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Eliane Radigue
Chry-Ptus


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Pauline Oliveros
Tara's Room

Pauline Oliveros was a trailblazing experimental electronic musician who also plays the accordion. She coined the term ‘deep listening’, originally a phrase describing the time she composed music whilst being 14 feet underground. It is now regarded as relating to music of a spiritual and meditative nature. Tara’s Room is two sides of deep and sensitive music that has been recommended for people going through spiritual change, but is also fine to listen to anytime. Oliveros died in 2016, aged 74.

Pauline Oliveros & Guy Klucevsek
Sounding / way

Sounding / Way is a collaboration between American composer, electronic pioneer and accordion player, Pauline Oliveros and fellow accordionist, Guy Klucevsek who has worked with all sorts of artists from Laurie Anderson to Kronos Quartet. Oliveros created deep listening - spiritual and meditative music for mind and body. Sounding/Way was only ever released on cassette in 1986, so this vinyl pressing is a real treat.
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Eleh
Home Age

More ultra-refined minimal synthesis from Eleh in a deluxe edition on Important Records. Created using Serge STS synthesisers, these three new works explore the notion of potential musical meanings (such as perceptions of musical tonality and rhythm) from non-musical sources. Whether a surface-level aesthetic work, a study of the cultural production of musical semantics or any depth of analysis in between, this one respectfully affords all sorts of enjoyment.
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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part Two

Anyone else singing Hallelujah Mystic Garden to the tune of ‘Solidarity Forever’? Just me? Scabs the lot of you. Anyway, the bugged-out psychedelia of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is exactly the sort of decadence that flies in the face of the international socialist project. Following on from 2018’s Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part One, Part Two fronts up two proggy disco numbers, one of which is a new rendering of AMT fan-fave ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’. The Acid Mothers united will never be defeated.

Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis
Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman

An interesting combination here of pieces by Alvin Lucier and Morton Feldman, selected and performed by Charles Curtis and Anthony Burr, a very talented pair. Chamber Music features three fairly early Feldman pieces and three of Lucier’s pure-tone wonder-vignettes. Perhaps their placement next to one another will illuminate certain aspects of each composer. Excellent performances on Important Records.

Alvin Lucier
Orpheus Variations

Alvin Lucier here continues to compose for the excellent cellist Charles Curtis. Orpheus Variations is drawn from a sonority from a Stravinsky piece, though presented here in rather more abstract context. Curtis’ cello weaves through a seven-part wind ensemble (here, the SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik), creating amazing waveform effects in that unique Lucier style. Out on Important Records.

Phill Niblock
Music For Cello

It must be something about the grey days of winter that makes people put out these bleak and infinite drones. Music for Cello, the new effort from avant-garde composer Phill Niblock, matches the weather: the CD features about six notes in total, spread over three 20+ minute tracks, recorded sometime between 1974 and 1995.

Eleh
Home Age 2

More delicious pure-sound from the mysterious maestro Eleh. Synthesisers are used to channel colossally deep drones from the far atmosphere, through on Home Age 2 these sounds are joined by piano, bass and organ as well (but will you know when you hear them?). Very immersive and gorgeous work as ever from Eleh, on Important Records.

Pauline Oliveros
Reverberations I

Pauline Oliveros is perhaps best known for her peerless minimalist/drone explorations on accordion, her 1982 record ‘Accordion and Voice’ very much a landmark in the genre. Equally intriguing, however, are her experiments with electronic equipment. The double LP ‘Reverberations 1’ is the beginning of a series that looks to put the entirety of 2012's mammoth, 12 CD, archival release of this electronic work to wax.   

Weeed
This

Now This is more like it. Portland’s Weeed return with another dispatch of long-form Black Sabbath worship. Four lengthy jams on this LP which combine all manner of stonerisms - psych, Kraut, noise, metal, even a little gnawa - without ever bringing things on too heavy. Plenty of fun to be had here, especially if you like Goat, Wooden Shjips and so on.
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Newaxeyes
Black Fax

Seattle group NEWAXEYES created a heady brew on their debut LP. Black Fax draws from genres as diverse as doom metal, power electronics, techno and industrial music to create music that is intended to mirror the synaptic-overload of the information age. They get pretty damn close, too - opener ‘False Flag’ is an intense ride that recalls Nine Inch Nails. Other touchstones include Sunn O))) and Death Grips.

William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Divertissment

Serious minimalists heavyweights collaborating right here. William Basinski should need no introduction, and Richard Chartier has been ploughing a rich furrow of electronic microsound for years. Their third collaboration together is Divertissment, which is of course a richly detailed sonic environment, subtle but powerful.

