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  • Das Sombreros: The Lamp (Vinyl)

    Das Sombreros: The...

    Das Sombreros – to rhyme with ‘hair loss’ rather than ‘pharaohs’ – is Pedro Wong and Klaus Patel. The pseudonymous duo develop ‘paranoiac collages’ that layer found and treated sounds with nonsensical, misheard phrases and fleeting moments of musicality. The results can be hallucinatory, sinister, erotic and hilarious – sometimes all at once. Despite the ambient washes that permeate the nine tracks that constitute The Lamp, the music of Das Sombreros could never be consigned to the background. It demands to be listened to, not just heard. However, as with all the best experimental music, the work the listener is …

  • Steve Reich / Ensemble Avantgarde: Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music (Vinyl)

    Steve Reich / Ense...

    Three early compositions (1968-1970) by Steve Reich, one of the most prolific exponents of minimal music, in stunning interpretations by the critically acclaimed Ensemble Avantgarde. Available on vinyl (180gr, gatefold sleeve incl. download code) for the first time ever! Steve Reich (born 1936) is undoubtedly one of the key figures in 20th century contemporary music and along with Terry Riley or Philip Glass one of the founding fathers of so-called minimal music. With classics like “Music For 18 Musicians”, “Drumming” or “Different Trains” the American composer proved himself one of “a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to …

  • zeitkratzer: Whitehouse (Vinyl)

    zeitkratzer: White...

    Second collaboration between the critically acclaimed ensemble zeitkratzer and the great pioneer of noise / industrial William Bennett aka Whitehouse. Music with crystal clear, even neurosurgical precision – pure acoustic power! William Bennett, the musical mastermind behind WHITEHOUSE and CUT HANDS, has already worked with zeitkratzer at several occasions. 4 years after their first CD (Whitehouse, zeitkratzer records) the critically acclaimed ensemble and the highly influential noise pioneer release their second album. Recorded live at the festival Musique Action in Nancy / France, the new recording goes even further: while the deep bass frequencies – produced by the huge orchestra …

  • zeitkratzer: Lou Reed “Metal Machine Music” (2vinyl)

    zeitkratzer: Lou R...

    About 10 years after their first, critically acclaimed performances of Lou Reed’s adventurous album, zeitkratzer presents an audacious new interpretation of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Here, for the first time ever, all four parts of Metal Machine Music played by zeitkratzer on one recording! Seriously “clangorous”! This new version of Metal Machine Music is even more transparent, instrumentally pure and radical than the shortened 2007 release; Live recordings from concerts in Rome and Reggio Emilia, Italy, mixed and mastered by Rashad Becker. A real sound experience! After their first performances in 2002 (documented on the 2007 CD release on …

  • Yasunao Tone + Talibam! + Sam Kulik: Double Automatism (Vinyl) – preorder

    Yasunao Tone + Tal...

    Releases 13 March 2015 New York City’s experimental duo TALIBAM! team up with fluxus artist / electronic avant-gardist YASUNAO TONE and trombonist SAM KULIK for a confrontational sonic attack, fired by an array of analog synths and other electronic devices. “Bringing together the most calamitous materials from their home planets of Noise, glitch, and free improvisation, TONE and TALIBAM! are at once the likeliest and unlikeliest of conspirators. Despite making his home in New York since 1971, TONE’s foundational electronic work harkens back to his early days in revolutionary Japanese avant-garde collectives Group ONGAKU and HI RED CENTER, and resonates …

  • Mark Templeton + Kyle Armstrong: EXTENSIONS (Vinyl + DVD)

    Mark Templeton + K...

    Release date: 28 JANUARY 2015 “Rapidly we approach the final phase of the EXTENSIONS of man- the technological simulation of consciousness.” -Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964. 2015 marks the 104th birthday of Canadian visionary Marshall McLuhan. With each passing year the revelatory nature of his prophetic vision becomes more evident. The global village is becoming a distinct reality in this technological age. McLuhan’s ability to predict the full impact of technology and media on our culture decades in advance is unprecedented. And his deep concern and warnings to us in these drastic changes in civilization are rarely heeded as we …

Latest CDs

  • Fanfare: Primal Intuition (CD)

    Fanfare: Primal In...

