BOB T.RacKer – The Horns
Limited edition of 100 numbered / handmade sets (five 3″ CD’s) that include inserts with personal messages from the artists Marcus Fischer, Field Rotation, Broken Chip, Kate Carr and Billy Gomberg… To celebrate World Rivers Day Flaming Pines released the first chapter of its 10 three inch -cd series Rivers Home. As our environment continues to change, rivers represent some of our most vulnerable eco-systems with urban runoff, over fishing, changing rain patterns and the clearing of river banks just some of the challenges to river systems worldwide. Rivers Home sees Marcus Fischer, Field Rotation, Broken Chip, Kate Carr and Billy Gomberg, each present an ode to a different piece of water on their own three inch CD.
Handmade numbered foldout card sleeve in a limited run of 100 copies… ‘Home’ is an album which spans more than 2,000 kilometres, two families and a lifetime of experiences. Darren Harper and Jared Smyth’s collaborative effort examines the spaces they have shaped as husbands, fathers and community members in the two very different towns of Tallahassee, Florida and Nederland, Colorado. Although the two men have never met, they have produced an album that explores the most intimate corners of their lives. Through the sounds of tinkling streams, children drumming, warm guitars and crunching ice, the pair have crafted an intensely personal album, which invites us into the parts of the world they have made their own. This is an album full of warmth, subtlety and power that explores what it means to call somewhere ‘home’. Mastered by: Jason Corder
‘Quiet, Please’ is an 80mm CDr release, documenting the degeneration of society’s sonic landscape through location recordings, tape-loops and double bass… ”Quiet, Please deals with the issue of ‘noise’ as a polluting yet ultimately unavoidable element in an acoustic space, through the medium of lo-fi location recording and magnetic tape deterioration. Inspired by R. Murray Schafer’s The Tuning of the World (1977), the composition draws upon the concept of an ever-degrading sonic environment caused by humanity’s technological development. The affliction of noise pollution is something which, in all likelihood, cannot be avoided if society is to continue to progress – noise is therefore inevitable. For Quiet, Please the location setting of a library was chosen for its cultural significance in the issue of noise control. Firstly, the concept of education and learning ties in with the topics surrounding human progress: the process of formal education is fundamental to the technical and social advancements causing this shift from high to low-fidelity soundscape. Secondly, in the case of the recordings made in this piece, the library seems to act as an example of the impossibility of complete noise eradication. The library – which is generally accepted as a quiet place of study – in fact, contains a great deal of noise pollution, which is then amplified by the cultural expectation of ‘silence’…” ~ Ithaca Trio, 2011 Packaged in a library returns card, this release is limited to 75 copies for the world.