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Papivores
Death and Spring

Together, Agathe Max and Tom Relleen (of Tomaga) are Papivores, the Paper Eaters, the experimental composition duo. These two are both veteran sound explorers with a great range, and this debut collaboration is a perfect match-up, allowing them to work deep into some very interesting areas. On Hands In The Dark.
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Various
ALERT!

Alter, the label of Luke Younger (a.k.a. Helm) has been a consistently essential source for releases which fall through the cracks. Whether it be The Bomber Jackets, Yeah You, or Low Life, this label provides a home for D.I.Y aesthetics and ethics, irrespective of anything as trivial as genre. This compilation ALERT! can be seen as a user's manual to the modern underground, including artists as form shattering as Teresa Winter, Tomaga, and The Modern Institute.
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Simon Fisher Turner
Life Recordings From Prospect Cottage And The Ness

Have you ever seen been to Dungeness? It looks amazing. Spooky, otherworldly. Derek Jarman had a cottage there and this tape is recordings made by Simon Fisher-Turner of a visit there which includes Jarman's voice as well as field recordings of around the nuclear power plant that resides there. A fascinating soundscape to reflect a fascinating place. 
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The Pathfinders
Imagine Something Yesterday

The Pathfinders were a couple of guys from Manchester Polytechnic in 1981 who after seeing the Human League play bought some primitive synthesizers and goofed around with them in their flat to no particular end. Cut to nearly 40 years later and we can now here what they came up with. It's playful early day synth recordings with nods to Cluster and Throbbing Gristle amongst others. 
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Thor & Friends
The Subversive Nature of Kindness

Thor Harris: Swans’ former charismatic percussionist, and potential future governor of Texas. Chief friends are marimba player Peggy Ghorbani and multi-instrumentalist Sarah “Goat” Gautier. Their music is rooted in tonal percussion and often recalls minimalists who wrote for such instrumentation, like Reich and Riley, but also hinting at more contemporary influences, from Aphex Twin to The Necks. The many guests on this second LP include throat singer Enrique Soriah, Michael Gira. and Norwegian extended-technique vocalist Stine Janvin Motland.
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Sparklehorse & Fennesz
In the Fishtank

In the Fishtank was an ongoing collaborative series that saw the music distributor Konkurrent pair sometimes unlikely artists together, stick them in a studio for two days and hope for the best. One of the most bizarre pairings saw late US alt rockers Sparklehorse go up alongside Austrian glitch master Fennesz. The results were stunning   - a rare breed of soundscape where acoustic instruments blended perfectly with electronics. 
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Current 93
Sleep Has His House

Sleep Has His House was an album released by Current 93 circa the year 2000 and is inspired by the passing of David Tibet's father. This new version is remastered from the original tapes and includes unreleased mixes and alternative versions. A meditative exercise in grief and loss, the album has regularly been cited as one of the band's best.   
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Current 93
Horsey

Featuring what I presume to be a horse on the sleeve is this luxury revamp of Horsey, Current 93's 1997 album. The album uses a variety of instruments to create an eerie, unsettling atmosphere aided and abetted by Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton. Originally released as part of a box set with Sol Invictus and Nurse With Wound the album was later released as a standalone entity and now comes with bonus unreleased mixes and alternate versions. 
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Razen
Robot Brujo

‘Deep listening’ Belgian trio Razen give us their latest double-LP Robot Brujo, which finds the band exploring their talents for improvisation on six compositions spread across four sides of vinyl using keyboards, wind and string instruments. Anybody who’s seen their mesmerising live performances can attest to Razen’s unique power, something that’s replicated accurately here. 
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Langham Research Centre
Tape Works Vol. 1

Inspired by the groundbreaking output of the BBC’s legendary Radiophonic Workshop and other pioneering early electronic composers, Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney and Robert Worby from Langham Research Centre delivered some modern musique concrète with 2017’s Tape Works Vol. 1. 

Golem Mecanique
Nona, Decima et Morta

You may not know of Karen Jebane (aka Golem Mecanique) but reading the words of Stephen O'Malley in the press release you may want to explore her music further. She uses voice, organ and a form of hurdy-gurdy to make music that O' Malley describes as deeply moving and bonechilling and seemed to take him into another world entirely. It sounds utterly fascinating and perhaps life changing and for those who can't get to Le Saix in Haut-Ales to see her perform, this vinyl is perhaps the next best thing. 

