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CD-R Aa1 - "Live at Electroline" (Dars records)

aa1 (Vasily Kuznetsov) - master of performances from Ural whose concepts are always unexpected and very interesting. All compositions are created by means of own musical algorithms developed in PD environment. Each performance of aa1 is unique, because it does not have in advance prepared loops, melodies, rhythmic figures. Music is created in the course of a concert, live, from prerecorded soundbites and generated sounds. This CD is a recording of an improvised a concert at the first South Ural electronic music festival Electroline (Russia) in 2005. It's a 50-minute mix of sound-collaging, electroacoustics, ambient, and minimal noise. More about Aa1 Vasily Kuznetsov's main creative interests are experiments with algorithmic music generation. In particular, the "telephonenternals" CD, was created using an IP-telephone program Naumen Phone. He also participated in a project called "Water digitizer" with the art group "Where the dogs run". Installation includes a sound generator developed in PD environment. Vasily also scored several ballets for "Kipling" dancing company and Taras Burnashev. Together with Stepan Zlokazov (Microboss) played live at the “OUT VIDEO” festival (Ekaterinburg) in 2004 and 2005. Last years the basic direction of activity Aà1 are experiments with independent and interactive sound automatic devices. Radio-Campanile project (festival Radio Revolten in Halle, Germany) featured an SMS-controlled 76-bell carillon at Roter Turm. Collaboration with the Iguan dance company (St. Petersburg) explored music generation devices controlled by a dancer's body.



CD V/A "A cleansing ascension (Elevator Bath) (Avec Francisco Lopez, Tom Recchion, Colin Andrew Sheffield, Dale LLoyd, Rick Reed, Keith Berry, Adam Pacione, etc./Musique électroacoustique sombre et minimale

On the occasion of Elevator Bath's 10-year anniversary, the label has issued its first compilation release. This 73-minute compact disc is not a retrospective but is instead a collection of (almost) entirely exclusive material from 10 artists currently involved with Elevator Bath. A Cleansing Ascension includes previously unreleased recordings from: Matt Shoemaker, Adam Pacione, Jim Haynes, Keith Berry, Rick Reed, Dale Lloyd, Colin Andrew Sheffield, James Eck Rippie, and Tom Recchion. This is the ideal introduction to the label, offering a particularly cohesive yet varied selection of works from some of the brightest names in the experimental music community. Uneasy narrative, warm ambience, rusted drones, sine waves, field recordings, meditative composition, plus a glorious photograph on the inner sleeve (taken by Colin's father in 1971) can all be found in this single, beautiful package. Elevator Bath = A Cleansing Ascension.



CD-R Antn Hrkwk "Mutually Assured" (Recycling records)

"Mutually Assured" is an album of musical synonyms. Each song is made up of pieces of an already existing song - chopped up, re-arranged and layered to make new, generally unrecognizable compositions. Soaring melodies are transformed into frantic beats. The album is product of nothing more than sound-editing technique, as no audio effects or filters are used on it. "/Highly recommended








CD Tomasz Bednarczyk Painting Sky Together (Room40)

Wroclaw based sound artist Tomasz Bednarczyk has a penchant for capturing the emotion in moments of stasis. It’s this acute sense of expanding fleeting moments and exploring their detail that informs the sonic palette of his latest full length recording Painting Sky Together. Akin to his acclaimed debut edition 'Summer Feelings' (Room40), which elegantly documented a uniquely Polish experience of summer replete with distantly warm bursts of piano, and crisp glitch ridden pulses, Painting Sky Together is an considered exploration in minimalism. Bednarczyk relishes the intimacy of his sound world, taking the most restrained compositional actions and allowing them to unfold with a hazy stillness that blurs time. It’s an album that’s both crisp and fragile, but ultimately its textures are overwhelmingly warm and generous. A statement of hushed awe – listen with care.






CD-R The Best Of Polish Smooth Jazz ...Ever!  (Recycling Records)

20 anonymous polish artist smashes 20 polish top hits transforming pop s**t into modern avantgarde music. The idea of plunderphonics is here expanded from just messing with bits and pieces of original tracks to creating some good music from unpleasant pop sounds. So except mashups you get some breakcore, ambient, digital hardcore, noise and many other unclassified forms. Your mom won't like it.


CD Big City Orchestra = the four cassettes of the apocalypse (the subelectrick institute)

One of the most idiosyncratic and original groups of the past two decades, BCO is not your standard Orchestra. Situated in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the band has released an enormous catalog of recorded material over the past two decades. Formed in the late 1970's the ensemble continues to maintain a free-flowing roster of artists from around the world that collaborate on specific projects. Categorizing the Orchestra into any given genre can be a task, as releases continue to surprise even the most devout listener. There is never any way to precisely classify the next BCO release. An album of authentic sea-shanties? A wall of noise? A shimmering downpour of lullabies whispered to the wind? A humorous or thought-provoking album of Sound Collages? Vocal excursions set to make Rod McKuen blush? We press play, leaning forward with slight apprehension. We await the first wave of blissful deception. We are perpetually rewarded.



