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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 ...
mimaroglu music sales best of 2010
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... and here we land again (a little more timely than last year, so there's that) ....

of the 1,092 titles (that's just the slimmest hair under 3-per-day ; not bad) we took responsibility for throughout 2010, the listings below represent what we feel are the best-of-the-best ; the titles that did very well for us, the ones that didn't (despite our enthusiasm & unilateral proselytizing on their behalf), the ones that raised the bar in terms of sound / design / concept, the ones that crept into our collective consciousness, the ones that became earworms & memes (geoff, literally, every single day, could be caught singing "i'm a zeven inch zingle" at some point throughout) ... i.e. the good stuff ...

for the first time this year, we both decided to do separate lists on top of what we were feeling of the mms-stocked stuff ; just to give use each some other way to express the zeitgeist ca. 2010 ...

keith's mms top 20 of 2010

new music ::

bill orcutt "way down south" (palilalia)
kevin drumm "necro acoustic" & "s/t" (pica disk) & (thin wrist)
jooklo duo "the warrior" (northern spy)
eli keszler "oxtirn" (esp-disk')
geoff mullen "bongo closet" (type)
terrorism "skyguide" (hospital productions)
dj yo-yo dieting "bubble thug" & "regurgitation as birth" (weird forest) & (cherried-out merch)
flower man "house of cards" (flanger magazine)
tomutonttu / oneohtrix point never "split" (alter)
hecker
"3 track 12"" (editions mego)
graham lambkin & jason lescalleet "air supply" (erstwhile)
larry marshall "queer and wonder" (rare youth)
messages "messages" (de stijl)
douglas quin "fathom" (taiga)
gärden sound "black summit" (digitalis vinyl)
raglani / outer space "split" (nihilist)
schurt kwitters "schurt kwitters" (open mouth)
usurper "let's just see what happens • 2.1.3" (rel)
tashi wada "alignment" (yik yak)

archival issues ::

"music for merce" (new world)
björn føngaard
"elektrofoni" (prisma)
tom hamilton
"pieces for kohn" (kvist)
otto muehl "psycho motorik" (no label)
fille qui mousse "trixie stapleton 291 • se tair pour une femme trop belle" (bichon)
charlie nothing "charlie nothing & dingulator" (de stijl)
alvin curran "under the fig tree" (die schachtel)
jean-claude eloy "shanti" & "gaku no michi" (hors territoires)
spela själv "reportage : spela själv" (no label)
heldon "allez teia" & "electronique guerilla" (wah-wah)
trevor wishart "fanfare & contrapunctus / imago" (pan)
gary kail "a soundtrack for nightmares" (new underground)
daphne oram "oramics" (young americans)
jim shepard / vertical slit "slit & pre-slit" (smudge)
charanjit singh "synthesizing * ten ragas to a disco beat" (bombay connection)
"enkele gemotiveerde produktiemedewerkers" (petri supply)
tristram cary "it's time for" (trunk)
love cry want "love cry want" (weird forest)

honorable mentions :: tapes on cylindrical habitat modules, catholic tapes, agents of chaos, nna tapes, razors & medicine, sloow tapes, wagon, semata, and deception island ...
geoff's mms top 20 of 2010

20 + 1, best of 2010 @ mimaroglu music sales

brian rurykcycle of fordsbennifer editions

j.d. emmanuelancient minimal meditationsnorth star productions

james ferrarolast american heroolde english spelling bee

otto muehl psycho motorikno label

charanjit singhsynthesizing ten ragas to a disco beatbombay connection

frieder butzmanni’m a 7 inch singleultra eczema

parson sounds/t” 3lp box, subliminal sounds

no ufo’ssoft coastnice up international

luc ferrariephemere i & iialga marghen

jim shepard / vertical slitslit & pre-slitsmudge

work/deathtender comradessemata productions

eli keszleroxtirnesp

tristram caryit’s time for tristram cary” lp

douglas quinfathom” lp

pietro grossicombinatoriadie schachtel

sigurd bergeearly electronic worksprisma

bjorn fongaardelektrofoniprisma

angst hase pfeffer naseseashard (elongated)no label

kfwdisingenuitypan

fille que moussetrixie stapleton 291bichon

various artistsmusic for mercenew world
keith's non-mms top 20 of 2010

gaspar noe
's "enter the void" movie ; scott jaeger's "the harvestman" eurorack synthesizer modules ; playing music at kevin harris' "floating laboratories" in saint louis ; finally getting a copy of the parmegiani / mestres-quadreny lp on emi ; c.c. hennix "the electric harpsichord" on die schachtel ; tobor experiment's "berna" vintage electronic music studio software for mac os x ; "revenge of the summon monsters" game for iphone ; hecker, kevin drumm, and jessica rylan live @ mit, during the maryanne amacher tribute ; "the complete arista recordings of anthony braxton" (mosaic) ; 4ms' "rotating clock divider" & "shuffling clock multiplier" eurorack modules ; hanging out in and recording an entire minimal-synth album in karl ekdahl's home studio ; synthesis technology's "e350 morphing terrarium" eurorack module ; batavus "old dutch" single-speed bicycle ; strymon's "el capistan dtape echo" guitar pedal ; the pauline oliveros / eliane radique / yoshi wada / sun circle "attention patterns" 2lp on black pollen press ; "the creeps!" game for iphone / ipad ; deerhunter "halcyon digest" (4ad) ; and playing at a series of well-organized & well-attented domestic experimental music festivals (high zero, neon marshmallow, hopscotch, propensity of sound) ...
geoff's non-mms top 20 of 2010

10 + 2, twelve hop-forward beers to be enjoyed in and around cambridge, ma

founders red rye pa
founders centennial ipa
bear republic racer 5 ipa
reisdorff kolsch
pizza port wipeout ipa
brewdog punk ipa
pretty things hedgerow bitter
pretty things american darling
coniston bluebird bitter
brasserie de la senne taras boulba
cask-conditioned green flash west coast ipa
wormtown ipa

[ed ; calling kölsch "hop-forward" is like calling coca-cola "funky"] ...

all the best for 2011 ... -keith fullerton whitman (mms' sole executive chieftan) & geoff mullen (mms' logistics officer)
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root strata (usa) #rs-44 cd

barn owlthe conjurer” compact disc

  • into the red horizon (5:11)
  • across the deserts of ash (16:59)
  • procession of golden bones (3:51)
  • ancient of days (14:42)
april 2010 release ; cd version of the now o/pbreakthrough” lp from chosen sons barn owl ...


excellent summoning of darkened light from this bay-area duo, hot on the heels of several well-received titles on root strata, blackest rainbow, not not fun, their own electric totem, and digitalis / foxglove ...

taking their cue(s, at least in part) from earth’s recent “doom americana” phase, there’s plenty in the way of slow, lumbering rhythms, played on heavily tremelo’ed guitar(s) and plodding drum-kit ; but for every measure of cinematic/pentatonic glory, there’s an equal dose of popol-vuh (hell, even organum, or artemiev at that) -esque flute & vocal droning that tempers the “power triocathars into something much more meditative ... highly recommended !!!
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barn owl
"the conjurer"

rs-45
cd
edition of 1000

the conjurer is the latest offering by bay area duo barn owl. this new long player finds evan caminiti & jon porras finally (by way of an actual recording studio) documenting something that is a bit closer to their very heavy live sets, with expanded peaks of white light distortion and enormous valleys of bottom end. each side opens with a brief funeral dirge to set the mood, a precession of bare bones drum beats and bell like guitar statements that bridge the gap to the wider open spaces of the almost side long 'across the desert of ash' and 'ancient of days''.

it may seem obvious, or even a little overwrought, but it has to be said that these guys really do evoke all kinds of cinematic drama with their music. apocalyptic westerns, bleak melodramas, mother nature fever dreams, it all seems to come to mind amid the evening guitar passages, incantations, flute tones, and finally, the solo piano that emerges lost among the electric mayhem to close the album. considering the amount of terrain, the conjurer is far from being scattered or rushed sounding. the record as a whole moves at a crafted even rhythm, slowly merging from one scene of violence to the next of almost silent recovery, then back up the mountain again.

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prisma (norway) #prisma 708 cd

sigurd bergeearly electronic works” compact disc

  • eg beisla min støvel (5:39)
  • preludium (4:55)
  • ritual (4:43)
  • sørgemusikk (6:47)
  • erupsjon (3:06)
  • delta (5:38)
  • (excerpts from) blikk (31:39)
october 2010 release ; lasse & lars have pretty much been kicking ass with the rejuvenated prisma label ... first the kåre kolberg disc, then the bjørn fongaard set, and now this collection of “early electronic works” from norwegian composer sigurd berge (whose appearances on the philips compilation “contemporary music from norway” - alongside arne nordheim & bjørn fongaard - were until now his only released work) ...

