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Artist: DRUMM, KEVIN
Title: Elapsed Time
Format: 6 CD Box
Label: Sonoris
Country: France
Price: $50.00
"Since his emergence in the experimental music scene, about 20 years ago now, Kevin Drumm has perpetually shaken up conventions of various sub-genres with his major albums, for example, shifting from the tabletop/prepared guitar with his first self-titled album (1997), to noise with Sheer Hell Miasma (EMEGO 053LP, 2002), to ambient/drone with Imperial Distortion (HOS 134LP, 2008). He has been notably prolific recently, with numerous self-released CDR and digital releases. Elapsed Time is a collection of some of these recent works, dating from 2012 to 2016: desolate ambient drone (Middle Of Nothing (2016), February (2016)), "cassette tape music" or raw musique concrete, (Earrach (2013), The Whole House (2012)), computer assisted live electronics and rough spectral music (Crooked Abode (2015), Bolero Muter (2015)), with additional tracks from Tannenbaum (2013) and Shut-In (2014). Elapsed Time documents one of the key figures in American avant-garde at his peak of creativity. Remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi; Hi-fi system recommended." - Sonoris.

"Elapsed Time is undoubtedly destined to be a classic, and one of the finest experimental tomes to emerge over the last years. . . . despite his noisy reputation, KD music can be overwhelmingly sensual even at its loudest, providing a form of minimalism replete with a delicate, melancholic motion. How wildly divergent emotions rise, hover, and fall using so little is a mystery that only Kevin Drumm can provide. While you may not find an answer, you can certainly get lost in the question." -Fabio Carboni (SoundOhm/Die Schachtel)

Artist: PBK & WOLF EYES
Title: Rabid
Format: LP
Label: Sonoris
Country: France
Price: $18.00
Rabid consists of six tracks mixed by Phillip B. Klingler, aka PBK, between 2004 and 2006 using Wolf Eyes source material, this is the Wolf Eyes lineup of 2000 to 2005: Nate Young, John Olson and Aaron Dilloway. Klingler: "I was given the audio sources (via cdr) by John Olson at the Ear Candy Festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2004. None of the compositions on the album were completed using a computer, they were all recorded live in my home studio or at gigs and radio shows directly to digital." Three of the pieces on the LP were previously released in Russia on the CD, Under My Breath in 2009. Also in 2009, the American Tapes label run by John Olson released a CDR of the PBK & Wolf Eyes collaborative tracks as part of the ongoing "Live Frying" series. Later, Rabid was available for a brief time as a net release. One review from the time stated: "Not a single track passes by without conveying grisly and creepy sensations of imminent death or disaster." Mastered for vinyl by Giuseppe Ielasi and with the beautiful cover illustration created by Pole Ka. American composer, Phillip B. Klingler, better known as PBK, has been active in the experimental music underground since 1986. His compositions are created using extreme turntable manipulation, sampling, analog and digital synthesis. Improvising spontaneously and with little preconception, PBK creates pulsing, dense soundscapes of unknown sonic origin. Wolf Eyes is a post-industrial/noise band from Detroit, Michigan. They are widely considered the "kings of US noise." "Their development since the earliest rumblings in 1997 has yielded some of the most staggering and genre-defining sounds of noise and sound arts dense, largely obscured history." - Allmusic.

Artist: RODEN, STEVE
Title: A Thousand Breathing Forms
Format: 6 CD + 3" CD Box Set
Label: Sonoris
Country: France
Price: $46.00
"A Thousand Breathing Forms, the second boxset of Steve Roden archive works released by Sonoris, is a selection of unreleased or hard-to-locate works from 2003 to 2008, a very prolific and creative period for the Californian artist. The boxset is centered on his hard-to-describe loop based sound works that are uniquely his own, such as Stars Of Ice (2008), A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell (2007), but also includes the conceptual "One Hour As The Bumps Of Surfaces" and some more musical or instrumental works. So Delicate And Strangely Made, the title of one of his very first records (2003), could still be the right description of his sound work, rooted in visual arts and architecture, mixing conceptual rigor, and experimentation, without neglecting musicality. Most of Rodens sound works tend towards using a singular source -- such as objects, architectural spaces, field recordings, or texts. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi; Edition of 500." - Sonoris.

Steve Roden on the collection: "Stars Of Ice was inspired by a Chinese 7" record salvaged from a thrift store. Stills For Guru Dutt came out of my love of discovering my favorite Bollywood director, and the En/Of (2004) record used the sound of the great Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi. 22 Letters And The Resonance Of A Three Pointed Star was inspired by an early 1960s building for the Olivetti design firm in Ivrea Italy, where the original installation was placed within the lobby where it was modulated by the space. A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell was of course, inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, but also George Brechts water yam scores. The banjo used in Banjoharmonium was found at the flea market (my home from home), and the harmonium was a gift from my friend Damon. . . . To These 4 Horizons was, again with collaborating with architecture, making recordings in the rain on the site of Le Corbusiers Ronchamp after getting lost for hours while trying to find our way through torrential rains (that you can hear on one of these tracks). Sleep/Walk/Drive was a collaboration, also something important to keep one honest. The last track, so tiny, was a cover version of the oldest recorded sound we know, and the story of that not only generated this track, but a sound and video installation."

Artist: RODEN, STEVE/IN BE TWEEN NOISE
Title: Every Color Moving (1988-2003)
Format: 6 CD Box
Label: Sonoris
Country: France
Price: $50.00
"Every Color Moving consists of six discs, covering seven hours of the first fifteen years of Steve Rodens musical activities. The first four discs contain unreleased works and impossible to find small editions. The last two discs offer a selection of tracks made for compilations during the same period. From the surprising early experiments to the development of his often imitated but never equalled "lowercase" aesthetic, these are some of Rodens earliest works, documenting numerous rare and unreleased recordings. The discs are accompanied with a 32 page booklet with an essay and extended track notes, written by the artist. Steve Roden (1964) is a visual and sound artist born in Los Angeles. Rodens work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance. Rodens earliest musical experience was as the singer of the Los Angeles punk band Seditionaries from 1978 to 1982, performing locally with some famous bands from this scene. Rodens early works moved from loud to quiet in the midst of an emotional crisis at age 18, fueling a shift in his work, with the discovery of Enos Obscure label. In the early -1990s Roden discovered the Broken Music catalog (an encyclopedic survey of records related to visual artists), offering a context for an artistic practice rooted in both visual and sound art. In 1990, Roden released his first recording on a self-released cassette titled the secret of happiness under the artist name In Be Tween Noise. Since then, Roden has released 45 solo recordings on various labels, alongside numerous collaborations and compilations. By the late 1990s, Roden began to use his own name as the artist of his solo recordings. Most of Rodens sound works tend towards using a singular source - such as objects, architectural spaces, field recordings, or texts. These things become abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or "possible landscapes". In 2000, he used the term "lowercase" to describe a music that "bears a certain sense of quiet and humility". Over the years, he has created a rich and diverse body of work that is uniquely his own, mixing conceptual rigor, experimentation and musicality." - Sonoris.

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