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!
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
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
“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.”
“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
“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
“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