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nna tapes (usa) #nna 069 lp

guerilla tossgay disco” long playing record

  • trash bed
  • pink elephant
  • operate

  • sugar better
  • club kids
  • gay disco
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nna069: guerilla toss gay disco lp

birthed from the depths of the sweaty basements of boston, massachusetts, deranged rock outfit guerilla toss is nowadays considered to be a new england underground staple by the freaks and weirdos that inhabit the region. the band has churned out numerous cassettes, records, and cds in the past two years on on labels such as feeding tube records, john zorn’s tzadik, sophomore lounge, and digitalis ltd. by touring relentlessly and providing their audience with an unforgettably intense live show that demands, and encourages, ravaging physical body movement of the listener, ‘gtoss’ has quickly garnered a cult following of loyal servants.

their newest record, gay disco, is an album that draws influence from new wave and no wave dance music, extreme dementia, drug problems, and absurdist humor. however, in the midst of the chaos, it is clear that the compositions are well-crafted and spout from the minds of educated individuals while avoiding the common esoteric pitfalls that could be associated with their sound. kassie carlson’s ferocious vocals run the gamut of the human voice, blasting with jet engine shrieking and boiling over with urgency, while at the same time presenting a demented and direct spoken narrative with surreal conversational lyrics. peter negroponte’s full force drumming spews forth alongside her like a tentacled beast, battling off fits of rage and panicking between four-on-the-floor dance beats and controlled, pounding trashcan thrash.

guitarists simon hanes and arian shafiee duel to the death with angular and jagged riffs ping-ponging between each other while keeping pace with dancey stabs of clanging string shrapnel. as messy as it sounds, hanes’ fuzzed and scuzzed bass jamming still retains heaps of thick, gooey funk in the purest sense, which perfectly compliments shafiee’s masterful axe work that manages to shape-shift seamlessly between hardcore rawness, jazzy meanderings, and squealing noise rock pepperings. that glue that binds is ian kovac’s synth work, which adds a healthy dose hyperactive danceability and electronic flourishing that contributes to the album’s overall doped-up disco flavor. gtoss succeeds in using the power of dissonance, aggression, and disorientation to derail the dancefloor in a record that captures the essence of a high-energy live band in its loudest, rawest recording to date.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 068 lp

wanda groupa slab about being held captive” long playing record

  • how to learn to concentrate

  • no mouth or transparency and variable curvature
december 2013 release ; ... an extremely minimal, conceptual, musique concrète piece by louiswanda group johnstone that runs far closer to a kye / sedimental aesthetic than the kind(s) of morp’d uk dance thuggery into which he’s often lumped ...
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nna068: wanda group a slab about being held captive lp

washed up on the shores of brighton uk, we find a slab about being held captive laying there quietly in the sand. this soaking enigma is the latest creation of louis johnstone, following up an influx of recent vinyl on opal tapes, notown, where to now?, and svetlana industries. since their debut release bass urine” on nna in 2011, wanda and the girls have matured to a new point of refinement, sinking deeper into the careful organization of disconcerting sounds. “a slab” truly is a seasick collage, with a pervading aqueous essence flowing throughout the two side-long pieces, carrying along with it fragments of field and domestic recordings and sample clutter. syrupy waves of sound meld into one another with cinematic pacing, forming a gelatinous backdrop for hard cut interjections of concréte style sample manipulation, lending themselves to an air of confusing tension. as the liquid bath abruptly turns to slate, a group of gulls squawk at a bubble filled with muffled porno moans as they glide by. body sounds and animal conversations are drowned out by the mechanical purrs of an industrial assembly line, sputtering and choking their last breaths as they struggle to stay afloat. maddening tones seem to permeate from within, sizzling their way through the stereo field like two magnets dancing, drilling through the headspace. this hypnotic phenomena forces the mind inward, reducing it to a skull full of opiate brain mush and half-cooked soggy memories. these collections of moments may fall shamelessly into near-nothingness at any given time, eventually refilling themselves with sound in a cyclical rising and falling, perhaps acting as an abstract reflection on mental states of indifference,  alienation, or just general life terror and bleakness. wanda’s ability to maintain compositional fluidity throughout such a dynamic range of materials is reinforced by an original sense of movement and pacing, and the ability to form a creative symbiosis between cold sterility and organic warmth. although ultimately, it’s probably best left to the artist’s own words:

wanda group is or could be or wants to be a group
it is not
i should be but i am afraid it never became one
either due to a lack of friendship, kindness or pounding human regret ?
who knows ?
wanda group tries to make earth music
this could be inside or above or right on the land
i think that you should look at concrete or mountains to try and move yourself
art galleries work but sometimes i think people need to look at the stuff that is ground or shoved right into the earth or has become the earth
all is one sort of thing etc
wanda group does try to love in a massive way
it is all very serious at points and sometimes i needs to be
wanda group really should not be allowed to fucking speak or type (maybe only exist in a statue  ?)


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nna tapes (usa) #nna 067 cs

great valleylizards of camelot” c40 cassette

  • knights of the spiral table
  • lakey lady
  • my land
  • star-flash equality
  • purple face in midnight's free
  • ride across the moat love
  • green angels arrive

  • here comes my queen
  • chamelean's lament
  • semi-precious rock
  • sand angell
  • wan over water
  • lion is sleeping
  • court me
  • outerspace garden
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nna067: great valley lizards of camelot c40

nestled in the lush greenery of southern vermont on the banks of the connecticut river, lies the bizarre haven of brattleboro, home to the chivalrous rock and roll duo great valley. comprised of peter nichols and jo miller-gamble, great valley have been kind enough to bestow their latest opus, lizards of camelot, to their northern neighbors up here at nna. “lizards” manages to cross over from a mere concept album into what we would call more of a journey album, by creating a vivid tale of a reptilian-led escapade through lands unknown. peter and jo weave this folklore with the classical palette of guitar, drums, vocals and keyboard, resulting in a warbly, technicolor flavor of rock that stands alone in terms of sonics and atmosphere. tastefully twangy guitar lines flutter out over fat organ bass lines and ultra locked-in drum beats, with a unique concoction of bombastic drum triggers and synthesizer filigree bringing it all together. at times resembling the cure playing a heated game of d&d, “lizards” mixes up all the tastiest facets of rock into a cohesive whole, with elements of new wave, progressive rock, surf guitar shred, and classic sixties psychedelia all thrown into the mix. peter’s slithery, love-soaked crooning narrates the adventure, like a bard’s song unfolding over a technical assemblage of rock-blocks. the strong, groove-laden songwriting is reinforced with warped, nitrous balloney interludes melting throughout, with plenty of digital flutes, chimes, and keyboard solos accentuating the odyssey. while hard to categorize, lizards of camelot is soaked through with the unmistakable “brattleboro sound, fitting in nicely alongside like-minded freaky friends such as blanche blanche blanche, happy jawbone family band, chris weisman, flaming dragons of middle earth, big french and so on, many of whom have lent loving contributions to these recordings. although diy at heart, “lizards” has all the makings of a well-conceived and executed proper album, assembled at home by pouring imagination into an 8-track, like a punk mentality shining through a brian wilson-esque lens to create the ultimate bedroom fantasy.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 066 lp

