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Mesias Maiguashca
Oeldorf 8

Premiering in 1974 and released as a recording two years later, Ecuadorian composer Mesias Maiguashca’s innovative electro-acoustic work Oeldorf 8 has long since been a sought-after collector’s item. Re-mastered by Kassian Troyer at Berlin’s D&M, it now gets a second life on vinyl and CD. 

Arurmukha
14.11.90

Marking the date on which police violently cleared out squatters from a series of properties in reunified Berlin, 14.11.90 was the creation of Marc Weiser and Jurgen Hendlmeier as Arurmukha. With its themes of exploitation as urgent as ever in 2020, it now gets a 30th anniversary re-release on vinyl, complete with an insert chronicling the events in depth. 
  • Vinyl LP (KR082)
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Konstrukt & Otomo Yoshihide
Eastern Saga: Live At Tusk

Recorded live at the Tusk Festival in 2018 is the fourth of the collaborations from Turkish free jazz outfit Konstrukt with talented multi-instrumentalist Otomo Yoshihide to be released on Karlrecords. Eastern Saga: Live at Tusk is a fantastic document, featuring two drummers, guitars, turntables and a whole range of woodwind and brass. 
  • Vinyl LP (KR079)
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Bérangère Maximin
Land of Waves

Bérangère Maximin is an electroacoustic and expert sound artist from France. Land of Waves is her sixth album. Here, she creates a fully immersive world, representing the natural and the man-made, using synths, electric guitars, voice, percussion and electronics, manipulating sounds and stitching them together like only she can.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KR078)
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Summer of Seventeen
Summer of Seventeen

Recorded in Seattle just before the wildfires that decimated Washington state in the summer of 2017 and released during the current COVID pandemic, there’s something appropriately apocalyptic about Summer of Seventeen. The eponymous band’s personnel includes Monika Khot (the woman behind Zen Mother and Nordra), Sumac’s Aaron Turner and three members of Mamiffer. 

Saba Alizadeh
Scattered Memories

Saba Alizadeh is a crucial part of the experimental music world in Iran, using both traditional instrumentation and experimental noise techniques, along with field recordings and samples, to weave together powerful electroacoustic pieces that carry a sense of place while totally ignoring dumb ideas of what ‘world music’ sounds like. Initially self-released within Iran, Scattered Memories has now been pressed to vinyl by Karlrecords.

die ANGEL
Utopien I

The fruitful creative partnership between Ilpo Väisänen (Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) enters its third decade, with the tenth die ANGEL studio album Utopien I. Featuring Oren Ambarchi on electric guitar, these tracks were recorded the best part of four years ago but have an urgent, relevant political message. 
  • Vinyl LP (KR077)
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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. 

Aidan Baker & Gareth Davis
Invisible Cities II

Two years on from their first collaboration, Nadja’s Aidan Baker and bass clarinet player Gareth Davis hook up once again for Invisible Cities II. Much like its 2018 predecessorl, the album is a beautiful sonic exploration that’s intelligent enough to value space and quiet as much as noise. 

G.A.M.S.
G.A.M.S.

The self-titled debut album from G.A.M.S., a new group formed by Andi Stecher and Guido Mobius, is pretty much an exploration in pure feedback. Often painful to listen to but sometimes extraordinarily pretty and powerful, Mobius unleashes volleys of noise while Stecher powers through with primal percussion on G.A.M.S., one of the most challenging but rewarding releases of the year. 

Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
Kozmik Bazaar

Kozmik Bazaar sees Turkish free jazz group Konstrukt collaborate with Chicago jazz musician Ken Vandermark for a third time. Vandermark has played with pretty much everyone in the jazz world including Peter Brotzmann, Alex Dorner and Mats Gustafsson, to name but a few. Kozmik Bazaar starts from a familiar enough place by referencing Ornette Coleman before taking itself to a psychedelic place way beyond what most people would consider to be jazz.

Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs from the Albums 'Kraftwerk' and 'Kraftwerk 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, John Cage. Now they turn their mad orchestra’s gaze upon the early works of Kraftwerk, specifically their first two albums.

Ernstalbrecht Stiebler
Reworks

German composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler turned 85 this year. Karlrecords rises to the occasion with an album of reworks - the first in a series, by the way - by a few of the minimalist trailblazer’s appreciators. Stiebler’s aesthetics are interpreted by Raster-Noton co-founder Frank Bretschneider, Jasmine Guffond, Jes Strüver with Werner Durand (as Phonosphere), Kammerflimmer Kollektief and Bérangère Maximin.

Brian Harnetty
Shawnee, Ohio

Brian Harnetty presents his ethnographic survey of the small town of Shawnee, Ohio, which mixes together spoken interviews with the town’s residents with composed music in a chamber folk style. Appalachian folk musician Anna Roberts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth and Paul De Jong of The Books are among the ensemble providing the delicate accompaniment. A rich and intriguing work. On Karlrecords.

Benjamin Finger, James Plotkin & Mia Zabelka
Pleasure-Voltage

Pleasure-Voltage is the debut release from the collaboration between Benjamin Fingers, James Plotkin and Mia Zabelka. Premiered at the 2018 edition of Rewire festival, the album sees the trio creating sinister and moving ambient drones. Sounds slip into and out of each other to create another world.

Hanno Leichtmann
Nouvelle Aventure

Ever the innovator, Thomas Herbst’s Karlrecords (Iannis Xenakis, John Cage) release a new LP from Hanno Leichtmann. On Nouvelle Aventure we find Leichtmann playing around with the 70-year-old archive of the Darmstadt Summer Courses For New Music - a programme that featured (among others) Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen and György Ligeti. He treats the source material in all sorts of ways here (micro-loops, re-recording, tape manipulation etc.) and comes up with a record of Nurse With Wound-ish musique concrete.

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 a sea of bass electronics and distortion. Strong stuff, on Karlrecords.

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 string instruments, and Pupilo’s bass moves in and out of the mix. What the trio end up with is equal parts Coil, Californian New Age and seashore ambience. Out via Karlrecords.

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 in gruesome unison. A euphoric racket is to be expected along the lines of the structure-hating Thurston Moore.

Zeitkratzer
Reinhold Friedl: KORE

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Iannis Xenakis
Persepolis

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Arovane & Porya Hatami
C.H.R.O.N.O.S.

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Giulio Aldinucci
Disappearing In A Mirror

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Audrey Chen
Runt Vigor

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Giulio Aldinucci
Borders and Ruins

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Arovane & Porya Hatami
Organism / Organism_evolution

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Iannis Xenakis
La Légende D'Eer

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Painkiller
Execution Ground

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Fret
Over Depth

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Aidan Baker & Gareth Davis
Invisible Cities

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

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Zeitkratzer + Elliott Sharp
Oneirika

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Laurent De Schepper Trio
Into Olymp

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Golden Disko Ship
Imaginary Boys

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Reinhold Friedl
John Cage: Complete Song Books

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Oren Ambarchi / Stefano Pilia / Massimo Pupillo
Aithein

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Steve Reich / Ensemble Avantgarde
Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music

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Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen

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Fanu & Bill Laswell
Lodge

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Guy Reibel
Douze Inventions En Six Modes De Jeu

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Aidan Baker & Idklang
In The Red Room

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Lou Reed & Zeitkratzer
Metal Machine Music

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Zeitkratzer
Whitehouse

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Morton Subotnick
The Wild Bull

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Various
Parakustiks #1

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Philippe Petit
Off To Titan

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Bill Laswell vs. Submerge
Brutal Calling

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Kammerflimmer Kollektief / Strings Of Consciousness
Split

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