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Jessica Moss
Entanglement

Entanglement is album number three from Jessica Moss. Moss earned her stripes with a fifteen year stint in Canadian post-everything band Thee Silver Mt. Zion (and all variations on that name). She has also worked with such luminaries as Vic Chesnutt and Carla Bozulich. The title of this album explains it all, really: She uses violin and her voice to create twisting, swirling, overlapping - tangling, if you will, soundscapes. LP and CD on Constellation.

MKWAJU ensemble
MKWAJU

Over the past couple of years the We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want label have formed a strong bond with Japanese composer Midori Takada. As well as giving new life to Takada’s Through The Looking Glass and Lunar Cruise LPs the label has also taken a shine to the work of Takada’s Mkwaju Ensemble group. After reissuing the band's 1981 record KI-Motion back in June WRWTFWW have now come through with a new edition of MKWAJU (also 1981). The record sees the group collaborating with a young Joe Hisaishi, an artist you may well know from his work scoring several of the Studio Ghibli films. This music is a busy, rhythmically-driven offshoot of Takada’s vibrant post-minimalist xylophone explorations. Well worth a listen.

Chris Watson
Locations, Processed (Blue TB7 Series)

Chris Watson probably has the coolest CV of the original post-punk scene. Starting out as one of the founding members of Cabaret Voltaire, he has since become one of the world's premier recorders of nature, helping create meaningful soundscapes for David Attenborough's documentaries. On Locations, Processed he combines these practices, creating an audio odyssey using The Moog Sound Lab’s System 55 to celebrate the legendary Bob Moog.

Son Palace
Before The Rapids

Low-profiled UK musician Geoff Cooke emerges from his shed with a second Son Palace full-length. Before the Rapids follows on from 2016’s Accumulations with another playlist of lovely lo-fi instrumentals for mainly guitar, piano, glockenspiel and percussion. Reminds a bit of early The Boats, or the sorts of cosy-tronica you used to hear on labels such as Benbecula.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Thighpaulsandra
The Lepore Extrusion

Originally released on a limited run by Brainwashed Recordings in 2006, Thighpaulsandra’s The Lepore Extrusion gets reissued by Klanggalerie.(Konstruktivists, Nurse With Wound). It’s a typically unusual work from the Coil/Julian Cope collaborator, with main affair ‘The Leport Extrusion’ a single piece that shifts between spacey drones and vocal-led concrete ala Karlheinz Stockhausen. This new pressing comes with a bonus track.

Kostis Kilymis
Second Saturation

A fresh new Tapeworm, plucked from the ground. And what does it contain? Why, two sides of exciting materials from Kostis Kilymis of course! The work presented here is grown out of a Stockholm live performance and some sweetly detailed field recordings, all treated and processed by various means, some of them pleasingly dubby. Second Saturation is a tape on The Tapeworm.

Zeno van den Broek
Entrop

Cassette label The Tapeworm have been running a tidy racket for almost a decade now. Since 2009 the London label has released great little tapes from the likes of Stephen O’Malley and Derek Jarman. Their 111th release (very satisfying, that) comes courtesy of Dutch composer/sound-artist Zeno van den Broek. To create Entrop, van den Broek built a synth, modded it with feedback loops and set it to trigger percussive sounds on a drum computer. The musical results bridge noise, music concrete and IDM.

Susie Ibarra
Perception

It's been a good year for percussionist and experimentalist Susie Ibarra: first her stellar collaboration with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and YoshimiO, now this brand new solo full-length on Thrill Jockey! Perception moves sleekly between spiritual-feel jazz, expansive percussive play, and electronic enhancements. An album that will surprise and delight.

Philip Jeck
Vinyl Coda III-IV

Avant-garde turntablist Philip Jeck has been salvaging vinyl from charity ships and skips for a long time now. Looping and mashing them together to bring out their emotive depths, If you’re a fan of Leyland Kirby and haven’t heard Jeck, this reissue is perfect for you, taking two of his Vinyl Coda series that were released early 2000s and putting them on 180g vinyl.
  • Vinyl Double LP (GOD48)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

François Bayle
Electrucs!

Love those classic French electroacoustic composers? Well then you’ll want this selection from the archives of Francois Bayle, picked out from previously unreleased material by the boy Bayle himself. Pieces include a AKS Synthi track and a Bernard Parmegiani tribute, and you can expect plenty of wild tones, textures and juxtapositions from the enthusiastically-titled Electrucs!.

