have? This is a description of those ten records, and why each made the list. Brief interview with the defunct 2011-2013 Brighton, England trio EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS, my favorite Bandcamp discovery of all time. Methodically minimal, slow-grinding, spooky, church organ-driven DIY postpunk. See what happens when we try to get them to reunite. HEMORRHAGE IN DUB column on recent finds & reissues from the 1970s golden era of Jamaican dub. 25 record reviews. " - Dynamite Hemorrhage.

Artist: ELEKTRO GUZZI
Title: Circling Above
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Elektro Guzzi are an Austrian trio: Bernhard Breuer (drums), Bernhard Hammer (guitar), and Jakob Schneidewind (bass). Signed to Berlins Macro label, they play and record live -- however, their sound is not what you might be expecting from such a traditional band line-up. Macros Finn Johannsen writes: "Live performances of electronic music have gone a long way since the seminal decision of a few men from Düsseldorf to leave their Krautrock beginnings behind and to become machines. Since then, the list of successors is epic and technologically refined in the process: from the musicians who on stage incorporated electronics into their post-punk aesthetics, to todays laptop PAs blurring the lines between performance and DJ set in a club context. Of course, the evolution of according concepts also proceeded in reverse, with electronic musicians implementing their sound into traditional band structures, and performing their music as modern interpretations of the latter, combining the sounds of the according analog and digital equipment. Taking all this into consideration, Elektro Guzzi from Vienna are none of the above, which is exactly why Macro didnt hesitate to sign them. Though their sound most certainly suggests that Bernhard Hammer, Jakob Schneidewind, and Bernhard Breuer also decided to become machines, they strangely enough dont use any (it took several confirmations in mails and personal meetings and a rehearsal video to convince that they dont). As digital as they may sound, they couldnt be more analog, producing and performing with the most classic of all setups: bass, guitar, and drums. But however traditional they may look as a band, they certainly do not sound like one. There is no computer backup material that they prepared earlier, no loops and things, no overdubs. However hard it is to believe, what you hear is 100% live." Elektro Guzzi write: "We recorded Circling Above in January this year. After two years of finding material for The Tapeworm, we finally agreed on these three tracks. We were searching for material which fits to the format, concerning sound and structure of the tracks. We had never done something for tape but, as you may know, we love the analog way of doing music..." - Elektro Guzzi, Vienna, April 13, 2013".

Artist: GEOGRAPHY OF HELL
Title: Hiroshima 1945/Nagasaki 1945
Format: Double LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $35.00
"after a series of cassette only releases detailing the major natural and manmade disasters of the world, geography of hell, a mysterious collective with an international cast of members completes their debut and arguably most immersive work yet - hiroshima 1945/nagasaki 1945

while their refusal to answer questions or make their identities known, the dedication to familiar subjects presented without explanation makes this band and their debut live performance in nyc last fall (as one of the highlights of the hospital 20 years festival). members were concealed behind bizarre homemade masks while frantic and mesmerizing multi screen videos played of drawings and footage pre and post atomic attacks on japan. this tragic and controversial moment is explored on two lps ranging from insane martial loops to the most distant rumblings and shore breeze. hailing in reverse order, the intensity and rhythmic sequencing on this lp defies expectations by slowly reducing and eliminating its compositions as the album closes with sub ambience. long anticipated after the collectable and scarce nature of the tape releases, now available on gatefold vinyl is the master work of one of most true contemporary industrial collectives in that it is a group effort with accreditation or compromise." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: HAIGH, ROBERT
Title: Creatures Of The Deep
Format: LP
Label: Unseen Worlds
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"A new album of piano driven ambient music from British composer Robert Haigh. Following in the path of his albums for the Japanese Siren label, Creatures of the Deep is an underground vantage of a meeting between the musical worlds of Harold Budd and Erik Satie. With a storied musical career that has ranged widely in style — from his industrial-avant-garde works on Nurse With Wounds United Diaries label as SEMA to his legendary ambient drum and bass records as Omni Trio on Moving Shadow — Robert Haighs work occupies a space between music and mystery. With Creatures of the Deep, Haigh is at the peak of his powers. Among noir, minimal, neo-classical landscapes are robust scatterings of bright reflection and a musical expression that is subtle and elusive yet uniquely Haighs in its voice and masterful execution. The closer we examine, the more is revealed, and the less is defined." - Unseen Worlds.

Artist: HASWELL, RUSSELL
Title: Respondent
Format: LP
Label: Diagonal
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Russell Haswell returns to Diagonal with a new five-track mini-album called Respondent. Not quite an EP nor long enough for a full album, this record marks a significant shift in direction for Haswell, who collaborates with a vocalist, Sue Tompkins, for the first time in a career defined by its unorthodoxy, Haswell says Respondent is influenced by these formative years when he was exposed to new sounds and ideas but lacked the ability and equipment needed to express himself. "In a way Im regressing, but Im not trying to regress with the music," he says. "What Im trying to do is think about how I felt and the energy and what this stuff communicated to me." Respondents juiciest cut is "Special Long Version (Demo)" featuring Sue Tompkins. One second shy of ten minutes, this is Haswells definition of house music. Taking cues from vintage Chicago tracks such as "Your Love" by Frankie Knuckles, Muff Mans "Sit On the Face", and Maurice Joshuas "I Gotta Big Dick", Haswell forces their essence through his filters, distilling the sexual energy to a crude groove, while Tompkins, a Glasgow-based artist formerly of the band Life Without Buildings, talks, shouts and sings, her voice distorted and dulcet. "I want your love," she says at one point. "Let Suffering Become You" is a mangled acid stomp that starts with a sample from the 1980 punk documentary D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage (1980), with Guinness heir Jonathan Guinness haughtily observing: "An awful lot of people who enjoy punk would really like to be back in those days when they could actually see physical people hacking each other to death." Elsewhere, "First In Man" is a cavernous dub-speckled track, with spasmodic lasers, dedicated to Diagonal co-founder Jaimie Williams. Haswell has chosen to release this material as a mini-album because he considers it an "underused format", citing as a classic example New Orders merger of their two early singles "Everythings Gone Green" and "Temptation" on to one five-track 12-inch, titled 1981-1982 (1982), for the US market. He views this release as a stepping stone to his next project, an album featuring a number of guests. So dont rule out that Kylie collaboration just yet. RIYL: Fad Gadget, John Bender, Smersh, LCD Soundsystem. Artwork by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Clear vinyl; Edition of 500." - Diagonal.

