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Giulio Aldinucci
Disappearing In A Mirror

Giulio Aldinucci’s gradual path to choral sample-scamblin’ stardom has led him from Time Released Sound and Dronarivm up to this second outing for Karlrecords. Disappearing in a Mirror finds the Italian sound designer driving his sacred loops through searing distortion, droning crescendos and tenuous titles ...view item »

Audrey Chen
Runt Vigor

Tremendous material from experimental music expert Audrey Chen. Her voice is at the core of much of this material, though extended techniques and electronic augmentation may not make that obvious at times. With cello also in the mix, ...view item »

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, fr...view item »

Giulio Aldinucci
Borders and Ruins

Karlrecords (Konstrukt & Keiji Haino, Arovane) repress Guilio Aldinucci’s 2017 LP Borders And Ruins. This is an ambient LP of rare intensity, though not one that fits easily into the ‘dark ambient’ subgenre. While cuts like ‘Division’ a...view item »

Iannis Xenakis
Persepolis

Having previously returned Xenakis’ La Légende d'Eer to vinyl, Berlin’s Karlrecords tackle the Greek composer's 1971 electroacoustic masterpiece. Commissioned by the Shah of Persia, it’s been unavailable on vinyl for decades, with CD editions often abbreviated. This is a new mix from Xen...view item »

R.A.N.
Şeb-i Yelda

Out of the deep dark depths emerges the new project R.A.N., by Hüma Utku. Produced in Berlin but with Utku’s native Istanbul looming in the background, Seb-i Yelda is four powerful tracks of dark ambience, with traces of traditional Turkish acoustic instruments cast adrift in...view item »

Arovane & Porya Hatami
Organism / Organism_evolution

Arovane & Porya Hatami turned heads with their 2017 collaboration Organism. The record mixed the ambient IDM of the former and the experimental sound art of the latter with found sounds to create an LP of dense, droning electronic ambiences. Organism now comes bundled together with its follow-up Organis...view item »
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Iannis Xenakis
La Légende D'Eer

Karlrecords have allowed Reinhold Friedl (main man in Zeitkratzer) to keep curate a series of major electroacoustic reissues for them: second up is a work by the almighty Iannis Xenakis. La Légende D’Eer is a huge piece of electronic sound, noisy and overwhelming and beauti...view item »
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Painkiller
Execution Ground

Painkiller’s heavyweight line-up, in case you had forgotten, was Mick Harris (of Napalm Death), Bill Laswell (of Last Exit) and John Zorn (of absolutely everything, particularly Naked City). Yeah, big stuff. Execution ...view item »
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Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
A Philosophy Warping, Little by Little That Way Lies A Quagmire

Berlin’s Karlrecords previously released of a pair of Haino collaborations with experimental ensemble Zeitkratzer, which placed the Man in Black in musical contexts that stood out as unusual even in his vast and varied discography. The same can be said of this LP w...view item »

Zeitkratzer
Zeitkratzer Performs Songs From Kraftwerk 1 and 2

Led by Reinhold Friedl, Zeitkratzer are an ensemble of musicians who work with and reinterpret compositions by an ever reaching range of avant-garde and fringe artists. Their list of works include Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, Stockhausen...view item »

Fret
Over Depth

To say that the legendary Mick Harris (Lull, Quoit, The Weakener, Monrella, Painkiller, Napalm Death etc.) is back with a bang after Scorn takes a well deserved kip would be an understatement. Prior to 'Over Depth' there was a single Fret 12" released in 1995 on a Downwards offshoot label, and then nothing. Now he returns to the alias, full-forc...view item »

Creta
Creta

This new project from Massimo Pupillo (Zu, Laniakea), Luciano Lamanna and Roberto Zanisi sees the trio create three heady ambient soundscapes. The division of labour is thus: Lamanna brings the modulars, Zanisi handles guitar as well as an array of Mediterranean...view item »

Aidan Baker & Gareth Davis
Invisible Cities

Aidan Baker's imprint on contemporary ambient and drone music is hard to avoid, having released an avalanche of material all focusing on basically one thing: processed electric guitar. On this release that stasis is lifted into a more tactile mode and gifted life and personality by the lonely calls of Gareth Davis...view item »
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Massimo Pupillo, Alexandre Babel & Caspar Brötzmann
Live at Candy Bomber Studios, Vol. 1

Three is a good number; there are a lot of trios in the world, so it must be. This one is a particularly extreme assembly, offering bassist Massimo Pupillo, percussionist Alexandre Babel and guitarist Casper Brötzmann...view item »

Zeitkratzer, Svetlana Spajić, Dragana Tomić & Obrad Milić
Serbian War Songs

Avant-chamber heroes Zeitkratzer present a set of interpretations of Serbian War Songs from (and about) the World War I era. On board for the project are the singers Svetlana Spajic, Dragana Tomic and Obrad Milic, helping to take traditional folk music into deep experim...view item »
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Zeitkratzer + Elliott Sharp
Oneirika

Zeitkratzer are known for reimagining and performing compositions by artists such as Kraftwerk, Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Throbbing Gristle, and John Cage, here they work as the ensemble for New York avant-garde experimentalist Elliott Sharp. Record...view item »
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Laurent De Schepper Trio
Into Olymp