Attrition / Alu
Attrition / Alu

Here we have an eponymous split album between Coventry band Attrition and Berlin band ALU. The post-industrial and electronic sounds, dystopia and existentialism on offer are informed, for both bands, by the cold war, the effects WWII had on both cities and the way they were rebuilt with brutalist architecture. RIYL Cabaret Voltaire, Nocturnal Emissions and Nurse With Wound.

Giulio Aldinucci
Shards of Distant Times

Italian composer Guilio Aldinucci delivers his latest studio album Shards of Distant Times, following up on the acclaim lavished on 2017’s Borders and Ruins and 2018’s Disappearing In a Mirror. Aldinucci’s skills as a sound designer come to the fore once again, assembling musical landscapes from snatches of recordings of the human voice, both new and ancient. 

Beatriz Ferreyra
Huellas Entreveradas

Argentinian composer Beatriz Ferreyra is now one of the few surviving members of musique concrète pioneers GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales). This latest album, Huellas Entreveradas, presents three unreleased compositions that demonstrate how Ferreyra is continuing to breathe new life into electroacoustic music. 
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Ghedalia Tazartes
Diasporas

Surreal, avant-garde and resolutely unpigeonholeable, Diasporas was the debut album by Ghédalia Tazartès, a Paris-born musician of Judeo-Spanish and Greek descent. It was recorded in 1977 and had a limited release in 1979. His fans include Stephen Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, who included Tazartès on his Nurse With Wound list, a list of bands that had influenced them.
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Peter Brötzmann
14 Love Poem

Initially released in 1984 and now re-issued on Cien Fuegos, Peter Brötzmann’s 14 Love Poems was inspired by a booklet of poetry with the same title by Kenneth Patchen. On it, the German-born free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist also plays the tárogató, and delivers an album strong on expression and emotion. 

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind

Consisting of two gigantic, side-long compositions, To Catch A Bird In A Net of Wind sees guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Tyler Damon further developing their sense of a shared musical form and content. Their sound is influenced by jazz and freeform aesthetics, but has hints of the political underpinning it too. 
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Merzbow × Kaoru Sato
Kyoto Oct 21 2018

For anyone that isn't aware, October 21st is my birthday. As part of the worldwide celebrations in 2018 noise legend Merzbow hooked up with Kaoru Sato of R.N.A. Organism in Kyoto for some slabs of racket. The A side sees the duo in collaboration, whilst the B side is solo sessions that took place after the joint performance. I'm truly blessed. 
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Markus Floats
Third Album

Markus Lake is a big noise in the Montreal DIY community. Over the past decade or so he has been releasing music under the name Markus Floats. Third Album is clearly his third album, but first for the Constellation label. He has a background in jazz, electroacoustics, post-punk and indie. All of his experience pours into the abstract soundscapes, shapes and textures on this LP.
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Field Works
Ultrasonic

Bats. They started the Coronavirus pandemic apparently but let's not hold that against them. As Field Works Stuart Hyatt uses recordings of the little flying furry things as source material on this unique album. He gathers together a host of composers including Eluvium, Sarah Davachi, Mary Lattimore and Taylor Dupree to help tell the story. 
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Fire! Orchestra
Actions

A rare new interpretation of avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki´s ‘Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra’, commissioned by Poland’s Sacrum Profanum festival in 2018 and performed by Mats Gustafsson and a drastically altered iteration of Fire! Orchestra. Actions is longer than Penderecki’s original score and takes liberties with it, injecting fresh perspective into a classic. 

Eleh
Harmonic Twins

Extremely reticent about providing any information about his identity since he first started releasing music more than 20 years ago, American composer Eleh releases Harmonic Twins, inspired by choral masses and music for sacred spaces and originally unveiled in a rare live performance in Krakow three years ago.
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Tod Dockstader
Aerial 1

Tod Dockstader's Aerial series came about due to the composers fascination with AM radio. He recorded hours of static, buzz, dialogue and whatever else he found by turning the dial and mutated it into a series of drones, atmospheres that lure the listener deep into his world. The fact that he produced this at a time when he was supposed to be deep into retirement just exemplifies the endless creativity of the man. 

Simon Fisher Turner and Edmund de Waal
A Quiet Corner In Time

This curious work originated as a soundtrack from composer Simon Fisher Turner to accompany an installation in Los Angeles by famous ceramicist Edmund de Waal a few years back. A Quiet Corner In Time was largely constructed through field recordings the two made in Vienna and L.A., and seeks to explore and reflect de Waal’s own memories and life experiences. 
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The Necks
Three

New work from the always fascinating and increasingly legendary Australian trio the Necks. Now existing for an incredible 33 years with exactly the same line up, the band blend piano, drums and bass into a cathartic improvised sound that is like longform improvised minimalist jazz... but much more interesting than I've made that sound. Three is their first album since they performed 135 feet underground at a Polish salt mine.   
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David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon and Anne Klingensmith
She's More Wild...

