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Artist: AKIYAMA, TETUZI & CHE CHEN
Title: Cold Soup
Format: LP
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $25.00
"Cold Soup is a follow-up to Dont Forget to Boogie with Tetuzi Akiyama in full boogie electric guitar mode. Added is Che Chens screeching and improvising violin -- sort of like Tony Conrad meets Canned Heat. Tetuzi Akiyama is based in Tokyo and specializes in creating music with elements of both primitivism and realism by connecting his own aspirations, in a minimal and straightforward way, to the special instrumental qualities of the guitar. Sometimes delicately and sometimes boldly, he controls sound volumes ranging from micro to macro, in an attempt to convert the body into an electronic entity. Che Chen is a sound artist and improviser based in Brooklyn. His recent solo performances have consisted of improvisations based on the harmonic overtones of idiosyncratic tunings (scordatura) for the violin, played against sine wave pedal points." - Incunabulum.

Artist: BIANCHI, MAURIZIO
Title: Das Platinzeitalter
Format: CD
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $17.00
"Bianchi began to produce music in 1979, at the peak of the industrial scene since 1980 using electronic equipment with the avowed goal to produce technological sounds and in such a way to work on complete realizing of the modern decadence, but his works harked back to the musique concrete of the 1950s. This CD is a return to his early work. Maurizio Bianchi/M.B.: archaic waves, ancient loops, primitive electronics." -Incunabulum.

Artist: HERESY OF THE FREE SPIRIT
Title: A Prayer For Light
Format: LP
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $18.00
"Heresy of the Free Spirit is a trio comprised of Dutch lute player, Jozef Van Wissem and Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalists, Che Chen (of True Primes) on violin, bowed rawap, bass recorder, percussion and tape machines, and Robbie Lee (of Howling Hex, Baby Dee) on portative organ, bass recorder, guitar, banjo and electronics. Using early European as well as non-western instruments and electronics, the trio plays arrangements of Van Wissems lute compositions as well as free improvisations that draw on early music, folk traditions, minimalism and noise. Fully utilizing the extended techniques, unique textures and tuning possibilities of their unusual instruments, the trio use both repetition and silence as ways of entering trance-like states. Their record, A Prayer for Light is a radical re-imagining of early European and American primitive music in which the sources are stretched and re-purposed to accommodate free improvisation, extended, repetitive song forms, and tape manipulations." - Incunabulum.

Artist: NUGENT, CIAN
Title: Childhood, Christian Lies & Slaughter
Format: CD
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $16.00
"2008 release. Dublin-based guitarist Cian Nugent excels here with meditative guitar compositions. Nugents originals (plus a cover of Buell Kazees Anthology Of American Folk Music staple "The Wagoners Lad") are well-served in this recording of Nugents fourth-ever live concert. Ranging from the jug band bounce of "Baka Danse" to the eerie squeaks of "The Ceremony," Nugents music boasts a rare breadth." - Incunabulum.

Artist: OPERATING THEATRE
Title: The Early Years
Format: Double CD
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $23.00
"Operating Theatre is an Irish music theater company founded by composer Roger Doyle and performer Olwen Fouéré. This collection was released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their founding, originally by the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival label in 2006. Featuring Bono of U2. Operating Theatre has been active in two phases: the first from 1981 to 1988, and the second from 1998 to the present. This double CD celebrates the first phase, during which the company operated as both a theater company, integrating music as an equal partner in the theatrical environment, and as a band releasing records. Roles were flexible within the company in that Fouéré also sang and Doyle also acted. In phase two there has been no band, and the texts (if any) have been "found," devised and/or drawn together from various strands, instead of being commissioned from writers as in phase one. Performances have taken place in both conventional and non-theatrical environments (e.g. an abandoned warehouse, a glass room in a hotel), and music has become more integrated. The first appearance by Operating Theatre (the band) was in the summer of 1981 with the release on CBS Records (Ireland) of the single "Austrian," with "Positive Disintegration" on the B-side. A second single "Blue Light And Alpha Waves" followed a year later, with "Rampwalk" as the B-side. "Fingerdance Waltz/Hymn" contains two developed extracts from the music for "Ignotum Per Ignotius," a 50-minute piece of music-theater performed by Doyle and Fouéré, written and directed by visual artist James Coleman, which Operating Theatre went on a tour of Holland with in 1982. "No Come," "Syllable," "Dragon Path," "The Confectioners" and "Miss Mauger" were included on the LP Miss Mauger by Operating Theatre released in 1983 on the Kabuki label in London. “Sir Geoffrey," "Satanasa" and "Clubmusic/Amene-Moi" are from the Operating Theatre production of The Diamond Body written by Aidan Mathews, a 75-minute solo performance by Fouéré, which opened at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin in 1984 and toured in London, Glasgow, New Jersey, Avignon and Caracas up until 1988. Also in 1984, the company mounted a production of the Lorca play The Love Of Don Perlimplin And Belisa In The Garden, turning it into an "electronic chamber opera of sorts." This time, Fouéré directed and Doyle and Elena Lopez played the title roles. A 56-minute suite of Doyles music from this production, developed as a music-only experience, was released in 2000 as part of a double CD called Fairlight Memories. Three tracks are included here. In October 1983 Olwen and Roger were asked to perform new material for an Irish TV arts show and to demonstrate the latest in music technology -- the Fairlight Computer Music Instrument. "Part Of My Make-up" is the song they wrote for that occasion. "The Tractor" comes from 1984, from days of intense Operating Theatre activity, but was never used for anything in the end. It gets its first outing here. "Queen Of No Heart" and "Spring Is Coming With A Strawberry In The Mouth" were the result of an initial collaboration between singer/lyricist Elena Lopez and Roger Doyle and were released by Mother Records, the label set up by U2, as a single by Operating Theatre in 1986, with Lopez on main vocals and drummer Sean Devitt joining the band for this recording. Fouéré was asked to play the title role in the Gate Theatres production of Oscar Wildes Salome, directed by Steven Berkoff in 1988, and Doyle was asked to compose the music -- a two hour on-stage live piano score. "Before She Was Asked To Dance" is an early version of what was to become "Salomes Dance." The first phase of the companys activity had come to an end. "Johnnys Body At 002" is a work made in preparation for the first Operating Theatre production in phase two, Angel/Babel (1999).” - Incunabulum.

