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Amalgamated / Odd Person : Anthropodermic Ixii [CASSETTE]
Amalgamated / Odd Person :
Anthropodermic Ixii [CASSETTE]

(Bicephalic -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, all hand-painted & numbered; this release presents the collaborative long-form improvisation noise project Amalgamated backed with Odd Person, the ongoing project of Bicephalic label leader August Traeger.

Dog Hallucination / Ichtyor Tides : Vergier Begets [CASSETTE]
Dog Hallucination / Ichtyor Tides :
Vergier Begets [CASSETTE]

(Bicephalic -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, hand-painted & numbered; Side A is Dog Hallucination (D. Petri) for manipulated guitars, textural element, and organized sound; Side B is Ichtyor Tides (Nikola Akileus) for synthetic ambience, glitches, hazy drones, & field recordings.

Feeney, Tim: Burrow [CASSETTE]
Feeney, Tim:
Burrow [CASSETTE]

(Marginal Frequency -- USA )


Price: $5.95    




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Meridian percussionist and frequent collaborator with Vic Rawlings and Annie Lewandowski, Tim Feeney presents a fascinating solo album of "four improvised poundings" using "a drum, a pair of sticks, a metal plate, a pair of dowels, a heavy cymbal, a large room, a small squirrel, a static listening, a punishing listening, a boring listening, a quickening listening".

Jefferson, Larry: Journey [CASSETTE] <i>[Used Item]</i>
Jefferson, Larry:
Journey [CASSETTE] [Used Item]

(Rollax Records -- USA )


Price: $5.00    




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Electronic Artist Larry Jefferson explores issues of philosophy and loss and this is reflected in this collection of 9 songs & music in a professionally manufactured cassette.

Mochizuki, Harutaka : Through The Glass [CASSETTE]
Mochizuki, Harutaka :
Through The Glass [CASSETTE]

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )


Price: $12.95    




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Multi-instrumentalist improviser Harutaka Mochizuki releases this solo album performing on saxophone, performing two extended improvisations that explore the instrument as a whole, producing unusual sounds from the physical and mechanical aspects of the horn alongside more traditional playing, using an expanded range of dynamics to build tension and interest.

Mutual Process: Untitled [CASSETTE]
Mutual Process:
Untitled [CASSETTE]

(Discombobulate -- Great Britain )


Price: $12.95    




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A collaboration mixing improvisation with sound & noise from sound artist Adam Denton, working primarily with the slithery tones that live within improvisation, and Sean Cotterill, whose work straddles the ocean of skronk guitar to live programming 'ones' and 'zeros'.

Nakatani, Tatsuya: Nakatani Gong Orchestra [CASSETTE]
Nakatani, Tatsuya:
Nakatani Gong Orchestra [CASSETTE]

(TAIGA -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Excerpts from drummer/percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani's 2012 Taiga release on cassette, presenting pieces from his Gong Orchestra project, where Nakatani takes his large collection of gongs on the road and teaches members of the community how to bow, strike, and follow his conduction, creating an amazing ritual of sound.

Nakatani, Tatsuya: Nakatani Mixtape Vol 1 - 2018 [CASSETTE]
Nakatani, Tatsuya:
Nakatani Mixtape Vol 1 - 2018 [CASSETTE]

(Nakatani-Kobo -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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A series of recordings from percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani's many travels in the US and Canada, both live and in the studio, with solo work and duos with Mark Molnar on cello, Mark Weaver on tuba, Gil Selinger on cello, Bonnie Kane on amplified saxophone and flute, and Rhonda Taylor on baritone saxophone.

Owen, Ben : Birds And Water, 2&3 (For Cassette)  [CASSETTE]
Owen, Ben :
Birds And Water, 2&3 (For Cassette) [CASSETTE]

(Winds Measure -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Brooklyn-based Ben Owen recorded this work in 2010 at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, presenting the original work "Birds And Water" and two edits, which are mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Pisaro / Chabala: Black, White, Red, Green, Blue (Voyelles) [CASSETTE]
Pisaro / Chabala:
Black, White, Red, Green, Blue (Voyelles) [CASSETTE]

(Winds Measure -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Guitarist Barry Chabala's interpretation of composer Pisaro's piece, instructing the performer on structure and pitch but allowing the precise timing and sound to the player; plus a reworking of Chabala's recording taking advantage of cassette hiss and sine tones.

Polyorchard: Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]
Polyorchard:
Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]

(Out and Gone Music -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Polyorchard founder and double bassist David Menestres leads the quartet of Jeb Bishop on trombone, Shawn Galvin on percussion, and Laurent Estoppey on saxophone, using skills drawn from both improvisation and compositional music to present six free dialogs showing intent listening amongst the four as they create complex, interweaving, sophisticated statements; impressive!

