William Burroughs was in and out of London from the mid-50s through to 1974 and for several years quite settled in a flat near Piccadilly. During this latter time he developed and refined the techniques he used for creating cut-ups on tape. Working closely with Ian Sommerville, who helped acquire, and no doubt maintain, the various tape recorders that Burroughs used and abused in these experimental works.The work here is in 2 sections, which in their original form lasted for over an hour and first appeared in 1998 under the name Electronic Revolution as a free CD with Issue One of the French magazine Crash. The CD was quickly withdrawn with maybe only 100 copies finding their way into circulation.
This edition is edited down to 46 minutes and comprises the core of the original recording. It employs the now familiar techniques of random drop-ins and cut-ups of readings. The readings themselves also being cut-ups of words on the page. The first section of the tape uses further processing by means of a 2nd tape recorder.
Recorded in Duke Street c1968, the tape was then passed on to Brion Gysin in Paris where it remained in his archive until 1998. This is the first readily available edition of an hypnotic and meditative recording that examines the hidden power of words. Closer to a work of sound poetry than anything literary.
The album includes a 12”x12” insert with an essay by Ben Harper and several previously unseen portrait photos of Burroughs, taken by Harriet Crowder in her Hammersmith flat during a drug experiment. The back cover uses another Crowder image - the very next frame after the famous shot that appeared on the cover of the English Bookshop/ESP “Call Me Burroughs” LP.
William S. Burroughs - Curse Got Back LP
On the spectrum of The Dead C's sound output, Trouble could very well be seen as springing from the same realm as the massive "Driver UFO," one of the band's greatest tracks ever, off Harsh '70s Reality. There's a youthful aggression here, a churning anger, deadened by pounding drone. Much like H70s, this record serves as a gateway drug - if you were ever looking for an album to play to a newbie curious about experimental rock, this would be it. The visceral strength of their performance trembles out of the speakers. The magnificence of their stamina survives each album side.Tracklist:1. One2. Two3. Three4. Five5. Four
The Dead C. - Trouble 2LP
"This long-overdue vinyl reissue of Yoko Ono's seminal, but massively under-appreciated Plastic Ono Band has all the makings of a classic rock nostalgia trip: Ono, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and free-jazz legend Ornette Coleman. All the pieces are here to stir up a dangerous amount of nostalgia. But once the needle drops, the record achieves something exactly perpendicular to nostalgia. Released in 1971, the album not only influenced the approach of other musicians for decades, it also sounds absolutely modern 44 years out, eternally fresh despite the forward march of time. Plastic Ono Band not only predicted the intersection of the avant-garde and rock that would take place in the second half of that decade, the album would sound right at home at where that intersection is happening today."
Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band LP
One of the great 'free' avant garde lp's. As dynamic as it is frustrating. The glory of not caring about what anyone thinks in audio, on wax. "Life With The Lions is the sound of Ono and Lennon validating their love as something impenetrable and timeless. It's when we, the listener, begin to fully understand that the scope of their recording efforts was much more than a recording collaboration, and something closer to a performative documentary, a declaration of 'Our life and our love is our art - every nitty, gritty part of it.' "
JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO - Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions LP
"Turns out the very sound of falling in love is just as abstract, subjective and loopy as the concept itself. Yoko Ono and John Lennon are two of history's greatest lovers, and Two Virgins is the document of the pair falling in love in real time. The album is a curious and amazing suite recorded over one weekend in Spring 1968 at Lennon's Kenwood home: Distant conversations; comedic role playing and footsteps; laughter, birdcalls and plunking piano lines; silly songs and space; tape delay stretching shrieks, bass rumbles and moans to the moon and back again. The now-iconic cover (featuring Ono and Lennon standing nude together) not-with-standing, nothing about Two Virgins is safe. It would be a risky move today for artists in the larger, pop-culture conversation just as it was a risky move in 1969. But this is an uncomfortably private, two-person dialogue about - and celebration of experimentation, inspiration and play. And these two souls bravely let us look through the keyhole."