hubbleeagle” long playing record

  • a star or two beside

  • a long way from home
  • hubble eagle
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nna066: hubble hubble eagle lp

nna is thrilled to bring you hubble eagle, the latest full-length from ben greenberg’s hubble project. having cut his teeth in numerous bands such as pygmy shrews, zs, and most recently with the men, greenberg has been fostering and cultivating his own unique reexamination of the the guitar as an instrument, resulting in a minimalist and truly psychedelic whirlwind of notes, first displayed on his debut release hubble linger” on nna in 2011. since then, the hubble sound has matured and expanded, taking in new ideas and influences while still retaining the rock and roll hypnotism of it’s “one man and his guitar rawness.

on hubble eagle we hear greenberg launching his guitar mantra even further into uncharted territory. opening with the side-long “a star or two beside”, hubble trades in his trusted electric and opts for acoustic guitar, which when subjected to greenberg’s turbulent tapping chops, yields incredible and unexpected sonic results. complex percussive patterns begin to emerge, creating a raw rhythmic backbone for a constantly shifting vortex of overtones and harmonic weavings. these dulcimer-like pluckings ping-pong back and forth across a vast stereo field, creating a whirlwind effect that sweeps over the listener like river rapids; bubbling, rushing, chaotic, and endlessly flowing. after some immersion, the barrage of notes can start to feel automated or even electronic, until brief pauses and subtle flourishes break the hypnotic spell, reminding the listener of the human nature of this music.

side b opens with the breaking of more new ground on the track “a long way from home” originally by the kinks, hubble’s first cover song. inspired by greenberg’s rigorous touring schedule on the open road, hubble meditates on the feelings of isolation and melancholy set forth in the original song. by deconstructing the riffs and rebuilding them in the hubble framework, the track turns into an electro-acoustic hybrid that is entirely new in sound, employing alternate tunings and adding vocals for the first time in the project’s history. the result opens new harmonic gateways for the notes to flow through a psych-rock atmosphere. closing off with the title track hubble eagle, hubble is in it’s truest form with a powerful electric guitar exercise.

the playing is mechanical in its relentless repetition, creating guitar fractals that seem to crystallize around themselves like the formation of a galaxy. rock riffs are contemplated, exposed, and ripped to shreds by greenberg’s signature three-finger tapping technique, drawing upon raw bluesy or even gritty americana-like tonality. the sound becomes so full-spectrum that it creates audio hallucinations, causing one to hear perhaps organ, voice, or synth… before breaking back into the reality that it is has been the sound of solo guitar all along. greenberg successfully reminds us of the importance of hand-played music and the human touch in a time when electronics and circuitry along seem to prevail. enhanced by the record’s flow from acoustic into electric sound, the result of hubble eagle is a truly unique modern guitar album.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 065 lp

migrations in rusttwo shadows” long playing record

  • had we left / doors between
  • two shadows cast
  • canticle for melting gold
  • cradled under fern

  • behind my skin
  • you’re near
  • drawing down the moon
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nna065: migrations in rust two shadows lp

migrations in rust is jesse allen. as a member of the red light district collective in queens, ny (which has included some of the best in modern experimental musicians such as yellow tears, pharmakon, john mannion, diaphragm, dj dog dick and a slurry of other side projects, solo projects and collaborations), former member of the cathode terror secretion and current performer in cowards, in addition to producing and performing under the guise of several other solo projects (hollow seed, goldeater, etc), jesse has been actively pursuing many diverse avenues for his musical expression.

migrations in rust, whose original sonic intentions could have at one time been more easily categorized as ambient music, has slowly shifted towards the unrecognizable. migrations in rust has ascertained as jesse’s longest running solo endeavor and holds as his most personal, having transformed from merely a study of emotion and a practice of understanding emotions into something altogether more grand and wholly personal.

three years in the making, during which jesse relocated from new york city to the valley of western massachusetts, two shadows communicates the yolk of this transformation. the elements of interplay between turmoil and tranquility, and the means of composing organically” to achieve these results, have been filtered through new approaches in an attempt to reach closer to a finer understanding of grace, and towards more precisely using music and sound as a vessel of psychic emotional transmission.

throughout the record, orchestral landscapes blend with rustling concrete textures, settling in a purgatory between melancholy bleakness and slow-burning serenity. each second is densely packed with incredible detail and carefully-layered instrumentation, crafted with an expansive palette of acoustic, electronic, and naturally-occurring sound sources. amorphous melodic passages travel with well-paced fluidity from one idea to the next, producing a dream-like narrative.

at times placid and evocative, two shadows also has a tendency to teeter on the edge of powerful ferocity, sometimes brewing with crackling fury while tastefully maintaining the restraint not to explode into outright violence. this shifting temper is constructed with elements of noise, ambient, hip hop, musique concréte, and sci-fi r&b, all finding their place in the innovative tapestry that unfolds across two shadows. this album showcases the results of discipline, love, and persistence in one’s craft and nna is honored to finally share this work with the world.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 064 cs

astral social clubdestiny snfu” c41 cassette

  • stargate for delirium
  • romeo challenger
  • silicaba
  • wet chemicals

  • rumbling kern
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nna064: astral social club destiny snfu c41

destiny snfu is a new collection of kaleidoscopic sound squalls from the colorful world of astral social club. asc is the guise of the uk’s neil campbell, who has long been an important contributor to the british experimental and noise worlds, active both as a solo artist and with a multitude of collaborators since the early 1990’s. on this cassette, campbell unleashes a flowing technicolor stream of guitars, drum machines, keyboards, and field recordings, all screaming forth in a dense mass of ecstatic noise. stuttering mechanics struggle to ward off fierce volleys of guitar feedback, while hard, pounding drum machines and obliterated casio rhythm presets form together like arrhythmic patterns on a savage mandala. although the beats create movement and propel the piece forward, they are not the focus here. the compositions are too chaotic and dense to be labeled as simply noise techno. amidst the pounding groove we find droning, transcendent layers of tone shining through, raining down in a harmonious shower. acid-soaked melodies seem omnipresent throughout the tape, though often masked and buried by textural madness. however after submitting to this chaos, one may find electronic bliss… the sky splinters open and you ascend upward toward the cosmic eye, although not without being seared by the rays of the sun as you pass through the threshold. campbell is able to create music that sizzles with electric energy, animating and pulsing a new life force into artificial circuitry. side b features contributions from phil todd of ashtray navigations.  

