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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN, STEFANO PILIA & MASSIMO PUPILLO
Title: Aithein
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Oren Ambarchi, Stefano Pilia, and Massimo Pupillo (Zu) team up for an instrumental trip bridging post-rock, drone, and improvisation. Limited 180-gram LP in silk-screened sleeve with artwork by Sara DUva. Includes download code. Since the late 90s Oren Ambarchi has been exploring new ground as composer and multi-instrumentalist (mainly focusing on guitar), fusing a wide range of influences and inspiration from improvisation, contemporary music, modern electronics, and rock, and has been building an impressive catalog of solo and collaborative albums with such acclaimed artists as Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim ORourke, Phill Niblock, Evan Parker, and Sunn O))). Bassist Massimo Pupillo has gained high reputation as founding member of Italian jazz-core trio Zu and in different projects and collaborations with F.M. Einheit, Mats Gustafsson, Lasse Marhaug, and both Brötzmanns (Peter and Caspar). Last but not least theres Stefano Pilia on guitar, member of the Belfi/Grubbs/Pilia trio and collaborator of Mike Watt (in Il Sogno del Marinaio), Rokia Traoré, David Tibet, John Parish, and Giuseppe Ielasi. On Aithein, recorded live in Bologna in April 2015, the three embark on a captivating trip that starts quietly with reductive sounds only to raise volume and intensity on its way toward a cathartic peak. Oren Ambarchi: guitar, drums; Stefano Pilia: guitar; Massimo Pupillo: bass.” - Karlrecords.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Complete Song Books
Format: Double LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $26.00
”… to consider the Song Books as a work of art is nearly impossible. Who would dare? It resembles a brothel, doesnt it?" --John Cage. “Complete Song Books, volume three in the Perihel series on Karlrecords, along with La Legende dEer (KR 024LP, 2016) and Douze Inventions en Six Modes De Jeu (KR 028LP, 2015), is dedicated to one of the most iconic composers of 20th century, John Cage. All 92 pieces of Song Books are presented here, with stunning interpretations by Reinhold Friedl, recorded at Rashad Beckers Clunk Studio who also contributed live electronics. John Cage (1912-1992) is one of the most important composers in modern music: with more than 250 compositions, many of which are considered key works of new music, and theoretical essays on composition, he significantly changed the way we think about and perceive music today. But Cage not only left a major impact in the academic world, he is also cited as an important inspiration by a wide range of diverse musicians from younger generations, be it electronic producers, experimentalists or noise artists. His Song Books, published 1970 in three volumes, is a collection of open works that contains not only songs, but a strange hybrid collection of compositions, graphic scores, meditation rules, experimental settings, absurd musical instructions, performance settings, musical references, and fluxus-inspired actions such as eating fruits or drinking cognac (Cage loved whiskey and cognac). When Reinhold Friedl (director of the ensemble Zeitkratzer) entered the Clunk Studio to record the whole cycle with Rashad Becker (who handled the feedback cabinet and live electronics), the idea was quite simple: to approach each single piece in an informal way but to do all 92 pieces in the right order. What came out in the end is a kaleidoscopic lecture and interpretation of the compositions with the help of a strange mixture of ancient and modern tools: new electronics, old and special microphones, self-built instruments, arbitrary garbage sounds, sophisticated live-electronics devices, and quotes. Complete Song Books turns out to be an early hymn for sonic freedom, a sonic promenade full of beautiful references. Constructed by Reinhold Friedl. Performed by: Reinhold Friedl - voice, toys, wooden games, metal objects, complex objects, microphones, garbage, ... ; Rashad Becker - feedback cabinet, live electronics. Mastered and cut at D&M, Berlin. 180 gram vinyl in an edition of 500; Includes insert and download code. Artwork by Lillevan.” - Karlrecords.

