RICHARD FRANCIS / MATTIN

Lisa Says

(Aufabwegen - AATP38) LP $22.00 (Out-of-stock)

Transcontinental collaboration with sounds recorded in Stockholm, Berlin and Auckland. The mixdown portrays the current state of affairs in improvised noise: filtered gritty sound blocks flow and float with no apparent direction when sudden breaks puncture the structure and create something almost like a melody. Text insert documents a skype conversation between the two artists discussing the methods and aesthetics connected to this release and their ways of working in general.

MATTIN / ROSY PARLANE

Mendietan

(w.mo/r) Used CD $3.00

“Confronting geometries of technological interfaces with the more obscure and tense geographies of Basque country. Brittle insect clicks and digital replies, groaning, sub-sonic movements of a prehistoric landscape its made audible by ruined machines, tearing electricity, dense slabs of feedback, echoes and hush.” With Xabler Erkizia on three tracks. From 2002

RICHARD FRANCIS / ANTHONY GUERRA / MATTIN / JOEL STERN

Richard Francis / Anthony Guerra / Mattin / Joel Stern

(CMR - CMR13) 7-inch $10.00

Two five-minute cuts excerpted from about three hours of material recorded in 2004. Computer, electronics, field recordings, electric guitar, computer feedback. Edition of 250

MATTIN

Sakada

(w.mo/r) Used CD $3.00

Electronic goat-herder Mattin is joined in 2001 by percussionists Rosy Parlane (Parmentier, Sigma Editions, Thela, Pit Viper) and AMM’s Eddie Prévost. Well nurtured swarms of singularly malign hisses, gurgles and overtones occasionally swell up, invade, suddenly recoil and loiter darkly in an awkward middle distance. “Much of the music’s depth and elusiveness comes from the way individual sounds are sharply differentiated yet entangled tightly,” explains Matthew Hyland. “Percussion rarely interrupts liquid feedback with punctual impact; rather, it generates a second, third, fourth writhing body of sustained sound. Objects chime or are scraped or rung as often as hit, allowing distinct conjunctions to emerge and persist before falling away.” In card folder, with one crease ripped.

MATTIN

Songbook 5

(Disembraining) LP $21.00 (Out-of-stock)

The fifth edition of Mattin’s ongoing series uses “improvisation as a way of exposing structural clichés in pop and rock music” and “song structures to demystify the so-called spontaneity and freedom of improvisation.” With contributions from Joel Stern and Alex Cuffe (Sky Needle), Andrew McLellan (Cured Pink) and guitarist Dean Roberts (Thela, White Winged Moth, Autistic Daughters), it was created according to a strict set of conditions generated through an obsessively literal reiteration of the number five: five musicians record five improvised songs of five minutes each addressing five concepts described in five-word titles; a twenty-five-minute concert with five-minute sections structured by five instructions based on the song titles given to five members of the audience; vocals recorded for the five songs in the form of a singing lecture at the Victorian College of the Arts, where the audience only hears Mattin’s voice as he listens to the backing tracks on headphones; recordings of the first three parts superimposed to create a twenty-five-minute album consisting of five five-minute songs. Edition of 555.

TIM BARNES / TONY CONRAD / MATTIN

Untitled

(Celebrate Psi Phenomenon) Used CD $15.00

Withering screeeeech and grubby microtonal shudder in a near-Stalinist attempt for total mind control. A twenty-story Hoover gobbles the entire Northeast of the USA, pausing to empty the bag and replace smoldering fuse wire. Hard, harmful, full of choking dust.