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Artist: ETANT DONNES
Title: Re-Up
Format: Double LP
Label: Munster
Country: Spain
Price: $27.00
"Double LP version. Munster Records present a reissue of Étant Donnéss Re-Up, originally released in 1999. For Re-Up, Frances Étant Donnés (Eric & Marc Hurtado) brought in Alan Vega, Lydia Lunch and Genesis P-Orridge to provide lyrics and vocals for specific contributions. Vega, featured on the first four tracks, juxtaposes his stream-of-conscious vocals with the phasing pulses and analog crackles and sighs on "Shadows Lights", responding to the rhythmic ticking and splintering synth on the title cut, helping on a track he originally wrote with Martin Rev to cover Suicides "Ghost Rider" with an eerie Elvis Presley vamp, along with the epic "Brutal Piss Rods". Lydia Lunch follows on "Sexodrone", a lengthy piece where treated trumpet from Mark Cunningham duels with Lunchs breaths and icy cold delivery. Genesis P-Orridge brings along a different feel with a steady spoken word work on the three final tracks: the metallic gongs, bells and revolving synth washes of "At Last", the companion piece "Angel With Iron Wings" and "Secret Tear". The latter track also features Bachir Attar, leader of The Master Musicians Of Jajouka, playing the ghaita; P-Orridge and Attar conclude the voyage with a vigorous call-and-response between P-Orridges instrument of flesh (voice) and Attars human-made one. A perfect soundtrack for sensual explorers. The last bonus track is a 2014 remix of "Ghost Rider" by Marc Hurtado that gives the feeling of being transported into the center of an intergalactic war. Packaged in new artwork." - Munster.

Artist: ETANT DONNES
Title: Aurore
Format: LP
Label: Penultimate Press
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
First vinyl reissue; originally released on CD in 1990 by Touch. "Through them, it is the volume of each word that becomes an “objectsculpture.” The word, the voice, the volume take shape with each other, unveiling a theatre that theatre usually ignores. In the power of voices and semantics, as well as in the severe body/mind combination, inseparable from each other, I find in Aurore a song of the bodies, indispensable to any sound values" - Henri Chopin. “Penultimate Press presents the first release in a three-part series based around the four field-recording-based works made between 1990 and 1994 by the legendary French act Étant Donnés (brothers Eric and Marc Hurtado, born 1959 and 1962 respectively in Rabat, Morocco). Aurore opens the triptych and is made from ambient sounds collected like dew from nature. The gathered sounds were then used as a sound texture for the poems strewn among the field resulting in a single entity of arresting sound and text. Aurore is focused around an alchemical fire/water battle, this water which does not wet the hands. Aurore shares some convulsive movements that establish a link with Étant Donnéss earlier works, for instance that exuding scream, worthy of the one Artaud uttered in his legendary 1947 radio program Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu. Eric and Marc Hurtado succeed in achieving what many sages consider to be the very purpose of magical art: to create ones own ritual and, being ones own referent, to become a vibrating point in the cosmos and be receptacle for natural energy, in the heat of the sun in an attempt to merge with the Whole. Aurore comes remastered and repackaged in a high-gloss sleeve with fully printed high-gloss inner sleeve, in a limited edition of 500 copies. It remains an extreme and beautiful sonic journey sitting outside of time.” - Penultimate Press. "Listening to Aurore, our two actors record, undoubtedly owing to the influence of the Mediterranean cradle, single umbilical cord of two great religions, the influence of both Latin and Arab worlds -- Gaelic short and long sounds can sometimes be perceived -- since their dictions are such a synthesis of several origins. Any true sound poetry is shattering, the really oral one is there in space, with the plus of the media machines, of the voices that slip through them, overwhelming them with the splendor of the bodies." - Henri Chopin.

