Originally released individually, Bible & Henry’s Marker and Magnet are two complimentary volumes in a set that covers quite a bit of ground, and covers it quite masterfully. The duo’s work here is mostly in the area of electroacoustic improvisation and musique concrète. Jeremy and Jason manage to utilize the tiny musical space they’ve allotted themselves and stretch it out to a length of over two hours. Typically I’d say this is an accident waiting to happen, but these fellows have pulled it off with class to spare. Never does anything sound recycled or looped, never is there a moment where the music returns to a point. It is always winnowing, sifting, threshing through waves of electronic abstractions and obscured acousmatic sounds. The result is a confounding experience in which I find myself searching for some familiarity and finding little. There are moments of potential clarity, but those are seldom and surprising when they arrive. The rest of these compositions are steeped in mystery and endless engagement. This is not background music; please listen with care.
Marker is the first in a two part album concept for the Gruenrekorder label by Canton, Ohio, US based sound artists Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry. Marker combines multiple elements in order to create constructed fictional environments, realities, locations, and atmospheres. Field recordings captured from the northeast Ohio region and often times in and around the individual artist’s homes, processed and clean, play a large part, alongside treated and processed acoustic instruments and subtle touches of electronic sound design.
The two albums, Marker and Magnet, were created with the intention of being experienced both individually and consecutively allowing for up to four unique listening contexts. It is also recommended that the pieces which the two albums are comprised of are combined and experienced in a random manner creating infinite listening experiences.
The sound elements presented on both Marker & Magnet were recorded, composed, performed, collected, and organized by the artists individually over a period of time for the intention of a single impromptu & improvised collaborative recording session. Following this ‘content collection’ period the artists met for a lengthy recording session at Jeremy Bible’s Experimedia Studio1 where these individual sound elements were arranged, processed, and mixed by the two artists in an improvisational manner under conditions of half sleep like states of subconscious focus. The elements of surprise introduced in a collaborative improvisational recording scenario play a large role in the duo’s process and resulting sound works.
Breaking Day is the second full-length album from Cleared, the Chicago-based duo of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera. While their self-titled debut album (Immune 014, Jan 2011) found the duo exploring themes of stasis and texture, Breaking Day represents a huge development in the scope and overall style of the project. Where previous material had been slowly assembled from dozens of individual recordings and experiments, this new collection of songs was born from the raw documentation of Clearedâ€™s live performance in the studio. Elements of noise, drone, and psychedelia are filtered through a dark, unifying lens that ranges from relentless rhythmic assault to monolithic tonal sculpture. Dueling rhythms of drums and sampled percussion, walls of undulating soundscapes, and hypnotic guitar are deployed with heightened intensity and force. If Clearedâ€™s first record presented a frozen, gray-washed realm of ambient sound, Breaking Day represents its inverse: A blackened subterranean space of alien movement and activity; a premonition of an assault from the unknown.
C32 – black cassette / clear flexy polycase / cover printed on Risograph – blue/orange fluo / limited to 100 copies…
Magic Towers is a duo born in Vittorio Veneto and active from summer 2010: two nomad and egocentric knights. They use synths, delays, tape echoes and space sounds in order to compose or improvise ambient and delayed atmospheres and trips. The project is based on the inner observation and the visual contemplation of the sound. The image of the Tower – connected on one hand with the journey, the passage and the transit, on the other with the static position – reflects the attitude of MT: an observer looking for the right observation point. Space ambients, rhythms from the deep, melodic inserts and an evil beat out: in contemplation of the immense Void.
N4: recorded in Milano during the All Soul’s Day 2011.
It’s the fourth part of the “Magic Trips” series.
Limited to 125 copies: red c50 cassette shells with black imprinted ink // full colour J-cards with photography by Kate Kell // plastic norelco cases with shrinkwrapping // artwork & layout by Amanda Boutourline and D.S. Ciarán
Darren Ho’s latest trip down the rabbit hole is a baroque maze lit with neon lights. Machine music for The Blue Danube. Piano, harpsichord and synthesis all set adrift, levitating into minimal jewels of sound.