Ughi, Federico  (Ughi / Irwin / Snyder / Adu / Swanson): Heart Talk [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Ughi, Federico (Ughi / Irwin / Snyder / Adu / Swanson):
Heart Talk [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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New York drummer Federico Ughi in a band with long time collaborator David Schnug on sax, Mike Irwin on trumpet, and Jeff Snyder on electronics, more of a creative jazz album than electric, with Leila Adu on vocals and Zach Swanson on bass on 2 tracks each; informed, intelligent and lyrical free improvisation from a tight-knit group of superb players.

W-2 (Sam Weinberg / Chris Welcome): Fanatics [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
W-2 (Sam Weinberg / Chris Welcome):
Fanatics [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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The Brooklyn duo of saxophonist Sam Weinberg (Captain Phillips) and synth player Chris Welcome (Chris Pitsiokos, Mike Pride) in an album of abrasive, rhythmically abraded and contorted electro-acoustic improvisation, each player embedding themselves into each other's sound, at time making their instruments indistinguishable from one another.

Gate, The (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne): Live! [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE]
Gate, The (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne):
Live! [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Tubapede -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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The NY based, long-running trio The Gate led by Dan Peck on tuba and effects, with double bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Brian Osborne, in a cassette culled from live concerts in Hannover and Brussels while on a European tour in November of 2015, "a brutally unfiltered representation of The Gate's special brand of spontaneous composition."

Thomas / Butcher / Solberg : Fictional Souvenirs [CASSETTE]
Thomas / Butcher / Solberg :
Fictional Souvenirs [CASSETTE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Performing in concert at Iklectik in London in 2017, the UK and Norwegian free improvising trio of Pat Thomas on Moog Theremini & IPad based electronics, John Butcher on saxophones, and Stale Liavik Solberg on drums & percussion impress through a mix of masterful free playing and eclectic electroacoustic conversations, an adventurous and wonderfully unpredictable set.

Smith, Damon : Winter Solos for Robert Ryman [CASSETTE]
Smith, Damon :
Winter Solos for Robert Ryman [CASSETTE]

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Reflecting on the passing of artist and musician Robert Ryman, double bassist Damon Smith dedicated this concert of outstanding playing, technique and momentum at Cafe Fixe in Brookline, MA to Ryman, as Smith sought to present a definitive solo concert as an overview of his own work, ably realizing Ryman's concept of finding all the things you can do with your instrument.

Nakatani, Tatsuya: Rock Garden Extended [CASSETTE]
Nakatani, Tatsuya:
Rock Garden Extended [CASSETTE]

(Nakatani-Kobo -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Two 10-minute percussion solos from incomparable Japanese percussionist living in Consequence, New Mexico, Tatsuya Nakatani, a dramatic presentation starting with bowed and resonant cymbals and developing into active sections of intense drumming using bowls and found objects to create complex and unique percussive environments filled with detail, mystery and excitement.

Montgomery, Gen Ken: Endogeny
Montgomery, Gen Ken:
Endogeny

(Tribe Tapes -- USA )


Price: $5.95    




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Sound and visual artist Gen Ken Montgomery released this album on cassette on the Directions Music label in 1990, here reissued in 2020; the two side-long pieces were performed live and then remixed, creating a fascinating and elaborate tapestry of tapes, concrete and mechanical sounds alongside instrumentation of percussion, violin, voice, &c.

Anahuac (Cogburn / Garcia / Schick): Ascua [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Anahuac (Cogburn / Garcia / Schick):
Ascua [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Layered lowercase electroacoustic improv from the US / Mexico City / German trio of Chris Cogburn on percussion & electronics, Juan Garcia on double bass, and Ignaz Schick on turntables & electronics, eclectically informed by concrete sources and abstract electronics over Garcia's bass work and Cogburn's threshold-crossing acoustics & electronic percussion.

Jefferson, Larry: Journey [CASSETTE] <i>[Used Item]</i>
Jefferson, Larry:
Journey [CASSETTE] [Used Item]

(Rollax Records -- USA )


Price: $4.00    




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Electronic Artist Larry Jefferson explores issues of philosophy and loss and this is reflected in this collection of 9 songs & music in a professionally manufactured cassette.

Seabrook, Brandon (w/ Cooper-Moore / Gerald Cleaver): Exultations [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Seabrook, Brandon (w/ Cooper-Moore / Gerald Cleaver):
Exultations [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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The title aptly describes the intense excitement and exhilaration of NY guitarist Brandon Seabrook's second trio album on Astral Spirits, performed with rhythm giants Cooper-Moore on Diddley Bow (a single-string bass) and free jazz drum legend Gerald Cleaver, the two creating a percolating interactive foundation for Seabrooks powerfully expressive and investigative playing.

Jackson / Baker / Kirshner: So Glossy and So Thin [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]
Jackson / Baker / Kirshner:
So Glossy and So Thin [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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The second release for the Chicago trio of Keefe Jackson on tenor & sopranino saxophones, Jim Baker on piano & synthesizer, and Julian Kirshner on drums, following their 2016 album The Noisy Miner, are heard in two performances a year apart at the Hungry Brain, each an extended exploration of remarkably compatible, creative and uniquely lyrical collective collaboration.av

Pavone, J. String Ensemble: Lost and Found [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Pavone, J. String Ensemble:
Lost and Found [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Jessica Pavones String Ensemble with Pavone and Abby Swidler on violas, and Erica Dicker and Angela Morris on violins, are recorded live at Firehouse 12 in a set of Pavone compositions combining traditional notation and improvisation, with a focus on sustained collaborative playing and the application of ideas exploring the healing potential of sonic vibrations.

