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... thanks for everyone's patience during the move !!! while it did take about a week longer than scheduled to get even the most basic elements of mms up & running again (i.e. records back on the shelves [in order !!!] ; packing & shipping bench upright & operational) we can safely say that things are finally getting back to normal around here ...

... we're just about caught up with invoicing & shipping orders placed during our closure & we've started opening up the dozens of boxes of new titles that arrived in our absence, updating the site here to show all of the new arrival & restock activities over the past few weeks (scanner & stereo are still boxed up, so full workups are still pending) ...

... as a token of appreciation to everyone that helped us out by placing a "closeout" order in the days leading up to the move (and due to a number of requests for more time to properly investigate / strategize a more thorough sweep of the dwindling list of titles on offer) i've extended the exhaustive "closeoupacolypse" one final time until the end of the spring ; this should afford everyone the proper resources to make their final selections ...
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human ear music (germany) #hemk 026 lp

michael pisarotombstones” long playing record

  • blues fall
  • fool
  • new orleans
  • silent cloud

  • tombstone
  • a stranger
  • stop
  • a better way
  • why?
april 2013 release ; ... very interesting, conceptual release from composer michael pisaro, based around the idea of “samplingstructure & form from pre-existing pop musics ...

... performed by an ensemble of non-electronic players (with some familiar names :: tashi wada, julia holter, etc.) the music offers a certain impressionistic view that’s pleasurable both as an aesthetic experiment in transmutation ... and as music itself ...
human ear music press release...

michael pisarotombstones

following alain badiou, we might say that an entirely secular resurrection occurs when an idea that appears to be dead is taken up with a new impulse, possibly for different ends. the tombstones take tiny fragments of old and not-so-old songs and put them into an experimental music situation, introducing them to a kind of chaos, where the arrangement of the written out material is up for grabs.

in june of 2009 we took a group of musicians to studio paradiso in san francisco, made on-the-spot arrangements of the songs and recorded them, mostly in one or two takes. i selected performances with this question in mind: did the song happen?

- michael pisaro


this presents an exhilarating challenge in a culture already saturated by hallucination, paradox, and shadowplay. each tombstone, as these tracks are called, is literally a sampled bit of structure, tuning, lyricism, beat or phrasing; a mystery moment sourced from perhaps, the beatles, dj screw, bob dylan or ugk, to name a few. (the actual sources are a closely guarded secret, but in some cases not hard to guess.)

pisaro distills the archetype of sampling into a fragment of intention, the groundwork of a sound, and ultimately, a cultural techne at once beyond the reach, and at the origin of the act of editing. or in other words, it’s the knowledge-seeker’s paradox in music: while it is not possible to know all there is in creation, it is quite possible to distill the elegant, simple processes at its heart. with this distillation, pisaro attempts to freeze one curious tension after another, in which the voice (or the archetype of the voice) is shaken out of a field of interferences, and made to speak as if in song.

in the band, electronics are conspicuously absent (but not forbidden). two electric guitars (played by grier and pisaro) appear. otherwise, tombstones relies on a rather economical spread of acoustic instruments and percussion, some conventional, some not-so-conventional. the pulsating drones of harmonium (tashi wada, julia holter) and e-bow guitar anchor the field with unwavering strings (cassia streb, laura steenberge, laena myers-ionita) and flute (kelly coats) performed without a hint of vibrato. percussionist rob esler offers a surprising range of naturalistic (sometimes eerily synthesizer-like) performances that aim for halo more than punctuation.

the effect will be familiar to those who frequently listen to like-minded music whose focus is on unmediated experience of the subtlest timbres. however, in tombstoneszoomed-in context, a double-image is generated: a face in lucidity and a face in suspense. suspended, as it were, between exhilaration and anticipation, vocalists janet kim, julia holter, laura steenberge and lisa tolentino each approach their performances in unique ways.

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plunder-phonic
minimalism-drones

human ear music (germany) #hemk 026 cd

michael pisarotombstones” compact disc

  • blues fall (6:12)
  • fool (4:42)
  • new orleans (5:16)
  • i didn't say anything (6:45)
  • silent cloud (6:15)
  • tombstone (3:11)
  • a stranger (3:04)
  • unmoon (5:40)
  • stop (2:44)
  • a better way (13:45)
  • why? (0:05)
april 2013 release ; ... very interesting, conceptual release from composer michael pisaro, based around the idea of “samplingstructure & form from pre-existing pop musics ...