Artist: ETANT DONNES
Title: Royaume/Aimant + Aimant -
Format: LP
Label: Penultimate Press
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
“Run horse run Sting bee sting Fly fish fly Burn miracle burn How beautiful your eyes are when they look into the void” --Marc Hurtado. “This is the second of three reissues focusing on the works of Étant Donnés based on field recording and voice. Royaume (originally released on CD by Touch in 1991) is made up of four tracks and is a kind of purifying journey through the four elements that symbolically refers to the light evoked by the color green, an allegory of the grail and of the light-bringing angel. As to the poems, they tend to amount to their essentials, as is the case on the track "Matin," which is both Taoist and surrealistic. Aimant + Aimant - (originally released as a split CD and 10" by Danceteria in 1992) presents itself as a magical alchemical mantra based upon the force of love, the force of life. "Like true buffoons from ultra-world, Ericand Marc Hurtado succeed in achieving what many sages consider to be the very purpose of magical art: to create ones own ritual and , being ones own referent, to become a vibrating point in the cosmos and be a receptacle for natural energy, like those bright patches or that black point recurring in their magical music, real poems-paintings and irremediably aiming , like an insect caught between the circle and the cross, in the heat of the sun in an attempt to merge with the Whole." --Stéphane Duval. “Two pole like two bodies like two hearts like two magnets. The wind, the sea, the breath, the fire. Nothing more than nothing. Everything is in everything.” --Marc Hurtado.

Artist: ETANT DONNES
Title: Le Soleil, La Mer, Le Coeur Et Les Etoiles (Black Vinyl)
Format: LP
Label: Rotorelief
Country: France
Price: $25.00
"Rotorelief present Le Soleil, La Mer, Le Coeur Et Les Etoiles, recorded in 1982 but previously unreleased. This music, like all first works of Etant Donnes, was made without any instrument or effect - It is the fruit of long work on raw sound material coming only from nature field recordings. Standard black vinyl in an edition of 300." - Rotorelief.

Artist: ETANT DONNES
Title: Le Soleil, La Mer, Le Coeur Et Les Etoiles (Red Vinyl)
Format: LP
Label: Rotorelief
Country: France
Price: $27.00
Red vinyl version in an edition of 200. "Rotorelief present Le Soleil, La Mer, Le Coeur Et Les Etoiles, recorded in 1982 but previously unreleased. This music, like all first works of Etant Donnes, was made without any instrument or effect - It is the fruit of long work on raw sound material coming only from nature field recordings." - Rotorelief.

Artist: ETANT DONNES
Title: Tapes 1977-1983
Format: 6LP BOX/DVD
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $175.00
"6LP leather box with DVD. "The box provides all of Etant Donnes avant-garde tapes released between 1977 and 1983 on the famous French BainTotal-Label Recordings including: La Vue, Lopposition, Letoile Au Front, Ceux Quon Aime - Ce Que Je Hais, Cinq Portes Soudees, Les Cents Jours Clairs. The release also contains a DVD with live performances of Etant Donnes over the last three decades. The music of this Etant Donnés first period (1977-1983) boxset describes a rite of passage from mortality to divinity, a powerful but hidden passion craving beauty and burning love that can be conquered only by another form of secret pain, that of losing yourself in the cosmos and becoming part of the muddy streams of distant stars. Their soundworks are constructed through the manipulation of natural sounds, using the variation of velocity and intensity of the recordings, the cutting and splicing of tape. Etant Donnes compositions are passionate and brutally communicative, their music and words are minimalist just like the writings and chants of the religious mystics Sufi, trying to recover the virginity of the words and sounds, they map new territories and establish their own personal rules. These first tracks contains all the brutal collages of found sounds investigating nuances of sounds that at times verges upon silence, the inspired and enraptured meeting with earths natural forces, an homage to the shadow of night, to the vineyard and the golden door. In these first six LPs Etant Donnés create their own brand of total audio expression using belches and punches, their attention is concentrated on the symphonic cacophonie organisation of disorganized found sounds, using magical rhythms only directed by cosmic rules. A perfect way of organizing natural sounds that obeys fundamental principles that everyone wishes to convey, a music able to tear down walls and build a universal comprehension, a cosmic law of beauty, a magical and alchemical act of poetry." - Vinyl-On-Demand

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