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

... as a token of appreciation to everyone that helped us out by placing a "closeout" order in the days leading up to the move (and due to a number of requests for more time to properly investigate / strategize a more thorough sweep of the dwindling list of titles on offer) i've extended the exhaustive "closeoupacolypse" one final time until the end of the spring ; this should afford everyone the proper resources to make their final selections ...
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cassauna (usa) #sauna 16 cs

zachary james watkinsmoveable” cassette

  • moveable: live concert recording at maybeck studio, berkeley

  • moveable: majestic star tuning remix
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zachary james watkins
moveable
sauna16   tape

movable is scored for pianoforte in a unique just intonation/equal temperament hybrid tuning and employs a new mechanical extension we like to call the piano monster built by nyc artist ranjit bhatnagar that uses 16 voltage controlled motors with attached objects that resonate piano strings.

- zachary james watkins is a california based sound artist who has earned degrees in composition from the cornish school and mills college. zachary has received commissions from cornish, the microscores project, the beam foundation, somnubutone, the sfsoundgroup and the seattle chamber players.

- his 2006 composition suite for string quartet was awarded the paul merritt henry prize for composition and has been performed as part of the 2nd annual new music marathon in seattle, wa, the labs 25th anniversary celebration and the labor sonor series at kule in berlin, the later of which is released by the london new music label confront.

- zachary has presented works in numerous festivals across the united states, mexico and germany including the 2011 activating the medium festival, the 2010 sfemf, the 2009 klankunstfest, the second biennial sj01 global festival of arts on the edge and the 2006 international computer music conference.

- in 2007, zachary premiered a new multi-media work entitled country western as part of the meridian gallery's composers in performance series that received grants from the amc and the foundation for contemporary arts. an excerpt of this piece is published on a compilation album entitled "the harmonic series" along side duane pitre, pauline oliveros, ellen fullman and charles curtis.

- zachary received a subito grant to assist in the production of the evening length composition: movable, written for piano in just intonation and a newly invented piano extension called the "piano monster" built in collaboration with nyc artist ranjit bhatnagar. this work premiered on april 2nd 2010 by pianist tiffany lin at the chapel performance space as part of the wayward music series in seattle, wa.

- his sound art work entitled designed obsolescence, "spoke as a metaphor for the breakdown of the dream of technology and the myth of our society's permanence," review by susan noyes platt in the summer 05 issue of artlies. zachary has had artist in residence at both the espy foundation and djerassi.

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cassauna (usa) #sauna 15 cs

randy gibsonthe first pillar appearing in supernova” cassette

  • the first pillar imploding the principal drone under the addition of 9 in melodic counterpoint from apparitions of the four pillars

  • the first pillar exploding the upper drone with the violin analogue, the nestled melodic 27, and the apparition of the eternal tonic from apparitions of the four pillars
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randy gibson
the first pillar appearing in supernova
sauna15   tape

the two sides of the first pillar appearing in supernova could be considered as opposing explorations of the simplest section of my ongoing work, apparitions of the four pillars. when approached by cassauna to make this cassette, i knew i wanted to use the mechanism of the cassette to create the work. as with my previous work for cassette, analog apparitions on the tapeworm, the sound of the cassette is integral. cassettes of individual vocal drones were recorded onto a marantz pmd222. using the volume and speed capabilities of the marantz, i worked with a single line at a time to create a dense harmonic world from a simple intervallic source.

biography

randy gibson is a composer and performer based in brooklyn. he works with structure, evolutionary compositional models, and improvisation to create enveloping and ritualistic works in just intonation. by presenting his work with visual and ritualistic elements (incense, video, lighting), gibson encourages the audience to embrace stillness and become absorbed in the sonic experience.

since 2003, gibson has studied with seminal minimalist pioneer la monte young which has brought great clarity and devotion to his work. since 2005 he has studied raga singing in the kirana tradition with la monte young and marian zazeela.

gibson's music has been presented around the world including at festivals in germany, korea, and mexico. his works have been commissioned by choreographers (2004-2005's separate haven commissioned by kim olson / sweetedge), record labels (2010's analog apparitions commissioned by the tapeworm), ensembles (2010-2012's circular trance... commissioned by ekmeles vocal ensemble), and individual performers (2013's nine minutes for the four pillars in duet with the paris drones recalling the midwinter starfield commissioned by erik carlson of ice).

in 2010, under a grant from the american music center, gibson traveled to london to premiere the third analog pillar. the performance was hailed by the liminal as "a moment of pleasingly soporific and mind-emptying purity." his just intonation piano recording, aqua madora, was selected by textura as one of the top 10 albums of 2011.

gibson is the artistic director of avant media, a non-profit organization dedicated to collaborative artistic endeavors, and, since, 2010, has curated the annual avant music festival of composer-driven performances.

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prisma (norway) #prisma lp004 lp

i want the beatles to play at my art center! • music from the henie onstad kunstsenter archives 1968-2011” double long playing record set

  • arne nordheim – a forum of the arts (1969)
  • sigurd berge – excerpts from blikk (1970)
  • bjørn fongaard - the space concerto for piano and tape (1971)

  • soft machine – teeth (1971)
  • spontaneous music ensemble – norway (1971)
  • paal-helge haugen & kåre kolberg – excerpts from requiem for janisjoplin (1972)
  • svein finnerud trio – olga (1974)
  • hal clark – the monkey and organ grinder (1975)

  • the aller værste! - dans til musikken (1980)
  • john cage – excerpts from muoyce (1983)
  • magne hegdal – music for marcel duchamp (1983)
  • lasse marhaug – ear era 7 (2008)
  • jim o’rourke - aunt esther (2010)

  • deathprod - studio (2010)
  • håkon kornstad – improvisations for karin (2011)
  • jenny hval – you sign your name (2012)
october 2012 release ; ... companion volume to the dvd (and the “mot det totale” book) featuring a stellar lineup of archival audio footage, including early pieces by bjørn fongaard, sigurd berge, kåre kolberg, hal clark (on buchla) ... as well as concert excerpts by the sme, soft machine, john cage, svein finnerud ... and contemporary work by jim o’rourke, lasse marhaug, deathprod, and many others ...
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new release: various "i want the beatles to play at my art center!" [2lp]

music from the henie onstad kunstsenter archives 1968-2011

prismalp004

releasedate october 29, 2012

this 2lp presents seminal works of music from the nearly 50-year history of henie onstad kunstsenter (hok). when hok founder sonja henie exclaimed that she wanted the beatles to play at her art center, in essence she expressed its founding ambition to produce and stage a lively cross-artistic program that captured the contemporary spirit of the day in live form. this release is filled with previous unreleased material recorded at hok by artists such as jim o’rourke, deathprod, arne nordheim, soft machine, john cage and jenny hval.