    FANFARE is a kind of platform on which a group of artists, closely or loosely linked, publish their notes related to the exploration of the phenomenon of improvisation in sound and image. We deliberately use the word “note” for the things that we present do not purport to be finished works. Rather, they are moments which capture the excitement and often fleeting states of mind. We move in the dark, often grappling with the awareness of how much more work is ahead of us. Recordings were taken during improvised session as well as during several meetings of Filip and Jarek. …

  • Filip Zawada: Snow is a sun for the Eskimo (CD)

    Filip Zawada: Snow...

    An Eskimo gets up in the morning and never wipes his eyes off. His dog is blind and that’s why it always follows its own footsteps. In the arctic circle, albinos have black eyes and they never dance because they do not melt. We call those albinos – snowmen. Eskimo changes his pounds into pennies and adopts seven bees who turn out everything he has ever experienced. Recordings were taken during improvised session. fanfarefanfare.com Handmade CDR in limited edition of 50 Snow is a sun for the Eskimo by FILIP ZAWADA

  • Fanfare: Four furry animals expecting to be stroked by someone (CD)

    Fanfare: Four furr...

    FANFARE is a kind of platform on which a group of artists, closely or loosely linked, publish their notes related to the exploration of the phenomenon of improvisation in sound and image. We deliberately use the word “note” for the things that we present do not purport to be finished works. Rather, they are moments which capture the excitement and often fleeting states of mind. We move in the dark, often grappling with the awareness of how much more work is ahead of us. Recordings were taken during improvised session. No later overdubs were done. fanfarefanfare.com Handmade CDR in limited …

  • Danny Clay: ganymede (CD)

    Danny Clay: ganyme...

    “Ganymede” is the latest full length album from Ohio based composer Danny Clay. Having seen past releases on labels such as Eilean Records, Rural Colours, Heat Death and Audio Gourmet, each release has been very different but with each there is a theme where his music takes ordinary objects, sounds and ideas and re-purposes them in new, weird and wonderful ways. With that in mind, “Ganymede” consists of almost exclusively sounds produced by turntables, utilizing found objects, friction sounds, and lathe-cut records of sine-waves, piano, and music box. Many of these sounds have been further amplified by turntable preparations such …

  • Memory Drawings: There Is No Perfect Place (CD)

    Memory Drawings: T...

    “There is No Perfect Place” is the second full length album from Anglo-American chamber-folk outfit Memory Drawings. Led by the beguiling hammered dulcimer of Morocco-based American Joel Hanson, ‘There Is No Perfect Place’ features Richard Adams (Hood/The Declining Winter) and Sarah Kemp (Lanterns on the Lake) on guitars and violin respectively. “one of those albums that will instantly obsess you. A perfect and gentle mix of folk stylings, melancholic country tinges and weird pop” Norman Records 9/10 “more than suitable and supportive soundtrack for adjusting to oncoming seasonal mood shifts and longer more contemplative nights. Don’t let this one pass …

  • Olan Mill and Keung Mandelbrot: Seismology (CD)

    Olan Mill and Keun...

    Seismology sees the soaring romanticism of Olan Mill combined with the mind-bending noise of Keung Mandelbrot. Between them they have graced labels such as Highpoint Lowlife, Preservation, Facture and Serein and shared a stage with the likes of Svarte Greiner, Kemper Norton, Simon Scott and Isan. In his solo work, Keung Mandelbrot focuses on experiments in guitar manipulation, using effects pedals and samplers to create intense soundscapes that take the listener from immersive drones to twitchy static. Olan Mill is well known for his expansive take on modern classical and incorporates strings, woodwind, piano and vocals alongside his processed guitar. …

  • Ben Fleury-Steiner: While The Red Fish Sleeps (CD)

    Ben Fleury-Steiner...