John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins LP
Black Truffle present the first vinyl issue of Keiji Haino's Milky Way. Originally released as a limited CD in Japan by the short lived Mom 'N' Dad Productions in 1993, this release documents a blistering live performance recorded in Kyoto in 1973, five years before the formation of the first line-up of Fushitsusha, and eight years before Haino's first solo album. Working with a mysterious set-up including primitive electronics, homemade acoustic instruments, piano and voice, Haino lets loose a single 48-minute psychedelic maelstrom, marrying the immersive echo-fields of kosmische music to the rough and ready hands-on feel of classic 1960s live electronics à la MEV or Robert Ashley's Wolfman. Despite the absence of guitar, this recording clearly lays the groundwork for the epic blowouts which were to make Haino's name in years to come, building up to a point of almost unbearable intensity in its final minutes as Haino's voice wails over a wall of distorted DIY electronics. At times presaging the psychedelic noise of C.C.C.C., Milky Way shows Haino's singular intensity and ritualistic performance style already in full flower at this early date in his long career. Presented in raw and immediate room fidelity (complete with dramatic tape drop-out), this is both an essential historical document and a classic performance in its own right. Presented in a deluxe heavyweight sleeve with an inner sleeve featuring Haino's poetry in Japanese, with an English translation by Alan Cummings. Original design by Keiji Haino & Yasunori Arai. LP reissue design via Stephen O'Malley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin June 2016.
KEIJI HAINO - 天乃川 1973 Live - Milky Way LP
The remarkable series of releases from the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi continues with I wonder if you noticed "I'm sorry" Is such a lovely sound It keeps things from getting worse, which presents the entirety of an 80-minute set performed at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe in March 2014. While the trio's 2012 performance was divided into two releases (BT 011LP (2014) and BT 012LP (2015)), the single extended performance presented here ranges widely over terrain both new and familiar, from acoustic strings and collective chants to thunderous power trio moves. Throughout all of its transformations, the music here is some of the riskiest and most abstract the trio have yet committed to record. Beginning with chiming percussion reminiscent of Haino's 1995 classic Tenshi No Gijinka, the first side is dominated by Haino's impassioned vocals and performance on the bulgari, a traditional Turkish string instrument. The end of the second side presents a special treat: Haino's first recorded outing on the contrabass harmonica, from which he coaxes bizarre, wheezing textures against a backdrop of spacious bass and percussion. O'Rourke and Ambarchi rarely adopt here the classic rock roles essayed on earlier releases. O'Rourke's bass, which takes center-stage surprisingly often, is sometimes so heavily processed by his array of pedals that it becomes a shifting electronic mass; at other times his roving chromaticism suggests a sort of fuzzed-out free jazz. Ambarchi spends much of the set exploring areas of tumbling free pulse; and even when he locks into a constantly repeated figure on the set's third side, he gestures as much toward Ronald Shannon Jackson's stuttering marching band funk as toward any classic rock moves. When the trio finally moves in the final quarter of the performance into an extended passage of rock riffing, the payoff is immense, as they craft a thudding one-chord epic reminiscent of some of the early Fushitsusha classics before Haino returns to the bulgari, bringing the set back to where it began. Continuing to explore new instrumental and dynamic possibilities while remaining grounded in the trio's previous work, this set also brings with it a unique pleasure for the non-Japonophone listener: for the first time Haino sings many of his metaphysically brooding lyrics in English. Gatefold sleeve with gorgeous photographs by Jim O'Rourke, designed by Stephen O'Malley. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
HAINO / O'ROURKE / AMBARCHI - I wonder if you noticed "I'm sorry"... LP
Penultimate Press is proud to present the second full length release by the acclaimed French inventor, instrument builder, musician, visual artist, researcher and writer Jacques Brodier. Following up the 2012 release Filtre De Réalité, Xhos De Villemahu expands Brodier’s vision tenfold with two LP’s worth of inexplicable audio recorded between 2009 – 2016.