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 063 cs

ahnnubattered sphinx” c27 cassette

  • receiver
  • ne-ne
  • imaging
  • dlo
  • arena
  • gall

  • violator
  • kept
  • fishface
  • passer/7
  • material traces
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nna063: ahnnu battered sphinxc27

los angeles-based producer ahnnu takes us on a multi-fidelity excursion into the modern consciousness with his latest release battered sphinx. approaching the world of classic concréte sound work from a modern electronic music mentality, ahnnu is able to juxtapose a multitude of styles against each other, almost as if a musical anthropologist, creating a surreal dialog between musical and non-musical sounds. although traditional hip-hop and beat production ideas of sampling are utilized, they are no longer at the mercy of rhythm and percussion, but instead set free to meld with experimental digital synthesis in a new context altogether. a dusty vibraphone sample will collide head on with a wavering sawtooth digital synth, briefly conversing with each other before a hard cut segued by tiny shards of looney toon sound effects, ancient pan flutes, and the ghosts of jazz piano trios past. there is plenty of technological detritus left behind from the surgery, to the point where tape hiss and vinyl crackle act as a compositional element, dousing the tracks in a warm, aqueous psychedelia. the result is a listening experience akin to putting one’s music collection on shuffle, creating an incision in the laptop screen, and mixing the resulting liquid with a large cup of sprite. ahnnu displays a tremendous capacity for listening and comprehension of sound, and his delicate sense of pacing and balance creates an intimate glimpse into the growth of an artist through dedicated experimentation.  

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 060 lp

ryan poweridentity picks” long playing record

  • sample lives
  • the prize
  • new attitude
  • sweetheart

  • earth to fuckface
  • identity picks
  • well on your way
  • rip the blood
july 2013 release ; ... second nna tapes outing from burlington resident ryan power, continuing in his exploration of quirky neo-soul songcraft ...
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nna060: ryan power identity picks lp

over the last decade, burlington, vermont songwriter/producer ryan power has tirelessly embarked on the quest to write the definitive song-based music, full of accuracy, refinement, deliberation, and perfectly-placed shifting harmonic puzzles.

ryan’s latest identity picks for nna tapes is an eight track song cycle that dances through lush jazz pads, aquatic smooth jazz funk styles, and the sensitive side of progressive rock. these songs are long, shifting compositions, slowly unfolding and patiently circulating within a refreshing variety of stylistic modes.

throughout these colorful arrangements, ryan creates a polyphonic choir with his own voice, adding symphonic embellishments to his calculated and catchy hooks. ryan addresses contemporary issues in his subject matter, including the music industry, lust, self-evaluation, identity crisis, and the contemplation and acceptance of a world gone mad.

unlike the phobic, neurotic head spaces of 2012 s i don’t want to die”, identity picks is a life assessment, a meditation on putting yourself out there and the struggle to maintain integrity under scrutiny. the production is astonishingly hi-fi recorded, engineered, mixed and performed entirely by power himself, aside from the occasional guest appearance from members of his newly-formed live band.

according to the artist, the songs on this album were written to help give my life meaning through the purity and timelessness of classic, addictive songwriting. in an era of technological a.d.d. and fleeting vogue, identity picks is a record to listen to over and over again, finding new meaning and appreciation with each revolution.


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nna tapes (usa) #nna 058 cs

justin meyersalbuterol auteur” c21 cassette

  • albuterol auteur

  • drone (no stasis)
april 2013 release ; ... a pair of beautiful modular synth pieces from justintone filthmeyers, composed and performed on his own home-brew instrument ....
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nna058: justin meyers albuterol auteur c21

"albuterol auteur" is the latest collection of synth pieces from minneapolis-based sound and visual artist justin meyers. after multiple brilliant releases over the years, many of which on his own tone filth label, nna is excited to bring forth these new works created and performed on meyers' own home-built modular synthesizer system, the tf50.

working from the ground up, meyers displays a natural talent in the pure manipulation of raw current and electricity to form deeply expressive and colorful environments of electronic sound. these minimal yet perpetually shifting compositions seem to be aqueous in structure, seamlessly drifting between tones and phases, carving out a unique melodic terrain along the way. the expedition is documented in immaculate fidelity, engrossing the listener in a distinctive warmth.

an original voice in electronic music at the hands of highest caliber craftsmanship.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 057 cs

freddy rupperthangs a shadow” one-sided c36 cassette

  • memory slothly
  • mannerisms
  • stanch
  • droops
  • stanch 2
  • scant
  • happens
  • dessicator
  • hangs a shadow
april 2013 release ; ... superb set of musique concrète pieces (his second for nna) by the artist formerly known as this song is a mess but so am i ...
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nna057: freddy ruppert hangs a shadow c70

following up 2012's "wait" ep on nna, we're proud to present "hangs a shadow", the debut full-length from prague-via-los angeles musician freddy ruppert. these very personal recordings meditate on the loss of a loved one, and the inward struggle to retain honest memories of that person.

ruppert strives to convey through sound what words fall short of explaining; frustrations with mortality, the limitations of the human organism, and it's inevitable battle with it's own consciousness. electro-acoustic and musique concréte influences are prevalent, harnessing the power of silence to bridge the emptiness between snippets of percussion, field & domestic recordings, raw electronics, and the manipulation of collected improvisations.

a cinematic narrative emerges through immaculate processing, editing, and the poignant use of space to cut into the tension of intimacy. human voice, jagged sine waves, the movement of furniture, and fateful tones are all juxtaposed against themselves, breathing intense life into the mundane through complex sound work.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 056 cs

phorkentertainment” c43 cassette

  • accelerationism
  • skylight (interlude 1)
  • undone
  • wishing well / lifespan (interlude ii & iii)
  • the clock

  • development
  • dead memo
  • you worry they will worry
  • spectator
  • it’s you (exit)
april 2013 release ; ... second outing from neal reinalda’s phork project, dealing in a kind of misted techno bleep-out w/ occasional plunderphonic tendencies (love the terry riley soundtrack to lifespan btw ; one of his more under-rated soundtracks) ...
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nna056: phork entertainment c43

los angeles-based producer neal reinalda offers us his latest "entertainment", the anticipated follow-up to last year's "discrepancies" cassette on nna.

with this full-length, the people's higher order further refines it's sound, bringing forward new ideas and flavors into american techno. phork succeeds in injecting a warmth and humanity into a dance music framework that is wholly original, keeping a global influence in it's sampling studies, while receiving guidance from the worlds of noise, hip-hop, ambient, and sound art.

reinalda's baltimore roots shine through in his informed conceptual framework, holding a mirror to daydreams of post-consumerism and dark ecology. mood and atmosphere are established through ultra-tight production and focused composition, pulsing with life even in the absence of rhythm. the result reaches new depths in contemporary electronic music, gaining power and magnitude through sonic texture, repetition, and the matrimony of inhuman and organic worlds.

