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Artist: AMM
Title: At the Roundhouse
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"The International Carnival of Experimental Sound, or ICES 72 for short, was an ambitious festival sprung from the mind of Harvey Job Matusow (1926-2002). Jumping off from his associations with the influential Source magazine, Harvey brought together over 300 artists from more than 21 countries to perform in London, England over the course of two weeks in August of 1972. Based on the theme of Myth, Magic Madness and Mysticism, he assembled an amazing diversity of performers working in diverse range of audio-visual arts. Encompassing happenings, films, dance, a train ride, and the phantom soft pool table, the focus was on sound -- specifically that of artists who were both composers and performers. Most of the concerts were held at The Roundhouse, a cavernous structure that was formerly a railroad engine house. Now, for the first time in 30 years, these recordings can be heard. This first CD in a series documenting the festival features the complete concert given by legendary free improvising group AMM. Represented here by Eddie Prevost and Lou Gare, they offer up powerful explosions of saxophone and drums punctuated with their famous AMM silences . This is the first time this material is available, aside from two short excerpts were published as the only 7" release on Evan Parker and Derek Baileys Incus Records (and a very rare and desirable record that has become)." - Anomalous.
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Artist: ANIMIST ORCHESTRA
Title: Wuwei
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"studio recording of Jeph Jermans small sound orchestra with Dave Knott, Mike Shannon, Jeffery Taylor, Robert Millis and Marina Granger. "in seattle in 1996, i began giving performances using mainly natural objects as my instruments. after many such performances, two friends suggested (independently of one another), that i might try doing it with a group. as this idea had occurred to me a few years previously, i thought perhaps they were right. in june of 1999, the animist orchestra began its history as a working group. we got together nearly every week for the next three months, to play and discuss our playing. our first performance was given in eric lanzillottas living room for a small group of friends, and was well received. from the beginning, the focus of the orchestra has been on listening, and improvising in the moment. a group of people truly playing together and focusing intently on the present can be a powerful thing. the use of natural objects (stones, shells, pine cones etc.) as opposed to more conventional musical instruments, can help the players to not fall back on learned habits of musical play. there is no canon or book of rules to refer to when using everyday things as sound makers, and this may facilitate the removal of actions arising from taste and memory. during the initial period of discovery for the orchestra, dave knott made the observation that, when when playing and focusing on the sound being made, it was like the spirit of the thing is telling you ho it wants to move. mike shannon once told me that when i play i seem to be animating the objects with my hands. i think these comments explain the name of the orchestra better than i could. i wanted to make a CD of the orchestra to document our work together, and to show my admiration and gratitude for the friends who have agreed to join. i dont think they knew what they were getting into." - jeph jerman.

