NTR028 Ryan Jewell – ‘Radio: Vol. 2’
Upon seeing Ryan Jewell’s patient, rigorous and riveting performance at Chicago’s very first Neon Marshmallow festival, we were fascinated by his meticulous sonic explorations falling somewhere in-between percussion, minimalism and electronic composition. Several years on, Jewell, still based in Columbus, OH, has continued to build an impressive resume as a co-conspirator with all sorts of people. Populated by acoustic textures, percussion-based sonic events, and unconventionally performed sounds, the assuredly paced solo pieces in Radio: Vol. 2 reveal Jewell as the yin to the noisier side of the Ohio scene. Professionally duplicated on Chrome tape stock. Artwork by Virginia Lawrence and Evan Lindorff-Ellery. Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress.
NTR027 Black William/Litüus – ‘Fissures/κλίση’
Litüus is from Chicago, IL; less is known of Black William. Somehow, on this split of hypnotically minimal synth pieces, that seems appropriate. Black William’s side takes a simple repeated figure and expands it (by hand) into an expansive buzzing drone. Litüus likewise programs a sequence that remains in constant change throughout the piece’s duration. Both sides combine programmed sequences with planned change, but also include a certain level of machine/human interaction. Certain parameters are predetermined; others altered by a human being. Both draw attention to structure, change and duration, resulting in a unique harmony between the organic and the industrial. Professionally duplicated on Chrome tape stock. Artwork by Connor Camburn and Evan Lindorff-Ellery. Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress.