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Artist: 3/4HADBEENELIMINATED
Title: Speak to Me
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
"Black Truffle present Speak To Me, the sixth full-length release from 3/4HadBeenEliminated, the Italian trio of Stefano Pilia, Claudio Rocchetti and Valerio Tricoli. Based on source material recorded in Bologna and Berlin over the course of several years, the album is made up of two side-long pieces meticulously constructed in post-production by Tricoli in his singularly dense and unpredictable style. Although their live performances have always been entirely improvised, in their recorded work the group focuses on using improvised recordings as source material for compositions built up through layering, editing and analog manipulation, extending the practices of Teo Macero, Faust and This Heat. Melancholic instrumental ruminations sit alongside cracked electronics, concrete sounds and Tricolis whispered vocals, drawn together into dense assemblages animated by gradual transformations and sudden jump cuts. Beginning from the abstractions of their self-titled debut release in 2004, the group embarked on a trajectory that saw them move toward near-song structures, Tricolis voice becoming a dominant element amid an increasingly dense and layered production style. On Speak To Me, however, the listener feels confronted by the ghost of music, sonic memories echoing across a psychedelic expanse. Evacuated of any clear structure, the music becomes a reverb-saturated morass, from which crystalline details momentarily emerge: shimmering echoed guitar, bowed double bass, tactile hand percussion, skittering electronics. Suffused with a darkly pensive atmosphere, Speak To Me is an elegant summation of the distinctive blend of electroacoustic techniques, instrumental improvisation and contemporary psychedelia pioneered by 3/4HadBeenEliminated over the last decade. LP design by Stephen OMalley with striking artwork by Stefano Pilia. Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin."

Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Sleepwalkers Conviction
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Austria
Price: $25.00
"Sleepwalkers Conviction documents a 2014 performance by Oren Ambarchi in collaboration with a 20-piece ensemble conducted by Ilan Volkov and featuring members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Speak Percussion. Foregoing the rhythmic propulsion and distortion-saturated harmonics that have featured in much of Ambarchis recent work, the LPs single 40-minute piece inhabits a hushed, almost static space of extended tones, percussive shimmer, and creaking strings. Rather than adopting the position of a soloist, Ambarchi allows his sub-bass guitar tones and swirling Leslie textures to blend seamlessly with the ensemble, made up of double basses, horns, and percussion. The group sound has a near-cavernous depth, as waves of low beating tones and distant percussive textures gently wash over one another, coalescing into an undulating mass. Steering clear of bombast and new music clichés, the result is a work of meditative beauty that touches on the haunted ambience of late Luigi Nono, the submerged sonics of Bryarss The Sinking of the Titanic, and the melancholy rituals of Christoph Heemann and Andrew Chalks Mirror, while remaining unmistakably marked by the singular sensibility Ambarchi has developed over countless performances and recordings" - Francis Plagne. Design by Stephen OMalley with cover artwork by crys cole. Vinyl cut made by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 300.
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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN/KASSEL JAEGER/JAMES RUSHFORD
Title: Pale Calling
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $20.00
"Pale Calling presents the fruits of the first collaboration between Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger and James Rushford, recorded at GRM studios, Paris in 2014. Although drawing on aspects of each members solo works, the trio mark out their own unique territory, a mysterious space of slowly cycling electronics, distracted vocal mumbles and often unidentifiable field recordings. These two side-long pieces are composed of distinct layers that gently rise up and recede, obeying a dream-logic that feels entirely disconnected from traditional electro-acoustic composition, forming surreal sonic images in which half-remembered fragments of everyday life mix with the quiet intensity of dreams haunted by natural forces. Over the course of the first side a slowly thudding electronic pulse eventually gives way to a distant organ, detouring through reverberated guitar shimmers, moments of Ashley-esque vocal automatism and waves of insects and bats. The second side utilises similar ingredients, this time layered over the top of what sounds like radically slowed down film music. As the field recorded and electronic spray slowly builds, the listener is left with the impression of hearing the last moments of a dying television abandoned in a field overrun with animals and insects" - Francis Plagne. Artwork designed by Stephen OMalley. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.