CD Alessandro Bosetti = "Il Fiore della Bocca”

Produced in 2003 for the sound art department of a german radio station, "Il Fiore della Bocca" is one of the most controversial text sound compositions by Alessandro Bosetti. Composed exclusively with the voices of physically and mentally handicapped people, the piece displays an impressive richness, depth and variety of sound, covering the full range of musical possibilities of the spoken voice; from heavily processed to completely unprocessed, naked and direct. The piece has an ambiguous nature that lies somewhere between an experimental radio play and an extended, powerfully voice driven, noise composition. Bosetti has taken an impressive journey into what is commonly perceived as "disturbing". He has thus engaged in a process of transformation and metamorphosis with both the sound materials and their perceptions in order to develop musical beauty out of these "abnormal" voices.

A long series of conversations, where spastic, aphasic and larynx-less persons are confronted with examples of "deconstructed voice" (in the tradition of experimental music and sound poetry), has been the core of a two year long intimate relationship with those speakers and the starting point of the compositional process. All commentaries, reflections and reactions had been recorded in order to create a new composition with those collected materials. Similar to his other text sound pieces like "African Feedback", "Everyday Objects", "The Listeners", "The Mouth" or "Zwölfzungen", conversations, human interaction, comprehension and misunderstanding are essential to this piece. Since it's premiere on Deutschland Radio Kultur in 2004, it has been performed many times; in presence of the original speakers and in several live multichannel performances which provocated a wide and passionate range of reactions and discussions. "Il Fiore della Bocca", is intended as a piece in the form of a flower, either one of the red roses Claudia is singing about in the middle section of the composition, or a mouth-flower, as the title suggests. Also, a flower close in inspiration to the weathered, ephemeral and dying flowers that Zeami used to describe the quality of Nô theater actors. It's a piece based on love, human interaction and the contemplation of differences which reaches the point where the extremely different becomes the same.



LPBöttcher/ Hubweber - Schnack  (auf abwegen)

Schnack is the Live-Duo of improvising musicians Paul Hubweber (Cologne) and Uli Böttcher (Wiesbaden). The play a fascinating and restless mix of trombone noises and real time sampling and electronics. Paul Hubweber began with trombone studies in 1971 mainly concentrating on improvised music. He has developed his own special "trombone voice" and his musical focus. It is the special affinity for the balladic and the noisy, i. e. the non-separable combination of tone and sound belonging to the same origin. The description for music (tones, sounds, noises) as totally independent from stereotypes like extemporization and composition - "Home is where the heart is!" Continuous co-operation with: a. o. Claus van Bebber, Martin Theurer, Erhard Hirt, Ulrich Phillipp, Hainer Wörmann, Paul Lovens, John Butcher, Markus Eichenberger, Peter Kowald, Wolfgang Schliemann, Dirk Marwedel. International concert tours and festivals, e. g. FreeMusicAntwerpen, Moers, HumaNoiseCongress, MusiktriennaleKoeln, DerGuteTon, Symposium Contemporary Music, Forum 20 DDF, MusicaNovaBremen, Dance + Music Dresden, Documenta VIII, Ars Electronica, etc. Uli Böttcher has studied art education. Since the early 90ies he has been working as a percussionist in Salsa ensembles. He moved on to improvised music in the mid 90ies and has been a member of the legendary outfit Maxwells Dämon (with Stephan Mathieu). He also is a member of 'Ensemble 2inc'. He lives and works in Wiesbaden, Germany.



CD-R ciszak/kitty_kit/kalinka = vaporous equivalent (xvparowek)

(improvised music)


CD chris brown = talking drum (pogus)

Binaural motion recordings composed as a dialogue of distances. Live recordings of music for electronic network music ensemble juxtaposed with location recordings of traditional music and environmental soundscapes. Made in Bali, the Philippines, Turkey, Europe, Cuba and America 1991-99.This compilation/composition documents nearly a decade of work that began with the recording of dense sonic environments, both 'natural' and urban. Talking Drum is an interactive installation made with four networked laptop computers programmed to explore cyclical polyrhythms in large acoustic spaces. While the performance of the entire system is synchronized by one computer, each computer station generates independent results using genetic-programming algorithms which are affected by acoustic musicians' performances. Each station in the space "grows" its own rhythmic response to the situation, like similar plants growing differently in adjustment to their locations in an environment. The musicians improvise with the rhythms, interacting with the response of the computers they play next to, and the whole is a quartet of these human-machine duets.