Artist: HAVE, HENRIK
Title: Architecture Piece op. 2, 1989
Format: 5" Sandpaper Disc/Art
Label: Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi
Country: Denmark
Price: $78.00
"Architecture Piece op. 2 was originally created to be part of a black cardboard box published in 1989 by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark, thus predating the official foundation of the museum in 1991. The box was conceptualized and designed by Henrik Have himself. It was part of a fundraising strategy to meet the requirements for the museum to gain state recognition. Museum shares were issued and sold for 1,000 DKK. Each share was accompanied by one of the cardboard boxes and a graphic work, also by Henrik Have. The boxes each contained a flexi disc with a recording of a spoken word performance by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles along with loose pages of images of the baroque buildings where the museum is housed, a poster, quotes by John Cage and Hans Christian Andersen folded as leporellos, and loose printed pages of vision and strategy statements for the museum. Some but not all of the boxes included the Architecture Piece op. 2 edition by Have. The edition exists in slightly different versions with varying colors of sandpaper of different grit sizes.

The sandpaper record places itself in the tradition of "anti-records" generallyrally credited back to Milan Knižáks Broken Music (1979) where a number of existing records were treated physically by painting on the surfaces, scratching with nails, sawing different records in pieces, glueing them together with other records etc. Several other sandpaper records have been published. Pete Horobins mail art work Dysart (1983) consists of a worn 7” sandpaper record in a paper sleeve with the outline of a hand and a used bandage attached. Perhaps the best known examples are the double 7” sandpaper records by Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin, released in 1994 and used in DJ sets by James himself.

The sandpaper record also echoes the famous artist book Mémoires (1959) by artists Asger Jorn and Guy Debord. The book was bound in sandpaper and meant to destroy the neighboring books it was placed next to on the shelf. The record player covered in plaster bandage is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the installation Fibre Music (1992) by Henrik Have. The installation also includes a framed image of the record player identical to the one included in this release.

The few remaining copies of Architecture Piece op. 2 are re-released by The Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art." - "Architecture Piece op. 2 was originally created to be part of a black cardboard box published in 1989 by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark, thus predating the official foundation of the museum in 1991. The box was conceptualized and designed by Henrik Have himself. It was part of a fundraising strategy to meet the requirements for the museum to gain state recognition. Museum shares were issued and sold for 1,000 DKK. Each share was accompanied by one of the cardboard boxes and a graphic work, also by Henrik Have. The boxes each contained a flexi disc with a recording of a spoken word performance by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles along with loose pages of images of the baroque buildings where the museum is housed, a poster, quotes by John Cage and Hans Christian Andersen folded as leporellos, and loose printed pages of vision and strategy statements for the museum. Some but not all of the boxes included the Architecture Piece op. 2 edition by Have. The edition exists in slightly different versions with varying colors of sandpaper of different grit sizes.

The sandpaper record places itself in the tradition of "anti-records" generallyrally credited back to Milan Knižáks Broken Music (1979) where a number of existing records were treated physically by painting on the surfaces, scratching with nails, sawing different records in pieces, glueing them together with other records etc. Several other sandpaper records have been published. Pete Horobins mail art work Dysart (1983) consists of a worn 7” sandpaper record in a paper sleeve with the outline of a hand and a used bandage attached. Perhaps the best known examples are the double 7” sandpaper records by Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin, released in 1994 and used in DJ sets by James himself. The sandpaper record also echoes the famous artist book Mémoires (1959) by artists Asger Jorn and Guy Debord. The book was bound in sandpaper and meant to destroy the neighboring books it was placed next to on the shelf.

The record player covered in plaster bandage is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the installation Fibre Music (1992) by Henrik Have. The installation also includes a framed image of the record player identical to the one included in this release. The few remaining copies of Architecture Piece op. 2 are re-released by The Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art." - Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi.

Artist: HOUBEN, EVA-MARIA
Title: Breath For Organ
Format: CD
Label: Second Editions
Country: Germany
Price: $15.00
"Second Editions present a new work by composer/organist/musicologist Eva-Maria Houben. Breath For Organ is many things. A composition as contemplation. A study on listening, on deliberation. An approach to modesty. At times, it even feels like an ode to the whole history of organ music. But most importantly, at its core, it is an appreciation for an instrument as an organism. In this case, the (now displaced) pipe organ of the late St. Franziskus church in Krefeld, Germany. It is Houbens most compelling piece to date. Bold, sparse, abstract, yet vibrant and hypnotic. Determined in concept and execution. Musical existentialism. Edition of 300." - Second Editions.

Artist: HUMBERT & DAVID ROSENBOOM, JACQUELINE
Title: J. Jasmine: My New Music
Format: LP
Label: Unseen Worlds
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Privately pressed to LP in 1978 under the name J. Jasmine and made especially for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, with artistic collaboration from the festivals founder and Once Group artist, George Manupelli, My New Music is the debut album by Jacqueline Humbert and David Rosenboom. Featuring a cast of Mills College personalities like David Behrman and Sam Ashley on backup vocal duties, this song cycle is at every turn boundary-pushing and gender-busting, yet still hilarious, sweet, and genuine, all delivered in a post-genre, art-song, cabaret musical style that happens to boast some serious avant-garde chops, courtesy of Rosenboom. If it werent so spot on, youd swear it was a guilty pleasure. As J. Jasmine writes, My New Music is a collection of personal stories and private desires, exposed, articulated, performed and dedicated to the hope that one persons fantasies can contribute to another persons freedom. Get lost in J. Jasmines world for a little long while, and be free." - Unseen Worlds.