Artist: BIOTA/MNEMONISTS
Title: Musique Actuelle 1990
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Biota was founded in 1979 in Fort Collins, Colorado, as the Mnemonist Orchestra. Over the years, the Mnemonist Orchestra developed into Biota (the musical contingent) and Mnemonists (the visual contingent). Both Biota and Mnemonists work as one on productions of musical and visual components. The group has released nine LPs, one EP, and four CDs on both their own Dys label and Recommended Records UK. Heard on this CD is the first adaption of their studio-based recording techniques since 1981, as presented at Montreal Musiques Actuelles -- New Music America 1990. For their live performance they composed a set of material specifically for the concert and virtually relocated their studio to the stage to properly recreate it. Nine musicians playing only acoustic instruments (aside from electric guitar) were heard natural and unamplified from the stage while extensive electronic processing, heard through the speakers, rendered radical tonal, timbral and temporal modification creating an incredibly unique and strange sound world. Added to this, the two-dimensional graphic work that Mnenomists have become so renowned for was transformed into stunning video projections -- beautiful examples of which are now included in the full color booklet accompanying this CD." - Anomalous. Highly recommended!
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Artist: CHALK, ANDREW
Title: Over The Edges
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
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Artist: CHALK, ANDREW/RALF WEHOWSKY/ERIC LANZILLOTTA
Title: Yang-Tul
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"an international sound collaboration. side one features Andrew Chalk gently reworking the sound materials of Ralf Wehowsky. a hypnotic drone with waves of mysterious sound. side two, on the other hand, seeing Ralf composing a frenzied journey into otherworldly realms using sound material from Andrew and Eric Lanzillotta. these pieces reflect a sound unique from the work of any of the three individual participants, but clearly related to it. Subtle, but full of detail for the listener willing to pay attention. second edition of 419 copies on green vinyl [first edition was blue vinyl]. features a full color cover with a painting by Andrew Chalk." - Anomalous Records
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Artist: CLIMAX GOLDEN TWINS
Title: dream cut short in the mysterious clouds
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"The first new studio material from Climax Golden Twins in quite some time: subtly manipulated tones, instruments, static, disembodied voices, lovely drones, field recordings, scratchy records, and five second punk rock wipeouts - all edited, compressed, collaged and distressed. The title, Dream Cut Short in the Mysterious Clouds, is a poor translation of an ineffable Chinese Opera aria. A hazy electronic aria beautifully packaged with cover art printed in a gorgeous clear gloss on a matte-white jacket. An audiophile pressing on white vinyl with silver and white labels. CD version is about to be released (and it took them long enough--over a year!) on the Tokyo-based Meme label, though frankly the vinyl is more luscious. Hot on the heels of the highly successful series of Climax Golden Twins Live 10 inch records on Anomalous Records which are now out of print. Limited to 500 copies." - Rob Millis.
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Artist: COLECLOUGH, JONATHAN
Title: Period
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"An unlimited reissue of the out of print Anomalous Records LP (released last year in an edition of 530 copies only) with new cover artwork. This reissue sees the original A side extended from the original length of 17 minutes to the new length of 50 minutes. It still includes Colin Potters 17 minute remix "Periodic" which was featured on the B side of the LP. "Period" is beautiful piece based entirely on sounds from a Bluthner grand piano, looped and extended into long, drifting, calm drones with occasional punctuation of recognizable notes slowly resonating. The piece becomes "Periodic" at the hands of Colin Potter, whose remix turns it into a more dark and haunting experience which reveals even less of the characteristics of a piano than the original. Two complimenting, yet also contrasting, views of the same material which both show a great deal of depth and cohesion. All wrapped in a full color cover designed by Jonathan and featuring his photographs. "Like many of my pieces of music, the finished version of Period is very different from the idea in my mind which I started out with. The idea acts as a seed and the piece grows, often in unexpected ways, from that seed. So I was extremely pleased when I heard Colins remix of the piece, because he had transformed the piece into something much more like my initial idea. He had returned the piece full circle." - Jonathan." - Anomalous Records

Artist: DEMPSTER, STUART
Title: On The Boards
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Stuart Dempster has been involved in a variety of new music endeavors over the last 40 years. He organized the ensemble to record Terry Rileys landmark piece In C for Columbia Records; commissioned works from Luciano Berio, Ernst Krenek, Pauline Oliveros, and several others; gave David Tudor a place to stay while developing Rainforest; participated in the U.S. premiere of Cornelius Cardews Treatise; toured with Merce Cunningham Dance Company alongside such luminaries as David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi, and Tudor; founded Deep Listening Band with Oliveros; and much more. However, he has only released a few solo recordings of his own work during that time: In The Great Abbey Of Clement VI, originally released on LP by 1750 Arch and later reissued by New Albion Records, and Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel, also on New Albion. This is a third, originally released on cassette only in 1986 and receiving limited distribution. Unlike the others, this documents Stuart in front of, and with, an audience. This is important as Dempster works with the audience, two pieces in particular using them to add to textures he is creating and bringing them into the music. Dont Worry, It Will Come takes this a step further, using a series of hoses hidden underneath the audience seats with rather humorous results. The bulk of the disc is focused on his meditative buzzing and droning, skillfully drawn from unique didjeridus and the instrument he is best known for playing, trombone." - Anomalous.

