C60 with on-body printing in jewel case and printed two-sided j-cardReturning to the Czech Republic for the next release with a reissue of Richter Band’s first album, Smetana (Czech for ‘Cream’), released originally in 1990. Pavel Richter gained a considerable reputation as a guitarist, playing in a number of Czech avant-garde rock groups, including Švehlík, Marno Union and Elektrobus, and became one of foremost figures of the Prague scene which opposed the socialist regime of the 70’s and 80’s. Towards the mid 80’s, he began to focus on calm music and subtle sound structures, playing a number of gigs channelling this energy wtih Oldřich Janota and Luboš Fidler, and eventually forming a new group alongside Štěpán Pečírka and Jaroslav Kořán. Smetana is one of the highlights of that creative period, characterised by a fusion of Richter’s gentle electric guitar alongside the fidlerophone, a unique percussive instrument, invented by Fidler, made of jars and struck by plastic strainers, and whose sound is similar in character to Tibetan bowls or Gamelan.Recorded in the spring of 1990 in the apartments of Štěpán Pečírka and Pavel Richter. Track 1 recorded in October 1988 at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Overdubs and track 10 recorded in October 1988 in the apartment of Pavel Richter.
Smetana – Richter Band
Delta-Sleep-Inducing Peptide (DSIP) was founded in 1989 by Dieter Mauson, one half of Nostalgie Éternelle, and Siegmar Fricke, who was musically active at the time under his name and his Bestattungsinstitut alias. The duo was active until the summer of 1994, producing over 25 tapes over this period and releasing on a range of independent labels, including IRRE, Corrosive, EE and Toracic Tapes, as well as their own privately-run imprint, Delta-Sleep-Inducing Productions. DSIP’s music concentrated on the realisation of experimental and subtle soundtracks, described as mind-cinema of the subconscious, and sought to explore the different stages of sleep, and the phenomena of dreams, through their idiosyncratic sound approach. Recordings were made using a range of equipment, including a multi-track tape recorder, Roland sampler, analog synths, various drum machines and Dictaphones. Samples for their works were often taken from local radio which they were listening to at the time, much of which was Dutch (Hilversum 3) as they both grew up near the Germany-Netherlands border; Dieter in Leer and Siegmar in Wilhelmshaven. By the time they got in contact with one another in the summer of 1989, Dieter was living over 500 km away in Mainz, near Frankfurt, where he moved at the start of the year, so recordings were only made when Dieter was back seeing his parents and then able to visit Siegmar’s home studio in Wilhelmshaven. In June 1991, Dieter moved back to the North of Germany, Hamburg, and their recording sessions became much more frequent. Sometimes they would meet for a few hours, others for several days. The results were hugely diverse, though frequently centred on meditative and repetitive motifs, and are still so uniquely futuristic almost 35 years after the group was initiated. Evil, an album released in 1992 during the midst of this hugely productive period, encapsulates such expressions, and is presented with a first-time reissue in its original format.
Evil – Delta-Sleep-Inducing Peptide
C45 with on-body printing in jewel case, printed two-sided j-card and wrap-around o-card sleeveExperimental soundtrack to a play you probably didn’t think existed, and definitely didn’t think you’d hear, steeped in historical context, and comprising a sonic mixture of early digital synthesis with eerie tape loops, feedback and 80’s stomp box effects.Kolbe tells the story of a Polish Catholic priest who volunteered to die in place of another man in Auschwitz during WWII. In July 1941, a prisoner escaped from the camp, prompting the deputy commander to pick ten men to be starved to death in an underground bunker to deter further escape attempts. When one of the men selected, Franciscek Gajowniczek, a young husband and father, cried out, Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to take his place. According to an eyewitness, who was an assistant janitor at that time, in his prison cell Kolbe led the prisoners in prayer. Each time the guards checked on him, he was standing or kneeling in the middle of the cell and looking calmly at those who entered. After they had been starved and deprived of water for two weeks, only Kolbe and three others remained alive. The guards wanted the bunker emptied, so they gave the four remaining prisoners lethal injections. He died on 14 August 1941. Years later he was beatified as a Confessor of the Faith by Pope Paul VI in 1971 and canonised as a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1982, with a feast day celebrated since on the day of his death as part of the General Roman Calendar.Over the course of 1985-86, the production company Theatre of Poland, toured Kolbe, a play based on the book by Desmond Forristal, to Catholic churches around Europe. The recordings presented here are part of a cassette that sold on the tour, recovered in Lyttelton, New Zealand, and then mastered in Brisbane, Australia, in April 2023. Audio snippets have also been added to the cassette, including live recordings from the theatrical performance at St Edwards Church, Windsor, September 1986, as well as snippets from the films, Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht (1935), and Festliches Nuernberg - Ein Film aus der Stadt der Reichsparteitage (1937). Please note these are exclusive to this version and do not feature on the digital recording.