Artist: AMM
Title: AMMMusic
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
"First vinyl reissue of the landmark 1967 debut album by AMM,AMMMusic. Remastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Exact replica sleeve by Stephen OMalley. "Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of its recording in 1966, this reissue makes one of the cornerstones of the experimental music tradition available again in its original form, replete with Keith Rowes beautiful pop art cover and the terse aphorisms by the group that served as its original liner notes. A testament to the interaction between the experimental avant-garde and the countercultural underground, the album was originally released on Elektra, recorded by Jac Holzman (the labels founder, responsible for signing The Doors, Love, and The Stooges) and produced by DNA, a group that included Pink Floyds first manager, Peter Jenner (the title of Pink Floyds “Flaming” is a tribute to AMMs “Later During a Flaming Riviera Sunset”). Formed in 1965 by three players from the emerging British jazz avant-garde -- Keith Rowe and Lou Gare had played with the great progressive big band leader Mike Westbrook and Eddie Prévostplayed in a post-bop group with Gare -- AMM quickly evolved from a free jazz group into something decidedly more difficult to categorise. By the time these recordings were made, two more members had joined the group: another Westbrook associate, Lawrence Sheaff, and the radical composer Cornelius Cardew. Then at work on his masterpiece of graphic notation Treatise, Cardew brought with him extensive experience of the post-serialist and Cageian currents in contemporary composition. Using a combination of conventional instruments and unconventional methods of sound production (most famously Keith Rowes prepared tabletop guitar, but also prepared piano and transistor radio), the group performed improvised pieces often running for over two hours and ranging from extended periods of silence to terrifying cacophonies. OnAMMMusic, long tones sit next to abrasive thuds, the howl of uncontrolled feedback accompanies Cardews purposeful piano chords, radios beam in snatches of orchestral music. AMMs clearest break with jazz-based improvisation concerned the idea of individuality. Initially through an engagement with eastern philosophy and mysticism and later though a politicized communitarianism, AMM sought to develop a collective sonic identity in which individual contributions could barely be discerned. In the performances captured on AMMMusic the use of numerous auxiliary instruments and devices, including radios played by three members of the group, contribute to the sensation that the music is composed as a single monolithic object with multiple facets, rather than as an interaction between five distinct voices." --Francis Plagne.

Artist: COLE, CRYS
Title: Sand/Layna
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $24.00
"Sand/Layna is the first full-length solo release by Canadian sound artist crys cole. While cole is known to many through her collaborative work with a host of Canadian artists and internationals such as Oren Ambarchi, Keith Rowe, and James Rushford, this LP presents the first opportunity for an extended appreciation of her singular approach to amplified sound. Using contact and other microphones to amplify her interactions with small objects and the surfaces on which they rest, coles work exists in a lineage of heavily amplified small sound that stretches back to Cages Cartridge Music. coles approach to these materials and techniques is distinguished by its single-mindedness: rather than simply searching for interesting or attractive sounds, her performances attempt to illuminate the sonic properties of the specific objects and amplification devices she uses. Devoid of looping and complex processing, the sonic outcome of her work always retains an audible link to the handling of microphones and what they amplify. The awkward and sometimes even ugly sounds of manipulated microphones and recording equipment thus sit comfortably alongside the mysterious crackle of amplified salt and the deep, musical resonance of a rubbed tabletop. This LP presents two pieces, recorded almost ten years apart. Sand, recorded in 2004, crafts a sustained texture from rubbed surfaces that transcends academic sound art tropes to recall the haunted environments of Massimo Toniutti and Small Cruel Party. The seemingly static structure of the piece allows the multitude of dynamic and timbral variations caused by the basic instability of coles sound sources to come to the fore. In contrast, Layna, constructed between 2012 and 2013, lets loose a volatile stream of microscopic activity. Adding extremely amplified voice and domestic field recordings to the mix, the piece inhabits a space of bodily, almost sensual intimacy, moving beyond the Cageian tradition of small sounds to somewhere uncomfortably human" --Francis Plagne, Melbourne, January 2015. Artwork design by Lasse Marhaug. Vinyl cut made by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. LP-only release; edition of 300. ][Please note: there was an error with the labels which state 33rpm, it was actually cut at 45rpm]" - Black Truffle.

Artist: CURRAN, ALVIN
Title: Natural History
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $26.00
"Black Truffle present the first-ever vinyl issue of Alvin Currans Natural History, originally released on cassette by Edition Giannozzo Berlin in 1983. A founding member of the radical electronic improvising group Musica Elettronica Viva, since the early 1970s Curran has developed an idiosyncratic body of solo work that occupies a unique position in the post-Cageian experimental tradition. Singularly undogmatic, Currans work takes the Cageian experience as the starting point for a radical openness to all forms of music and sound. Refusing to abstract music from its human functions, his work draws on existing musical genres, cutting-edge electronics and environmental recordings to craft compositions that mimic the hazy texture of everyday life, moving from the abstract to the referential, from the observational to the emotive, from the structured to the random. As he reflects in the liner notes written especially for this edition: "This infinite stream of sound became my life and my music all at once". Currans other classic solo works of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden (1975) and Canti Illuminati (1982) are elaborate collages that combine keyboard and voice improvisation and composition with field-recorded environments. Natural History consists entirely of field recordings from Currans archive, arranged as a series of "still lifes", sometimes layered, but without any additional processing. Sounds recorded over the course of nearly twenty years, at Currans home in Rome or while traveling: constructions sites, insects, childrens toys, a piano being tuned, foghorns, familiar to admirers of Curran masterful Maritime Rites (2004), lovemaking, a singing neighbor. It is, as Curran says, an attempt to "put the sound of the entire world on a cassette tape". Heard against the backdrop of the increasing prevalence of field recordings in contemporary music over the last few years, Natural History is like a refreshing breeze, suffused with the joy of discovery. Gatefold sleeve with liner notes and photos by Alvin Curran and design by Stephen OMalley. Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates." - Black Truffle.

