Sale: Infraction

We’ve got some of our recently-added and restocked INFRACTION items on sale this week, with the low prices being good through October 11th or while supplies last.

Zimiamvian Night – Zimiamvian Night 3 (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
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“The recording was dead. A lifeless piece of audio ‘lost’ (filed) on a dusty hard drive and purposely dropped under a nameless ‘untitled’ folder. The men and women of the Zimiamvian Night collective were content to move on, record more pieces, capture other lights, and bathe in distant ambiences far, far away.

The Wolf (indeed his real name) caught word of this abandoned audio and offered to inject some life, and perhaps revive what was left behind. After careful listening, tape splicing (uploading) and painstaking attention to the neverending, everlasting drone notes, blowing wind and dappled environmental samples – a new recording emerged and is now presented here. Alive and well.

Zimiamvian Night 3 is the collection over 2 discs of the before, after and in-between. It is meant to document this transition and serves as a reference point to the story that spans years, the accidental audio diary passively collected on tape and the mysterious end result.” –infractionrecords.com

Keith Barry – The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish/Turn Right a Thousand Feet from Here (2CD) — Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“Keith Berry’s The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish is one of those albums whose inner life and fertility is compelling evidence that Drone is not only alive, but with designs on immortality. The artful construction and architecture of this post-minimal space drone suite shows how spare means can be harnessed to rich ends, making it one of the most engrossing records of the year – whether 2011 or 2005.

Stoughton mini-lp gatefold CD sleeve, cardstock inner sleeve envelopes. Design by Timothy O’Donnell.” –infractionrecords.com

Beautumn – Northing –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
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“This is a beautiful yet serious record. It is ambience, but not ‘simply’ ambient. These are cinematic tracks begging for a narrative, often invoking the skeletons of stories with sounds of footsteps, rain, winds, waves, fire and animal life (birds?) alongside metals and the odd machine. The sound is almost always a bit grand and roomy, as if reverbing off of the sky and thickly layered with varied-pitch tones and drones which often become so much a part of the soundscape that they become the foundation of its lushness, sometimes building tension, sometimes delivering an other-worldy, floating quality. As I listen to some of these tracks, I am reminded of times in my childhood during weather warnings when I stared at a dark sky, both menacing and terribly compelling, watching it roil too close to the ground where I stood.” –infractionrecords.com

Aloof Proof – Piano Text –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
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The overall sound of ‘The Ghost Ship’ and ‘The Last Leaf’ is simple to describe—the tones of a piano are stretched to the horizon line; long, lingering sounds, the fluttering threads of them in the wind, drifting like subtle perfumes, a dream language culled from a very familiar instrument. In its way, it is also a kind of Mandelbrot image—the briefest segments of the tracks can be listened to (like Eno’s Neroli or Thursday Afternoon) to get an accurate idea of the whole. However, the magic of Piano Text is that, when taken as a duo of suites, the larger forms of the piece are revealed to be a classical composition of the utmost drama, suspense, nuance. It is, indeed, the music of the inexplicable dreamworlds we all travel to during sleep.

This is an album that must be listened to—no words can adequately describe how spellbinding the music is, how staggeringly elegant and tantalizing the world created within becomes with the simple touch of the ‘play’ button.” – Brian Bieniowski (Asphalt Eden)

Beautumn – Bordeaux –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“Bordeaux is a silent missive for the people seeing beauty in decay and contentment in isolation.

Nine minimalist compositions emulating the peculiar colors of the near-winter, picturing suspended landscapes on the string of time.”–dotflac@bandcamp.com

Capricornus – Halation –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“Two deep and hypnotic longform drone pieces by Halation, the working name of Hiroshi.He is influenced by Andrew Chalk, Taiga Remains and David Tagg and this is his first release.”Halation gives off a flat-on-back eyes-to-skies drowsy air with its long drawn out tone-rays. Highly amorphous in strategy, a purist ambient Enovian ethos a la Thursday Afternoon may suggest itself. On occasion, clusters of notes flicker within the freefloating drone, mirroring the eponymous halation effect – transient morning brume, or light refracted through water vapour rendered blurred.” –databloem.com

Eluder – Through Horizon –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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Japanese style mini-lp gatefold sleeve – printed by Stoughton. Features printed inner sleeve. Design by Timothy O’Donnell. Images by NASA. Edition of 400 copies.

