This is first release on the new cassette label, Analogue Chat, which is an independent label based in Spain and The Netherlands releasing limited edition cassettes. Artists are invited to record sounds from their own ‘medio ambiente’ (environment) to tell their personal narrative in the form electronic soundscapes or traditional song structures.
The idea behind the album was inspired by a walk with a good friend, Dan Miles, across the de Galvany nature reserve located about 10km south of Alicante in November 2015. Dan is an archaeologist for Historic England and has also lived in the Alicante region and worked for the city’s MARQ museum. What is not so well known is that the reserve was also the site of Republican defensive line during the Spanish Civil War and the area is home to bunkers and trenches from this period. The land was put in danger at the end of the 1970s due to proposed urban development, but public pressure combined with the support of the local council saved it from destruction. However, the area has not been immune to subsequent housing development, particularly in the boom period from 1996 to 2007.
The reserve is flanked by the urbanizations of Gran Alacant to the south and Arenales to the north and is popular with expats and Spanish holidaymakers. As a result of the financial crisis in 2008, many properties remain empty or unsold and there are a number of developments that are half-built and abandoned. It was the idea of destruction through war and destruction through overdevelopment that we discussed as we walked across this landscape. A tale of dreams unfulfilled…
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
Bloodred c60 + c40 tapes, handstamped / inked in blackHandcut, dyed + scored custom chipboard O-cards / insertHandstamped red 8.5″ by 8.5″ insert with black letteringHandnumbered & stamped in roman numeralsScreenprinted artwork by D.S. Ciarán
There is a stench here so old that it rids the body of any uncertainty. It is a comfortable rapture. The stench comes not from distant swamps, putrescent and green in their small wakes, or the mounds of bone matter and meat made dust underfoot. This waft of hidden and yet all-too demanding treasures lifts itself steadily from the bated, beating wings of the Bird, on its eternal voyage somewhere far past home.
Limited Edition of 32 hand numbered copies, comes with a download code inside the sleeve.
The second release in the new tape series comes from Bing & Ruth, led by New York residing composer David Moore.
Limited Edition of 32 numbered copies.
– Printed card inner sleeve
– Hand typed insert on hand-made paper
– White cassette tape
– Download code included
– Housed in a brown card outer case
Edition of 100 custom labeled, pro-dubbed tapes w/ full color, double sided j-cards…
Recontextualizing the past into fragments of an alternate plane… trash, 20th century garbage dump. of shimmering gold, sacred.