Artist: DREYBLATT, ARNOLD
Title: Second Selection
Format: Double LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $26.00
"Black Truffle is honored to present a major collection of archival recordings by seminal minimalist composer, performer, instrument builder and visual artist Arnold Dreyblatt. Following on from the archival compilation Choice (Choose Records, 2013), Second Selection presents eleven pieces selected by Oren Ambarchi from Dreyblatts extensive archive of previously unreleased recordings. Recorded in beautifully varying fidelity between 1978 and 1989, the pieces range from solo works to documents of various iterations of Dreyblatts long running Orchestra of Excited Strings. The ensemble pieces here possess the singular, hypnotic quality of Dreyblatts vintage work, underpinning the shimmering overtones of his self-devised twenty note microtonal scale with primordial, thudding rhythms that undergo surprising but economical shifts in group dynamics and sonic density. Like the court music of some imaginary ancient civilization, this music unfolds unhurriedly, relinquishing traditional melodic and harmonic movement in favor of a single-minded search for the world of sound inherent in a single string. There is much to wonder over here for the Dreyblatt connoisseur, including variants of pieces found on classics such as Nodal Excitations and Propellers in Love. But Second Selection also unearths some elements of Dreyblatts work that have gone undocumented until now, including an incredible pair of solo pieces for modified electric guitar and electronics performed in Europe in 1988. The second of these, Luftmenschen II, has to be heard to be believed, consisting of 15 minutes of insistent and frenetic rhythmic irregularity sourced to multiple electric guitars run through a digital noise gate controlled by a recording of malfunctioning escalators. Second Selection is presented as a high-spec gatefold double LP with archival liner notes including contemporaneous selections from Dreyblatts notebooks and an early conversation between Dreyblatt and Phill Niblock. This is both a gold mine for long-term fans and an ideal introduction for those still awaiting initiation into Dreyblatts rapturous science of the string. These are stunning examples of one of the most unique and fully realized sound-worlds of contemporary music; as Dreyblatt always recommends, they are best experienced at maximum volume!" --Francis Plagne. Artwork design by Stephen OMalley. Vinyl cut made by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
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Artist: GUTHRIE, WILL
Title: People Pleaser
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $23.00
"Nantes, France-based drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie presents People Pleaser. Initially rising to prominence in Australia as a drummer in the fields of jazz and improvised music, Guthrie later turned increasingly toward electronics and amplified percussion, developing an idiosyncratic style of electroacoustic performance characterized by shimmering metallic textures, rapid-fire textural transformations, and aggressively high volume. Guthrie has since returned to the drum kit in both solo and collaborative work, pushing at the limits of his formidable technical abilities as a player in the free jazz tradition and working variations on short rhythmic units into an endless flow of non-metered pulse. Although drawing on many aspects of Guthries past work, People Pleaser stands alone in his catalog. Working intuitively over a period of three weeks, Guthrie crafted a suite of song-length pieces that combine his drumming with electronics, field recordings, and sampled detritus. Inspired by the rough-and-ready sampling style of producers like the RZA, J Dilla, and Knxwledge, and by the endless possibilities of musique concrète, People Pleaser uses a highly divergent array of sound sources, building pieces from drum and percussion tracks left over from other projects, audio ripped from skate videos, noise electronics, fragments of a police interrogation, and anything else ready to hand. Guthries unique rhythmic sensibility is the thread drawing all these elements together, his drum performances propulsively rhythmic yet insistently irregular in a way that sometimes brings to mind the uniquely open rhythmic space carved out by early Weather Report and other classic fusion. Drawing together manifold influences in an entirely sui generis way, People Pleaser is a raw, exciting, and surprisingly accessible peek into the laboratory of a unique sensibility. Designed by Stephen OMalley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, August 2016." - Black Truffle.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI
Title: 1973 Live - Milky Way
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $26.00