... working from backup copies of berge’s music found deep in the henie onstad’s archives, there’s a definite sense of mystery at play here (the pieces are believed mostly to have been composed at the tail end of the 60’s, with the extended “blikk” score recorded during november 1970) ; but one thing is certain :: the levels of sheer analogue pulse-wave grind & dripping reverb-tank excess attained throughout this collection are pretty much unparalleled (one needs only to listen to the sound-sample ; the entirety of “erupsjon” ; a sunken bleep-out coming across like the lost soundtrack to “space invaders”) in scandinavia (or anywhere else for that matter) during the era in question ...

incredible stuff ; highly recommended !!!
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sigurd berge: early electronic works cd

prisma records 708
releasedate 04.10.2010

prisma records is proud to present the first release dedicated to the music by the late norwegian experimental composer and electronic music pioneer, sigurd berge (1929-2002). this release shows some of berge`s earliest experiments with tape-machines and early synthesizers and is taken from three reels found in the henie onstad art centre music archives in 2009. the reason why these tapes are located here are probably because berge worked for several years at the norwegian studio for electronic music, located at the art centre. berge also was a part of the electronic music concert-series elektrofoni which took part at the centre from 1968 until 1983.

on the first tape we found the unreleased pieces preludium, ritual & sørgemusikk and the previously released pieces erupsjon and eg beisla min støvel. on a different tape we found the musique concrète piece delta, which berge also used in a collaboration with the avant-garde jazz trio svein finnerud in 1970.

the second part of this release is dedicated to one of norway’s first multimedia art installations entitled blikk. the work was commissioned for the henie onstad art centre in 1970 and created by the artists irma salo jæger, jan erik vold and sigurd berge. the installation consisted of jæger’s kinetic sculptures, vold’s abstract poetry and berge’s electronic music, all blended together with one of norway’s first computer generated laser-light shows. the multimedia piece was so complicated to produce that the engineeers halvor heier, birger komedal & harald schiøtz was hired for technical assistance. the pioneering work blikk was exhibited at the henie onstad art centre between april-may 1970.

prisma records is proud to one of norway’s most famous and acclaimed experimental composers and electronic music pioneers for the first time on a complete cd release.

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aguirre (belgium) #zorn 03 lp

brother ravendiving into the pineapple portal • eagle vision” long playing record and c40 cassette set

  • diving into the pineapple portal (12:54)
  • it's raining in atlantis (2:06)

  • speaking whale from my sea canoe (8:46)
  • happy astronaut (6:14)

  • eagle vision
  • four walled world

  • back to tonasket's hand
  • tran's mission
  • salamander
  • the foragers
october 2010 release ; deluxeultra analoguevinyl reissue of gift tape #gt000, complete with an exclusive tape of new material ...

while the reissue is a thing of wonder (like many of you, i wasn’t hipped to the majesty of gift tapes until the label’s second batch, missing this inaugural statement) steeped in wobbly, wow / flutter-addled drone-sound, both geoff & i agree that the set’s finest moments come on the tape (true to the duo’s whole modus) ; containing an extended set (another whole albumsworth, essentially) of more contemporary materials ...

excellent work on both fronts ; glad these guys are finally getting some recognition out in the world (case-in-point, this belgian issue) ; highly recommended !!!
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brother ravendiving into the pineapple portal lp

the synth explorations by brother raven recall cluster & harmonia with a touch of dream & fantasy. diving into the pineapple portal offers you a view into the craters of the synthesizer moon, seen from earth through 3d new age glasses. the original tape release of ditpp was only handed out to a few friends & artists. as this is one of their most profilic recordings, it deserves a proper release.

brother raven is a seattle-based duo that creates experimental music through improvisations with synthesizers, tape, and effects. drawing influence from synth music of the early 80s, inuit mythology, and time travel, their music combines the atmospheric zones of space music with the positive-vibe ambiance of early new age. formed in 2008 by jamie potter and jason e anderson.

released in an edition of 300.
comes with an optional c40 tape: eagle vision

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trunk (uk) #jbh 035 cd

tristram caryit’s time for tristram cary • works for film, television, exhibition & sculpture” compact disc

  • music for light (red / white) (4:12)
  • music for light (short orange) (1:10)
  • music for light (red / green / white dubbing track) (4:11)
  • visible manifestations (e1 a - d) (1:11)
  • visible manifestations (f 31) (0:38)
  • visible manifestations (e11, e12, e13, e14 a - e) (0:48)
  • a hill, some sheep and a living (1m 1 take 2) (1:53)
  • a hill, some sheep and a living (1m 2a) (1:00)
  • a hill, some sheep and a living (m6 take 3) (1:03)
  • opus (m1 - electronic titles, montage of metal sounds) (2:58)
  • opus (house sequence / cocktail party montage) (1:20)
  • opus (house sequence continued) (1:50)
  • opus (m6 a take 3) (2:14)
  • opus (green, drum track with reverb) (0:51)
  • tests, for casino royale (opening section) (0:25)
  • tests, for casino royale (torture sfx part 1 - persuasion by pain) (0:50)
  • tests, for casino royale (torture sfx part 2) (1:19)
  • tests, for casino royale (further sfx) (0:42)
  • centre music (4:16)
  • escalator music (0:40)
  • shaped for living (1m1, 7 sounds) (0:48)
  • shaped for living (1m5, 8 sounds) (1:21)
  • shaped for living (1m6 sounds 5-9) (0:44)
  • shaped for living (1m7, 18 sounds) (0:50)
  • shaped for living (2m8, 5 sounds) (1:00)
  • shaped for living (mixed track) (4:37)
  • the curious history of money (effects part 11) (0:45)
  • the curious history of money (m12) (1:04)
  • divertimento (start) (3:38)
  • divertimento 05 (4:09)
  • 3 4 5 - a study on limited resources (6:56)
  • narcissus (7:59)
april 2010 release ; excellent overview of the work of preeminent uk electronic music composer tristram cary, focusing on his 60s & 70s work ...

the main selling point (for me, at least) is the inclusion of his two 1970 galliard-label singles (i.e. “3 4 5 - study on limited resources” - listen to the sound-sample - and “narcissus”) ; but in fact the stray cues (including those for expo ‘67 & the film “casino royale”) & industrial commissions (the olivetti piece is esp. nice) featured on here are all incredible ...

an absolutely essential set for any fan of early electronic music ...
trunk press release ::

tristram cary
catalogue number jbh035cd

over the last few years intrepid music lovers have been investigating and enjoying the work of pioneering electronic musicians, electro-acoustic artists and all the groovy folks who spent hours manipulating and cutting tape to make new and exciting sounds. it’s meant that lots of interesting figures have been brought back into our musical view. but one of the most important, innovative, influential and almost forgotten artists of them all is tristram cary. he hasn’t had that much exposure over the last few years. not much at all considering he is known as the father of electronic music. well now his story is here. some of his experimental music is here. and you are here too. so buy this cd now and spend some time with the great man and his extraordinary compositions for film, tv, sculptures and exhibitions. and if you like this hopefully more cary recordings will follow.

the title for this album caused me lots of problems. in the end i decided that it was time we all learnt a bit more about this great man. he is a towering musical figure who lots of people have never really come across, but whose influence is all around us. for further joy i’d suggest looking up the following two obscure documentaries where the importance of his work becomes even more apparent: the same trade as mozart (1969), what the future sounded like (2007). featured on this album are a number of recordings from different sources, but all of course from the tristram cary archive. i’d agreed which archive pieces i was going to use with tristram about 6 months before he died. and thanks to the enthusiasm and help of his son mark, this project has continued.

jonny trunk


biography

tristram cary. 14th may 192524th april 2008.

born in oxford, he was the third son of famed novelist joyce cary (mr johnson, the horses mouth etc). as a youth tristram enjoyed a keen interest in science, sound and electronics, and even though his father wanted him to become a doctor, he supported his son’s desire to be a composer. cary went on to study at trinity college where he was introduced to the delights of modern classical music by friends michael flanders and donald swann.

as war broke out cary joined and served in the royal navy as a radar operator. here he encountered modern german tape equipment, and on his return to oxford started experimenting with recorded sound. after further studies in composition, piano, viola and horn, cary started gradually building up his own modern electronic studio, the first of its kind in the uk. thanks to his experiences in the navy and his mind for odd electronics, cary started constructing his own sound generators using discarded, defunct and decidedly cheap military equipment. simultaneously across europe similar minded musicians were working along similar lines, but cary was unaware of their sound or progress.

by 1954 cary was earning a living as a composer, and in 1955 got the job of writing all the music for new ealing movie the ladykillers. the film’s director, alexander mackendrick, had been cary’s drinking partner in their local boozer, the fringes in fulham road.

by the late 1950s the commissions were coming in at quite a rate, there was work for more films, radio, theatre and tv. much of this work was straight classical, but there were opportunities for cary to bring in his new ideas and electronic sounds. unusually cary was happy working across all musical mediums; he’d be content composing in a conventional classical style, and equally thrilled building electronic scores for modern commissions. in 1962 his radio musical the ballad of peckham rye won him the prix italia, and no doubt more international commissions followed.

he worked for the bbc on many occasions, most infamously creating the music and otherworldy effects for the dr who daleks seven part series in 1963 (this is the series in which the daleks first appear).

in 1967 he founded the royal college of music electronic studio, wrote the groundbreaking music for hammer’s quatermass and the pit, and in 1969 along with peter zinovieff and david cockerell founded ems (electronic music studios), the uk’s first ever synthesiser company. their first major products included the vcs 3 synthesiser, the suitcase synthi and the delaware, equipment that became the modern musical tools of their times. pink floyd, brian eno and the bbc radiophonic workshop would have all sounded very different without their ems equipment. at the same time cary was still experimenting with his very own studio and sound ideas, and through a local label in norfolk released two extraordinary short records (both on this release).

on demonstration tour in australia he was offered further work, and moved to adelaide in 1974 where he worked at the university under a number of different musical titles. he left in 1986 and returned to composing, and in 1991 received the medal of the order of australia for services to australian music. he carried on developing sound, consulting and composing for the rest of his life.

