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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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  • Black Truffle

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi
In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button

Experimental music heavyweights Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi return with their new album In the Past Only Geniuses Were Capable of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known as a Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With the Push of the Button which almost completes my word count for this description which is useful as there's no press release to work with. You know the score though... fearsome power rock on an annual mission to clean your ears of any wax that may have built up in there since the last time they made an album.   

Julia Reidy
In Real Life

Lots of musicians are Berlin-based these days. I guess it’s such a cool place to live. Prolific guitarist and composer Julia Reidy is another one of those musicians who has chosen Berlin as her home. Recently, Reidy has augmented her sound with the use of electronics, field recordings and autotune. Her latest LP, 'In Real Life', takes her experimental work further adding musique concrète to abstract song compositions which melt into rich electronic pieces
  • Vinyl LP (Black Truffle 051)
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Ricardo Villalobos & Oren Ambarchi
Hubris Variation

Oren Ambarchi’s recent Hubris record has a notable roster of guests, including the mighty Ricardo Villalobos. With talent like that on board, it seems a wise choice to let the producer expand on his role, which he does here. The grooves of the original piece are yet more pronounced and expanded on Hubris Variation, providing a delicious fresh piece of the puzzle. 12” on Ambarchi’s Black Truffle.

Kayo Makino & Tori Kudo
Ein Traum Fur Dich

A collaboration between DJ and archive curator Kayo Makino and underground artist Tori Kudo, featuring mastering work by a certain Jim O’Rourke, Ein Traum Fur Dich is a thing of extreme beauty. It consists of two side-long pieces, both soundscapes of digitised ambience cut through with Kudo’s haunting piano. 

James Rushford
The Body's Night

After a decade collaborating with other musicians, The Body’s Night is Australian composer James Rushford’s return to recording solo. A single suite of music split over two sides of vinyl, Rushford creates something nocturnal and disturbing using field recordings, analogue synths and a wide variety of instruments. 
  • Vinyl LP (BlackTruffle047)
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Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
This Dazzling, Genuine

Startling to note that this is already the eighth release from the free rock supergroup. The trio are masters at wrenching great textural and dynamic variety from the basic power trio format, which here is augmented with some unusual instrumental additions. O’Rourke plays EMS Synthi as well as often heavily-effected bass, Haino sings in English, and besides guitar tackles electronics, flute and toy piano. Ambarchi’s playing runs the gamut from subtle cymbal work to full-on frenzy. A characteristically lovely double LP presentation from Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label, designed by Stephen O’Malley and cut by Rashad Becker.

Phew / Oren Ambarchi / Jim O'Rourke
Patience Soup

Live recording of a performance featuring three heavy-weights of avant-garde and experimental music. Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi who have far too many previous collaborations to name, including Fennesz, Ulver, Faust play alongside Japanese avant-garde vocalist Phew. These masters of improv take a dynamic journey through the abstract and carry it with flawless tone and palette.

Paul DeMarinis
Songs Without Throats

Oren Ambarchi’s run of wonder continues with the latest release on his Black Truffle label. Songs Without Throats is a collection of the most vital pieces by Paul DeMarinis, an electroacoustic composer with a particular interest in voice and voice synthesis. Songs Without Throats, featuring rare and unreleased pieces selected by the artist, is a strange and unusual set. Double LP.

AMM
AMMMusic

Oren Ambarchi’s label Black Truffle reissues a genuine avant-landmark: the first album from AMM. AMMMUSIC landed in the 1960’s like a slab of alien matter, sounding almost entirely unlike anything else. Keith Rowe, Cornelius Cardew and the rest broke out of all the musical norms, and the world is still reeling to this day. Remastered and presented in a replica sleeve. First ever vinyl reissue!
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  • AMM
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  • Black Truffle

Alvin Lucier
Ricochet Lady

Alvin Lucier composed Ricochet Lady in 2016. It is made up of four pieces, played on acoustic glockenspiel by Trevor Saint. Lucier composed the pieces with the intention of exploring sound by having each of the four pieces played in different environments, thus getting a different acoustic response from each performance. Digipak CD on Black Truffle, featuring liner notes by Lucier and Saint.

Oren Ambarchi
Sleepwalker's Conviction

Oren Ambarchi collaboration #274 is with Ilan Volkov and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as percussion ensemble Speak Percussion. Sleepwalker’s Conviction thus gives Ambarchi an unusually large canvas with which to work, and boy does he make use of it. Limited to 300 LP copies on Ambarchi’s own Black Truffle imprint.

Alvin Lucier
So You (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice)

Best known for I Am Sitting in a Room, US composer, installation artist and almost-nonagenarian Alvin Lucier continues to add to his great body of work. New recording So You… (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice) is an hour-long parallel to poet H.D.’s interpretation of the Orpheus myth. Jessika Kenney, Anthony Burr, Charles Curtis and Tom Erbe assist to flesh out the work’s focus on resonant chambers and interference patterns.

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". 

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.

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.

Joe Talia
Tint

'Tint' is the first album from Aussie native Joe Talia in over a decade, and it's a doozy. An electro-suite that brings together modular synths, Revox tape machines and slamming percussion (as is Talia's M.O.), this record veers between austere minimalism and extraordinary lushness, his dynamic free jazz revealing a playful spontaneity that's hard to resist.

Max Eastley / Steve Beresford / Paul Burwell / David Toop
Whirled Music

Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label presents the first ever reissue of this 1980 collaboration of David Toop, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell and Max Eastley, major improvising musicians all. Whirled Music features exclusively whirled instruments: e.g. objects and instruments that are spun around in the air, producing a whole variety of sonic effects. Rare and intriguing material, from both live performances and outdoor recordings.

Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
Reverse Tree

Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang bring in several of their many frequent collaborators to contribute to their new album Reverse Tree. These include heavyweights like Ilan Volkov and Hildur Gu∂nadóttir, plus the omnipresent Oren Ambarchi. Two side-long suites of hard-to-pin-down sounds, layering up delicately ornate atmosphere. LP release on Black Truffle.

Alvin Lucier
Criss Cross / Hanover

The composer, best known for his 1970  tape piece I Am Sitting in a Room, composed Criss-Cross for the twin electric guitars of Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi. Each player e-bows a single semitone, alternately rising and falling in pitch, revealing a surprising variety of tonal effects and phenomena. Hanover employs similar techniques played by an ensemble of saxes, electric guitars, piano, bowed vibes and viola. Innovative and beautifully strange music based on elegant concepts from a minimalist master.

3/4 Had Been Eliminated
Speak To Me

3/4 Had Been Eliminated is the trio of Claudio Rocchetti, Stefano Pilia and recently PAN-released tape music extraordinaire Valerio Tricoli. Speak To Me is an intoxicating whirl of electroacoustic textures (and ‘real’ instruments), all sliced and (re)assembled by Tricoli in post-production. The results are heady and surprising and uncanny and beautiful. Out on Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle.

Charlemagne Palestine
Godbear

Um, ye, that cover does it for me. I’ll take one. Pretty neat that the music inside of Godbear by Charlemagne Palestine is also epic. From 1987, Godbear was originally intended to come out out on Glenn Branca's Neutral Records but eventually emerged on CD, on the now defunct Barooni label in 1998. Godbear is an album of solo piano which creates a mind-meddling swarm of grand piano which frantically flutters into a captivating sound-barrier which draws you further in with every listen. Black Truffle Records present a remastered version inside a deluxe gatefold sleeve.