    Soft Corridor’s ninth edition is the new album of Ben Fleury-Steiner: “While The Red Fish Sleeps” “Just under the surface I shall be, all together at first, then separate, and drift through all the earth and perhaps in the end through a cliff into the sea, something of me” (Samuel Beckett, “From an Abandoned Work”, 1957) Ben Fleury-Steiner is an American sound artist born in 1970. He has released mostly anodized and a single vinyl works on the likes of Rural Colours, Low-Point, Infraction, Gears of Sand, Mystery Sea, taâlem, Umbra, Hypnos Secret Sounds, 905 Tapes, Peasant Magik, Crucial Bliss, …

  • Shield Patterns: Contour Lines (CD)

    Shield Patterns: C...

    Contour Lines is the debut album from Shield Patterns. Following on from critically lauded lead single Dust Hung Heavy, Contour Lines carries the listener deeper into their world. Each track is laden with the kind of dark atmospherics most groups take years to unearth. Here, the fragility of Claire Brentnall’s early demos remains, but finds itself imbued with a richness of sound that can only come from studious soul searching and a cathartic creative process. The vulnerability of her intensely personal lyrics is tempered with highly processed strings, subby bass-lines, and ambient passages that brood as much as they shimmer. …

Latest Tapes

  • Jeremy Young: Chants Beneath The Bed Of The Furnace Brook (Tape)

    Jeremy Young: Chan...

    Inspired by the stream that flows through my parents’ town in upstate New York, this piece was written as a descriptive reflection of movement and stillness. I have walked along the banks of this frozen brook in Winter, witnessed its healthy rushing energy in Autumn and savored its pacifying calm in green Spring. Its name suggests imagery of both heat and coolness, and I wanted this to be represented in the mixing. The solemn stillness of the single icey tone and jagged high frequency shards of feedback balance out through Greg’s impressive mastering which seems to have run through the …

  • Fischerle & Micromelancolié: Moulding (Tape)

    Fischerle & M...

    Limited edition of 75 c34 produbbed and imprinted cassettes. Pro printed double sided J card and download code. Decaying Winter drones loops and found sounds from the collaboration of Fischerle & Micromelancolié. Moulding by Fischerle & Micromelancolié

  • MonoLogue: The Sea From The Trees (Tape)

    MonoLogue: The Sea...

    Limited edition of 75 c43 produbbed and imprinted cassettes. Pro printed double sided J card and download code. Ambient synth drone movements courtesy of Marie e le Rose’s MonoLogue project. The Sea From The Trees by MonoLogue

  • The Child of A Creek: Hidden Tales and Other Lullabies (Tape)

    The Child of A Cre...

    “Hidden Tales and Other Lullabies is a 6song completely instrumental ambient/abstract/electronic/postrock record I’ve recently written, composed, performed and recorded with synthetizers, piano, field recordings, acoustic and electric guitars. Mixed and mastered in a recording studio near home. I have a particular love for this record and for its dreaming touch, gloomy sounds, circular waves, reverbs and echoes, various processed field recordings (paper, glass etc..)” Audiofollia.it, September 2014, review by Francesco Lenzi. The second work, out this month, by The Child of A Creek will be released on cassette by the danish record label Metaphysical Circus: this is a work-initially-anticipated as …

Latest Books

  • James Vella: Devourings (Book)

    James Vella: Devou...

    The shortest tale can leave the longest impression. Devourings collects a variety of stories – each its own piece but bound to the next by a broader, unifying theme: being enveloped, devoured, by a moment, an encounter, a political situation, an emotion – which connect with absolute potency. Be they over a handful of paragraphs or a spread of pages, these short – and shorter – stories linger with a palpable resonance. Devourings travels to many destinations, encompassing several scenarios and introducing myriad protagonists – and, frequently, antagonists. ‘Esthers’ follows a snaking murder plot set in 1940s Argentina; the malevolent …

  • Phil Legard: Angelystor (Book & CD)

    Phil Legard: Angel...

    “There was a tradition in this parish that on All-Hallows’ Eve a Spirit announced from the altar the names of those who were doomed to die in the coming year. The Spirit was locally called Angelystor.” – Elias Owen, 1887 Estimated at 4,000 to 5,000 years old, the ancient yew in the churchyard of St. Digain, Llangernyw may be oldest living thing in the British Isles. It is strangely apt that such a long lived tree – immortal by comparison to our own lifespans – should grow next to a church reputed to be haunted by an ‘angel of death’, …

  • Atay Ilgun: Enuma Elis (Book)

    Atay Ilgun: Enuma ...