 
Glochids:
Originals [CASSETTE] [Used Item]

(Weird Ear -- USA )


Price: $3.60    




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Previously played Squidco store copy, used for cataloging and samples, in excellent condition.

Review Copy, not new but in mint condition. May have a strike, the word "Promo" or a drill hole. Inquire on condition if you are concern...

Cymerman, Jeremiah / Charlie Looker: A Horizon Made of Canvas [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Cymerman, Jeremiah / Charlie Looker:
A Horizon Made of Canvas [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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A series of ominous duos on the dark side from NY improviser Jeremiah Cymerman on clarinets & pedals, and Charlie Looker (Extra Life, Psalm Zero) on guitars & piano, each of the five pieces exploring murky caverns of warmly bleak environments rendered through Looker's deep piano & guitar work, perforated by cracks of light through Cymerman's riffs & exclamations.

The Yes, Well... (Jeph Jerman / Dave Knott): No, Really. [CASSETTE]
The Yes, Well... (Jeph Jerman / Dave Knott):
No, Really. [CASSETTE]

(Self Released -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Beginning in 1995 in Seattle, audio explorers Jeph Jerman & David Knotts explore lo-fi approaches using cassettes, mini-cassettes, dictaphones, various assortments of homemade instruments & collected materials, this 2020 cassette including recordings of mouth, stone, wood, glass, metal, paper, plastic, radio, and input from a number of contributors.

Fielder, Alvin / Damon Smith: Song For Chico [CASSETTE]
Fielder, Alvin / Damon Smith:
Song For Chico [CASSETTE]

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )


Price: $11.95    




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Free improvisations and a few fascinating covers of work by Cecil Taylor, Chico Hamilton, and Johnny Dyani from the duo of double bassist Damon Smith and legendary drummer Alvin Fielder, showing intense and unusual approaches in great rhythmic dialog.

Cameron, Lisa / Sandy Ewen: See Creatures Too [2 CASSETTES]
Cameron, Lisa / Sandy Ewen:
See Creatures Too [2 CASSETTES]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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From the depths of the deepest electroacoustic sea, the duo of Lisa Cameron on berimbauophone, percussion & devices and Sandy Ewen on guitar & devices release the second of their "Sea Creatures" series: two cassettes of dark aquatic audio, one recorded in the studio and the other during their 2019 Texas tour celebrating the release of the first album.

Hamel, Max: First Snow [CASSETTE]
Hamel, Max:
First Snow [CASSETTE]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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A live solo recording made using the amplified and processed sounds of snow, hail, and wind, captured by sound artist Max Hamel using a piezoelectric disc taped to a metal plate stuck out his window during the first snow storm of 2019, processed in real time using resonant filters, delay lines, and chaotic processors, the whole edited for these two compositions.

Smolders, Jos: Bagatellen [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Smolders, Jos:
Bagatellen [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(esc.rec. -- Netherlands )


Price: $13.95    




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Inspired by Jeroen Diepenmaat's Xerox collage art book, "co//age co//py", sound artist Jos Smolders developed these tracks as a response through 9 brief works and one larger construction, intersecting voice, synth, sax, piano and field recordings in a mix of oddly and abruptly sliced sound offset with periods of beauty; a compellingly curious album.

Frond: Always There, Somewhere [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Frond:
Always There, Somewhere [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(esc.rec. -- Netherlands )


Price: $13.95    




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Frond, aka Richard Bultitude, is a UK sound artist who creates rich soundscapes of guitar, synthetics, field recordings and other ethereal elements, the mix of live instrumentation over drone and ambient environments adding warmth and personality to beautifully crafted works, each exuding a sense of inner calm through innately melodic music replete with detail.

OTONN : Two Crumbling Shapes [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
OTONN :
Two Crumbling Shapes [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(esc.rec. -- Netherlands )


Price: $13.95    




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The electroacoustic duo of singer Andrea Silvia Giordano and drummer Nicholas Remondino, working with Pierre Bastien, E-cor Ensemble, Gianluca Verlingieri, Maria Dybbroe and Torstein Lavik Larsen, create uniquely motioned works of decay, deconstruction and destruction, percussion and voice weaving amid unusual sonic sources both abstract and rhythmic.

Rue, Gryphon / Merche Blasco: North of the Future [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Rue, Gryphon / Merche Blasco:
North of the Future [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Editions -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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A "document of sonic purging" from New York sound artists Merche Blasco and Gryphon Rue, a combination of compositions and electroacoustic improvisation using an unusual collection of instruments--EMS Synthi AKS, modular synth chain, harmonium, voice, percussion and musical saw--applied through diverse approaches to create inspired landscapes and curious constructions.

