HOWARD STELZER

Bond Inlets

(Intransitive - INT030) CD $13.00

Ten years after Stelzer’s debut CD, Stone Blind (Intransitive, 1997), Bond Inlets dissects the source sounds of that work and filters it through the lens of the interceding decade in order to build a piece that more accurately reflects what his intentions were then and what his aesthetic is today. His first widely available solo cassette-tape composition, Bond Inlets is a subtly emotional work of foreground drone that beats its head against the plastic walls of cassette-tape technology, laying bare the physicality of the process of its creation. The dying motors of cassette players, tape-saturated percussion, and blown-out condenser-mic wail mix with elements of new live improvisations and local field recordings. There is an implacable melancholy to Bond Inlets, with oceans full of no-fidelity murk, and evocative hiss, and fragments of distant melodies that surface only to be subsumed again into the grime.

SEHT / HOWARD STELZER

Exactly What You Lost

(Intransitive - INT028) CD $13.50

Seht is one of the post-Corpus Hermeticum bands whose peers are Birchville Cat Motel, Peter Wright, A.M., and folks like that. Stephen Clover and Boston artist Howard Stelzer first swapped recordings from their respective locales -- cars going by, planes overhead, birds in the bushes, just humdrum suburban stuff. Next, the recording of the NZ birds were played in Boston’s trees and re-recorded as the local birds sang along with the foreign tweets. Likewise, tapes of Boston cars going by were mixed with NZ cars going by. After it was all processed, scrambled and reassembled, it wound up having a certain melancholy feel. A cassette-blurp mess straightens out steadily until it’s just a flat line and the tap tap tap of a dying tape deck motor. A party record, basically.

ANASTASIS GRIVAS / NICOLAS MALEVITSIS / VIC RAWLINGS / HOWARD STELZER / JASON TALBOT / THEODORE ZIOTOS

Howard Stelzer / Jason Talbot / Vic Rawlings vs. Anastasis Grivas / Theodore Zioutos / Nicolas Malevitsis

(Editions Zero) Used CDR $5.00

Twenty-four minutes each by two different trios: Howard Stelzer (tape), Jason Talbot (turntable), and Vic Rawlings (cello and circuit-bent electronics); and Anastasis Grivas (prepared bowed guitar), Theodore Zioutos (electronics), and Nicolas Malevitsis (amplified objects). Recorded 2000 and 2001. Edition of 140

INSECT FACTORY / HOWARD STELZER

Title One

(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.359) CDR $8.00

Massachusetts tape crud maestro gets into a heady hoo-ha with processed guitar gonk Jeff Barsky. Together they excrete over 40 minutes of slow-moving electric trickle for your tickle spot. This foggy acid test hints at something unsavory under the floorboards. Those in need of a head filter look no further. Numbered edition of 60

FRANS DE WAARD / HOWARD STELZER

Torn Tongue

(Absurd) Used CD $10.00

The recorded voice of Kelly Sams manipulated by computer and effects in a dense six-track collage. Packaged in a 6.75-inch round, three-panel cardboard cover. Edition of 160

THE CHERRY POINT / HOWARD STELZER

Untitled

(Troniks) Used LP $6.00 (Out-of-stock)

The duo’s second collaboration uses source sounds by Blankenship, a full-on 100-mph fury carefully atomized and reassembled by Stelzer, who leaves plenty of empty space, a nuclear device draped in lovely gauze. Edition of 161 copies. Paste-on jacket.