    Also spelled as ‘Enuma Elish’, Enûma Eliš is the Babylonian creation mythos named after its opening words (incipit) which means ‘when on high’. It’s about thousand lines recorded in Old Babylonian on seven clay tablets. Here on this chapbook, the term ‘when on high’ is re-worked as poems about life, creation, death and eternity. Following a vague sequence, it starts covering meditations on flowers, stars, life and the idea of most absolute beginning and ending, but till the end poem itself finds remedies in the everlasting harmony of incarnation and fragments which has no beginning or ending. Even in smallest …

  • Aidan Baker: Passing Through (Book)

    Aidan Baker: Passi...

    It all starts from a famous maxim of uncertain authorship – Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – and from a trope that is also a neurological phenomenon – synesthesia, the description or perception of one kind of sensation in terms of another. Smelling words, seeing sounds, hearing colours. Aidan Baker deliberately and skillfully plays with such figures, applying them not only to sensations but also to artistic techniques. The poems in this collection are about artworks that use other media than words – paintings, films and songs by a selection of such artists as Man Ray, Wim …

Formats/Labels

DVD of The Week

  • Alessio Ballerini, Enrico Coniglio, Attilio Novellino: ‘Loud Listening – Through the Sound of Murano Glass’ (DVD)

    Alessio Ballerini,...

    The artistic residence of ‘LOUD LISTENING – THROUGH THE SOUND OF MURANO GLASS’ was held between 28th and 31st January, 2014. The entire residence was documented through a docu-film. The DVD contains the documentary film as well as the sounds recorded in the furnaces and the places of glass production in some of the most important furnaces of Murano.

  • thisquietarmy: Live in Sao Paulo, Brazil (DVD)

    thisquietarmy: Liv...

    This is the complete thisquietarmy live performance that took place at Centro Cultural Sao Paulo in Brazil on June 23rd, 2013. The concert marked the end of the TQA Brazilian tour where he performed 14 shows through May & June 2013 to promote the split LP with Sao Paulo-based band Labirinto released on Dissenso Recordings. For this “homecoming” Brazilian gig, thisquietarmy performs a special encore with two members from Labirinto: Muriel Curi on drums/electronics & Ricardo Pereira on bass. The DVD compiles and crossovers video footage by Claud Peer & Rodrigo Florentino with thisquietarmy’s live visuals and the live soundboard …

CD of The Week

  • Pines: The Field Journal (Deluxe 3″)

    Pines: The Field J...

    “The Field Journal” is the latest release from North Carolina based Pines, aka Zachary Corsa. This EP length, mini disc release is a soundtrack of sorts to a drive through a deserted countryside of dead fields, frosty windows, empty hallways, old polaroids, bare tree branches and barns. Pastoral and melodic… sometimes bleak… always nostalgic…this lovely blend of electronics and instrumentations will have you dozing on the front porch, once you arrive at your destination…and dreaming of spring… TRS051 is available in just one, limited edition version of 65 copies. Each of these beauties comes housed in a vintage, 4” square …

  • Sonmi451: The Limbic System (Deluxe CD)

    Sonmi451: The Limb...

    For our 50th release, we are extremely pleased to bring you this latest beauty from returning artist, Sonmi451, aka Bernard Zwijzen. This melodic and crystalline set of electronically treated ambiance is entitled “The Limbic System”, and brings to mind, so to speak, that part of our brains that regulate the creative process, and that are involved in motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. These are perfectly inspirational sounds for those days spent in the studio creating music or art of one’s own…or in dreaming the day away instead! TRS050 is available in two versions. The deluxe, limited version, in an edition …

  • Masaya Kato: Trace Of Voices (Deluxe CD)

    Masaya Kato: Trace...