systems are questioned, interconnectedness is examined, and yet still nothing is as it seems.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 055 lp

blanche blanche blanchewooden ball” long playing record

  • rich man (1:54)
  • ted talks (1:29)
  • i can pay (1:48)
  • time to remember (0:36)
  • the one i'll call (2:34)
  • join the creative class (1:53)
  • pain station (2:14)
  • the kind dry stream (1:09)

  • family of one (1:12)
  • i cricle near (2:08)
  • god records (0:52)
  • cow (1:42)
  • look at me now (2:13)
  • why the candle burns (1:54)
  • looks don't run (4:57)
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nna055: blanche blanche blanche wooden ball lp

sarah smith and zach phillips, better known as blanche blanche blanche, live by the element of risk. this becomes clear upon listening to their latest full-length record wooden ball, where the unpredictability reaches palpable levels. these prolific young masters of harmony from brattleboro, vermont have spent the last couple years recording and releasing nearly 10 full-length records worth of brilliant and confounding musical quicksand. describing it in words can be difficult, but make no mistake that these songs are both highly calculated, and drenched in paradox.

manic keyboard lines are pounded out with hyper chops, running circles around octopus basslines. each progression is seemingly different from the last, showing a simultaneous reverence and destruction of the tonal study. percussion pads are guided by ruthless polyphony at an intense, hummingbird-paced tempo, with lines and melodies colliding at every junction, clashing and crashing, like the most fluid and elegant car wreck you’ve never seen. the cutting, topical lyrics and deadpan, bare-bones vocal delivery are wholly original, while undoubtedly fueled by the eternal flame of the punk spirit and diy ethics.

most importantly, at the heart of the all the technicality, lies the warmth of the human element. wooden ball, like most bbb, was lovingly recorded to four-track tape, so you can tangibly feel the intention of these spirited musicians. this taps into what seems to be an emerging vermont-style, evident in other locals artists like ryan power, son of salami, chris weisman, or happy jawbone family band raw, no-rules songwriting, unattached to genre or principal. the revenge of the small town feel, where rock and roll is in the eye of the beholder. there must be something in the syrup

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 054 lp

anthony childthe space between people and things” long playing record

  • the space between people and things (1)

  • the space between people and things (2)
march 2013 release ; ... superb set of musique concrète pieces from anthonysurgeonchild, known primarily for his “bassline-freehard-techno productions from the mid-90’s on ... but here working in a decidedlyacousmatic” mode across two side-length pieces that recall the 80’ssyter-eragrm group & the contemporaneousdigital-era” output of trevor wishart & denis smalley, as well as the more recent quebecois / empreintes digitales scene ...
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nna054: anthony child the space between people and things lp

nna is honored to be releasing the latest full-length solo recording from anthony child, uk electronic music legend perhaps best known for his forward-thinking techno production as surgeon.

a native of northamptonshire england, child has been at the helm as a dj, writer, and producer of electronic music for nearly 20 years, creating works for reputable labels such as counterbalance, tresor, and downwards. aside from dancefloor-commanding techno, anthony has also been creating a private collection of tone-based experimental works over the years, much of which have become the backbone for his latest solo album.

the space between people and things finds child revisiting his collection of unreleased experimental studies from the last 16 years, collaging them into an entirely new framework. using a sound palette reminiscent to his techno works, child focuses in on the molecules within the sonic textures and frequencies, delicately emphasizing the negative space that surrounds them. these sounds are then intensified to form vast new worlds, enveloping the listener with bright, crystalline detail and clarity.

these two side-long pieces seem to exist and not exist simultaneously, filling the listening space as an almost physical presence, to a point where they blend harmoniously with the air that surrounds you. the brainchild of intense focus and exploration, this record serves as an artifact that gives the listener a very personal glimpse into the mind of one of electronic music’s most creative producers.

according to child himself, this record consists of location recordings, tonal experiments, and thought-forms from many different positions in space and time. it is the sound of the space between people and things.”

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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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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.

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phorkdiscrepancies” c50 cassette

  • discrepancies i
  • discrepancies ii
  • discrepancies iii
  • discrepancies iv

  • discrepancies v
  • discrepancies vi
  • discrepancies vii
  • discrepancies viii
august 2012 release ; ... an immaculately strained assortment of lottery-milks from one neal reinalda, steeped in the grand vestibule of post-winchester aphorisms, trucked-out just enough to hold adolescent interest through each successive interval (translation :: nice enough set of post-basic channel whallup, with any real ciliae-challenging frequencies filtered out [i.e. works perfectly on cro2]) ...
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nna048: phork discrepanciesc50

nna is proud to present discrepancies, the latest full-length from the people’s higher order of royal kinship. neal reinalda has created a highly unique strain of surrealist techno collage using a high brow palette of sound that borrows not only from traditional electronic dance music, but also from another place entirely… sounds that are perplexing as they are refreshing, familiar as they are understated. field recordings and other naturally-occurring sonics find their place comfortably amongst delicate, watery rhythms and painterly percussion, all wrapped up in a pop art sensibility.

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freddy ruppertwait” c20 cassette

  • 1
  • 2

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
august 2012 release ; ... a short, stout, and decidely candied english victual, fashioned into sheet-depleted cog-forms that radiate a foul, viscous thunder (translation :: excellent electro-acoustic pieces forged from pointillist, full-range percussion hits into dense, brooding collages ... excellent) ...
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nna047: freddy ruppert waitc20

deviating stylistically from his previous work with former ghosts and this song is a mess and so am i, los angeles-based musician freddy ruppert has constructed a forboding collage of churning industrial soundscapes. wait is a highly personal collection of deliberately anti-climactic processed acoustics, from glassy piano fragments to deep, rumbling bells. while remaining bestial and dark, the sounds on wait retain an emotionally complex and organic energy; a calculated exercise in tension and restraint, existing intimately in a place of no resolution.

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co lasoft power memento” c32 cassette

  • no burden
  • the opressor
  • love nest
  • dr. oblivion soundcheck
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nna045: co la "soft power memento" c32

embody problematic behavior. these are the three words that co la uses to describe "soft power memento," his follow-up ep to 2011's "daydream repeater" debut lp on nna. something to mull over while immersing yourself in co la's vivid and constantly-evolving world of sound.

the spectrum of source material is widened and focused, with an emphasis on acoustic instrumentation and jazz palettes, all diced up and run through the new anything sound system. concréte percussive molecules are tenderly arranged and teamed up with clear, heavy bass to retain the danceability and groove that baltimore is inherently known for. the result is a vibrant, lively, and undeniably innovative collection from one of electronic music's most tuned-in producers.

program repeats on both sides. compact disc version available from hands in the dark records.