Presented as a deluxe edition along with liner notes and archival images, Black Truffle releases the first ever complete recording of She’s More Wild…, a collaborative project by David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon and Anne Klingensmith recorded at Mills College in 1981. Originating as a performance art piece and encompassing live electronics and mutated drum machine sequences, it’s a reverentially remembered piece in certain circles. 
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C. Lavender
Myth Of Equilibrium

C. Lavender practices sound art and sound healing. She previously worked as an assistant to experimental music trailblazer Pauline Oliveros. Myth of Equilibrium is her third album. It was recorded with two microphones in a geodesic dome in New York’s Catskill Mountains. It melds percussion and drones played on bass guitar and synths.
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Peter Zinovieff & Lucy Railton
RFG Inventions for Cello and Computer

RFG Inventions for Cello and Computer does, more-or-less what it says on the tin. The interesting thing here is, however, that it’s not the kind of thing you see written on ‘the tin’ very often, if ever. Peter Zinoffieff is an inventor and computer enthusiast who has created an orchestrated piece with a computer using fragments of cello improvisations by Lucy Railton. Lucy added more cello over the top. 
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Daniel O'Sullivan
The Colour Of Entropy (In Three Stages)

Daniel O’Sullivan, AKA DOS, is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist, and not a comfortably dressed irish singer that your grandma likes (that's Daniel O'Donnell). He has worked with the likes of Grumbling Fur, Ulver and Sunn O))) in the past. The Colour of Entropy (In Three Parts) a 14 minute piece of music, divided into three parts. DOS makes prog / psych rock, free form improvisation, space jazz, drone and ‘out there’ folk music. Peter Broderick guests.
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Ann McMillan
Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds

Ann McMillan made music primarily from manipulating magnetic tape and field recordings with additional gongs, bells and even a harpsichord. Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds was originally released in 1979 and is absolutely due renewed interest as, at the time of release, she found her music - unfairly-  in the shadow of what the boys were doing.
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Zea + Oscar Jan Hoogland
Summing

Zea are a band led by Arnold De Boer (The Ex!), a guitarist with a background in jazz. Oscar Jan Hoogland is the son of classical pianist Stanley Hoogland. Summing is neither jazz or classical. This is avant-garde, bent, twisted and weird indie rock from the cut from a similar cloth to the likes of Truman’s Water. 
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Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson
Emanate

A talented rotating cast of collaborators that includes Lucy Railton, Maria W Horn and Viktor Orri Arnarson helped composers Yair Elazar Glotman and Mats Erlandsson bring this latest work to life. Emanate exists in a space between classical music and experimental music, using electronic and acoustic sounds to create a distinctive sonic compound. 
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Lyra Pramuk
Fountain

Lyra Pramuk is a trained opera singer and electronic musician whose music is imbued with pop sensibilities. She makes what has been described as Futurist Folk Music. Thematically her debut album, Fountain, traverses non-binary, post-human understanding. She is known for collaborating with Holly Herndon and Colin Self and has opened for Sunn 0))).

Steve Reich
Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ

Never shying away from blunt titles Steve Reich’s Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ is exactly that. Drumming alone is a nearly 90 minute piece revolving around drums xylophone and glockenspiels. The lord of repetition and subtle dynamic change in full swing. First time on vinyl since the original release in 1974.
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M-G Dysfunction
Complete Deletion

Norman Records has a vast and rich history of its employees making music as well as packing it or writing about it. M-G Dysfunction is the latest and comes from someone we'll call Fred M-G who, initially it seems, is ashamed of this work but dig a little deeper behind his tough exterior and I'd bet you he is rather proud of it. It is a series of home recorded experiments that showcase a creative brain at work and has been compared to Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Carl Stone. 
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AKATOMBO
Discordia: 2003 - 2020

Paul T. Kirk is a Japan-based Scotsman who makes beat-laden electronica as AKATOMBO full of samples, field recordings and other ephemera. His music is intended to portray what it is like to be an exiled Scotsman in Japan and has the sort of dystopian, alien feel that you might expect from someone existing in such a far off place.   
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Ben Bertrand
Manes

Influenced by minimalist composers and musicians such as Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars and Terry Riley, clarinetist Ben Bertrand presents a new five-track EP on 12” vinyl. On Manes, Bertrand demonstrates the massive variety of texture and sound that it’s possible to wring from one instrument. 
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Nurse With Wound
Dark Fat

