More Newly-Added Items from Aufabwegen

We’ve added another round of items from the AUFABWEGEN label this week, so visit the SOUNDSWIM store soon and check them out!

Asmus Tietchens + Liquid Sky – Monoposto –$11.99

“A co-release between Die Stadt and Aufabwegen. Finally the Tietchens reissue series continues with ‘Marches Funebres.’ originally released by Multimood (Sweden) in 1989.” –aufabwegen.de

Asmus Tietchens – Sinkende Schwimmer –$11.99

“Some stock here of the long out of print CD on dutch Barooni label from 1991. It includes one track with basic material by Thomas Köner and comes with a booklet on special see through paper. In our opinion it is one of Tietchens’ “scariest” works to date. ” –aufabwegen.de

Konrad Kraft – Temporary Audiosculptures and Artefacts –$11.99

Digipak

“On ‘Temporary Audiosculptures and Artefacts’: After 15 years of silence this is the first major release by Duesseldorf electronic artist Detlef Funder, aka Konrad Kraft. In the early days of experimentation he was one of the leading figures behind the label SDV (Stimme des Volkes) who put out stuff by such great projects like Strafe Fuer Rebellion, Paul Schuetze and TUU. For ‘Temporary Audiosculptures and Artefacts’ Detlef has changed his trademark ambient sound flows to resemble something that sounds like a cross between fade out post-industrial, concrete sounds and a desire for filmic density.” –aufabwegen.de

Artificial Memory Trace – Tidal –$11.99

Digipak

“Tidal zone is a fluid line between land and sea, a site of perpetual motion and metamorphoses.
During 2008 – 2010 I collected a variety of sounds in coastal areas of Western and Southern Ireland and on the other side of Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland, Canada: the remote fishing village of Conche, the ghost settlement of Crouse, and the St.Georges peninsula. I recorded underwater: crackles of decapods, dolphins, mink-whales, a breaking iceberg, a sea-otter fishing in the harbor. And on land: a wooden church crackling in the wind, engines of boats, pebble-surf, sea-gulls …
All sounds and individual sequences used in the composition were recorded as-it-is. There is no other transformation than editing and mixing. Though sounds are organized in groups by the location of recordings, there is no intention to re-create an acoustic representation of the location itself. Sounds are chosen solely by morphologic associations and treated as abstractions.” –aufabwegen.de

Asmus Tietchens / David Lee Myers – Arcs –$11.99

Digipak

“60-minute CD in full color digipak carton sleeve designed by David Lee Myers. 500 copies. On ‘Arcs:’ Asmus Tietchens and David Lee Myers have been collaborating since 1993. The dialogue continues to this day, with a new collection of 14 pieces entitled ‘Arcs’ that were created over the past two years. Asmus Tietchens has molded the sourcings delivered by David Lee Myers into shapes and textures of abstract elegance and flowing transparence.” –aufabwegen.de

Asmus Tietchens & Frans De Waard – Oordeel –$11.99

Digipak

“This collaboration was bound to happen someday! Out of mutual respect and admiration for each other’s work Asmus Tietchens and Frans de Waard decided to work on some music together. The result is ‘Oordeel’ (dutch for ‘judgement’) – eleven tracks of diverse character and subtle beauty. From distorted groans and gritty pulses to delicate and abstract sound layers Tietchens and de Waard have created a fascinating sound world of bizarre beauty.” –aufabwegen.de

RLW & DAS SYNTHETISCHE MISCHGEWEBE (2CD) –$14.99

LP sized sleeve, reproducing an original drawing by Guido Hübner; layout and design Rainer Frey. Limited to 300 copies

“On ‘Die Eisenbüglering:’ The idea for this project was in the air since the late 1980´s. There was an intense, though short-lived, (snail) mail contact between DSM and P16.D4, RLW´s group in those days, which fell into sleep for reasons unknown today. 20 years later the contact lived up again. After getting themselves informed about the actual respective state of work, methods and techniques and sounds, the recordings for the project started. RLW cd:The basic recordings were done by rlw from early to mid 2009, sound sources are instrumental (piano, trombone) and household objects. First detailed sketches of the compositions (autumn 2009) include heavily treated versions of these recordings, cross-modulations with sounds supplied by DSM and with DSM-variations of the RLW sounds sent to Caen. Fine-tuning of the compositions took until fall 2010.DSM cd:With very few exceptions I used only the original sound recordings of RLW, discarding most of his own processing that he provided me with as I wished for treatments only what would be conceived to be already into the realm of the compositional strategies I fancied for these works. So up to which degree a processing of a sound turns it into an autonomous new one is a question without answer. In consequence resulted a collaboration starting with extremely few basic recordings. However as they had been particularly distinctive by their material character as well as the audible space of the recordings and the variation of their physical intensity as they all resulted from manual efforts they provided me with what was needed. Besides dynamical treatments and cleaning up, my sound processing is not only mostly analogue or equivalent too, but mostly even mechanic. Playing back recordings through ‘no-fi equipment’ and recording them again, while manipulating mechanically reproduction and recording devices is what I employ most.” –aufabwegen.de

Newly Added Items from Aufabwegen

We’ve got some newly-added items from the AUFABWEGEN label for you this week, including the first new album in over a decade from “O Yuki Conjugate.” We’ve got even more items from this label to come, so visit SOUNDSWIM soon, and stay tuned for future updates!