... performed by an ensemble of non-electronic players (with some familiar names :: tashi wada, julia holter, etc.) the music offers a certain impressionistic view that’s pleasurable both as an aesthetic experiment in transmutation ... and as music itself ...
human ear music press release...

michael pisarotombstones

following alain badiou, we might say that an entirely secular resurrection occurs when an idea that appears to be dead is taken up with a new impulse, possibly for different ends. the tombstones take tiny fragments of old and not-so-old songs and put them into an experimental music situation, introducing them to a kind of chaos, where the arrangement of the written out material is up for grabs.

in june of 2009 we took a group of musicians to studio paradiso in san francisco, made on-the-spot arrangements of the songs and recorded them, mostly in one or two takes. i selected performances with this question in mind: did the song happen?

- michael pisaro


this presents an exhilarating challenge in a culture already saturated by hallucination, paradox, and shadowplay. each tombstone, as these tracks are called, is literally a sampled bit of structure, tuning, lyricism, beat or phrasing; a mystery moment sourced from perhaps, the beatles, dj screw, bob dylan or ugk, to name a few. (the actual sources are a closely guarded secret, but in some cases not hard to guess.)

pisaro distills the archetype of sampling into a fragment of intention, the groundwork of a sound, and ultimately, a cultural techne at once beyond the reach, and at the origin of the act of editing. or in other words, it’s the knowledge-seeker’s paradox in music: while it is not possible to know all there is in creation, it is quite possible to distill the elegant, simple processes at its heart. with this distillation, pisaro attempts to freeze one curious tension after another, in which the voice (or the archetype of the voice) is shaken out of a field of interferences, and made to speak as if in song.

in the band, electronics are conspicuously absent (but not forbidden). two electric guitars (played by grier and pisaro) appear. otherwise, tombstones relies on a rather economical spread of acoustic instruments and percussion, some conventional, some not-so-conventional. the pulsating drones of harmonium (tashi wada, julia holter) and e-bow guitar anchor the field with unwavering strings (cassia streb, laura steenberge, laena myers-ionita) and flute (kelly coats) performed without a hint of vibrato. percussionist rob esler offers a surprising range of naturalistic (sometimes eerily synthesizer-like) performances that aim for halo more than punctuation.

the effect will be familiar to those who frequently listen to like-minded music whose focus is on unmediated experience of the subtlest timbres. however, in tombstoneszoomed-in context, a double-image is generated: a face in lucidity and a face in suspense. suspended, as it were, between exhilaration and anticipation, vocalists janet kim, julia holter, laura steenberge and lisa tolentino each approach their performances in unique ways.

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yik yak (usa) #yik yak 018 lp

tashi wadaalignment” long playing record

  • alignment • direct (12:40)

  • alignment • retrograde (12:40)
october 2010 release ; incredible, seemingly out-of-left-field debut release from tashi wada, a west coast composer perhaps best known as the accomplice / son of yoshi wada ...

a gorgeously executed display of upper-harmonic-series movement & the psycho-acoustic properties of carefully controlled tuning systems (a medal has assuredly already gone out to violinist marc sabat for his performance here ; channeling the painstaking adherence to micro-tonal accuracy of phill niblock’s music ... only in a real-time, live-played setting !!!) that, halfway into each of the two given iterations, starts to affect & distort signal headed to / from your temporal & occipital lobes on a scale that transcends mere interruption ...

gorgeous edition (c/o the endlessly capable alan sherry / siwa) comes in a silk-screened sleeve with a nice, letter-pressed insert, with a dubplates & mastering-cut (rachad must have had a field day with this one !!!) lp (pressed @ 45 rpm for maximum effect) tucked inside ... one of my favorite records of any genre / stripe in recent months & easily one of the issues of the year ; highly recommended !!!
yik yak press release...

yik yak is proud to present alignment, the first ever release of music by tashi wada, son and collaborator of yoshi wada.

alignment pairs the direct and retrograde motions of an eight violin canon in just intonation. the canon gradually cycles through the first 128 pitches of the harmonic series which are transposed into one octave.

marc sabat plays all eight violin parts, resulting in a true synthesis of vision between the composer and performer.

mastering by rashad becker. design and silk screens by alan sherry.
includes a letterpress print of a type drawing by tashi wada

limited edition of 400.

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