Kolbe – Martin Franklin & Michael O'Dempsey
'Les Sentiments' provides a crucial survey of Deleted, the solo project of prolific French artist Christophe Petchanatz, a long-time veteran of the underground scene who cropped up under many different pseudonyms and across a whole slew of bands. Most notably, this included Los Paranos and Klimperei, as well as frequent collaborations with the likes of Al Seamless and C-drík. Deleted, whose name is derived from those cassettes which were out of print and never reissued, and so were removed from a label’s catalogue and therefore “deleted”, served as an outpost for his slightly darker explorations into the world of new wave, experimental, industrial and minimalism, all of which uniquely sown with a home-brewed feel reminiscent of the period.The project was initiated in 1988 and eventually spanned almost 20 cassettes over the proceeding ten years, with releases on some of the stalwart labels such as EE, Tonspur, Corrosive and Old Europa Cafe. 'Les Sentiments' provides an initial gaze into such a world, featuring 14 tracks across six of his albums over 1988-1994, with a skew towards his earlier material but landing at some of his later stuff once through to the other side.
Deleted – Les Sentiments
Split tape featuring crème de la crème of the new vibrant Copenhagen avant-garde music scene. A side is a live recording from the minimalistic voyage of the double bassist Tomo Jacobson (PL), electronic musician Maria Laurette Friis (DK), and pianist Emanuele Maniscalco (IT) . B side is a full of attitude solo soprano sax offering by the Kārlis Auziņš (LV). The theme of the split is body.
split : body – jacobson/friis/maniscalco + kārlis auziņš solo
Here is a fresh EP from a new duo CLAUSTROPHONE. And what EP it is! Composed and produced dogmatically through an email exchange by two quite different individuals, Tomo Jacobson in Copenhagen and Dawid Gąsiorek in Warsaw, the two pieces featured on the tape were made in halves with one of the musicians preparing the first layer of the composition and giving it to the other to finish. The music becoming is a strange amalgam of electronic, melodic, avant garde, ambient, acoustic, noise, minimal, and maximal. It is just CLAUSTROPHONE music.
#1 – CLAUSTROPHONE
Henceforth, WARMBLADDER lurks out from tenebrosity! TWO totally new electronic works full of free improvisation, midi shreds, and ambient horrors coming at the same time on two obscure by now medias: CD and cassette. WARMBLADDER's music is TRULY ahead of its times and can be best described by genres terror jazz, sick jam, and post-everything. >>GUNK The Movie OST download original or not<< is a 20 minutes work in two movements leaning towards the terror side of music-making. The core of WARMBLADDER trio: Pole based in Copenhagen playing midi-ribbon - Tomo Jacobson (Moonbow, Mount Meander, Sun Araw), Hawaiian electronic drummer based in LA - Jonathan Leland (Janka Nabay, Sun Araw, Skeletons), and Spaniard playing The Box - Ignacio Nacho Córdoba (Fuego, Magia); is joined on this release by the German maestro saxophonist Jonas Engel (Own Your Bones, Just Another Foundry), and the mad Danish guitarist Taus Bregnhøj-Olesen (Yngel, Klimaforandringer). The music is fucking scary.