Dark Fat is what happens when Nurse With Wound elect to record all their live performances for a whole decade and then turn their curious eyes to the task of forming some new creature from the audio morass. What we get is a whole new set of compositions: you might catch the ghost of a gig you remember, but don’t bet on it. 
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Nurse With Wound
Spiral Insana

Spiral Insana was the 1986 album by Stephen Stapleton and his long running Nurse With Wound project. It is regarded as one of his best works and was praised by David Keenan in his book England's Hidden Reverse as Stapleton's most powerful work. It contains contributions from Organum's David Jackman and is unique perhaps as tracks are distinguished by alphabetical lettering. 

Irmin Schmidt
Nocturne (live at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)

Irmin Schmidt is of course the keyboard player in legendary kraut-rock crew Can. In 2019 he was asked to perform at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and had prepared three pieces which had him playing a piano over pre-recorded music he had brought with him on the aeroplane. The result is a series of original and poetic soundscapes which you can now hear from the comfort of your home courtesy of Mute records.  
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Konstantin Raudive
The Voices Of The Dead

Konstantin Raudive studied parapsychology and Electronic Voice Phenomena. The tapes he made of Voice of the Dead were assumed to be made up as they had only ever appeared in the works of William S. Burroughs. It turns out they actually exist, and here they are on LP. Side 2 includes versions by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, David Toop, Lee Ranaldo, Calla and CM Von Hausswolff
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Rhodri Davies
Transversal Time

Rhodri Davies is a free improvisational harp player.  He composed Transversal Time in 2017. It was recorded live in Cardiff in April 2018. Its starting point sees each of the musicians playing zither, electronics, contrabass recorder, vocals,  in different times - Standard, Decimal and Hex and improvising from there. 
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Coil
Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics Vol. 2

Late October 1998, spooky season, experimental legends Coil got together at Sun Dial studios in London. The sessions ultimately produced the album Astral Disaster. Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics Vol. 2 contains remixes, alternative versions and track that weren’t ultimately selected for the final album. Contains the first version of The Mothership.
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Els Vandeweyer
Debut

Berlin-based Belgian vibraphone player Els Vanderweyer moves in imrov jazz circles. You may know her from her part in recordings by IMI Kollektief, Serenus Zeitblom Oktett, Quat and Pascal Niggenkemper Vision7. She is now stepping out on her own for her first solo LP, appropriately titled, Debut. On 99% Wasser.
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Felix Kubin / Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg
NNOI#I

One of the more convoluted press releases I've ever read. Let me simplify it all for you. These are collaborative LPs from artists who played at the NNOI Festival. One side is an electro-acoustic soundtrack to a 1924 silent film by Felix Kubin. Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg we know less about. The only information I can glean is that he(?) has this to say.... "The old gray gurnard from the Waterkant creaks." Make of that what you will.  
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Vieo Abiungo
Blood Memory


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Elephant Chateau
Dreamings & Offshore Drilling - Pearls and Turtles

Three decades after they came out, the Bureau B label is once again making available two classic recordings by Elephant Château - the 12” maxi single ‘Dreamings’ from 1985 and the 1990 mini-album Offshore Drilling under the combined name Dreamings & Offshore Drilling - Pearls And Turtles. 
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William Basinski
The Deluge

More glorious tape-loop-based minimal composition from William Basinski. The Deluge presents an alternative approach to the source material used on recent companion piece Cascade: a piano loop is processed via various subtle feedback systems, until the whole thing washes away in a haze. White LP on Temporary Residence.
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Fire! Orchestra
Arrival

For those who haven't heard of Fire! Orchestra what you need to do is imagine a big band willing to channel all its resources into one thing: weight. Their previously resources have been heftier than most most metal releases, and though they've trimmed down from 28 to 14 members for Arrival it doesn't make them any less potent. Sublime in the way that music so rarely is. On Rune Grammofon.
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Lea Bertucci
Acoustic Shadows

Acoustic Shadows was initially an event which took place in the body of the Deutzer Bridge in Koln, Germany in 2018. The sound installation which lasted over a week was then edited down by artist and composer Lea Bertucci to form this LP featuring segments of the results. But it didn't stop there, they've actually made a sample library of the sounds for other musicians to use. A fascinating sounding project.  
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Horse Lords
The Common Task

Baltimore quartet Horse Lords have been seen as kind of wandering minstrels of experimental music. Taking in influences as disparate as Albert Ayler, the Ex and Glenn Branca they follow an idiosyncratic path marked by a strong political ideal. The Common Task is their fourth album and continues the studio experiments and hypnotic rhythms of 2016's acclaimed Interventions. 