Artist: PUPILLO, MASSIMO/ALEXANDRE BABEL/CASPAR BROTZMANN
Title: Live At Candy Bomber Studios, Vol.1
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Curtains up for a new power trio: bass player Massimo Pupillo (Zu, Laniakea), drummer Alexandre Babel (Sudden Infant) and Caspar Brötzmann on guitar. As the title Live At The Candy Bomber Studios, Vol.1 indicates, this album is the first cut from an inspired recording meeting. Raw energy with full focus; three instrumentalists, at the peak of their skills, blend noise rock, drone, and improvisation into two relentless, epic pieces. The line-up consists of Massimo Pupillo, bass player in Zu, Laniakea, and countless other constellations and drummer Alexandre Babel who is a prolific player in the experimental/contemporary field (artistic director of Swiss percussion group Eklekto, member of Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and soloist who has performed with Otomo Yoshihide and Keiji Haino) and a steady member of the noise band Sudden Infant. And last but not least theres Caspar Brötzmann on guitar who has gained high reputation as one of the most radical guitarists around, admired by acclaimed artists like Thurston Moore ("probably one of the best guitarists Ive ever met!") and Stephen OMalley. A powerful unit, recorded live in the studio by Ingo Krauss who had already worked with Brötzmann on the Caspar Brötzmann Massaker albums Der Abend Der Schwarzen Folklore (1992) and Koksofen (1993). 180 gram vinyl; Includes download code; Edition of 500." - Karlrecords.

Artist: REIBEL, GUY
Title: Douze Inventions en Six Modes de Jeu
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Karlrecords kicks off its Perihel series with previously unreleased material by GRM member Guy Reibel, one of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th centurys electronic avant-garde. 180-gram LP including download code and insert with liner notes byReinhold Friedl (zeitkratzer). Limited edition of 500 copies. Guy Reibel (born 1936) started out with a double qualification; he first became an engineer and then studied composition in Paris with Olivier Messiaen, teacher of Karlheinz Stockhausen,Iannis Xenakis, François Bayle, to name just a few. Pierre Schaeffer, the director of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), soon offered him a chance to edit and work out the famous 1967 Solfège de LObjet Sonore three-LP box (the practical part of his theoretical manifest Traité des objets musicaux), and to codirect the class for electroacoustic music at the National Music Conservatory. During that period Reibel worked intensively in the studios of the GRM. Not only did he compose some milestones of electronic music, he also developed a very music-based theory of electronic music, implementing ideas of musical gesture and game theory -- in the 60s, long before anyone else discussed those issues. Conflicts with other members of the GRM led to Reibels departure from the group (though he had been considered Schaeffers successor as director), and Reibel toured the world as conductor of his newly-founded Groupe Vocale de France (who realized the first complete recording of Ligetis choir work) and took over a directors position at Radio France. Meanwhile, his electronic music almost disappeared (there were only two or three LPs available on the early GRM series, later just one CD). Douze inventions en six modes de jeu was digitized by Reibel and Friedl at the GRM studios in December 2014 as part of the archive of Reibels electronic pieces. Its a milestone in electronic music and a perfect example of Reibels musical austerity, in which defined, limited musical material results in concentrated and dense forms. The unusually vital character of the music is also due to Reibels use of hybrid sound production; he often combined amplitude envelopes of acoustic sounds and noises (especially of polysteron) with synthetic electronic sounds. A few of the pieces are even played at least partly live. This album documents how Guy Reibel succeeded at composing a music that combines the density and purity of electronic music with an unbelievably sensuous sound. A real listening experience, here released for the very first time.” - Karlrecords.