"and now we take the first step into the future." former director ole henrik moe added this bold statement when hok opened its doors to the public in 1968. the museum of the future at høvikodden would position dynamic time-based art alongside its collection of modernist masterworks of paintings and sculpture, demonstrating how the various forms of art elaborate and collaborate with each other. instead of expanding its art collection, the majority of hok’s budget would go to events and exhibitions, to the production of new time-based works, and not least, to document ephemeral art.

i want the beatles to play at my art center! presents a small selection from hok’s vast sound archives. for the first time one can hear excerpts from kåre kolberg and paal-helge haugen’s commisioned work rekviem for janis joplin from 1972, håkon kornstad improvising in 2012, hal clark playing the legendary buchla-synthesizer in the norwegian studio for electronic music in 1975, and soft machine at its prime in 1971 with robert wyatt on drums. the lp also contains commisioned works by jenny hval, deathprod, lasse marhaug and jim o’rourke, all produced by hok over the last years. other artists represented on the 2lp are bjørn fongaard, the aller værste!, svein finnerud trio, sigurd berge and spontaneous music ensemble.

this release accompanies the exhibition i want the beatles to play at my art center! tidsbasert kunst ved hok 1968-2011 opening october 28th at hok with performances by deathprod and nils bech. in relation the exhibition the book mot det totale museum is published by forlaget press together with a dvd on prisma records. the exhibition and releases are curated by lars mørch finborud.

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prisma (norway) #prisma lp003 lp

oren ambarchi / james rushfordwreckage” long playing record

  • wreckage (1)

  • wreckage (2)
october 2012 release ; ... a single chamber-piece (split across two sides) jointly composed & arranged by oren ambarchi & james rushford, performed by the two (oren on his electric guitar & pedal array, rushford on piano) with an australian chamber ensemble providing the voicing & filigree ...

... there’s a certain spaciousness & open-ended appeal here (which, due to rushford’s use of sus-4 tonalities throughout, reminds me more of the west-coast “cold blue” scene than any of the suggested reference points cited below) that carries the piece along at a nice lilt ; it’s easy to see this as an “acousticattempt at the kind(s) of delay-line sine-throb spaces of oren’s solo work (albeit with a softer, more dynamic touch) ...
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new release: oren ambarchi & james rushford - wreckage [lp]

wreckage presents a collaborative work jointly composed by oren ambarchi and james rushford (originally commissioned for the ultima contemporary music festival at henie onstad kunstsenter and premiered by ensemble neon) for their own instruments (piano and electric guitar) and a small chamber ensemble, performed here by an ensemble of leading lights in melbourne’s experimental and new music communities.

rushford’s piano gently ushers the listener though a series of tonally ambiguous environments, building up unified textures through irregular iterations of small melodic and harmonic units. while the integration of ambarchi’s spectral processed guitar (which gradually climbs to the foreground as the piece progresses) with the acoustic instrumentation recalls the late works of luigi nono, and the way the timbral lushness of the chamber group is tempered by never resolved harmonic tension seems to draw on feldman’s work of the early 1970s, wreckage also gestures towards the melancholic, intuitive minimalism of luciano cilio and giusto pio and the wandering melodicism of aldo clementi. the lushness of the instrumental textures employed and hints of almost-direct melodicism ensure the piece is approachable and immersive; but the ever-shifting harmonic foundations and complex interplay between voices ensures that it remains somewhere beyond the listener’s grasp, in a paradoxical state of simultaneous movement and stasis.

limited edition of 400 copies.

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prisma (norway) #prisma lp001 lp

popofoni” double long playing record set

  • gunnar sønstevold - arnold

  • arne nordheim - morgenraga
  • arne nordheim - solar plexus

  • alfred janson - valse triste

  • kåre kolberg - blow up your dreams
  • terje rypdal - episode
august 2012 release ; ... contemporary issue of this 1973 sonet-label double-lp, wherin compositions by kåre kolberg, arne nordheim, alfred janson, gunnar sønstevold, and terje rypdal (nice to finally have a terje rypdal artist-page here @ mms !!! a dream come true)are played by a who’s who of the then-contemporary norwegian / ecm jazz scene, including jan garbarek, jon christensen, karin krog, terje bjørklund, bobo stensson, arild anderson, and rypdal ...

... some great moments (nordheim’s “pop” song “solar plexus” is esp. vicious ; listen to the sound-sample) peppering four sides of spectral smear & assorted jazz-meets-electronics tactics ... this prisma edition recreates the excellent petri-dish / blob-cover & offers extensive liner notes in the gatefold ...
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new release: var. artists: popofoni [2lp]

this 2lp is a reissue of the holy grail of norwegian free-jazz and electronic music, popofoni, released by sonet in 1973. it features compositions by arne nordheim, terje rypdal, kåre kolberg, gunnar sønstevold and alfred janson played by an extended jan garbarek quintet.

the popofoni-project was initiated after a heated debate on haagen ringnes’ tv-show åpen post in autumn 1969, which dealt with the subject popmusic. standing on one side you found the defenders of pop, actress and singer elisabeth grannemann, comedian and record producer rolv wesenlund and artist and record label owner arne bendiksen – who defended his 1969 eurovision winner oj oj oj så glad jeg skal bli. in the other corner was the cultural elite represented by literature researcher erling nielsen and pianist and beethoven-expert amalie christie. both sides expressed grave concerns about that their opponent’s music impaired their listeners abilities. during the broadcast, grannemann performed a parody of an avant garde-composition which included throwing dishes and yelling, with direct reference to composer arne nordheim’s music. some weeks later nordheim picked up the handkerchief and responded by composing a pop song with avant garde qualities, solar plexus, performed by an expanded jan garbarek quartet. because of the great media attention this quarrel attracted, the organization ny musikk (ircm) and henie onstad kunstsenter decided to ask the experimental composers kåre kolberg, alfred janson, gunnar sønstevold, terje rypdal and arne nordheim to write new compositions in the meeting point between pop and avant garde – hence the name popofoni.

the result was performed at a concert at the art centre in april 1970 and later documented on a double lp release on sonet in 1973. it was pressed in 500 copies, and is now one of norway’s rarest records.

this reissue is produced by lars mørch finborud and lasse marhaug for prisma records, 2012. the release comes in a limited edition of 500 copies.

