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DK068 Modelbau – ‘Typewriter’ C30 €5
Modelbau is not the latest in a series of names used to create music, but it is indeed the latest one for a solo vehicle. Each of the names, and that includes my own name, stands for something particular, an idea, and something not found in the other monikers I am using. Modelbau is, like Freiband, not a proper German word (it should be Modellbau, but I thought that looked ugly) and as such is probably already a lo-fi name, and as such also very personal. As a musician I have noy a particular instrument, nor do I favour any technqiue, and I think one should use what is needed for a particular project or a piece of music. When I started Modelbau, I wanted to use various lo-fi sound sources, such as Dictaphones, walkman, shortwave radio, small synthesizers and such like. This would not be a project for improvisation, but more or less planned pieces of music. All of which to be released in the digital domain only. That was in 2012. Now, in 2017, almost nothing is left of this outline, and yet the msuic is very much what I envisaged as Modelbau. These days Modelbau uses pre-recorded cassettes, iPad apps, sound effects, laptop, shortwave radio, small synthesizers, ancient 2bit sampling device; everything is recorded on the spot, as is, and without multi-tracking and very minimal editing (save for fades and mastering) released as downloads, but also on cassette, CDs and CDrs. Vinyl is only a matter of time. Whenever Modelbau plays a concert (all of which are recorded) preparations are made, and these are also recorded; sometimes they have these preparations can have the length of a concert, but they can also be single pieces of a few minutes. All of these recordings are archived and whenever a release is prepared, the latest sessions are listened to again. ‘Does it stand the test of time’, is it still interesting What’s really peculiar about Typewriter’s four tracks is the contrast between two different types of sound: the pulsation – for instance a soundwave (in track 4), a radio crackling (in track 1) or the flow of a magnetic tape – and a more substantial sound that seems to be static. It’s a set of synthetic drones, of pink noise degrading layer after layer, or even a bleak field recording (in track 3). The pulsation in its hypnotic repetitiveness leads you through the most diverse soundscapes. This structure, that could be seen as relatively simple, is anything but – Frans de Waard brilliantly orchestrates these reiterations and in the most natural and effective way he embarks the listeners on a journey through sound and guided by sound itself.

DK069 Molestia Aricularum – ‘Dissolvi’ C30 €5
Molestia Auricularum is Federico Trimeri’s solo project – also known as a member of Storm{o}. Born as a Harsh Noise/HNW project, over the years Trimeri has explored different music genres, focusing especially on musique concrète, tape music and field recording. In his latest work – highly influenced by the Japanese onkyo music scene and the works of William Basinski and Jacob Kirkegaard – the sound was created using a no input mixing board, a reel-to-reel tape recorder and various tape loops. In Dissolvi, glitch, pulses, tones and digital interference overlap with repetitions, buzzes and silence produced by loop manipulation and analogic deterioration – the final result is a polymorphic hybrid, born out of the merge of antithetical sounds, which share a common feature: the absence of a start/end. Artwork by mic_nodolby.

DK070/Viande18 Mario – ‘XBCE’ C30 €5
Mario Gabola aka Mario is a member of Aspec(t) from Napoli, which released on Dokuro an earthshaking CDR back in 2010 (DK022 Skinless). XBCE – born from the partnership between Dokuro and Viande, Gabola’s very own label – is his second attempt as a solo. As in the former “May Solo” (Suoni grezzi/Viande), Mario’s collaborators and forever friends M. Argenziano, G. Leandra e Sec_ take part in the recording and as usual Gabola plays with self-built devices, no input, feed drum, feedback and saxophone. XBCE tracks are as always characterised by sharp sound and are packed with sonic energy – they shift from explosions of unrestrained noise to rarefied moments of apparent calm, leading to the inevitable chaotic and cathartic explosion. This is the Fire music to our rotten times. Artwork by Merlo.

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Fragment Factory

GREGORY BÜTTNER – ‘Tonarm, P.S.’ C45
Gregory Büttner (b. 1972) is a Hamburg based sound artist, curator and label owner and has been a key figure in the city’s experimental/improvised music scene for more than 10 years. As the person in charge of the 1000füssler imprint and one of the main organisers of the annual „Blurred Edges“ festival for contemporary music, Büttner has collaborated with countless local and international artists over the years, Birgit Ulher, Simon Whetham, Anja Winterhalter, Rhodri Davies, just to name a few. After numerous CD releases since the early 2000’s „Tonarm, P.S.“ is Büttner’s first work for the cassette medium and perhaps also his most direct approach to the aesthetics of sound. By using different objects and materials to educe noises from record grooves, he draws on the synergy of materiality and acoustics to combine recorded sounds and the immediate sonic response to his actions. By this stripped-down technique, the sound itself seems to materialise and becomes experienceable in a very tangible manner. High-grade C45 chrome cassette, edition of 50 copies.