“It’s like a soundtrack to the journey of a space probe through the solar system. Wonderful space ambient by Eluder.” –In the Treeeees@infractionrecords.com

Parks – Hidden –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
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“Sentimentally elegant in all the right places, without being paradoxically obtrusive and harsh. Soft and gentle, without sagging into iconclastic reverie. Neat.” — Mick Buckingham (Muttley SV)

Offthesky & Pleq – A Thousand Fields –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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At the intersection between ambient, minimalism, 4th world, found sound, drone, and post-classical composition.

“Seven uneasy pieces. The duo draw the drapes of an abandoned stage set. A head(y) cinema—a space waiting for timbres to exhale; a rumble, an ominous string swell, dissonant synth shivers. Suspense—uneasy, queasy, eerie. Tension without resolution, sometimes broken—a single piano string or foot shuffle (“Ashes of America”), sometimes paused for thoughtful resonance—a violin saw (“Delicate Exit”), a distant harp (Witch Season”), a drowning string section (“Simulacromancer”). Sudden variations in volume, minimal movements in apparent stillness, define the dynamic, requiring adjustment to default distracted listening mode. A strategic deployment of silence, or rather a still resonant air left by the decay of a musical gesture, is part of this album’s unusual presence, at once delicate and weighty—part artful arrangement, part production prowess.

A Thousand Fields is a genuinely exploratory work, an ambient less ordinary, a classical more post-, a drone less prone to be blown off course, while taking you down some paths less trodden.” –igloomag.com

Tetsu Inoue – World Receiver –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“This is such a classic that to review it now, 11 years on, seems completely unnecessary. Not widely acclaimed on its initial release in 1996, and unfortunately out of print for quite some time, Infraction is thankfully bringing this back to market. World Receiver ranks very near the top of best ambient albums lists, up with Eno’s On Land, KLF’s Chill Out, and Global Communication’s 76:14.

Inoue was ahead of his time with this record, incorporating field recordings seamlessly with his own analog synthesizers. Field recordings had been used for years by the time this came out, to be sure. The perfect nature of how the music plays off the recordings and the reverse on this record still possesses the capacity to amaze. The location recordings are never too location-specific, sounding like they could be anywhere on the globe. Which they might very well be, as Inoue travelled Japan, Thailand, Pakistan, Germany, and the United States, gathering his sounds. Point being that the integration sounds so completely organic, composed around each other, on a level unparalleled upon initial release.

World Receiver deserves the accolades heaped upon it since 1996. There weren’t many ambient releases that sounded like it at the time, and 10 years on, there still aren’t that many. Even Inoue himself has moved on from this sound. There is nothing like this being released today. If you don’t have it, what are you waiting for?” –igloomag,com

Celer – Discourses Of The Withered –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“75 minutes of ethereal, drifting ambient drone, ‘Discourses Of The Withered’ introduced the essential (then) husband-and-wife duo of Celer to a wider audience. Perfect for staring out the window, full of memories and dreams of brighter tomorrows.” –forestpunk.wordpress.com

Drape – Let There Water Air –Regularly $9.99, right now just $7.99
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“Spencer Williams and Ryan Gracey’s 2nd full length LP as Drape on Infraction. Analog orchestras and guitar
notes that expand for minutes on end. The first two tracks on Let There Water Air are awash in a guitar and
cello haze, rising up on ‘new mountains’ like the morning sun cresting over the horizon. When it gets quiet,
as in with the opening of ‘Interiors’, it is a stark-like Cage piano piece with the sounds of the piano
repair shop these tracks were recorded in captured like bits of dust. The buzzing of a not too faraway
guitar still makes it’s presence known, but it is the slooow melody of textural piano that is the centerpiece
here. Where Drape in the past has blended noise AND ambience, here the noise is weighted, perforated and the
light is allowed to filter through.