Francis Plagne
Moss Trumpet

Aside from inducing a pleasant image and being a delightful pairing of words, “moss trumpet” rather well describes much of the beguiling, timeless-sounding material of this release by genredextrous Melbourne artist Francis Plagne. Haunting, droning brass finds itself accompanied by all sorts of soft, ruffled textures: field recordings, paper, drums, as well as various other instruments.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Necks
Body

You know how the Necks do. Wake up. Get the coffee on. Simultaneously improvise instrumental gold. Another day. The wonderful and surprisingly dense Unfold was their last record and it came out on LP; now in typical Necks fashion they're releasing a CD only called Body, relying on the usual and ever-so trusty combination of piano, bass and drums -- though percussionist Tony Buck is said to really go out on a limb with some guitar excursions on this one. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean Cohen-Solal
Captain Tarthopom

On the cover of his first album Flutes Libres, Jean Cohen-Solal boldly declared that ‘nothing can stop a flautist’. While that statement may be up for debate, Cohen-Solal’s 1973 sophomore LP Captain Tarthopom goes about making a compelling case for the humble flute. He coaxes a great range of sounds and styles from his instrument - at times he overdubs harmonies on the Captain Beefheart-ish ‘Ludions’, at others he lets the instrument wander over experimental dronescapes. Mentioned on the legendary Nurse With Wound list!
  • Vinyl LP (FFL045)
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Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live)

Turkish free-jazz/avant-garde visionaries Konstrukt have teamed up with Japanese noise master Keiji Haino (from Fushitsusha) to create the perhaps aptly named (who are we to judge?) A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little /​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire, recorded live last year. And it sure is noisy, free, and avant-gardey. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

People Like Us
Recyclopedia Britannica

People Like Us’ 2002 compilation gets a reissue courtesy of Discrepant sub-label Sucata Tapes (Gonzo, Tomas Tello). The excellently-titled Recyclopedia Britannica chronicles PLU mastermind Vicki Bennett’s zany experiments in sound collaging. It’s often wacky, often weird, and always entertaining. Imagine Oval, Pram and Karlheinz Stockhausen all together and having fun. What a thought.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Andreolina
An Island In The Moon

Reissue of 1990s Italo-ambient minimalist charmer An Island in the Moon by Andreolina, portmanteau-tastic moniker of composers Pier Lugi Andreoni and Silvio Linardi. Besides piano and samples from Riccardo Sinigaglia on a couple of tracks, it’s all just a pair of synths and a Roland S50, resulting in light, fluid, melodic and very expressive works.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Univers Zero
Ceux Du Dehors

Ceux Du Dehors was the third album by Belgian prog band Univers Zero. The album is heavily influenced by American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose short story, The Outsider (Ceux Du Dehors translates as Those From Outside) was read by each band member immediately before recording the album. The band’s sound has been likened to a darker version of that produced by classical minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Limited edition clear/red vinyl LP on Sub Rosa.

Siavash Amini
Foras

Siavash Amini's rain-textured drone has wowed us ever since What the Wind Whispered to the Trees, where neutral environmental grounds found vulnerable, almost songwritten ambience. Foras is his sixth solo record in as many years and sees him continue to traverse these liminal spaces, considering the very way our surroundings lead our emotions, considering architecture as psychology. You must cop this.

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant masterstroke.

Barry Adamson
Moss Side Story

Barry Adamson’s records are getting the reissue treatment thanks to Mute. Adamson is currently a member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and formerly a member of Magazine and The Birthday Party, so major alt-heritage runs through his veins. Moss Side Story offers a taste of his solo craftings, making the soundtrack to film that doesn’t exist.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Philip Corner
EXTREEMIZMS, early & late

Very exciting release this one: a bunch of Phillip Corner’s experimental instrumental pieces, from both 1958 and 2015-2016. Nine pieces, performed primarily by Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker but also with notable additions from Rhodri Davies and Corner himself! EXTREEMIZMS, early & late is a remarkable and crucial set of strange and underheard music, out from Unseen Worlds.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Arek Gulbenkoglu
A gift like a hollow vessel

Penultimate Press presents another piece of unpredictable musique concrète from Melbourne’s Arek Gulbenkoglu, this time mastered by Guiseppi Ielasi. A gift like a hollow vessel comes one year after Three Days Afterwards and finds Arek with an unlikely assembly of manipulated elements - voice and body, text-to-speech Esperanto, animal noises and haunting electronics to name a few.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

A New Line (Related)
A Roomful of Lovers

Limited hand painted 7" following on from critically acclaimed Dead Albatross nominated LP on Home Assembly. Features an original cut of non-album track 'A Roomful of Lovers' plus a Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) edit.  A New Line (Related) is the solo project of Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer, Hood) creating gorgeous, minimal swathes of ambient techno with nods to Deepchord and Gas. 

Holger Czukay
Der Osten Ist Rot

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, went on to produce a considerable quantity of weird and wonderful pop. Der Osten ist Rot (‘The East is Red’ as indeed it was in those days) is his fourth solo album, dating from 1984, and it is awash with humour, grooves, and all-round subversive life energy. Reissued by the Grönland label.