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Lighten Up Sounds

(LUS-108) BLOOD OF SOKAR C38
Debut full length of monolithic funeral doom from the darkest shadows of Seattle. The mysterious duo BLOOD OF SOKAR delivers a distinct vision of terrifying sludge metal, an arcane offering of blackened cosmic dirge in it’s most unsettling form. Harrowing vocal howls and caustic organ drones over atmospheric pummel and painful bruise, not for the faint of heart. This deluxe physical edition includes the as of yet unheard track, “Mortum Ventum”, filling out the previously self released digital EP to a full length session of grim seclusion. Horrifying claustrophobia manifests, a 38 minute nightmarish descent into the barren screaming void. Professionally duplicated translucent red shell cassette with silver imprint comes packaged in 5″ x 3.5″ black vinyl clamshell case with full color artwork on 80 lb. gloss cardstock. Includes 3″x 2″ insert printed to translucent red vellum, plus bonus 1″ logo badge and vinyl sticker. Hand numbered limited edition of 100 copies.

(LUS-109) DER ELEKTRISCHE TRAUM – ‘Continuum Flow’ C34
Der Elektrische Traum is a solo project from Germany, focused on deep hardware synthesis and raw cosmic atmospherics. All tracks are improvised in real time and recorded to Zoom R-16 Multitrack Recorder, no computer was used. Serpentine melodics and motorik arpeggio propels through the stratosphere and beyond the celestial sphere, a sonic transmission at true escape velocity. Plasma navigation through globular cluster, breaking free of planetary gravitation and into the infinite reaches of radioactive space beyond. Professionally duplicated / imprinted orange shell cassette comes packaged with full color double sided J-card featuring “Standing Stones” artwork printed to 80 lb. glossy cardstock. Limited hand numbered edition of 50 copies.

(LUS-110) PREYOCUPADO – ‘Characters Of A Calendar’ C20
Bizarre gurgle electronics and queasy acid reflux from the duo of Andy Neubauer (Impractical Cockpit, Doggerella Decided Upon) and Mar Lunk (Mar Habrine, Skoal Kodiak). Recorded in hard Stereo to 8-track Tascam 388, this is a “pristine” document of deep lurch and electro belch, freak groove and synthesis grit under the cover of darkness. “The raptor appears, it’s behooved prey upon the precipice without recourse. With a fearsome swooping lunge, talon pierces flesh and the doomed creature is lifted skyward until inevitable release. The graceful plunge to the crags below seems endless, a distance ensuring nothing but instant death. With that, the lethal predator has secured it’s gruesome meal, a feast for the true king of the sky.” Real time duplicated clear shell Chrome Type II cassette with bright crimson labels comes packaged with full color double sided cardstock J-Card. Limited hand numbered edition of only 30 copies worldwide.

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Cellar Tapes

Storch Interior Extracts – ‘Remote Assistance Failure’
The filtered, unintelligible sounds of a voice somewhere across the atlantic, travelling through a cable to your display. All clarity is lost along the way, but in this post-language vacuum something far more soothing emerges in place of words. Edition of 10.

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Strategic Tape Reserve

StratRes014: VLK – ‘Avril and Sean in Camden’ C53
Avril and Sean in Camden is constructed entirely out of processed sounds from a) Avril Lavigne’s debut album, and b) conservative talk-radio hosts from the mid-naughties. To draw, specifically, from precocious, Canadian, proto-emo skate-pop and far-right, moralizing, authoritarian resentment-peddlers was not arbitrary. In the summer of 2004, VLK undertook temporary employment which primarily involved being a passenger in a car that was driven around Camden, New Jersey. Though the job description was undemanding, it arose that a key responsibility for this role was to engage the driver/employer in conversation, thus enhancing the work environment (a Toyota Camry). Regretfully, it became soon evident to both parties that this personal objective would not be achieved, and the driver, activating his contingency plan, put into use his preferred auditory stimuli, i.e. conservative talk radio broadcasts and the glove compartment’s lone compact disk, Avril Lavigne’s Let’s Go. In Camden, the birthplace of modern convenience food, the home of the first Church of Scientology, a city beset by the poverty and crime not uncommon in post-industrial American small cities, VLK spent two months in silent shotgun, bombarded with the pleas from Lavigne and Hannity for simple answers to the increasingly complicated world outside of the Camry’s windows. This kind of prolonged auditory experience, one can imagine, could leave the listener with some degree of lasting psychological damage, though keeping with the spirit of the Goldwater rule, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate on this particular case. We can report that this album sees VLK connecting his conceptual sample collages to personal experience, and distilling that into a hazy, beat-heavy, absurdist electronic melange.