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cock rock disco (usa) #crd computers cd

the computers36:17:32” compact disc recordable

  • 36:17:32
back in stock. this first release by the computers is actually a single recorded improv session between dan walsh (the 100 year old man), ian epps ( the 4 year old child) and jason forrest (donna summer). recorded last fall in atlanta, this is what happens when three sets of computers lock horns.
cock rock disco press release ::
an immense pressure of atmospheric sound will overwhelm you! the computers transplant iron maiden and pink floyd samples onto pockmarked pure tones and scuffed up digital resonance. the result is a particle-laden computer jam for the tasting. -ian epps

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ultra eczema (usa) #ue 69 lp

cassis cornutamag ik eens even in uw broek pissen” long playing record

  • halo 10 (28-11-2008)
  • voor (28-11-2008)
  • claustrofilie (originele opname nog steeds spoorloos, reconstructie 2009)

  • ddadtaddadta (voorbeschouwing voor optreden, 2007)
  • mag ik eens even in uw broek pissen? (anticiperende plaatvervangersmix, 5-5-2006)
  • normadem,, het water liep onder en de lucht was flauw (18-7-2005)
february 2010 release ; words alone cannot express the ... ridiculousness of this particular ue missive ...

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right ... apparently mr. cornuta broke into dennis’ sprawling charing cross road suite late one night, drill in hand, and “added” extra spindle-holes to the entire pressing of his lp here, largely consisting of zonked, anti-music lineage pieces (scrabbling, water drops, etc ...) with the occasional “acidjam (which could just as easily be rebirth jams from the sound of things) that are much improved by the resultant wobbly list from playing the record from any of the supplied “alternate centers” ...

incredible stuff, housed in a prototypically gnarly dennis sleeve (to your left & below for detail) ; highly recommended !!!
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mag ik eens even in uw broek pissen lp

since 69 years i've been begging daniel de wereldvermaarde botanicus, aka cassis cornuta, if i could please start a second recordlabel which only releases recordings from his archive. this botanic's modesty is an absolute exception in times of an overdose of recorded farts, since 1974 cassis cornuta combines musique concrète, analog synthesizer carpets, weirdo acid, noise, fieldrecordings, tape music, free jazz etc in a puddle of madness spiced with odd staring, dozens of plants (cacti to be more specific), a encyclopedic knowledge about soundart, and an insane collection of hats!

besides that, daniel does a weekly radioshow on radio centraal in antwerp since 25 years, mainly playing a combination of recycled music, home recordings and a hell lot of noise!

this lp is playable on more than 4 different ways, depending on how many extra holes daniel drilled in each record by hand! some records contain 3 extra holes, some around 20 .. none of the lp's have just one hole, that would be selfish.

another beautiful collection of loner synth sound that makes your hangovers or lsd trips worth going for, the strangest beat oriented 303 and 808 acid snoop, and a combination of piss, wind and wood to bring back the good old plunderblur of the new blockaders.

this lp comes in a collaged cover design made with pictures from daniel's archive, with an insert and an extra photo. limited to 300 copies!

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feeding tube (usa) #ftr 040 lp

mel croucher / automata u.k. ltd.pimania” long playing record

  • the piland international anthem
  • pi-balled
  • crummy song
  • pimania

  • some people
  • pompey rock
  • leader of the pac
  • video nasty
  • bit of a cult!
  • ally pally wally
may 2010 release ; ... essentially an lp of off-color songs written & produced by zx spectrum computer-game programmer mel croucher in the early-mid 80s, mainly to augment (or “soundtrack”) a few of his company’s more inspired titles (with names like “piromania”, “olympimania”, “morris meets the bikers”, “go to jail”, etc...) ; many centering around a post pac-man character of his own devising known only as “pi-man” ...

naturally, the “outsideraesthetic that all but drips from this music has found a great match in ted lee’s feeding tube ; clearly ted’s gone all out to do this project justice, with the record housed in an eye-popping gatefold sleeve (with tons of liner notes & contemporary reflections from mel croucher) along with a printed inner-sleeve with a cut-out pi-man mask & a reproduction of the automata u.k. catalogue, and a huge double-sided fold-out poster ...

this is definitely one for the early home-console game ultra-nerd, or even fans of the private-universe british minimal-synth sound ... not for everyone, but highly recommended for those who “get it” ...

feeding tube press release ::

pimania
"the music of mel croucher and automata u.k. ltd.

"don't be so shy man, just come an' meet the pi-man"

the crown jewel in the feeding tube catalog. the music on this record was recorded from 1981-1985 as the conceptual soundtrack for computer games released on cassette by the british software house automata u.k. ltd. combining primitive synthesizer tones and meandering psychedelic blues guitar with cryptic, off-color lyrics about the multi-colored piman and his pals, this is unlike any other "computer music" you know or have imagined.

ultra thick gatefold, comes with cut-out mask, extensive liner notes and poster.


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chocolate monk (uk) #choc.217 cd

fritz dietlwebcor” compact disc-recordable

  • tape (3:00)
  • baoding tape (8:45)
  • complete tape (13:45)
august 2010 release ; i’m not going to lie to you ... i didn’t have anything to do with this disc, musically ...

i didn’t record it in westwood, nj in 1988 (although i did frequent mr. dietl’s famed ice-skating rink a few years prior, where more often than not i was feigning an ankle injury in the warm environs of the staging area, wiping out round after round of bubbles on the “scrubber” machine) ... nor did i, after hearing anton bruhin’s “inout” in 1998 procure a webcor tape machine & begin recording hours upon days of pause-button sound-poetry, guitar zonk, accordion jams, farfisa blurt, and cymbal-bash etudes, making copious use of the unit’s speed controls and quick-response transport to come up with basically an “answer” to bruhin (ok, a rip-off, i’ll admit it ... even though i staunchly deny it) ...

one thing’s for sure :: i most certainly didn’t perfectly balance a baoding ball on the unit, perfectly nestled amidst the rollers and reels, where it was set in motion by the tape itself, then disabled the erase head & recorded the results with the supplied microphone onto the tape itself, sound-on-sound style ... and when that was done, i absolutely did not overdub the baoding & bruhin tapes on top of each other, then play & record them with the baoding spinning ...

comes in a black & white slip-sleeve with collages that geoff mullen did not do ... not recommended !!!




chocolate monk press release ::
fritz dietl - webcor cdr
choc.217  

some weirdo magnetic tape dupster find, reassembled by keith fullerton whitman into a acidfied bruhin-esque beastly smell.

none of this gibberish, which seems to have been made mainly with half-depressed pause, fast-forward and rewind buttons (and maybe a half-depressed albanian cobbler), have any titles, so let me suggest a few: "butt.er.fl.eyes," "camel nad spit," "looka mi puddy (version)," "borg 9," "sitting on the harpsichord watching all the frogs go by," "the crepitation contest (pts 7-10)," "paddling the dinosaur," "stiffened argyle dangler," "rooster in a juicer," and "syd barrett's series of unfortunate furniture collapses." all kidding aside, i don't have the slightest idea what kind of sustained panic attack might have caused this record. maybe it was an overdose of mint snuff and a pickled egg enema in tinkly-winkly land that leaked out this gooey crust. your goose is as good as mine.

