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Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, James Rushford
Face Time

Another collaboration for Black Truffle between intrepid sound manipulators Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger and James Rushford. Like its predecessor, Face Time comes on splendid coloured vinyl (neon orange this time) and boasts cover design from Stephen O)))’Malley. ...view item »

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 Word...view item »

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 frie...view item »

Eiko Ishibashi and Darin Gray

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 impr...view item »

John Tilbury & Oren Ambarchi
The Just Reproach

Here’s a record which is dividing office opinions today. I picked it up from the grassy review knoll because I really enjoyed Ambarchi’s previous couple of records, not realising that when united with Tilbury his music is an entirely different proposition. This album is a slow and incredibly quiet affai...view item »


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 ...view item »

Joe Talia

'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 spon...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
This Dazzling, Genuine "Difference" Now Where Shall It Go?

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, ...view item »

Arnold Dreyblatt
Second Selection

Someone let Oren Ambarchi (owner / operator of the Black Truffle label) have a rummage around the unreleased-material archives of Arnold Dreyblatt, to all our benefit. Eleven pieces over two sides of vinyl, Second Selection is full of essential string-drone experiments, modified guitar works, and all so...view item »

Oren Ambarchi
Grapes From The Estate

The particular ambiance this album has makes me a little too uncomfortable for it to be ideal sleep music for me, but I haven't tried it under ideal conditions, so I can't knock it. "Corkscrew" is an edgy drone. "Girl with the Silver Eyes" has an otherworldly beauty, especially toward the end when the guitar is emphasised. Ambarchi's more "music...view item »

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...view item »

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 s...view item »

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 phenome...view item »

Annea Lockwood
Tiger Balm / Amazonia Dreaming / Immersion

Annea Lockwood’s 1970 tape piece Tiger Balm is a unique work, unavailable on vinyl for 30+ years. It’s set apart from usual musique concrète, with a number of naturally inspired organic elements at its core. Also included are two unreleased works: Amazonia Dreaming (198...view item »

John Duncan

John Duncan is a sound and performance artist and he released Klaar back in 1991. This is its first vinyl reissue by Black Truffle. The electroacoustic compositions and challenging, soph...view item »

Oren Ambarchi
Stacte Karaoke II

Titan of wilfully obtuse improvisation, Oren Ambarchi has a new 12" out! The Stacte Karaoke II EP features three tracks, one of which he named: "It Ain’t Humid But It Sure Is Hot". (He clearly spent his early summer in Leeds). For the recording sessions Ambarchi assembled some monster riffers, in this the second v...view item »

Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi
Hotel Record

Experimental music's greatest friend-haver, Oren Ambarchi, is at it again, collaborating once more with the irreplaceable Crys Cole. Four sides of drowsy improvisations see the duo carving sounds out of disparate, often contradicting tools that meld together in chance harmony. Organs, guitars ...view item »

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 m...view item »

Will Guthrie
People Pleaser

Will Guthrie’s new album changes up his working methods a little, focusing on shorter-length tracks made using hip-hop derived sampling techniques as well as his usual amazing percussion skills. People Pleaser contains a frantic noisy whirl of sounds, though Guthrie’s skills keep things surp...view item »

Keiji Haino
天乃川 1973 Live - Milky Way

Dive into the deep history of Keiji Haino: this 1973 recording predates Fushitsusha and his ‘proper’ solo material. 1973 Live - Milky Way is unusually guitar-free, but Haino uses a swirl of other instruments and approaches to whip up a heavy psychedelic storm that is recogni...view item »

Alvin Curran
Natural History

Oren Ambarchi’s own personal Black Truffle imprint releases this premium piece of rare audio oddity on vinyl for the first time ever. Alvin Curran, who was a member of the vital Musica Elettronica Viva group, constructed Natural History out of his archive of field recordings, laye...view item »

Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, James Rushford
Pale Calling

Oren Ambarchi is back on the collaborations wagon again, this time with James Rushford and Kassel Jaeger. Pale Calling was recorded in the GRM studios in Paris, and it seems the musicians pl...view item »

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...view item »

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)assembl...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
I Wonder If You Noticed ”I’m Sorry” Is Such A Lovely Sound It Keeps Things From Getting Worse

The heavyweight  experimental power trio that is Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi play and release one show annually: I wonder if you noticed ”I’m sorry” Is such a lovely sound It keeps things from getting worse documents the 2014 set. As ever, th...view item »

Charlemagne Palestine

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 defu...view item »

Oren Ambarchi
Stacte Karaoke

Oren Ambarchi's 'Sagittarian Domain' a year or two back was a huge office favourite, a chugging krautrock monster full of subtle tone abuse and hypnotic infinity grooving, so it's good to see him on my rock pile this morning. I'll start with him today. But wait, turning the record over I've just spotted who his band are this time around: on guit...view item »

Giancarlo Toniutti
La Mutazione

This morning I woke up and the first thing that came into my head was that there was a reissue due of some old record on Broken Flag that I'd never heard and sounded right up my street. “...akin to Klaus Schulze, Cluster, ...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Tea Time For Those Determined To Completely Exhaust Every Bit Of This Body They've Been Given

On vinyl, the sixth release from this trio of musicians Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke and Keiji Haino and the companion piece to their previous release  Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen which was recorded on the...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away...

The experimental mega-trio of Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke and Keiji Haino has proved a much longer-lasting collaboration than anybody anticipated, with the group's annual rituals at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe settling into a regular tradition and spawning five albums to date. These three are not the types to rest on their laurels and stick to their com...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The Mystery

These guys are now on their fourth album, I guess they really qualify now as a “proper” band i.e not just guys getting together sporadically for an improv session. Who’d have thought three years after their initial release ‘Tima Formosa’ they’d still be doing it. It’s clear that they’ve really unif...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi

This gets an extra star for Jim O'Rourke's cardigan on the inside sleeve but my, isn't he looking old? Obviously faffing around in Tokyo making unlistenable noise is putting years on that cherubic face. O'Rourke need not worry. Where others smooth sail by making average solo albums or ref...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
In A Flash Everything Comes Together

Second offering from this trio, gorgeously presented on Ambarchi's Black Truffle label in lush Stephen O'Malley designed gatefold sleeve - complete with band action photos. Here Haino plays guitar, voice, lap steel and air synths. Jim O'Rourke is an Bass and Oren plays drums and what a truly fuckin' awesome combo that is. The LP documets a l...view item »

Afternoon Tea

Originally released in the year 2000 (wasn't that the future?) I have to confess I missed the first edition of 'Afternoon Tea' that was released through Ritornell. Now Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle label have reissued the disc with a new master, new artwork by Stephen O'Malley and extra tracks. Now on paper, the quintet of Ambarchi/ Fennesz/...view item »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Tima Formosa

Oooh yeah we're among royalty here with Ambarchi on guitar (no surprises there) Jim O'Rourke tinkling away on the piano and Haino putting them to multi-tasking shame, on voice, flute, drum machines and electronics. As with almost every collaboration I've heard with Haino (except the brilliant Install festival set with Tony Conrad) the players tend ...view item »