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Francis Plagne
Moss Trumpet

Aside from inducing a pleasant image and being a delightful pairing of words, “moss trumpet” rather well describes much of the beguiling, timeless-sounding material of this release by genredextrous Melbourne artist Francis Plagne. Haunting, droning brass finds itself accompanied by all sorts of soft, ruffled textures: field recordings, paper, drums, as well as various other instruments.
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Arek Gulbenkoglu
A gift like a hollow vessel

Penultimate Press presents another piece of unpredictable musique concrète from Melbourne’s Arek Gulbenkoglu, this time mastered by Guiseppi Ielasi. A gift like a hollow vessel comes one year after Three Days Afterwards and finds Arek with an unlikely assembly of manipulated elements - voice and body, text-to-speech Esperanto, animal noises and haunting electronics to name a few.
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MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood
Disfigured with Abbreviations

First recorded collaboration between MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood (also known as Astor). The deal with Disfigured with Abbreviations was that recordings were made and then layered with little (initial) regard for how they might mix, meaning a fairly heady brew of murky cassette, mumbled words, field recordings and lo-fi electronics for the listener to try and make sense of. Out on Penultimate Press.

Henning Christiansen
Rødhætte / Ruinmusik

Previously unissued audio goodies from the archives of Henning Christiansen. On one side of this natty 7” we have Rødhœtte from 1985, a strange take on the Red Riding Hood tale. And on the other side we have Ruinmusik, a recording made on a piano in a desolate grand old house on a Danish island, just before the whole thing was destroyed. Very atmospheric. 7” on Penultimate Press.
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Henning Christiansen
The Executioner

Experimental film soundtracking glory from Henning Christiansen, with one of his sound accompaniments to his partner Ursula Reuter Christiansen’s films. This one, The Executioner, is the more traditional of the two, being a set of romantic vocal pieces, heavy on the romance. Previously unissued and very much essential listening for fans of either Christiansen. LP on Penultimate Press.

Henning Christiansen
Den Røde Skov

Experimental film soundtracking glory from the mid-1980’s, in the form of Henning Christiansen’s sound accompaniment to his partner Ursula Reuter Christiansen’s film Den Røde Skov. Vividly strange stuff this, with voices, birdsongs, percussions and all sorts of other unidentified stuff flying around the sound-field. Previously unreleased, but now out as an LP on Penultimate Press.

Timo van Luijk and Mark Harwood
Vang Circular

On Penultimate Press, a collaboration between label head Mark Harwood (aka Astor) and Finnish artist Timo Van Luijk, who has worked with Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann among others. It often comes across like excerpts from an ambitious Giallo soundtrack, or recalls the proggy occult compositions of Igor Wakhevitch. Maybe it’s an oversimplification, but seems like a synergic combination of Van Luijk’s multi-instrumental deftness and Harwood’s disruptive instincts. LP limited to 300, with reverse board sleeve.

Henning Christiansen
​OP.192​ ​UMWÄLZUNG

Previously unissued audio goodies from the archives of Henning Christiansen. OP.192 Umwälzung, presented here in two different hour-long mixes, is a piece built by Henning on the foundations of his 1968 Eurasienstab organ recordings, with huge quantities of other audio sources from the following twenty years mixed and blended together to created intimidating wholes. Double CD on Penultimate Press.

Áine O'Dwyer
Locusts

Áine O’Dwyer releases two new albums of church organ music, pushing forward from her recent triumphs into thrilling new territory. Locusts is a dense tangle of tones from that gorgeous monster of an instrument, garnished with vocals. The focus here is on aligning the organ with the pulsating structure of electronic music. Locusts is out on Penultimate Press.
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Áine O'Dwyer
Gegenschein

Áine O’Dwyer releases two new albums of church organ music, pushing forward from her recent triumphs into thrilling new territory. Gegenschein was recorded in a Limerick friary on a disused organ, and it explores the nature of an abandoned religious space with clusters of rich organ sonorities. Gegenschein is released by Penultimate Press.
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Joe McPhee and Bryan Eubanks
My Undocumented Alien Clarinet

Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has collaborated with the likes of Raymond Boni, Evan Parker, John Snyder, and Konstrukt. Here is a recording of a live performance with saxophonist Bryan Eubanks who improvises manipulating open-circuit electronics. McPhee plays the clarinet and a synthesizer. My Undocumented.. Is an experiment into electronic screeches and drones with an organic counterpart.

Arek Gulbenkoglu
Three Days Afterwards

Penultimate Press always deliver intriguing and beguiling goods, and this one, the fourth solo record by Arek Gulbenkoglu, is no exception. Three Days Afterwards draws on a variety of sounds, recordings, actions and words, constructing fascinating juxtapositions and a sense of ‘something’ going on. Edition of 300 LPs on Penultimate Press.
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Pancrace
Pancrace

The improvisational four-piece Pancrace is made up of members from England, France, and Austria. Initially inspired by the power and dominance of the church organ they have set about performing on an array of bizarre and wonderful instruments including Hulusi, Boîtes à Bourdons, and Uilleann Pipes. Slowly swaying from cacophonous disarray to near harmonious drone,  their debut album is filled to the brim with unique sound.
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Ksiezyc
Rabbit Eclipse

After a gap of a mere 19 years since their acclaimed debut album, Kseizyc are back in business. Hooray! With instrumentation that spans clarinet, hurdy-gurdy, synths, tapes, objects, accordions and more, Rabbit Eclipse is a very welcome next chapter in the Polish experimental folk travellers’ journey. CD on Penultimate Press.
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Henning Christiansen
Opus 67 STRATEGYGETARTS A Symphony, Hommage á Richard Demarco

Penultimate Press release Opus 67 STRATEGYGETARTS A Symphony, Hommage á Richard Demarco on vinyl LP for the very first time. This recording from Henning Christiansen captures the Danish composer and Fluxus member’s unusual collaborative practice, mixing repeated piano notes with dense urban field recordings.