"Black Truffle present the first vinyl issue of Keiji Hainos Milky Way. Originally released as a limited CD in Japan by the short lived Mom N Dad Productions in 1993, this release documents a blistering live performance recorded in Kyoto in 1973, five years before the formation of the first line-up of Fushitsusha, and eight years before Hainos first solo album. Working with a mysterious set-up including primitive electronics, homemade acoustic instruments, piano and voice, Haino lets loose a single 48-minute psychedelic maelstrom, marrying the immersive echo-fields of kosmische music to the rough and ready hands-on feel of classic 1960s live electronics à la MEV or Robert Ashleys Wolfman. Despite the absence of guitar, this recording clearly lays the groundwork for the epic blowouts which were to make Hainos name in years to come, building up to a point of almost unbearable intensity in its final minutes as Hainos voice wails over a wall of distorted DIY electronics. At times presaging the psychedelic noise of C.C.C.C., Milky Way shows Hainos singular intensity and ritualistic performance style already in full flower at this early date in his long career. Presented in raw and immediate room fidelity (complete with dramatic tape drop-out), this is both an essential historical document and a classic performance in its own right. Presented in a deluxe heavyweight sleeve with an inner sleeve featuring Hainos poetry in Japanese, with an English translation by Alan Cummings. Original design by Keiji Haino & Yasunori Arai. LP reissue design via Stephen OMalley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin June 2016." - Black Truffle.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI/JIM OROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI
Title: I wonder if you noticed "Im sorry" Is such a lovely sound It keeps things from getting worse
Format: Double LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $26.00
"The remarkable series of releases from the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke, and Oren Ambarchi continues with I wonder if you noticed "Im sorry" Is such a lovely sound It keeps things from getting worse, which presents the entirety of an 80-minute set performed at Tokyos SuperDeluxe in March 2014. While the trios 2012 performance was divided into two releases (BT 011LP (2014) and BT 012LP (2015)), the single extended performance presented here ranges widely over terrain both new and familiar, from acoustic strings and collective chants to thunderous power trio moves. Throughout all of its transformations, the music here is some of the riskiest and most abstract the trio have yet committed to record. Beginning with chiming percussion reminiscent of Hainos 1995 classic Tenshi No Gijinka, the first side is dominated by Hainos impassioned vocals and performance on the bulgari, a traditional Turkish string instrument. The end of the second side presents a special treat: Hainos first recorded outing on the contrabass harmonica, from which he coaxes bizarre, wheezing textures against a backdrop of spacious bass and percussion. ORourke and Ambarchi rarely adopt here the classic rock roles essayed on earlier releases. ORourkes bass, which takes center-stage surprisingly often, is sometimes so heavily processed by his array of pedals that it becomes a shifting electronic mass; at other times his roving chromaticism suggests a sort of fuzzed-out free jazz. Ambarchi spends much of the set exploring areas of tumbling free pulse; and even when he locks into a constantly repeated figure on the sets third side, he gestures as much toward Ronald Shannon Jacksons stuttering marching band funk as toward any classic rock moves. When the trio finally moves in the final quarter of the performance into an extended passage of rock riffing, the payoff is immense, as they craft a thudding one-chord epic reminiscent of some of the early Fushitsusha classics before Haino returns to the bulgari, bringing the set back to where it began. Continuing to explore new instrumental and dynamic possibilities while remaining grounded in the trios previous work, this set also brings with it a unique pleasure for the non-Japonophone listener: for the first time Haino sings many of his metaphysically brooding lyrics in English. Gatefold sleeve with gorgeous photographs by Jim ORourke, designed by Stephen OMalley. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin." - Black Truffle.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI/JIM OROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI
Title: Imikuzushi
Format: Double LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $28.00
"Limited gatefold double LP version with printed innersleeves. The yearly summit of Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke and Oren Ambarchi continues with Imikuzushi, which finds the group extending the power-trio strategies of 2011s highly-praised In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject (BT 005LP) and bringing to them a newly-sustained intensity. For this performance, Haino limits himself to electric guitar and vocals, forming complex networks of slashing rhythm work, noise squall and chromatic shredding, moving at times to near-silent passages of howled vocals and isolated, hanging guitar strums. The tendency towards driving free-rock which surfaced on moments of the trios last release is cemented here, with ORourkes fuzzed-out, non-linear bass riffing moving the music into almost garage-rock areas, combining with Ambarchis drums to form a bedrock of hypnotic, metronomic pounding which transforms itself effortlessly into passages of flowing free-time. Like all of Hainos best work, the trio transcends any rock genre exercise to enter a non-idiomatic zone of ritual intensity, creating a music formed purely out of instrumental and group-mind possibility. Presented as four unedited excerpts salvaged from an epic show that lasted well over three hours, the sometimes raw nature of the recording only adds to its directness and harshly emotive quality." -Francis Plagne, Melbourne, November, 2011. "Design by Stephen OMalley (Sunn O)))) with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning images by Tokyo-based photographer and sound artist Shunichiro Okada." - Black Truffle.
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI/JIM OROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI
Title: In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One...