Tomo Jacobson - midi-ribbon Jonathan Leland - electronic drum kit & percussion Ignacio Nacho Córdoba - electronics Jonas Engel - alto saxophone Taus Bregnhøj-Olesen - Nacho's-signal-through-guitar processing
GUNK The Movie OST download original or not – WARMBLADDER
WOOD ORGANIZATION is an open constellation led by a Copenhagen-based duo of Szymon Pimpon Gasiorek and Tomo Jacobson - both players coming out of Copenhagen's vibrant improv and creative music scene. Initially devoted to improvisation drawing from the sounds of nature, the group has recently headed into a new direction which they themselves call drimpro (dream + improv). Their new music is a unique combination of repetitive acoustic grooves and abstract electronics sculpted in a free manner. It is an eclectic amalgam of the duo's various influences ranging from free jazz to pop to ethnic to disco to reggae, that features both players as a rhythm section, soloists, and singers (on #7 & #9) alike. In 2017 the group released their first well-received album on cassettes, featuring a three times Danish Grammy recipient Lars Greve on reeds, Freya Schack-Arnott on cello, and Franciszek Pospieszalski on second double bass.
Drimpro – WOOD ORGANIZATION
"It is not only an album, but also a complete documentary of an event. We combine cassette and CD into one album so that one may review the unusual art project from different aspects. It also includes a precious booklet about everything said on the talks. Each track in the album is heard for the first time. For the project, Lao Dan and Mamer created brand new works. Mamer even began a new band named Mask. One remarkable song that didn’t be recorded is Water Flows sang by Wu Tiao Ren’s Mao Tao in the end of his talk. Thanks to the impressive work of mixing engineer Liu Ying, the sound quality of the album turns out really spectacular." - Tu Fei
Region, Music, and Practice - Vol.1 – Various
Malik King was an important part of the St Louis jazz scene of the 70's & 80's. He studied under Albert Ayler in NY in the early 70s before returning to the Midwest. He was a member of the Shirley Le Flore's ensemble "Free N' Concert". He also served as musical director of The Creative Arts & Expression Lab, The African Peoples Continuum, & The Black Arts Alliance, The worrier poets, The Human Arts Ensemble, as well as various Emerging Force Ensembles. Zimbabwe Nkenya (1953-2022), a creative artist and innovative musician, was brought up on army bases in the USA and Spain. He spent 30 years traveling and performing in New York, New Mexico, Arizona and St Louis. playing with a who's who of jazz. In New Mexico he became an integral part of the scene, producing and hosting the KUNM'S radio show "THE HOUSE THAT JAZZ BUILT" . Luckily Malik self released "Time & Condition" in 1982, capturing his work together with Qaiyim Shabazz. It's not just a crate diggers Holy Grail, but an important artistic and historic document of the St Louis scene. Time & Condition stands alone as a (very) individual, spiritual jazz classic.
Maurice Malik King - Alto saxophone, voice, & small instruments Qaiyim Shabazz - Congas Drums Zimbabwe Nkenya - Bass Violin
Time & Condition – Malik's Emerging Force Art Trio
Simultaneously casual and sincere, Deng Boyu’s latest output on cassette, Tractor Academy, is both a tongue-in-cheek teaser and a wildly romantic postscript to his upcoming solo LP. The eight songs here unveil the instinctual id beneath the electronic alter ego of Deng Boyu, known primarily as the ever-present drummer in China’s young and vibrant scene of free jazz and improvisation. This is one of a kind Northern Chinese IDM lit up by a whimsical touch of nostalgia. The sound textures – created by a toolkit comprised of a vibrator, a gong, and various metal objects – are distinctively dumb and dusty; the compositions are freewheeling in form, but heavily loaded with noise and personal history. It is a misfunctioning time capsule, what you'll get travelling back to a Disco dancehall of early ‘90s Inner Mongolia – where Deng Boyu first felt the thrill of the groove in his troubled adolescence – and doing a lavish Autechre dakou DJ set in it. So please sit back and relax, now that IDM has long lost its association with human intelligence, let’s hear Deng Boyu tell that old joke again. *You will find the first half of “Transmission Pt. 2” (Track 1) in Deng Boyu’s upcoming LP, Chimney Complex, to be released by Chinese label Badhead later this year.
Dusty Ballz is a London-based label that releases Chinese underground music on cassette tapes. The term originates in an old Soviet joke, which somehow still speaks to the situation today.
--- All music by Deng Boyu Woodcut by Tiemei Calligraphy by Zhao Sancai
Deng Boyu 邓博宇 – Tractor Academy 拖拉机学院
Sam Andreae Alto Saxophone Ciaran Mackle Sampler Recorded & Mixed by Sam Andreae & Ciaran Mackle Artwork by Mio Ebisu "Blue Ko-Oni" oil on canvas and wood panel, 2022
Heavy Breathing – Breathing Heavy
Banana is Alexandra Spence & MP Hopkins
Blowing into playback remembrances. Rescription. Some kind of telling. Recorded and mixed by Banana on Wangal land, Sydney, 2023.