    This is the 49th release from Time Released Sound…a beautiful album of minimalist pastoralism from Japanese composer Masaya Kato, entitled “Trace Of Voices”. It’s piano based ambiances, with its obscure samplings, field recordings, and overall Japanesesque tones, are the perfect accompaniment to these long, relaxing mid winter evenings! This deluxe version in an edition of just 65 copies, comes in the form of a hand made, Japanese style, 2015 calendar/scroll…featuring six beautifully printed photos by Warsaw based photographer, Irina Urumova. Each calendar/scroll is made of cloth book binding paper, fronted by an antique Japanese wallpaper sample sheet, is pre strung …

  • Ghostwriter & Michael Paine: Morrow (Deluxe CD)

    Ghostwriter &...

    Early December brings a full length release from Ghostwriter & Michael Paine, entitled “Morrow”. This is the latest release from Ghostwriter, aka Mark Brend, whose first well received album came out on the Second Language label. He is joined this time around by an assortment of talented friends, that together have made something uniquely and evocatively English, in “Morrow”! This pastorally infused, folktronica tinged, and somewhat eccentric paean to early mid century England, with its seaside holidays and early suburban aesthetic, its country houses and their gloomy, wallpapered interiors and its war weary yet seemingly hopeful demeanors, will be released …

Vinyl of The Week

  • Das Sombreros: The Lamp (Vinyl)

    Das Sombreros: The...

    Das Sombreros – to rhyme with ‘hair loss’ rather than ‘pharaohs’ – is Pedro Wong and Klaus Patel. The pseudonymous duo develop ‘paranoiac collages’ that layer found and treated sounds with nonsensical, misheard phrases and fleeting moments of musicality. The results can be hallucinatory, sinister, erotic and hilarious – sometimes all at once. Despite the ambient washes that permeate the nine tracks that constitute The Lamp, the music of Das Sombreros could never be consigned to the background. It demands to be listened to, not just heard. However, as with all the best experimental music, the work the listener is …

Tape of The Week

  • The Child of A Creek: Hidden Tales and Other Lullabies (Tape)

    The Child of A Cre...

    “Hidden Tales and Other Lullabies is a 6song completely instrumental ambient/abstract/electronic/postrock record I’ve recently written, composed, performed and recorded with synthetizers, piano, field recordings, acoustic and electric guitars. Mixed and mastered in a recording studio near home. I have a particular love for this record and for its dreaming touch, gloomy sounds, circular waves, reverbs and echoes, various processed field recordings (paper, glass etc..)” Audiofollia.it, September 2014, review by Francesco Lenzi. The second work, out this month, by The Child of A Creek will be released on cassette by the danish record label Metaphysical Circus: this is a work-initially-anticipated as …

Featured Label: Time Released Sound

  • Pines: The Field Journal (Deluxe 3″)

    Pines: The Field J...

    “The Field Journal” is the latest release from North Carolina based Pines, aka Zachary Corsa. This EP length, mini disc release is a soundtrack of sorts to a drive through a deserted countryside of dead fields, frosty windows, empty hallways, old polaroids, bare tree branches and barns. Pastoral and melodic… sometimes bleak… always nostalgic…this lovely blend of electronics and instrumentations will have you dozing on the front porch, once you arrive at your destination…and dreaming of spring… TRS051 is available in just one, limited edition version of 65 copies. Each of these beauties comes housed in a vintage, 4” square …

  • Sonmi451: The Limbic System (Deluxe CD)

    Sonmi451: The Limb...

    For our 50th release, we are extremely pleased to bring you this latest beauty from returning artist, Sonmi451, aka Bernard Zwijzen. This melodic and crystalline set of electronically treated ambiance is entitled “The Limbic System”, and brings to mind, so to speak, that part of our brains that regulate the creative process, and that are involved in motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. These are perfectly inspirational sounds for those days spent in the studio creating music or art of one’s own…or in dreaming the day away instead! TRS050 is available in two versions. The deluxe, limited version, in an edition …

  • Sonmi451: The Limbic System (CD)

    Sonmi451: The Limb...