Artist: KNOWLES, ALISON
Title: The California Sandals, 1989
Format: 7" Flexi-Disc
Label: Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi
Country: Denmark
Price: $42.00
"The flexi disc The California Sandals was originally released as part of a black cardboard box published by The Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark in 1989, thus predating the official foundation of the museum in 1991. The box was part of a fundraising strategy to meet the requirements for the museum to gain state recognition. Museum shares were issued and sold for 1,000 DKK. Each share was accompanied by one of the cardboard boxes. The box was conceptualized and designed by Danish artist Henrik Have and in addition to the flexi disc, some boxes contained an edition work by Have himself – Architecture Piece op. 2 – a sandpaper 5” record with a small square of plaster attached. Moreover, the box contained loose pages of images of the baroque buildings where the museum is housed, a poster, quotes by John Cage and Hans Christian Andersen, folded as leporellos, and printed pages of vision statements and strategies for the museum. The recording on the flexi disc documents a spoken word performance by the American artist Alison Knowles, recorded in the great hall of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. The performance took place on May 29th 1985 and was part of the Festival of Fantastics. In the piece, Knowles reads the text The California Sandals from her book More, published by Unpublished Edition, New York, 1970. In the book, The California Sandals is prefaced by the text Proposition VII: “Study an object thoroughly; one with which you are already familiar. Present your observations as a performance”. The Festival of Fantastics took place in Roskilde between May 24th and June 3rd 1985. Ten international artists, all closely associated with the Fluxus movement, presented a series of events, performances, concerts, and actions in Roskilde and the surrounding area: In the city square Stændertorvet, on the streets, at the Viking Ship Museum, in the library, the law courts, the culture centre, the Roskilde Convention Centre, in taxis, in the towns parks and on board a ship in Roskilde Fjord. Galleri Skt. Agnes, the citys only gallery for experimental art at the time, was the official organizer of the festival and arranged a small exhibition of Fluxus works and installations in the gallery and the nearby stable building, which is part of the baroque buildings where the museum now resides. The Festival of Fantastics plays a central part in the early history of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde. A comprehensive archive of the event, documentation, and artifacts are present in the museums archive and collection, and the spirit of Fluxus remains a central part of the museums DNA to this day. The remaining copies of the original flexi disc pressing are re-released by The Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art." - Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi.

Artist: LEICHTMANN, HANNO
Title: Unfinished Portrait of Youth Today
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"All music by Hanno Leichtmann: tapes, Sony WM-D6C, modular system, Telefunken equalizers, LXP-5. Recorded at Static Music Berlin. Hanno Leichtmann writes, "When The Tapeworm asked me to do a tape which referred to tape music or cassette culture, I immediately thought of my 30-or-so remaining tapes from my (back in the days) huge tape collection. I bought a Sony WM-D6C to play them back in good quality, took little snippets of favorite songs and ran them through a modular system. I made about 40 short static pieces, all about 1:30 long. They are highly influenced by and, at the same time, a homage to: John Oswalds Plunderphonics, Curd Ducas Easy Listening 1-5, Stock, Hausen And Walkmans Me 7", and above all, Yasuaki Shimizus Music for Commercials." Hanno Leichtmann, Berlin, May 16, 2013." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: LEVI, MICA
Title: Delete Beach
Format: Double 10"
Label: Demdike Stare
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
"Mica Levi presents her latest, stunning soundtrack, this time to the Phil Collins-directed anime short Delete Beach (2016), on Demdike Stare. Following on from the maverick pop auteur and film composers European Film Award-winning score to Under The Skin (2013), and her Jackiesoundtrack (2016), this is Micas first musical accompaniment for animation, by revered designer Marisuke Eguchi, animated by STUDIO4ºC. Delete Beach is a sci-fi anime set in a near future where carbon-based energy is outlawed. The film supposes a paradoxical scenario, one where fossil fuels -- the ostensible accelerator of humanitys progress and decline -- become energy for the toil against state oppression and enforced inequality. In doing so, it resonates with animes strong tradition of exploring eco-feminist themes and power dynamics, both socio-political and technological. Using a signature palette of dissonant strings and combustible electronics laced with skeletal percussive treatments, Levi paints a series of sweeping backdrops to the shorts blend of classically-schooled anime and up-to-the-second CGI designs. The central Delete Beach theme, a diaphanous section of airborne synth-string contours and charred guitar distortion carved in pirouetting turns-of-phrase, appears in Japanese and English narrated versions and an Instrumental mix. They are divided by the beat-driven "Interlude 1" and "Interlude 2" parts, recalling a mix of string slashes mixed with opiated chopped n screwed rhythms comparable to Micachu & The Shapes deconstructions of London Sinfonietta. After her work underlying and exploring complex characters in Jackie, a biopic of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the alien-woman metaphors of Jonathan Glazers Under The Skin, her Delete Beach soundtrack follows suit with an impendingly tense, viscerally affective sound that reflects and conveys a sense of independence in the face of uncertainty, of a struggle against imposed forces or control systems. Its another beguiling testament to Levis role as one of the most original and eminent composers of her generation. Gatefold jacket printed on reverse board; Includes 10" x 10" 12-page color booklet of cells from the film. Master and cut by Matt Colton." - Demdike Stare.

