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Artist: FONTANA, GIOVANNI
Title: Epigenetic Poetry
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"An anthology documenting the sound works by the Italian sound poet Giovanni Fontana (b. 1946). These pieces, dating from 1968 – 2014, are scarcely available; culled from cassette magazines and art-book compendiums, along with two unreleased recordings. Fontana has been a pioneer of Italian visual poetry, sound poetry, and experimental theater since the mid-1960s. Together with peer Adriano Spatola, Giovanni worked on the publication Tam Tam (founded in 1972). He also rode in the same wagon as Arrigo Lora-Totino, splicing, pasting, and folding the compass of Italys intermedia.

In one light, Fontanas voice erects a brutal and guttural effigy of man, primitive and hermetic. Yet, stepping to the side – one can see the thin strands of support bolstering such combustibles. As chested-strings of a piano, Fontana strikes firmly across the resonating spread of discovery and acceptance. In addition to voice; jaw-harp, guitar, whistle, piano, and harpsichord are featured in these recordings, though the musical elements are secondary to the voice. Mouth, throat, and even nose [Poema a naso features a microphone inserted in the nostril] take the stage-light.

The interconnection between Giovannis visual and audio artwork is significant. Words twist and dissolve; blotted with ink, soaring across an empty score. This album acts as a frame for these 14 pieces, which can be seen as they are heard – spilling from speakers as letters meeting paper. First edition (315 copies) includes 16 page 9"x9" pamplhet with 3 critical essays: “Hypervox and electrophonic mask” by Giovanni Fontana, “Giovanni Fontana: Poetry as Action and Sound” by Patrizio Peterlini, “Giovannis Adventures in Mediumland” by Jean-Pierre Bobillot. Color images (score excerpts, artwork, etc.) and Program Notes written by Fontana" - Recital.

"Fucking brilliant Sound Poetry rescue by Recital. Giovanni Fontana is a Sound Poet active from the late 60s right up to today. Epigenetic Poetry is a survey of his career and is really fantastic. The first nine pieces are from 1968- 1983 and the last five are from between 1993 and 2014. I got a little nervous when the newer stuff started as increased technology is usually a detrimental factor, but, no worries, the newer pieces are just as great as the old ones. This is top notch Sound Poetry with a lot of tape work and some instruments. Epigenetic Poetry is right up there with the best Alga Marghen Sound Poetry reissues. Anybody who is interested in Modern composition should be very interested in Sound Poetry. Comes with a beautiful and informative colour booklet. If you are unfamiliar with Sound Poetry, this would be a great place to dive in." - Scott Foust.

Artist: FRIEL, PETER, MATTEA LANDRY, ERIC SCHMID
Title: Password / Chamber Music
Format: 7"
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Password is a short radio-play about the art world. Chamber Music is the trio performing Tibetan throat singing, inspired by a recent internet image: the hipster chart of esoteric music (see below). Edition of 80." - Recital.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Lost at Sea
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
“Recital is joyed to bring to you the new Idea Fire Company album, Lost at Sea.
Lost At Sea imagines the Idea Fire Company as the bar band on a small cruise ship. There are approximately 40 passengers aboard. Around 2/3 of them are in the lounge for the nightly IFCO performance. Most of them seem more interested in drink than in music. The ship has become lost and seems to be endlessly circling. Well stocked with booze and food, etc., the ship continues on. IFCO, armed with only a piano and trumpet/ radio/ synth, provide the nightly entertainment.
Lost At Sea is certainly the sister of the also piano-heavy The Music From The Impossible Salon, but Lost At Sea has an air of weary optimism replacing the bleak sadness of Impossible Salon.
For almost 30 years IFCO has carved their own path, or dug their own hole, depending on your view, through the ever-changing world of underground music. Still violently committed to the Avant-Garde and to new forms of beauty. Still Romantic. Still idealistic. Despite the odds. In the old days, this sort of commitment was better appreciated. IFCO remains IFCO. As a number of people have said over the years, every IFCO record sounds different, but they all sound like IFCO.” - Recital. Edition of 400. Includes a 4″ x 6″ Postcard and a download coupon.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Rags To Riches
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"An edited and remastered issue of a tape by the IFCO quartet – Scott Foust, Karla Borecky, Jessi Swenson, & Meara OReilly. Rags To Riches is a live record documenting pieces from 2003 through 2005. Showcasing some top-shelf unreleased works; “The Whole World,” “Metropolis,” and “The Bitter End.” Older material is also included, a fierce version of “Artificial” from 2005′s Stranded, as well as the notorious “Cycle-19.” Additionally, there is a beautiful voice-based rendition of “Some Of Us” by IFCO comrades The Shadow Ring. All these pieces exhibit a contemplative and well-informed use of electronics, radio, and voice. Interlaced with spoken title announcements in French, punching typewriter passages, and bookended perfectly with audience dialogue and Mr. Ferry. Their mechanical and uncompromising aesthetic is pronounced, as Rags To Riches reminds us all why Idea Fire Company are such an important contemporary outfit. Edition of 285 copies, with color insert & essay by Scott Foust." -Recital. Audio excerpts: http://snd.sc/12qjJfJ