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prisma (norway) #prisma dvd01 dvd

i want the beatles to play at my art center! • video from the henie onstad kunstsenter archives 1968-2011” digital versatile disc

  • ole henrik moe - epoke (1968)
  • pål bang-hansen & arne nordheim - a forum of the arts (1970)
  • terje rypdal - orfeus vender seg og ser på eurydike (1972)
  • hal clark - a silent tour of the norwegian studio for electronic music (1975)
  • kjartan slettemark - poodle performance at hok (1975)
  • mauricio kagel - ex-position (1978)
  • lasse thoresen - skapelser (1978)
  • john cage - muoyce (1983)
  • stian skagen & monica winther - the inward rising (2008)
  • killl - live at hok (2009)
  • moha! and idan & anu - fire & ignorance (2009)
  • stephen o'malley - le petit geante (2009)
  • masselys / christopher nielsen & matt willis-jones - jimmy polaris (2011)
october 2012 release ; ... lovely dvd compiling a king’s ransom in archival footage made in, of, and about the henie onstad kunstcenter in oslo ...

... worth it for the 1975silent tour of the norwegian studio for electronic music”, the kagel performance, and the cage & slettemark bits alone ...
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new release: various "i want the beatles to play at my art center!" [dvd]

video from the henie onstad kunstsenter archives 1968-2011

prismadvd001

releasedate october 29, 2012

artists: john cage, kjartan slettemark, killl, arne nordheim, stephen o’malley, mauricio kagel, moha!, christopher nielsen/masselys, stian skagen & monica winther.

this dvd presents seminal works of music, performance, dance, theater and installation art from the nearly 50-year history of henie onstad kunstsenter (hok). when hok founder sonja henie exclaimed that she wanted the beatles to play at her art center, in essence she expressed its founding ambition to produce and stage a lively cross-artistic program that captured the contemporary spirit of the day in live form. this release is filled with previous unreleased material from hok’s history, and shows for the first time kjartan slettemark dressed up as a poodle in 1975, mauricio kagel’s commisioned piece ex-position from 1978, and the brilliant recording of john cage reading muoyce in 1983.

"and now we take the first step into the future." former director ole henrik moe added this bold statement when hok opened its doors to the public in 1968. the museum of the future at høvikodden would position dynamic time-based art alongside its collection of modernist masterworks of paintings and sculpture, demonstrating how the various forms of art elaborate and collaborate with each other. instead of expanding its art collection, the majority of hok’s budget would go to events and exhibitions, to the production of new time-based works, and not least, to document ephemeral art.

i want the beatles to play at my art center! presents a small selction from henie onstad kunstsenter’s video archives. the dvd contains a newly restored version of pål bang-hansen’s promotional feature a forum of the arts from 1969 where amongst others arne nordheim performs his commisioned work for hok solitaire. for the first time one can see how the norwegian studio for electronic music looked like in 1975 and view an excerpt from terje rypdal’s opera orfeus vender seg og ser på eurydike. in addition the dvd contains more recent productions with artists like moha!, killl, stephen o’malley and christopher nielsen / masselys.

this release accompanies the exhibition i want the beatles to play at my art center! tidsbasert kunst ved hok 1968-2011 opening october 28th at hok with performances by deathprod and nils bech. in relation the exhibition the book mot det totale museum is published by forlaget press together with a 2lp on prisma records. the exhibition and releases are curated by lars mørch finborud.


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prisma (norway) #prisma 717 cd

camille normenttoll” compact disc

  • toll (15:54)
  • lyst (13:18)
  • glare (23:04)
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camille norment - toll
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release date: september 9th 2013

camille norment (b. 1970) is an american born artist, composer and musician living and working in norway. for her debut album toll she assembled an ensemble consisting of electric guitar, norwegian hardingfele, and the rare glass armonica to explore the instruments’ collective sensual  and contextual psychoacoustics. toll resonates through a tantalizing union of its instrumentsvoices and their often paradoxical cultural histories. each of the instruments were simultaneously revered and feared or even outlawed at various points in their histories.

in a slipstream of warping time and abrasive textures, the music levels ‘beauty’ with noise, and the consonant with the dissonant, as it embraces scratches, squeals, and taunting microtones as equals to purest of tones. forming earworms and wooing songs, simple melodic phrases reference one another throughout the tracks - the echo is like the conjuring and re-forming of a memory that is at once psychological and somatic.

toll was recorded at the henie onstad kunstsenter in norway during the crystalline resonance of 18-21 february 2013. besides camille norment the album feature the musicians håvard skaset and vegard vårdal.

the album is released by henie onstad kunstsenters label prisma records.

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merzbowlive at henie onstad centre” compact disc

  • live at henie onstad centre (41:38)
october 2010 release ; ... truly something of inspired move, flying in masami akitato play the opening party of the ”kurt schwitters in norway” exhibition at the henie onstad this time last year (why squirm through a lecture about kurt’s time spent in exile in lysaker from ‘37 - ‘40 when you could instead get sand-blasted by a 40-minute wall of charred synth, junk metal, and computer fire-bombing ? seems like a no-brainer to me) ... an excellent contemporary merzbow outing ; incorporates a little bit of every era ...
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merzbow: live at henie onstad art centre cd

masami akita’s merzbow project is the biggest name in noise music. few other artist enjoys the kind of respect within their fields as merzbow does within the noise scene. if talking about noise music there is simply no way getting around merzbow. since 1979 akita has worked relentlessly producing hundreds of records. he also has a long list of collaboraters: richard pinhas, sunn 0))), autechre, pan sonic, jim o’rourke, boris, gore beyond necropsy, smegma and many others.

merzbow performed at the henie onstad art centre on october 11th 2009. this performance was for the exhibition ”kurt schwitters in norway”. since akita has sited kurt schwitters as one of his main influences for his music, and took his name from schwittersmerzbau sculpture, it was a natural choice to have merzbow perform at the centre on the opening weekend of the exhibition. the complete 40 minute performance is presented on the ”live at henie onstad art centrecd.

musically this is classic merzbow; hypnotic loops, layers of white noise and massive sweeps of sonic overload. akita performed using two computers, synthesizer, custom-made metal objects and a host of effect pedals.

the cd is mixed and mastered by lasse marhaug and the inner sleeve features a unique photo of masami akita inside schwitters merzbau. merzbow in merzbau.

limited edition of 500 copies.