StratRes015: moduS ponY – ‘Phonogetic Ouch’ C22
While not entirely free of generic reference or conceptual foundation, Phonogetic Ouch leans toward the avant-garde. If there are themes to be found, they are stylistic and abstract. Phono is an exploration of rhythm, specifically that of vocal loops, on which most of the tracks are founded. Traditional compositional structures exist along side more experimental frameworks, a common pairing for moduS ponY. The production is occasionally treated the same way a DJ might treat sampled material, with effects or edits being applied to the entire master track, adding an unexpected layer of sonic reality. The term “Phonogetic” combines the root phono with the words photogenic, and diegetic (the later meaning: within the story world, typically of a movie).

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Sonic Meditations

SM065 Peter Kris – ‘Cardo Road’ CS
Peter Kris makes music with German Army, Q///Q, Final Cop, and other projects from the forsaken confines of the Inland Empire. Like the beauty of mountain ranges, beaches, city lights and skylines under whose shadows so many toil away their days, may the music of Peter Kris serve as a respite, a few moments of joyous inspiration, to all who need a little more happiness in their all-too-fleeting private hours. Limited edition of 65.

SM071 Expo Seventy – ‘America Here & Now Sessions’ CS
Mastermind Justin Wright brings together a rare line-up featuring two drummers. The four-piece only lived during a short period of time and the thunderous experiments achieved by these unique sonic hypnotists are fully presented here. With an impressive discography of transcendent kosmische drones, slow-burn psychedelic magnetism and heavier sounds behind him, Wright decided to set a new milestone with America Here & Now Sessions. Freely touching distant, dark corners of the cosmos where the sun shines timid, the band slowly builds two long movements of truly mesmerizing, free-form quality that propels the listener even higher to maximum altered state of consciousness. Warm, harmonic, meditational analog synth explorations get eventually accompanied by bursting, ritualistic percussions and distorted guitar tones, while a gloomy welcome ceremony of heavier guitar jams paints a grand canvas of seriously dark psychedelia. America Here & Now Sessions was recorded during the three-week art experience started in Kansas City featuring paintings, sculptures, poetry, plays, films and music from local and national artists called “America: Now And Here – A cross-country traveling dialogue about America through the arts”. Local musician Ashley Miller spearheaded a recording project that featured a handful of local acts to record some music that would be later edited together and released as an album. The project lost funding, but Expo Seventy was able to record as part of the art experiment. Limited edition of 100, screen printed covers.

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Field Hymns

FH074 Bolabit C49
RIYL: Zombi covering Air covering Zombi, an 80’s Tangerine Dream soundtrack sans all the annoying guitar solos, an ineffable sense of loss. Live drum and analog synth duo Bolabit mine a snow globe of nostalgia and regret, a pastel-hued Michael Mann flick from the middle part of his canon, maybe a movie about drug smuggling on some west coast port or something of the sort. The sand parts beneath your slowly falling body in a slo-mo replay while puffs of passing bullets strike the beach all around you, your body twisting in a futile effort to avoid the dull, hard projectiles that angrily pass through this vessel you’ve foolishly endangered merely for greed and foolish avarice, a vessel now perforated and leaking, becoming soft and distant as the surf around the waterline reddens and grows. The swells tug you into the shallows and the beach is silent as you slip under and away – it wasn’t supposed to end like this but your scene is over.

FH073 COPS C35
RIYL: Cluster, This Heat, mega dub. Berlin-based COPS score the pathos of a world where the hero walks away (into the sunset/alley/drives), forever alone. Movies are not like real life kids: the girl gets old and disinterested, the loose alliance of surviving soldiers become soft and arrogant, forgetting the struggle that aligned their common interests. Then, one by one, they turn on each another, fraying and snapping those bonds while the arch enemy grows quietly stronger in the darkness. But while we remember the good times (the perpetual twilight of the setting sun around the rubble of the vanquished) there is always that nagging and tugging at the back of our consciousness – that there is something we have forgotten to attend to, that something is unfinished. The darkness that gnaws at the back of your sleeping life, knows this, and is gleeful that you do not, as it grows unattended and un-apprehended in cancerous masses throughout the ether. This new event, this dark world about to dawn upon the complacent, is all on you – you let it happen.