Artist: SMEGMA & JOZEF VAN WISSEM
Title: Suite the Hens Teeth
Format: LP
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $18.00
"Recorded at the Pink House, Portland Oregon 2010 by Ju Suk Reet Meate on the coldest day in his boudoir. The pieces are named after classical solo Baroque lute pieces and this deconstructed classical Baroque lute suite form will definitely piss of the purists. Limited edition, cover silk screen printed silver on black." - Incunabulum.

Artist: UNITED BIBLE STUDIES & JOZEF VAN WISSEM
Title: Downland
Format: LP
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $25.00
"Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem is renowned for his experimental approach to Renaissance and Baroque forms of lute music. By cutting-and-pasting classical pieces, constructing palindromic melodies, or adding electronics and processed field recordings, he manages to seamlessly bridge the musical languages of the 17th and 21st centuries. If this approach seems coldly academic on paper, the results are anything but: his music is uncluttered and direct, with a viscerally hypnotic and emotional impact, and delivered with an ascetic intensity reflected both in his Biblical titles and his No Wave influences. He has collaborated with James Blackshaw, Smegma, Keiji Haino and Jim Jarmusch, amongst others. Mostly based in Ireland, the ever-shifting line-ups of United Bible Studies have spent the last decade roaming far and wide from their folk roots, exploring ecstatic group improvisation, song-craft, and studio-based prog epics. The album title Downland is a play both on van Wissems Lowlands home, and the Renaissance lute composer John Dowland, rumored to have been born in Ireland. The seeds of this collaboration were sown in late 2007, when United Bible Studies were part of the bill for van Wissems first Irish concert. He was particularly taken with Paul Condons bass playing and eventually wrote a piece with this in mind, which became the ecstatic "Come Holy Ghost." Van Wissem began recording tracks for United Bible Studies to overdub and a postal collaboration began in earnest in 2009. The Bible Students were given a free hand, and different band members were drawn to different pieces. Áine ODwyers harp playing goes hand in glove with the lute parts, both players favoring hypnotic figures accruing impact over time. The album is bookended by two different versions of the same composition, "Downland" and "The Seas Have Lifted Up Their Voice." Propulsive and metronomic, with Beach Boys-inspired harmonies, it led UBS to a new way of working. Van Wissems pieces were either stark and minimal, or had multi-layered harmonies which led UBS into less-than-familiar territory. The sparser pieces lent themselves to being shaped into songs, and the addition of extemporaneous textures. Van Wissem wrote the lyrics for "Altars Of Brick (The Day Is Coming)" for Alison ODonnell to sing. Its ominous tone inspired Gavin Prior to write the tangentially-related "Í Rith na h-Óiche" in Gaelic. ODonnell did historical research for her courtly romance "Seven Tears," named after Dowlands famous song cycle. The Bible Students have woven murk and mystery around the lucid austerity of van Wissems compositions, together creating an album which is unlike anything in either of their substantial back catalogs and more than the mere sum of its parts. United Bible Studies are: Paul Condon, Diarmuid MacDiarmada, Alison ODonnell, Áine ODwyer, Ivan Pawle and Gavin Prior." - Incunabulum.