Artist: MCCLELLAN, RANDALL
Title: The Healing Music Of Rana Vol. 2
Format: LP
Label: Aguirre
Country: Belgium
Price: $27.00
"Aguirre Records present the first vinyl reissue of Randall McCellans The Healing Music Of Rana Vol. 2, originally released on cassette in 1983. Exceptional recordings by this new age maestro, only recently re-discovered by his friend JD Emmanuel and the band Sun Araw. Randall McClellan was a founding member of the electronic music studio at the Eastman School of Music in 1967 where he later received a Ph.D. in Composition, Theory and Musicology. A growing interest in North Indian music and vocal technique prompted him to develop his personal compositional practice into an active platform for inducing altered states of mind. He constructed his concerts to be spaces for harmonization of mind and body through a musical practice informed by his esoteric studies of ancient mystery schools and sacred geometry, believing these to be primarily teachings on intentional resonance. These performances were given between 1977 and 1983 in semi-darkened spaces that allowed listeners to relax on carpeting while being enveloped by sound. Each improvisation lasts from 25 to 45 minutes. An entire performance is up to three hours and is designed to provide an environment of meditative sound. His final live performance took place at New York Citys Alternative Museum in October, 1983. The Music Of Rana Enviromental Series uses synthesizers, drone box, tamboura, voice, and tape delay to create an environment of continuously evolving multi-layered melody. Described as subtle, graceful, and of other worlds. The name Rana ("Sunbreath") has its origin in ancient philosophical concepts that recognized vibration as the fundamental creative force and central principle of the many esoteric mystery schools of the ancient world. In the broadest sense, the practice of music for its healing ability may well stand as our oldest continuous musical tradition. This album is the second volume in the series, and part of the cassette box set published by Sun Ark in 2013. This music is based on principles outlined in Randalls book, The Healing Forces of Music: History, Theory and Practice (1988). These compositions are selected for their meditational and healing abilities. EQ settings of treble and bass levels determine the musics effect upon you. Please explore until the most comfortable settings are found. Instrumentation includes the Moog Prodigy and MicroMoog synthesizer. RIYL: Joanna Brouk, JD Emmanuel, Iasos. 180 gram vinyl; Edition of 500." - Aguirre.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE, JAMES KEEPNEWS & DAVID BERGER (PLAN B)
Title: From Outer Space
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"At age 78, Joe McPhee shows no sign of slowing down. Plan B is the master improvisers new trio, with James Keepnews on guitar and laptop and David Berger on drums. A soundtrack to a science fiction movie existing only in their heads, From Outer Space finds McPhee and company envisioning the first encounter between alien life and a delegation of earthlings (while giving a nod to jazzs original man from another planet, Sun Ra, with a side-long suite dedicated to him). Its quite unlike anything else in McPhees vast discography. Cover art by Judith Lindbloom. Includes download coupon." - Roaratorio.

Artist: MCPHERSON, ZOE
Title: String Figures
Format: LP
Label: SVS
Country: Germany
Price: $26.00
"A multi-platform production that explores the overlap between the digital and the organic through field recordings of Inuit throat singing may sound, on surface level, to be something that is a rather niche. However, Zoë McPhersons exploration of this world on String Figures is a deeply rhythmic, immersive, and forward-thinking piece of electronic-leaning music that remains just as danceable as it does experimental. The album is fundamentally one of duality, exploring the traditional and the contemporary, organic and electronic, audio and visual, history and the future. Rooted in this duality is also a core theme around string being one of the most ancient and playful art forms and the seemingly infinite possibilities it offers in terms of shapes, structures and figures lines up with this as a trans-global art project. String Figures is an album that, over time, will involve video art, choreography, 3D motion design, macro film, instrumental, and electronic sound. Although for now its being presented through an AV performance, films, and a record with McPherson collaborating with director Alessandra Leone. Over the seven tracks -- which are laid out as chapters -- the record explores glitchy electronics, dub-tinged grooves, polyrhythms, and a huge array of instruments that takes in quiet blasts of atonal sax alongside wonky synths. This of course cross-pollinates with the throat singing and experimental field recordings to create an utterly inimitable sonic sphere. For McPherson its about mixing worlds, histories, and timeframes and she uses a 1991 quote from Laurie Spiegel to hit home how she has elaborated upon this original thought of history and future overlapping: "Folk music is considered anonymous common property in a culture and thats what a lot of computer music and other kinds of music data may end up becoming." However, theres also a purer reason for the exploration of these worlds and colliding them together. "Basically I thought that electronic music that is only digital is a bit boring and as Im connected to jazz music for many reasons, I wanted it to sound organic: real instrumentation, field recordings."" - SVS.

Artist: NEWELL, MARTIN
Title: The Greatest Living Englishman
Format: LP
Label: Captured Tracks
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Produced by XTCs Andy Partridge (who also plays most of the drums), Martin Newells first solo album, The Greatest Living Englishman, was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as a rock classic upon release. Originally released in 1993, it has all the hooks and melodies of Cleaners from Venus and Brotherhood of Lizards and then some. With Partridges immaculate production, its something rather more again. They dont make albums like this anymore... 

Were ecstatic to bring this album back in print to celebrate its 25th Anniversary! This reissue includes a 10-page Booklet with Updated Liner Notes by Martin Newell and is restored to original Tracklist as envisioned by Martin Newell and Andy Partridge." - Captured Tracks.

Artist: NIELSEN, MOGENS OTTO
Title: Den dynamiske violin
Format: Cass
Label: Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi
Country: Denmark
Price: $14.00
"Cassette tape by Danish avantgarde/mail art/fluxus artist Mogens Otto Nielsen. Contains the following tracks: "Den dynamiske violin / The dynamic violin," "Musik for fluer / Music for flies," "Exit. Stykke for hund og middagskoncert / Exit. Piece for dog and dinner concert," "Een dags pilefløjte / One days willow flute." Comes with eight riso-printed inserts, as in the original. Originally released by Danish independent publisher Edition After Hand in 1977. Re-issued by Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology in collaboration with After Hand Archive by Antipyrine, in 2017." - Institut for Dansk Lydarkaeologi.

Artist: NIGHTCRAWLERS, THE
Title: The Biophonic Boombox Recordings
Format: Double CD
Label: Anthology
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Deep, diverse, and unheralded, the Philadelphia ambient electronic music scene of the 1980s is explored with The Nightcrawlers The Biophonic Boombox Recordings, an expansive archival collection documenting the hard-knuckled kosmische synthesizer trios home recordings self-released and distributed over 35 cassettes between 1980 and 1991. Featuring the farthest reaching spacescapes of those cassette releases -- improvised straight into the mic of a JVC Biphonic Boombox -- none of these performances have been released beyond the original format, and essentially went out of print when Nightcrawler Peter D. Gulch got tired of dubbing them to blank tapes to mail-order through his Synkronos label and sell at live shows. Restored and recalibrated from the original cassettes, The Nightcrawlers music has never sounded better or so readily accessible." - Anthology.