Holger Czukay
Rome Remains Rome

Holger Czukay, core member of the crucial German experimental group Can, also created weird and wonderful pop / krautrock music of his own. On 1987’s Rome Remains Rome, he has assistance not only from Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit, but also from Public Image Limited etc.’s Jah Wobble, plus a well-dropped sample of Pope John Paul II on one track. Fun stuff! Reissued on Grönland.

Yann Tiersen
Hent

Yann Tiersen with another one of those plink-plonk nice-nice records he's made his money off all these years. Hent is a Yann Tiersen album, which means that it's an album that sounds like it was made by Yann Tiersen. Tinkle the bitten ivories, Mr. Tiersen. Play your pretty song. It will all be in vain. It will all be for naught.

The Slowest Lift
The Slowest Lift

The Slowest Lift is, I am pleased to announce, the sweet team-up of Todmorden’s finest Sophie Cooper and Vibracathedral Orchestra / Piss Superstition man Julian Bradley. Both are excellent at handling linear, semi-abstract and fully messed-up sounds, and this debut album of theirs is a strange and wonderful trip to take. Vinyl release from VHF.
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  • VHF
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Alvin Curran
Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico

San Fran imprint Superior Viaduct have got their grubby mitts on American-born minimalist composer and improviser Alvin Curran’s debut solo work Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico (‘Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden’), first released in 1974. Blending field recordings with synths and numerous other instruments and objects, it’s a peaceful, charming and emotive work.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Charlemagne Palestine
Interrvallissphereee (Blue TB7 Series)

Part of a two part release that capture Charlemagne Palestine’s first session in the Moog Sound Lab.  Having had a long relationship with the tools the composer has leapt at the chance to create what he has dreamed about for the last 50 years. Creating 6 long form drone works, this 12’s brings a single 50 minute piece split into an opening and finale.

Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Muunduja

Estonian violinist and vocalist Maarja Nut joins producer Ruum. Her airy voice and subtle violin create quiet lakes of sound, while Ruum’s electronic soundscapes seem to paint the depths that lie below. Muunduja is a haunting and reflective effort, out on FatCat, one of the finest world-pop/indietronica labels.

Olivia Wyatt & Bitchin Bajas
Sailing A Sinking Sea

Olivia Wyatt recently made a documentary film about the Moken people. This is the soundtrack. Rather nicely, this vinyl release contain both the original incidental music by Bitchin’ Bajas and the field recordings and sounds of the sea that Wyatt collected. It also contains a DVD with the Sailing A Sinking Sea film in full! On Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Soundtracks
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
PRINT/TRACK 01 // PRINT/TRACK 02

Thesis Project’s PRINT/TRACK series is an interesting endeavour. It works one of two ways - either musicians create two pieces to which visual artists respond with a 10” work, or vice versa. The end result is a luxury vinyl. The first (Ed Carlsen, Heather Woods Broderick) and second (Benoît Pioulard, Will Samson) instalments are bundled together here. Beautiful artwork aside, the music tends towards contemporary classicism and electronica ala Nils Frahm.

MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood
Disfigured with Abbreviations

First recorded collaboration between MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood (also known as Astor). The deal with Disfigured with Abbreviations was that recordings were made and then layered with little (initial) regard for how they might mix, meaning a fairly heady brew of murky cassette, mumbled words, field recordings and lo-fi electronics for the listener to try and make sense of. Out on Penultimate Press.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Realistic Monk (Carl Stone & Miki Yui)
Realm

Fresh from his recent exciting archival release and her very fine Cuspeditions album, Carl Stone and Miki Yui present their collaborative work together under the name Realistic Monk. Their first ‘studio’ recording, Realm is a set of relatively concise pieces, blending an array of micro-edited samples and other electronics into beguiling and lovely structures. Released by Meakusma.
  • Vinyl LP (MEA025)
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Jean C. Roche
Birds Of Venezuela

There’s surely nowt as thrilling, when getting to know the natural soundscape of an unfamiliar place, as the weird tapestry of local birdsong. This 1973 release by legendary bird recordist Jean C. Roché, sampled by Björk and cherished by David Toop, now gets the reissue treatment from the ever-dependable Sub Rosa. The dense, varying birdscapes of Venezuela, from pootoos to cornbirds, are just wonderful.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Foodman
Aru Otoko No Densetsu

Sun Araw’s Sun Ark imprint welcomes leftfield joker-juker Foodman for a new long-player of baffling, sample-shuffling rhythmscapes and a booklet of colourful drawings with the vinyl version. His tendency towards uncrowded layers of rubber-pitched samples plundered from all over and an overall sense of complete carefree delight prevail throughout.