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ryan poweri don't want to die” long playing record

  • i don’t care
  • mondo rush
  • i don’t want to die
  • rag rug

  • transition possible
  • the knowhow
  • the way it’s always been
  • you wanna seltzer
april 2012 release ; ... prior to this, my only experience w/ mr. power’s music stemmed from the tracks on the nnaburlington, vermonttape-box (half of which are present here) ; he’s obviously an extremely talented dude, with a knack for songwriting strongly reminiscent of his vermont brethren (both the work of the weisman brothers chris & kurt comes to mind, as does that of associate kylehappy birthday thomas) while maintaining a certain fagen / becker vibe (the sas changes & arrangements here, albeit entirely electronic, just screamsteely dan” to me) that should be more of a turn-off ... yet, i’m kind of mildly into this, based purely on the fact that i had one of these songs stuck in my head for a minute (yes, the one in the sound-sample to your left ; no need to bogart the ohrwürm infection) ...
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nna044: ryan power "i don't want to die" lp

after self-releasing four previous full-length albums, it's finally time for the long-overdue debut vinyl offering from burlington, vt songwriter and producer ryan power. "i don't want to die" is a collection of constantly shifting, well-constructed and unique pop songs, teeming with existentialism and groove. content-wise, this is perhaps not your average pop record. ryan's candidly personal lyrics meditate on the fear of death, hypochondria, soul discrepancies, depression, and the lustful mind, while still remaining remarkably emotional, accessible, and catchy. his silvery vocals meld fluidly with imaginative electronic production, evoking elements of late-70's soft pop, disco, prog and art rock, synth pop, and smooth r&b funk. power's talent for songwriting works perfectly in conjunction with the depth of his knowledge of music – "i don't want to die" is complex and technical, yet so charming that you only notice it almost as an afterthought, when you're trying to wrap your head around the song that's been bouncing around inside it all day. these songs are strange and personal, but they're also universal. they sound sexy and lonesome, like a dying light bulb flick

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 043 lp

eli keszler / keith fullerton whitmansplit” long playing record

  • eli keszler - mired

    drums, crotales, installed motors, micro-controller metal plates
    bowed crotales, snare drum
    drums, guitar, crotales
    cymbal, bass drum, clarinet

  • keith fullerton whitman - occlusion

    real-time music for hybrid analogue/digital modular synthesizer
april 2012 release ; ... originally conceived as part of the “split series” of live recordings (i.e. the lp’s for no fun, amethyst sunset, amish, and dekorder with my formative experiments in live hardware synthesis on one side ... then considerably more elegant work(s) by carlos giffoni, mike shiflet, ben vida, and alien radio on the others, respectively) the proposed split with eli keszler (a musician whose work i’ve long been in admiration of, despite never actually working together on anything) for nna tapes actually took on a different shape entirely ...

... i had something of an epiphany while watching eli play music last spring ; as someone who’s long been enamored with the “free” style of drumming (and someone whose hands / motor skills often fail / betray him on the regular) i had the idea to devise a sub-patch to “generate” completely arbitrary clustered rhythm-events, which i then used to control the spacing of randomly-derived sound events, automated by a similar (yet, discrete) set of “bucket-brigade” values that were applied to the pitch, panning, length, shape, wave-shape, and frequency modulation of a continuous stream of analogue / digital sound ...

... the results, heard here on record for the first time (recorded in one afternoon, shortly after discovering the patch, presented here as a pair of continuous, overlaid takes captured a few hours apart) form the basis on a new piece that i’ve titled “occlusion” ; the same that i’ve been performing for the last year & will continue to hone & complicate for the remainder of the year ... here’s an excerpt of the very recording heard on this lp ::



... eli’s side is incredible for a multitude of reasons, but ultimately what makes it unique is the “calling cardnature of it ; gone are the side-length explorations of bowed-metal, spastic snare-drum crackle, or stand-mounted / stick-playedno wavelineage electric guitar sizzle ... instead, we get four digest-length pieces incorporating each of these approaches, culminating in (a first) an extended drone piece (sourced to an interference setup used to animate the sounding head of a large bass drum via feedback) cut with some low clarinet growl (c/o ashley paul) ... the first track also shows off some of his recent work with arduino-based, automated rhythm aggregates (listen to the first part of the sound-sample ; the high transients floating above his hyperkinetic snare drum blister) ...

... comes in a nice sparse sleeve, with one of eli’s “works on paper” recreated as the cover, another more pointillist figure on the front of the printed inner sleeve (detail below) and a third on the a-side label ; this came out beautifully, both in sound (natch, we both insisted on a d&m cut) and sight ...

ps. to make the parallel clearer, you can actually overlay both the first few tracks by eli (via the sound-sample player to your left) & the first few minutes of my side (ditto the soundcloud player above) yourself ; doesn’t that sound nice ...
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nna043: eli keszler / keith fullerton whitman split lp

nna is very excited to announce a split lp between world-renowned electronic music composer keith fullerton whitman and multi-instrumentalist composer eli keszler.

this lp is a conversation in sound between two prominent artists, one working in the electronic realm (whitman), and the other in the world of live acoustics (keszler). in fact, whitman's piece was inspired and created as a direct response to keszler's signature frenzied percussion style.

both sides of the record are full of incredibly detailed nuance-driven music. these artists work with sound on the microscopic level, deliberately placing each individual molecule of sound in it's intended location. whitman's piece "occlusion" is automated "machine music" warfare, utilizing rhythm as a textural tool, while keszler uses live percussion, bowed metal, and other acoustics to act as a humanized response to whitman's machine-regulated assault, solidifying this record as a fantastic document of human vs. machine call and response.

original artwork by eli keszler.

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lettera 22dieter tapes” c34 cassette

  • dieter tapes (1)

  • dieter tapes (2)
april 2012 release ; ... promising set of particularlycomposerlyanti-music & assorted “junk-metal abuse” from the young italian duo of matteo castro and riccardo mazza, known for their releases for ljud & bild, a dear girl called wendy, dokumentarisk agenda, and their own second sleep ...
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nna041: lettera 22 "dieter tapes" c34

lettera 22 is the duo of matteo castro and riccardo mazza, two men on the forefront of the flourishing italian noise & experimental scene. "dieter tapes" is a sordid collage of desolate audio, repurposed and destroyed in the struggle of man versus machine. lettera 22 use extreme textures and dynamics to build up high levels of abusive tension, only to send them crashing down in a cacophony of broken beer bottles and urban scrap, leaving behind a skeleton of seething silence and tape hiss. a seedy and voyeuristic recording, akin to witnessing a beating in a dark alley.