Military Genius
Deep Web

Deep Web is the debut album from industrial and experimental collective Military Genius. The audiovisual project use splinters of sax, piano and guitar to make a blissed out haze of noise that takes in clubby rhythms and oddball jazz that is intended to be a musical mirror to the chaos and turmoil the world finds itself in.  
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Daniel McCagh
Altered States

Australian composer Daniel McCagh has already worked commercially with the likes of Volkswagen but this is the first of more experimental work from the musician. He manipulates acoustic instruments to make ambient music with an industrial, machine-based edge to it. A fascinating opening statement from an ambient practitioner to keep an eye on. Just 250 copies of the clear/smoke vinyl edition. 
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Basil Kirchin
Everyday Madness

Definitely in the world's top three Basils (alongside Fawlty and Brush) is legendary sound manipulator Basil Kirchin. Those intrepid folk at Trunk have found a bunch of unheard 1960s and 1970s era recordings by the great man and here are three separate and very different tapes pressed onto vinyl. Perhaps the most exciting thing is that there are further found archives to come.  
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Bill Orcutt
Odds Against Tomorrow

American guitarist and composer Bill Orcutt returns to original, blues-based compositions with Odds Against Tomorrow. Inspired by the 1959 movie of the same name, it was recorded with a Fender Twin guitar in Orcutt's living room, and mixed by Orcutt’s neighbour Chuck Johnson, it hints at the classics of the Great American Songbook. 
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Jozef Van Wissem
Ex Mortis

Inspired by ‘The Book of Gostlye Grace’, a 13th century tome written by German nuns, experimental lute player and composer Jozef Van Wissem releases another new album titled Ex Mortis (or ‘from death’). Performed with a quasi-religious devotion and with the help of former long-time Swans member Jarboe, it’s a meditative and trance-like collection. 

Bill Orcutt and Michael Morley
Electric Guitar Duets

Electric Guitar Duets by Bill Orcutt and Michael Morley was originally released as a cassette on Land & Sea in 2016. Here, courtesy of Palilalia, we have a vinyl version. The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination, so what do they sound like? Well, Orcutt plays a clean Telecaster sans effects, whilst Morley plays a modified Squier Telecaster. These duets are improvised, but what we notice is the restraint, making for a disciplined performance from both guitarists. 
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tētēma
necroscape

The long-awaited second studio album from tētēma, the collaboration between Faith No More’s Mike Patton and Australian composer Anthony Pateras. Half a decade after their debut, necroscape grew naturally from Pateras’ tape loop and analogue synth compositions and mixed with Patton’s distinctive vocals. 
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Spencer Adam Grady
Passive Extremities (for Konrad D​.​)

One of the final three releases from Chicago-based experimental music label Patient Sounds, who decided to call it a day last summer, Spencer Adam Grady’s Passive Extremities (for Konrad D​.​) is a tribute to the artist’s grandfather, and is described as ““a devotional study in remembrance”. 
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Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Je est un autre

Je Est Un Autre - taken from a Rimbaud quotation - is a double 10” vinyl collection showing the evolution of Japanese composer Tori Kudo and his Maher Shalal Hash Baz alter ego/group, taken from various points of a mammoth concert at the finale of his March 2018 tour. It’s the sound of spontaneity and improvisation welded to the discipline of a large, well-rehearsed ensemble. 

Various
A Short Illness From Which He Never Recovered

A Short Illness From Which He Never Recovered is a new, vinyl-only compilation from Blackest Ever Black. It features songs by the likes of Carla Del Forno, Bridget Hayden, Ian Martin, The Fulmars and Bobby Wratten's (of The Field Mice) latest project Lightning In A Twilight Hour that are unavailable elsewhere. Seems like a good enough reason to ‘add to cart’ to me.