Siavash Amini + Umchunga
The Brightest Winter Sun

This exciting pairing of Iranian artists Siavash Amini and Umchunga finds them collecting piano works by unspecified 18th- and 19th-Century composers (check the years of death in the titles for clues) and subjecting them to a good reworking. With a goal of removing thematic and tonal structure, anything goes, really, so a range of different, sombre atmospheres come out.
  • Tape (FLP073)
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  • Limited edition
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David Sylvian & Holger Czukay
Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability

The man once dubbed the Most Beautiful Man In The World...and ...er.. David Sylvian collaborated way back in the mid '80s on these two LPs in Can's home place of Koln in bleak midwinter. At the time record companies weren't bothered about such esoteric collaborations so now is a good time to revisit what the pair were up to. These beatless almost airless ambient albums  have now been collected together on a much needed re-issue and remastered for hopefully a more welcoming world.  

Arve Henriksen
The Height Of The Reeds

In a work specially commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, Arve Henriksen relates to the love-affair-on-the-waves between Scandinavia and the hitherto unheralded Yorkshire port-town on The Height Of The Reeds. Composed alongside Elvind Aarset and Jan Bang, the music accompanied a sound walk last year, to be listened to crossing the Humber; all 15,000 tickets sold out. Jez Riley French's field recordings taken from the site provide added local detail and context and the voices and orchestra of Opera North with Norwegian poetry from Nils Christian Moe-Repstad feature. Available on CD, or LP plus CD from Rune Grammophon.

Arve Henriksen
Composograph

Earlier this year a mere digital download courtesy of Henriksen himself, the tireless Norwegian’s Composograph finds itself bumped into the Rune Grammofon roster proper alongside new album The Height of the Reeds. Comprising material from the same string quartet sessions that yielded The Nature of Connections in 2014, these are similar arrangements, but a touch gloomier, chillier and creepier.

Andrew Liles
The Flesh Creeping Gonzoid: Speciality Offal & Other Choice Cuts

Andrew Liles has worked within Nurse With Wound, Current 93, as well as with the likes of Gnod, Faust, and Cosey Fanni Tutti and many more plus his immense solo back catalogue. Here we have a massive box set of 6 CDs of unreleased material, with a bonus DVD of bonus goodies such as outtakes limited releases. Limited to only 500.

Peter Zummo
Dress Code (Don't Look At My Car)

Arthur Russell collaborator and NYC trombone talent Peter Zummo’s new album is a halfway house between composition and improvisation, with Zummo’s group given plenty of room to explore. The finished results on Dress Code (Don’t Look At My Car) are hybrids assembled from multiple versions of each track, and the whole thing has a strong, strange, woozy feel. Yum. Out on Optimo.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno - Nico
June 1, 1974

Some A&R guy at Island Records suggested that Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Eno and Nico, a real bunch of musical mavericks, get together for a gig in an attempt to promote Island as a rock label. All four artists had recently signed with the label and had released, or were about to release, their own albums. It happened, as the title suggests, on June 1, 1974. The album features some key performances from Cale, Eno and Nico on side one, whilst side two is entirely performed by Kevin Ayers. As an additional garnish to the already stellar cast, Mike Oldfield plays bass and Robert Wyatt plays drums. Limited edition reissue of 1000 copies on Island.

Alvin Lucier
Illuminated By The Moon

Beloved experimentalist and drone pioneer Alvin Lucifer certainly deserves to have a birthday as much as any of us. This Black Truffle reissue captures the joyful happenings of his 85th birthday, which was celebrated in Zurich back in 2013. This massive boxset collects four live LPs alongside a booklet of info and friendly testimony. A great place to get to know the legend himself, Illustrated By the Moon includes performances of his most legendary work, including the groundbreaking musical brainscratcher "I Am Sitting In A Room". 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
  • Artist(s):
  • JfK

This Heat
This Heat

This Heat remain one of the most unique and remarkable bands in existence, and it is a joy to see their catalogue being reissued on vinyl for the first time! This Heat, their debut, is full of post-punk churn, dissonant ambience, and even proto-drum & bass (‘24 Track Loop’). Remastered audio, 180g vinyl, and a booklet of notes and photos, on Modern Classics.

Shazzula, Warren Ellis and Matthias Loibner
The Essor - First Film of The Spirits Trilogy

The Essor is Part One of Shazzula’s experimental film series, The Spirits Trilogy, designed for installation contexts but also available in your home via this Black Mass Rising DVD. Trippy business, filmed in Mongolia, and featuring a soundtrack by the filmmaker with Matthias Loibner and the big man Warren Ellis! Get deep man.
  • DVD (BMR 007DVD)
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  • Limited edition
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Tom Knapp
Mophoc Rez

Tom Knapp has been a secretive and provocative figure in English electronic music since the late 1990s, working as DJ, producer, promoter and collaborator. He co-runs the ICASEA and Meds labels and has worked with Dalglish, Alex Peverett , Kouhei Matsunaga amongst others. Mophoc Rez is a vinyl 12” of his dense and abstract electronica. This is extreme and stunning computer music. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.
  • Vinyl 12" (Ge-stell 03)
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R.S. Pearson
Reality from Childhood Remembered as a Dream