Artist: NIGHTCRAWLERS, THE
Title: The Biophonic Boombox Recordings
Format: Double LP
Label: Anthology
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve. "Deep, diverse, and unheralded, the Philadelphia ambient electronic music scene of the 1980s is explored with The Nightcrawlers The Biophonic Boombox Recordings, an expansive archival collection documenting the hard-knuckled kosmische synthesizer trios home recordings self-released and distributed over 35 cassettes between 1980 and 1991. Featuring the farthest reaching spacescapes of those cassette releases -- improvised straight into the mic of a JVC Biphonic Boombox -- none of these performances have been released beyond the original format, and essentially went out of print when Nightcrawler Peter D. Gulch got tired of dubbing them to blank tapes to mail-order through his Synkronos label and sell at live shows. Restored and recalibrated from the original cassettes, The Nightcrawlers music has never sounded better or so readily accessible." - Anthology.

Artist: OLIVEROS, PAULINE
Title: Electronic Works 1965-1966
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"1997 release of three early electronic works from 1965-1966 by Pauline Oliveros. This material is exclusive to this release and is not included on the recent Important Records 12CD Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970. "I of IV" was made in July 1966, first released by CBS alongside works by Steve Reich and Richard Maxfield. "Big Mother Is Watching You" was also made in the summer of 1966 at the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio, and track 3 was made at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1965. The three pieces on this CD are all live experiments, which at the simplest level use either an array of oscillators or filters, a mixer and one spool of tape feeding a series of (variously set up) stereo tape machines. Long delay lines, pile-ups of noise and rich sonorities are the stuff of this music. The third piece also samples a chunk of Puccinis Madame Butterfly, which only makes this music seem even more contemporary." - Paradigm Discs.

Artist: OTHON
Title: Silky Hands Of A Rough Piano Boy
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Just before releasing Impermanence, his long-awaited second album, Othon has come up with an unexpected limited edition tape release. As the title suggests, Silky Hands Of A Rough Piano Boy centers on Othons life-long companion, the piano. On the A-side, Othon returns to his soloist roots performing his new work "Behind The Veil Behold The Liquid Light!," together with two gems by Chopin ("Étude Op. 25, No.1") and Mendelssohn ("Venetian Gondola Song No.1" in G minor from "Songs Without Words"). On the B-Side, Othon is releasing for the first time two of his oldest and most adventurous songs to date. "Kali Dances" and "Digital Angel 000" were both recorded live as part of the composers final recital at Blackheath Halls while still studying at Londons Trinity College of Music, back in 2006. "Digital Angel 000," though not included on Othons debut album Digital Angel, was originally one of the first songs written for the eponymous song cycle. Cover features linocuts by Dale Cornish. 200 copies only." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: OVAL LANGUAGE, THE
Title: Hibernation
Format: LP
Label: Edition Telemark
Country: Germany
Price: $29.00
"The Oval Language is an autonomous art project founded in 1987 in Leipzig, East Germany, by Klaus-Peter John and Frank Berendt, and continued to this day by John. Its fields of activity are multifaceted and have included sound-noise performances, conceptual works in open spaces, installations, land art projects, photography, etc. The Oval Language has collaborated extensively with various artists, among others Nicolai Angelov, Koyo Axel Guhlmann, and Guido Hübner of Das Synthetische Mischgewebe. Around 1991, the then members of the group -- John, Berendt, and Peter Schüler -- were exploring the irrational impact of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) near Leipzig and presented the tri-media project Hibernation, based around their attempts at approaching the undercurrents that are conserved within the imagery associated with the monument. Hibernation comprised live performances at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, HGB) and at the Museum of Ethnography, an event sculpture in front of the monument which involved the burning of large amounts of straw, and an installation at the briquette factory Zechau near Altenburg. The Oval Language on the project: "Hibernation is about the Monument to the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig. We dont look at it through the historical prism of the 1813 Battle of the Nations, though. We are concerned with the monument as a Gesamtkunstwerk, as a manifestation of irrational German thinking in previous times and its impact on todays generation." This LP reproduces the sound layer of Hibernation and includes a recording of a live performance at the HGB, made in 1991. Printed inner sleeve with photos of each stage of the project and texts; Edition of 300." - Edition Telemark.

Artist: PEOPLE LIKE US/MATMOS/WOBBLY
Title: Wide Open Spaces
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Originally released on CD in 2003. The hour-long performance on this disc was captured live on October 5th, 2002 when Wobbly, People Like Us, and Matmos circled their wagons in the lecture hall of the San Francisco Art Institute. Having mutually agreed upon a country and western theme, Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), Jon Leidecker (Wobbly), and Drew Daniel and M. C. Schmidt (Matmos) pored over their archives of honky tonk classics, chopping and dicing Nashvilles finest almost beyond recognition, and collectively restitching the mangled shreds in a kind of crazed digital quilting bee. Flickering and tranquil one moment, and wildly slap-stick the next, Wide Open Spaces hits the sweet spot between song forms and improvisation, and showcases the qualities that all three collaborating artists share: absurdist humor, baroque sample manipulation, and stuttering rhythmic frameworks that lurch and sway. While the presence of five samplers, four laptops, three CD players, and a pedal steel guitar on one stage could have led to a tediously ego-driven "jam" or simply cacophony, the results feel lushly detailed but not cluttered, and swing naturally between structure and freedom. Listening back to the recorded results, all three musical units agreed that this concert was mighty fine, and worth sharing. Originally released on Tigerbeat6 in 2003, the music has been re-mastered for this vinyl issue. Artwork by M.C. Schmidt; Design and layout by Vicki Bennett." - Discrepant.