    For our 50th release, we are extremely pleased to bring you this latest beauty from returning artist, Sonmi451, aka Bernard Zwijzen. This melodic and crystalline set of electronically treated ambiance is entitled “The Limbic System”, and brings to mind, so to speak, that part of our brains that regulate the creative process, and that are involved in motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. These are perfectly inspirational sounds for those days spent in the studio creating music or art of one’s own…or in dreaming the day away instead! This release is the beautiful digipak edition of just 150 copies. Fluid review …

  • Masaya Kato: Trace Of Voices (Deluxe CD)

    Masaya Kato: Trace...

    This is the 49th release from Time Released Sound…a beautiful album of minimalist pastoralism from Japanese composer Masaya Kato, entitled “Trace Of Voices”. It’s piano based ambiances, with its obscure samplings, field recordings, and overall Japanesesque tones, are the perfect accompaniment to these long, relaxing mid winter evenings! This deluxe version in an edition of just 65 copies, comes in the form of a hand made, Japanese style, 2015 calendar/scroll…featuring six beautifully printed photos by Warsaw based photographer, Irina Urumova. Each calendar/scroll is made of cloth book binding paper, fronted by an antique Japanese wallpaper sample sheet, is pre strung …

  • Masaya Kato: Trace Of Voices (CD)

    Masaya Kato: Trace...

    This is the 49th release from Time Released Sound…a beautiful album of minimalist pastoralism from Japanese composer Masaya Kato, entitled “Trace Of Voices”. It’s piano based ambiances, with its obscure samplings, field recordings, and overall Japanesesque tones, are the perfect accompaniment to these long, relaxing mid winter evenings! This is the digipak version in an edition of 150 copies.

  • Ghostwriter & Michael Paine: Morrow (Deluxe CD)

    Ghostwriter &...

    Early December brings a full length release from Ghostwriter & Michael Paine, entitled “Morrow”. This is the latest release from Ghostwriter, aka Mark Brend, whose first well received album came out on the Second Language label. He is joined this time around by an assortment of talented friends, that together have made something uniquely and evocatively English, in “Morrow”! This pastorally infused, folktronica tinged, and somewhat eccentric paean to early mid century England, with its seaside holidays and early suburban aesthetic, its country houses and their gloomy, wallpapered interiors and its war weary yet seemingly hopeful demeanors, will be released …

  • Ghostwriter & Michael Paine: Morrow (CD)

    Ghostwriter &...

    Early December brings a full length release from Ghostwriter & Michael Paine, entitled “Morrow”. This is the latest release from Ghostwriter, aka Mark Brend, whose first well received album came out on the Second Language label. He is joined this time around by an assortment of talented friends, that together have made something uniquely and evocatively English, in “Morrow”! This pastorally infused, folktronica tinged, and somewhat eccentric paean to early mid century England, with its seaside holidays and early suburban aesthetic, its country houses and their gloomy, wallpapered interiors and its war weary yet seemingly hopeful demeanors, will be released …

  • Francesco Giannico: Metrophony (Deluxe CD)

    Francesco Giannico...

    TRS047 is an atmospheric and underground metro centric release from Italian sound artist, Francesco Giannico, entitled “Metrophony”. On August 6, 2013, Giannico recorded the entire route of the “B” line of the subway in the city of Rome, that connects the “Rebibbia” station with the “Laurentina” station, and the “B1″ line that connects the ‘Bologna’ station with the ‘Conca D ‘Oro’ station… Audio samples collected were manipulated and transformed electronically, and enriched with synth and/or musical instruments such as guitars, piano, violins. The result is “Metrophony” which is also an art installation. For the deluxe limited version, in an edition …

  • Francesco Giannico: Metrophony (CD)

    Francesco Giannico...

    TRS047 is an atmospheric and underground metro centric release from Italian sound artist, Francesco Giannico, entitled “Metrophony”. On August 6, 2013, Giannico recorded the entire route of the “B” line of the subway in the city of Rome, that connects the “Rebibbia” station with the “Laurentina” station, and the “B1″ line that connects the ‘Bologna’ station with the ‘Conca D ‘Oro’ station… Audio samples collected were manipulated and transformed electronically, and enriched with synth and/or musical instruments such as guitars, piano, violins. The result is “Metrophony” which is also an art installation. For the deluxe limited version, in an edition …