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY & BRRR (WITH DARREN HARRIS)
Title: The Terrible Comet Salt
Format: Cass
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"This cassette presents the soundtrack to Professor Timothy Shortells short film, The Terrible Comet Salt (2000). The narrative is based on a short story by Paul Sheerbart written in 1902, (an early instance of German science-fiction literature). The story, stark and bizarre, is distinctly narrated by Darren Harris (The Shadow Ring). The accompanying music is performed by Idea Fire Company (Scott Foust & Karla Borecky) in collaboration with Anti-Natural ally BRRR (Timothy Shortell). A melancholic and plodding rhythm propels the piece, well-fitting the apocalyptic chronicle. This remastered soundtrack is complimented with unissued work by IFCO & BRRR – three fine pulsating experiments with electronics and piano loops. Comet Salt is an arresting listen, a lost gem in the Anti-Natural canon. Edition of 200 cassettes, with 6-panel full color artwork." -Recital.

Artist: LANDRY, MATTEA, SEAN MCCANN, ERIC SCHMID
Title: St. Francis
Format: CD/Pamphlet
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
Limited Edition of 200. Hand-numbered. 30-page pamphlet, The St. Francis List.

Artist: LOCKWOOD, ANNEA
Title: Ground of Being
Format: CD
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"Annea Lockwood (b. 1939, New Zealand) has been an active member of the sound art world for over 50 years. Known prominently for her Glass Concerts, exploring the sonic temperaments of glass; her Piano Transplants, a performance piece where a piano is lit on fire or partially buried; and Sound Maps, detailed audio studies of rivers in the United States. She has received international recognition for her unique relationship with sound. Lockwood has taught at a number of universities, most notably at Vassar in New York, where she taught since 1982. Although recently retired, she is still constantly engaged in her art, recording and composing from the world around her.
Ground Of Being presents four pieces ranging from 1996 to 2013. Unlike her Sound Map albums, which often work environmentally (as a window fixed in a room), Ground Of Being tells a more detailed story. A moving series of memories, or a collection of different dreams.
Annea has a keen connection with the resonances of the Earth; whether it be the detail of water sloshing, the reverberation of a voice in a room, or that of acoustical instruments. With these natural resonances in her palette, a unification of all sounds is formed. For example, the piece “Dusk” (2011) juxtaposes recordings from vents on the bottom of the ocean together with transposed bat calls. Additionally, on Lockwoods composition “Ear-Walking Woman” (1996), performed here by Lois Svard (Lovely Music, Ltd.) – prepared piano acts as a microcosm of the world of sound. A box with treated strings; a smaller reflection, yes. Yet, still limitless in its ability to produce frequencies and dynamics.
The notion of sound as an extension of the physical realm is brought to mind. The aural temper of water, of wood, of rocks, of wind…Lockwood brings all into focus for our consideration.
Edition of 500 Compact Disks housed in a 6-panel wallet, with an insert of writings by Annea Lockwood.” - Recital.

Artist: LOSONCY, GABI
Title: Security Besides Love
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Security Besides Love is the first vinyl album from Philadelphian artist Gabi Losoncy.  This album is an account of the artists life. The first side voyeuristically and objectively documents Gabis external experiences and habitats; in this instance, a conversation heard while riding public transportation. The second side of this record turns back in on the artist herself with an associative monologue, in which an understanding of her own artwork is examined.  It is fair and honest and walks through the whole house leaving windows open. There is a small piece of film which separates, seemingly, Gabis daily life and her artwork.  It is quite inspiring.  Understanding this can instill the same mysterious allure into your own trials and leisures. Limited Edition of 300. Comes with artists bumper sticker." - Recital.