Francisco López – Untitled (2017) –$11.99

Digipak

“‘Untitled (2017)’ compiles seven works that were created in the year 2017 gathering soundsources collected all over the world, from the Himalaya mountains to South Africa, from wildlife atmospheres to urban noises. The flow and structure of the CD stands out in López’ body of work as it moves away from the slowly building big and dense crescendo movement Francisco López is so famous for. Instead, untitled (2017) is very dynamic and moving, even hectic at times, and navigates the listener through a palette of sounds that feel primitive and even aggressive at time times and dark and brooding in patches.” –aufabwegen.de

Simon Whetham – Hydrostatic –$11.99

Digipak

“‘Hydrostatic‘ was commissioned by the McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA in November 2011, and presented as a multi-channel performance.

Simon Whetham spent more than a week exploring the site, capturing the sounds of the space, the vibrations of the buildings, the spirit of the community and perhaps the echoes of past activity…
Mastered by Miguel Carvalhais. -Simon Whetham – Biography 2013”  –aufabwegen.de

Paul Schütze – Without Thought –$11.99

Digipak

“Without Thought was conceived as an installation work for video projection / stereo sound /
stereo fragrance. The first component was the film, shot in Greece in 2016. The vantage point is a clifftop I have visited many times. A strange sense that the water curves up into the hemisphere of the sky here is always startling. The surface of the sea perpetually coruscates with patterns describing wind movement. The entire landscape feels sentient. The sound was constructed in direct response to the image. The stereo image is unusual in that it has no centre. Every element is perpetually moving in the image field. For this reason, it works best heard through speakers. The sound is both harmonically, structurally and texturally unresolving and fluid. My aim was to amplify the emphatic formlessness of the waters. The olfactory elements were created last. They began as a complete fragrance encompassing both the marine and terrestrial aspects of the place. The image you see, while excluding the land necessitates the viewer be land-bound so the two zones are inextricably connected in this film. The complete fragrance was then split into earth and sea elements. The two groupings are diffused from positions in the space mirroring those of the sound diffusion. The two scents blend to varying degrees in the space depending upon the position and movement of the viewer/auditor/olfactory. This work continues a theme of anti-narrative which has been present in my sound-works for nearly four decades. We make stories to emboss meaning onto the surfaces of life. Those surfaces shrug of our scribbling like leviathans in troubled slumber. -Paul Schütze” –aufabwegen.de

O Yuki Conjugate – Sleepwalker –$11.99

Digipak

“First new album for over a decade. Sleepwalker documents O Yuki Conjugate’s recent live shows, doubling as a soundtrack to a film of the same name by founder member Andrew Hulme. Comprising ten new tracks taken from 24 live shows in nine countries across Europe, Sleepwalker captures OYC’s current musical direction, a blend of plangent keyboards, abstract guitars and electronic rhythms, presented in OYC’s inimical style.” –aufabwegen.de

Asmus Tietchens + Richard Chartier – Fabrication 2 (2CD) –$14.99

2CD Digipak

“‘Fabrication 2’ is the sequel to ‘Fabrication,’ the first collaboration between Richard Chartier and Asmus Tietchens released in 2007. Whereas for the first collab the idea developed from the project around reinterpretations of Chartier’s ‘Postfabricated,’ this time the efforts where directly focused on the reinterpretation of specific basic sound material. This basic sound material can be found on the first disc in the set ‘Prefabrication 2,’ which was constructed by Richard Chartier alone in Montreal and Washington, DC. ‘Fabrication 2’ is the reworking of this sonic basis by Asmus Tietchens. Whereas the first CD has traces of subtle dematerialized rhythmic structures the second disc is a study in minimalism and concentrated sound manipulation.” –aufabwegen.de

Møhr/Maeror Tri – Hafenstadt –$11.99

Digipak

“On Hafenstadt:
This music was originally planned to form a part of the third tape box in the MØHR interpretation series of ZNS TAPES. In this series different artists got an individual 30-minutes-piece of basic material by MØHR to be interpreted it in any way: Using it as a backing tape and adding some more tracks, getting inspired and doing something unique in the spirit of the basic material, deconstruct and arrange it anew. The invited artists had any opportunity to re-work the source material. For the actual release the basic material was placed on side A and the interpretation on side B, enabling the listener to compare the basic and the final sound. Three tapes were compiled as one tape box linked by a loose theme. The first box, Bürokratie, contained works by DAS KONZENTRAT, BESTATTUNGSINSTITUT and SUICIDE COMMANDO (released in 1990), the second, Kulturschock, contained works by ANDREW CHALK/DARREN TATE, ECTOPLASMIC EMBRYO EXPERIENCE and FLAGRANTs D’ELI (released in 1991). The third one, which was to contain Hafenstadt by MAEROR TRI (as well as material of PBK and THE HATERS), has never been released due to the sudden end of ZNS TAPES. We’re convinced that this combination of basic stuff plus musical reworking is still an interesting and exciting experience for the audience, maybe especially after more than 20 years in the archives.” (Andreaz Vogel) –aufabwegen.de

Marc Behrens – Mutt Att Narc Imm –$11.99

Digipak

“The three pieces on this album are steps in an evolution of live concert pieces. Each of the title abbreviations indicates a specific sound set. The titles (Imm, Att Imm Mut and Mut Att Narc Imm) become genetic sequences forming the possibilities of the sound set combinations. The concrete sounds featured in the various sets are recordings made with a circular water reservoir (Kleiner Wasserspeicher, Berlin), various electric kettles, a wet towel, metal percussion, and metal jetties at Marseille harbour. Starting with the Imm set in 2006, the evolution halts with the full Mut Att Narc and Imm sets in 2016. Performances of the different evolutionary stages took place in Europe, South America, South Africa, Asia and Australia. With the release of the Mut Att Narc Imm album in 2018, this cycle of work becomes recorded music. ” –aufabwegen.de

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
Northing

“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
Eluder

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

Digipak.

“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

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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

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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