First active in the early 1980s Seattle underground, experimental composer R. S. Pearson finally gets to cross “Get an official release with a label” off his to-do list. Collected for vinyl by Serendip Lab, these various short, charming works of arpeggio sequences and sound design also dabble in algorithmic/generative composition and strange, ambiguous moods. Just what you’d hope for from titles such as ‘Dinosaurs in Water’ and ‘Water Jets of Ancient Disney’.
  • Vinyl LP (SERLP006)
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Air Traffic Control Quartet
Blue Raspberry

A blue raspberry. That'll be the day. What a time to be alive, indeed. Air Traffic Control Quartet is an avant-garde prankster's delight, a chase scene happening in a maze, parkour performed in an MC Escher painting. Using obscured melodies, harpsichords, storm samples and weird film motifs, this record truly has something, a bit broken, for everyone. Collage delirium.   
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Various
Emergence

Kate Carr’s Flaming Pines (The Boats, Xu) presents an intriguing compilation of experimental fare from Vietnam. Emergence makes a compelling case for more light to be shone on a scene - and a nation - whose music is often passed over by Western listeners. There are compelling piano pieces (Do Tan Si’s ‘The Morning Seems So Strange Today’), droning tape ambiences reminiscent of Yves Tumor (‘Sound Awakener’ by Duskiness), Oval-esque sound experiments from Parallel Asteroid and plenty more on the ten tracks here.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Daichi Yoshikawa
Intervivos

Fierce collaboration between Jean-Luc Guionnet, working his extended technique saxophone, and Daichi Yoshikawa with his fiery feedback systems. As you might expect, the pair serve up an uncompromising web of sharp-edged improvised sound, packed full of textures, tones, and timbre clash. Intervivos is released on vinyl by Empty Editions.
  • Vinyl LP (EE002)
  • £26.99 £21.59 (saving: £5.40)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Oliver Coates & Laurie Tompkins
Ample Profanity

Oliver Coates is a prodigious talent. He’s been too good for too long now for anyone to put in a salient argument to the contrary. Here we see him returning to Slip, the label that put out his excellent collaborative LP with Mica Levi, for a short record of avant-anarchism alongside Laurie Tompkins. Ample Profanity is a disorientating listen - at one point it will resemble the kindergarten punk of early Micachu & The Shapes, then a few seconds later it’ll be on an Einstuerzende Neubauten flex.
  • Vinyl LP (SLP038)
  • £13.99 £12.59 (saving: £1.40)
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Heather Leigh
Throne

Editions Mego (Shit & Shine, Oren Ambarchi) drop the latest LP from Heather Leigh (once known as Heather Leigh Murray). Throne is a record of singer-songwriter noir full of dark energy. Leigh commands her tracks with a smouldering intensity that is reminiscent of Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe. The instrumentals also have something of that group about them, though it’s less ‘Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants’ and more the Grouper-ish murk of Present Tense’s ‘New Life’ or Two Dancers’ ‘Underbelly’.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Ipek Gorgun
Ecce Homo

Turkish sound artist Ipek Gorgun signs with Touch for her second LP. Ecce Homo is a record of lush, large, sometimes abrasive electro-acoustic music. It swings from moments of grandiose granular synthesis to experiments with distortion to majestic drones - and that’s all within the space of opener ‘Neroli’. Despite the frequent changes of pace Ecce Homo never feels rushed. Equivalent creators include Yves Tumor and The Haxan Cloak.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Steve Reich
The ECM Recordings

Say no more: some of the most classic works of a major contemporary composer on a major contemporary label. This box-set of Steve Reich’s ECM Recordings includes several essential pieces of Reichian minimalism, including Tehillim and Music For 18 Musicians, presented in crucial original recordings from 1978-1982. Plus a hefty booklet of liner notes and an essay.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM

Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor
A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats

Andy Moor, one of The Ex’s super-kinetic guitarists, has a long-running pairing with Yannis Kyriakides, a Cypriot sound-artist with a lot of work under his belt. A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats explores the sound and feel of Greek Rebetika music, taking that traditional sound to radically new places, using electronics, guitar and improvisation. LP on Discrepant.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Phill Niblock
Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock

Reissue of an early work from the catalogue of Phill Niblock, originally released in 1984 and up till now not issued again since. Niblock For Celli / Cellie Plays Niblock features the classic Niblock drone method applied to Josephy Celli’s oboe and english horn, though the technology of the era means the two long tracks a little less dense: an interesting contrast with his present works. Reissued by Superior Viaduct.