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ralethe moon regarded, and the bright one sought” c26 cassette

  • the moon regarded

  • the bright one sought
april 2012 release ; ... stunning work from williamralehutson ; a pair of slowly surging pieces for variable attack / decay shapes that rise & recede in & out of the magnetic ether at a natural, feldman-ic clip ...
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nna040: rale "the moon regarded, and the bright one sought" c26

nna is honored to release the latest work by southern california sound artist william hutson. a collection of undulating swells of tone span across both sides of "the moon regarded, and the bright one sought," each one expertly crafted and layered using a combination of modern and traditional instrumentation. while sitting comfortably in the minimalist tradition, each ebb and flow is brimming with color, emotion, and evocative melody. the listener is rewarded with a pause of silence after each swell, leaving the opportunity to reflect and contemplate on the sound's vastness and beauty.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 039 lp

nate youngstay asleep • regression vol. 2” long playing record

  • comes unbidden
  • dress a chair
  • cast a circle

  • stygian faces
  • collapse
november 2011 release ; ... totally incredible set of subterranean electronic anti-gloss from wolf eyes / demonsnate young, perfectly inhabiting that exact alien landscape pictured on so many nik raicevic album covers while simultaneously keeping a foot in 80’s horror film sound-design (the first track alone ; the little scratchy noises the graemlins in phantasm make, the woozy synth squee from so many charles / richard band flicks, and of course the pitched-noise terminator wooble) ; all while not specifically referencing anything other than his own twisted vision ...

... one of my favorites of the year, this literally has something for everyone ... highly recommended !!!
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nna039: nate young "stay asleep: regression vol. 2" lp

it's an honor for us to present the latest solo recording from nate young, founding member of michigan noise legends wolf eyes. this record represents a new direction for young, as he deviates from trademark aggressive murk-and-misery sounds of his previous works, and instead opts for a queasy, subdued zombie lullaby consisting of bizarre rhythms, synthetic melodies, and almost gamelan-sounding ritual sleepwalking. featuring an epic closer with contributions from past & present wolf eyes members aaron dilloway and john olson. this is a record to sit and get absorbed in, a non-linear travel through a different place altogether.

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co ladaydream repeater” long playing record

  • cocktail
  • vanity plate
  • wanna say faux
  • turned twice
  • burning one in stockholm

  • smooth solidarity
  • egyptian peaches
  • belgian pillow
  • my jamaican
  • siamese in greece
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nna038: co la "daydream repeater" lp

it's time to welcome in the era of new exotica with "daydream repeater", the debut lp by co la,  gentleman and purveyor of all things avant-luxury. matthew papich designs a new sonic territory, creating something that nods to jamaican rocksteady and 50's american pop in spirit, but ultimately presents an elegant re-purposing of those parts into fresh, smart, electronic music.

for all seeking an attitude adjustment in the era of austerity, try burning one for co la's cultivated luxury sound - you may find an emerging solidarity slipping into your ears. in other words - if you're too wise to live straight, you better grip this sound sooner than later.

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diamond catalog 'magnified palette' remixes” c95 cassette

  • opium & cherry cola (6:34)
  • unknown bum (10:55)
  • dariius (5:35)
  • fecalove (2:15)
  • jacket juice (7:34)
  • my whole hand was wet (1:35)
  • unknown bum (5:16)
  • 1nt20 (7:20)
  • diamond bitch (0:53)

  • canner mefe (4:19)
  • glom (4:45)
  • driphouse (3:59)
  • liz harris (2:47)
  • future blondes (4:20)
  • my whole hand was wet (1:30)
  • unknown bum (6:45)
  • toning (3:41)
  • glom (4:34)
  • 1nt20 (3:21)
  • unknown bum (7:42)
january 2012 release ; ... 95 minutes of assorted remixes of diamond catalogue (i.e. patdj yo-yo dietingmaher, aka indignant senility, & his life-partner lala conchita) ’s “magnified palette” lp by assorted friends & colleagues, the credited & mask-wearing alike ...
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nna037: various artists "diamond catalog 'magnified palette' remixes" c95

birthed out of the dna of diamond catalog's "magnified palette" lp (nna032) comes 95 minutes of truly disturbed dance music, remixed by an eclectic gang of underground electronic musicians hand-selected by pat and lala. dirty trance, harsh noise breakbeats, minimal house moods, and overall imaginative techno from the likes of liz harris (grouper), driphouse, future blondes, fecalove, and sweaty handful of mystery characters.

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hex breaker quintetriders” c20 cassette

  • with the sun on my face and truth on my lips what’s behind me doesn’t matter

  • darkess in the land while electrons silently collide creating new worlds
january 2012 release ; ... blissed-out drone-improv from both halves of grasshoper & telecult powers, channeling some rather lovely, almost vangelis-esque night-time city sky-lines via brass & modular synthesizer ...
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nna036: hex breaker quartet "riders" c20

deeply spaced orchestral arrangements from the hbq riders crew, consisting of grasshopper's jesse derosa and josh millrod, plus telecult powers' mister matthews and witchbeam. the boys travel the lonely road with pastoral, longing brass lines coasting alongside gritty modular synthesizer, creating deep currents of brotherhood electronics.

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quicksailsa fantasy in seasons” c30 cassette

  • up to the binges
  • saigon motors
  • retreats in ware
  • walking through the rain

  • two crowded
  • speed of the tartan
  • cold in california
  • blooming channels
january 2012 release ; ... sorted set of murky electronic miniatures (with sporadic, live-played percussion) from b 3’s quicksails project, working an octagon of dank, moody nugs focusing the alpha of his laser-vision on the 80’slibrary” spec (in several places i’m reminded of david vorhaus’ “phase iv” score) , the beta on some as-yet-un-inventedfuture jazzponzi scheme ...
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nna035: quicksails "a fantasy in seasons" c30

ben billington's solo works as quicksails put him in a place uncharted by many other contemporary acts, combining a wide assortment of live percussion and synthesized electronics. following up recent cassettes on digitalis and deception island, "a fantasy in seasons" recalls moments of kosmische synth, free jazz, world music, and a vast collection of eclectic sounds from this world and elsewhere.

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nna tapes (usa) #nna 034 ep

coppertonekill and release” seven inch single record

  • tyranness (2:41)
  • clandestiny (2:59)

  • vows (2:13)
  • rott (2:46)
  • all is one (1:08)
september 2011 release ; ... debut vinyl outing from long-time providence resdient sasha wiseman, with only a prior night people tape under her belt ...

... largelybumpin’micro-korg club tunes, the sort which normally make we want to eat a gun, even if there’s a sort of post-suicide angst-y nihilistic splendor to the whole thing (listen to the sound-sample for a taste) ...
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nna034: coppertone "kill and release" 7" ep

coppertone is los angeles' sasha wiseman, a one-woman pop damager specializing in cold, beat-driven anthems swathed in quietly intimidating atmospherics. "kill and release" offers bodily transport into a world that's as surreal and synthetic as it is strangely familiar – something like the dream sequence of a horror film. a woman armed with a net, a knife, keyboards, and lust.