Artist: DEUTSCH, ANDREW
Title: Electronic Garden
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"In his assessment of music, philosopher and mystic Rudolf Stiener attributes a major part of human perception to the experience of the ethereal body. The ethereal body is a form unknown to (so called) normal consciousness. It is obscured by worldly tasks and the experiences of everyday life. The ethereal body is only fully experienced during sleep, where it emerges slowly in stages over the course of the evening. Once awakened, the ethereal bodies primary experiences is of light and tone and of being engulfed by a shimmering delicate tonal atmosphere. When the worldly body awakens the ethereal body returns again to obscurity, diminished by daily routine. However, when in our daily routine and if we give time to it, we come in contact with music, or certain kinds of images or art, the ethereal body is touched, awakened inside the worldly body. This is why we are sometimes moved to emotion by music or images. The ethereal body is awakened within us and experienced by our worldly body. Flowers open within us, a garden of experiences and emotion emerge and we can not help but yield to the needs of the ethereal body and its sensations. Stiener proposes that a well balanced person is one who experiences the worldly body and ethereal body at the same time on a daily basis. Listening to music and an involvement with art may be the only ways to establish this balance and unity, therefore, as suggested by Joseph Beuys we must expand the practice of art into every aspect of culture - especially daily routine. Electronic Garden is a series of sound works constructed using broken music boxes, ring modulators and frequency shifters, I call these electro-mechanical loops. My interest in these works first developed out of early experiments with analog and digital tape loops and later extended into music boxes. Music boxes are mechanical loops set into motion via spring compression and consequently have the character of winding down as they play. This compositional unfolding is most delightful as it destroys the often gebrauchsmusik quality of music box melodies. To further destroy this music of the home I explored the possibilities of working exclusively with broken music boxes as their melodic structures would be readymade destroyed. Further, they often squeaked, squabbled, and burped as they played. Additional deconstructions were performed with electronics. I have made hundreds of these little compositions and the practice of making them occupies the greatest degree of my free time. Electronic Garden contains a special contribution by Sawako Kato of Japan. Exchanging files via mail and conversing through e-mail, Sawako reconstructed parts of Electronic Garden resulting in 2 new tracks which Deutsch later combined for release on Electronic Garden. the cover images for this CD were inspired by the notebooks and field drawings of book artist John Wood. Each CD of this edition contains a hand made watercolor accented with gold leaf and his hand signed along with a photographic fragment verso." - Andrew Deutsch.

Artist: JERMAN, JEPH
Title: Instability Studies
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"This is Jephs third CD for Anomalous Records, following the solo disc The Second Attention and wuwei by his animist orchestra. Edition of 300 copies, hand made covers. The sugar bowl is ceramic, with an ill-fitting lid which will rattle if not seated properly. By changing the position of the lid in relation to the bowl, a number of different vibration rates were discovered. The simple recordings are stereo imagings of a single shaketable. The complex rendering is a series of shaketable recordings layered via overdubbing on the four track." - Jeph Jerman.

Artist: KNOTT, DAVID, JEFFERY TAYLOR, ROBERT MILLIS & RICK BISHOP [of the Sun City Girls]
Title: Messenger Girls Trio
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $30.00
"Jeffery Taylor and I started playing guitars together last December 2000. Not long after we decided to invite Rob Millis in on the fun and pretty soon, word got around and Sir Richard was soon begging us to let him change our strings. We considered it for awhile and eventually conceded. The music ranges from soft to loud, and there are many familiar as well as unknown stylistic influences. Its pretty AND its ugly--sometimes at the same time." - Dave Knott, 10/15/01. "well, with that said, and after a long wait for the quartet to go through literally hours and hours of material which they recorded from these weekly get-togethers, they have selected about 40 minutes worth of incredibly varied material drawn all from acoustic guitars (well, there is also harmonium on one track too). this record is worth it for the opening banter alone, but proceeds into some wonderful territory. there is crazed and loud chaos, there are beautiful tuneful passages (after all Dave can play classical guitar and Ricks album on Revenant was no Sun City Girls racket), there is even a drone here. not hi fidelity, these are raw living room recordings, and bare witness that some evenings were more, umm, loose than others. a wonderful little document, and certainly a anomaly in the Anomalous discography (but how could we be Anomalous without anomalies?)." - Anomalous. Limited edition of 207 copies.
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Artist: LERMAN, RICHARD
Title: A Matter of Scale and Other Pieces
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Richard Lerman has been active in music since the 1960s, and yet only having two previous releases: Travelon Gamelon LP on Folkways and Within Earreach CD on Artifact Recordings. This is a collection of live pieces using Richards trademark amplified small sounds from piezo discs along with other instrumentation in live performance (including a recording from inside the Houston Astrodome). Unique use of blowtorch on metal and amplified drinking straws." - Anomalous.