Artist: MAZZACANE, MARY
Title: The Art of Mary Mazzacane
Format: One-Sided LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Concert recordings spanning 1948 to 1974 from operatic vocalist Mary Mazzacane, mother of guitarist Loren Connors. Seven haunting pieces, remastered from their original sources and published here for the first time.
Trace the musical connection between mother and son, for the same grace and passion carries in their blood. Limited edition of 115. Program notes written by Loren Connors." - Recital.

Artist: MCCANN, SEAN
Title: A Castle Popping/Tub of Green Ink
Format: LP+CDR
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $28.00
A collection of recordings from 2013 & 2014. This is the first solo release by Sean since Music for Private Ensemble. A display of six recent pieces, not to be taken as a formal ‘album, but whatever floats your boat!
The first side holds abstract vocal-based work. Recorded in hotel rooms during business trips in Las Vegas and Spain, and later manipulated on a broken reel to reel machine. The second side is serene; featuring a recording of McCanns first formal composition for quartet, Victorian Wind, performed by the Thin Edge New Music Collective. The LP concludes with two works for piano, recorded and edited at home in Pasadena, CA.
Edition of 150 hand-numbered LPs. Supplemental full-length CDr "Tub of Deep Green Ink”" - Recital.

Artist: MCCANN, SEAN
Title: Music For Private Ensemble
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Music For Private Ensemble is Sean McCanns first new solo album since 2011s The Capital. Demonstrating a more serious study of orchestration and timbre than his previous work; it is a big step forward. The four arrangements presented here shy away from the use of synthesizers and effects processing – instead relying on voicing and movement to actuate the albums sentiments. Inspired by the grandiosity of John Adams, the concerned somberness of Gavin Bryars, and the guttural tape work of Fluxus artists.
Private Ensemble was written, recorded, and laboriously edited over the course of 17 months, composed both traditionally as well as through the clustering and organization of improvisations. McCann played violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel, and percussion. He was forced to notate samples of bassoon, french horn, and timpani, as those were not available resources at the time.
Taking multi-tracking to extremes, many of the pieces surpass 100 layers of instruments. However this structural depth does not lead to chaos; no sound on Private Ensemble is unintentional. The objective with the ambitious multi-tracking and precision editing was to achieve the sound of a full orchestra. The only other person appearing on the album is vocalist Kayla Cohen (Itasca), her layered singing is formed into a small choir to help conclude the record.
This album reveals McCanns most refined work to date, indicating the beginning of his transformation into a modern composer.” - Recital.
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Artist: MCCANN, SEAN
Title: Music for Public Ensemble
Format: Double LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
Players: Ben Baker Billington, Andrew Chalk, Kayla Cohen, Ian William Craig, Maxwell August Croy, Sarah Davachi, Hank Doyle, Matthew Erickson, Scott Foust, Rob Frye, Celia Hollander, Seth Kasselman, Graham Lambkin, Gabi Losoncy, Rob Magill, Sean McCann, Erica McLachlin, Dave McPeters, Nour Mobarak, Allen Mozek, Tom James Scott, Zachary Paul Schwartz, Troy Schafer, Cameron Stallones, Nick Storring, Matthew Sullivan, Lillian Paige Walton

Rose-Paste Chorale Kayla Cohen, Maxwell August Croy, Morgan Fox, Spencer Grady, Ursula Grady, Benjamin Lovell, Greg Manata, Erica McLachlin, Crystal Myslajek, Matthew Sage, Paula Schanes, Zachary Paul Schwartz, Alex Twomey

"First full-length album by Sean McCann since 2013s Music for Private Ensemble (R5) . Three years in the making, Public Ensemble employs the talents of many Recital allies; a mélange of voices and instruments; violin, viola, cello, contrabass, piano, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, pedal-steel, koto, electronic keyboards (organ, farfisa, harpsichord), percussion, other sounds, tape, & a lamp. Many of the pieces include recited text; reflections stemming from McCanns book Pacifics (R14). The narrative is meaningless or meaningful. Produced and arranged by McCann in Los Angeles, CA. Limited Edition of 500 Includes a 12-page pamphlet with texts, program notes, & artwork. Digital download coupon." - Recital.