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innercitys/t” seven inch single record

  • dada les apocalypses (7:42)

  • the pyramids in northeast belgium (6:03)
september 2011 release ; ... hans dens innercity here kicking off a new series of “maxi-ep’s(i.e. two 6/7/8 minute sides/jams, each squoze onto a side of a 7single) ...

while the a-side’s a big, vaporous morass of sub-aquatic plundered strings (not far from wolfgang voigt’s “gas” project in sound/approach) the b-side takes a slightly more direct route to the dance-floor via chugging feet & an almost first-wave detroit-style indecipherable voice-over ...

... despite the extended length(s) the pressing & sound are pretty great throughout (listen to the sound-sample for an untouched transcription from smack dab in the middle of the a-side) ...
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nna033: innercity 7" ep

open the gates to the mystifying world of belgian electronic producer hans dens' innercity project. truly alien, truly futuristic rhythmic mantras and techno miscalculations. dens' unique minimal beat style, combining elements of electronic, kraut, and new age weirdness, creates an otherworldly entity that transcends our earthly boundaries.

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diamond catalogmagnified palette” long playing record

  • slith’d on
  • valveneration

  • ancestral comprehensions & acrid predictions
  • aries vieweight
may 2011 release ; ... long-awaited debut wax (after a single, self-issued tape via pat’s cherried-out merch) from patdj yo-yo dietingmaher & life-partner lala conchita’s diamond catalogue ...

recorded at home in hubbard, or & in a hollywood studio, the four cuts on “magnified palettedeviate from the purely four/floor thump-outs of “we are 138bpm”, preferring a more variegated take on contemporary berlin’s many electronic music flavors (elements echo the hardwax-universe greatly, down to the grungey dub & lo-fi haze) while still nestling it’s aesthetic core in the whole “slowed & throwedpantheon of temporal transfiguration that anchors all of pat’s work under his myriad aliases ...

that this is the first vinyl release on the until-now tape-only nna is telling (this really does make more sense as a spin-able “clubartifact ; at least moreso than anything else the label has done thusfar) ; toby & matt have done a bang-up preserving their whole look / feel onto the new format (full color printed inners ; fancy !!!) ... highly recommended !!!
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nna032: diamond catalog "magnified palette" lp

nna is proud to present the debut lp by diamond catalog, the new duo of lala conchita and "glamorous" pat maherr (indignant senility, expressway yo-yo dieting, and so on). this full-length is the definitive statement of diamond catalog's concoction of cross-bred dance music and mutated, swirling noise bricolage.

"magnified palette" seems to exist in five dimensions of sound, with factory-booming beats creating a mechanical-yet-organic framework for devious sonic chatter to wind its way through. imagine the sound of a distant rave in the midst of a disorienting drug spell, wading your way through the infinity of your mind's own dark matter.

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drainolithwhere are ye col. leslie groves?” c20 cassette

  • where are ye col. leslie groves? (1)

  • where are ye col. leslie groves? (2)
may 2011 release ; ... ultra-zonked set of pieces (on one he’s doing his best robert ashleyprivate parts” bit ; elsewhere it’s all hotel lobbyhappy hour” desperation, and elsewhere still it’s all minimal, sunken casionics - listen to the sound-sample for that) from medicine rocks’ / alterity problem’s alex moskos ...
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nna030: drainolith "where are ye col. leslie groves?" c20

montréal lurker and aids wolf guitarist alexander moskos has bestowed us with one of our most baffling cassettes yet. not unlike parlor music being played by an insane asylum patient, moskos rips intangible, monk-esque midi piano hallucinations over sporadic drum pad wailing and other miscellaneous electronic mishaps.

fake jazz or real truth?

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golden retrieveremergent layer” c36 cassette

  • tumuli
  • subsidence

  • apsis
  • emergent layer
may 2011 release ; ... really, i could just live inside this music, its endlessly rich layer(ing)s of modular synthesizer & harmonized bass clarinet have, after a handful of amazingly high-quality releases over the past year (or so ; for root strata, gift tapes, agents of chaos, and their own bucket factory), proved, without a doubt, that these two guys are making some of the most rewarding real-time electronic music out there ...
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nna029: golden retriever "emergent layer" c36

on "emergent layer," jonathan sielaff's melodic processed bass clarinet lines flow over matt carlson's complex, swirling modular synth beds. the stereo field is used to it's full capability, placing the listener in a physical torrent of electronic sound. highly actualized and carefully placed music from this portland, or duo.

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mike shiflethoneyed crest” c22 cassette

  • honeyed crest

  • poisoned root
march 2011 release ; mike’s been on a real hot streak recently (his “llanos” disc was one of many folks’ favorites of 2010 & its subsequent critical laudings led directly to a forthcoming type album) ...

here, he successfully bridges the textural crackle of 90’s home listening” with an ecclesiastic guitar-noise wallop that transcends genre-boundaries like “noise”, “improv”, “drone”, and the like ...
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nna028: mike shiflet "honeyed crest" c22

mike shiflet conjures a harrowing atmosphere of dark, melodic storm clouds on "honeyed crest". a dense fog of organic buzz permeates through both sides of the tape, only to be pierced by a siren's choir of shimmering, jagged guitar fuzz. as always, shiflet expertly holds a microscope to texture and detail, creating a massive entity of cascading melody and contemplative sound.

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dog ladythe garden of agony” c17 cassette

  • the god of jagged gold
  • elephant falls

  • your arms are psychedelic echoes
  • the dogs' haggard mouths digging again in the garden of our agony at midnight guided by the drone of our predictions
march 2011 release ; .. damn, this guy is good !!! sorted tape of live violin plonk, assorted open-circuit chirrup & tape-loop excess from mike collino, coming in as the third-world / enslaved love-child of “the sinking of the titanic” & voice crack’s “earflash” ...
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nna027: dog lady "the garden of agony" c17

dog lady's mike collino has made a name for himself in the world of noise in the last few years, with highest quality releases on labels such as rrr, fag tapes, and chocolate monk. "the garden of agony" continues this standard with collino's unique recipe of violin and tape manipulation. drugged-out bowing and awkward plucks drag across rusted strings while drifting through antique melodies, seasick tape loops, and caustic cracked electronics.

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ken seenoinvisible surfer on an invisible wave” c31 cassette

  • a breezy memory
  • driving into light / blustery day
  • playing gold in the woods / saying goodbye
  • nothing here

  • the ocean after a storm
  • screens
  • ricochet
  • stained glass window
  • sunset at truck patch
february 2011 release ; ... ken’s is a new name to me, having played in the band ponytail for the last few years ; this collection of inspired instrumental miniatures could very well be his solo debut, which is surprising given how well-polished & thought-out these light, “spring-gardenthemed pieces tend to be ...
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nna025: ken seeno "invisible surfer on an invisible wave" c31

baltimore, maryland's ken seeno displays a majestic array of crystal clear synthesizer arrangements. soaring melodies float high above the shimmer of the blue-green waters, looking down upon the colorful shore and the oceans beyond.

this is landscape electronics.