Artist: PREENING
Title: S/T
Format: 7"
Label: Ever/Never
Country: USA
Price: $8.00

Artist: PRIMITIVE MOTION
Title: House In The Wave
Format: LP
Label: Bedroom Suck
Country: Australia
Price: $19.00
"Brisbane duo Primitive Motion drop their third full-length for the Bedroom Suck label, this time leaving the studio door ajar to let sound flow between worlds internal and beyond. The result is a meditative suite of dreamy piano-based songs, captured live at the point of conception and teeming with the incidental sounds of both the studio and garden. Following the extended cosmic forays and short-form pop studies of 2015s acclaimed Pulsating Time Fibre, the duo of Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig have steered the ship to an interior sea, exploring the quiet reverie of Sunday afternoons spent in Seligs home studio in Brisbane. With the record button pressed, the days drift through the microphone, documenting the process of composition: the rustle of lyric sheets and unintended room sounds is accompanied by birdsong and an approaching storm. The studio space itself becomes a palpable presence as Selig moves between rooms while playing her saxophone, the improvised melodies floating out of the studio, lilting and melancholic, a familiar whisper dreamt into existence.

In the process of reducing their sound world to the barest of instrumentation (at times just voice and piano), PM revels in the beauty of the unadorned song, creating the purest distillation of their dream-float music to date. Once again housed in a stunning package, including printed inner sleeves and signature PM artwork of lost and imagined worlds, House in the Wave is a beautiful and intimate work by a band constantly evolving their sound." - Bedroom Suck.

“The Brisbane duo of Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig occupy an alternative pop continuum in common with archaic futurists like Silver Apples and Joe Meek circa I Hear a New World, sonic explorers whose music is founded on the hope that the sound of tomorrow is what the fantasy of yesterday would make of it.” - David Keenan, The Wire.

Artist: RIK L RIK
Title: The Lost Album
Format: LP
Label: Radiation Deluxe Series
Country: Spain
Price: $25.00
"Radiation Reissues present a reissue of Rik L Riks The Lost Album, originally released in 1991. The late great LA punk scene hero Rik L Riks (F Word, Negative Trend) only solo album is a killer collection of singles, compilation tracks -- Beach Blvd (1979) and Rodney On The Roq (1980) --, live recordings, and unreleased tracks spanning punk, goth-rock, and new wave. Rik L Rik was a true original, parading around LA barefoot, living at his parents house well into his 20s, and generally not giving a fuck in pure punk fashion. Essential for all fans of the 70s/80s LA scene! 180 gram vinyl." - Radiation.

Artist: SENYAWA + VINCENT MOON
Title: Calling The New Gods
Format: 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $18.00
"The film Calling The New Gods, by Vincent Moon, is the document of musicians Rully Shabara and Wukir Suriyadi of the group Senyawa playing outside -- and being filmed on location -- tracing a path from the outskirts of Yogyakarta, Java (on the border of a rice field, on the edge of a garbage dump, etc.) until the center of the city (in the middle of a market, in a fair). In a sort of mandala, of centripetal spiral, during an entire day, from dawn-until-dusk, the film -- with soundscapes shared between the music of Senyawa and field recordings -- captures the powerful, unique, and fascinating presence of the Indonesian duo in the middle of the physical landscapes and human mosaic that helped create it. Two-and-a-half years after the first contact between Okraina and the musicians and filmmaker, the time has come to expose the work to a new audience: Seven songs from the films soundtrack on a 10" vinyl, with an added etymological obviousness -- that this recording is released on Okraïna, which is Russian for "outskirts", the "suburbs". Filmed, recorded, and mixed by Vincent Moon, in situ, in Yogyakarta (Indonesia, Java) in January 2012, with the help of Aniza Santos and the people of Yogyakarta. Mastering and vinyl cut by Fred Alstadt. Cover art by Gwénola Carrère." - Okraina.

Artist: SISTER IODINE
Title: Venom
Format: Double LP
Label: Nashazphone
Country: Egypt
Price: $37.00
"French noise scene spearheads Sister Iodine return with their sixth album, Venom. Active since the 90s, Sister Iodine, which involve Erik Minkkinen, Lionel Fernandez, and Nicolas Mazet, has not lost one milligram of their radical and uncompromised approach in sound exploration and limits stretching. Following two studio albums on Parisian label Premier Sang, released in 2009 and 2013 respectively, it took almost five years to shape up Venom. It is with the advent of the 21st century -- more than ever -- that the decisive path of Sister Iodine has taken a fascinating route. From their debut album, ADN 115 (1994), which was strongly influenced by the original New York no wave scene (Mars, DNA, Red Transistor) to their more recent works which are augmented by "newer poisons" such as black metal, or the most abrasive end of industrial music and power electronics, as well as experimental electronics -- Editions Mego has reissued an extended version of Premier Sangs Flame Desastre on CD -- (DEMEGO 009CD, 2009) -- the band has managed to survive through the years from the inhospitable French squats of the nineties to nowadays established venues and proper tours. Today, the bands music has changed recipients and has attracted younger generations with their organized radioactive chaos, never conceding anything from their initial intensity. Over the years, Sister Iodine will have also created their own idiosyncratic language, for which sound exploration matters and pure beauty seem to count as much as pure explosive ferocity, while intense violence and energy gets deployed in live shows. The last few years witnessed an increasing number of collaborations such as the recent sessions with Meyhnach (Mütiilation) or the ones with Masaya Nakahara (Violent Onsen Geisha, Hair Stylistics). Venom includes two tracks featuring the vocal contribution of Stephen Bessac, the deviant frontman of the cult French hardcore band Kickback. Sister Iodine produces a music that is actually unique and unheard anywhere else, one of eternal youth and audacity." - Nashazphone.