Format: Double LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $28.00
"...There Is No Need For A Subject Recorded one year after the international trio of Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke and Oren Ambarchis first release (Tima Formosa [BT 004CD]), In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject presents the entirety of a live performance that took place at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo on January 24th 2010. For their second performance together, the trio opted for an entirely different instrumental configuration. Here they form a classic power trio: Ambarchi on drums, ORourke on bass and Haino on guitar, vocals, electronics and, in one amazing passage, lap steel. While the instrumentation has changed, the mysterious atmosphere of their first collaboration remains: far from a rock genre exercise, this performance is steeped in the dark ritualistic mood that characterizes all of Hainos best work. Haino is in truly phenomenal form herein, foregoing the single-instrument explorations of much of his recent solo work and his more peripheral role on the trios first release for a virtuosic and wide-ranging performance that takes in piercing leads, delicate strumming, jarring lap-steel interjections and his inimitable vocal caresses and howls. ORourkes bass sometimes merges with Hainos guitar to form crumbling walls of noise; at other times his dark ostinatos and runs add melodic weight. Ambarchis drumming moves from delicate, propulsive cymbal work to endless thundering streams of free-pulse pounding. The title of the release is appropriate: from the spacious and unpredictable slow-mo interactions of the first piece (reminiscent of some of the greatest Fushitsusha moments) to the wild free-riffing that concludes the performance, the trio seems uncannily attuned to one-anothers movements, and everything truly "comes together as one." Released as a limited edition double LP in a lavish gatefold with printed inner sleeves, designed by Stephen OMalley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and a stunning cover-image by noise-guitar blaster and internationally renowned visual artist Marco Fusinato. Vinyl cut made by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering." -Black Truffle
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Artist: HAINO, KEIJI/JIM OROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI
Title: Now While Its Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $25.00
Limited re-press. "Following on from 2012s acclaimed Imikizushi (BT 007CD/LP), Now While Its Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery is the fourth release from the established power trio of Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke, and Oren Ambarchi, recorded in January 2012 at their yearly concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo. While the trios two previous double LP releases featured sprawling, side-long performances, the music here is presented in six shorter pieces, each one displaying a different side of the trios interactions, from holy minimalism to cave-man rock. The record begins with the trio joined by special guests Charlemagne Palestine and Eiko Ishibashi, conjuring ghostly tones from wine glasses as an accompaniment to Hainos angelic vocals. This 10-minute piece, which moves from near silence and the sound of onstage footsteps to a stunning passage of clean guitar work from Haino, is steeped in the same mysterious atmospherics as Hainos great folk-drone project, Nijumu. When Haino turns to the flute on the LPs second track, a performance that clearly demonstrates the importance of the special concept of space and silence (ma) that Haino has developed from traditional Japanese aesthetics, ORourke and Ambarchi transform into the delicate and probing rhythm section of a classic 70s fusion side. When the trio returns to the crushing free-rock of their last two records, ORourkes heavily effected bass rolling alongside Ambarchis tumbling rhythms as Hainos guitar squeals and slashes above them, their performances display a new purposefulness and concision. Now truly operating as a band after a number of years of playing together, the pieces here feel like instant rocks songs -- ORourke and Ambarchi instantly locking into solid riffs over which Haino alternates between jarring no-wave chords, intense soloing and his signature vocalizations. When the trio slow down and stretch out, the rhythm section plods like an abstracted Crazy Horse on the brink of collapse, and Haino elicits long, mournful solos reminiscent of the first classic Fushitsusha double live LP. Perhaps more accessible than the trios previous recordings because of its range and concision, Now While Its Still Warm... exudes the dark, alien quality of Hainos greatest recordings and testifies to the strength of the musical bond that has developed between these three players." -Francis Plagne, Jan 2013.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI/JIM OROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI
Title: Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen
Format: CD
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $18.00
""Begun as a one-off collaboration in 2009, the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke and Oren Ambarchi has now become a solid working group, refining its craft through a series of annual concerts at Tokyos legendary SuperDeluxe. Much of their recorded work has focused on their intense, ritualistic take on the rock power trio of electric guitar, bass and drums. Presenting the entire first set of the trios March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe (the second set will follow on Black Truffle later this year), Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen is their fifth release and blows the instrumental palette wide open for a single continuous piece focused on acoustic strings, synth, flute and percussion. Featuring one of Hainos most delicate and moving recorded vocal performances, the opening section of the record takes the form of a spare duet between ORourkes 12-string acoustic guitar and Hainos kantele (a Finnish variant of the dulcimer), behind which Ambarchi provides a hovering backdrop of wine glass tones. While on previous releases the listener has often sensed that Haino was firmly in the drivers seat, here ORourke takes center stage with an acoustic guitar performance that takes the lyricism of John Abercrombie or Ralph Towner and refracts it through the free improvisation tradition of his mentors Derek Bailey and Henry Kaiser. The atmosphere of meditative, abstracted song is reminiscent of some of Hainos greatest recordings, such as the legendary Live in the First Year of the Heisei volumes recorded with Kan Mikami. After this stunningly beautiful opening sequence, the performance moves organically through a number of episodes, including a dramatic central passage in which Haino moves to synth and drum machine, crafting a current of raw electricity that unfurls slowly over the gently pulsing foundations of Ambarchis cymbals and builds to heights of manic intensity. When Haino later turns to wooden flute, Ambarchi answers him with nimble hand-drummed percussion in a passage that calls to mind Don Cherrys liberated combination of free-jazz improvisation and non-Western musics. The trios move away from the power trio dynamic bespeaks a risk-taking and questing spirit that refuses to be satisfied with repeating past glories, and yet the organic, immersive flow of this single improvisation attests to the intuitive bond that has formed between them over the last five years. Exuding the signature mystery and emotion of Hainos greatest works, this release is perhaps the strongest statement yet from this acclaimed trio, and holds out a tantalizing promise for everyone hooked on their continuing exploration of those things said to be as of yet unseen. --Francis Plagne; Design by Stephen OMalley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning artwork by Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug." - Black Truffle.