- ian nagoski

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pica disk (norway) #pica 019 cd

kevin drummnecro acoustic” quintuple compact disc boxed set

  • spraying the weeds (5:55)
  • blistering statick (4:39)
  • needleprick (2:06)
  • idle worship (18:19)

  • malaise (1) (4:16)
  • malaise (2) (9:23)
  • malaise (3) (3:20)
  • malaise (4) (2:10)
  • malaise (5) (1:47)
  • malaise (6) (1:36)
  • malaise (7) (2:54)
  • malaise (8) (2:21)
  • malaise (9) (15:00)
  • malaise (10) (6:44)
  • malaise (11) (4:01)

  • stomach acid (3:03)
  • blistering statick (7:01)
  • band pass (5:12)
  • take the focus off (2:52)
  • stale content (2:52)
  • bustelo (1:15)
  • trash (2:55)
  • dilemma 1 (3:45)
  • dilemma 2 (9:13)
  • older shit 1 (3:10)
  • older shit 2 (2:44)
  • totemic saturation (13:31)
  • the blurry stupor (10:15)

  • no edit 1 (23:33)
  • no edit 2 (34:37)

  • organ (54:54)
may 2010 release ; wow. didn’t see this coming ; a five-disc set compiling a bunch of of “small run” full-length titles issued over the past few years with kevin drumm’s name on them (including the hospitalmalaise” tape, the “s/t” lp on dilemma, his side of the 2673 split on kitty play) along with several discs of until-now unreleased music dating back to 1998 ...

while much of the material here is in & of the “noise” idiom(s), i was surprised to find much in the way of sparser materials (certainly the early-electronic feel of “old shit 1” was a revelation ; listen to the sound-sample) & high-frequency, keeninginside-your-head” pieces ala maryanne amacher’s “sound characters” ... plus the full version of kevin’s defining “organ(cut down to 17 1/2 on “comedy” but here restored to the full 55 minutes) is incredible, filling the room with a void of air-pushing bass that rivals anything in the sunn o))) canon ...

comes as 5 separate discs, each in their own full-color slip-sleeve, along with a 24-page booklet of dismal photos of presumably kevin’s wicker park lair (pre & post renovation / abandonment) ... i can’t see how anyone that’s been following kevin’s arc since his mid-90s solo guitar statements through the harsh noise & plaintive long-form drone work won’t be bowled over by this veritable treasure trove of material ; highly recommended !!!
pica disk press release ::

kevin drumm: necro acoustic
pica019. 5cd box set.

cd1. lights out
new album of necro acoustic material recorded 2006-2008.

2 pulse generators, band-pass filter, feedback, computer assistance.


cd2. malaise
reissue of the limited edition double cassette previously released on hospital productions in 2009.

guitar, oscillators, computer assistance.


cd3. decrepit
previously unreleased material from 1998-1999 and 2008 + reissue of drumm's tracks from split lp with 2673 on kitty play records (2005) + the limited edition lp on dilemma records (2008).

guitar, oscillators, filters, tape recorders, analogue synthesizer, computer assistance.


cd4. no edit<br>
new album of prepared guitar material recorded in 2009.

prepared guitar, eq, octave fuzz, rat pedal, marshall mini-amp.


cd5. organ
first full length release of this classic track heard in edited form on the "comedy" album. this is the full 55 minute version as recorded by jim o'rourke in 1996. believed to have been lost for years, but recently discovered.

thomas organ, chord organs, marshall jcm 900, ampeg 4x12 cabinet, bag end 2x12, rat pedal.


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thin wrist (usa) #tw-la lp

kevin drummself-titled” double long playing record set

  • untitled (1) (7:36)
  • untitled (2) (3:03)
  • untitled (3) (9:57)

  • untitled (4) (5:28)
  • untitled (5) (9:47)
  • untitled (6) (3:41)

  • untitled (7) (17:09)

  • untitled (8) (8:24)
  • untitled (9) (11:17)
may 2010 release ; out-of-seemingly-nowhere & absurdly production-value-oriented double-vinyl reissue of kevin drumm’s watershed debut full-length, replete with a newly-discovered set of era pieces released here for the first time (an entire new sidesworth of pointillist crackle !!! listen to the sound-sample for a taste) ...

regarding the music ::


... classic 1997 release, featuring “guitar”, “recorded directly to tape in fall, 1996” ...

upon its release (and even now, still, to some extent) this was a divisive title, not quite fitting in w/ the time’s reigning “lowercase” aesthetic, nor the harsh noise, metal, or digital music scenes with which kevin eventually found allegiance ... consisting instead of scrabbly figures run through an upper-threshold gate, then processed with heavy filtering and gain-based effects. there are certainly parallels between some of the harsher segments of “sheer hellish miasma” ; the final track’s 17 minutes of glacial drift hedged with at first subliminal, then overbearing dat-tape distortions reminds of some of his more recent collaborative work ...

a great album, a challenge for sure, but i’m amazed at how much more permissive we’ve all become to what was undoubtedly the most “out-there” thing any of us had ever heard back in97 ...


... comes in a (frankly, incredible looking / feeling) embossed glossy gatefold sleeve with new artwork (wax-damaged macro-images of the guitar used to ... generate this music) with two separate double-sided inserts (detailed below) ; plus, and i know this is like stroking a charged mare at this point, but the reference-quality cut c/o dubplates & mastering’s rachad becker is beyond good, revealing detail that i hadn’t even noticed in the digital 1/1 cd version ...

high praise to both c. spencer yeh for the vision to press this “un-cuttable” music to wax & peter kolovos for the epic “archival qualityrealization ... highly recommended !!!
thin wrist press release ::

thin wrist recordings presents the expanded and definitive double lp edition of kevin drumm's groundbreaking first album, originally released in 1997. featuring some of the most fiercely abstract and organic guitar work ever heard, drumm's debut is both jarring and completely alien. dubbed by some as the greatest prepared guitar record ever recorded it prefigured (and continues to trump) almost an entire decade or so of contemporary "out" music that would follow. beautiful and completely essential.

this edition includes an entire fourth side of previously unreleased recordings from drumm's personal archive, all recorded in the same era as the original album. it also includes entirely new artwork featuring the body of the actual guitar used to record the album.

the album comes housed in a heavy textured gatefold jacket and includes two full color inserts. high quality 2 x 180 gram vinyl pressed at pallas germany and mastered by rashad becker at d&m berlin.

looking back at kevin through his formidably individual tunnel of works, it's hard to remember that his first official recorded statement would be caught sneaking into bed alongside history's milestones of "solo instrument improvisation." or that, in turn, it also would be caught trying to sneak out of the house built by father jazz, into a backyard that still hasn't quite been fenced off yet. those running around chicago chasing down the sound in the mid-90's should've already known about this guy and his contributions both in and out of the relative spotlight. for those far from the city winds, thankfully they might've gotten the message in the form of this missive. in the afterglow of later love letters titled sheer hellish miasma and imperial distortion, it's absolutely overdue that this first musty green postcard be dug out, polished off, and framed.

judged by its understated title, "self-titled" aka "guitar" is incredibly literal -- what you hear is what you get. in the simplest considerations, the ensuing connotations and possibilities are wide open; the real-time velocity of urgent decision and movement are wrapped in a clearly-mapped compositional endurance that continues to stand firmly in the relative spotlights of this day. no surprise then, that even all these years later, we would still be trying to figure out exactly at which table kevin should squarely sit.

they say that every kid who heard this record immediately went out and grabbed a busted guitar with a scratchy selector switch, ready to subject their friends to fuzzy pauses of amp hum. i know of at least four.

-- c. spencer yeh, spring 2010, brooklyn ny



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nihilist (usa) #nihil 63 lp

kevin drumm / john wieseuntitled” long playing record

  • untitled (1) (4:56)
  • untitled (2) (3:29)
  • untitled (3) (7:53)

  • untitled (4) (6:57)
  • untitled (5) (8:20)
  • untitled (6) (3:14)
  • untitled (7) (1:39)
april 2010 release ; yes !!! this record has been in the works for a while now, covering a series of pieces recorded in collaboration back in 2006 by two of contemporary experimental music’s more ardent providers :: kevin drumm and john wiese ... glad it’s finally out !!!

oscillating between long sections of static spectral smear & heavily cut-up, explosion-oriented stereo-field mania (listen to the sound-sample, only but a few minutes at the tail end of side one) ; this is anything but a routine exercise for either party, with kevin savagely bashing a guitar & john transforming said into a multi-tiered attack of constantly morphing gain-stages ...

easily the most “hi-fiharsh noise recording i’ve hear all year ; the mastering & pressing quality are stellar throughout (natch i love the satanic cat insert as well ; detail below) ; highly recommended !!!
nihilist press release ::

kevin drumm / john wiese
untitled lp (2010)

very long awaited collaborative record by two fellows that need no introduction. mania inducing heavy waves of suffocating bass frequencies with ripping and tearing, hissing and speaker destroying hellstorm. recorded in chicago in 2006, cover art by alex decarli. pro-pressed covers pressed on black vinyl.