CD HONG CHULKI/CHOI JOONYONG "hum&rattle" (Ballon&Needle)

review on Startling Moniker by DaveX> From the Seoul-based Balloon & Needle label, “Hum and Rattle” features some of label head Hong Chulki and Choi Joonyong’s phenomenal turntable and opened CD player compositions. Advantageous use of noise bursts that could make Merzbow flinch, contrasted with periods of near (or total) silence make this an ideal album for headphone listening– especially in regards to the delicacy of Choi’s contributions, which comprise everything from the the faintest digital seek-sound, to full-blown read error exploding into unlikely patterns of bitrate-lacework.









CD Eric Cordier "Breizhiselad" (Erewhon)

In making Breizhiselad I have tried to rewrite some masterpieces of the traditional music of French Brittany. Apart a few field recordings all the material on this record originates in extracts from two songs of the A side of a 10" 1960s reissue of a 78rpm. The story begins when a Breton cousin discovered the record at his grandmother's house. On first listening, I found it to be horrible - but a work of genius. Horrible because of the catechism-like vocal arrangements but a work of genius in terms of the beauty of the melody and the conviction of the singers. Another particularity is the importance of the disc itself, whose vinyl surface is nearly erased, polished under a sea of cracks. My project has been to transpose this traditional music into the tape music medium with a view to preserving what is strong in the source material and erasing the sugary, churchy treatment of these originally popular songs.







CD Crawling With TartsOchre Land, Blue Blue Skies/ Grand Surface Noise Opera Nr. 7(pogus)

Long overdue, long promised release. This may be the last Tarts track (and opera) and one of the first solo composed Gendreau recordings. Or I could be making that all up. Anyway, wonderful music and sounds - it is a Crawling With Tarts opera and OLBBS is a killer.


CD cycoclima "celestis" (Gravitator records)

The members of this Russian duo, MK [keyboards, music, sampling, market rituals] and LM [drums, programming, sound engineering, electronic manipulations] reside in Moscow and have been involved in electronic music since 1997. They met in 1998 and formed Cyclotimia shortly thereafter with the purpose of making experimental music together. They have subsequently become one of the most respected and well-known Russian projects in the electronic scene today.

Cyclotimia's trademark sound proceeds from using a mix of the state-of-the-art synthesis technologies and vintage analog / Soviet machines.

Their inspiration in global, free market aesthetics and using of religious samples makes Cyclotimia's message quite disturbing. The created crossover soundscapes are referred to as L'Electronique Mondial by the musicians and Glamour Industrial by the music critics.




This is the second part of Harsh Noise 3-way split series. DARUIN, guided by Kazuya Ishigami, is rather well-known among adorers of experimental Digital Post-Industrial. 19-minutes-long track filled with action: it starts off with a Glitch prelude, streams towards schizophrenic TV-collages, trembles with piercing Digital Noise, whirls with a storm of heated noise. A 20-minutes-long track of TORTURING NURSE is recorded by duo of Youki and Junky. Wall of noisy feedbacks interrupted by guitar passages, pick scrapes and screams. STPOCOLD — project of INSTANT MOVIE COMBINATIONS, researching wastelands of Digital Noise. 21-and-a-half minutes of asthmatic asphyxia. Fine-dyspersated gravel of noise is forced through ears by howling and droning frequencies.

Format: CD-r Edition: 114 copies



CD Nick Didkovsky Tube Mouth Bow String (pogus)

These pieces are about the details of musical evolution that emerge from rule-based compositional systems. Using electric guitar, string quartet, electronics, and computer software, we explored territories held together by systems of agreements, forms specified in software, real-time musical choices, and notation.


CD Thomas Dimuzio "Louden" (Odd Size)

Louden remasters original cassette releases from 1987 and 88 (Delineation of Perspective and Flux) exploring noise processes not just as sublime tumult (although "Of Vast and Barren, Rotting Wastelands" has an undeniable magnitude) but through a more abstract analysis of process and technique. "Self-Proclaimed Contention (Without Variation)", using bass, microphone, processors and mixer, is a series of dynamic build-ups segued over each other: an endless take-off that conveys the velvet thunder of intergalactic spacecraft rather than Industrial screaming metal. Dimuzio's equipment includes samplers, analogue synths, E-bow, and tape recorder - the mixture of technical systems generating an intelligent vocabulary of power, impulse, velocity and rhythm. A nice foray into the experiential complexities of modernism. —Matt ffyche /The wire



CD The Domestic Front "Having Achieved Balance, You Cannot Be Moved Sideways...So You Rise" (Belsona)

consists of 4 epic-length tracks (two exceeding the 13-minute mark) of electrified beauty and brutality, recorded + composed in various locations in urbanized Japan and the deserted American plains. More dynamically varied than ever; possibly the best Domestic Front release from a musical standpoint. A concentrated attack on 'anthropocentrism'. A pure sensation./Electroacoustic/Musique concrète.)