Artist: SKULLFLOWER
Title: Werecat Powers Of The Crossroads At Midnight
Format: LP
Label: Nashazphone
Country: Egypt
Price: $24.00
Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies of Skullflower on Werecat Powers Of The Crossroads At Midnight: "The continuation of the audio trilogy concerning the Darkness of Aegypt: the shadow stuff from whence dark dreams come. The Triad: dark, light and the animating serpent power are delineated by the Egyptian Gods Set, Horus and the Apep serpent. The second parting of the ways, lord of the crossroads, the double horizon, the xroads of day and night, the mauve zone, the death posture. We brought back: a twilight mechanism, and hymns to the charnel ground, ashes, jackals and the bulto hyaena, pacing the departure lounges of abandoned airports."

Artist: TONALIENS
Title: S/T
Format: Double LP
Label: Edition Telemark
Country: Germany
Price: $40.00
"Tonaliens is a Berlin-based group investigating the inner dimensions and outer limits of just intonation. It was formed in 2014 by Amelia Cuni (voice), Werner Durand (invented wind instruments), Robin Hayward (microtonal tuba), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), and Ralf Meinz (live sound, electronics). The group came together shortly after the release of the software version of the Hayward Tuning Vine, an interface for exploring microtonal tuning that allows for direct and intuitive interaction with the pitches normally hidden between the keys of the piano. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the musicians were eager to explore this harmonic space, and thus the tuning vine, as Hayward put it "acted first as a catalyst, then as a map, and finally as a spaceship" that enabled them to navigate those areas that largely remain obscured. The music of Tonaliens has so far been focused on a very specific area within the microtonal space that was discovered by mapping out the first three harmonics of three tubes of Durands self-invented Pan-Ney instrument. They named this area the Tonaliens chord, and both recordings on this double LP -- two live performances from 2015 -- are based on it. Sides A and B are recorded live in a church in Amsterdam, the Vondelkerk, during the Sonic Acts Festival. Sides C and D contain a contrasting, more intimate performance made at KuLe in Berlin for the Labor Sonor concert series. Amelia Cuni appears only on the Amsterdam recording. Full-color gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Robin Hayward, and detailed photos and screenshots; Black poly-lined inner sleeves; Edition of 300." - Edition Telemark.

Artist: TOOP, DAVID & PAUL BURWELL
Title: Suttle Sculpture
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"Never before released recordings from Logos Foundation live sessions with David Toop and Paul Burwell in Brussels, on May 7, 1977. David Toop on the recordings: "When Paul Burwell and I started playing together just after Christmas, 1969, we found ourselves wrestling with a new language of sound, listening, actions, objects and space. At first it was music. We studied in the improvisation classes given by John Stevens at Ealing College in 1971-2, and also took classes in African music at Londons Africa Centre. Most of the musicians lasted only one or two sessions so we resigned ourselves to being a duo and worked out an approach to free improvisation that expanded from simple structures and instrument combinations. Decomposition, we called it. We had worked intensively together, searching for techniques through which to decondition ourselves from orthodoxies, devising exercises in listening and instrument building, studying esoteric organology, bioacoustics, environmental sound, raw musics and anthropology. We were both fascinated by phenomena like diffraction, propulsion, resonance, projection, masking and heterodyning, and by shamanism, the symbolically grounded agency of shamanic drums, animal-becoming and noisy costume, the shamans capacity to enliven quotidian space with the commotion of discarnate audible entities from the spirit world. This recording is one of the very few that conveys anything of what we were about." Personnel: Paul Burwell - percussion, whistles; David Toop - flutes, home-made reeds, whistle." - Sub Rosa.

Artist: TROU AUX RATS
Title: Amour Et Sepulcre
Format: LP
Label: Nashazphone
Country: Egypt
Price: $24.00
Amour Et Sepulcre is the debut LP by Trou Aux Rats, the new creepy and romantic basement organ project of Romain Perrot (Vomir, Free As Dead, Falot, Roro Perrot). "The other night I dreamt about a parallel universe in which Klaus Schulze had some sort of government-paid job installing contact mics and analog synths (which I suspect was mainly to annoy Tangerine Dream) in all the big European cathedrals to "modernize" the pipe organs. I told him how they used to make cobwebs in the early Dracula movies; you punch a small hole in a yogurt pot full of liquid latex attached to an electric drill, point roughly where you want the cobwebs to go, shut your eyes and hit the trigger. This got ol Klaus drooling, and pretty soon every church (not to mention cemetery) ceiling in France was dripping with stringy latex goo. . . .. Reclusiveness aside, Romain and I sometimes like to meet up near Notre Dame at a Japanese restaurant run by one of the members of Les Legions Noire, serving "necro-sushi" and so on... One sunny afternoon, sighing as he removed the fake Quasimodo teeth and the cushion stuffed into the back of his shirt, he handed me the new Trou Au Rats LP, cursing the backache which was the result of his job. "Give this to Klaus" he said, in a deep voice a few octaves lower than usual. Now, dear reader, let me assure you, I dont know and I dont want to know what kind of entities hed done deals with in his basement catacomb, but a few days after Klaus heard that album, Roro got to lay down his hunch for the last time, and scored his dream job as full-time organist. Mind you, dream job or not, he does still have to wear the plastic vampire fangs, somehow managing to remain the perfect gentleman, even if they do make him talk funny. Now, if you are aware of his other projects (Vomir being one), chez Roro theres no such thing as a coincidence, and theres always a lot more going on that meets the eye..." - Andy Bolus (Evil Moisture, Royal Sperm), Paris, January 2018.