Leonardi, Stefano / Antonio Bertoni: Viandes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Leonardi, Stefano / Antonio Bertoni:
Viandes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Using unusual techniques and a collection of instruments that include the standard Western instruments of cello and flute, along with guembri, sulittu, dilli kaval, bass xun, launeddas (mancosedda, tumbu), plus the application of objects against strings, the Italian duo of Antonio Bertoni & Stefano Leonardi engage in seven remarkable and assertive improvised duos.

Modelbau (Frans de Waard): Qonrad [CASSETTE]
Modelbau (Frans de Waard):
Qonrad [CASSETTE]

(Aubjects -- USA )


Price: $22.95    




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Using prepared re-recorded cassettes, iPad apps, sound effects, laptop, shortwave radio, small synthesizers, ancient 2bit sampling device, all recorded on the spot without multi-tracking or extensive post-editing, Frans de Waard's 2017 Modelbau release presents 22 concise recordings of joyfully quirky electronic expression, from Kraftwerkian sound to curious peculiarity; wonderful.

Berkson, Judith: Liederkreis II [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Berkson, Judith:
Liederkreis II [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Featuring electronically-augmented vocal interpretations of lieder songs by such composers as Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, New York vocalist Judith Berkson also presents purely electronic pieces engaging noise and feedback-oriented vignettes, the evolution of her project started in 2016 as she re-contextualizes classical music in powerfully expressive ways.

Fraser / McCowen / Weinberg: Thip [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Fraser / McCowen / Weinberg:
Thip [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Recorded primarily at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and leveraging the natural resonance of that performance space, the New York trio of innovative improvisers Henry Frase on double bass, John McCowen on Bb and contrabass clarinets and Sam Weinberg on tenor & soprano saxophones explore the peripheries of their instruments in intense and reflective interplay.

Reviriego, Alex: Raben [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]
Reviriego, Alex:
Raben [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Spanish double bassist Alex Reviriego (Memoria Uno) in a solo album recorded by Ferran Fages in 2019, the second chapter of his "German Poets Trilogy" following his 2018 Blaue Tauben album, here inspired by the writings of Romanian-born poet Paul Celan in an intense and moving album of dense foreboding depicted through nine improvisations of heavy bowing, ruminative harmonics and dark friction.

Borghi, Andrea / Giacomo Salis / Paolo Sanna: MOT [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Borghi, Andrea / Giacomo Salis / Paolo Sanna:
MOT [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- Spain )


Price: $8.95    




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Explorative electronics and percussion from Italian improvisers Andrea Borghi, Giacomo Salis and Paolo Sanna, all three steeped in electronics, percussion and sound art, using prepared turntable and objects to create mysteriously rich environments in a seething cauldron of sound that never boils over, engaging through uniquely developed interaction from quirky to oddly charming.

Corcoran, Kevin / Giacomo Salis / Paolo Sanna: Sul Filo [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Corcoran, Kevin / Giacomo Salis / Paolo Sanna:
Sul Filo [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Initiating like a jet shaking the sky, the trio of Kevin Corcoran on percussion & objects, Giacomo Salis on percussion, objects & field recordings and Paolo Sanna on percussion & objects create otherworldly sonic environments that project collapsing and ringing events above often turbulent foundations, creating side-long journeys that engage through mysterious and surmisable sound.

Dunning, Graham / Edward Lucas: End Of A Cable [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Dunning, Graham / Edward Lucas:
End Of A Cable [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- Spain )


Price: $5.81    




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A series of unusual improvisations between London free improvising trombonist Edward Lucas (Hyperion Ensemble, London Experimental Ensemble) and experimental sound artist, turntablist & percussionist Graham Dunning, merging acoustic sources with controlled feedback, objects and field recordings, pressed to dubplate to create these engagingly strange and concise dialogs.

Jacques, Anne-F / Takamitsu Ohta: Oto to Secchi [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Jacques, Anne-F / Takamitsu Ohta:
Oto to Secchi [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- Spain )


Price: $8.95    




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Using small objects and contact microphones to create peacefully clacking, mewling and idiosyncratic utterances, sound artists Takamitsu Ohta and Anne-Francoise Jacques developed this installation shown in 2019 at the Bonjour! Gendaibunmei gallery in Kyoto, recorded by Jacques as a tour of the various sonic manifestations that a visitor to the gallery might experience.

Jacques, Anne-Francoise / Tim Olive: Bistre [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Jacques, Anne-Francoise / Tim Olive:
Bistre [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- Spain )


Price: $8.95    




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The fourth release from the long-standing sonic research duo of Montreal sound artist Anne-F Jacques, who uses "rotating devices" based around small amplified motors, and Montreal ex-patriot living in Kobe, Japan Tim Olive (845 Audio), using magnetic pickups on objects and self-built instruments, here in six richly detailed and sometimes curiously menacing recordings.