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prisma (norway) #prisma 708 cd

sigurd bergeearly electronic works” compact disc

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

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

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

prisma records 708
releasedate 04.10.2010

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

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

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

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

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ingar zach / andreas melandmusic for tinguely” compact disc

  • ingar zach - tinguely solo (17:57)

  • andreas meland - the future as we remember it (18:21)
november 2009 release ; a “side-length” piece each from ingar zach (sparse percussion-dotted electro-acoustic improv built by “playing” the tinguelymeta” sculpture, performed in the acoustically-huge henie onstad gallery space) & andreas meland (ditto sounds from tinguely’s sculpture(s), arranged in more of a traditional musique concrète fashion, with a wide dynamic range & some lovely post-processing) ...
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ingar zach & andreas meland: music for tinguely cd

available november 2009.

ingar zach (b.1971) is one of norway`s leading percussionists and founder of the record label sofa. he has recorded for the ecm and rune grammofon labels together with his bands dans les arbres and huntsville and has released several solo and duo records.

andreas meland is a norwegian sound artist and musician. he has recorded with the projects røyskatt, norwegian noize orchestra, düplo and forell plus several solo projects. he is also the founder of the experimental music festival safe as milk and the melektronikk record label.

music for tinguely consists of two pieces commissioned for the jean tinguely exhibition - the future as we know it - presented at the henie onstad art centre in 2009. zach`s piece tinguely solo was created for the opening ceremony of the exhibiton on april 16th, 2009 by using a gran cassa, percussion, sruti box and drone commander mixed together with sounds from the meta sculpture by jean tinguely. andreas meland`s piece the future as we remember it was performed at the centre on april 19th as part of a concert day together with the bands in the country and golden serenades. all the source material for meland`s piece was recorded on site in the jean tinguely exhibition.

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stian skagenthe inward rising” compact disc

  • the inward rising (17:30)
january 2010 release ; a rather intriguing bit of contemporary electro-acoustic composition from ryfykle’s stian(concept.virus)skagen, composed to augment the titular installation piece by monica winther at the henie onstad art center back in 2008 ...

a galley of minimal / clicking figures slowly give way to a very nicely rendered wall of amplified electricity which slowly sucks the oxygen from it’s (or any) space before receding via a mist of grey-noise gristle ... as a continuously looping piece (as it’s intended / used in a gallery setting) i have to say it’s pretty damn transfixing (full disclosure ; the, albeit short, disc looped approximately 5 times before i’d even notice it had once) ...
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stian skagen: the inward rising cd

available january 2010.

stian skagen (b.1980) aka (concept.virus) is one of scandinavia's most interesting sound artists. he has toured and recorded with names like årabrot, ryfylke and nernes / skagen and contributed to several exhibitions with his work.

the inward rising by skagen and monica winther was presented at henie onstad art center from november 20th to december 14th 2008.

stian says:

the inward rising was composed to introduce as an acousmatic and phenomenological sonic sphere within the installation with the same name, where the observers relation to the sculpture and painting was stimulated and brought forward by a complex, detailed and seductive soundscape. this work follows up a series of projects where skagen works to create a greater consciousness around the human perception and understanding of space and time and the senses potential in the immediate environment.


from bjørn hatterud's review of the installation for kunstkritikk:

stian skagen and monica winther has created some of the most powerful i've experienced in an art museum ever. at the head of the room is a tableau with something that looks like a roughly carved huge stone in front of a fantastic painting, abstract, partly op-art, partly emo-conceptual, in neon and neatly composed stripes.

the painting and the stone is exposed to changing light in different colors, which makes different parts of the painting light up, and disappear, so that different patterns supersede each other. and at the same time – what one hears all the way from one enters the door to the center - bathed the room in loud sound.

the sound is murky and dark. i hear trees falling, the roar of waterfalls, creepy creatures, or the roaring emptiness of space. skagen, perhaps best known from the duo ryfylke, has also previously profiled himself as a creator of extreme soundscapes, bathed in black soil, pierced with ants and worms, rumbling and morbid.

the sounds, along with the stone and the 60s psychedelic forms on the canvas, gives me associations to 2001 a space odyssey, with the spacecraft that glides slowly through space, the experimental lightshow towards the end, and the stone falling from the sky. i do not know if this is intentional, but on top of it all, the work, as the film, the theme is time: according to a large drawing that hangs on the wall, the stone was used as the score for the soundscape


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kranky (usa) #krank 180 lp

ken camdenspace mirror” long playing record

  • spectacle
  • eta carinae
  • moon

  • trapezium
  • antares
  • dominic sunset
july 2013 release ; ... second solo album from the implodes guitarist (after 2010’s excellent “lethargy & repercussion”) showing his acute prowess in channeling a near-orchestral array of electronically-tinged timbres out of a guitar / effect pedal array in a manner sharing more in common with the “live electronicensembles of yore (specifically, moebius & roedelius’ various mid-70’s aggregates) ...

... i maintain that these are amongst the finer solo electric / electronic guitar-solo sides being issued at present ; less of a clearing-house of edited-down, hours-long late-night jams than an acutely performed set of meticulously arranged compositions that transcend mere instrumentation & technique ... even if you’ve all but burnt out on the approach in recent times, this sets the bar awfully high for anyone else from here on out ... highly recommended !!!
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artist: ken camden
title: space mirror
catalog#: krank180
formats available: lp
release date: july 29, 2013

space travel is the dream of many and the reality of few. since yuri gagarin first shed the bonds of earth gravity in 1961, only about 500 humans have made the trip beyond the atmosphere.

ken camden travels to space while still grounded on terra firma. his vessel of choice is a guitar and some effects with which he journeys on fantastical expeditions and surveys the biggest territory of all, the one between your ears.

the glimmering sound fields he forms could be a soundtrack to an epic 60 s science-fiction film, or a long forgotten grade school educational film strip explaining how humans would be living on mars early in the 21st century.

camden s narrative rejects the dominant dystopian view of the future and posits that there are great voyages yet to be made in inner and outer space.

the album forms a gravity-free environment in which the listener is suspended, enhancing an aural excursion to the outer reaches of the musical kosmos.

this is the second solo album from ken camden who lives and works in chicago. he also plays in the implodes sound quartet.