Artist: OMIT
Title: Rejector
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"This is the first American CD release by veteran New Zealand artist Omit. Previously he has had three compact disc releases on the prestigious New Zealand label Corpus Hermeticum. Patterned after the paranoid electronics of Klaus Schulzes Cyborg, Omit tinkers with outdated synthesizers, delay pedals and tape loops to shape plastic signal patterns and oblique modulations to evoke sprawling voids of nightmarish emptiness. Sublime wooden rhythms and unsettling, textured scrapes sporadically appear in the synthetic wash, suggesting that Williams has encountered the higher profile electronica of Alva Noto. Such parallels are purely coincidental, but Omit deserves a broader audience." - Anomalous.
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Artist: POINTS OF FRICTION
Title: Sackcloth And Ashes
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Originally released by the LAFMS offshoot label Solid Eye (who were also responsible for releases by Doo-Dooettes, The Romans, Dinosaurs with Horns, and Fredrick Nilsen) on cassette in 1984, Sackcloth and Ashes is the most electronic and perhaps most polished incarnation of this multimedia collective. The unorthodox exploration of keyboards, guitars, toy instruments, the assemblage of field recordings, noise improvisations, and tape loops tantalize the senses with arousing emotive power. The opus title track is a compendium of improvisational soundings and field recordings that include a chorus of squeaky swings, a cats purring, snapping shrimp, a diseased lung, and cacophony on a yard sale card rack. Exquisitely abrasive and haunting tracks 1 through 6 yield to the perfumed machinery and melodious hypnosis of the remaining tracks. All were originally performed under cover of live film and slide projections with optical manipulations at alternative music venues in and around Los Angeles." - Anomalous.

Artist: RLW
Title: Views
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"In the 25th year of Ralf Wehowskys recording career, Anomalous Records presents his first truly solo release featuring four new compositions based on instrumental improvisations. Using simple devices (tone-generators, percussion toys, music boxes, an electric toothbrush and an electric guitar) played in unusual ways, he builds up layers of each sound to create a suite of textural pieces. Each of the four tracks takes on an identity unique from the others, as the first three each focus on one of the sound sources while the last combines elements from the previous three to make something else. The disc opens with a 20-minute piece of mysterious and drifting electronic tones. Other tracks highlight very tactile sounds and bring a much more live element to his work, while retaining his skillful use of dynamics and placement of silence which have gained him so many fans. Previous releases by RLW have seen him collaborate with such diverse artists as Achim Wollscheid, Bernhard Günter, Andrew Chalk, David Grubbs, Jim ORourke, Kevin Drumm, and Bruce Russell. He is the founder of the now defunct group P16.D4 and the still active label Selektion." - Anomalous.