Einstürzende Neubauten
Grundstück

Grundstuck is a rare piece of the big Einsturzende Neubauten puzzle, being initially released only for the benefit of an elite club of close supporters in 2005. Thrillingly, the material here captures the band in a work-in-progress state, so we get a rougher, more direct kind of Neubauten sound. This first time general release includes a DVD with both formats.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Bernard Parmegiani
Les Soleils de L’île de Pâques / La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (Original Soundtracks)

Apparently this record is for fans of 'explorations of the galaxy and of unexplored territories of the human mind' . . . how grand.  La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (1965) and Les Soleils de l’Île de Pâques (1972) are two previously unheard soundtracks from the acclaimed French composer Bernard Parmegiani. For fans of Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle and Robert Cohen-Solal. Available on a gatefold double vinyl LP and digipak CD and released on WRWTFWW Records. 
  • Artist(s):
  • JfK

無 (MU) / Céli Lee
變形記 - A Journal of Transform

A Journal of Transform is a collaborative multimedia project between Céli Lee and her Google-unfriendly band 無 (MU). Lee is the visual artist and the 20-page softbound book that comes with the CD contains 18 of her specially curated graphite artworks. The music that accompanies the drawings arrives in 13 compositions by a band that likes to treat us in equal measure to styles as diverse as: ambient, jazz, folk, rock and noise -- often simultaneously. Not necessarily just to defy categorisation; but who needs genres anyway (record stores do -- ed). Hopefully, a magical and unmissable journey awaits. Limited to 101 copies, each hand-numbered with unique calligraphy by Céli on the CD sleeve.
  • Artist(s):
  • Mu
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

The Residents
I Am A Resident!

Still mysterious 30+ years later, big-eyed weirdos the Residents are still ahead of the curve in doing unusual things. Here, they have asked fans to re-work, re-mash, re-mix tracks and then the Residents re-interpret these new versions creating a great big onion with loads of layers of new sound. 
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall
Monstrance

This 2013 crusher from Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall comes back around to squash us all over again. Originally issued on Touch and now reissued on Nordwall's own iDEAL Recordings imprint, mastered at EMS, Stockholm and now with new artwork by Philip Marshall. This collaboration had the duo recording back in 2010 in Einstürzende Neubauten’s Berlin studio where they used drums, guitars and electronics to manifest a truly heavyweight, menacing sound that the likes of Emptyset would later go on to pursue.
  • Vinyl Double LP (iDEAL164)
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Hannah Leighton-Boyce
Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol. I - Instruments of Industry

Folklore Tapes here launch a series called Industrial Folklore Tapes, recognising that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Hannah Leighton-Boyce actually used some antique tools (sourced from a museum) in the creation of Instruments Of Industry, building up rich patterns of resonant metal ringing. The B-side is an audio catalogue of the tools. 10” vinyl release.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Fred Helliwell
Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol. II - Springs

Folklore Tapes have a new series named Industrial Folklore Tapes, which engages with the fact that ‘folk’ life is just as likely to feature factories and machines as tending an orchard. Fred Helliwell’s Springs is one half document of the sonic life of a spring workshop and one half composition for vibrating springs. And each of the 250 copies of this 10” record comes with an actual pressed spring!
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Juan Hidalgo
Rrose Sélavy

Originally released in 1977, the late Juan Hidalgo’s Rrose Sélavy gets the reissue treatment from Discos Transgénero. The work is a queer examination of the role of language in socially constructing and maintaining gender roles. As a composition, it expresses this with the analogy of a musical language and then gets to work disrupting compositional norms. A lullabyish, disorientatingly unpredictable sequence on the celesta is gradually accompanied by more and more layers of instruments and textures.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Julian Curwin & Jane Sheldon
Crossing

Romero Records (The Tango Saloon, Umlaut) release a collaborative LP between Jane Sheldon and label boss Julian Curwin. Sheldon is a classical soprano with a haunting, mournful voice. On Crossing it comes backed by Curwin’s stately classical guitar playing to create a record of fragile beauty. Anyone who has enjoyed the recent reissues of early 20th Century Spanish musics by Death Is Not The End will enjoy this.

Charlemagne Palestine
Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz (Blue TB7 Series)

The highly respected composer and artist Charlemagne Palestine has long adored Moog synthesizers, and started experimenting with them in the 60s. Well now is very different from then, and having been given access to the moog lab he dove right in to create 6 longform drone pieces utilizing as many oscillators as he could imagine. Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz is a single piece slit into opening and closing.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Francis Plagne & crys cole
Two Words

Here’s something thats nice to see: two artists from really rather distinctly different areas finding common ground on which to collaborate. crys cole is a subtle sound artist working with some fairly abstract material, whereas Francis Plagne is a songwriter and player of keyboards and organs. Two Words is a fantastic mix of shifting layers of textures, vocals, melodies and sheer sound, producing a curious but powerful effect. Out on Black Truffle.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Zu93
Mirror Emperor