Vox Populi!
La Cathédrale Morte

La Cathédrale Morte by French ethno-industrial band Vox Populi! Was recorded between 1980 and 1985 and originally released on cassette in 1985 on the Cause and Effect label. Here we have a reissue, courtesy of Backwards, on LP. Ideal for those who wish to relive their wanton experimentalism or for those of you who want to check it out for the first time. 
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Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
Scaath Catfish

A new album from Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, the mysterious collective who’ve existed since the start of the Eighties and who give musical expression to naturally occurring phenomena and decayed man-made objects. Scaath Catfish was recorded around four years ago, with field recordings taken from the Illinois River valley and added to homemade instrumental material. 
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Daniel Menche
MMXX-05: 4424

Daniel Menche is an experimental musician from Portland, Oregon. He was commissioned to make record No.5 in the MMXX series for Matière Mémoire which he has called 4424. Each artist was asked to make a 20 minute recording for release on a one-sided 12” single. Menche has worked in many genres including electro-acoustic, noise music, dark ambient music, avant-garde, field recordings, drone, minimalist, and film soundtracks.
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Reinier Van Houdt
MMXX-04: Les Champs

Record number four in the MMXX series released by Matière Mémoire features a 20-minute piece by Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt called Les Champs. He is known for making chamber music with Ives Ensemble as well as making music in the electronic world. Each record in the series is limited to 500 copies, features the artists own artwork and a laser etched B-side.
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CM Von Hausswolff
MMXX-03: For Marietta

CM Von Hausswolff was tasked with creating a 20 minute piece for a series of 12” singles called MMXX. The records will be released by Matière Mémoire in bunches of 5 per quarter. His record is called For Marietta. The Stockholm-based artist uses tape recorders, cameras, radar and sonar as his main music making tools. 
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John Duncan
MMXX-02: Panic @ 11000 Feet

Panic @ 11000 Feet by John Duncan is the second in the series MMXX, commissioned and released by Matière Mémoire. It is a series of one-sided 12” singles featuring 20 minute pieces by 20 different artists. John Duncan is an Italy-based performance artist and experimental musician.
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Franck Vigroux
MMXX-01: Tension 24

Matière Mémoire have commissioned 20 electronic artists to record 20 minute long pieces for a series of one-sided 12” singles called MMXX. Throughout 2020, 5 records will be released each quarter. The first one is Tension 24 and features the work of French composer and multi-media artist Franck Vigroux.
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Jasmine Guffond
Microphone Permission

High brow stuff on Editions Mego as Jasmine Guffond which uses source material from various projects including a dance performance about the imagined future sound of a forest. However the concept of this stark and disorientating work is fascinating  - microphone permission being the consent we give to various apps which could lead to 'the man' listening in to our everyday happenings. Terrifying. 

Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea

Few artists out there with a story as fascinating as Michael O’Shea, a street musician who due to finances had to construct his own instrument. O’Shea had travelled around the world and owned instruments such as the sitar or zelochord but had to sell them to fund his lifestyle. The resulting instrument - build from things such as an old door and chopsticks - created a profoundly DIY - in the true sense - take on minimalism and traditional forms of Asian and North African music. Originally issued in 1982 on Wire/Dome fellows Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' Dome Records.

Arthur Russell
Iowa Dream

An archival release of largely unheard music from the legendary composer, producer, singer and instrumentalist Arthur Russell, Iowa Dream presents material from throughout the icon’s career. Most notably, there’s several folk-based songs he wrote in California in the early Seventies, plus Columbia and Mercury demo sessions that never became realised record deals. 
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Dark Morph
Dark Morph II

Dark Morph - the collaboration between Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi and Swedish composer and visual artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff - returns with its second self-titled album. A year on from their first album, this sophomore outing consists of material recorded in Fiji and Tonga and is dedicated to the world’s oceans and their delicate, dying ecologies. 

crys cole
Beside Myself

Beside Myself, the second studio album from Canadian sound artist crys cole, arriving five years after her first solo effort Sand/Layna. It makes inventive use of contact micropho nes, vocals, swathes of electronics and field recordings to create restful yet ever-so-slightly uneasy sound portraits.  

Various
Music For Dance & Theatre

The first of a planned series of EPs on Music From Memory that provide a home for music originally intended for dance or theatrical performances, Music For Dance & Theatre is a four-track selection of pieces that range from ambient to percussive, from the likes of Gerard Stokkink, Ivory Playground, Atlantis Transit Project and Ramuntcho Matta. 
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Cosey Fanni Tutti
Tutti

Tutti is Cosey Fanni Tutti's first solo album since 1982's Time to Tell, and is an exploration of her self, life and art. It was created to be the soundtrack to Harmonic Coumaction, a film about Tutti. The album features the unsettling pounding synths we've come to expect from the Throbbing Gristle crew but is made more personal in how Tutti incorporates other elements.
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Dalglish
Niaiw Ot Vile

Niaiw Ot Vile is a stark and uncompromising work from Daglish. The sounds, although electronic and usually massively processed, feel immediate and organic. The record is fractured and complex, full of insectile chatters, broken drones, and monochrome arrangements. There's a wonderful progression to this record, slowly morphing from skeletal, glitchy malfunctioning into a hushed bed of swirling white noise. Our Ant put it best when he wrote (down below) '‘Niaiw Ot Vile’ is techno; blues channeled through circuits.'
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Jimi Tenor
NY, Hel, Barca

The Bureau B label delivers a compilation exploring the early works of Finnish composer and musician Jimi Tenor. NY, Hel, Barca is a double-LP package containing 20 cuts from his first six studio albums from 1994 to 2001, including his three albums released on Warp Records at the end of the Nineties. 