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ken camdenspace mirror” compact disc

  • spectacle (5:29)
  • eta carinae (6:54)
  • moon (6:31)
  • trapezium (6:52)
  • antares (7:24)
  • dominic sunset (7:31)
july 2013 release ; ... second solo album from the implodes guitarist (after 2010’s excellent “lethargy & repercussion”) showing his acute prowess in channeling a near-orchestral array of electronically-tinged timbres out of a guitar / effect pedal array in a manner sharing more in common with the “live electronicensembles of yore (specifically, moebius & roedelius’ various mid-70’s aggregates) ...

... i maintain that these are amongst the finer solo electric / electronic guitar-solo sides being issued at present ; less of a clearing-house of edited-down, hours-long late-night jams than an acutely performed set of meticulously arranged compositions that transcend mere instrumentation & technique ... even if you’ve all but burnt out on the approach in recent times, this sets the bar awfully high for anyone else from here on out ... highly recommended !!!
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artist: ken camden
title: space mirror
catalog#: krank180
formats available: cd
release date: july 29, 2013

space travel is the dream of many and the reality of few. since yuri gagarin first shed the bonds of earth gravity in 1961, only about 500 humans have made the trip beyond the atmosphere.

ken camden travels to space while still grounded on terra firma. his vessel of choice is a guitar and some effects with which he journeys on fantastical expeditions and surveys the biggest territory of all, the one between your ears.

the glimmering sound fields he forms could be a soundtrack to an epic 60 s science-fiction film, or a long forgotten grade school educational film strip explaining how humans would be living on mars early in the 21st century.

camden s narrative rejects the dominant dystopian view of the future and posits that there are great voyages yet to be made in inner and outer space.

the album forms a gravity-free environment in which the listener is suspended, enhancing an aural excursion to the outer reaches of the musical kosmos.

this is the second solo album from ken camden who lives and works in chicago. he also plays in the implodes sound quartet.

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justin walterlullabies and nightmares” long playing record

  • mind shapes
  • dream weaving
  • awakening
  • lullabies & nightmares
  • western tears
  • fears of a wild man
  • the way of five
  • plastic people
  • thoughts
  • sister sleeper
  • i saw your face
may 2013 release ; ... debut solo record from michigan trumpeter justin walter, largely recorded utilizing an original steiner-parker evi (nyle steiner’s 1975 genius-level design ; essentially a monophonic synthesizer that derives a gate signal from an air pressure sensor in the mouthpiece, fitted with three buttons - ala the threevalves” of a trumpet used to select pitch - and three knobs controlling “scale”, “tune” and “portamento”) ...





... the buzzing, rasping sawtooth timbres, overdubbed & stretched out electronically, reminds me of ben neill & company’s 1991 recording of the “melodic version” of la monte young’s “the second dream of the high tension line stepdown transformer from the four dreams of china(albeit filtered through the language of solo guitar / pedal music) ; there’s a similar sense of clustering / “choiring” at play (even when embellished with overdubbed drumming & acoustic trumpet sounds, yielding something closer to a “post-rock” palette) ...
kranky press release ::
artist: justin walter
title: lullabies & nightmares
catalog#: krank179
formats available: lp
release date: may 27, 2013

i set out to record an album of completely improvised music that fused my experiments with the electronic valve instrument and my love of held sounds on the trumpet. in recent years i've come to see the trumpet as an instrument that speaks in slow and long sounds, with meaning coming from the shape and inflection of each note. the process for this was fairly straight forward, record lots of improvisations. of the songs on the album, most are one take improvisations with the only overdubs being drums.

- justin walter


presenting the debut album from longtime nomo member justin walter. if this was a vintage nonesuch label release, it would come with some dry title such as music for electronics, trumpet, evi and percussion.” the recordings here are anything but dry, instead being an exhilarating interface of the human and machine.

though the album title lullabies and nightmares suggests music thematically rooted in sleep, the debut full-length from brooklyn-based / michigan-bred trumpet player and composer justin walter owes more to a sense of emerging. after years of touring, random gigs and session work as a gifted player, walter emerged with a sound that rendered all of that almost inconsequential. spending a couple years intensively exploring the evi, or electronic valve instrument, a 1980's synthesizer / horn hybrid, he eventually worked out webs of bubbling loops made on the instrument, processed trumpet and fragmented electronics. following a few low-key cassette releases and solo loft performances, walter took the project into the studio, working with erik hall and drummer quinn kirchner to create a more controlled statement. building on the loops and textures of the evi, the album incorporates phasing patterns, the occasional motoric churn of dubbed out drums and considerate passages of trumpet, calling on walter's years of experience as an improviser. longer pieces are bridged by truncated interludes, wandering between modes that are by turns spooky, restless and sublime.

the nightmares are there, with dissonance and panic on the heels of redemption in almost every song, but they're there only to be awoken from. the lullabies pass by quickly, too. the album moves naturally through its meditative cycles in a constant state of emergence.

- fred thomas

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justin walterlullabies and nightmares” compact disc

  • mind shapes (3:12)
  • dream weaving (5:20)
  • awakening (0:49)
  • lullabies and nightmares (8:11)
  • western tears (3:59)
  • fears of a wild man (1:15)
  • the way of five (4:40)
  • plastic people (6:26)
  • sister sleeper (2:21)
  • thoughts (1:31)
  • i saw your face (4:09)
may 2013 release ; ... debut solo record from michigan trumpeter justin walter, largely recorded utilizing an original steiner-parker evi (nyle steiner’s 1975 genius-level design ; essentially a monophonic synthesizer that derives a gate signal from an air pressure sensor in the mouthpiece, fitted with three buttons - ala the threevalves” of a trumpet used to select pitch - and three knobs controlling “scale”, “tune” and “portamento”) ...





... the buzzing, rasping sawtooth timbres, overdubbed & stretched out electronically, reminds me of ben neill & company’s 1991 recording of the “melodic version” of la monte young’s “the second dream of the high tension line stepdown transformer from the four dreams of china(albeit filtered through the language of solo guitar / pedal music) ; there’s a similar sense of clustering / “choiring” at play (even when embellished with overdubbed drumming & acoustic trumpet sounds, yielding something closer to a “post-rock” palette) ...
kranky press release ::

artist: justin walter
title: lullabies & nightmares
catalog#: krank179
formats available: cd
release date: may 27, 2013

i set out to record an album of completely improvised music that fused my experiments with the electronic valve instrument and my love of held sounds on the trumpet. in recent years i've come to see the trumpet as an instrument that speaks in slow and long sounds, with meaning coming from the shape and inflection of each note. the process for this was fairly straight forward, record lots of improvisations. of the songs on the album, most are one take improvisations with the only overdubs being drums.