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esp-disk’ (usa) #esp 4058 lp

paul dunmall / chris corsanoidentical sunsets” long playing record

  • identical sunsets (5:07)
  • living proof (17:04)

  • better get another lighthouse (14:24)
  • out of sight (6:35)
2010 release ; always great to hear chris bash out in cahoots w/ a nimble, fleet-fingered horn player ... here uk stalwart paul dunmall ...

after a rousing solo border pipe screamer (listen to the sound-sample), things get right real quick, with the duo ascending & de-escalating through a wavering tide of third-mind improv ; paul keeping things lyrical & thick, chris following suit, occasionally taking the lead via impossibly slow build-up to full-on fire-music fury ...

once again, the contemporary reality of esp-disk’ is just as mind-bending as it’s historical relevance ... highly recommended !!!
esp-disk’ press release ::

esp 4058
paul dunmall & chris corsano - identical sunsets

best known for his collaborations with paul flaherty, michael flower and thurston moore as well as a year-and-a-half stint as the drummer for björk's volta tour, chris corsano is widely considered to be one of the most adaptive drummers of his generation. equally prolific is uk saxophone giant, paul dunmall, who has worked disparately with jazz greats like alice coltrane and evan parker as well as funk and folk acts like johnny guitar watson and dando shaft.

after a chance meeting in a taxi line at lisbon airport, a surreal intertwining of tours emanated. in between the lasers, confetti and face-painted fans at plymouth pavillions and wolverhampton civic hall, chris left the björk mega-tour to get down to business alongside the imaginative dunmall for some vital improvisation at slak bar in cheltenham, england.

this wonderfully recorded live set begins with dunmall swirling away on the border pipes (he may be the preeminent improvisor using bagpipes). what follows is an impulsive and lyrical improvisation, alternatingly sparse and impossibly textured. corsano's skittering marries perfectly with dunmall's rapid-fire lines. the melodies are expertly uncoiled so that they remain charged whether the tempo is at full speed or crawling. the set ends furiously, leaving no doubt that this duo was fated to work together.

personnel

paul dunmall : tenor saxophone, border pipes
chris corsano : drums

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editions mego (austria) #emego 101 cd

emeraldsdoes it look like i'm here?” compact disc

  • candy shoppe (4:44)
  • the cycle of abuse (4:57)
  • double helix (3:01)
  • science center (4:38)
  • genetic (12:06)
  • goes by (4:10)
  • does it look like i'm here? (7:28)
  • summerdata (4:47)
  • shade (4:25)
  • it doesn't arrive (3:33)
  • now you see me (3:28)
  • access granted (4:04)
may 2010 release ; after much speculation & fanpire mongering, emeralds here “arrive” with their thirdproper” album, released on peterpita rehberg’s editions mego ...

a few changes are afoot :: gone are the side-length slow burners, replaced here by a suite of remarkably succint pop numbers, taking the band’s trademark synth / guitar / synth attack into new realms ... also, notably, the production values are through the roof, capturing each stray oscillation and phantom guitar echo in amazing detail ... all things lending to what is undoubtedly the band’s towering recorded achievement thusfar ; finely honed & poised for international superstardom (they’re set to tour japan with fenn’o’berg this summer) ; highly recommended !!!
editions mego press release ::

emego 101 / emeralds
does it look like i'm here?
cd

release date: 24.05.2010

emeralds are john elliott, steve hauschildt, and mark mcguire
recorded july - august 2009 and january - march 2010 in cleveland, ohio
mastered by james plotkin
vinyl cut at dubplates & mastering, berlin
art by emeralds
cover photo by jen gomez
layout by mike pollard and jen gomez

does it look like i’m here?’ is the third official album by emeralds (after "solar bridge" on hanson, and the self-titled lp on their own wagon and gneiss things imprints, as well as countless small edition tapes and cdrs on a host of labels) and once again it presents another radical new direction for this cleveland trio.

it sees the group moving from playing single oscillator analog synthesizers to really complex analog and analog/digital hybrid as well a great deal of guitar synthesizers, not to mention fine tuning their skills as brilliant tunesmiths. simply put, the results are outstanding.

comprising of a number of tracks from their recent  ultra limited 7 vinyl series on wagon, as well new compositions exclusive to this release. this fine selection of tunes surpass anything they have achieved in their 5 year career. perfect melodies intertwined with ripping sequences and a guitar sound that floats perfectly throughout. although most tracks cover new ground in that they follow a shortened pop format’, more long form cuts such as the towering genetic and the title track will give fans of their earlier work something to grab onto, or totally let themselves go depending on the state of mind.

having spent all their lives in the relative isolation of cleveland means their music has developed into a vital, stunning unique hybrid that may have not been able to blossom in more active urban centres.

does it look like i’m here?’ heralds a turning point for all those involved and is perfect vivid soundtrack to emerge out of the recent harsh grey winter. fresh, shiny and totally essential.

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editions mego (austria) #emego 101 lp

emeraldsdoes it look like i'm here?” double long playing record set

  • candy shoppe (4:44)
  • the cycle of abuse (4:57)
  • double helix (3:01)
  • science center (4:38)

  • genetic (12:06)
  • goes by (4:10)

  • does it look like i'm here? (7:28)
  • summerdata (4:47)
  • shade (4:25)

  • it doesn't arrive (3:33)
  • now you see me (3:28)
  • access granted (4:04)
may 2010 release ; after much speculation & fanpire mongering, emeralds here “arrive” with their thirdproper” album, released on peterpita rehberg’s editions mego ...

a few changes are afoot :: gone are the side-length slow burners, replaced here by a suite of remarkably succint pop numbers, taking the band’s trademark synth / guitar / synth attack into new realms ... also, notably, the production values are through the roof, capturing each stray oscillation and phantom guitar echo in amazing detail (not to mention the quality of the lp cut - yowza - d&m’s rachad becker outdoing even himself) ... all things lending to what is undoubtedly the band’s towering recorded achievement thusfar ; finely honed & poised for international superstardom (they’re set to tour japan with fenn’o’berg this summer) ...

lush gatefold double-lp with a gnarly fold-out 24” x 24 poster (like this ::





... you know, for the dorm-wall homasote ; beats yr swan song black-lighter any day of the week) ; highly recommended !!!
editions mego press release ::

emego 101/emego 101v
emeralds: does it look like i'm here? double gatefold vinyl
release date: 24.05.2010

emeralds are john elliott, steve hauschildt, and mark mcguire
recorded july - august 2009 and january - march 2010 in cleveland, ohio
mastered by james plotkin
vinyl cut at dubplates & mastering, berlin
art by emeralds
cover photo by jen gomez
layout by mike pollard and jen gomez

does it look like i’m here?’ is the third official album by emeralds (after "solar bridge" on hanson, and the self-titled lp on their own wagon and gneiss things imprints, as well as countless small edition tapes and cdrs on a host of labels) and once again it presents another radical new direction for this cleveland trio.

it sees the group moving from playing single oscillator analog synthesizers to really complex analog and analog/digital hybrid as well a great deal of guitar synthesizers, not to mention fine tuning their skills as brilliant tunesmiths. simply put, the results are outstanding.

comprising of a number of tracks from their recent  ultra limited 7 vinyl series on wagon, as well new compositions exclusive to this release. this fine selection of tunes surpass anything they have achieved in their 5 year career. perfect melodies intertwined with ripping sequences and a guitar sound that floats perfectly throughout. although most tracks cover new ground in that they follow a shortened pop format’, more long form cuts such as the towering genetic and the title track will give fans of their earlier work something to grab onto, or totally let themselves go depending on the state of mind.

having spent all their lives in the relative isolation of cleveland means their music has developed into a vital, stunning unique hybrid that may have not been able to blossom in more active urban centres.

does it look like i’m here?’ heralds a turning point for all those involved and is perfect vivid soundtrack to emerge out of the recent harsh grey winter. fresh, shiny and totally essential.

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intransitive (usa) #int 036 cd

failing lightss/t” compact disc

  • moon on the first hunt (2:25)
  • revealing scene (6:18)
  • serve in silence (6:37)
  • telling artifacts (4:40)
  • the comfort zone (18:32)
august 2010 release ; here’s one i’ve been waiting on for ages (or at least as long as it’s been seen howie told me was doing it) :: the intransitive debut of wolf eyes / hair police member mike connelly’s failing lights project !!!

mike’s issued a steady stream of excellent cassettes (largely via his own gods of tundra label) over the past five years, but it wasn’t until he foisted a few copies of the “a cruel picture3-disc box upon us back in 2008 that it really clicked for me :: this wasn’t a set of grimy, sewer-escaping sludge but in fact a rather subtle set of chiming minimalism, forged with the same nuance (albeit rendered in far crispier fidelities) as travellers like yoshi wada & charlemagne palestine ...

lo & behold, this disc continues on where “cruel” left off ; offering an uninterrupted chunk of minimal crackle, hissy vocal filigree, ring-modulated guitar klang, and tape-mangled bells, all ebbing & flowing throughout like characters in an altman movie, culminating in one hell of a rising organ drone ...

i, too (much like steve, dom, and ... henry ... below) hear this as the crown jewel in mike’s extensive discography ... highly recommended !!!

ps. i’ve put up an extra-long sound-sample of the piece/disc’s triumphant final section as it’s a gorgeous slow-burner whose subtleties would be lost on a regular 2-minute job ... enjoy !!!
intransitive press release ::

int036 failing lights cd

mike connelly's failing lights cd is a deep trip into darkness, density and dimension. this work is not random noise. connelly is able to bend sound and texture at will, with a great deal of control. he sculpts huge amounts of space and intensity with a great deal of grip. really good!

- henry rollins


...

with the first full-length cd of failing lights, mike connelly melds his diverse and obscure personal musical interests into one inspirational album. patience. minimalism. refinement. restraint. filthy dirty home recording, executed with the cutting skill of a sound-art composer and the heart of folk music. an amazing album, by far his best!

- dominick fernow, prurient


...

never before has the solo force of mike connelly been so clearly on display. failing lights is a dark necessity, an important document from one of underground music's most important figures.