Nakajima, Rie: Fusuma [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Nakajima, Rie:
Fusuma [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- Spain )


Price: $8.95    




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Working with sculpture and objects in sound installations and live performance, Rie Nakajima captured this appealing set of kinetic performances named for the objects featured in each: a handle of a Japanese sliding door (fusuma), Japanese rice bowls, coils, jars, shells, flower pots, plastic bags, tin foil, tin cans, chopsticks, a bamboo pot, stones, cups, &c.

Olive, Tim / Kayu Nakada: Entenka [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Olive, Tim / Kayu Nakada:
Entenka [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- Spain )


Price: $8.95    




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Applying techniques similar to those of the prepared piano, Japanese experimental artist Kayu Nakada uses circuit bending--circuit boards from electronic instruments short circuited for new effects--joining forces with Japan-based Canadian electronic instrument maker Tim Olive (845 Audio) for four works of intriguingly interactive glitch, hum, static and sonic inexplicables.

Jacques, Anne-F : Poudrerie [CASSETTE]
Jacques, Anne-F :
Poudrerie [CASSETTE]

(Winds Measure -- USA )


Price: $9.95    




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Using handmade devices and contraptions including small motors and found objects, Montreal sound experimenter Anne-Francoise Jacquese amplifies her miniature devices to create unexpectedly large textures and rhythms, which she manipulates with great instinct to create fascinating sonic environments, heard here in four pieces recorded in Montreal and Sackville from 2018-19.

Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black: Martian Kitties [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]
Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black:
Martian Kitties [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Thirteen succinct improvisations pitting Gordon Grdina's swinging middle-eastern flavors on the oud offset by gritty, experimental guitar work against drummer Jim Black's well-chosen and rock-solid grooves, an engaging album that shifts and explores a tremendous range of ideas and adventurous attitudes that span jazz, rock and experimental genres with ease.

Mako Sica (feat Tatsu Aoki / Thymme Jones / Jacob Fawcett) : Garland of Heads  [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Mako Sica (feat Tatsu Aoki / Thymme Jones / Jacob Fawcett) :
Garland of Heads [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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With virtually the same lineup as their Feeding Tube album Ourania, the Chicago-based duo of Mako Sica--Brent Fuscaldo (electric bass, voice, harmonica & percussion) and Przemyslaw Krys Drazek (electric trumpet, electric guitar & mandolin)--again join with Tatsu Aoki on bass & shamisen and Thymme Jones on keyboards, trumpet, balloon & voice, subbing drummer Jacob Fawcett.

Cooper, Jack / Jeff Tobias : Tributaries [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Cooper, Jack / Jeff Tobias :
Tributaries [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Two side-long tracks of minimal improvisation from NY saxophonist Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) and UK guitarist Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting); "Wicken" and "Debden" are named for and inspired by the tributaries of the River Cam in North Essex, revealing themselves in steady progressions and subtle application of instrumental technique in a beautifully flowing reflection.

Strictly Missionary (Pitsiokos / Eisenberg / Lenz / Murray / Neuburg): Heisse Scheisse [CASSETTE w/
Strictly Missionary (Pitsiokos / Eisenberg / Lenz / Murray / Neuburg):
Heisse Scheisse [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Skronky multi-faceted NY Downtown-style improvisation with an electric edge from the quintet of Chris Pitsiokis on alto sax, winds, electronics & samples, Wendy Eisenberg on electric guitar, Richard Lenz on electric bass, Kevin Murray on acoustic & electronic drums and Nick Neuburg on percussion, rolling and rollicking through riffs and scrabbly exploration.

Mazzarella / Haker Flaten / Ra: What You Seek is Seeking You [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]
Mazzarella / Haker Flaten / Ra:
What You Seek is Seeking You [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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The Nick Mazzarella Trio, here configured as Mazzarella on alto saxophone & bells, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Avreeayl Ra on drums, are heard live at Constellation in Chicago in 2019, bringing together two generations of Chicago improvisers with Norwegian/US drummer Haker-Flaten for seven pieces espousing both tradition and innovative creative approaches.

Johansson / Fite / Grip: Swinging at Topsi's [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Johansson / Fite / Grip:
Swinging at Topsi's [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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An evening of free improvisation recorded in Berlin at au Topsi Pohl in 2020 from the Swedish trio of Euro Free Jazz legend Sven-Ake Johansson on drums, Niklas Fite on acoustic guitar and Joel Grip on double bass, performing two extended and dynamic improvisations, and then settling into jazz standard form for "Isn't It Romantic" and "Out of Nowhere" sung by by Johansson.

Liyou, Lucy / YSKA: A Need/A Want [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Liyou, Lucy / YSKA:
A Need/A Want [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Narrated by text-to-speech vocalization, Korean-American pianist and composer Lucy Liyou collaborates with Bulgarian-born guitarist Ivana Kafedjiyska (YSKA) in an album of languorously floating and understatedly abrasive music complemented by subtle field recordings, two works of curiously philosophical, baffling and observational verse; unique and compelling.