Artist: MCCANN, SEAN
Title: Pacifics
Format: Book
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Pacifics is my first book. It can and should be read just one page at a time. Like a taste in your mouth, or a smell in your nose – the lines in this poem can bloom your stature. Perhaps once the words wear off, like a perfume dissipating…, you could read another page." -Sean McCann / Recital June 2016.

Artist: MCCANN/MATTHEW SULLIVAN, SEAN
Title: Vanity Fair
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
“Greetings, here we have Recitals inaugural release, “Vanity Fair,” Sean McCann & Matthew Sullivans debut collaboration album. A fitting introduction to the ethos of Recital; the desire to turn a new page, to more accurately project what is significant and engaging in contemporary music.
Matt and I had often talked about collaborating, as our musical understandings and interests align. Both drawn to minimalism and graceful ambience, we would trade tidbits and slivers of ideas casually over coffee or wine. For the better part of a year, we procrastinated our theoretical project, which in retrospect allowed our ideas to ferment. So when it actually came time to pop the cork and record, everything fell right into place.
What manifested in the studio was lush and enchanting. The pieces are quite varied, and range from the majestic to the tormented, occasionally synthesizing an almost humorous blend of the two. Presenting a manipulated animal and glockenspiel march, a chamber string and glass rhapsody, and a somber harp and phone ballad – it challenges the listener and expresses the development of both acclaimed artists. It is a timeless, refined effort, that both Matt and I are very proud of.” - Recital.

Artist: MINARELLI, ENZO
Title: Romanzi nelle i
Format: Book + DVD + CD
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $30.00
"A stunning new work by Italian sound poet and artist Enzo Minarelli (b.1951). Romanzi nelle i takes inspiration from the sacred work of Abraham Abulafia (1240-1291), the Jewish mystic and father of linguistic permutation. First edition of 200 copies. Hardbound, 71 page full color book. CD of the 2015 rendition of Minarellis "Romanzi nelle i”, plus DVD holding the original 2013 performance" - Recital.

Artist: SCHMID, ERIC
Title: a channel, dedicated to Michael
Format: CD
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
“In 2013 I was living in California working as programmer and would talk to our friend Eric (I owe this formulation to Rachelle Rahme: http://michaelpollard.net/fqw/rachelle-rahme-our-friend-eric.pdf) on the phone every few days – hes always liked talking on the phone and I liked it then because I could take breaks from work and it was also nice to talk with our friend who was living in New York, where I had just recently left, but where most of my thoughts that were not related to work continued to be. He left a year and a half before I did just after the beginning of our final semester at school. Hed returned to the city to finish school shortly after I left to go to work. Now I am living in New York and he is in Chicago. From August 2014 to October 2015 we were both living in New York. On one of our phone calls he talked about an idea for art production that involved recording all his phone calls. At the time he had been writing these poems: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bw9NkmY9G3e4dzZjT2V0NXFDYW8&usp=drive_web and a lot of his calls would come directly after he had emailed a poem to me because he wanted feedback. I think that this CD comprised of all of the voicemails found on his phone dating from the years 2010-2015 is a response to that idea. “We have a calling to redeem weakness in the moment and to treat this indeterminate material as the solution to psychic stabilization,” he once said. Recently when I played him some recordings I had been working on he reminded me that I had expressed discomfort at his proposal to record all of his phone calls, so he did not do it. As someone who would talk to him on the phone every few days while I was on a break from work I was naturally uncomfortable with this idea because of a concern that it would alter the way that I would communicate with him. I know that his poems had altered the way that I corresponded with him through email and text and the nature of communication over the phone seemed in that sense less productive – over the phone communication could occur with our friend about art and life without concern for the immediacy with which the one could be interpolated through the other. The voicemails that are found on a phone are the result of an undirected editing process over time and the production of an album from them is the result of an automatic export process – a found form. I like to think about the voicemails in relation to our friends bag sculptures and poems. What is the bag? We say: a vessel, something of the kind that holds something else within it. He reminds me that in this context it may be fruitful to make reference to Dieter Roths “Flat Waste”, the various vagaries of life, self-portraiture, and auto-biography.” -Michael Pollard, June 2016.