Artist: V/A
Title: Golpea Tu Cerebro, Spanish Underground Cassette Culture, 1980-1988
Format: Double LP Box Set
Label: Insane Muzak
Country: Spain
Price: $50.00
"Golpea Tu Cerebro ("Shake Your Brain") is the first ever vinyl compilation dedicated to the unknown yet fascinating Spanish underground cassette scene from the 80s. During the early to mid-80s, with few resources but unlimited imagination, some people all across Spain (some of them very young) started recording at home their experimental, noise, electronic, and industrial cassettes. They were influenced by DIY, futurism, dada, mail-art as well as by the early industrial bands (Throbbing Gristle, Whitehouse, Nurse With Wound, SPK, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, Esplendor Geométrico, etc), which were championed in Spain thanks to adventurous radio shows, fanzines, and mail order catalogues selling imported and domestic albums and cassettes. This was probably the first DIY and truly independent music scene in Spain. The dark side of the "Movida" -- Individualism and avant-gardism in opposition to superficiality and emptiness. Most of these projects were just one-man operations or collectives created by friends: underground tape labels like ä.d.n, El Consumo Del Miedo, Auxilio de Cientos, S.T.I., Obreros del Sonido, Toracic Tapes, 3EM, and fanzines like Cloruro Sónico, Necronomicon, Particular Motors, Syntorama, El Papel de la Merienda. They released their cassettes in limited homemade editions and there were lot of exchanges with other creators and participations in compilation cassettes from worldwide labels within the International Tape Network. On this compilation, youll find legendary names like La Otra Cara De Un Jardín, Comando Bruno, Línea Táctica, Francisco López, Uvegraf, Ética Makinal, Lakstremaunçió, Neo Zelanda, Interacción, Técnica Material, Físodo 13.4, along with obscurities like El Enterrador Enterrado, 1985, Zumbi-2, Brigada Nadie, and more. Including tracks originally released on rare cassettes and compilations along with a few previously unreleased ones. Sound taken from the original cassettes/reel-to reels and remastered by Ángel Álvarez (Linneo Dos). Primitive harsh noise; dark electronics; wild tape manipulation; electroacoustic noise, extreme sound art and just homemade weirdness. Also features Bulbo Raquídeo, El Punto De Vista Operativo, Félix Menkar, C-307, Quaxar, Zussamenwachsen, Polídrico, Iéximal Jélimite, Septiembre Negro, El Coleccionista De Poliedros, and Oh-Casio-Ón. RIYL: early Esplendor Geométrico, Throbbing Gristle, NON, Whitehouse, Nurse With Wound, Vivenza, Maurizio Bianchi, Merzbow. Housed in a rigid boxset; Includes 52-page bilingual English/Spanish insert includes an introduction, essay, photos, memorabilia, and detailed info about each artist; Includes download code; Edition of 440 (hand-numbered)." - Insane Muzak.

Artist: VAN VELDHOVEN, WOUTER
Title: Redundant/Rotary/Rotations
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Wouter van Veldhoven has been fascinated by the imperfection of musical equipment since 2004 when his first sampler broke and he started collecting tape recorders, junk, and some rudimentary analog gear to create music with. After a few years of making experimental ambient he decided to try and turn his studio with modified, half-crippled tape machines into a repetitive beats production center. Here are the results. All tracks by Wouter van Veldhoven, using 24 reel-to-reel tape recorders used for looping, delay, reverse delay and editing and a Doepfer A-100 system, for filtering and switching things. Sound sources: tape-hiss, a broken valve radio, a defective 50s television set, self-resonating filters and sine wave generators. Recorded between February and June 2013." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: WEISMAN, CHRIS
Title: Chaos Isnt Single
Format: LP
Label: Feeding Tube
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"The eighth Feeding Tube LP by Chris Weisman vinylizes a 2015 CDR originally released by Hidden Temple Tapes. Weisman is, as always, the master of his own domain. Crafting pop tunes worthy of any sophisticated pen you can name (from Nilsson to Beck), his presentation this time is starker than usual. Lots of strummed guitar and shadows of other tastes lurking in the distance. As on his last LP, Play Sharp to Me (FTR 234LP), Chris seems to have added blue notes and hints of discord to his sweet surges. A certain jazziness from that session persists as well, giving the songs here a lilting swing that makes their hooks all the more dangerous. At times the songs almost have the feel of a guilty pleasure (ala late Todd Rundgren or early Shins), but forget the guilt. This is the sound of the Upper Valley Underground at its finest. You can listen to it all you want. Even bob your head approvingly, and no one will be able to say youre anything but up-to-date as hell. In that sense, Chris Weisman has always been a thinking persons alternative to lots of stuff. Of course, that will all change when he gets heaped the praise his songs so richly deserve. But thats no reason to not get out ahead of the pack. And once youve figured out how much you love Chaos Isnt Single, dont forget to check out his back catalog. Its richer and fatter than Johnny Depps ass." - Byron Coley.

Artist: WINTER, MICHAEL
Title: Lower Limit
Format: CD
Label: New World
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The immersive sonic textures that characterize Michael Winters (b. 1980) music are crafted from comprehensive lists of data, with each composition encompassing a musical question that is addressed algorithmically. A performance lasts for as long as it takes to answer the question, expressing all results as efficiently as possible. Winter leaves room for unanticipated results by keeping things open, notably in the instrumentation, which, rather than specifying instruments, tends to designate certain properties such as plucked strings," or sustaining instruments. In this way, each performance offers a different manifestation of the same underlying structure. For Winter, beauty is the experience of something new, and to experience something new is to evolve. Even though he allows for a great many possibilities, the recordings here evince a highly tuned aesthetic filter. All of the five works included in this collection use plucked string instruments (guitar, virginal, and harp) and pure tones (ebowed guitar and pure tones). Together, they form a metacomposition, bound together by two versions of necklaces. The titles describe the processes that form each work: necklaces represents picking patterns with aperiodic necklaces (strings of data with specific constraints of rotational and symbolic permutation), and in mass and band a constraint akin to a band pass filter is applied to an Ockeghem mass. Likewise, in chorale and finely tuned resonators, instruments resonate the harmonics of a chorale, and quieting rooms makes use of phase cancellation to quiet a room. The title of the piece lower limit refers to Winters intention to use the smallest amount of code possible -- in other words, to find the lower limit for programming a composition. This idea, in fact, applies to all of the pieces here, since all are concerned with how to express ideas in a maximally efficient way." - New World.

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