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... this "classic" version of the site will remain up for the time being, mainly to allow "stragglers" the chance to acquire items from our ongoing "closeouts" campaign as well as view & acquire catalogue items that have yet to migrate to the new site ...

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... while we largely kept our heads down during the greater part of 2012 (geoff began a post-grad program, i spent the latter half of the year commuting between cambridge & melbourne) there was much to celebrate in the world of new releases of both new music & archival classics ...

... below you'll find a complete listing of everything that's still in stock and/or in print that landed here @ mms during the calendar year 2012 that we (both) dug, that sold well, that didn't sell well (despite our enthusiasm) ...
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machine-music
live-electronic
modern-psych

 best of 2012 !!! 
nna tapes (usa) #nna 050 lp

matt carlsonall moments” long playing record

  • a moment
  • raindrop garden
  • field electric
  • reality club

  • a lock against oblivion
  • standing wave
  • all moments
september 2012 release ; ... long-awaited follow-up to matt carlson’s “particle languagelp (draft, 2011) as well as the landmark 50th release on nna tapes (way to go toby & matt !!!) ...

... as said was perhaps the single most zeitgeist-defining album of contemporary music we “workedlast year, the existence of new set of “live-playedanalogue modular synthesizer music is a major cause célèbre ... while the tone here is vastly more streamlined & dareisayaccessible” than “particle” ‘s often entirely abstract patch-cable wizardry, the adherence to consistently melodic modules & straight-tempi simply shows us another side of carlson’s formidable vocabulary on his chosen dot.com modular & voice / vocoder arsenal ...

... amazing record ; highly recommended !!!
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nna050: matt carlson all moments lp

nna is proud to present our 50th release, matt carlson’s all moments long-playing record. where 2011 s particle language lp acted as a study in texture and density within experimental synthesizer music, all moments finds carlson engaging with the more traditional musical materials of melody, harmony, and rhythm, calling to mind his work as one half of portland, or duo golden retriever. the pieces on this record range from shorter pop études to longer, more open improvisatory synth studies, retaining a sense of playfulness and expressiveness within a highly focused and calculated framework.

recorded to four-track cassette and primarily hand-played with very little-to-no auto arpeggiation, all moments captures an often-overlooked warmth and human quality in electronic music, emphasized further by carlson’s use of modal and tonal vocal studies, electronically transformed by his use of the vocoder. the result is a well-rounded collection of colorful, exuberant electronic music.

mastered and cut by lupo at dubplates & mastering, berlin. artwork by jason traeger.

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fluxus
site-specific
experimental-instruments
modern-composition
field-recordings

 best of 2012 !!! 
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ricerca sonora (italy) #rs1 lp

philip corneritalian air: wind, water & metal • aria italiana: vento, acqua & metallo” long playing record

  • ear wave” (16:58) 1994

  • gong/ear” (11:57) 1990
  • i respiri/the breaths” (8:38) 1992
february 2012 release ; ... sublime, “art-gallery” edition from the italian ricerca sonora imprint, covering three of fluxus artist philip corner’s 90’s sound-works, each involving site-specific explorations of instrumental interference (gong, alp-horn) recorded outside in “the elements” ...

comes as a deluxe, full-color lp edition with two inserts (detailed below) ; highly recommended !!!
ricerca sonora press release ::

ricerca sonora
presents

philip corner
italian air: wind, water & metal lp
 
label: ricerca sonora
cat.: rs1
format: vinyl lp
edition: 300 copies
 
edition of 300 copies. single cover with 2 inserts.

ricerca sonora proudly presents, as its first release (rs1), a new philip corner album titled italian air: wind, water & metal (aria italiana: vento, acqua & metallo).
 
philip corner (b. 1933) studied composition with henry cowell and otto luening and musical analysis with oliver messiaen. during the 1960s and 70s he was an active member of fluxus, a founder (along with james tenney and malcolm goldstein) of the tone roads chamber ensemble, the resident musician and composer for the judson dance theatre, and co-founder of gamelan son of lion (with barbara benary and daniel goode).
 
"italian air: wind, water & metal" presents three previously unpublished compositions by philip corner recorded in various locations.

on side 1 "ear wave" (venice, october 1994) is a long piece for korean cymbal in water: an ecstatic composition recorded and played outdoor by phil corner; acousmatic interjections of metallic resonances and subtle water sounds; you can listen the distant sound of the midnight bell of san marco in venice.

on the second side the track "gong/ear" recorded in june 1990 (s.andrea di rovereto, italy) phil corner plays gong together with rain and thunder for an abstracted and strongly emotional track.

followed by i respiri/the breaths an avant-garde composition for alphorn and gong recorded in 1992 (at teatro scandicci).
 
philip corner is truly the equal of john cage in bringing us to examine what we call music and how we understand music-making.

in few words, philip corner is one of the most important figure of the american avant-garde.