All filters aside, Let There Water Air is Drape shining brightly. Balance and restraint – the soft noise of
guitar, the melodic anchor of carefully chosen piano notes, the occasional metallic reverb and hum, even a
cacophonous (relatively) piano hammering (courtesy of Doug McDiarmid of Why?), and the entwining of guitar strings with cello strings. ” –infractionrecords.com

 

Newly-Added Innesti Items

We’re very happy to have some new arrivals this week from INNESTI, a wonderful artist who has emerged in the past few years and put out a handful of beautiful, well-produced ambient. Low-priced at just $10.99 each, these will go fast, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Innesti – Apperception (2CD) –$10.99

“Ethereal, minimal ambient soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, fading light, and experiments in dreaming.” –innesti.bandcamp.com

Innesti – In Currents –$10.99

“Hazy ethereal drones created using generative processes, field recordings, nostalgic fragments, and spectral residues.” –innesti.bandcamp.com

Innesti – Formless –$10.99

“Hazy, dream-like soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, hidden spaces, and long-lost letters.” –innesti.bandcamp.com

Innesti – Parenthetical –$10.99

“Ethereal, minimal ambient soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, turns of phrase, and the contours of shadows.” –innesti.bandcamp.com

Innesti – Between Worlds –$10.99

“Hazy, dream-like soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, vintage maps, and aural labyrinths.” –innesti.bandcamp.com

Sale: Silentes & Silentes Sublabel Items

We’ve got a random selection of items on sale this week from the Silentes label and several of their sub-labels. Prices will be good through August 30th or while supplies last.

Luigi Turra – Enso

Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99

With Enso, Turra has conjured up an organic and contemplative three-track epic, that resonates on subsequent listenings. Infused with Japanese sonic architectures and rigorous reductionist principles, this is a deeply meditative world of gently plucked instruments, and faded atmospherics, peppered with closely focussed tinklings and crystalline shards to add texture. Best appreciated in a solitary environment, these restful pieces will bring calm to an engaged listener. Turra deploys the Japanese instrumentation of Enso with the deft production skills of Kinetix’s Gianluca Becuzzi, and there is a warm ambience to the three tracks, entitled, not surprisingly, Enso 01, 02, and 03. Turra fuses a delicate substrata of drifting tones with elegantly plucked and struck instrumentation, that is never overdriven, and devoid of unessentials. There are no grand, overblown statements here, rather a gracefully nuanced set of pieces, a work that is a striking debut for Small Voices. -soundohm.com

 

Kinetix – Final Archives

Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99

FINAL ARCHIVES is a sort of collection of rare tracks recorded from 1999 to 2006 totally reworked and remastered in 2009. ABSOLUTE GREY is the title that Kinetix gave to his graphic artwork selection exhibited with an ambient score specifically composed for the exposition space. The exhibition is made up of ten grey scale serigraphs on white forex sheets a metre square and a composition of 20 minutes played through two loudspeakers with one woofer covered in grey powder on top of a white cube. RAW MATERIALS is a collection of seven short tracks from early Kinetix productions. Noise gestaltmusic. A multi-dimensional concept created with sound layers and ambient concretism. These tracks help the listener to understand the starting point of Kinetix’s sound research. RESOUNDING SCULPTURES is based on the concept of composition for blocks of sound” made in the 50’s and 60’s by Iannis Xenakis. For this reason traditional compositional criteria (harmonic-melodic / rhythmic-metric) replace the various criteria of plastic / spatial forms. Part of the sound sources used were extracted from the works of Iannis Xenakis to whom this composition is dedicated.”