- justin walter


presenting the debut album from longtime nomo member justin walter. if this was a vintage nonesuch label release, it would come with some dry title such as music for electronics, trumpet, evi and percussion.” the recordings here are anything but dry, instead being an exhilarating interface of the human and machine.

though the album title lullabies and nightmares suggests music thematically rooted in sleep, the debut full-length from brooklyn-based / michigan-bred trumpet player and composer justin walter owes more to a sense of emerging. after years of touring, random gigs and session work as a gifted player, walter emerged with a sound that rendered all of that almost inconsequential. spending a couple years intensively exploring the evi, or electronic valve instrument, a 1980's synthesizer / horn hybrid, he eventually worked out webs of bubbling loops made on the instrument, processed trumpet and fragmented electronics. following a few low-key cassette releases and solo loft performances, walter took the project into the studio, working with erik hall and drummer quinn kirchner to create a more controlled statement. building on the loops and textures of the evi, the album incorporates phasing patterns, the occasional motoric churn of dubbed out drums and considerate passages of trumpet, calling on walter's years of experience as an improviser. longer pieces are bridged by truncated interludes, wandering between modes that are by turns spooky, restless and sublime.

the nightmares are there, with dissonance and panic on the heels of redemption in almost every song, but they're there only to be awoken from. the lullabies pass by quickly, too. the album moves naturally through its meditative cycles in a constant state of emergence.

- fred thomas


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kranky (usa) #krank 178 lp

benoit pioulardhymnal” long playing record

  • mercy
  • hawkeye
  • reliquary
  • homily
  • excave
  • gospel

  • florid
  • margin
  • censer
  • itiya
  • knell
  • foxtail
march 2013 release ; ... fourth album from thomas meluch’s benoit pioulard, recorded during an extended stay abroad ...
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artist: benoit pioulard
title: hymnal
catalog #: krank178
formats available: lp
release date: march 4, 2013

hymnal is the fourth kranky album by thomas meluch under his musical alias benoit pioulard, following précis (2006), temper (2008) and lasted (2010). it was written and recorded throughout a year spent in southeastern england and on the european mainland, during which the ubiquity of religious iconography and grandiose cathedrals became an unexpected muse.

raised as a catholic but never especially pious, meluch drew on this aspect of social history as the basis for hymnal's 12 chapters. he notes a particular preoccupation with the ways that faith offers a sense of solace and belonging in an existence that inherently provides none, framed in a context of tradition, ritual and the notion of the eternal.

themes aside, hymnal contains some of meluch's most expansive instrumental works ("knell", "gospel") and fully realized pop compositions ("hawkeye", "reliquary", "margin"), making for a rich and dynamic long-playing arc. also featured are string arrangements by kranky label mate felix and guitar work from ambient maestro kyle bobby dunn.

nb: the album's cover depicts the dessicated interior of a centuries-old tree on the estate of surrealist edward james in west sussex; it was felled by an invasive, parasitic black fungus while still alive and verdant.

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benoit pioulardhymnal” compact disc

  • mercy (3:00)
  • hawkeye (3:45)
  • reliquary (3:02)
  • homily (1:05)
  • excave (3:57)
  • gospel (6:13)
  • florid (2:48)
  • margin (3:15)
  • censer (3:31)
  • litiya (3:18)
  • knell (5:29)
  • foxtail (2:21)
march 2013 release ; ... fourth album from thomas meluch’s benoit pioulard, recorded during an extended stay abroad ...
kranky press release ::

artist: benoit pioulard
title: hymnal
catalog #: krank178
formats available: cd
release date: march 4, 2013

hymnal is the fourth kranky album by thomas meluch under his musical alias benoit pioulard, following précis (2006), temper (2008) and lasted (2010). it was written and recorded throughout a year spent in southeastern england and on the european mainland, during which the ubiquity of religious iconography and grandiose cathedrals became an unexpected muse.

raised as a catholic but never especially pious, meluch drew on this aspect of social history as the basis for hymnal's 12 chapters. he notes a particular preoccupation with the ways that faith offers a sense of solace and belonging in an existence that inherently provides none, framed in a context of tradition, ritual and the notion of the eternal.

themes aside, hymnal contains some of meluch's most expansive instrumental works ("knell", "gospel") and fully realized pop compositions ("hawkeye", "reliquary", "margin"), making for a rich and dynamic long-playing arc. also featured are string arrangements by kranky label mate felix and guitar work from ambient maestro kyle bobby dunn.

nb: the album's cover depicts the dessicated interior of a centuries-old tree on the estate of surrealist edward james in west sussex; it was felled by an invasive, parasitic black fungus while still alive and verdant.

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kranky (usa) #krank 177 lp

grouperthe man who died in his boat” long playing record

  • 6
  • vital
  • cloud in places
  • being her shadow
  • cover the long way
  • difference (voices)

  • vanishing point
  • the man who died in his boat
  • towers
  • sts
  • living room
february 2013 release ; ... first release of this set of songs by liz harris, recorded contemporaneously with “dragging a dead deer up a hill” in 2007 & 2008 ...
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artist: grouper
title: the man who died in his boat
catalog #: krank177
formats available: lp
release date: february 4, 2013

when i was a teenager the wreckage of a sailboat washed up on the shore of agate beach. the remains of the vessel weren't removed for several days. i walked down with my father to peer inside the boat cabin. maps, coffee cups and clothing were strewn around inside.

i remember looking only briefly, wilted by the feeling that i was violating some remnant of this man's presence by witnessing the evidence of its failure. later i read a story about him in the paper. it was impossible to know what had happened. the boat had never crashed or capsized. he had simply slipped off somehow, and the boat, like a riderless horse, eventually came back home.


the man who died in his boat is an album of unreleased songs recorded alongside the dragging a dead deer up a hill album.