- steve lowenthal


...

an evocative work of bleak electronic atmosphere and suffocating dread, failing lights is the intensely personal vision of michigan (via lexington, ky) artist mike connelly. while he has toured the world as 1/3 of legendary industrial/noise units hair police and wolf eyes, connelly spends his days crafting a much different sound on his own. under the failing lights flag, he has selfpublished a nearly uncountable number of cassettes and cdrs of rough drones, detuned improvised grit and unstable acoustics in tiny editions that quickly vanish into collector-land. intransitive is proud to present the definingand first widely availablefailing lights statement, an album of sinewy horror with a fine-tuned beauty within its darkness.

a single piece in five sections, failing lights begins with disquietingly barren negative space. as the album creeps forward, it steadily dispenses sheets of diffuse throat-scratch and skittering strings, culminating in a blast of molten organ. not noise, ambient, improv, black metal, or anything else: this is failing lights .

available august, 2010. edition of 1000, in shrink-wrapped jewel case featuring full color artwork by the artist.

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solförmörkelse (sweden) #sol 01 ep

gaerra / mirrors are blacksteglad b/w flickljus” seven inch single record

  • gaerra - steglad

  • mirrors are black - flickljus
november 2010 release ; first single from solförmörkelse, a split effort by these two mälmo acts, with gaerra’s blackened minimal-synth (en)trails blazing an auspicious mountain path leading to mirrors are black’s expert-level contemporary noise-addled musique concrète figures that open up into a surprisingly layered, excoriating drone-cloud (listen to the sound-sample) ...

an excellent single, one that i’ve found myself playing a few times already ; i have a really good feeling about this series & this is the (logical, actual) best place to start ...
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sol01: gaerra / mirrors are black split 7"

glitter in the gutter! after the brilliant "snittet" tape on ingen våg gaerra returns with an agonizingly bleak industrial exercise on the a-side. on the flip, mirrors are black brings a dark stew of field recordings, layered synth-bliss and concrete noises värnhem style.





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die schachtel (italy) #ds20 cd

pietro grossicombinatoria” double compact disc set

  • pietro grossi - pg4 - 1965 (excerpt) (10:42)
  • pietro grossi - sp - 1965 (excerpt) (6:44)
  • pietro grossi / s 2f m - om - 1966 (excerpt) (11:15)
  • vittorio gelmetti - modulazioni per michelangelo - 1965 (8:34)
  • riccardo andreoni - studio sugli impulsi - 1968 (excerpt) (6:38)
  • albert mayr - proposta sonora viii" - 1968 (excerpt) (6:30)
  • aurelio peruzzi - studio 1 - 1967 (4:23)
  • smet - el 25 - 1966 (2:50)
  • nps - interferenze 2 - 1967 (4:13)

  • pietro grossi - create [a] (0:30)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 24 (5:17)
  • pietro grossi - fuga xii (1:34)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 11 (2:10)
  • pietro grossi - silencio (0:06)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 17 (1:09)
  • pietro grossi - fuga xii inversa (1:26)
  • pietro grossi - arte della fuga elaborata (1:30)
  • pietro grossi - combinatoria 1970 (3:44)
  • pietro grossi - monodia 1970 (9:57)
  • pietro grossi - create (2:08)
  • pietro grossi - silenzio (0:06)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 25 (0:56)
  • pietro grossi - fuga xiii (1:36)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 11 (2:51)
  • pietro grossi - fuga xiii inv (1:39)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 27 (1:45)
  • pietro grossi - arte della fuga elaborata (1:33)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 42 (6:38)
  • pietro grossi - create (11:24)
  • pietro grossi - variazioni su scarlatti sonata 119 (1:35)
  • pietro grossi - sound life 11 (3:07)
march 2010 release ; finally on a proper, replicated cd, the bulk of the pietro grossicomputer music” 2lp (originally issued by “two nuns” in 1972 ; though most of you prob. know it via the creel pone replication) ...

about which ::


historically i’ve never been all that fond of first or even second-tier moog / computer-sploitation lps; i’m talking about “switched on bach” and the flock that followed in its wake - “switched on country” / “everything you always wanted to know about the moog*” / etc... while i’m sure it was all well & good @ the time (as the record-buying public proved in record numbers), but in retrospect it’s not all that interesting to hear mussorgsky’s “pictures at an exhibition” synthesized on a moog 900 series modular, or george jones on a pdp-11 at that...

so... why is this collection of late 60s / early 70s computerized insanity, presented in essentially the same manner (albeit with much nicer artwork), so damn amazing? in the same way that someone like louis wain’s later paintings of cats are so damn amazing when compared to those of his “fruitful” career; he, not unlike grossi here, went through the looking glass and came out the other end with his grand-vision altered beyond recognition...

the first disc/lp offers a 12 minute demo (in italian) of the ibm system/360 software systems (referred to as dcmp* and play1800* throughout...), then 2 bach pieces, then a side of paganini etudes, all realized using the aforementioned software/hardware system... but even here we’re starting to witness signs of grossi’s willingness to roam into “non-musical” territory; parts are sped up and slowed down well beyond recognition, parameters are ruthlessly tweaked into needle-in-the-forehead domains using shrill, generally unpleasant timbres... but that’s not even the weirdest part...

by the second disc/lp, grossi has thrown the notion of realizing “known” music(s) out the window entirely, instead offering up a series of blistering original compositions realized on the same system/software... only these are just fried, buzzing-bee-scapes, on par with with what people like florian hecker are doing with modern machines and software... yet this was back in 1971! by the time the 20-minuteunending music” starts drilling through your cortex, things are already way beyond normal and far into the realms of the unreal... case in point grossi’s own description of said piece in the booklet (also containing an essay entitled “computer and pentagram” (?!?)) ::


sound agglomerates the elaboration of which, as in the case of «monodia», is virtually unending. in this work, variations in timbre and volume of the sound are added to those of tempo and frequency. the composition of monodic, with the exception of a two voices section from the eleventh to the fifteenth minute. direct bi-channel recording was made possible by the digital-analog converter


as to the “sound agglomerates” :: anyone’s guess... one can almost witness grossi’s descent into madness as the solo studio hours/tan start piling up; the neat holes in all of those punch cards getting messier and messier (again... ala louis wain; his cats getting more & more angular; their insane eyes eventually taking over the frame...vs. grossi’s transposed classical melodies eventually giving way to a collection of 200mph atonal arpeggiation and raw sawtooth burn...) those wanting to experience the whole range from method to madness can start right at the beginning; others with shorter attention spans and a tendency towards the absurd will want to jump right to the second disc for a veritable mind-fuck that trumps most contemporary computer-skree... just ridiculously noisy/buzzing sawtooth crunch... and again, from the early 70s no less!


... this is augmented with a disc of music composed at grossi’s s 2f m by a league of composers including vittorio gelmetti, albert mayr, teresa rampazzi, riccardo andreoni, aurelio peruzzi, and others ... all shining examples of 60’sacademictape music, in and of itself something of a treasure-trove ... but issued in accord with the aforementioned computer music skronk, this set becomes an essential document of not just italian electronic music, but the entire global early tape/computer music scene ...

highly recommended !!!
die schachtel press release ::

pietro grossi combinatoria

genre: early electronic, tape music, early computer sounds
format: cd box
description: deluxe silver cd-box, silver-foil design, complete with a 28-pages booklet in italian and english

a comprehensive guide to the core recordings of one of the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical musicians from italy, this 2-cd box deluxe edition captures pietro grossi’s original vision, presenting a wide selection of his studio early recordings, beautifully re-mastered to preserve the enduring quality.

pietro grossi used to playfully define himself as pigro [lazy], but he wasn't lazy at all! few musicians have been working everyday at such a cracking pace, creating, teaching and writing, and when we listen to his music we should bear in mind how this complex figure of musician, cellist and composer, and also visual artist, has developed creative thinking in a path where a blend of very different aspects organically cohabited.

since the late '50s grossi was convinced of the potential of the 'new sound' and was totally obsessed with pioneering it, to the point where he would found the s 2f m (studio di fonologia musicale di firenze) in 1963 -  which made its headquarters in florence at the conservatorio, and then in his apartment! - spending days and nights on end splicing tapes and working with various modified machines to create his abstract soundscapes. the two cds features his first analogical electronic music, as well as some s 2f m studio works by colleagues such as vittorio gelmetti, gruppo nps (with teresa rampazzi) and albert mayr, while the second disc is focused on the prototype computer generated sound synthesis.