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electro-acoustic-composition
minimalism-drones
live-electronic
machine-music
musique-concrète
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 best of 2012 !!! 
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imminent frequencies (usa) #if17 cs

rick corrigansoundtracks for brakhage” c34 cassette

  • four percussive movements (boulder, blues and pearl’s and...)
  • requiem (crack glass eulogy)

  • memory suite (visions in meditation iii: plato’s cave)
march 2012 release ; ... had initially misread this as a series of tributes to the late colorado-an film-maker’s work ... but it is, in fact, a tape of the actual soundtracks to three of brakhage’s films (specifically, “visions in meditation #3: plato’s cave” from 1990, “crack glass eulogy” & “boulder blues and pearls and...” from 1992) made during a particularly prolific phase in the early 90’s ...

... corrigan & brakhage’s partnership dates back to the mid-80’s (brakhage is credited with “tapes” on corrigan’s group architects office’s 1986 audiofile tape) ; first contributing music to the “faustfilmseries in 1987 & continuing to do so over the next half-decade ... the music heard here all fits comfortably within the musique concrète tradition, with long stretches of hypnotic, repetitive electronic sound left to unfold in natural, unfettered ways ...

... an eye-opening issue of time-obscured experimental electronic music ; highly recommended !!!
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if17 - rick corrigan - "soundtracks for brakhage"

c34 edition of 150

three electronic soundtracks by rick corrigan composed for films by the visionary filmmaker stan brakhage. during the mid 1980s rick corrigan was part of the colorado-based experimental ensemble architect’s office when he befriended local film legend stan brakhage. in the years that followed they would collaborate on numerous film projects and live performances in and around boulder, colorado.

the three soundtracks presented here were made between 1990-1992 and were composed on a variety of synthesizers and electronic instruments. over the course of each piece corrigan uses various techniques to create a wide range of otherworldly sounds. layers constantly shift in texture and tone forming an aural mosaic. never redundant and thoroughly genuine, these are the sounds of an amazing electronic synthesis.

transferred from the original cassette masters and featuring artwork created from brakhage's original 16mm films.

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library-music
machine-music
musique-concrète

 best of 2012 !!! 
mordant music (uk) #mm054 lp

tod dockstader electronic vol. 1 ” long playing record

  • jigjag (1:11)
  • floating up (1:40)
  • glider (2:10)
  • howl stomp (1:40)
  • steam megawatt (1:27)
  • snap sail (2:20)
  • i.c. arabian (2:10)
  • pile readout (1:15)
  • pond dance (1:53)
  • holiday meltdown (1:23)
  • seance (1:15)
  • old dark clock (1:25)

  • soprano aloft (1:06)
  • powerdown (1:06)
  • signal powerdown (1:06)
  • snap prance (1:18)
  • night wolves (1:48)
  • bottle dervish (2:13)
  • frog march-by (1:24)
  • sun surges (1:20)
  • blackhole dropout (2:05)
  • sundrift (3:30)
  • soft aurora (2:02)
september 2012 release ; ... vinyl repro (albeit re-designed to include a likeness of his current-day self) of the first of the two tod dockstader boosey & hawkeslibrarylp’s, about which ::


... recent claims made re: dockstader’s absence from the public eye since releasing the last of his owl-label lps in the mid 60s are somewhat off ...

in 1979 & 1981, respectively, this and anothercompanion” volume were released on the boosey & hawkes library music label ; consisting of a spate of sound-queues made by mr. dockstader for production / documentary use ... i will say this ; this sounds like no other dockstader recording you’ve heard ... personally, i think it’s amazing and way ahead of its time, but i could understand if others out there are a bit befuddled by the music on the lp in question ; mostly short (<2 minutes) rhythmic / melody-oriented modular-synth studies coming across like a paleozoic aphex twin (and i know people often say “x sounds like aphex twin” as that’s the sole reference point they have in discussing contemporary experimental electronic music ... give me the benefit of the doubt [you’ve probably gathered that my vocabulary re: electronic music is slightly more ... verbose] ... still ... this really does sound like “afx”-era aphex twin ; quite a bit - staggeringly so given the 15-odd-year divide) there are a couple of “fat brass synth-fanfares for sci-fi” kind of queues, but for every one of those there’s a drifting filtered white-noise beast or high-resonance/q oscillating beat with crazy atonal triplet-feel melodies that just hits home ...