Laurent De Schepper Trio, who have rather indecently become a quartet since they established themselves under the name, present their second album of indie-jazz sonics. By putting the saxophone, that most essential of jazz instruments, through an array of effects, the group exceed the limits of the genre and create a sweet suite...view item »
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Golden Disko Ship
Imaginary Boys

A trip to Lisbon provided Golden Disko Ship with the inspirations and raw ingredients to make third full-length Imaginary Boys happen. The structures of these pieces are often technoish, but the sound ingredients include viola and field recordings as well as electronics. These psychedelic pieces swim seamlessly between ...view item »
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Reinhold Friedl
John Cage: Complete Song Books

Zeitkratzer head honcho Reinhold Friedl takes on John Cage’s 92-part work Song Books, a bizarro set of songs, instructions, Fluxus-esque performance ideas and much more besides. Friedl approaches the pieces with a serious non-seriousness, his wide array of sounds ...view item »
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Oren Ambarchi / Stefano Pilia / Massimo Pupillo
Aithein

Perennial collaborator Oren Ambarchi is at it again, this time teaming with Stefano Pilia and the thundering bass-power of Massimo Pupillo of Zu. Aithen...view item »
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Zeitkratzer
Reinhold Friedl: KORE

Zeitkratzer are not your usual classically trained orchestral collective. They’ve collaborated with Merzbow and Keiji Haino and they covered Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music in its entirety. On Reinhold Friedl: KORE from Karlrecords th...view item »
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Steve Reich / Ensemble Avantgarde
Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music

Vinyl treatment for the academic oddball Steve Reich and the Ensemble Avantgarde. Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music is exactly what you would expect it to be. Classic minimal Reichian experimentation, this time with organs. It sounds like John Carpenter stuck in an ...view item »
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Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen

Zeitkratzer (the unclassifiable experimental classical collective who made their name covering Metal Machine Music) join up with noise experimenter Keiji Haino to interpret the work of radical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen! Without exaggeration this is arguably the greatest wei...view item »
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Fanu & Bill Laswell
Lodge

First issued in 2008, Lodge is a collaboration between the ever busy Bill Laswell (Last Exit, Painkiller) and drum&bass producer Fanu. Laswell plays along well with the ferocious rhythms, his hard-funk bass joined by two brass players and the legend...view item »
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Guy Reibel
Douze Inventions En Six Modes De Jeu

Has your treasured copy of ‘Granulations-Sillages / Franges du Signe’ been getting lonely on the shelf? Fear not, it’s heartbreaking solitude and hopeless isolation will soon be terminated… Good people; welcome into your home its new companion ‘Douze Inventions En Six Modes De Jeu’. Is this a joke? How c...view item »
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Aidan Baker & Idklang
In The Red Room

‘In The Red Room’ is where the ambient drones of Aidan Baker (Nadja, B/B/S/) meet the experimental sound designs of Idklang aka Markus Steinkellner (Arktis/Air) over two epic, twenty minute instrumental tracks of gentle, effects driven, ambient guitar drone over repetitive, krautrock beats....view item »
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Lou Reed & Zeitkratzer
Metal Machine Music

'Metal Machine Music' is that much debated record of Lou Reed's that might have just been made to annoy label bosses, or might have been a crowning achievement of avant-garde and noise. Or maybe both. Zeitkratzer had the genius idea to perform the record live and are now showing off a new version of the classic: this record is a release of each ...view item »
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Zeitkratzer
Whitehouse

Spanning all the hertz is the collaboration between Zeitkratzer and William Bennett. Whitehouse is an expedition into the endless possibilities one could start to address using only acoustic instruments and voices. The 5 tracks contain a broad array of orchestral instruments, wrong'un vocals and strings. The low end is ...view item »
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Morton Subotnick
The Wild Bull

A pioneer of electronic music, composer Morton Subotnick is a legend to those in the know. Coming from a genre of avant garde, Subotnick differed in his approach by using regular rhythm patterns rather than just weird noises, meaning you can dance to his music as well as sitting around on bean bags listening and scratching your beard. This is th...view item »

Various
Parakustiks #1

The Bad Alchemy fanzine purveyed the goings-on in experimental music throughout Germany and in other areas too. 'Parakustiks #1' originally came out with one of its many issues, in an attempt to show off the music of Karlrecords, a proudly avant-garde record label. Along with a variety of tracks from the label's previous releases, there are excl...view item »
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Morton Subotnick
Silver Apples Of The Moon (Remastered)

What is music? I think the most widely used definition I’ve come across is that music is organised sound. Does that mean that disorganised sound isn’t music? That’s not something that computes with me. Some months ago I was running a bath and my 3 year old son was listening to the tap running, turned around to me and said "Dadd...view item »
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Philippe Petit
Off To Titan

This bad boy's subtitled 'A Rework of Gustav Mahler's Symhonic Poem' and that pretty much tells the story: Mahler's 'Titan' (aka 'Symphony No. 1') plays while Petit and chum Kumo sprinkle the classical 99 with their electronic hundreds and thousands. It's certainly a hugely respectful treatment with the original piece always audible and generall...view item »
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Kammerflimmer Kollektief / Strings Of Consciousness
Split

Kammerflimmer Kollektief / Strings of Consciousness (Karlrecords) Is a split 10" that contains scat vocals, drones and the sort of atmospherics that wouldn't be out of place on a Ennio Morricone score and a sad plaintive open, wide vista of sound from the two tracks by K K on one side. The three tracks on the flip by S O C cover the ...view item »
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