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI/JIM OROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI
Title: Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
"Begun as a one-off collaboration in 2009, the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke and Oren Ambarchi has now become a solid working group, refining its craft through a series of annual concerts at Tokyos legendary SuperDeluxe. Much of their recorded work has focused on their intense, ritualistic take on the rock power trio of electric guitar, bass and drums. Presenting the entire first set of the trios March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe (the second set will follow on Black Truffle later this year), Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen is their fifth release and blows the instrumental palette wide open for a single continuous piece focused on acoustic strings, synth, flute and percussion. Featuring one of Hainos most delicate and moving recorded vocal performances, the opening section of the record takes the form of a spare duet between ORourkes 12-string acoustic guitar and Hainos kantele (a Finnish variant of the dulcimer), behind which Ambarchi provides a hovering backdrop of wine glass tones. While on previous releases the listener has often sensed that Haino was firmly in the drivers seat, here ORourke takes center stage with an acoustic guitar performance that takes the lyricism of John Abercrombie or Ralph Towner and refracts it through the free improvisation tradition of his mentors Derek Bailey and Henry Kaiser. The atmosphere of meditative, abstracted song is reminiscent of some of Hainos greatest recordings, such as the legendary Live in the First Year of the Heisei volumes recorded with Kan Mikami. After this stunningly beautiful opening sequence, the performance moves organically through a number of episodes, including a dramatic central passage in which Haino moves to synth and drum machine, crafting a current of raw electricity that unfurls slowly over the gently pulsing foundations of Ambarchis cymbals and builds to heights of manic intensity. When Haino later turns to wooden flute, Ambarchi answers him with nimble hand-drummed percussion in a passage that calls to mind Don Cherrys liberated combination of free-jazz improvisation and non-Western musics. The trios move away from the power trio dynamic bespeaks a risk-taking and questing spirit that refuses to be satisfied with repeating past glories, and yet the organic, immersive flow of this single improvisation attests to the intuitive bond that has formed between them over the last five years. Exuding the signature mystery and emotion of Hainos greatest works, this release is perhaps the strongest statement yet from this acclaimed trio, and holds out a tantalizing promise for everyone hooked on their continuing exploration of those things said to be as of yet unseen. --Francis Plagne; Design by Stephen OMalley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning artwork by Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug." - Black Truffle.

Artist: HAINO, KEIJI/JIM OROURKE/OREN AMBARCHI, KEIJI
Title: Tea Time for Those Determined to Completely Exhaust Every Bit of This Body Theyve Been Given
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
"At this point, it can justifiably be said that Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke and Oren Ambarchi have become one of the leading groups in experimental music. This, their sixth release, presents the entire second set of the trios March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe (the first set is available on Black Truffle as Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen). While the first set of the evening saw the trio branching out into new instrumental configurations, here they return to their signature line-up of guitar, bass and drums. The LP begins abruptly, with one of the finest performances by the trio captured on record thus far already in full swing. Throughout the course of this 12-minute piece, ORourke and Ambarchi lay down a thudding, meterless pulse, the impossible midway point of Milford Graves and motorik Krautrock, over which Haino unfurls a number of distinct strategies developed in his work since the 1980s: formless blurs of reverb-drenched guitar noise, looped pointillist fragments and wandering, dissonant lines obscured in clouds of distortion. Continuing Hainos habit of naming albums with phrases that seem to obliquely comment on the music they contain, it could definitely be said that this is music made by three people determined to completely exhaust every bit of this body theyve been given. Showing the trio at new heights, this track carries on in the spirit of some of Hainos greatest work: music made with the ingredients of rock that somehow manages to sidestep all of its forms and traditions while retaining and amplifying its fundamental power. If this track alone lays to rest concerns about whether the trio has exhausted the guitar/bass/drums format, the remainder of the record serves as a demonstration of the multitude of possibilities still available for their continued exploration. The three are now so in-tune with one another that almost anything can be integrated into their improvisations: in the slow-burning second piece, ORourkes heavily effected bass wanders from anti-music thuds to an almost funky passage with Ambarchi sounding not unlike Buddy Miles circa Hendrixs Band of Gypsys -- it bespeaks the hours of listening to fusion and classic rock that continue to form an important part of ORourke and Ambarchis musical personalities. The final piece is a continuous side-long performance that moves through a number of discrete episodes, from vocal and flute solos by Haino delicately accompanied by ORourkes sparse bass and Ambarchis sizzling cymbals, to a final stumbling dirge over which Haino unleashes a stunning torrent of in-the-red guitar skree." --Francis Plagne.

“Design by Stephen OMalley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning artwork by Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug.” - Black Truffle.