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grouperthe man who died in his boat” compact disc

  • 6 (1:50)
  • vital (4:14)
  • cloud in places (4:05)
  • being her shadow (4:46)
  • cover the long way (4:06)
  • difference (voices) (5:48)
  • vanishing point (3:32)
  • the man who died in his boat (5:01)
  • towers (5:19)
  • sts (6:06)
  • living room (2:22)
february 2013 release ; ... first release of this set of songs by liz harris, recorded contemporaneously with “dragging a dead deer up a hill” in 2007 & 2008 ...
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artist: grouper
title: the man who died in his boat
catalog #: krank177
formats available: cd
release date: february 4, 2013

when i was a teenager the wreckage of a sailboat washed up on the shore of agate beach. the remains of the vessel weren't removed for several days. i walked down with my father to peer inside the boat cabin. maps, coffee cups and clothing were strewn around inside.

i remember looking only briefly, wilted by the feeling that i was violating some remnant of this man's presence by witnessing the evidence of its failure. later i read a story about him in the paper. it was impossible to know what had happened. the boat had never crashed or capsized. he had simply slipped off somehow, and the boat, like a riderless horse, eventually came back home.


the man who died in his boat is an album of unreleased songs recorded alongside the dragging a dead deer up a hill album.

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kranky (usa) #krank 176 lp

grouperdragging a dead deer up a hill” long playing record

  • disengaged
  • heavy water / i'd rather be sleeping
  • stuck
  • when we fall
  • traveling through a sea fishing bird (empty gutted in the evening breeze)
  • invisible
  • i'm dragging a dead deer up a hill
  • a cover over
  • wind and snow
  • tidal wave
  • we've all gone to sleep
february 2013 release ; ... kranky edition of liz harristhird album (orig. released on type in july 2008) ...


... new music from liz “grouper” harris, partially lifting the vapor-haze veil that’s all but obscured her talents both as a singer / songwriter and a guitar player ... which isn’t to say that this is a “cleanstudio record ; just one more concerned with getting to the heart of her songs than the purely textural pieces she’s yielded thusfar ... some especially lovely moments on here recalling the first few jessica bailiff lps, only bathed in a glorious miasma of tape-hiss & time-based effects ...
kranky press release ::

artist: grouper
title: dragging a dead deer up a hill
catalog #: krank176
formats available: lp
release date: february 4, 2013

portland, oregon based liz harris might have achieved a significant fan base thanks to the whispering, near ambient vocal crusades of her debut album way their crept and its follow-up wide, but those with a careful ear would have heard slightly more trapped beneath her fuzzy chain of effects. dragging a dead deer up a hill marks a departure of sorts for liz which sees her turn down the fuzz-boxes which caged (and to some degree defined) her sound and allows her voice to ring out above everything else. it is an album steeped in the world of dream-pop, a genre pioneered by the likes of 4ad’s cocteau twins and this mortal coil, and far from shy away from the reference liz has instead grabbed on with both hands, in the process creating an album’s worth of perfect, leftfield pop songs.

using delicate song structures which are at once both familiar and alien somehow we hear her words cry out hauntingly over stripped down guitar lines and looped environmental recordings. just listen to i’d rather be sleeping’, a track that could be a mournful take on belly, albeit with a more fragile heart. these unforgettable harmonies and vocal lines that embed themselves in your consciousness before you even realize it are the key to the album’s success and the reason why it makes such a lasting impression. there is something to liz harris’s music that defies the time, makes you sit up and listen in an age where we’re told that recorded music is disposable. these are the future soundtracks to love, despair and ultimately hope.

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grouperdragging a dead deer up a hill” compact disc

  • disengaged (4:16)
  • heavy water / i'd rather be sleeping (2:53)
  • stuck (5:59)
  • when we fall (2:07)
  • traveling through a sea (4:23)
  • fishing bird (empty gutted in the evening breeze) (3:51)
  • invisible (3:55)
  • i'm dragging a dead deer up a hill (2:21)
  • a cover over (2:48)
  • wind and snow (4:30)
  • tidal wave (5:35)
  • we've all gone to sleep (3:03)
february 2013 release ; ... kranky edition of liz harristhird album (orig. released on type in july 2008) ...


... new music from liz “grouper” harris, partially lifting the vapor-haze veil that’s all but obscured her talents both as a singer / songwriter and a guitar player ... which isn’t to say that this is a “cleanstudio record ; just one more concerned with getting to the heart of her songs than the purely textural pieces she’s yielded thusfar ... some especially lovely moments on here recalling the first few jessica bailiff lps, only bathed in a glorious miasma of tape-hiss & time-based effects ...
kranky press release ::

artist: grouper
title: dragging a dead deer up a hill
catalog #: krank176
formats available: cd
release date: february 4, 2013

portland, oregon based liz harris might have achieved a significant fan base thanks to the whispering, near ambient vocal crusades of her debut album way their crept and its follow-up wide, but those with a careful ear would have heard slightly more trapped beneath her fuzzy chain of effects. dragging a dead deer up a hill marks a departure of sorts for liz which sees her turn down the fuzz-boxes which caged (and to some degree defined) her sound and allows her voice to ring out above everything else. it is an album steeped in the world of dream-pop, a genre pioneered by the likes of 4ad’s cocteau twins and this mortal coil, and far from shy away from the reference liz has instead grabbed on with both hands, in the process creating an album’s worth of perfect, leftfield pop songs.

using delicate song structures which are at once both familiar and alien somehow we hear her words cry out hauntingly over stripped down guitar lines and looped environmental recordings. just listen to i’d rather be sleeping’, a track that could be a mournful take on belly, albeit with a more fragile heart. these unforgettable harmonies and vocal lines that embed themselves in your consciousness before you even realize it are the key to the album’s success and the reason why it makes such a lasting impression. there is something to liz harris’s music that defies the time, makes you sit up and listen in an age where we’re told that recorded music is disposable. these are the future soundtracks to love, despair and ultimately hope.

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kranky (usa) #krank 175 lp

pan•americancloud room, glass room” double long playing record set

  • the cloud room
  • fifth avenue 1960
  • relays
  • glass room at the airport
  • laurel south
  • project for an apartment building
  • virginia waveform
april 2013 release ; ... seventh outing from this side-project of labradford’s mark nelson (with input from said’s robertbobbydonne & chicagoland drummer steven hess) ...
kranky press release ::
artist: pan•american
title: cloud room, glass room
catalog #: krank175
formats available: 2xlp
release date: april 29, 2013

with percussionist extraordinaire steven hess now a full fledged member, mark nelson and pan•american deliver their first new album since white bird release from 2009. this collection of new sounds began with the duo rehearsing for a series of shows in southern europe in late 2011 and early 2012, the songs written together as a group to be played live. bobby donne (labradford, cristal) plays bass on multiple tracks, further emphasizing the live band feel.

mark nelson's deft production touches abound, subtly mixing disparate elements into a fully integrated whole, while hess prominently displays a myriad of percussion techniques showing a mastery of understated rhythms. the resulting album is a resonant listen that ranks with the best of pan•american's catalog.