Banana – Some Kind of Telling
'Mentos Gulgendo (1)' is the Nowacka sisters' consuming Slip debut: a mercurial set for transfigured organ and voice, shaped to shudder, creep, or take flight. From the rough, anchored sound of a Unitra Estrada 207 AR organ, Antonina and Mila alchemise 6 nagging, fearful pieces, which alternate between burrowing, prickly beds of processed instrumental sound and more spacious sighs, buoyed up by dancing, full-blooded vocals. The Polish duo's careful ear for the grain of the organ - sometimes allowing it to sink in, more often urging, pressuring it onwards - makes for a magnetic, addictive listen. 'Mentos Gulgendo' is a new project by Antonina Nowacka and Mila Nowacka, who make possessed, hallucinatory sound and visuals as WIDT, most recently in a wild, unnerving collaboration with German producer Christoph De Babalon for Bocian in 2018.
Music composed, performed and recorded by Antonina Nowacka and Mila Nowacka at the Family Allotments "Kaloria", using a Unitra Estrada 207 AR organ.
Mastered by Filip Marcinkowski Artwork by Masia Debska
Slip Imprint, 2020
Mentos Gulgendo – Mentos Gulgendo (1)
French artist Eduardo Ribuyo aka C_C is known for more than 10 years for his unique blend of bass-heavy, dub-infused industrial breaks and his long several hours hypnotic performances. A quiet strength of the french underground, he released on labels such as Small But Hard, Da! Heard It Records, Zamzam Records, Fougère, Krut, and Thirdtypetapes (which he co-founded). Shortly after moving to the french countryside a few years ago, he found a renewed inspiration through the use of a more restrained setup, whom limitations he uses, to create uncanny landscapes where his craftsman mastership is transcended by the innocence and the freshness of a fierce beginner. Gentianes And Myrtilles is documenting the beginning of this process, resulting in this collection of twelve mind-altering disorienting miniatures.
Gentianes Et Myrtilles – C_C
Hailing from Amiens, a city which has produced some of France’s most radical and unique experimentation since the 2000’s, Terrine is Claire Gapenne (Me Donner, Headwar) solo project. From her debut as a solo guitar noise project, Terrine slowly morphed into hypnotic abstract electronic improvisations, whose tense and collaged atmospheres still maintain a mesmeric sense of playfulness. A true iconoclast in the tradition of French luminaries such as Jacques Thollot and Jacques Berrocal, Terrine draws inspiration from the fierce spirit of free jazz and the uncompromising rawness of industrial music. Armed with a drum machine which she’s playing like others would a trumpet, Terrine seems to have quietly formed a highly nuanced reading of electronic music history in her own unique yet empirical manner. In the 20 minutes that this album spans the shadows of Pan Sonic, Carla Bley and Annette Peacock all make appearances amidst field recordings that evoke the sonic palette of an early Chantal Akerman film. These influences all somehow manage to seamlessly fuse together and produce a corrosive yet romantic soundtrack to the madness of our times.
Abolition du discernement – Terrine
Pro dubbed tape edition with 6-panel leaflet. Graphics by Cranky Bow.
"Cranky Bow is the psychedelic step-son of Gábor Kovács (Új Bála). A weird and often absurd collage-project that deals with the forgotten members of the audio-spectrum. Samples, drones and noises that belong to the junkyard of a well-balanced life. Just take a look at the table, it's Cher's face on a slice of toast and arsenic in the coffee."
Why Your Aikido Will Fail On The Street – Cranky Bow
"Alarmante", an oscillating and electrified ride, carried by a dub love and a few eardrums ticklings, conveying the dance to whoever or whatever that would feel to in the merry assembly. Doing so Tresque takes distance with its original formula to turn more abstract by accumulating layers of raw pulses all from circuits in feedback (mixer, spring reverb, filter, tube preamp). Made in Brussesl + Geneva 2021 K7 (Limited 100 hand-numbered tapes edition) released by THIRDTYPETAPES
Seconde Alarmante by Tresque – Tresque