definitely one for the completists (dockstader fans are known for not resting until they’ve heard every sound carefully “organised” by the master) although there’s enough here for casual early-electronic music fans alike ... if anything, this would be a great creel pone to bridge the gap between fans of contemporary melodic / “into depeche mode ???electronic dance music that find all of the cold, emotionally-distant abstract concrète that i’m always going on about here a bit daunting ...
mordant music press release ::
mm054
tod dockstader
electronic vol. 1
vinyl lp

september 2012

cardboard box, aldwych ... the boosey & hawkes tape bakery ... an occasional mm haunt ... 1979 resuscitated ... commissioned plasm portrait ... tod dockstader's synth-based library production music lives again with the first of two bulbous volumes ... to this day td remains a gargant of free-spirited nocturnal composition ... shards of avant garde on the trunk line ... vibrations inc.




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frozen reeds (finland) #fr 001-2 cd

morton feldmancrippled symmetry: at june in buffalo” double compact disc set

  • crippled symmetry (1) (44:10)

  • crippled symmetry (2) (44:47)
august 2012 release ; ... finally available is this gorgeously presented (really ; it’s one of the nicest contemporary cd editions i’ve seen, on par w/ editions rz or col legno on a production / design scale) recording of feldman’s “crippled symmetry,” performed by the trio for which he composed it in 1983 ...

... it’s interesting to compare & contrast this 2000 recording w/ the one made exactly 10 years prior by the same musicians (the one featured on the hat artwhy patterns? / crippled symmetry” set) ; naturally, having lived inside the piece for twice as long the trio adopt a decidedly more nuanced stride from the onset, slowly unraveling the quizzical & vexing lines from the score at a more confident gait ... plus, personally, i love having the disc-break at exactly the half-way point in the proceedings (a real intermissions) ...

... this should be considered the definitive recording of this canonic late feldman work ; highly recommended !!!
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morton feldmancrippled symmetry: at june in buffalo

in 2000, eberhard blum, nils vigeland, and jan williams came together once more as the feldman soloists to perform crippled symmetry, the trio feldman composed for them, on the 25th anniversary celebration of the festival he founded. the recording of this concert is now finally available on cd, and is destined to become the reference release of this work.

required listening for all fans of feldman’s rich, hypnotic world of enigmatic harmony and mnemonic echo. mastered by denis blackham, and presented in a card package which unfolds to reveal the musiciansbutterfly-like arrangement on stage.

this turned out to be one of the best performances that we had ever given together. the rare and indescribable magic moment of occasion and ambience seems to have inspired us. the recording of the concert belongs to my most valued sound documents. when i listened to it for the first time, my immediate reaction was: this performance ought to be available on cd. now, ten years later, it is.

- eberhard blum


the feldman soloists:

eberhard blum (flute, alto flute, bass flute)
jan williams (glockenspiel, vibraphone)
nils vigeland (piano, celesta)

double cd set in slim card package.
catalogue number: fr1/2

all photographs used in the release are courtesy of: morton feldman papers, music library, university at buffalo, the state university of new york.

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machine-music
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phaserprone (usa) #ppr22 lp

nilnilmonic process” long playing record

  • 01a
  • 02a
  • 03a
  • 04a
  • 05a
  • 06a

  • 07a
  • 08b
  • 09b
  • 10b
  • 11b
  • 12b
  • 13b
  • 14b
march 2012 release ; ... debut release from this new aggregation of phaserprone’s jonasgrasslungasher & jochen hartmann, starting with mackie mixer-feedback, transforming it via digital processes into a series of short studies that hedge the raster-noton aesthetic with a noisier, mid-90’s mego-stylesound research” feel ...

... as always w/ pp, it’s kind of a ridiculously nice edition (esp. given the price !!!) ; crisp, mono-color sleeve opens up to a rather detailed full-color inner sleeve (detail below) rife with tdr™-style cracked-architecture mapping(s) of the nillogo” ...

a really nicely done record ; highly recommended !!!
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nil
nilmonic process
ppr22 / lp

nilmonic process was developed through a self formulated language of both loose form free-feedback (nilmonic process) and computer generated composition (nilmonic processors). simple and raw, black-box pedal feedback in one regard, but meticulously structured and digital in another. bent perception anti-synth. first all pro printed release in the phaserprone catalog (and possibly/most likely, the last pro printed release in the phaserprone catalog?).

cut at d&m. edition of 300.