Olive, Tim: Ribbon [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Olive, Tim:
Ribbon [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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Sonic exploration and studio composition from Kobe, Japan-based, Canadian sound artist Tim Olive, using amplified objects, cast-off electronics and home made instruments including metal teeth, tuning forks, clockwork motors, electromagnets, cassette playback heads and magnetic pickups, recording each and layering them in the studio to create corrosively captivating aural journeys.

Mendoza, Ava: New Spells [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Mendoza, Ava:
New Spells [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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A joint release between Astral Spirts and Relative Pitch, guitarist Ava Mendoza conjures five assertive and rugged "spells" performed on solo electric guitar, passionate works of raw technical skill and bold power as she improvises over two songs composed by herself, alongside pieces written for her from Devin Hoff, Trevor Dunn and John Dikeman.

Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: Compilation Cassette [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions:
Compilation Cassette [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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Travelling through the US & Greece to join with performers for duos and trios, in six recordings between pianist Thollem McDonas in a trio with Amy Denio & Samantha Boshnack; a duo with Seetha Shivaswamy; a trio with Mat Weisman and Rick Kodramaz; a duo with Djallo Djakate; a hand percussion duo with Jason Finkelman; and a vocal duo with Maria Karamouza.

Huvudbry: Det ar ingen ordning pa allting [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Huvudbry:
Det ar ingen ordning pa allting [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Huvudbry Recordings -- USA )


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Drummer Hampus Ohman-Frolund (Apuh!) leads the Huvudbry septet of structured rock forms, with an intriguing orchestration of trumpet, lap steel, double bass, guitars, keyboard and voice, using intervals of unusual sonic experimentation and field recordings to create a unique album that bassist Mats Dimming refers to as "A mix of Captain Beefheart, Yann Tiersen & Swedish House Mafia".

Huvudbry : Piggelin-rundan [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Huvudbry :
Piggelin-rundan [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Huvudbry Recordings -- USA )


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Essentially a solo album from composer and improviser based in NYC Hampus Öhman-Frölund, this extended work uses a zither as its basis, augmented by a MicroKorg and the voice of Huvudbry bandmate Avery Leigh Draut, using no set tempo and framed and inspired around a picture of the woods near where Öhman-Frölund grew up; really lovely and inspired work.

Center For Whatever: Boogie Spiderland [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Center For Whatever:
Boogie Spiderland [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Huvudbry Recordings -- USA )


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The first collaboration between Brooklyn-based experimental improvising drummer Hampus Ohman-Frolund (Apuh!) and guitarist John Lindaman (True Love Always), blurring rock forms and experimental electronics into a hybrid space rock that takes unexpected twists and turns, with the goal to produce compelling psychedelic inspired sound; headphones recommended!

Center For Whatever: Ensorcelled [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Center For Whatever:
Ensorcelled [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Huvudbry Recordings -- USA )


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An intensely experimental journey in sound through guitars, electronics and percussion from the Brooklyn-based duo of John Lindaman and Hampus Ohman, a diverse set of pieces improvised using sound sculpting, noise and melodic elements, creating a great balance between darkness and light amidst solid conceptual and technical approaches to their instruments.

Directives : Protenomaly [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Directives :
Protenomaly [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Aubjects -- USA )


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Aubjects label leader D. Petri (Amalgamated, Dog Hallucination) continues his work in unusual and sometimes aggressive exploration of the guitar as a sound source, looking for "novel anomalies" in amorphous compositions, seeking an extreme mixture of audio fidelities, peculiar equipment configurations, personally significant field recordings & various multi-level manipulations, in parts joined by Hillary Ulman on percussion.

Teube : Teube [CASSETTE]
Teube :
Teube [CASSETTE]

(BeCoq -- France )


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Strange environments of sound from the French trio of Simon Le Vigouroux on double bass, Cyril Noël on electronics and Thomas Coquelet on electronics, in two morphing works connected by name through each side of the cassette, expeditions guided by murky rythmic elements and mutated field recordings, surrounded by rich and darkly tinged sonic elements.

Weston, Matt: Sparky 2 [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Weston, Matt:
Sparky 2 [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(7272music -- USA )


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The 2nd installment in percussionist Matt Weston's opera for percussion and electronics in a limited cassette + download, a cantankerous set of recordings that alternate disruption with introspectively unusual techniques realized through graphic, multidimensional and instantaneous scores, each piece a narrative exploring mental health struggles as they develop over time.

L'Ocell / Ferran Fages: El Declivi [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
L'Ocell / Ferran Fages:
El Declivi [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


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The third release from the Barcelona-based experimental improvising duo L'Ocell of Chilean acoustic guitarist Fernando Carraso and Spanish double bassist Àlex Reviriego-double bass, here joined by guitarist Ferran Fages (a member of Phicus and Radium with Reviriego), for a set of mysteriously dark improvisations recorded live at Sant Roma de Mianigues church.