Artist: V/A
Title: New Music for Old Instruments
Format: CD
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $16.00
"Curated by Dutch composer/lutenist Jozef van Wissem, the New Music for Old Instruments festival took place all over the world: in Brussels, New York, Paris, Utrecht, Antwerp, and other cities. The idea was to rid traditional instruments of their clichés. When one thinks of a lute, for example, the Robin Hood image comes to mind of the player standing under a balcony serenading a lady and getting a flower pot thrown at him. In order to update the instrument, to make it mature and give it the recognition it deserves, one needs to put it in an entirely different and contemporary context -- denouncing audience expectations, for example, such as not playing the instrument in a classical manner, or by playing the instrument for over a minute in concert, making the audience the performer, albeit uneasy and claustrophobic. What else can be done? Early instruments can be processed on a laptop in many different ways, field recordings can be added, lute tablature can be performed backwards, baroque themes can be repeated without end -- the freeing up of these constraints seems endless. The idea is to drag the instrument out of the museum, out of the safe hands of a small group of specialists, and give it back to the people. The lute, of course, is only an example. There are other instruments like this which suffer from cliché: pedal steel, harpsichord, steel guitar, you name it. New Music for Old Instruments intends to liberate these instruments by updating them in non-conventional ways. Artists include: Heresy of the Free Spirit with Keiji Haino, Jon Mueller/Robbie Lee/Jozef van Wissem, Paul Metzger, Gregg Kowalsky, Susan Alcorn, Cameron Deas, C Spencer Yeh, Cian Nugent, Sharron Kraus, Stephan Matthieu, R. Keenan Lawler, and Urpf Lanze." - Incunabulum.

Artist: VAN WISSEM, JOZEF
Title: Stations of the Cross
Format: CD
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $17.00
"New release from baroque conceptualist and improviser, Jozef Van Wissem, who, for more than a decade, has been quietly but surely reinventing the vocabulary of that most unlikely of instruments, the lute. With the exception of the odd Renaissance preservationist context, the lute, which was once the most popular portable instrument in the Western world, has all but disappeared from our musical landscape. Despite the arcane associations of his chosen instrument, Van Wissem is no revivalist; his compositions often marry a deep and self-conscious knowledge of the instruments weighty history with a rigorous post-modern sensibility that has encompassed everything from appropriation to minimalist free improvisation, electronic manipulation, and the mirrored or palindrome musical structures for which he is perhaps best known. These palindrome compositions, a group of which are collected on Stations Of The Cross, are compositions that, like the words "radar" or "wow," or the phrase, "Madam, I"m Adam," read the same forwards or backwards. Each composition progresses through a series of notes to the midpoint of the piece, where the sequence then reverses and the pitches are played in retrograde order back to the compositions starting point. The effect is strange and subtle, and oddly psychological -- there is a sense that time expands and contracts back to the point of origin, while the exact moment of reversal is difficult to detect. Compositional expectations are similarly, subtly undercut and, being that the beginning is always also the end, these pieces tend to come to a close without resolution, which gives them a quietly unsettling, question-like quality. To make things even more interesting, these mirrored structures are often superimposed onto field recordings of airport terminal interiors which are digitally manipulated into mirrored structures of their own. These recordings lend an eerie, impersonal atmosphere, the specificity and contemporary nature of which stands in stark contrast to the timeless, esoteric quality of Van Wissems gut stringed lutes. Stations is a record of quiet, stately beauty and concept." - Incunabulum.

Artist: VAN WISSEM, JOZEF & JIM JARMUSCH
Title: Apokatastasis
Format: CD
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $16.00
"New material from the duo and new solo lute pieces. Acclaimed film director Jim Jarmusch plays electric and acoustic guitar and does tape on one piece. CD has duo bonus track not on LP: "Hymn to Earth." Composer/lutenist Jozef Van Wissem on 13 course baroque lute and 12-string electric guitar, Jim Jarmusch plays electric and acoustic guitars, and tape loops. Recorded in New York City." - Incunabulum.

Artist: VAN WISSEM, JOZEF & JIM JARMUSCH
Title: Apokatastasis
Format: LP
Label: Incunabulum
Country: Netherlands
Price: $25.00
"New material from the duo and new solo lute pieces. Acclaimed film director Jim Jarmusch plays electric and acoustic guitar and does tape on one piece. Composer/lutenist Jozef Van Wissem on 13 course baroque lute and 12-string electric guitar, Jim Jarmusch plays electric and acoustic guitars, and tape loops. Recorded in New York City." - Incunabulum.

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