Jacques Brodier
Xhos De Villemahu

Jacques Brodier is a Frenchman with a nigh-on unique sonic approach. Many years ago he designed and built his own instrument, the Filtre De Réalité, a remarkable contraption of metals, strings, glass, sand, radio waves etc. The sounds he coaxes from the device, which sound like an idiosyncratic take on certain fields of electroacoustic and musique concréte, are documented on Xhos De Villemahu, a double LP out on Penultimate Press.

Etant Donnes
Aurore

Two French brothers creating erotic, whispered and noisy ambient, that is what Etant Donnes is all about. The music sounds about as oneirically moist as that description. Which is why we’re all the happier that their 1990 CD Aurore, originally released on Touch records, is finally remastered and sold on vinyl. Thanks to Penultimate Press, which is giving the same treatment to the brothers’ albums Royaume/Aimant + Aimant and Bleu.
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Etant Donnes
Royaume / Aimant + Aimant ­-

Two pieces of early 1990’s sound experimentation, reissued on Penultimate Press. Etant Donnes (e.g. Eric and Marc Hurtado) use predominantly field recordings and vocal work to allude to poetic concepts. Royaume and Aimant + Aimant are each like fascinating lost artefacts, well worth unearthing. Reissue edition of 500 LPs.
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Henning Christiansen
Requiem of Art fluxorum organum II Opus 50

Henning Christiansen was part of the Fluxus movement during the 60s and 70s. This piece is made up of field recordings whilst on site of a collective film in Denmark, laid over his own organ music archive - Eurasienstab. Originally released in 1973 by Edition Schellmann ‎alongside Joseph Beuys’ Schottische Symphonie.

Korea Undok Group
Korea Undok Group

When you’re dealing with musicians from Winnipeg who’ve only released cassettes and are named after a no longer existing county in North-Korea, you can rest assured you’ve struck some kind of gold. With Korea Undok Group you’ve definitely struck the lots-of-white-noise kind of gold. Their self-titled vinyl collection is packed with ambient noise, forming tense compositions that pretty much sound like a North-Korean rave recorded through a walkie-talkie. And I mean that in a good way.
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Matthew P. Hopkins
Blue­Lit Half Breath

Matthew P. Hopkins abstract, immersive-yet-unnerving worldscapes. Utilising the human voice in twisted but still recognisable forms as well as field recordings, feedback and minimal synthesis. Blue­Lit Half Breath is a record for twilight, bringing to life the creatures you’ve imagined in empty spaces, but can’t do anything about.

Derek Baron
Crooked Dances

Derek (hey there's another Derek in town) Baron appears to have tried to record several Erik Satie tracks on a suspect old piano while living in a terrible flat share (see cover photo). His amiable rambles are interrupted by various housemates stopping him in his tracks. Strange concept, interesting album.  

Hour House
Chiltern

‘Chiltern’ is the debut LP release of Melbourne based two piece Hour House (aka Mark Leacy and Sam Kenna, previously of Newcastle based band Castings. Using electronic instruments, samples, field recordings, guitars and vocals the duo have drawn inspiration from their strange new surroundings to create disorienting comforting atmospheric soundscapes.
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Ksiezyc
Księżyc

Based in Poland in the ‘90s, Księżyc was a unique project that took in medieval, Slavic, vocal experimentation and minimalist music to create something otherworldy and quirkily proggy. Fairytale lyrics round off a beguiling collection of haunting songs. Out on white vinyl LP from Penultimate Press.
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Astor
Lina in Nida

Astor is the solo project of Mark Harwood, a remarkable dive into abstraction with heavy intentions. Lina in Nida contains a “proposed anthem for Britain during a potential invasion by ISIS”, which hurtles through a large and threatening electronic soundscape. 400 copies of this LP, on Penultimate Press.
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Graham Lambkin
C05

Graham Lambkin pushes onwards following his recent highly acclaimed collaborations with Jason Lescalleet (who, incidentally, mastered this release). C05 is a single, eighteen minute piece of the usual strange blur of musical elements, dictaphoned chatter and odd personal insights. Compelling stuff on Penultimate Press.
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Ora Clementi
Cover You Will Softer Me

This flurry of sound art comes from collaborators Crys Cole and James Rushford, who perform whispered secrets and weave quiet narratives through natural soundscapes of noise and melody. The record uses an unconventional roster of instruments, using its resources liberally: along with viola, natural percussion and contact mics, Rushford's pet chickens make an appearance. 'Cover You Will Softer Me' is pretty weird like that.
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Moniek Darge & Graham Lambkin
Indian Soundies

A compilation between two electro-acoustic giants, if such a thing could possibly exist: on 'Indian Soundies', Moniek Darge, a composer and musician interested in field recordings as much as she is the standard instruments she plays (such as violin), meets Graham Lambkin, an avant-garde musician who will record the sounds heard from a car's backseat if he can. This collection aims to give a sense of place through found sounds and field recordings, by remembering a visit by Darge to India. 'Indian Soundies' is for those interested in field recordings at their least manipulated and most pure.

Matthew P. Hopkins
Vent


Poul Gernes
Poul Gernes


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Graham Lambkin
Came to Call Mine

The godfather of musique concrete -- or some weird relative on its endless family tree, anyway -- is Graham Lambkin. Away from the music, though, he is a proficient artist, and he delivers Came to Call Mine as proof, a book that brings together his detailed sketches with written expositions.  These images conjure both human experiences with those things we keep estranged from our lives.
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Graham Lambkin
Millows


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