Operating from Le Havre (France) since the 1970s Jacques Brodier has created a uniquely personal vision that incorporates music writings, paintings and drawings. Over the years he has amassed a large amount of material in all of these fields. The music he conjures from his self built instrument, the Filtre De Réalité (Filter of Reality), harnesses the energies found in shortwave radio, harmonic strings, sensors, sheet metal and rotating glass spheres of sand. The resulting audio shatters time and space with voices of the deep past slamming up against a fantastic present. Frequencies dance in a whirl of frenzied excitement whilst elements of a cosmic science fiction leave a trail of neon lit bewilderment.A vast amount of writings, painting and drawings support the enormous world Brodier has constructed over the years. Xhos De Villemahu is an attempt to capture this substantial and significant world view into a complete package. Xhos De Villemahu arrives as a deluxe double LP in a gloss gatefold sleeve featuring a 32 page A4 booklet of images, essays and texts written by Brodier for the occasion.
Utterly unique in vision and scope, Xhos De Villemahu is absolutely an experience unlike any other.
A1 Sortie d’escalator près de la consigne automatique
A2 Danse des Chevaux de Bois craignant l’orage
A4 La Cour du Masque de Fer
A5 Ils nous cherchent
B1 Villemahu, les Couloirs du Temps
B2 Déménagement des Anges
B3 La Souffrance des Moustiques
C1 Machine à Danser Sur Le Feu
C2 Promenade au long des Tuyaux Gicleurs du Hasard
D1 Danse des Esclapeaux
D2 Course en sacs
D3 Capsule temporelle
D4 Depuis un trottoir, un soir de chaleur
D5 Forges d’Hephaïstos
Jacques Brodier – Xhos De Villemahu 2LP
Hanno Leichtmann: Percussion and synthesiserValerio Tricoli: Revox B77Recorded live to 8-track by Hanno Leichtmann and Valerio Tricoli. Mixed by Hanno Leichtmann at Static Music, BerlinHanno Leichtmann is a sound artist and musician from Berlin.
Valerio Tricoli is an italian musician currently living in MunichEdition of 200 copiesMastered by Jacques Beloeil
Hanno Leichtmann/Valerio Tricoli - The Future of Discipline LP
The experimental Italian composer returns to PAN with a new LP, titled ‘Clonic Earth’. His ongoing output for the label has long-presented his electroacoustic sound compositions where since the mid-’00s, he has utilized analogue live sampling and real-time editing of field and studio recordings by means of manipulation of 1/4 inch tape.Asides from being a founding member of the Italian avant-rock group 3/4HadBeenEliminated, he has worked extensively with various musicians, choreographers and multimedia artists including Thomas Ankersmit, Antoine Chessex, Werner Dafeldecker, Anthony Pateras, and Robert Piotrowicz.His studio compositions, documented on few records, often explore themes of the internal – represented both by the psychological and the physical – and of the occult, which with the use of spoken text makes them often deeply existential works, self-investigations of the psychological, emotional and irrational horror within.The new record, ‘Clonic Earth’ is a perturbing, compelling and eventually mind-expanding work, marked by compositional strategies of exploded narratives, psychological insight and oracular literary references, where questions about the boundaries of spatial perception in the decoding processes of acousmatic music are overturned into existential, metaphysical questions.Tricoli’s allegorical and philosophical universe takes the form of an unhinged mind’s landscape swarming with estranged sound objects, and sometimes reminiscent, in the complexity of details and surrealistic effects, of Hieronymus Bosch’s larger paintings. Compared to his previous works, the content of ‘Clonic Earth’ explores more synthesized and heavily processed sounds, especially vocals, often appearing in the form of a religious, electrified chanting.The record is described by its author as a natural consequence of the internal collapse depicted in his previous record, ‘Miseri Lares': “As if all the debris left inside my loudspeakers have been ignited to expand into the ether, to find a justification at the principle of Chaos, or Cosmos alike.”This movement is expressed by references to the theme of fire as original matter in the Chaldean Oracles which, together with the later work of Philip K. Dick, are the main sources for the vocal/text elements of the composition. Fire, intended as the convulsive principle of existence, but also an ontologically terminal element – hence a representation of the infinite decay and a mean of communication with the otherworldly – serves the author a metaphor for the acousmatic listening experience itself: a borderline perception of sounds eternally fixed in their spasmodic disappearance, which could eventually drag us into a different layer of reality, drastically changing, subverting, or expanding the space in which they are diffused. A ritual, somehow, which may link the listener and the perceptive space that he inhabits with whatever lies beyond the loudspeakers, beyond the vibrating surface of the world.The 2xLP is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, featuring artwork by Bill Kouligas.