Triple Negative
God Bless the Death Drive

God Bless The Death Drive, the second studio album from London-based outfit Triple Negative, picks up pretty much where their acclaimed debut Precious Waste In Our Wake left off - it’s a beautiful maelstrom of chaos and noise that doesn’t easily fit into any prescribed genre, let alone rock. 
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Maggie Payne
Ahh-Ahh

Although it was released in 2012, American composer and recording engineer Maggi Payne recorded the music for Ahh-Ahh way back in the early Eighties on an Apple II computer and samplers, when it was originally intended for Ed Tennenbaum’s performance group Technological Feets. Now, it gets a re-issue via the Aguirre label. 
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Maggie Payne
Arctic Winds

American composer and recording engineer Maggi Payne’s 2010 studio album Arctic Winds gets a re-issue via the Aguirre label. Hailed at the time for the ingenuity of its production techniques, Payne's otherworldly music is uncannily transportive, completely immersing the listener in her chosen soundscapes. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (ZORN066LP)
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Darragh Morgan / John Tilbury
Morton Feldman - For John Cage

An abstract yet cinematic piece composed for violin and piano, contemporary classical music figurehead John Tilbury and violinist Darragh Morgan first performed Morton Feldman’s For John Cage at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2006. Now, that recording, shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award, gets a CD release via Diatribe Records ahead of Tilbury and Morgan’s upcoming performance of the piece at New Music Dublin this year. 

Bourbonese Qualk
Hope

Formed in the context of an age of counter-cultural protest in 1979 against the new Thatcher-led Tory government, British experimentalists Bourbonese Qualk eschewed almost all of the music industry’s conventions in a career that lasted 24 years. Hope, their second full-length record, was released in 1984 and now receives a CD re-issue. 
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The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
Shandai Ya / Stanka

The comeback of legendary choir The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices continues apace with a new seven-track EP, titled Shandai Ya / Stanka and presented on 12” vinyl. Seeing them reunite with Dead Can Dance singer Lisa Gerrard, it follows 2018’s BooCheeMish and a lengthy period of touring, where a whole new generation was exposed to the ensemble’s ethereal and unusual vocals. 
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Mariska Baars / Rutger Zuydervelt
eau

Although they regularly collaborate within the context of the Piiptsjilling quartet going back several years, Mariska Baars and Rutger Zuydervelt haven’t worked exclusively with each other since 2008. eau, a long-awaited album from the pair, is based on a lengthy, vaporous new composition best enjoyed on headphones! 

Rutger Zuydervelt
Sileen II

Sileen II is a studio version of a performance that Rutger Zuydervelt originally gave back in 2016, when he was commissioned by Musica to compose a piece for the OORtreders festival in Belgium to be played by 50 members of a local school orchestra. The simple structure of Zuydervelt’s music is exposed in this very much slowed-down version. 

Rutger Zuydervelt
Porcelain (Original Film Soundtrack)

After years of composing music for documentaries, Rutger Zuydervelt presents his second feature film soundtrack, the score for Dutch/Belgium/Italian psychological drama Porcelain, directed by Jenneke Boeijink. On this piece, Zuydervelt collaborated closely with Italian cellist Francesco Guerri, sculpting his improvised pieces into something new. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Soundtracks

Brunhild Ferrari & Jim O'Rourke
Le Piano Englouti

Composer, producer, songwriter and one-time member of Sonic Youth Jim O’Rourke has collaborated with Brunhild Ferrari on Le Piano Englouti. Ferrari recorded the music in 2014 using electronics, piano, field recordings and some of her husband, Luc Ferrari’s work from 1977. Jim O’Rourke got his hands on it in 2019 and weaved his magic. 
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Henning Christiansen
Peter der Große/Gudbrandsdal

The Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology gives us two never-before-released tape works from the late composer Henning Christiansen. Peter der Große and Gudbrandsdal date from the mid-to-late Eighties, and capture Christiansen at a point his career when he was accepting commissions for theatrical and radio pieces. 
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Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko
Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy