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Tortie Records

Tar Of – ‘Um’ C30
Experimental pop and chronically anxious duo based in nyc. Likes noise and loops and sweetboy harmonies. Debut album out 8/21, day of the next total solar eclipse. Light bleeding out the edges of dark / pop creeping out under a bed of noise. edition of 25.

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Moonmyst

D.DLUGOSIELSKI – ‘Wilting Earth’ C60+C90
A collection of hard-to-find decayed solo reed lunacy recorded between 2015 and 2017. “Wilting Earth” is an expansive anthology, covering a diverse array of premises and aproaches to deathly and awkward solo free jazz. Enormous suites of gruesome psy pack this 2 and a half hour double cassette. Full-color artwork, edition of 20 double cassettes.

GERANIUMS – ‘Omnibus Volume One’ CDr+C20
Wild drum and sax improv PSY MADNESS. Here we have all of our recorded material to date, as well as a vicious live cassette! Full-speed push-your-skull-out-your-face psy skronk from GERANIUMS (Jessie Dlugosielski and Dan Dlugosielski, Detroit). Not much open space, in fact the space’s walls are crumbling and being pounded into dust! Full-color artwork in soft poly-box, edition of 30 cdr+tape sets.

METAL DUNGEON – ‘Blut Knistern’ C20
Another incredible installment of MMM’s “found master” series. METAL DUNGEON (Detroit) creates a tense static field of sharp buzzing debris on “Blut Knistern.” Tin electrical currents swell and stagnate, punctuated by hot white helpless stabs into the deadlocked vibrating slurry. All sounds by Wade Kergan and Davin Brainard around 2011. Full-color artwork, edition of 30 cassettes.

SOLANGE – ‘Peep Toe Ankle Boot on Cobblestone: Premorbidity of Delicate Throat-Slitter’ C60
An immensely twisted (and highly reccomended!) trip of a cassette. SOLANGE (Ivo Musa, Canada) presents 17 dense and varied headscratchers on “Peep Toe…” A contorted mix of sampling, noise, drums and other peculiarities are the chosen tools for a rare and unusual take on Giallo-influenced extreme music. High energy, colorful and full of surprises… a truly meticulous labor of love. Full-color artwork, edition of 30 cassettes.

CLINICAL TRIALS – ‘Raze Out the Written Troubles of the Brain’ C20
A crawling, mealy-mouthed atmosphere of sloshing gunk from CLINICAL TRIALS (Mike Mahoney, USA.) A murky and vicous current helplessly washes away your facial features as you enjoy this bisection of the written troubles of the brain. Full-color artwork, edition of 30 cassettes.

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Monorail Trespassing

[mt114cs] Shredded Nerve – ‘Bleeding From The Head’ C32
Kicking it right off with a forceful synth overtone and never relenting. Five tracks of uniquely varied elements placed in a forward thinking context: industrial synth dread, concrete audio voyeurism, and naturally ocurring harsh noise. Compelling narrative work from a young artist at the height of his powers. Edition of 100 copies, with full color artwork by JB.

[mt115cs] Jim Haynes – ‘Vane Dodson’ C40
Acousmatic sound research from veteran bay area technician Jim Haynes. Electronic distress signals initiate panic and tension through abrupt jump cuts into alternate contexts. Echoes of John Duncan, Hafler Trio and Joe Colley hover above and around Jim’s soundworld, but his aesthetic is a universe all his own. Edition of 100 copies, with full color artwork by JH.

[mt116cs] Still Image – ‘Without’ C20
Following up shortly after MT’s Hostage Pageant release with Shane Church’s sibling project. Crude, simple, yet direct tracks utilizing room sounds and amplified metal instruments. Patient and organic, yet heavy handed tape music for noise heads. Edition of 100 copies, with full color artwork by Shane Church + JB.

[mt117cs] Stroker – ‘Dolores’ C28
Third cassette from Rachel Slurr, mid-atlantic noise queen and former den mother of Heaven’s Gate. Six tracks of true American Noise; arguments, attitude and depravity flying the flag through junk metal gutter abuse. Edition of 100 copies, with full color artwork by Rachel Slurr + JB.

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