Galtta

Adrian Knight – ‘Vacation Man’
Vacation Man is the 5th solo record by Adrian Knight (Blue Jazz TV, Synthetic Love Dream, Private Elevators). A surrealist trip around the imagination, with Tom Henry’s album art serving up visual commentary: a hospital waiting room with visions of outer space, and of course a life size tropical beach scenic. What is it all about? If you’ve heard any of his previous releases you know Knight is a one of a kind songwriter and arranger. If you have not, you are missing out, and this is perfect place to start! Put on your seat belts! Playing most of the instruments himself, the songs take on a hi-fi, hi-gloss sheen that has come to be the signature sound of the “Skymall Studio”. Recent releases from Skymall, produced by Adrian, include On the Prowl Again, Gotta Have It! by Purelle, and The New Age by Nick Stevens. Vacation Man features Knight’s stacks of vocals, bass (Swedish Strut™), plucky guitar work, and of course a buffet of synthesizers. With a little help from his friends: drummer Mike Advensky (Blue Jazz TV), additional vocals from Alice Cohen (The Vels, Die Monster Die, Old English Spelling Bee), sax and flute from David Lackner, and a trombone cameo by Nick Stevens. Vacation Man is an all expenses paid trip starting in the “data room”, continuing through the cosmos, perfect beaches, quick stop at the “playpen”, love found and lost, and all that life has to offer. Then again, maybe it’s just a hospital waiting room, and soon enough, you too will be joining the cosmos…

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Fragment Factory

Christina Kubisch – ‘Schall und Klang’ CD
»Schall und Klang« is the result of Christina Kubisch’s extensive fieldwork on the trail of Hermann Scherchen (1891-1966), conductor and key figure in 20th century new music. After moving to the village of Gravesano (Ticino/Northern Italy) in 1954, Scherchen established an electroacoustic experimental studio on his premises and created a meeting place for scientists, composers, musicians and sound engineers from all over the world. Among his guests were Iannis Xenakis, Luc Ferrari, Edgar Varèse and Luigi Nono, just to name a few. Originally commissioned and broadcasted by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, »Schall und Klang« is a personal portrait of Scherchen and his time in Gravesano. Kubisch brings together archival footage from the Scherchen estate and the Scherchen archive at Akademie der Künste in Berlin, tape recordings, recited texts from Scherchen’s own quarterly »Gravesaner Blätter« as well as her own compositions and field recordings referring to her research made on site in 2016. »I have built this studio for myself […] as a direct activity for my existence. I live Gravesano« (Hermann Scherchen) Production: Deutschlandfunk Kultur / Studio für Elektroakustische Musik der Akademie der Künste / Studio Hoppegarten 2017. Edition of 500 copies in Digipak, incl. 8pp booklet with photos and texts by Christina Kubisch. Christina Kubisch, born 1948 in Bremen, belongs to the first generation of sound artists in Germany. Studied painting, music and electronics. Own compositions since 1972. From 1980 increased sound installations, sound sculptures as well as electroacoustic compositions and radio plays. International scholarships and awards. Teaching as a professor of audiovisual art from 1994 to 2003 at Kunsthochschule Saarbrücken. Christina Kubisch is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 2016 she was awarded the Karl Sczuka Prize together with Peter Kutin and Florian Kindlinger for the piece “Desert Bloom” (WDR 2015). Her musical works have been released by labels such as Important Records, Edition RZ, Cramps Records and Gruenrekorder. Kubisch lives in Hoppegarten near Berlin.

Stefan Roigk – ‘Suffering For The Promised’ LP
Being in the making – or un-making – for the past 14 years, Stefan Roigk’s »Suffering For The Promised« has gone through many stages, from being finished, revoked, left untouched, reworked, discussed to finally getting banned onto vinyl in its ultimate and irrevocable form. An atmospherically intense but yet utterly fragile piece, combining concrete sounds, field recordings and devotional vocal fragments to an eclectic and highly intimate composition, consolidating Roigk’s position as one of the top players in the game. Edition of 316 copies on black vinyl, incl. full-colour inner sleeve w/ text by Stefan Roigk. Stefan Roigk (b 1974) is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Berlin. Roigk deals with the borders between sound collages, sculptures, installations, film and graphical scores. His artistic strategy lays in the combination of different types of media to one single composition. Roigk’s previous musical works have been released by labels such as Tochnit Aleph and Senufo Editions.

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Bimodal Press

John Davis – ‘Visiting the Sky’ LP
The two tracks that stretch this LP register two different approaches. The first side is the result of a collaboration for the film “Harbour” by Eric Stewart. Here, John’s intentional score finds a functional equity with the themes, images, and ideas inherent in the work. Dreamlike nature sequences combined with atmospheric detail provide the listener with an almost visible resonance, as apparitions of Westward Expansion echo through every transition and phase of the recording. For the second side, John utilizes various instruments that favor more discordant and angular structure, settling into an ethereal mood with spacious guitar, keyboards and field recordings that ease the listener toward the afterglow of a winter sun.