Reichman, Ted: Dread Sea [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Reichman, Ted:
Dread Sea [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


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Initially based around improvisations on a mbira and a tiny accordion, NY improvisor Ted Reichman expanded the concept through complex systems of electronic treatments, developing layers of feedback, transpositions, distortions, intentional or accidental patterning that were performed in real time, creating an extended, deeply aquatic work split between the sides of a cassette.

Relatives, The (Borden / McKain / Suarez): The Relatives [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Relatives, The (Borden / McKain / Suarez):
The Relatives [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


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Bringing together New York City and Philadelphia improvisers, the trio of T.J. Borden on cello, James McKain on tenor sax and Leo Suarez on drums, freely improvising through a "personally refined approach to pointillistic communication, interplay and the construction/demolition of static foundations" evolved through repeated sessions and live recordings.

TAK + Brandon Lopez: Empty And/Or Church of Plenty [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
TAK + Brandon Lopez:
Empty And/Or Church of Plenty [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


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Rich sound worlds or mysterious space and controlled chaos in this work commission by the TAK ensemble, the score devised partly in text and partly through instruction, giving directions for interpretation to the performers--Laura Cocks, Madison Greenstone, Marina Kifferstein, Charlotte Mundy, Ellery Trafford & Lopez himself--allowing each to become part composer, part improviser.

Erica Dicker / Dennis Sullivan: Blood Luxury [CASSETTE w/ DOWNOAD]
Erica Dicker / Dennis Sullivan:
Blood Luxury [CASSETTE w/ DOWNOAD]

(Tubapede -- USA )


Price: $6.00    




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Delicate abrasions and corruption of their instruments from the NY duo of Erica Dicker (Till by Turning) on violin and Dennis Sullivan (Radical 2), 9 works of improvised soundscape and avant-raw chamber music through prepared strings, tapes, looped feedback, resonant metals, modified snares and liberally bowed surfaces, richly constrained and luxuriously blood-curdling.

Branche, Sebastien: Lignes de Fuite [CASSETTE]
Branche, Sebastien:
Lignes de Fuite [CASSETTE]

(Mappa -- Slovokia )


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Sebastien Branche (Insub Meta Orchestra, Miguel A. Garcia) uses the tenor saxophone as a sound source, meticulously applying extended techniques, circular breathing and the resonance of the saxophone itself during improvisation, using Supercollider software in a two-way collaboration where the instrument also transforms the sounds provided by the computer.

Chefkirk / S27E152 : Immediate Shred [CASSETTE]
Chefkirk / S27E152 :
Immediate Shred [CASSETTE]

(Bicephalic -- USA )


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Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, hand-painted & numbered; Side A presents S27E152, aka Brisbane's Tristan Eyles, using field recordings and image synthesis; Side B is Chefkirk, aka Roger Smith, combining concrete sound with improvised drone and harsh electronics.

Faint Glow / Justin Scott Gray : Quantum Ouch [CASSETTE]
Faint Glow / Justin Scott Gray :
Quantum Ouch [CASSETTE]

(Bicephalic -- USA )


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Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, hand-painted & numbered; Side A presents dark soundscapes from Jeff Winter, aka Faint Glow, in slowly unfolding electronic works; Side B a variety of electronic approaches from arpeggiated to slowly abrasive grumbling.

Farmer, Patrick : Wild Horses Think Of Nothing Else The Sea - Tape Readings [2 CASSETTES + TEXT]
Farmer, Patrick :
Wild Horses Think Of Nothing Else The Sea - Tape Readings [2 CASSETTES + TEXT]

(Winds Measure -- USA )


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During 2012 Patrick Farmer walked half of the Welsh Coast, writing a series of observations, which on this release are read in environmental settings by Antoine Beuger, Jeph Jerman, Bruno Guastalla, Sally Ann McIntyre, Holly Pester, Daniela Cascella, & Michael Pisaro-Liu.

Hawkins, Chester: Metabolism Quartet / Nocturne For Poppy [CASSETTE]
Hawkins, Chester:
Metabolism Quartet / Nocturne For Poppy [CASSETTE]

(Zeromoon/ Intangible Arts -- USA )


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Electro-psychedelic explorer Chester Hawkins presenting two live performances in Washington DC -- one recorded in isolation at Intangible Arts' studio (4th September 2018) and one in public at Rhizome community arts space (8th September 2018) -- improvised autopsies of Lutoslawski's String Quartet by means of three granular synth engines and one tape-edit/concrete emulator.

Hughes, Sarah: I Love This City And Its Outlying Lands [SINGLE SIDED CASSETTE]
Hughes, Sarah:
I Love This City And Its Outlying Lands [SINGLE SIDED CASSETTE]

(Mappa -- Slovokia )


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A contemplative solo work of subtle nuance and laden atmospheres, slowly drifting through a virtual landscape of dampened details, from London composer and improviser Sarah Hughes, performing on zither, piano, Hammond organ, sine tones, white noise, electric harpsichord, and objects, using an eBow to draw sustained tones over which delicate progressions advance.