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digitalis vinyl (usa) #digiv028 lp

gärden söundblack summit” long playing record

  • forbidden paradise
  • beast of burden

  • hidden origin
  • obsidian sky
october 2010 release ; debut release from this new aggregate, featuring 2/2’s of barn owl & eternal tapestry’s dewey mahood & jed bindeman ...

the curious use of umlauts would lead one to believe that the intended destination is gårdet ca. 1970, but the two main pieces are definitely rooted in seattle ca. 1991 ; monolithic guitar bloom, caveman drums and the like ... that said, the two “opener” pieces show a lighter touch, with some nice, snaking, modal guitar interplay amidst jed’s subtle malletings ...
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digiv028: gärden sound "black summit lp

when it comes to blown-out psychedelia, the first current band i want to hear is eternal tapestry. when it comes to desolate desert blues, that band is barn owl. those are two pretty potent names in the world of experimental music right now so when 4/5 of them join up for some portland sessions, that's good news for us all. gärden sound is the quartet of dewey mahood and jed bindeman of eternal tapestry (as well as plankton wat & heavy winged, respectively) and jon porras and evan caminiti of barn owl. "black summit" is their first charcoal-lined foray into the deep and if you can't get lost in this haze, there's not much hope.

immediately evident is the incredible restraint shown by all four players. they're not being timid or trying to feel each other out, but there's an obvious level of comfort and understanding between each. with three guitars and bindeman's trademark drumming, it would be easy to drown everything in full-on sludge but gärden sound are too damn good to play that game. opener, "forbidden paradise," sets the scene. methodical guitar works lull the listener into a solemn state of comfort while bindeman adds to the hypnosis with tribal-infused narcotic rhythms. the build-up is slow but gets you ready for the knock-down blasts of "beast of burden." heavy stomp and zoned-out, smoked-out guitar riffs that blow the roof to oblivion. this is music that needs to be played as loud as you can stand it.

"hidden origin" calms things back down, contemplating the next move while finding its way through the blackened labryinth concocted by porras, caminiti and mahood. each guitarist finds his own path as they lead each other to the prize. the 14-minute closer, "obsidian sky," brings everything home. sprawling riffage like a dense forest of apocalyptic crumble. desolation takes hold as the molasses drones take shape and form themselves into an unpassable mountain of debris. it's mind-bending and cathartic; a sonic temple crushed to ash so it can rise again. gärden sound prove worthy opponents, ably standing on their own and stomping out their own trail toward the stars.

mastered by james plotkin. vinyl only edition of 400 copies w/ original cover art by evan caminiti.

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kvist (usa) #kvist 006 cd

tom hamiltonpieces for kohn • formal and informal music” double compact disc set

  • modhera
  • bonampak
  • girnar
  • fatehpur

  • formal & informal music
  • crimson sterling mvt. 1
  • crimson sterling mvt. 2
  • crimson sterling mvt. 3
march 2010 release ; long-awaitedlegitreissue of these two seminal mid-70sprivateelectronic music lps from composer/synthesist tom hamilton ...

not to put too fine a point on it, but many of you may remember that, a good five years back, “pieces for kohn” was both the impetus for and the inauguralreplicationfrom the fledgeling creel pone series, about which ::


a package arrived on the reckankomplex doorstep just now return-addressed from a “creel pone(i suppose we’ll have to leave everything else up to speculation) containing a few copies of this item here ... a rather well done (albeit of dubious-legality) repro of an absolute gem of a 1975 pointillist bleep-fest (the colors even come close to approximating the neons of the original somnath-label lp artwork and the cdr is printed very neatly! damn i’ve got to get one of these new inkjet printers...) by mr. thomas hamilton, now better known as a member of robert ashley’s ensemble & the member of various ensembles on the pogus label.

being someone enamored with all of the elements that make the lp great (1. private press edition, 2. musical accompaniment to visual art, 3. created on a serge modular) i will spare the gush and let you know that this is the real deal ... super dense multi-occurence synth freakouts in varying degrees of complexity. no hokey trance-like arpeggiations, in fact no regular rhythms at all. super mysterious and ultra-inviting, just the way it should be...


... this version adds the successive “sister” album “formal and informal music” to the equation (featuring the talents of human arts ensemble member j.d. parran & st. louis new music figure rich o’donnell), ups the ante with a detailed booklet of liners & reflections and offers improved (read: non-transcribed-from-vinyl ; frankly both “pieces” and “formal” sound incredible) mastering from tom’s own tapes ...

while the rag-tag percussion/synth grappling of “formal and informal music” offers a wild ride, i (still) consider “pieces for kohn” no less than one of the most important american electronic music statements of the 20th century ; it should be mentioned and observed/experienced alongside the (frankly, far less interesting) canon(s) of morton subotnick, jacob druckman, priscilla & bart mclean, et.al ... fans of 60s / 70s electronic and/or synthesizer music (ala douglas leedy, nik pascal, steve birchall, and the like) ; i give this, to you, my highest recommendation !!!
kvist press release ::

kvist006 - tom hamilton - pieces for kohn/formal & informal music
artist: tom hamilton
release date: fall 2009
limited run of 500 on 2xcd

reissue of 2 out-of-print works originally released on the artist’s own somnath label. formal and informal music contains the title piece formal and informal music (1980), and crimson sterling (1973) for electronics, winds and percussion, and also features jd parran, woodwinds and saxes, and rich o’donnell, percussion. pieces for kohn is comprised of four electronic pieces, musical responses to four paintings by artist bill kohn.

disc onepieces for kohn
disc two – formal and informal music

tom hamiltonarp 2500 synthesizer, e-mu microprocessor keyboard, serge synthesizer, custom electronics.
rich o’donnellbass drums, bowed cow bells, tabla, gamelan gongs, talking drum, marimba bars, timpani, cymbals, tubalum, koto-veen, aqua-lips, sprahng, chinese cymbal, tom-toms, timpani, roto-toms.
jd parran – flute, clarinet, alto flute, alto clarinet, nagaswaram, alto saxophone.

the pieces for kohn celebrate the process of an extremely gratifying collaboration. it has been a constant challenge to work with artistic concepts that have been first defined by another form. that is, the intangibles came first from the paintings, rather than from just own own fantasies.

the titles of the pieces correspond to the titles of four selected paintings. in each of the four pieces, i have considered expression of both the general style and the specifics of that painting. in this way. i was able to let each piece develop its own character while still complementing the painting.

bill’s paintings are warm, vibrant, and best of all, have a personal identity that is all-kohn! i hope a little bit of it rubbed off on me.”

t.h.


...

thomas hamilton is the director of the washington university electronic music/recording studio. he was born in 1946 and received early musical training from thelma taglin and thom davis mason. he attended the university of wisconsin and studied there with john downey. he holds an m.a. from washington university and studied composition with robert wykes. his favorite food is cheese.

bill kohn is a painter and printmaker who teaches at the washington university school of fine arts.

the original tapes were performed at the opening of bill kohn’s exhibit at the terry moore gallery in st. louis, in january, 1976. the recording was supported by a research grant from washington university. bill schulenburg assisted the re-mix and did the mastering.



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editions mego (austria) #emego 095 ep

hecker3 track 12”” long playing record

  • (5'12") (5:12)
  • (2'40" + 0'48") (3:28)

  • (23'32") (23:32)
june 2010 release ; “accessible” work from florian hecker, consisting of two rhythmic pieces (the second being almost ... “bluesy” ... listen to the sound-sample for evidence) followed by a side-length svp smear (the stuff of nightmares, perhaps) all executed & cut to the highest perceivable spec ... highly recommended !!!
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emego 095 / hecker
3 track
12"
edition of 500

written and produced by florian hecker
cut by rashad becker at dubplates & mastering, berlin, april 2010.
cover: florian pumhösl, modernology 15, 2007, courtesy galerie daniel buchholz
typesetting by tina frank
3 track 12 features pieces produced on occasion of a comme des garçons homme plus fashion show held in paris, january 2009.

this could be seen as some of hecker’s most accessible work to a date, and a fine addition to any serious electronic music collection.

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rotifer (usa) #rc37 cs

iasosinter-dimensional music” c54 cassette

  • libra sunrise (1:25)
  • formentera sunset clouds (4:42)
  • lueena coast (4:55)
  • rainbow canyon (6:52)
  • lagoon night (1:32)
  • siren shallows (2:21)
  • aries (1:27)
  • crystal petals (3:15)

  • osiris bull-man & elephant walk (5:40)
  • creation (1:52)
  • cloud prayer (5:10)
  • angel play (10:33)
  • the bubble massage (4:42)
  • maha-splendor (5:52)
december 2010 release ; fully authorized, legit edition of this 1975, all-time pina classic, finally re-issued on “god’s format” :: professionally duplicated & imprinted cro2 cassette ... to wit ::


... one of those records that i’ve seen on ebay a number of times but never gave a second-thought about because of the new age connotations ... but here, listening to it in depth in comfort: damn !!!

there are a few really nice pieces on here! namely the close-your-eyes-and-its-fennesz chord-wash of “angel play”, the muted drones of “cloud prayer”... and in fact any of the pieces over 4 or so minutes: they all seem to dip your toes in a magic lake and, by the time your knees are wet there’s always something really interesting going on (there’s even a ~5 minute jam called “bubble massage” that consists of nothing but recordings of water bubbling all overdubbed atop each other!)


iasosdigi-verb’ed autoharp bliss-outs have never been as well captured as on this record, which pretty much third-mindedly blueprinted for the entire new age / azimuth-leaning revival of the past few years ... highly recommended !!!
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rc37: iasos - 'inter-dimensional music' (c54)

this is the album that began both the legacy of iasos and the genre of "new age" music in 1975. this can be thought of as a sonic journey through a great many realms - from etheric tropical to inter-planetary - great for "consciousness-travelling" via sound. professionally duplicated on cassette for the first time in over 30 years onto type ii, chrome format.

designed for focused listening - definitely not as "background music".

i find your inter-dimensional music needing new words to describe it. i feel as though i were entering a new world - a new and very profoundly beautiful world.