Artist: REICH/ENSEMBLE AVANTGARDE, STEVE
Title: Four Organs/Phase Patterns/Pendulum Music
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
“Three early compositions (1968-1970) by Steve Reich, one of the most prolific exponents of minimal music, in stunning interpretations by the critically-acclaimed Ensemble Avantgarde. Available on vinyl for the first time ever. Steve Reich (born 1936) is undoubtedly one of the key figures in 20th century contemporary music, and along with Terry Riley or Philip Glass, one of the founding fathers of so-called minimal music. With classics like "18 Musicians," "Drumming," or "Different Trains," the American composer proved himself one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history" (The Guardian). The four pieces on this collection date back to the time before his famous masterpieces (1967-1970): "Four Organs" and "Phase Patterns" build on short, repeated patterns that gradually go in and out of phase with each other, creating "a shimmering matrix of sound that is both hypnotic and fascinating in detail" (Allmusic.com) and anticipate Reichs later trademark sound. "Pendulum Music" is a process piece where only a few starting parameters are given: four microphones are suspended within an array of amplifiers and speakers, then set in motion -- the shifts in feedback as they move in space create the music, and the results differ with each new performance (as can be experienced listening to the two versions here). Reichs early works are presented on this LP in stunning interpretations by Leipzig-based Ensemble Avantgarde, whose dedicated, inspired renditions of essential masterpieces of modernism (documented on CDs on reputed labels such as Wergo or Hat Hut Records) won them the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Prize and the Schneider-Schott Prize of Mainz. 180 gram, gatefold sleeve, download code. Ensemble Avantgarde: Steffen Schleiermacher (organ, piano, electronics), Josef Christof (organ, piano), Michael Obst (organ), Klaus Steffes-Holländer (organ), Stefan Stopora (maracas), and Martin Demmler (electronics).” - Karlrecords.

Artist: SUBOTNICK, MORTON
Title: Silver Apples of the Moon
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"As composer, musician and initiator of the San Francisco Tape Music Center which he cofounded with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender in 1961, Morton Subotnick (born 1933) has propelled the progress of electronic music in several significant ways. From 1963 on he worked with Don Buchla on the development of the early synthesizer Buchla Series 100 before moving to New York where the artist-in-residence at the newly established Tisch School of the Arts of New York University was enabled to set up his own studio. Thats where Subotnicks most popular work Silver Apples of the Moon was commissioned by DECCA as the first electronic composition ever that was especially conceived for a vinyl release (in opposition to the common practice of performing live). Until the current day, this seminal album has not lost its visionary power and has long been considered one of the essential milestones in electronic music with a great impact on later generations of artists, starting from the cult formation Silver Apples to Laika, who titled their debut Silver Apples of the Moon, too. Now for the first time since its original 1967 release, Subotnicks masterpiece (which was selected for the Library of Congress in 2009) has finally been made available on vinyl at last: a new audiophile 180 gram LP that was carefully remastered for vinyl. Limited to 500 copies worldwide." -Karlrecords.

Artist: SUBOTNICK, MORTON
Title: The Wild Bull
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Re-issued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1968 release! Based on an ancient Sumerian poem, Morton Subotnicks follow-up to his highly influential milestone Silver Apples of the Moon (KR 014LP) is no less an adventurous sonic trip on the Buchla synthesizer. Limited edition (500 items) audiophile 180 gram LP, especially mastered for vinyl. Born in 1933, Morton Subotnick is a key figure in the progress of electronic music: along with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender, he co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1961 and from 1963 on he worked with Don Buchla on the development of the early synthesizer "Buchla Series 100." In 1967 the composer and musician released his debut Silver Apples of the Moon, which proved to be one of the most influential albums and an undoubted milestone in electronic music (which was even selected for the Library of Congress in 2009). A year later Morton Subotnick presented his adventurous follow-up, The Wild Bull. Loosely based on/inspired by an ancient Sumerian poem of the same name -- a lament about loss and death caused by war -- the two parts embark on further explorations into the hitherto unimagined creative possibilities of the synthesizer. Forty-six years after its initial release, The Wild Bull has not lost a single bit of its visionary magnitude and is still an adventurous sonic trip, finally available on vinyl again as an audiophile 180 gram LP that was cautiously remastered for vinyl. Limited to 500 items worldwide." - Karlrecords.