Hvizdalek / Nergaard / Tavil / Garner: Juxtaposition [CASSETTE]
Hvizdalek / Nergaard / Tavil / Garner:
Juxtaposition [CASSETTE]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )


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Sonic sources of a wide variety of timbre, rhythm and tone, mixed with voice, feedback, even bird sounds, make up the strata of this intriguing album from Oslo Improvisers Agnes Hvizdalek (voice), Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard (electric bass, electronics, field recordings), Utku Tavil (snare drum, no input mixer, sampler), and Natali Abrahamsen Garner (voice, electronics).

Konrad Strumpfel & The Set: refrescoscopio [CASSETTE]
Konrad Strumpfel & The Set:
refrescoscopio [CASSETTE]

(Music a la Coque -- France )


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An unissued album from Bavarian experimenter & songwriter Konrad Strumpfel and "The Set", the Czech duo of Herbert Lukundra & Josif Afkak, who added their contributions to Strumpfel's work which had been sent to them by post, the strengthening of the "Iron Curtain" between the USSR & Europe in the late 80s then prohibiting the release of their collaboration.

Miller / Mettler / Foisy: Grind Halts [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Miller / Mettler / Foisy:
Grind Halts [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )


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Despite using traditional instrumentation, the Montreal trio of pianist Lisa Cay Miller, guitarist Vicky Mettler, and bassist Raphael Foisy-Couture avoid sounding anything but traditional, through preparations and a mischievous attitude transforming their instruments and applying them to a highly interactive and darkly optimistic set of very unique dialogs.

Mr. Stonecipher / Joshua Marquez: Faux [CASSETTE]
Mr. Stonecipher / Joshua Marquez:
Faux [CASSETTE]

(910 Noise -- USA )


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A split cassette between Wilmington sound artists Joshua Marquez, a Filipino-American composer, guitarist, and activist who explores the liminal space between tone and noise; and Mr. Stonecipher, aka Ryan L Lewis IV, a sound artist and filmmaker who works with dramatic sound and feedback of a cinematic quality, often employing unusual objects as source.

Mr. Stonecipher Vs. Somnaphon: The Horsemaster's Daughter [CASSETTE]
Mr. Stonecipher Vs. Somnaphon:
The Horsemaster's Daughter [CASSETTE]

(910 Noise -- USA )


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A cassette release joining 910 Noise and Ack Recordings from Ryan Lewis and August Traeger, harsh American noise that "will destroy the speakers" (Feast of Hate and Fear).

Ohta, Takamitsu: Three Relations Among The Flock [CASSETTE]
Ohta, Takamitsu:
Three Relations Among The Flock [CASSETTE]

(Winds Measure -- USA )


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Takamitsu Ohta, known for his work with artists Anne-F Jacques & Ryoko Akama, in three unexpected recordings using the microphone and speaker of small devices with recording and playback ability, from five to fifteen such linked devices creating surprisingly stacatto and expressive voices from feedback, each piece aptly named for the resulting articulation each combination creates.

Weston, Matt: Sparky 1 [CASSETTE]
Weston, Matt:
Sparky 1 [CASSETTE]

(7272music -- USA )


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Matt Weston (Arthur Brooks Ensemble V, Arc Pair) initiates a series of limited cassette releases with this solo album, seven works of percussion using traditional and idiosyncratic percussive sources with a pensive pace and somewhat irascible attitude, each piece fully notated and executed live in the studio, using a similar aesthetic to link each work.

Weston, Matt: Sparky 3 [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Weston, Matt:
Sparky 3 [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(4 Men With Beards -- USA )


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The 3rd installment in percussionist & composer Matt Weston's serialized opera for percussion ensemble + electronics, a set of narratives and counter-narratives that explore mental health struggles as they develop over time in varying circumstances, realized through a combination of site-specific graphic, multidimensional and instantaneous scores.

Pavone, Jessica: ...of Late [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Pavone, Jessica:
...of Late [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $5.50    




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Borrowing from traditional music notation, Jessica Pavone's compositions for her string ensemble with Aimée Niemann and Abby Swidler alternates between metered and time-based scores allowing the performers freedom to move between long tone sounds and clusters at the performer's chosen rate, responding to each other while creating a "collaboratively sewn musical fabric".

Carter, Daniel / Matthew Ship / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 [CASSETTE
Carter, Daniel / Matthew Ship / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver:
Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $13.99    




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The 2nd of two studio albums from the quartet of Daniel Carter on saxophone & flute, Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, recordings from the same sessions as the 1st volume with five shorter works, as the long-time collaborators and friends show their nearly telepathic rapport in adventurous and masterful modern jazz.

Ali / Foster / Lopez / Wallace: The Inflatable Leviathan [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Ali / Foster / Lopez / Wallace:
The Inflatable Leviathan [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


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The first studio recording for the performing quartet of New York improvisers, Cecilia Lopez (synthesizer), Michael Foster (tenor & soprano saxophones), Sean Ali (double bass) and Eli Wallace (upright piano), taking listeners on an inflating journey from "Stratosphere" to "Exosphere" through unorthodox approaches, from sparse intensity to dense textural interaction.

 

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