tzpCS63 NOX FACTIO – ‘Reflectio Tenebrarum’ CS élise vandewalle & andrés ramirez. industrial synthesizers for electrostatic ceremonial. cassette originally published in 17 copies – the occasion or never.
tzpCS64 MICHEL HENRITZI – ‘Music For Nothing’ CS lap steel noise guitar. demon slides, demon distortions, demon accumulations. greatness and decay in the Austrasian empire.
tzpCS65 REGGAE – ‘Saison 1’ CS Scientific fiction and adulterated acids. the people behind hotu and fusiller combine their non-forces for this mail collaboration. magnetic tapes, sonic trashes and approximate arpeggios.
Nocturnal Hiss – ‘Spiral Mind’ Seattle-based mutant techno veteran Nocturnal Hiss has a new album out in digital and physical media from Floating Chalice Industries, collecting previously unreleased tracks from the last two years. Molten rhythms and walls of harsh gray noise collide in this full-length punky druggy freakout, from the pounding gabber frequencies of “Awful Music for Awful People” to the buzzing electronic fuzz of “Low Frequency Stabbing.” An essential listen for anybody following the current underground electronic and industrial noise scene.
TORBA – ‘Musique Inconcrète’ LP After the quickly sold out »Ggràn« cassette, released in 2016, Fragment Factory is eminently happy to welcome back the Italian sound artist Mauro Diciocia aka Torba for his 2nd contribution to the FF label catalogue. While being active in the field of contemporary sound art and noise music for more than a decade, Diciocia has produced a whole lot of mostly small run cassette releases. This LP is Torba’s first and long overdue full-length album for the vinyl format. »Musique Inconcrète« is a macro cut-up of sound-screens reorganized as quasi-organic narration: Fragments of unfinished compositions, roughly assembled according to a mere aesthetic criteria. Beyond the sporadic use of oscillators and a few inserts of other people’s music manipulated on ¼-inch tape, the whole LP is made out of field recordings collected in the region of Salento in southern Italy, where Diciocia is currently living. This album is the follow-up to »Musica Conventionale«, released earlier this year on his own Edizioni Aaltra imprint, and marks the second installment in a trilogy of related recordings, informally named »Le Musiche«. Edition of 300 copies on black vinyl.
Nathalie Stern – ‘Nerves and Skin’ Of Swedish origin but now living in Newcastle (UK), Nathalie served her apprenticeship in guitar-based bands such as Candysuck and Lake Me, before looking to traditional Swedish folk roots and more experimental sounds for her debut solo album ‘Firetales’ in 2010. ‘Nerves and Skin’ is her long awaited follow up, which builds on the experimental folk traditions of her debut, awash with vocal harmonies, synth loops and drones but with the maturity of an artist who knows their craft and is top of their game. The cassette version (limited to 75 copies) is released by Cruel Nature, with limited edition white vinyl and CD versions available via Inverted Grim Mill Recordings and direct from Nathalie’s bandcamp: https://nathaliesternmusic.bandcamp.com/
Bathroom Plants – ‘Installing Symbiotopia 2.0.1’ An unspoiled garden echos peacefully with the sounds of flora and fauna… This vaporwave/newage/ambient adventure is the debut album from Bathroom Plants. A vision of the future that is part 80s/90s ecofuturism, part utopian city inside Windows95. A hopeful image of an idyllic future, while also a warning not to simply adopt the aesthetics of a utopia while not changing the underlying society. Limited edition of 20 ocean blue cassettes.
ICR50 Stuart Chalmers and see monsd – ‘BOTHBOTHBOTH’ £6 A one of a kind collaboration between tape wizard Stuart Chalmers and no audience champion see monsd. Using the artwork of Derek Beaulieau as inspiration, we are presents with a two disc set of concrete poetry cut ups, layers vowels and mindless chattering. Over to Rob for the blurb… “Whilst looking for a subject for our collaboration, Stuart and I came across the work of Canadian artist Derek Beaulieu. Derek had just made a huge swathe of his work public domain and posted it as pdfs on his blog – derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com/pdfs/ – saying “I believe that releasing my writing online for free encourages new and unexpected ways of people engaging and responding with the writing; it will encourage experimentation and reaction.” Perfect. Stuart and I settled on a poetry pamphlet called BOTH BOTH by Derek and Justin Katko published in 2006 and I recorded volunteers ‘reading’ the text art on page 9 to use as source material. I collected about 20 contributions in total, some in person at a gig here in Leeds and the rest submitted online following a call on twitter. The album and bonus tracks are the result of our work but the original readings and the pamphlet are also included with the download so that, in the spirit of Derek’s generosity, anyone interested can use them to make their own creations. Let us know if you do!” – Rob Hayler Available as a double CDr housed in a DVD case with artwork designed by Derek Bealieau. Edition of 50.
øjeRum – ‘Under Røde Måner’ C40 Under Røde Måner (‘Under The Red Moon’) is the tenth release in 2019 from the very prolific Danish composer and visual artist Paw Grabowski. Here, an extended organ meditation is layered upon itself several times, creating a foreboding yet organically evolving sound-world that reveals itself over many listens. 100 copies.
Fleeting Breath – ‘Unfiction’ C20 A return to MT for Dillon Tulk, formerly known as Ferveur Noire. Concrete assemblages of modular and taped sources crafted over a four year period; varying from urgent and frenetic to calm, still and anxious, yet never desperate or cluttered. A fine work of controlled sound composition. 100 copies.
ICR49 Breather/Death Register C50 £5 A long time in the making, this collaboration see a side each from both Breather and Death Register. The first time outing on ICR for Breather and second time for Death Register (see ICR3) gives us a mix of subtle, detached field recordings hidden among lengths of sharp electronic swarms and gentle, engrossing ambience. Art by Caro Mikalef, Cabina. Mastering by Stephan Mathieu, Schwebung Mastering. C50 limited to 50 copies.
ICR48 Ivy Nostrum – Self Own’ C50 £5 Second outing for Paul Margree (We Need No Swords) under the Ivy Nostrum moniker. Uneasy states of listening verging from deep, haunting drones to the delicate and nuanced exploration of daily minutiae. Mastered by Phil Julian. Cover by Laurie Hill. C50 limited to 50 copies.