ROCKER

Rocker #2

(No Rent) Magazine $12.00

Interviews with Stroker, Leila Bordreuil, Rusty Kelley, satire by Seymour Glass, artist showcase on Orion Lopez. 76pp.

KAPOTTE MUZIEK

Discon

(Krim Kram) CD $12.00

One thing that has been a constant factor for Kapotte Muziek since its formation in 1984 is the recycling of sound. In the first phase, Christian Nijs recorded sounds and instruments, and Frans de Waard created collages using these recordings. Each of the 13 pieces here is created by cutting, pasting, superimposing, and editing one concert. No other electronic treatments were used, no granular synthesis, etc. The cover is a collage from the booklet that came with Kapotte Muziek’s Columbus, Ohio, CDR (Gameboy 2004), which was created from a black and white painting for which de Waard exchanged merchandise with an unknown painter at that concert.

ARV & MILJÖ

Samling

(Krim Kram) 2xCD $18.00

Originally compiled as a two-cassette release by Archivio Diafònico in 2016, now reissued as a double CD for optimum playback at your next MRI scan, Samling documents the earlier, “noisier” years of Arv & Miljö, collecting all compilation appearances from the project’s inception in 2010 up to 2015. Gritty, claustrophobic sound that includes environmental recordings, primitive melodic synth tones, and fragile failing electronics.

FAMILY UNDERGROUND

The Acetone Of Flowers

(Chocolate Monk - choc.608) CDR $8.00

At their D7 lair, a well loved hovel behind ten thousand layers of paint, Copenhagen’s finest purveyors of pulse, drone and general mind-float made tape loops which were then curled up and stomped on the floor, fed through an old plastic National reel-to-reel and combined with synths and guitar skree. The opening two tracks are performed by the classic duo of Sara Czerny (Buchla Easel, tape loops) and Nicolas Kauffmann (guitar, Moog), while the final two tracks introduces new member Matt Saporito, a NYC transplant whose manipulated tapes and keyboards create a new hive mind of smashed fragments and resonant strings. Buckle it up. Edition of 60

SEYMOUR GLASS

The Confiscating Flight Attendant b/w Graphene Shards and a Bucket of Donkey Milk

(No Label New Zealand) 8-inch (lathe cut) $30.00 (Out-of-stock)

COMING IN MARCH. Recorded live at Audio Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand, October 24 2023. Silkscreened folder with printed insert. Edition of 40.

POULSEN, SCARIOT

Hands On (Voidtronica Chapter Two)

(Chocolate Monk - choc.607) CDR $8.00

This duo’s method requires that they meet and record without either one knowing what instruments the other will bring. The resulting free improvisation with no overdubs or mixing by experimental musician Claus Poulsen from Denmark and Italian improviser and noise performer Michele Scariot (aka Nodolby), dubbed Voidtronica, is the opposite of emptiness: as if driven by a sonic “horror vacui,” the two create the pulses of their tracks by accumulating debris from self-made cassette loops and needle jumping the grooves of prepared vinyl. Voices enter, sighs and whispers blabber through hastily set-up filters and effects. Sounds come from the room, others are feedback from the electronics themselves. It is the emptiness that once again manages to feel musical. The recording session was held in Copenhagen during a break of the SUPERNOISE 2023 festival, where both musicians participated with their personal projects. Edition of 60

POINTS OF FRICTION

Sprinkle Of Blunder

(Chocolate Monk - choc.600) CD $14.00

“Even on occasions absent slide dissolves and the multiple super-8 projections that ornament their live shows, Points of Friction have remained an audio-visual group since their inception. Listen to Sprinkle of Blunder in complete darkness, and notice if your sponge doesn’t require a good firm squeeze by the end. Is anyone else seeing the mad flashes of painted film, hand-scratched emulsions, layers of transparent material, and magnified vegetation? Good, so we agree, then. The late 2011 session that gives us this album progressed from dark energy to its current state on the material plane much as others before it: Joseph Hammer, Mitchell Brown, Tim Alexander and Damian Bisciglia gathered informally in remote locations where acoustical situations were presumed to exist, waiting and ever-welcoming to seekers and freaks, like a tunnel or an abandoned bakery once owned by a crab-faced character actor from the 1940s. They did a bit of recording together, saved the results to their respective devices, and then played them at various moments during the recording session proper — in this case at Brown’s Los Angeles studio. Around these and other field recordings each had made on his own, Sprinkle of Blunder pulsates at every intersection of Brown’s synth, Hammer’s tape loops, and the hoarder’s paradise of objects, prepared instruments, toys, hot-wired and damaged goods that Alexander and Bisciglia considered their axes. But let’s not forget that the seamlessness of their entangled montages makes accounting for precisely what is being done by whom at any given moment superfluous. Curiosity might not kill the cat but it’s not going to clean its puke off the carpet, either. However we diagnose the root cause of our cognitive maladies, we know they need to be cured with a nuance-rich antidote free of side effects. Points of Friction’s model of the subconscious flows and jars with sublime finesse. It has a life-force all its own, flickering back and forth between the primal states identified in Goethe’s Theory of Gunk (gooey, gaseous and gelatinous) — one big thing ready to be absorbed. But, fair enough, knowing the constituent parts of what’s going into our bodies is an overriding concern of the times. How about this: metal sculptures, bristles, vocalizations, banjo, harmonica, effects processing, sampling, loops, zither, rubber trumpet, badge reel with clock spring, Speak’n’Math, spin whistle, synthesizers, keyboards, drums, field recordings, loops, tape loops, and tape loop manipulation. Mmmmmm, information…. so enlightening. At 12 tracks in 57 minutes, it’s more of a holistic, live-in-the-studio recording than a pharmaceutical confection (though just as sinfully rich as your Aunt Twiggy’s figgy pudding). As with any 600-piece jigsaw puzzle, once assembled in the correct combination, the mosaic is complete. Bisciglia in particular was certain right away that these recordings were suitable for release, and as such it has been in the works for a decade since his passing. It arrives not without a bit of after-the-fact touch up, minor editing, crafting, tailoring — sure. Listening to the master recordings of the jams, Alexander, Brown, and Jay Morales pinpointed certain themes or modalities, not all of which moved in a straight line. They didn’t hesitate to relocate bits and pieces that made sense elsewhere as a transition between two parts of a completely different track. Ultimately it’s the overall mood that connects everything, accounts for the continuity and internal logic, keeps it all related.” Order this item from from Tedium House and receive a complimentary copy of Bananafish #15, which includes an interview with Damian Bisciglia.

EXTRA

Melt / Surround

(Chocolate Monk - choc.605) CDR $8.00

The fourth album of insidiously immersive headphonic haze by alliteration-loving living legends Brian Grainger (Milieu, Coppice Halifax) and Howard Stelzer sculpts sensuous, vivid drone music out of steamrolled cassette tapes, mountains of modular synthesizers and repurposed suburban ephemera. In this deeply serene, time-defying expanse, all participants hover several feet above safe ground. And so on. Edition of 60

ASHCIRCLE

Yet More Warnings / Object Permanence

(Chocolate Monk - choc.606) CDR $8.00

This South London duo improvises micro pseudo-music in order to cope with the chaos of overwhelming information and Tory governments. They organise Cliff-Edge, a regular show of “improv for end-times” at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton. The pieces presented here were recorded a week apart in November 2021, both with a Bastl Microgranny each. It is the sound of goon men gathering the electronic shrapnel of what was music and gluing it back together with all the huff and wheeze of spore-huffing delusionals. A no-let-up set of frothing pitter patter. Sonics which are ripe to dissipate the gloom. Do you want a shovel or a spoon? Edition of 60

KAREN CONSTANCE / DYLAN NYOUKIS

Day Music / Night Music

(Amerige - Choc.548) LP $27.00

(Chocolate Monk - Choc.548) Split cassette $7.50

Constance the insomniac presents heavy, processed electronics, field recordings, mangled voices and tape wrangle constructed late at night in bed. Fend off the darkness fears with some Blackburn Academy of the Arts sun glow bloom insight. #pro-peasantmusic. On the flip, synth, tape players, loops and delay squelch and skitter into dream as early bird and morning whistler Nyoukis takes a wee stumble into a low T tower of crud. Recorded during the day live to tape. No nightmares allowed.
LP reissue, edition of 330.

OMIT

inSec

(Siltbreeze) LP $17.00

Lost in the label’s murky somewheresville since it was recorded in 2013, this ambient masterpiece brings to mind a John Carpenter soundtrack performed by The Hub. Clinton Williams’s infectious and corrupting sounds synthesize new lifeforms in your brain’s enzymes. If you specialize in a niche too much, you are prey to predators outside, but Omit never goes for low-hanging fruit and isn’t simulating anything. Xenobiological effects aside, inSec constructs your sentiment through timbral concepts that repeat and shift with minimal reference to harmony, melody, key, or mode. Streams jump and skitter, knitting tightly high and low in a dense rattling driven to the long and most plaintive tones among the countless gizmos (that’s including you, but not “you”). This one is for big fans of Anode/Cathode, Ikue Mori, Papa Srapa, Fronte Violeta, and Insignia refrigerators.

ALASTAIR GALBRAITH

Talisman

(Otic) LP $30.00

Originally self-released on CD (Next Best Way, 1995), “Talisman is Galbraith’s first masterpiece,” according to our friends at Audioculture. It “builds upon the strengths of Plagal Grind, his previous solo release Morse, and collaborative work with Bruce Russell as A Handful of Dust. It’s darker, more experimental, but still blessed with the brittle beauty of Galbraith’s most confessional sketches.” Guests include Nigel Bunn, Shayne Carter, and David Mitchell.