Artist: SCHMIDT, DANIEL
Title: In My Arms, Many Flowers
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Recital is proud to publish the first album of American Gamelan composer Daniel Schmidt (b. 1942). Schmidt, who emerged in the Bay Area music scene in the 1970s, wove the threads of traditional Eastern Gamelan music together with American Minimalism (repetitive music). Schmidt was (and is still) a prime figure in the development of American Gamelan music – studying and collaborating with Lou Harrison, Jody Diamond, and Paul Dresher. He currently is a teacher at Mills College, teaching instrument building.

The recordings on Flowers date from 1978 – 1982, selected directly from Schmidt’s personal cassette archive. It holds two studio tracks, along with two live performances. The first track, Dawn (commissioned by composer John Adams), employs an early digital sampler provided by Pauline Oliveros. It holds the sound of a string quartet. The nature of this piece is breathtaking, an ocean of strings pulsing beneath the gliding bells of the gamelan – such a lovely interplay. Furthermore, the title track, Flowers, features the addition of a rebab, a traditional bowed instrument, which reels through the piece, netted and taught. The final two works are strictly gamelan compositions. Ghosts is a a dynamic piece; rife with dexterous euphoria- it well displays the skillset of the percussionists heard on the LP. The closing work, Faint Impressions, is a somber elegy. Demonstrating the fragility and grace possible with the gamelan; sounding almost as an evening piano sonata. This is album is unique document from an under-represented movement of American New Music. An account of the curious beauty and woven emotions hidden within resonating pieces of metal. Includes a 9″x9″ 12-page pamphlet of program notes & score excerpts." - Recital.
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Artist: V/A
Title: Cellar Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Should be considered as an early evening concert, each artist approaching the open stage in turn. Tall windows, greenery blowing outside, legs settling.
Rob Magills Living in Specific Worlds is a musical tape collage piece, with a string trio section stitched into the middle. Alec Livaditis performs solo cello improvisations. Two lovely vibraphone works of New York composer Michael Vincent Waller are featured.Then a brief intermission (with espresso served).

Celia Hollanders $3.33 project next explores the breadth of the piano; rolling and dancing. Salon, by James Rushford & Joe Talia – closes out the night. As fog resting in the room, slowly dissipating.
Edition of 250 glass-mastered CDs housed in a mini-LP gatefold wallet with an 8-page booklet with program notes & artwork from the artists." - Recital.

Artist: V/A
Title: Voooxing Poooêtre
Format: CD
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"A CD issue of the long unavailable international sound poetry compilation LP, Voooxing Poooêtre. Originally released in 1982, this collection was assembled by Italian sound poet Enzo Minarelli (who has also curated releases on Slowscan and Baobab, in addition to operating the 3Vitre imprint).
Comprised of voice works from the 1970s to the early 1980s, spanning a wide geography; Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Spain, and America. Including text-sound staple Bernard Heidsieck, Dada artist Klaus Groh, Italian artists Agostino Contò and Adriano Spatola (Edizioni Geiger), along with more unknown sound recordings from artists Giovanni Bignone and Grupo Texto Poetico, in addition to works by Minarelli himself. An appealing showcase of some less-prolific sound poets.
The recordings have been retransferred from the original 2″ tape, yet an inherent “home-recording” quality is prevalent in most pieces, which in a sense adds character and becomes part of the art itself.

“When you listen to these sound poems, you will notice that they don’t look so old as they appear. Many of the pieces anthologized were made in mid Seventies, at the beginning of the Eighties, and yet, despite almost four decades, they still explode their power of communication. Why? This is one of the great intuitions caught by sound poets, when one works into this apparently untouchable but really concrete, physical material of orality, vocality, or vocorality to use a neologism of mine, without being limited by the monopoly of meaning so typical of the written language, it keeps himself inside a safe area, an ever-green mix of words and sounds, of phonetics and linguistics, of notes and noises which make it similar to the Dorian Gray of sound poetry! …
Re-editing Voooxing Poooêtre, means to re-affirm the validity of the vocorality as a practice of research, that sort of freedom which allows the polypoets to experiment, to move even more and more forward the border of the vanguard.”
– Enzo Minarelli, 2015

Edition of 500 CDs. Housed in a 6-panel wallet, including a 24-page booklet reproducing the photos, scores, and writings from the original LP, along with a new foreword written by Enzo Minarelli in 2015.” - Recital.

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