- r. buckminster fuller (in a letter to iasos)


iasos is doing the classical music of the new age.

alan watts, metaphysical philosopher


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digitalis vinyl (uk) #digiv060 lp

imaginary softwoodss/t (deluxe vinyl edition)” double long playing record set

  • untitled (1)
  • untitled (2)
  • untitled (3)

  • untitled (4)
  • untitled (5)
  • untitled (6)

  • untitled (7)
  • untitled (8)
  • untitled (9)

  • untitled (10)
  • untitled (11)
  • untitled (12)
november 2010 release ; ah, excellent ... was worried this reissue of emeralds johnouter spaceelliott’s obscure imaginary softwoods output would slip us by ; alas john was on the ball & supplied us with a decent grip for the laterally inclined ...

i’m tempted to frame this as john’s stab at satie-styled salon music ; certainly the melancholic, cyclic phrasing of the more “hands-on” pieces (listen to the sound-sample) do remind me of the velvet gentleman ... but then again the other half of the record is in familiar territories ; gorgeous filtered drone-cloudings with endless layers of almost subliminal, fleeting automations that are anything but static ...

incredibly nice euro / uk edition (manufactured by the boomkat folks by proxy for brad / digitalis) ; similar spec to the recent emego vinyl of “does it look like i’m here” ; full color euro gatefold double with full-color everything (with interesting, almost jandek-esque label-art) ; highly recommended !!!
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digi060: imaginary softwoods s/t 2lp

three years ago, a triple cassette oddity appeared out of nowhere adorned in washed-out nature collages and zero information. turns out that john elliot of emeralds was behind the madness, and after further dissection of the sounds enclosed and it all began to make sense.

those three tapes (one yellow, one blue, one red) were the first taste of something that felt like a lost private-press object from the early european electronic experimentations of the '60s & '70s. each vignette is its own story, its own exploration. synthesizers and other electronics are stripped to their bare bones, never drifting beyond a mere five minutes. it's the brevity that is the guiding hand, though. every tone and every note is carefully considered and utilized as you're sucked into a world of washed-out colors and sullen landscapes.

one thing that immediately stands out with these pieces is just how restrained elliot is with them. it adds considerable tension, even if its understated, giving the album a surprising amount of emotional depth. each piece is its own miniature mountain, traversed and left behind all in a matter of minutes. as you interact with the subtlety changing harmonics and tonal shifts, you begin to float away into synthetic dreams. if all bedroom albums were this great, i'd never leave the house. a true gem.

completely remastered for vinyl by james plotkin and cut in berlin by d+m. the deluxe vinyl edition is presented in full-color gatefold jackets with all new art from john elliot in conjunction with the inimitable witchbeam.

all tracks untitled

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northern spy (usa) #ns 003 ep

jooklo duothe warrior” seven inch single record

  • primitive power (4:23)

  • fire liberation (5:26)
november 2010 release ; now that’s what i’m talking about ... after being whispered about in the most hallowed of halls, the duo of virginia genta (whose recent rooftop duo set w/ chris corsano on 8mm was an out-and-out slayer) & david vanzan finally get a “mass-market” edition ...

hot on the heels of gigs w/ sabu toyozumi & sonny simmons ... and a week-long run at the barbican in london (where they performed musical accompaniment to merce cunningham’s final piece, alongside takehisa kosugi, john paul jones [!?], and sonic youth) comes this devastating blast, equal parts ayler-lineage “fire music” and borbetomagus-styled carpet-bombing that’s as powerfully psychedelic as it gets ...

comes in nice screen-printed sleeve (c/o eli keszler’s rel studio) on some bonded stock, with a b/w insert ... one of the singles of the year afa my own sensibilities are concerned ; highly recommended !!!
northern spy press release ::

catalog #: nsvs 003
artist: jooklo duo
title: the warrior

genre: avant jazz
number of discs: 1
format: 7
street date: 11/09/2010

artists on this album
virginia genta: tenor and soprano sax, clarinet
david vanzan: drums

not since albert ayler stalked the hamnar of stockholm and reverberated his fire music off the walls of les tenements has there been an avant-garde jazz saxophonist who can all out wail like virginia genta can. don’t let her calm presence fool you. nor should david vanzan’s taller stature lead to believe this is not an equal opportunity free jazz freak-out. from when their poles first were converged by the cosmic force in 1999, italy’s (with finnish godparents) jooklo duo has been winning hearts and brains worldwide through jaw-dropping performances and a series of limited edition releases keeping at bay ravenous fans only long enough to get to the next gig. now, for their first u.s. release, northern-spy records launches its own assault on an as yet unsuspecting public with the 7, the warrior.

recorded october 11th, 2010, at troglosound home studio, it’s as compact and complex as a leather-bound book of esoterica ready to haul you off to the most hidden lands of universal energy.

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alga marghen (italy) #alga planamk6 lp
planam (italy) #alga planamk6 lp

k-salvatorethe kermes infestation” sextuple long playing record boxed set

  • quartz wisdome (1)

  • quartz wisdome (2)

  • undo the pipes of norseland (1)

  • undo the pipes of norseland (2)

  • the bread of affliction (1)

  • the bread of affliction (2)

  • the hotel of power (1)

  • the hotel of power (2)

  • alpha trinidad (1)

  • alpha trinidad (2)

  • gratis (1)

  • gratis (2)

alga marghen press release ::
k - s a l v a t o r e
"the kermes infestation"
……2
(cat no. k planam 6)
6lp record box
edition limited to 145 copies

planam proudly presents k-salvatore the kermes infestation 6lp box masterpiece. this is the first ever available edition as the elusive self published triple tape on sound@one was originally released in 1996 in an invisible edition of just 10 copies. pre-dating the glorious four impossible puns” double lp on siwa these recordings represent one of the most solid and estreme accomplishments in a parallel to no neck blues band early era universe.

k-salvatore is the enigmatic entity created by no neck blues band founding members pat murano (decimus, key of shame, malkuth, raajmahal, kelippah records) and jason meagher (black dirt studio and records).

during the summer of 1995, k-salvatore purchased 10 copies of an instructional audio cassette package on remainder at a local barnes and noble. the group then endeavored to replace the originally contained instruction with their own. over the course of the remainder of that summer, jason meagher and pat murano met once a week to record six continuous improvisations. one for each side of the package. once completed the 10 copies were distributed amongst friends and family for study.

akin to a 5+ hour kidnapping ordeal that culminates, not with freedom restored, but instead disembowlment in a sad man's bathtub.

available now on 6 lps with individual silkscreened sleeves in a hand colored and silkscreened heavy box, in a numbered edition of 145 copies only.

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new underground (usa) #nu666 cd

gary kaila soundtrack for nightmares • solo electronic music 1979-1983” compact disc-recordable

  • centering, or more ugly black stuff (29:20) 1983
  • backward motion (6:12) 1980
  • they should leave (5:55) 1979
  • buried alive (16:32) 1979
june 2010 release ; ... a few years back while on tour in france, my host played me the gary kail / zurich 1916creative nihilism” double lp (iridescence, 1984) with which i was immediately smitten (i’ve yet to track it down at anywhere near a reasonable price) ... it’s a sprawling collection of “punktape music, steeped in the iron glow of “metal machine music” & featuring input from later players like brad laner, carla bozulich, and the like, all recorded under the auspices of anti guitarist garywhatever kail ...

right around the same time as he was architecting said lp, gary did a bit of “solo electronic music” ; all collected here & issued for the first time since the 1984 micro-cassette edition (the one damned with faint praise by tim yohannan below) ... listening to this with contemporary ears / sensibilities in place, it’s clear that this should be seen as much more than a one-off weekend “out sesh ; the opening track’s endless moog-drone, guitar scrape, & reverb-tank bash predate sunn o)))’s similarly aligned tracks by a coupla decades - and while the straight reich / anders-persson plunderphonic voice-phasing of “they should leaveis what it is, the noise-guitar shrapnel of “backward motion” sounds like a west coast hardcore variant on allan bryant’s “space guitars” & the closing track’s alarm-call electronics & stream-of-consciousness echo-tank ruminations are exactly the sort of thing i have dreams about finding ...

nicely-produced cd-r edition ; comes in a flat-black joule with a sticker affixed to the front ; liner card inside, stickered-on discface ; highly recommended !!!
new underground press release ::

maximumrocknroll issue 13 (april 1984) ::

gary kail - "a soundtrack for nightmares" cassette

the other side of gary (from anti and mood of defiance) emerges in this classical experimental "music ." actually, only one "piece" approaches music, as the rest consists mainly of tape loops, extended notes, and noise. so drop that of lsd, have that thorazine near at hand, and venture out into the stratosphere . (tim yohannan)

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