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Hangover Central Station

Joe Baiza/Jason Kahn/Felix Gebhard – ‘Two Duos Double’ CS
„Two Duos“ sees Saccharine Trust / Universal Congress Of head honcho Joe Baiza teaming up with former band mate Jason Kahn on tape one and berlin based baritone ambient boy Felix Gebhard on tape two. The results stagger in as some free form jazz inspired guitar/drums and guitar/guitar/synth meanderings that embrace nonchalant improvisations as well as eerie modulations of what could have been … well, maybe noise rock songs if played as a full band. But all in all, this sounds concisely and coherently composed as well – music that follows a long tradition and shows a lot of knowledge for what might come. Hand-numbered double cassette in an edition of 60.

Hellvete – ”t Land van den Akker’ CS
´t Land van den Akker finds Glen Steenkistes HELLVETE project in a soothing, friendly mood. The six tracks on this newest cassette feature harmonium, banjo and acoustic guitar, and it is quite apt to say these are some of the „poppiest“ tunes he’s ever released. Music to have your first beer to after a nice cup of tea in the early afternoon, on sunday. Limited edition of 50 with handnumbered piece of cardboard featuring an ugly german stamp from the 90s.

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Tanzprocesz

Fusiller – ‘Les chorégraphies désertiques’ CD
Bathroom electronics. Approximate synthesis, approximate songs, approximate melancholy. Drowned nature and dummy melodies.

Terrine – ‘Cheat Days’ LP
Bedroom beats & manipulations. Reversed samba, codified techno destruction, “Top Dance 2057” goal. Aborted grooves warning.

WN – ‘Why’ CD
Living-room noise. Temporary retrospective of 75 minutes of/by William Nurdin. Sonic immersion, textures and off-road recordings accumulated during 10 years.

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Galtta

Purelle – ‘Gotta Have It!’
Galtta presents Purelle – “Gotta Have It!” – Four long play, toe taipan’ instrumentals by Adrian Knight and David Lackner. A Skymall Studio production. Limited edition of 100 cassettes.

Energy
Galtta proudly presents the third tape by Energy ☆. Drawing from automatic composition and improvisation, the duo crafts a mysterious electronic world inspired by minimal house/techno, Japanese avant garde, and the drip drops of a corporate break room water cooler. Energy ☆ is an ongoing collaboration between Camilla Padgitt-Coles and Bryce Hackford. Recorded and mixed at home. BK NY, 2017

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Invisible City Records

Depletion – ‘Final Exit’ C30 £4.5
Martyn Reid’s Depeltion joins Invisible City Records. Heavy analog synth workouts in a maelstrom of electronic buzz. Hand dubbed C30 limited to 50 copies

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Irrational Tenant

Pool – ‘Evil Act’ C19
Just four guys going to work.

Dominic Coppola – ‘The Lilac Chase’ C30
Warped guitar works stretched over a magnetic canvas.

Reinshagen.K – ‘Technik Club 111’ C21
Rhythmic electronic electronics in the truest sense.

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Nada

Keroaän – ‘Pulsars in Rhombus Form’ CS
Pulsars in Rhombus Form is the result of a real-time generative music agent utilizing machine listening and pulsar synthesis (Roads). For this recording, a custom built 8-voice pulsar synthesis engine takes its compositional cues by listening to the album Planisphærium by sci-fi technical death metal band Wormed (ES). The program performs with no human intervention whatsoever.

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Fragment Factory

Antoine Chessex – ‘Subjectivation’ LP
Subjectivation is the new solo album from Swiss artist Antoine Chessex. Produced by Rekem Records and Fragment Factory, it features some of his most direct and developed work to date. Using material from solo live performances in San Francisco, Berlin, Zurich and London between 2010 and 2015, the sides of this record distill the touchstones of Antoine’s sonic language into two sharp and forceful statements. The first side opens with a formidable tour-de-force, a developing field of distortion in which tenor saxophone adds on a metal-tinged sludgy tonality, wedged through dense masses of sound. Following are some more subtly executed sonics, documented at London’s Café Oto, on the second side. Here it is Chessex’s multiphonics taking centre stage, a rapid-fire of voices from the horn that gets enveloped in a back-and-forth between electroacoustic structures, psychoacoustics, and pure tone. Connecting the two sides is a meticulous attention to the different levels that operate within sound, and a compositional hand that favours intensity and depth, making this one of Chessex’s most definitive statements. Antoine Chessex is a multifaceted composer and sound artist who works across a number of areas within adventurous sonic practices and art.

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