Jacob Kirkegaard & Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard
Descending

The premier collaboration between Danish experimental sound art composers Jacob Kirkegaard and Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard is Descending, a piece that draws on their shared interest in drawing out strange characteristics of our perceptions of sound. Descending was recorded with the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, who provided instrumental sounds to be finely whittled by our heroes. LP release on Important Records.

Eleh / Christina Kubisch
Split

Thrilling vinyl split between Christina Kubisch, master harnesser of the electromagnetic field, and the person or persons known only as Eleh, champion of modern minimalist synth. Kubisch interprets the cultural legacy of Nikola Tesla for her side, composing with myriad electromagnetic signals sourced from modern infrastructure. By situating her beautiful, compelling composition as representative of the anxiety of constant, interconnected society, she creates thoughtful, even troubling tensions. Eleh’s side is a gentler affair, with gradual modular filters and even piano. Patch jam bores take note: this is how you actually do modular synth.

Alessandro Cortini & Masami Akita
Untitled

Masami Akita (King Merzbow himself) and Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails) both own an EMS Synthi, and this Untitled release finds them each using the EMS exclusively to produce four sides of seething noisy electronics. The vintage analogue equipment is totally exploited, with vivid results that will interest synth fans and noise fans in equal measure. Double LP on Important Records, presented in a metallic shimmer-print sleeve.

Charlemagne Palestine & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra
Omminggg & Schlomminggg

Eccentric legend of minimalism Charlemagne Palestine teams up with experimental pop duo Grumbling Fur (in their extra-experimental Time Machine Orchestra mode) for a second time on Omminggg & Schlomminggg, which was recorded in front of a live audience in Copenhagen last year. Piano, strings, vocals and assorted electronics dance slowly together in a beautiful ever-growing drone soundscape. Double LP on Important Records.

Growing
Disorder

As electronic weirdos Growing enter their fifteenth year, they offer up their ninth album, their first in a fair while. Disorder moves with sinister authority and simmering vibes. It is also almost impossible to google-search for an album named Disorder by a band named Growing, so this will surely only be found by those who know. Vinyl LP in a screen-printed sleeve on Important Records.
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Overtone Ensemble
Overtone Ensemble

The name of The Overtone Ensemble does not lie: this group work with instruments that create shimmering clouds of overtones, carefully controlled through microtonal tuning and tactical combinations. 12 aluminum rods are at the centre of their set-up, which also includes bells and wine glasses: and every sound is completely acoustic too! On Important Records, experts in this kind of thing.

L A N D
Anoxia

Brooding electro-acoustics from L A N D here, shifting and shuffling along with a myriad of percussions, guitars, shakuhachis… Anoxia is a curious thing, generating a landscape that sounds chilly and hostile, yet remarkably tempting. Mixed crystal clearly by Ben Frost, the album is released by Important Records.

Charlemagne Palestine & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra
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Most commonly associated with the New York, sixties, minimalist scene, shamanic improviser Charlemagne Palestine is best known for his falsetto vocals and extended performances with beautiful, classical instruments and cathedral organs. This collaborative performance with Grumbling Fur alter-ego the Time Machine Orchestra is an exploration of automatic compositional playing through an array of unusual live instruments, tape manipulations and detached vocal harmonies.

Duane Pitre
Bayou Electric

Academic drone-artist and former pro skateboarder (seriously) Duane Pitre returns with Bayou Electric. Completing the trilogy started by his last two records, this piece is built up around a field recording rich with personal resonance, around which the sonic resonances of the ensemble were built. On Important Records.
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Vanishing Voice
Nordic Visions


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The Thirteenth Assembly
(Un)sentimental


Beequeen
Port Out Starboard Home


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Absolut Null Punkt
Live In Japan


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Mark Rogers + Mary Byrne
I Line My Days Along Your Weight

Debut album from the duo of Mark Rogers + Mary Byrne. They’ve used a barrage of interesting old instruments (including a “tricone resonator” and “golden-era flattop” - sounds delicious) and Mary’s rich voice to make these ten, close-feeling tracks. Mostly recorded live, for that extra sense of directness. LP on Important Records.
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Maurizio Bianchi / M.B
Untitled 1980 / Untitled 2013

CD on Important Records. Gritty industrial noise produced from a single Korg MS20 synthesizer by Italian pioneer Maurizio Bianchi. Recorded and originally released in 1980 this release contains the original recordings as well as four new compositions, recorded in 2013, based on the original material.
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Miminokoto
Hitoyogiri


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Jon Mueller & Z'ev
HYDration


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Kid606
Songs About Fucking Steve Albini


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Zak Riles
Zak Riles


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Pick-Up
Mouthless


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Jessica Rylan
Interior Designs


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