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kranky (usa) #krank 175 cd

pan•americancloud room, glass room” compact disc

  • the cloud room (7:37)
  • fifth avenue 1960 (7:42)
  • relays (7:13)
  • glass room at the airport (6:58)
  • laurel south (6:03)
  • project for an apartment building (6:58)
  • virginia waveform (7:37)
april 2013 release ; ... seventh outing from this side-project of labradford’s mark nelson (with input from said’s robertbobbydonne & chicagoland drummer steven hess) ...
kranky press release ::

artist: pan•american
title: cloud room, glass room
catalog #: krank175
formats available: cd
release date: april 29, 2013

with percussionist extraordinaire steven hess now a full fledged member, mark nelson and pan•american deliver their first new album since white bird release from 2009. this collection of new sounds began with the duo rehearsing for a series of shows in southern europe in late 2011 and early 2012, the songs written together as a group to be played live. bobby donne (labradford, cristal) plays bass on multiple tracks, further emphasizing the live band feel.

mark nelson's deft production touches abound, subtly mixing disparate elements into a fully integrated whole, while hess prominently displays a myriad of percussion techniques showing a mastery of understated rhythms. the resulting album is a resonant listen that ranks with the best of pan•american's catalog.

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kranky (usa) #krank 174 lp

implodesrecurring dream” long playing record

  • wendy 2
  • scattered in the wind
  • sleepyheads
  • necronomics
  • zombie regrets
  • you wouldn't know it

  • ex mass
  • dream mirror
  • melted candle
  • prisms and the nature of light
  • bottom of a well
april 2013 release ; ... third album (after a prior kranky outing & a plus tape) from this chicago-land aggregate, featuring guitarist ken camden (whose prior & forthcoming kranky solo sets are well worth investigating) along with matt jencik, justin rathell, & emily elhaj ...
kranky press release ::
artist: implodes
title: recurring dream
catalog #: krank174
formats available: lp
release date: april 1, 2013

there are some musical traditions - ancient ones - that are grounded in the natural soundscape; the everyday sounds of life arranged into patterns, attempts at mimicking the whoosh of wind, the howls of an animal, the crack of thunder, the thump and scrape of a rice mortar. we emerge into the world having been exposed to these sounds, along with the vicissitudes of our mothers' heartbeats, and we connect to them as we grow. to the extent that we can train ourselves to remove subjective notions about music, we can find musical potential in virtually every sound.

some prehistoric ancestor slithered out of the ocean and its perceptions of reality were changed forever. murky ribbons of light were replaced by the warm glow of the sun, rhythms dampened by seawater became sharp and brazen in the air. these sounds and images from eons ago stamped themselves indelibly into our consciousness and have remained there as we have evolved.

the band implodes has, on their previous albums, tapped into the deep psychic recesses where our sonic memories first took shape. they have played the part of the ancient ancestor, lying submerged in the shallows, waiting to make its gambit onto dry land and into a new world.

with their new album, recurring dream, implodes breathes fresh air. melodies that were once distant echoes are now suffused with energy and clarity of purpose, submerged rhythms now walk in the light of day. implodes does not, however, eschew its heritage. heaviness abounds. the band has not abandoned the crushing pressure of the deep, dark places. but recurring dream breaches the thin membrane that contained its previous efforts and preys unmolested in its new environment.

there has always been an organic component to implodes' music, and not just because the band is comprised of humans. its music is tied to those very earliest of our sonic traditions, to the sounds of earth and space and deep water and simple machines. recurring dream is about waking up in the dark and witnessing the slow birth of consciousness, still tethered to fantasies and nightmares, and walking into the unknown.

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kranky (usa) #krank 174 cd

implodesrecurring dream” compact disc

  • wendy 2 (1:57)
  • scattered in the wind (5:29)
  • sleepyheads (3:05)
  • zombie regrets (3:19)
  • necronomics (4:25)
  • you wouldn't know it (5:34)
  • ex mass (5:49)
  • dream mirror (2:14)
  • melted candle (4:28)
  • prisms and the nature of light (2:51)
  • bottom of a well (6:19)
april 2013 release ; ... third album (after a prior kranky outing & a plus tape) from this chicago-land aggregate, featuring guitarist ken camden (whose prior & forthcoming kranky solo sets are well worth investigating) along with matt jencik, justin rathell, & emily elhaj ...
kranky press release ::

artist: implodes
title: recurring dream
catalog #: krank174
formats available: cd
release date: april 1, 2013

there are some musical traditions - ancient ones - that are grounded in the natural soundscape; the everyday sounds of life arranged into patterns, attempts at mimicking the whoosh of wind, the howls of an animal, the crack of thunder, the thump and scrape of a rice mortar. we emerge into the world having been exposed to these sounds, along with the vicissitudes of our mothers' heartbeats, and we connect to them as we grow. to the extent that we can train ourselves to remove subjective notions about music, we can find musical potential in virtually every sound.

some prehistoric ancestor slithered out of the ocean and its perceptions of reality were changed forever. murky ribbons of light were replaced by the warm glow of the sun, rhythms dampened by seawater became sharp and brazen in the air. these sounds and images from eons ago stamped themselves indelibly into our consciousness and have remained there as we have evolved.

the band implodes has, on their previous albums, tapped into the deep psychic recesses where our sonic memories first took shape. they have played the part of the ancient ancestor, lying submerged in the shallows, waiting to make its gambit onto dry land and into a new world.

with their new album, recurring dream, implodes breathes fresh air. melodies that were once distant echoes are now suffused with energy and clarity of purpose, submerged rhythms now walk in the light of day. implodes does not, however, eschew its heritage. heaviness abounds. the band has not abandoned the crushing pressure of the deep, dark places. but recurring dream breaches the thin membrane that contained its previous efforts and preys unmolested in its new environment.

there has always been an organic component to implodes' music, and not just because the band is comprised of humans. its music is tied to those very earliest of our sonic traditions, to the sounds of earth and space and deep water and simple machines. recurring dream is about waking up in the dark and witnessing the slow birth of consciousness, still tethered to fantasies and nightmares, and walking into the unknown.

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