Valerio Tricoli - Clonic Earth LP
Broken Telephone is an artwork produced as part of the exhibition "Across islands, divides" which occurred in the winter of 2015 at Baltic39.
Conceived as a game (taking its inspiration from the playful linguistic version) between four participants - Laura Cannell, Rhodri Davies, Peter J Evans and Mark Fell - the contributors made an original piece of music which travelled round the other ‘players’, one after the other, who each attempted to recreate from memory what they had heard after just one listen.
The sixteen resultant tracks are contained on four 12” vinyls, each record documenting the journey of the composition as it moves through each of the players. The evolving compositions reveal what gets lost in translation, what distance brings and how one thing interacts with another through a series of complex processes. They illustrate how one thing, through movement and time always becomes something else.
The work was featured as a 10 minute segment interviewing Peter and Rhodri on BBC radio 3's Hear and Now programme - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nr55hand can be streamed from here - https://listentobrokentelephone.bandcamp.com/albu m/broken-telephone
All tracks were mastered by Simon Davey (The Exchange) and pressed by Optimal in Germany on 180g vinyl, thanks to Chris Marlow at Well Tempered. The sleeves were all hand printed and debossed by master printer Lee Turner at Hole Editions on recycled board from Paperback. The set also features a text on the piece by writer Iris Aspinal Priest.
Laura Cannell, Rhodri Davies, Peter J Evans and Mark Fell - Broken telephone 4LP
Combining the searching, raucous spirit of free improvisation, massive guitar textures and slowly shifting moods of the drone/doom-tradition the Saint Francis Duo proves there’s still a place for adventure and innovation in the world of improvised music. Four years after their debut recording as a duo, influential guitarist Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) and master percussionist Steve Noble (Rip, Rig & Panic, Brötzmann, Parker, Edwards …) reach an absolute peak on their third album ‘los bordes de las respuestas’. Mixed by Mark Urselli (John Zorn, Dave Lombardo … ) and mastered & cut by Matt Colton ( Thurston Moore, Aphex Twin) this limited and first release for the Antwerp based Dropa Disc label is an excellent example of the intense and adventurous musical interplay O’Malley and Noble generate as Saint Francis Duo, a must-hear for open-minded music fanatics and doom heads alike.
Steve Noble: Drums & Percussion
Stephen O’Malley: Guitars & Amplifiers
Recorded by Michael Huon at Freakscene’s Summer Bummer, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp 10 Aug 2014
Mixed by Marc Urselli, NYC 2015
Mastered & Cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, London 2016
Produced by Stephen O’Malley
Live Concert produced by Sound in Motion
Cover Artwork by Ken Reaume / www.kennethreaume.ca
Photo’s by Geert Vandepoele & Mark Rietveld
SAINT FRANCIS DUO - LOS BORDES DE LAS RESPUESTAS LP
On tour for their album Boot! (TTR 001CD/LP), the Scandinavian free-jazz monsters teamed up with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame at London's Café OTO to produce some heavy improvised thunder. Recorded live in concert by John Chantler and Jonathan McHugh at Café OTO, London, February 10th, 2013. Mixed in July 2014 by Martin Siewert and Mats Gustafsson at Garnison7, Vienna. Mastered by Martin Siewert. Cover by Lasse Marhaug. Mats Gustafsson (baritone saxophone); Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (electric bass); Paal Nilssen-Love (drums); Thurston Moore (electric guitar).
THE THING WITH THURSTON MOORE - Live LP
Found in the archives of FMP! The very first -- never released -- recordings of the Schlippenbach Trio: Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano); Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxophone); Paul Lovens (drums). Recorded by an unknown engineer on April 2nd, 1972 during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Acadamy of the Arts, Berlin.