Lord knows where Night School have dredged this up from but its a fascinating curio from Kiev underground stalwarts Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko. Though the duo have worked separately both in bands and as solo artists, Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy (Know How? Tell Me) is their most realised collaboration. The sound is disconcerting and atmospheric soundscapes topped off with operatic vocals that recall Liz Fraser. One for fans of Dead Can Dance and Nico. 
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Various
EuroNoize

Every year we all sit down and watch the Eurovision Song Contest but it's always a bit of a disappointment isn't it? Maybe Euro Noize was a better idea  - a host of underground noise people playing at the Scala in London all playing one new song in front of the audience. It doesn't say who won but the whole shebang has been pressed onto vinyl for your listening joy. Get in some crisps and beer and play the game for yourself. 
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Richard Youngs & Raül Refree
All Hands Around The Moment

Consisting of four long-form and circular pieces that are emotionally forceful despite their hushed delivery, All Hands Around The Moment is a collaboration between Glaswegian artist Richard Youngs and Barcelona-based Raül Refree, inspired by their love of religious music and the more experimental end of the Sixties. 
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Various
Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List - Volume 1 (France)

You’ll probably know what the Nurse With Wound list is if you’ve taken even a passing interest in experimental music over the past few decades, but once more for good luck: Compiled by the three original members of the group (Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, and Heman Pathak) back in the 70's, the list runs to hundreds of artists and has since become an encyclopedia for fans of the musical avant-garde. Now, more than four decades since the first version of the list emerged, Nurse With Wound mainstay Stapleton has got together a compilation based around it. Strain Crack & Break features a baker’s dozen of pieces composed by some of the list’s French entries. Igor Wakhévitch, Jacques Thollot and the late Pierre Henry are among Strain Crack & Break’s tracklist. Out through Finders Keepers.
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FUJI||||||||||TA
iki

The first full-length album from Japanese sound artist Fujita Yosuke - a.k.a. FUJI||||||||||TA - in nine years arrives on Swiss imprint Hallow Ground. Iki follows a number of collaborations with the likes of Yamataka Eye and Suzuki Akio, and consists of four lengthy and meditative pieces recorded with a custom organ that Fujita constructed himself over ten years ago. 

Sarah Hennies
Reservoir 1

Despite having one of the most rap-ready names of all time the music that Sarah Hennies makes is pretty far removed from hip-hop. Her new record Reservoir 1, composed for piano and percussion, is close to an hour of murmuring drones and spare, Schoenberg-esque anti-melodies. It’s intense, strange, and in its own way rather beautiful. Reservoir 1 is out via Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle (Jim O’Rourke, Alvin Lucier).
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John Chantler / Steve Noble / Seymour Wright
ATLANTIS

John Chantler is a Stokholm-based musician known for his electronic improvisations. He follows his debut solo album, Tomorrow Is Too Late, by adding Seymour Wright on sax and Steve Noble on drums and expanding to a trio to make ATLANTIS. The album was improvised live and recorded in a day, so all that raw energy will be right there in those grooves.
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Cucina Povera
Tyyni

Cucina Povera is the name given to a particularly frugal form of cooking in rural Italy. It is also the name used by Finnish-born artist and musician Maria Rossi for her music making. Her third album, Tyyni, explores the meeting of nature and the mechanical world through noise, hymn-like vocals and further vocal experiments. 
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Thollem / Parker / Cline
Gowanus Sessions II

Gowanus Sessions II reunited American pianist and post-punk vocalist Thollem McDonas, Wilco’s Nels Cline and American double-bass player, poet and composer, William Parker. This has been in the works for 7 years. The trio began work immediately after Gowanus Sessions I was released in 2012. Another interesting exploration of guitar, bass and piano.

Leo Takami
Felis Catus & Silence

Tokyo-born composer Leo Takami releases a brand new studio album Felis Catus & Silence, arriving three years after his last release Tree of Life and representing yet another evolution in his sound. While jazz and classical music are the main strands of Takami’s music, ambient has always been an underpinning factor, which is now brought to the fore on these eight gently mesmerising tracks. 

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With one of the most impossible names to Google we have ever seen, trying to find out who “...” actually is probably an impossible task. The only clues being that they are a long standing experimental artist, and that the music could easily stand alongside the likes of Nurse With Wound, Hafler Trio, and the soundtrack to David Lynch’s Eraserhead. So expect anything from extreme sample manipulation to unsettling electronics and industrial soundscapes.
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