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electro-acoustic-composition
digital-musics
analogue-synth
machine-music
live-electronic

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 051 lp

oneohtrix point never / rene hellsplit” long playing record

  • oneohtrix point never - music for reliquary house

    stone of spiritual understanding (noguchi)
    midday (caro)
    free ride (tony smith)
    cubi x (d. smith)
    the letter (d. smith)

  • rene hell - in 1980 i was a blue square

    meta concrete
    untitled solo 4
    the bridge
    qi
    quick folding motion
september 2012 release ; ... been a minute since we’ve heard (any) new music from dan or jeff, uniting here to claim a side each of this, the second split lp on nna tapes (after the one w/ eli keszler & i from earlier in the year) ...

dan’s side-lengthmusic for a reliquary house(prior the audio component to a nate boyce video installation of the same name) suite casts micro-fragments of plundered voices & documentary audio fragments (largely, it would seem, culled from films about the referenced sculptors) into a squirming haze of tight, bidirectionally-looped swatches of “frozensound ...

jeff’s is a continuation of his work with clustered piano-roll events & burst / blast-oriented frac-rack fizzle ; as elegant as anything on last year’s “the canon” while furthering the exploration of slowly climbing / descending line-cliche explored on “the terminal symphony” ...

... killer record ; gorgeous art & (as with all nna tapes vinyl) a printed inner, really nicely mastered lp (c/o the infallible dubplates & mastering folks) ... highly recommended !!!
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nna051: oneohtrix point never / rene hell split lp

nna’s second split lp unites two american artists on the cutting edge of experimental electronic music: brooklyn’s oneohtrix point never and los angelesrene hell. daniel lopatin and jeff witscher have each been working tirelessly in the us underground for the last several years, releasing progressive, forward-thinking, and highly acclaimed music under a wide variety of guises and manifestations. in 2012, we see them each offering their respective unique visions and interpretations of digital music in the modern world, processing the world around us through the lens of technology and modern sound.

oneohtrix point never brings us music for reliquary house, which consists of sonic reworkings from the reliquary house audio/visual installation, a collaboration between lopatin and video artist nate boyce. in a series of five pieces, lopatin delivers a sequence of hallucinatory informatic assaults, a satirical re-envisioning of modernist sculpture. picking up where 2011’s replica left off, opn uses digital technology to dissect human speech patterns and timbres almost beyond recognition. via computer, lopatin converts pieces of text to human speech, only to dismantle it entirely, surgically reassembling the scraps of frequencies and the shrapnel of pure sound into something new altogetherstarkly melodic at times, but altogether harsh and inhuman as a whole.

rene hell presents in 1980 i was a blue square, a suite of five pieces for piano, synthesizer, and computer. juxtaposing mid 20th century classical music with chaotic electronic blasts, witscher creates his own style of contemporary music that is peaceful and violent on top of itself, creating a rift of confusion that sits nicely between more vast, soundscape-like vignettes. witscher’s previous forays into the worlds of noise and ambient are tastefully apparent here, indicative of an artist who is able to retain a broad array of influences and use them in a way that is both personal and original.

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tochnit aleph (germany) #ta 107 cd

gerhard rühmverlautbarungen” compact disc

  • glaubensbekenntnis (1973) (3:49)
  • gruppendynamik (1982) (2:36)
  • der wallfahrt lohn (1982) (3:56)
  • rausch (1972) (3:10)
  • seufzerprozession (2009) (3:36)
  • ungleiche brüder (2001) (1:37)
  • verlautbarung. eine sprechstudie in amtsdeutsch (2006) (3:33)

  • expressionen (1952-1954) (3:45)
  • gebet (1954) (0:56)
  • atemgedichte (1954) (0:54)
  • hymne an lesbierinnen (1956) (1:18)
  • phonetische meditation (1985) (3:46)
  • lautgedichte (2000) (2:04)
  • aleatorische und symmetrische lautstudie (2006) (1:17)
  • 12! ein zahlengedichte (1979) (2:49)

  • zwei anektdotische sprechduette (2012) (2:15)
  • pressenotizen (2000) (4:44)
  • schweine, menschen, engel (2001) (5:59)
  • glaube liebe hoffnung (2002) (2:45)
  • getäuschtes vertrauen (2007) (4:46)
  • gebären und bestatten (2007) (3:45)
  • schimpfduett (1:11)
  • sprechtänze (2008) (4:33)
july 2012 release ; ... impeccable collection of “wiener gruppe” member gerhard rühm’s marble-mouthed sound-poetry, recorded by marcus schmickler in köln, collecting his major works in the style from 1952 on ...