Hell of a prospect here: Italian noise-metal-jazz monolith band Zu and mystik English Current 93 troubadour David Tibet in collaboration. Surprisingly enough, what comes out is in many places soft, sensitive and melancholy, marshalling strings and acoustic guitars alongside Tibet’s incantations. Mirror Emperor is released on House Of Mythology.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

LWW
3PE

LWW is none other than Portland, Oregon's Luke Wyland with a three-lettered moniker describing his explorations in joyous repetition and softly-stated minimalism. Harsh vowels need not apply, but some rounded ones may accidentally appear. The project has already acquired the Nils Frahm / Piano Day seal of approval for the track 'PNO' (told you) which made the Frahm official PD playlist this year. A record on which Wyland has allowed unadorned, unembellished single takes to form and evolve naturally. Which is cool. LP on the always reliable Leaf Label.
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  • LWW
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Blurt
Poppycock

At the time of writing (5th April 2018), Poppycock - the third studio LP from 80s art-punks Blurt - is ranked as the 831st-best album for 1986 by Rate Your Music. Initially that doesn’t sound very impressive, but consider 1) how many records were released that year, and 2) those lists tend to be skewed by people who actually think that Peter Gabriel’s So deserves a place in the top 20 and the odds start to look more favourable for Blurt. Anyway, Poppycock is a funny old thing, a zany saxophone-led affair that recalls The Birthday Party and James Chance & The Contortions as well as paving the way for the wtf-fest that was Mr. Bungle. Now remastered and reissued by Klanggalerie.

P J Philipson
Linotopia

Jane Weaver’s current guitarist-of-choice P J Philipson follows up 2014’s Peaks with a new LP on Little Crackd Rabbit. Linotopia is built around Philipson’s spacious guitar-scapes, rendered on both acoustic and electric instruments. These are then augmented by effects, synths, drum machines and field recordings to create rich instrumentals that sit somewhere between Steve Reich and Manuel Goettsching.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Grimm Grimm
Cliffhanger

The new record from Japanese expat Grimm Grimm is a fine piece of contemporary psychedelia. Cliffhanger has its roots in the psychedelic folk of Syd Barrett, but also takes in psych-rock, freak-folk ala mid-period Animal Collective and even a little of the Ghost Box ilk. It’s testament to Grimm Grimm’s skill, and a real asset to Cliffhanger, that he manages to shackle his freaky-deaky tendencies with a knack for good songcraft.

Cruel Diagonals
Disambiguation

Drawing Room Records present the debut LP from Bay Area vocalist/field recordist Megan Mitchell’s Cruel Diagonals project. Disambiguation is an unsettling listen, with Mitchell utilising electronic sequences and synthesised hums alongside the sounds she’s found and the ones she’s made with her voice. The lines between electroacoustic composition, ambient techno and drone blur nicely here, and the end result recalls Holly Herndon.

Eiko Ishibashi and Darin Gray
Ichida

Eiko Ishibashi and Darin Gray are two perhaps slightly under-the-radar artists, though they move in the orbits of the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Chris Corsano and Loren Connors. Their collaboration here is a live flute, electronics, piano, and double bass improvisation, full of delightful textural and melodic touches. Ichida is released on Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle imprint.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Tigue
Strange Paradise

On Strange Paradise, Tigue, who are loosely described as a percussion trio, utilise drums, vibraphones, gongs, synths and other found items that make interesting sounds to create a soundscape that changes subtly in tone and rhythm as each musician reacts to one another’s actions. LP on NNA Tapes.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Jon Collin
Water and Rock Music Volume 1

Feeding Tube Records (Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Thurston Moore) front the fifth LP from slide guitarist Jon Collin. Water And Rock Music, Volume 1 is a more literal title than it may at first appear given that the record actually was recorded on the shores of a Swedish lake. These lovely, woozy takes capture the tranquility of the location expertly. Keep an eye out for the second volume which is set to drop in a few months.

Laura Cannell & André Bosman
Reckonings

On Reckonings, we get two experimental violinists for the price of one -- this is the debut album from Laura Cannell & André Bosman as a duo. The pair set about channeling medieval cultures and strange alien worlds; herein, ancient melodies co-mingle with the drone of re-imagined, long-asleep Saxons. The album was composed spontaneously and recorded in old churches, to capture the essence of their playing -- unrehearsed, unplanned, direct. Their recordings took place during all seasons with wind howling, torrential rain-showers, blazing sun and thawing snow all happening variously outside.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Andrew Liles
Cover Girls

Cover Girls is a cunningly diverse collection of women-only covers curated by Nurse With Wound’s Andrew Liles. Featuring the likes of Elisabeth Oswell, Gena Netherwood and Alex Jako covering everything from The Buggles to Einstürzende Neubauten to David Essex. Out on CD digipack from Dirter.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Miki Yui
Mills