Artist: KENNEY, JESSIKA & EYVIND KANG
Title: Reverse Tree
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $20.00
"Black Truffle present Reverse Tree, the new LP from the acclaimed duo of Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney. The two are musicians who have established themselves as powerful voices working at a unique intersection of contemporary composition, improvisation, and Asian traditional music forms. Either individually or as a pair, they have worked in contexts ranging from performances of traditional Persian and Javanese music to collaborations with Sunn O))), but their work together as a duo, on The Face Of The Earth (2012) and Aestuarium (SOMA 002LP, 2011), most clearly represents the central concerns of their diverse practices: a music of the inner life of sound, demanding ritualistic focus and promising heightened sensations. On Reverse Tree, the duo expand their work together into the realm of the chamber ensemble, presenting two side-long works that feature Kenneys voice and Kangs viola alongside a multitude of other instrumentalists. Kangs "Thoughts On Being Exiled To The Frontier, For Lord Wei", inspired by a text by the Tang dynasty poet Hsueh Tao, features an all-star international ensemble: Kang, Kenney, maverick Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov on violin, Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir, and guitarists Oren Ambarchi and Stephen OMalley. The piece is primarily composed of irregular patterns of pizzicato notes and guitar harmonics, gently falling in and out of sync and providing a subtly unstable support for Kenneys voice, which at times is reminiscent of Michiko Hirayamas classic performances of Scelsi. Drawing on 20th century instrumental techniques, alternate tuning systems, non-western music and the experience of nature, the piece opens a space both serene and subtly uneasy. Kenneys "Elm" features Kenney and vocalist Nova Ruth (Filastine, Twin Sista) alongside an ensemble of strings and Seattles Gamelan Pacifica, performing on Javanese instruments tuned to the slendro scale. An uncanny timbre created by bowing the keys of the Gamelans instruments, supported by bowed harmonics from the strings, is heard consistently throughout the piece. After a long introductory section in which this harmonic cloud slowly descends from shimmering high notes to rumbling bass, the vocalists enter, singing a slow and stately setting of a 19th century Surakarta poem (attributed to Mangkunegara IV). The poem deals with the idea of a form of knowledge achieved through deeds, as a practice and state of the heart. Presented in a deluxe sleeve designed by Stephen OMalley; Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker; Cut at 45rpm for maximum fidelity." - Black Truffle.

Artist: MERZBOW & OREN AMBARCHI
Title: Cats Squirrel
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $25.00
"Cats Squirrel is a live recording of Masami Akita and Oren Ambarchis performance in Campbelltown, Australia in May 2012. Although Akita and Ambarchi have known one another since 1993 and performed together as part of larger ensembles, this was their first performance as a duo. Together they create a massive wall of sound that moves from the cavernous to the blisteringly psychedelic, laying down shifting low-end structures over which pointillist details ricochet across the stereo field. Akita and Ambarchis voices blend together into a sonic morass, Ambarchis set-up expanded to include extra electronics and a spring reverb unit in addition to his signature guitar textures, and Akita utilizing both analog and digital sound sources. Moving through a number of episodes, from deluges of reverberated metal screeches to rapid-fire iterations of visceral electronic tones, the record reaches a high point midway through the second side, where Akitas electronics gradually thin out into a stream of skipping chirps and screeches while around him Ambarchi builds up a dense mass of phasing low-end guitar tones, the duo patiently developing an impenetrable wall of ecstatic, psychedelic noise." - Francis Plagne, Jan. 2013; Deluxe, limited edition vinyl (500 copies) with artwork by Shunichiro Okada and design by Stephen OMalley.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Godbear
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
Limited repress. "The first vinyl release of Charlemagne Palestines Godbear, a 1987 solo piano recording originally scheduled to sit alongside Sonic Youthand Swans in the catalogue of Glenn Brancas Neutral Records but eventually released on CD by the Dutch Barooni label in 1998. Although Palestine has worked in an enormous variety of media, his long form performances for solo piano are perhaps his most acclaimed works. Palestine immersed himself in the study of overtones throughout the 1960s, working first with carillons and then with electronic synthesis, searching for the golden sound. Beginning in the early 1970s he continued his exploration of the complexities hidden within seemingly simple tones and intervals on the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, the Rolls Royce of pianos. With the pianos sustain pedal constantly depressed, Palestine hammers out rapidly repeated notes, allowing a complex cloud of overtones to rise above the percussive texture of the struck keys. Initially working with simple intervals such as octaves and fifths, Palestine gradually expanded the harmonic range of his piano performances over the years, while still retaining their ecstatically single-minded nature. Revisiting his signature piano style in 1987 after several years focusing on visual art, Godbear presents three distinct variations that demonstrate the development of his piano music after the classic recordings of the early 1970s. Occupying the entire first side, The Lower Depths stages a slow descent from the pianos mid-range to the Bösendorfers cavernous additional low octave, building into a thundering swarm of booming overtones. Breaking entirely with the stereotype of clinical minimalism, Palestines journey to the depths embraces passages of darkly romantic melody before slowly ascending to its starting point. The version of Strumming Music performed here condenses the developmental arc of the piece into eleven minutes, fanning out from a single octave to a complex harmonic wash that calls to mind Palestines enthusiasm for Debussy and Ravel. Timbral Assault is like an evil twin of Strumming Music, transforming its insistency and harmonic complexity into aggressive intensity and creeping dissonance, foreshadowing Palestines later collaborations with Christoph Heemann. A classic release, and one that, because of the variety of approaches surveyed within, serves as an ideal introduction to Palestines ecstatic and mysterious sound world" --Francis Plagne. Remastered and cut byRashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Presented in a deluxe gatefold sleeve designed by Stephen OMalley." - Black Truffle.