... fans of the chopin / heidsieck axis seeking a teutonic variant will find much to fümms bö wö tää zää uu about herein ...
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gerhard rühm
verlautbarungen

tochnit aleph ta107

cd presenting 37 solo text-pieces, phonetic poems and poetry duets (with monika lichtenfeld) written and composed between 1952 and 2010. recorded 2011 at piethopraxis tonstudio, cologne by marcus schmickler. comes with 24 page booklet with liner notes by gerhard rühm in english & german.

gerhard rühm (b.1930) is an austrian writer, visual artist, composer, performer of experimental / phonetic poetry, radio and theatre author and publisher. he is considered one of the most important artists of experimental poetry. he studied piano and composition at the national academy of music and interpretative arts in vienna and later received private tuition from josef matthias hauer. he lives in cologne and vienna.

gerhard rühm was a founding member of the wiener gruppe (1954-1960) with friedrich achleitner, h.c. artmann, konrad bayer, and oswald wiener. given the radicalism of their writing, works of art, and happenings, the group is considered to be the first avantgarde movement in austria, thus contributing decisively to the origin of the vienna actionism. rühm belongs to the classics of modern german-language literature. scores of new genres, such as "visual music", "auditory poetry" and "gestural drawing", are among his wide-ranging, heterogenous work that emerges from the interface of literature, visual art and music. his work, which bears the influence of expressionism and dadaism, is often based on ready-made material taken from everyday life, which he then adapts using a particular formula. in a spirit of play, and without subjecting himself too rigidly to self-imposed rules, astounding, multi-layered effects of meaning emerge from an extreme concentration of means.




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wholly other (usa) #wo 16 lp

spiderwebsbrighton beach” long playing record

  • fossilized whispers

  • cyclone skyline
april 2012 release ; ... third album from the duo of sandy ewen & charalambidestom carter, their first since a pair of releases back in 2006 for music fellowship & collective jyrk ...

... in another time (the mid-90’s) no one would have batted an eyelash as such an exquisite blend of noise guitar shrapnelry & more lyrical forms ... but considering the drought we’re in at the moment w/r/t to actual, interesting electric guitar music (no ... do not plug that hondo les paul clone into your infinite echo box please for the love of god) this sounds like a million bucks, showcasing not just sandy & tom’s respective adeptnesses at channeling their raw amplified wood blocks into excoriating electronic noise machines, but their individualized strategies in note-choice(s) & general blues-lineage phrasing & “feel” ...

excellent record ; comes in a hand-screened sleeve (colors vary from the shown milky blue to a more volcanic red) along with a “photo insert(detail below) & one with credits & whatnot (ditto) ... highly recommended !!!
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wholly other is excited to announce our first lp since 2008:

spiderwebs brighton beach.

spiderwebs is the duo of tom carter (charalambides, etc.) and houston improvising guitarist sandy ewen, whose growing body of work includes a trio album with weasel walter & damon smith, several albums with rock group weird weeds, and collaborations with pauline oliveros, tatsuya nakatani, jaap blonk, annette krebs, bhob rainey, sabir mateen, j.d. emmanuel, and many others.

starting from the sparse and sometimes pastoral base of spiderwebstwo previous releases strands formerly braided (music fellowship) and away away (collective jyrk), brighton beach constructs towers of fuzz, electronics, and naked scrape from which the duo launch deep into the inarticulate heart of sonic maximalism.

since spiderwebs' 2003 inception, carter's guitar playing has traveled a long, strange road from his spacious improvisations with heather leigh-era charalambides to the immersive pyrotechnics of his current solo playbook. ewen’s mangled percussive explosions, high-harmonic shrieks, and bailey-esque realtime stereo panning echo the aesthetic terrorism of electric donald miller, and provide a perfect foil to carter’s damaged looping psychedelia. both push their sound to improbable extremes to launch spiderwebs into the upper realms of higher-key incandescence.

edition of 255 hand-numbered & hand-titled copies with 2-color silkscreen covers and photo / text inserts.

