Limited Vinyl LP £14.49 NEU019
LP in fancy screened plastic sleeve featuring Machinefabriek et al on No-Fi, limited to 500 copies.
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- Echolalia by Preslav Literary School
This is an interesting one. I'm not sure if we've stocked a record by a school before? Aside from St Winifreds School Choir of course. Ah them were the days. Roll forward 30 years to the Preslav Literary School in Berlin who have created an album of live recordings of a tape-loop orchestra which features contributions from Posset, Machinefabriek, Poldr and other people who took part. The packaging is cool.... it's an LP packaged as a cassette with a screen printed plastic sleeve, you get an essay inside to further your knowledge of the whole project and there's a bonus download of the album plus an entire set by Machinefabriek. Yikes! The music is pretty cool though. The idea was to get a bunch of folks to make tape loops from cassettes and then the school folks played them live and manipulated in front of an audience comprising entirely of people. It's pretty insane stuff though. I've no idea what on earth it sounds like but it's been on for 20 minutes and the variety of sounds and noises on offer are nothing but interesting. One of the craziest things I've heard in ages and yet it's completely compelling. Champion!
I haven't come across a lot of tape loop orchestras to be honest, so this was a lovely surprise when it came out. I'd forgotten all about it but remembered about this whilst watching that there Black Swan last night, and have had it on a couple of times this morning already - not sure exactly what point of the film reminded me of it, but this should give an indication of the 'vibe' of the tracks on offer here - proper dark shit. Seriously impressive work though, at times recalling the likes of Guiseppe Ielasi or Dem Hunger, though the variety of sounds and samples on display here conjure a million different things, and you'll find yourself transported to many times and places in history you never knew you might end up before you dropped that needle. I'm surprised there are still copies of this in the shop, it's nothing short of spectacular.
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