JOHN DUNCAN

Bitter Earth

(Ideal - iDEAL129) LP $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

COMING SOON. The first album where this world-class sound and performance artist sings songs — timeless stuff touching jazz, blues, gospel and old timer music, always with the dark Duncan shadow. Track listing: The Gun Club’s “The House On Highland Avenue,” with Oren Ambarchi on guitar and effects, and Joe Talia on drums and synth; an original called “Red Sky” with a chorus that includes Leif Elggren, Marja-leena Sillanpää, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, France Jobin, Tom Recchion, Elán Garfias, Christopher James, Eve Muller, Liane Schirmer, and Vetza; Nina Simone’s “Wild Is The Wind,” with piano by Eiko Ishibashi, and Jim O’Rourke on electric bass; Iggy Pop’s “Endless Sea,” with Jobin and Danny Gromfin on backing vocals, Nisi Jacobs on electric bass, and Aurora Borealis recordings by Rob Stammes; Pere Ubu’s “Dark,” with Duncan by himself on tambourine; Jefferson Airplane’s Comin’ Back To Me,” with percussion by Giori Politi accompanying Duncan’s field recordings and electronics; Dr. John’s “I Walk On Gilded Splinters,” with backing vocals by Oana Avasilichioaei, Eric Boivin, James Hamilton, Jobin, Frédérick Maheux, Keith McMullen; the Harry James standard “Autumn Serenade,” with piano by Chris Abrahams and Chinese suona by Ace Farren Ford; The Four Tops’ “Reach Out,” with Duncan by himself on piano; Gladys Knight’s “This Bitter Earth,” with Jobin on synth, piano by Ishibashi, and von Hausswolff on damaged accordion; the Styne / Cahn classic “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” with Domenico Sciajno on standup bass. White vinyl. Edition of 500.

JOHN DUNCAN / C.M. VON HAUSSWOLF

Our Telluric Conversation

(23five) CD $18.00 (Out-of-stock)

A bold, expressive piece of sound art, confident in its multiplicity of perspectives caught in a constant flux of attraction and repulsion. Performed with shortwave, data streams, uncanny use of the human voice, oscillators, sonar, and wire tapping microphones, the recording comes with a 40-page booklet with an interview between Duncan and von Hausswolff about their histories, ideas, and methodologies. Packaged in a curiously tactile O-card, embossed with braille and covered with a rubbery coating.

JOHN DUNCAN

River In Flames / Klaar

(Staalplaat) Used 2xCD $50.00

Beautiful acousmatic work with Orjan Hendriksson, Zbigniew Karkowski and Andrew McKenzie. River In Flames has rhythmic loops, fax machines, Morse code, exceptionally deep bass, sharp interruptions, a long electronic wash, electric buzzes that confine the listener in a center of white noise. Klaar alternates electroacoustic sources between loud and soft, with heavy use of ambient recordings; loops of circling electronics mix with voices and found sounds smooth the road into a sort of mantra; radio frequencies immerse in a sea of clicks, pops and explosions of a desperate mob. 32-page book of Duncan’s writing and photography.

JOHN DUNCAN / MICHAEL ESPOSITO / Z'EV

There Must Be A Way Across This River / The Abject

(Fragment Factory - FRAG20) LP $25.00

EVP recordings made in 2009 by Esposito at the onetime home of Duncan in Prospect Heights, Illinois, to which the current resident would not permit entry (though his spouse had previously agreed to it). Heidi Harman, the medium who was present at the encounter, heard Duncan's name specified by the voice. "There Must Be A Way Across This River" represents Duncan’s involvement and processing of the events at his childhood home; "The Abject" is the result of Z’ev dealing with the occurrences in Prospect Heights. 140g vinyl. Double-sided insert. Edition of 500

JOHN DUNCAN

The Tailing

(Von Archives - VON010) DVD $20.00

A microscopical audiovisual study on pornography by the legendary American sound artist who describes The Tailing thus: “Slow writhing in near-total darkness. Intertwining drones from a church organ. Movement and sound heavy, thick as oil. Erotic and forbidden.”

JOHN DUNCAN / KONTAKTE DER JUNGLINGE / C.M. VON HAUSSWOLF

Untitled

(Die Stadt - DS104) CD $22.50

A collection of live recordings. Duncan's was made at The Compound in San Francisco 2007. Kontakt der Jünglinge's (aka Asmus Tietchens and Thomas Köner) is an excerpt from their live performance at Mutek Festival, Montreal, 2003. C.M. Von Hausswolff recorded his at All Tomorrows Parties, London, 2005.