–soundohm.com

T.A.C. – Splintered

Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

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“T.A.C. sonic trip goes on through unexplored territories, forcing the borders between electronica and new psychedelic soundscapes, making room for gentle ballads merciless deconstructed …Enter now T.A.C.’s surreal and swirling world. The tribernetic shamans are back…” -soundohm.com

Gianluca Becuzzi – (B)Haunted

Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99

Most of the music on ‘(B)Haunted’ has an Industrial feel and seems to originate from live sessions that were enriched with electronic sounds and treatments at a later date. During the listening we confront ourselves with various sounds of a metallic nature and indistinct percussions, found sounds and gear, mechanisms and bells, scraped material and drones. Everything contributes to the creation of a soundscape that is always fascinating and arouse a lot of curiosity and attention on the evolution and direction that the music will take. Coming in a beautiful black’n’white artwork that aptly describes the industriousness of the author and the continuous musical metamorphosis herein contained, this is a very interesting album that will please fans of the old Industrial school and those devoted to sound-art and experimentation.

–silentes.it

Corrado Alteiri / Gianluca Favaron – Decomposed Days

Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

DECOMPOSED DAYS is the new collaborative effort by Corrado Altieri (Candor Chasma, Monosonik, Uncodified) and Gianluca Favaron (Ab’she, Under The Snow, Zbeen), two major artist in the experimental electronic scene. Released one year after THE SYSTEM OF OBJECTS, a tribute to Jean Baudrillard, DECOMPOSED DAYS relates to the possible connections between space, time and memory, making reference to imaginary movies as well as existing ones (like Peter Greenaway’s ‘Vertical Features’). The album’s five compositions are built with a crosspollination between musique concrete, abstract noise textures, radical computer music and techno splinters, leading to surreal territories. -soundohm.com

Gianluca Becuzzi/Fabio Orsi – Dust Tears And Clouds

Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99

Packaged in gatefold cardboard cover.

“Following the previous albums released, among others, by Last Visible Dog and Digitalis, ‘Dust Tears and Clouds’ is the fifth full-length work born from the collaboration between Gianluca Becuzzi and Fabio Orsi. ‘Dust Tears and Clouds’ combines two CDs in a single release. The first disc, entitled ‘Dust Tears and Skinny Legs Poets,’ was recorded in 2007 and remained unreleased until now. It contains eight highly evocative tracks that feature American Folk samples recorded by Alan Lomax mixed with guitars and electronics. The second disc collects the three long tracks previously released by Foxglove back in 2007 as a 3×3” MiniCD-Rs extremely limited edition, with the welcome addition of an unreleased fourth track. Here Becuzzi and Orsi offers two solo efforts and two collaborative numbers; the voices and samples that graced the first disc are absent and the musicians create denser experimental plots soaked with field recordings, synthesizers and effects. Overall, the two Italian artists showcase a broad range of solutions and, once again, they create a rich work whose repeated listening will reveal more and more details.” –soundohm.com

Kinetix – Selected E_Missions

Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

Deep and wrapping digital soundscapes, dotted by micro-noisy granular material, resonant fields where time and space humble themselves in a single perceptive continuum. Contemporary, abstract, minimal, cold, intense and evocative drone music. -soundohm.com

Corrado Altieri / Gianluca Favaron – The System Of Objects

Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99

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“A new collaborative effort between two prominent artists of Italy’s electronic and experimental scene, Corrado Altieri (Candor Chasma, Monosonik, Uncodified) and Gianluca Favaron (ab’she, Under The Snow, Z’been). Inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s essay of the same name, “The System of Objects” offers seven compositions combining field recordings, analogue textures, computer music and concrète sounds. Altieri e Favaron dig deep in the unconscious of the french philosopher, devising a hypothetical music score of his manifesto on the relations between objects universe and consumer society ideologies: drones and digital pulses, processed tapes and multi-layered frequencies make for a voyage to the borders of ambient, noise and radical experiments.”