Artist: TILBURY & OREN AMBARCHI, JOHN
Title: The Just Reproach
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
"The Just Reproach documents the second concert given by John Tilbury and Oren Ambarchi as a duo. When they first performed together in Reykjavik, Iceland in March 2012, the aptness of the pairing was evident. When they reprised the duo at Londons Cafe OTO in September the same year in the concert presented here, the city was in the midst of a heatwave. With the air-conditioning turned off to accommodate the low volume of the performance, the uncomfortable squirming of the audience members in their sweaty chairs becomes, alongside the occasional dropped glass and cough, an additional sonic element in the duos performance, providing a randomized accompaniment to the duos careful exploration of tonal and textural minutiae. As always, Tilbury displays a remarkable sensitivity and inquisitiveness, investigating the unique character of specific harmonic intervals through iteration and slight variation in a way that displays the same remarkable care for the individual sonic event that he found many years ago in Weberns Variations for piano. In Webern, Tilbury found a freedom from harmonic context that allowed normally jarring dissonances to appear "warm, even sensuous" because they were transformed into timbres, into pure sounds rather than relational harmonic values. This same concentration on every individual sound allows Tilbury to breathe new life into a tap on the pianos strings, a simple sequence of descending notes or even a commonplace consonance. 
Indeed, there are moments of simple beauty in The Just Reproach that remind us that, in addition to his devotion to the work of Morton Feldman, Tilbury is also the major interpreter of the piano music of Howard Skepton, with its reduced folk-forms and static airs. Ambarchis guitar does not simply provide the steady backdrop for Tilburys articulations that we might expect, but rather engages in a more complex interaction. Gentle swells of tones, sometimes supporting Tilburys iterations, at other times complicating them, alternate with occasional bursts of abstract electricity. Ambarchi constantly moves his sounds around between multiple amplifiers and a Leslie cabinet to produce a subtle yet environmental whole, interacting both with Tilbury and the sound of the room, edging forwards into a clear sonic presence before dispersing back into silence. Despite the hushed nature of the performance, Ambarchis signature sub-bass tones are not absent, but in fact form an essential part of the texture woven by the two musicians, taking on an ominous quality like the distant rumblings of a helicopter through the night sky. Far from a simple exercise in reductionism, the reduced volume of the duos performance acts like a microscope focusing the audience on an incredibly rich palette of sonic details. As in the late works of Morton Feldman, a seeming homogeneity to the proceedings reveals itself on closer inspection to be a ceaseless investigation and reconfiguration of sonic events, allowing the listener to move freely between the lushness and warmth of the sounds themselves and the questioning, non-linear forms Tilbury and Ambarchi spontaneously construct from them. Deluxe limited edition vinyl designed by Stephen OMalley with stunning artwork by Shunichiro Okada." -Black Truffle.

Artist: TONIUTTI, GIANCARLO
Title: La Mutazione
Format: LP + CD
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $23.00
"A milestone originally released in 1985 on the legendary Broken Flag label, Giancarlo Toniuttis La Mutazione is renowned in certain circles as a classic and with good reason. The album comprises two subtle and haunting side-long explorations of dark cosmic electronics akin to Klaus Schulze, Cluster, Tangerine Dream, and Conrad Schnitzler filtered through the lens of Maurizio Bianchi, Whitehouse, Nurse With Wound, and The New Blockaders. At the time, Toniutti had just enrolled at the Venice Conservatory of Music with a heady amount of education in Stockhausen, Schaeffer, et al. These three musical poles come together in this beautiful and unsettling construction of layered static, analog synth explorations, concrete sounds, and field recordings. This limited edition reissue is an exact replica of the original Broken Flag LP release, with remastered audio and an inner sleeve containing archival photos and sketches from the period in which the work was created. This edition also includes a bonus CD of unreleased material from Toniuttis cassette archive featuring a collage of sound sketches recorded during the same time period, thus giving the listener a wider view into the sound-world that helped form La Mutazione. Black Truffle is proud to present La Mutazione on vinyl for the first time since its original 1985 issue. A landmark release, its influence is still being felt throughout the dark corners of experimental music." - Black Truffle.
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Artist: VILLALOBOS, RICARDO/OREN AMBARCHI
Title: Hubris Variation
Format: 12"
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $22.00
"Oren Ambarchis Editions Mego release, Hubris (EMEGO 227CD/LP, 2016), gets the remix treatment courtesy of electronic music legend Ricardo Villalobos. Villalobos expertly transforms Ambarchis layered web of countless sustained and pulsating palm-muted guitars into a funky, mesmerizing and propulsive long-form piece. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin March 2016. Photograph by Estelle Hanania. Sculptures by Daniel Druet. Design by Stephen OMalley." - Black Truffle.

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