Warm field recording clutter for broken droners. Miki Yui's newest record for Cusp Editions sounds beautiful through and through, recalling the shuttering architecture of records by Danny Clay. Using clanging, metallic sound sources and odd strands of half-baked rhythm, Yui creates an inviting, Sunday morning kinda experimentalism.
  • Vinyl LP (CUSPEDITIONS 006)
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​Object Collection
Prisons For Profit

Object Collection are a Brooklyn-based ensemble who bring experimental operatic approaches to the live archives of Fugazi, creating intense and beguiling pieces out of incidental recorded words and sounds (but not any of the songs). Prisons For Profit is a handsome 7” single containing a track from the ensemble’s album and two additional exclusive tracks.
  • Vinyl 7" (SLP041)
  • £10.49 £6.29 (saving: £4.20)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Coil / The New Blockaders / Vortex Campaign
The Melancholy Mad Tenant

Big old noisy team-up from 1984, bringing together the great and mysterious Coil with avant-smashers The New Blockaders and Vortex Campaign. This release went down in noise history as a big classic, and is now reissued, in nice remastered form. Plus, as a bonus, everything else that Vortex Campaign ever recorded (including some unreleased stuff)! Infinite Fog reissue.

Zu & Eugene S. Robinson
The Left Hand Path

This collaborative LP features Zu on a more droney mission than their usual polyrhythmic jazz freakouts, maybe because that sound has 0 room for vocals. Self-proclaimed as 'moon musick', it features the voice of Oxbow's Eugene S. Robinson floating over Zu's electronics, perhaps curbing the madness. Perhaps.
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  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Henning Christiansen
Rødhætte / Ruinmusik

Previously unissued audio goodies from the archives of Henning Christiansen. On one side of this natty 7” we have Rødhœtte from 1985, a strange take on the Red Riding Hood tale. And on the other side we have Ruinmusik, a recording made on a piano in a desolate grand old house on a Danish island, just before the whole thing was destroyed. Very atmospheric. 7” on Penultimate Press.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Coims
Blues in F Sharp

It's a slightly mysterious one, this. Bristolian duo Coims make noisy post-industrial, electronic-rock deconstructions influenced by and in response to the continual renewal, regeneration and gentrification of their immediate urban environment. Bristol, eh? Anyway, it's their debut LP and the first full, 'official' release of their only long-form record to date -- following a very limited test-run of Blues in F Sharp, nearly a year back now. Be warned though, this is some abstract and wholly unpredictable stuff. Sounds exciting to us, and 'string destructions' are promised... Ideal. Clear blue vinyl LP on Vohu Mana Music, limited to 250 copies housed in a pink & blue screen-printed sleeve.
  • Vinyl LP (VM #02 2018)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Sote
Persian Electronic Music Volume 2 / Sacred Horror In Design

A new one from the most intense and hardcore mixer of all time, Sacred Horror In Design sees Sote follow-up the unbelievable and unprecedented Hardcore Sounds from Tehran. This record comes as a commission for Sote, who is joined by Arash Bolouri and Behrouz Pashaei, the trio bridging juxtapositions of electronics and Iranian classical music in divergent patterns. Sote left many of the instruments played on the record unprocessed against their electronic counterparts.

Current 93
The Stars On Their Horsies

Current 93 continue their near-40 year experimental musical journey by scoring a pair of group founder and only constant member, David Tibet’s recent nightmares. Their umpteenth album, The Stars On Their Horsies is one long song clocking in at precisely 39 minutes and 39 seconds. CD on The Spheres.

Ancient Crux / Norse Horse
Split


  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor
Tout Ce Que Je Sais

Tout Ce Que Je Sais captures a live recording by experimental poet Anne-James Chaton and improvising guitarist Andy Moor (primarily of The Ex), further exploring their long-running duo collaboration in the Carreau du Temple in Paris. The pieces here engage with controversial literary greats like the Marquis De Sade and William Burroughs. CD and LP release on Unsounds.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Nonturn
Territory

Territory is the soundtrack to the streets of Tokyo. Nozom Yoneda, as Nonturn made field recording in the city and collated them to produce an idealised vision of his city. Yoneda has had a go at just about every style of music and has drawn on the diversity of his experience to a produce a work that is both ambitious, and personal.

David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke
Risha

With many years of familiar friendship and performances together in groups between them, now is the time for Alexander Hacke (of Einstürzende goddamn Neubauten) and David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower) to reveal their first full-length collaborative album together. Risha is dramatic rock music with a wide horizon. Out via Glitterhouse.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
Finding Shore

Tom Rogerson might be familiar to you for his lightning keyboard runs in Three Trapped Tigers, but here he works in a different milieu and with a different collaborator: Brian Eno himself. At the core of Finding Shore is a device that converts acoustic piano performance into MIDI, allowing Eno to weave electronics around Rogerson’s melodies. Released by Dead Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Experimental / Avant-garde / Sound Art / Field

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