LU – B-Interrail

Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99

Digipak.

“LU is Italian artist Gianluca Porcu. Deep and wrapping digital soundscapes, dotted by micro-noisy granular material, resonant fields where time and space humble themselves in a single perceptive continuum. Contemporary, abstract, minimal, cold, intense and evocative drone music. Self-recorded instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar) are sampled, mixed with electronica, female voices, Marcel Duchamp cut up, and a soft tone touch of glitchy sounds. There is a very sunny Mediterranean feel about this music, though the 5th track is a bit darker… but sometimes it rains in Italy, too.” -coldspring.co

Gianluca Becuzzi [Kinetix] – Memory Makes Noise

Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

Digipak.

“Gianluca Becuzzi, for the first time, presents his work under his birth name, confining the Kinetix as an extension of his name. The Tuscan sound-artist focuses his research on electro-acoustic sounds, livening ‘Memory Makes Noise’ with throbbing concrete noises, material manipulations and deep environmental reverberations.” -coldspring.co

Kinetix – White Rooms (2CD)

Regularly $11.99, right now just $8.99

Double-CD. KINETIX is Gianluca Becuzzi, electronic composer and sound artist active since the first half of the 80’s. He writes: “The artistic production of KINETIX is characterised by a strong experimental imprint, by the interest into the expressive possibilities offered by the digital technologies and by a clear aesthetic inclination towards minimalist forms and micro noises/sounds.” (from the website) Really, the music sounds like a study about a representational work of minimal art. The first CD includes 9 pieces dealing with volume of sound, time and frequencies to underline the relationship between physical space and acoustic space. Clear digital signal-buzz changes with wide open resounding drones evoking superficial sounds and three-dimensionally impressions. The 2-CD shows very reduced sounds conceived for a sound installation. Only the room is the interpreter. High frequencies circle abstract noises, playing with silence.” -soundohm.com

Gianluca Becuzzi & Fabio Orsi – Muddy Speaking Ghosts Through My Machines

Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99

Cardboard Sleeve.

“This is a collaboration between Fabio Orsi and Gianluca Becuzzi (Kinetix). The unexpected encounter between these different forces, experiences, and visions of these two artists melts perfectly on this album. Drones and rumors, pouring between distant voices and centenary blues songs from the Alan Lomax archive, tow off shreds of ballads, guitars and old keyboards floating on the vibrant surface of a fairy river. Rapture and sweet loss are the main sensations. This could be listed as avant folk, or experimental blues, or ambient roots, or contemporary aesthetics and aching nostalgia.” -coldspring.co.uk

Mauthausen Orchestra – Digression

Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

After the recent reprint of ‘historical’ material collected on the ‘Sonic Deprivation’ CD (Silentes sme0930), and the collaboration with Nimh on ‘From Unhealthy Places’ (Silentes sme9032), Mauthausen Orchestra/Pierpaolo Zoppo comes back with brand new tracks and a new album where the fury and aggressiveness of his usual harsh sonorities of a Noise/Power-Electronics nature are merged with more quiet, wide and always dark ambient parts, sometimes surprising us with unexpected and undisclosed pulsating rhythmic-electronic inserts. A great album for a project that has recently born again with an unsuspected and inspired artistic vital energy.

-silentes.it

Added Used & Single Copy Items

We wanted to let everyone know that we’ve added and will be continuing to add lots of product to the USED & SINGLE COPY area of the SOUNDSWIM store, so stop by and check out the latest items and be sure to check back regularly for ongoing additions! We also have some restock items on the way, so look for those to be arriving soon as well.

 

Storewide Coupon Code Sale

                                                      

We’re back after our short hiatus and need to make room on our shelves for incoming new product, so we’re having a storewide coupon code sale:

2020Summer15 will give you 15% off any order
2020Summer25 will give you 25% off orders over $50

These codes are are valid from now through next Sunday, August 2nd at midnight, so visit the SOUNDSWIM store soon for some great bargains!