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emerald cocoon (usa) #ec 007 ep
alone together (usa) #alone together 5 ep

pete swansonhigh time b/w trees” seven inch single record

  • high time

  • trees
january 2012 release ... fifth in the “alone togetherseries ; a pair of covers by pete swanson of dadamah (kim pieters, roy montgomery, peter stapleton, janine stagg) & gate (the dead c’s michael morley) ... both done in a strikingly reverent style (which is to say there’s a fair bit of overlap between pete’s production ethos & that of the entire kiwi underground) ...
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pete swanson
alone together #5 - high time / trees 7" [ec007]

pete swanson's love for the new zealand underground is no secret (rumour has it that he engineered the entire yellow swans new zealand tour of 2005 just so he could procure a copy of the pin group 'goes to town' 12"), so we were pleasantly unsurprised when pete turned in two re-imaginings of classic nz underground tracks as his contribution to the alone together series.

what surprised us greatly though was the form that they took: sparkling acoustic guitar, audible vocals, audible room tone – this was a pete swanson we'd never heard before. although his signature degradation systems are still in place (both sides end with a blown-out acoustic guitar emulating dirty-needled distortion), acoustic strings, four walls and a voice dominate, dislocated just enough to give you the sense that the world ends at your bedroom walls. this is a sound that shouldn't be unfamiliar to anyone previously baptised by 4-track channelled lathe transmissions from the bottom of the world. the dusty gems re-interpreted here are 'high time' by seminal christchurch kvltists dadamah (originally released as a 7" on the genius majora label circa '91) and 'trees' from gate's recent downer-techno masterpiece 'a republic of sadness', both are redolent of the darkest, coldest dunedin winter as imagined from half a world away.

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c. spencer yeh1975” compact disc

  • drone (6:35)
  • voice (3:27)
  • drone (4:40)
  • voice (4:40)
  • drone (5:17)
  • shrinkwrap from a solo saxophone cd (skit) (2:09)
  • two guitars (7:33)
  • two guitars (6:09)
  • drips (skit) (2:35)
  • au revoir... (6:34)
  • ... et bonne nuit (8:15)
december 2011 release ; ... after a year-long dalliance with pop music (well, his twisted definition of pop music anyways) it’s nice to hear spencer return to the pan-trajectorial approach of his prior solo music, here embodied as a dove-tailing selection of what sound like glass harmonica pieces (i.e. “drone”) & threshold-gated sound poetry (i.e. “voice”) leading into a pair of excellent psycho-acoustic guitar-sculpture-interference studies (i.e. “two guitars”) into a pair of digitally-munged musique concrète etudes (i.e. “au revoir... “ et “... et bonne nuit”) ...

... all of which are areas of exploration previously witnessed across his solo work (only his acoustic & electric violin playing is absent) ; yet here the pacing & narrative arrangement(s) lend a decisive cohesion that makes this so much more than a random assortment of odd extracts & experiments :: it works beautifully as an album-proper & stands as one of spencer’s major works (although i’m not buying this “debut album” crap) ... highly recommended !!!
intransitive press release ::

1975
c. spencer yeh

intransitive recordings is extra-proud to present 1975, the debut solo album of tightly-coiled, crackling electronic ambience by c. spencer yeh. while debut may seem a strange word to use to describe an album by a guy with such a deep discography, yeh explains that 1975 is like nothing anyone has heard from him before. one thing is i really wanted to focus on a certain feeling of stasis. so much of what else i do just kinda pushes and pushes forward. 1975 is more vertical than horizontal, even though one can’t escape the horizontal completely. taking a confident step away from his familiar work as an improvising violinist and vocalist, from the mythology of his rock / noise band burning star core, and from his recent forays into pop music, the omnivorous yeh here reveals himself to be a composer of unsettling electro-acoustic miniatures.

yeh approached his source material with a desire to be transparent, even literal, and to avoid straightforward narrative. the literal is there in the deceptively matter-of-fact track titlesdrone, voice, shrinkwrap from solo saxophone cd, two guitars — but knowing which sound source is buried beneath these tones does little to remove 1975‘s sense of enveloping mystery. this is sensual abstract music with a light touch, a confident minimalism that only reveals its unsettling depth, sharp corners, and playful malevolence with repeat listens.

for fans of eliane radigue, hecker, pita, or kevin drumm.

born in taiwan, and now based in brooklyn ny, c. spencer yeh is the one constant of the band burning star core, whose other members have included mike shiflet and trevor tremaine & robert beatty of hair police. he has collaborated with a staggeringly diverse range of artists, including john wiese, tony conrad, new humans w/ vito aconcci, aaron dilloway, okkyung lee, evan parker, yellow swans, greg kelley, paul flaherty, don deitrich (of borbetomagus), and chris corsano (to name just a few).


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