SCHLIPPENBACH TRIO - First Recordings LP
Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, tárogató; Fred Hopkins: double bass; Rashied Ali: drums. Recorded by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers, October 30 and 31, 1991, in Berlin. First released on FMP as FMP CD 53 in 1994. "In perhaps the most understated performance of his entire career, German saxophone giant Peter Brötzmann played in a trio with American free jazz legends Fred Hopkins and Rashied Ali back in 1991 at the now mythical Total Music Meeting. . . . Brötzmann appears to have been in awe on this date so great is his restraint. There are literally no passages in the entire concert where he attempts to push his way through the rhythm section to get to the other side. No mean feat when you consider the man's powerful personality both on and off the stage. But Hopkins was a founding member of Air with Henry Threadgill, and Ali, of course, played with John Coltrane. Given these proceedings with their haunted, hunted, beauty, it would be fair to say that -- even on his own compositions -- the mighty Brötzmann was humbled in the presence of these great musicians. Does that mean he was humbled by them? Hardly. Brötzmann's playing here is so fiery and lyrical, so completely focused on his rhythm section that he turns harmonies on their heads and finds intervals in places where the only thing that should be happening is free blowing. He is the band's leader by the force of that lyricism and restraint. He makes room for the other players to move through and around him rather than behind him. His sheer 'musicality' is wondrous. Hopkins and Ali are no strangers to each other -- there is telepathic communication; the shift from one modality to the next is seamless and grounded, each player by the other. There are six compositions on this record; it comes off as a very intense, extremely quiet kind of blowing gig, where this trio were looking to discover things about each other and the music they were making. As a result, it is one of the finest performances issued from that festival, and a landmark in Brötzmann's career in particular." --Thom Jurek,
PETER BROTZMANN/FRED HOPKINS/RASHIED ALI - Songlines
Steve Noble: drums and percussion. Stephen O'Malley: guitars and amplifiers. Stephen O'Malley (cult-guitarist of SUNN O))), KTL) teams up with one of the leading UK drummers of the avant-garde scene, Steve Noble, to build hypnotic sound-sculptures and drones.
ST. FRANCIS DUO - Peacemaker Assembly LP
Akira Sakata, a legendary Japanese jazz musician active since the early '70s (Yosuke Yamashita Trio, Akira Sakata Trio) and a marine biologist, has toured and recorded with The Thing, Jim O'Rourke, Bill Laswell, Merzbow, Chikamorachi, et al. The Tale of the Heike is an intense solo performance originally released on CD in 2011, and now available on vinyl for the first time. This edition is expanded to include four pieces from the 2013 DVD release of a live ensemble performance of the piece. Akira Sakata: reading, voices, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion, bells. On tracks 8-11: Tatsuhisa Yamamoto: drums, percussion; Jim O'Rourke: guitar, vocals; Chizuru Ishii: percussion, taiko, vocals; Yumiko Tanaka: shamisen, reading. Tracks 1-7 recorded at GOK Sound, Kichijoji, Tokyo, in August 2011 by Yoshiaki Kondo. Tracks 8-11 recorded by Jim O'Rourke live at Pit-Inn, Tokyo, on June 24, 2012. Mastered for vinyl in 2015 by Martin Siewert.
AKIRA SAKATA - The Tale of the Heike 2LP
After a run of extremely under the radar cassette releases, Penultimate Press is proud to present the first vinyl collection of works by the Winnipeg outfit Korea Undok Group. With more hiss than a valley of snakes the various monikers here cover the gamut of contemporary practice traversing industrial decay, rhythmic pulse onwards to piano etudes and fractured possession. All these forms come debossed with the signature destroyed tape aesthetic which makes these sharks so lonely.
180 gram vinyl on beautiful reverse board sleeve with passport style booklet all designed by KUG.
This is a package that befits this unique scene of one, or many.
Sargasso Sea – Richardson Centre
Sargasso Sea – Patria
Sargasso Sea – Winnipeg Downtown Skywalk
Purple Circles – Under the Canopy by the Red River
Sargasso Sea – Richardson Reading Terrace
Sargasso Sea – Canada Trust
Korea Undok Group – This Fantasy Is Unhealthy
Korea Undok Group – Quarto
Korea Undok Group – There Is Always Somewhere Else
V/A - Korea Undok Group LP