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three legged raceraining order” c20 cassette

  • raining order

  • raining whisper
january 2011 release ; ... after robert’s solocomeback” side (on that lovely split with jeff rene hellwitscher on arbor) here he breaks form with not a pair of cracked-electronic flare-outs, but in fact a pair of heart-wrenchingly gorgeousambient” pieces, full of slightly woozy, yet tonal chord-forms and ghostly / “spectrallyprocessed voices that rates as one of his finest moments ...
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nna022: three legged race "raining order" c20

hair police member robert beatty produces two pieces of lush, womb-like synthesizer melded with hypnotic processed female voice. highly intricate and textured electronics weave in and out of gelatinous loops of speech with expert precision.

artwork by the artist.

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dylan ettingerbotany bay” c24 cassette

  • genesis
  • endeavor

  • ceti alpha v
  • eugenics
january 2011 release ; ... aside from the fact that titling a track “eugenics” is akin to calling one “hitler”, this is a fine set of cheeky electronic pop music from dylan ettinger, easily relatable to the early-mid-80’s continuum of “private synth” records (robert bearns & ron dexter anyone ?) ...
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nna021: dylan ettinger "botany bay" c24

this tape plays like the soundtrack you might hear at a night out on a studio 54-themed dance vessel in the far reaches of the galaxy. eddie murphy and alf are there, buying drinks for some three-breasted siamese twins while you slam your sixth canister of toxic nectar.

pass out on the bay.

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synaptic foliageholding hands” c40 cassette

  • untitled (1)
  • untitled (2)
  • untitled (3)
  • untitled (4)
  • untitled (5)
  • untitled (6)

  • untitled (7)
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  • untitled (9)
  • untitled (10)
november 2010 release ; ah, good to see julian popping up outside of the cleveland axis (i.e. his own cylindrical habitat modules label) ... here he drops a 10-track gem of short vignettes, all nestled somewhere between the polar extremes of “early electronicleaning sound-research (listen to the first half of the sound-sample) and the fizzing, upper-atmospheric float of his sixth-city brethren ...
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nna019: synaptic foliage "holding hands" c40

julian gulyas (cylindrical habitat modules label boss) delivers a refreshing suite of synth and tape explorations. "holding hands" references the early days of electronic music, while still maintaining a forward-thinking and modern abstract underground sound.

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ryan garbess/t” c20 cassette

  • carved in luxury

  • curved in air
november 2010 release ; extremely terry riley-centric (who can blame him !!! terry shreds !!!) tape from wet hair member ryan garbes, working a floating organ-loop patch o’er the a-side, then some more open-ended vocal & farfisa ragas on the second ...

loved the recent arbor single, this continues the trajectory in fashion ...
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nna016: ryan garbes s/t c20

iowa city resident and wet hair member ryan garbes conducts a twenty-minute psychedelic one-man-band workout. a grand fusion of intense farfisa shred, out-jazz, acid rock, surf mentality and hazed-out croon mantras.

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julia holterlive recording” c54 cassette

  • beast wildest
  • je vivroie liement
  • me are more than i need
  • hello, stranger
  • did you attend?
  • days of you

  • betsy on the roof
  • so lillies
  • with loue to toune
  • pushkin, inconsolate
  • sea called me home
  • phaedra runs to russia
november 2010 release ; odd-duck tape (at least in the nna catalogue) of lo-fi orchestral pop songs (albeit in a general-midi setting ; i’m reminded a little bit of marianne nowottny) from julia holter ...
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nna015: julia holter "live recordings" c54

so cal artist julia holter's latest cassette is a very personal collection of dreamy home-recording style pop ballads. lush piano and synthesizer instrumentation meld with holter's ethereal vocals in cinematic and melancholy arrangements.

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pulse emitterlonging thresholds” c30 cassette

  • longing thresholds (1)
  • longing thresholds (2)

  • longing thresholds (3)
april 2010 release ; great tape from daryl groetsch, here getting into some nice, almost boards-of-canadian zones, recalling the “meditative music” series he’s in the midst of, albeit with a bit more in the way of automated gating & filter wobble ...
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nna012: pulse emitter "longing thresholds" c30

the latest work from portland, or synthesizer veteran daryl groetsch. layered, melodic analog synth music for astronauts that yearn for the earth below..

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driphouse50/50” c24 cassette

  • intro
  • heavy white
  • gunmetal

  • deep underneath
  • garden
  • into black mouth
  • squigs
april 2010 release ; really quite nice tape of floating electronics from darren ho (the first in what will hopefully be a long, winding stream of said over the next few years - i hear he’s got one in the works for agents of chaos) ... has a lovely, hand-played feel throughout, rifling in & out of a buncha different avenues, rife with pregnant pauses & stray bits of harpsichord & acoustic piano ; like a non-sequenced variant on the berlin school axis, far from “flowing” ...
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nna011: driphouse "50/50" c24

catacombs of electronic espionage from former raccoo-oo-oon member darren ho. a tape of many chambers, each containing clues to a greater unknown.

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nonhorsesubtle revenge” c90 cassette

  • uh oh, party time
  • walk the earth
  • pizza n pudding
  • friday of the surus
  • tough the nail
  • the shadow vision

  • iran banger
  • leave the light on
  • chamber of eugene
  • chamber of mars
  • private music
  • zone eater iii
  • zone eater iv
april 2010 release ; seemingly endless (it’s a c-90 !!!) tape of lo-fi party documentation & glassy echoplexed keyboard improvs from g. lucas crane ... some nice, almost industrial-leaning grind in spots ...
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nna010: nonhorse "subtle revenge" c90

enter g. lucas crane's (woods, vanishing voice) warped and damaged world of tape collage hysteria. "subtle revenge" is the full spectrum of bizarre sensations experienced during full-on party mode, and the hazy reflection on the morning after. snip, snip...

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harmonizers/t” c30 cassette

  • permanent culture

  • 5th world
march 2010 release ; debut release from the duo of nna’s toby aronson & greg davis, riding high on a wave of “fifth world” influences taking in jon hassell (natch), “my life in the bush of ghosts,” and even (dareisay) bill laswell’s subsequent post-herbie plunderphonic projects ...
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nna007 harmonizer s/t c30

harmonizer is the new duo of burlington, vermont residents greg davis (kranky, carpark, autumn records) and toby aronson (nna tapes, rats cops). future world sample-driven electronic synthesis, heavy rhythms, and total harmonizer worship.

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