Holiday Coupon Code Sale Extended

We’ve decided to extend our holiday storewide coupon code sale for another week, so visit SOUNDSWIM soon and use these codes to get your discounts:

YearEnd15 – 15% off any size order

YearEnd20 – 20% off any order over $50
Both codes are good through December 27th and can be used as many times as you like.

Newly Added Items from Important Records

We’ve just added some wonderful items from the IMPORTANT RECORDS label to the SOUNDSWIM store, so visit soon to read more and have a listen!

Caterina Barbieri – Patterns of Consciousness –$11.99

2020 update: Now available on CD for the first time.

“Patterns Of Consciousness is the powerful second full length album from analog synth composer Caterina Barbieri. Gorgeous high resolution analog textures and algorithmic melodies unfold under Barbieri’s careful control, exploring the basic nature of sound and consciousness. These pieces are minimal in arrangement but maximal in presence asserting Barbieri as a unique voice in contemporary electronic music composition.” –importantrecords.com

Caterina Barbieri – Born Again in the Voltage –$11.99

2020 update: Now available on CD including the bonus track Bestie Infinite from Caterina Barbieri’s split LP with ELEH.

“One of electronic music’s most interesting new voices.” –FACT

“’Born Again In The Voltage’ is an astonishing collection of electro-acoustic pieces for Buchla 200 system, cello and voice composed and produced by Caterina Barbieri at Elektronmusikstudion (SE) between 2014 and 2015. Edition of 500.

Music produced by Caterina Barbieri between August 2014 and August 2015.
Recorded and mixed at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) in Stockholm (SE).
Buchla 200 modular synthesizer + vocals + cello. Cello by Antonello Manzo.” –imprecrecords.com

Eleh – For Moussavi Atrium –$11.99

Heavy duty board stock and double sided printing.

For Moussavi Atrium is a brand new 38 minute piece from Eleh written for performance at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art. –imprecrecords.com

Eleh – Home Age 2 –$11.99

ELEH’s Home Age 2 is packaged in a thick, letterpress printed Arigato Pak by Stumptown Printers in Portland, Oregon. This is a one time CD edition of 480 copies.

“ELEH’s Home Age series was composed and recorded over a period of 5 years and it reflects a search for color, form, connection and growth. The handmade artwork contained in each package was created during the same period of time the music was composed and is an integral part of the meaning of Home Age.

For this release Eleh plays modular & analog synthesizers, piano, organ, bass and symphonic chimes.” –imprecrecords

Elaine Radigue – Adnos I-III (3CD) –$11.99

“Eliane Radigue’s Adnos trilogy was composed between 1973 and 1980 and is among her finest compositions. Adnos is a deeply meditative work of infinite depth and sensitivity; one of the high points of modern minimal electronic composition.

Packaged in a heavy duty 3xCD thick coated matte jacket including extensive archival materials.”
–imprecrecords

Elaine Radigue – Vice Versa, etc… (2CD) –$11.99

“Eliane Radigue; feedback on magnetic tape Includes archival photographs and liner notes.

‘Vice-Versa, etc…’ is a minimal work which possesses an infinity of possible variations, a secret object containing the seeds of the oeuvre to come, and a discreet turning point linking the composer’s two important working phases, an extremely subtle cross-fade between her feedback loop period to her ARP period.” –imprecrecords.com

Elaine Radigue – Transamorem-Transmortem –$11.99

“Before the greatest achievement
Before the greatest detachment.
At the limit of the frontier space of the unconscious – tuned waves – ‘consonant things vibrate together.’
Where does the change happen? In the inner field of perception or the exterior reality of moving things in the course of becoming.
And time is no longer an obstacle, but the means by which the possible is achieved.”

~ Eliane Radigue – June 20, 1973

“Transamorem – Transmortem was premiered on March 9, 1974 at The Kitchen in NYC, where the music programmer at the time was Rhys Chatham – this was right before his guitar phase. During this period, Transamorem – Transmortem was presented along with other compositions by Eliane Radigue in a linear mode of listening, although the piece had originally been conceived, during its composition, as a sound installation. Of course, both modes of listening are possible, and each works marvelously in its own way.” –imprecrecords.com

Eleh – Homage (3CD) –$30.00

“Important Records is proud to present Eleh’s Homage series, remastered and on CD for the first time. Certain frequency combinations that were impossible to cut on LP are effectively presented in this digital edition. Packaged in a heavy duty 6 panel fold out jacket with inner printing and a matte finish.

Eleh, an artist who flourishes in restraint, uses a reduced sonic vocabulary to highlight delicate intricacies in a logical path toward harmonious satisfaction. The organization of hypnotic square waves, rippling sine waves and triangle/saw tooth waveforms is a discourse in the infinity, rather than the limits of reduction. By employing a natural practice of balanced interpretation, Eleh enables an individual reaction free of the clutter of white noise.” –importantrecords.com

Eleh – Retreat Return Repose (3CD) –$30.00

“This deluxe 3 CD set presents Eleh’s Retreat, Return & Repose together for the first time.

Retreat is a collection of exploratory sound assemblages put together during a cabin sojourn. New timbral richness, tonal expansion and deep synthesis make these pieces rather different from previous work.

Return reflects on time away.

Repose contains only one piece, the final recording of Circle Two: Coastal Rotation For Dune Loop which was debuted at 2010’s Mutek festival in Montreal. This piece completes the Retreat/Return trilogy with Repose and is intended to stand very much on its own. Rain on your hood. Your heart beats. A beach break roaring in the distance. Isolated pines are played by the wind. A fine spot for repose. You turn around and head home.” –importantrecords.com

“Eleh demonstrates once again how a single amplified gesture delivered just so can reveal the inner workings of an entire cosmos.” –Tony Herrington/Wire

 

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