Artist: SANDERSON, PHILIP
Title: Reprint
Format: CD
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"Reprint was originally released on cassette by Snatch Tapes in 1980 and was credited to an unknown duo called Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey. Claire and Susan were infact a figment of Snatch Tapes founder Philip Sandersons imagination. In addition to running the label, Philip was one half of the DIY electronic group STORM BUGS, and regularly collaborator with a then unknown musician by the name of David Jackman (one of these tracks they did together was recent issued on a 10" by Die Stadt)." - Anomalous. Highly Recommended!
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Artist: SHANNON, MIKE
Title: Laguz
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Instruments: camel bells, glass by Alison Chism, oscillator, voice / body, electric bass, field recordings, air drum, bottillia, dilruba, electronic devices, electric guitar, marimba, lira, erhu, all sorts percussion. Mike Shannon is an artist with an extensive history in sound. starting back in the late 60s in Florida, moving to San Francisco in 1977, on to Seattle in 1994, and now in November of 2002, moving back to Florida, he has covered much territory, not only on land but in sound. most of his activity have been under- or undocumented (though a large archive exists), but he did publish cassettes of some projects through his own Joy Street Studios label throughout the 80s and early 90s. the body of work that he has amassed over the last twenty five years included so much good material, and of such varying types, it was hard to decide what to release when we started to think about issuing some of his material. there could have easily been a record of just electronic work, or of just solo acoustic instruments (western and non-western), or just natural recordings, let alone all the group work (from playing in electronic performance ensemble Earnerve to Jeph Jermans animist orchestra, and many places in between). in the end we settled on a work which he assembled originally in 1993 (newly edited and mixed for LP with added sections from 1972), as it represented so many of these aspects and seem to flow together so well. so we have minimal sections blending a street hawker in London with electronic tones, field recordings, percussion, string sections, a dilruba solo played with a chopstick, and a section which on first hearing I thought must have been a full ensemble of people playing, sounding as it does like music from some far off lost island (in truth it ends up he played the whole thing through multi-tracking). this I hoped would serve as an introduction to the world of Mikes music, as it certainly deserves more attention. produced in a limited edition of 204 copies, with screen printed cover." - Anomalous.
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Artist: V/A
Title: Electrically Induced Vibrations
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Compilation with Edward Ka-Spel, The Silverman, Omit, Steve Thomsen, Colin Potter, Arkkon, Mistress of Strands, Fibrillation, and Cyclobe. limited edition of 427 copies. 4 color screen printed cover (by Alan Sherry of SIWA) with photography by Arthur S. Aubry of electrical devices built by Dale Travous. multicolor vinyl. This is a collection of music created with electronic means by artists residing in Luxembourg, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand and The Netherlands. Most of these people have been making music for 20 years or more, and have diverse histories. Their music as collected here is varied, but arranged into a cohesive flow. "- Anomalous.
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Artist: V/A
Title: Three Aural Interpretations of a Drawing by Eric Lanzillotta
Format: 7"
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"Limited edition of 250 copies pressed on clear vinyl and packaged in double-sided 14.5" by 10.5" poster sleeve. This 33 RPM EP include three sound artists playing a drawing by Eric Lanzillotta. Each artist has a unique, though abstract take on the drawing, which is included in the inside of the poster sleeve. The sounds include the quite moments of Jeph Jerman, the static of Leif Elggren and harsh noise of Ralf Wehowsky. Jeph Jerman gained attention under the name Hands To, but has created his most refined work under his own name. He performs mostly with natural objects (stones, plant parts, feathers, etc) and has collaborated regularly with Wally Shoup, Greg Davis, Sean Meehan, Tim Barnes, Mike Shannon, Dave Knott, Eric Lunde, and many others. He has had several previous releases on Anomalous Records, and a new CD of his work will be released by Little Enjoyer this year. Leif Elggren is a pioneering sound, performance, book and installation artist from Sweden, as well one of the two kings of Elgaland-Vargaland. In the last 30 years, he has released a great deal of material on labels such as Radium 226.05, Anckarström, Flykingen, Ash International, Korm Plastics, Some, Absurd, Meeuw Muzak, Kning Disk, iDEAL Recordings, Touch and his own Firework Edition, which has also published many of his book works, such as the legendary "Experiment with Dreams" done in collaboration with Thomas Liljenberg. Ralf Wehowsky started making music in the Neue Deutsch Welle period of Germany history with his band P.D., which later became the group P16.D4. Since the dissolution of these groups, he has been recorded largely as a solo artist, though in truth always incorporating collaborations with various friends. Over the years he has worked with Andrew Chalk, bernhard günter, Kevin Drumm, Lionel Marchetti, Bruce Russell, David Grubbs, Jim ORourke, and many others." -Anomalous.

Artist: V/A
Title: Uncommon Nature
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
Features Jeph Jerman, Mirror, Agog, Climax Golden Twins, Jonathan Coleclough, Mike Shannon, Richard Lerman and David Knott.

Artist: VOICE OF EYE
Title: Live
Format: LP
Label: Anomalous
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"This recording documents two rare live performances: Anomalous Records [Whittier,CA] and Hangar 18 [San Francisco, CA], both from June, 1994. These shows followed the release of Vespers and contained material similar to it. Voice of Eye is centered around the duo of Bonnie McNairn and Jim Wilson who live in Houston, Texas. To best explore new avenues and allow them to shape sound, they have built several of their own instruments. Some these, like the Squawk Box are controlled by bioelectricity, the electrical aspects of the human body. The Squawk Box is a small device housed in plastic container and can be held in the hand. The device is played by touching two wires which yields a squealing sound. They see an instrument to be the physical manifestation of music, the inert form of sound. And with this in mind, Jim has developed stringed instruments which are bowed to extend the envelope, so the texture of each sound has time to be explored, expanding time so as to hear each part of the whole." - Anomalous
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