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Artist: ALVARS ORKESTER
Title: Interference
Format: CD
Label: Ash International
Country: UK
Price: $13.00
"This is a release of analog sound experiments from old Sweden circa 1987-2006 from electronic drone/noise masters Joachim Nordwall (ex-Kid Commando) and Jan Svensson. Alvars Orkester was formed in 1987 in Johannishus, a small village in the southeast of Sweden by a group of young boys interested in the mysteries of psychic sickness, mental institutions, the industrial music culture and the power of sound. During the first years, Alvars was very active within the independent cassette culture scene, releasing their stuff on small labels in Italy, Portugal, USA etc. AO was always very closely connected to the electronic noise and their self-run industrial label Börft Records, but their work soon drifted from the industrialism inspired by Test Dept, TG, SPK and Zev to an atmospheric, psychedelic and more ambient version of noise. In 1994, Nordwall left the label and Sweden (to return to the country forming the iDEAL Organisation) and Svensson continued by focusing on bent acid house and psychedelic dance stuff. For years, AO remained silent with a few short exceptions, but in April 2005, Nordwall and Svensson recorded the Interference album for Ash International. Colored by Svenssons increasing paranoia sickness and the tension between the two that has been there since their youth, they put down the mysteries of psychic broadcasting and manipulation on tape. Interference consists of analog drones, interspersed with hardcore electronics, hair-raising voices and spine-chilling ambience." - Ash.

Artist: GHOST ORCHID, THE
Title: An Introduction to EVP
Format: CD
Label: Ash International
Country: UK
Price: $13.00
"Originally issued in 1999, this is the third edition of this much sought-after CD, which has been unavailable since 2002. The Parapsychic Acoustic Research Cooperative [PARC], in association with Ash International, is proud to present the first-ever fully comprehensive investigation into the paranormal phenomenon of EVP, otherwise known as Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Without a doubt, EVP falls into the category of the paranormal alongside other unexplained mysteries such as Ufology, life after death and poltergeist activity. The listener is guided through a collection of strange and mysterious voices that have appeared without explanation onto the tapes of EVP researchers. Included with the CD is a 12-page booklet containing commissioned articles which cover the conflicting views surrounding the phenomena. Actual voice samples are reproduced here such as: polyglot voices, Public Service Broadcasting, interruptions across the airwaves, singing voices, instant response voices, and the extraordinary alien voices. The CD also includes a commentary by the artist Leif Elggren (in English), and recordings of the work of Raymond Cass, Englands leading EVP researcher and an original member of the Fortean Group, as well as the Latvian EVP researcher, Dr. Konstanin Raudive. This CD release seeks to present the evidence; are the voices extraterrestrial, paranormal evidence of our telepathic powers, or an elaborate hoax perpetrated by sinister and powerful groups to mislead us from their true aims? Ghostly, disembodied voices crackle through the airwaves surrounded by a haze of electronic mist. This recording not only peaks the curiosity of paranormal-buffs, but will appeal to any fan of electroacoustic sound experimentation, spoken word, and short-wave radio random noise." - Ash.
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Artist: JOHANNSSON & BJ NILSEN, JOHANN
Title: I Am Here
Format: LP
Label: Ash International
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
“Based on the original score for the film I Am Here (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler, starring Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper. Written and produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen. This is the first collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen -- very much a mix between their two worlds, you can hear both their signatures, and with the help of additional musicians, including Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello and the remarkable voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, they together create a world of great beauty and mystery. Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello), Daniella Strasfogel (violin and viola), Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson (vocals), Jóhann Jóhannsson (piano, guitar and electronics), BJ Nilsen (electronics). Recorded and mixed by Jóhann Jóhannsson and BJ Nilsen in Berlin, December 2013-January 2014. Mastered and cut by Jason at Transition August 20th, 2014.” - Ash International.

Artist: KABUKABU & KLEZMER CHIDESCH
Title: The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland National Anthem #3 & 4
Format: 7"
Label: Ash International
Country: UK
Price: $7.50
"These recordings were regally made on October 21, 2006, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin at the opening of the Elgaland-Vargaland Embassy for Germany in the presence of the Kings, Michael I and Leif I, Consul Hans Ulrich Obrist (who made the inauguration speech) and the KREV Ambassador, Bernd M. Scherer. This 7" is the second in a series of vinyl acoustic versions of the National Anthems of Elgaland-Vargaland. "Kabukabu" is explosive Afro-beat, while "Klezmer Chidesch" is pure, heart-moving Klezmer." - Ash International

Artist: NILSEN, BJ
Title: Draught #1
Format: Cass
Label: Ash International
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Ash International presents a cassette-only release of 2008 live tracks from Swedish sound recordist BJ Nilsen. BJ Nilsen was born in 1975 and he has been active with experimental music for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, he has been releasing albums on Touch, and making music and doing sound design for documentary film, television and commercials. He is focused on field recordings and on the sound of nature and its effect on humans and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated. Nilsen has collaborated with artists such as Chris Watson, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Philip Jeck and Stilluppsteypa, amongst others. Illustration by Sav X, entitled Dead Flowerz 1 (first in a series of 6)." - Ash International.

Artist: NORDWALL, JOACHIM
Title: Ignition
Format: Cass
Label: Ash International
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Swedens Joachim Nordwall runs iDEAL Recordings and is a member of The Skull Defekts. This release will appear as a compact disc later in 2010. Received and recorded in Brooklyn, Chicago, Gothenberg and Stockholm between 2006 and 2010. Equipment used: analog synthesizers, effects and computer. This cassette was mastered by BJNilsen and edited by Philip Marshall. Program repeats on both sides. Limited edition of 500 copies only." - Ash International.

Artist: SOMBY, ANDE
Title: Yoiking with the Winged Ones
Format: LP
Label: Ash International
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"Yoiking with the Winged Ones is a vinyl record with yoiks yoiked by Ánde Somby and recorded and mixed by Chris Watson. Yoiking is the ancient chanting practice of the Sámi people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Arctic area of Sápmi, today encompassing the far north of Europe. Yoikings origins date from time immemorial -- legend has it that it was the fairies and elves of the Arctic lands who gave yoiks to the Sámi. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-Christian times and has survived Christianity, imperialism, and the confiscation of Sámi areas by Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. Ánde Somby is deeply rooted in the yoik tradition. He comes from the eastern part of the north Sámi areas, with connections to the tundra tradition of the reindeer herders and the valley tradition of arctic farmers. His yoiking is quite technical as well as melodic; Somby is at once a traditional and innovative yoiker, with an expressive style on the borders of the human voice. Here, all three pieces on side A are his compositions. The albums title refers to the migratory birds that travel to the Arctic for their breeding season and break the Arctic silence with their singing and calling, while also referring to the sound that flies from the echoing mountains. The project draws inspiration from the fairies and elves who gave the yoiks to humans, tying the yoiks to the earth, and from the ongoing war against those fairies and elves; this war was waged in Norway by 19th-century national poet Henrik Wergeland in the song "Nisser og Dverge," and has continued by stripping the earth of its soul and giving free license to aggressive exploitation. The album is also inspired by the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo, in which Echo is rejected by Narcissus but gains an eternal voice; here, Echo yoiks along together with the underground energies of the ancient practice. Recorded by world-famous sound artist and field recordist Chris Watson in Kvalnes, Lofoten, Norway, in mid-June 2014, while the arctic winds rested for a moment. Post-production by Chris Watson. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and was instrumental in developing the concept. Artwork and design by Philip Marshall. Thanks also to Tony Myatt. Yoiking with the Winged Ones was made possible by the generous support granted by Sámediggi - Sametinget." - Ash International.

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