Artist: TONE/TALIBAM!/SAM KULIK, YASUNAO
Title: Double Automatism
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"New York Citys experimental duo Talibam! team up with Fluxus artist and electronic avant-gardist Yasunao Tone and trombonist Sam Kulik for a confrontational sonic attack, fired by an array of analog synths and other electronic devices. David Novak, author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (2013), on Double Automatism: "Bringing together the most calamitous materials from their home planets of noise, glitch, and free improvisation, Tone and Talibam! are at once the likeliest and unlikeliest of conspirators. Despite making his home in New York since 1971, Tones foundational electronic work harkens back to his early days in revolutionary Japanese avant-garde collectives Ongaku and Hi Red Center, and resonates with his groundbreaking deconstructions of digital CD sound in the 1980s. Meanwhile in the post-art worlds of millennial Brooklyn, Talibam! have cranked out their own absurd, profane, and unclassifiable improvisational style, bringing their provocations around the world, and proficiently mediating jazz, rock, and hip-hop along the way; trombonist Sam Kulik brings an acoustic element to the mix that invokes the live sonic mixes of Musica Elettronica Viva. In their collaboration Double Automatism, they forge a confrontational new alliance in the transnational history of experimental sound, with the noisiest consequences imaginable." The idea for Double Automatism was born in 2012 when Talibam! and Kulik were invited to interpret Tones graphic scores and game pieces as part of the Museum of Modern Arts 2013 exhibition, Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde. They soon met Tone and the group immediately developed a mutual affinity. Six months later the trio invited Tone for a recording session, with Kulik on trombone, Matt Mottel on his Roland Alpha Juno 1 analog synth, Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing) on electronic MIDI mallet percussion, and Tone using his self-developed MP3 Deviations on his computer. The two epic pieces on Double Automatism not only continue Talibam!s enduring explorations of new musical territory beyond genre limitations, but also forcefully testify to Tones unique artistry (previously documented on collaborations with Russell Haswell (EMEGO 142CD) and Florian Hecker and solo works on Tzadik and Asphodel). Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; presented in silk-screened sleeve; includes download code. Limited to 500 copies." - Karlrecords.

Artist: XENAKIS, IANNIS
Title: La Legende dEer
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"The second release in the Perihel series is one of the most famous electroacoustic compositions by Iannis Xenakis. When Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), who had fought against the occupation as part of the communist resistance, moved to Paris in 1947 it was the start of a highly creative and impressive career. Xenakis not only studied composition with Olivier Messiaen and became one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century, he also worked as assistant to Le Corbusier and realized a.o. the Philips Pavilion for the World Exhibition in Brussels, 1958. His compositions often are based on mathematical principles (in 1966 he founded the CEMAMu - Centre dEtudes de Mathématique et Automatique Musicales), which give his music an unprecedented aesthetic and as The Guardian would say, a "shocking otherness". The most famous works of Xenakis, who won the Polar Music Prize (considered the unofficial Nobel Prize for music) in 1999, are his compositions for orchestra Metastasis, Pithoprakta and Terretektorh (where the 88 musicians are spread within the audience) and the electroacoustic compositions Persepolis, Concret PH, Bohor and La Légende dEer where Xenakis integrated his stochastic synthesis sounds for the first time. As legendary as this piece is, there is an impenetrable thicket of versions and stories around La Légende dEer, it exists in different releases, with wrong sample rates or digitized backwards. This version uses the 8-track-version that Xenakis himself presented at Darmstädter Ferienkurse in August of 1978. As the automatic spatialization is lost, this became the only original version of this composition and is presented here (mixed down to stereo by Martin Wurmnest who tried to preserve the spatial movements as perceptible as possible. La Légende dEer not only became a milestone of electroacoustic music but is also an important reference for noise and industrial musicians up to the present day. Mixed by Martin Wurmnest, mastered & cut by Rashad Becker, La Légende dEer is available here as 180 gram vinyl. Includes download code. Includes insert with liner notes by Reinhold Friedl." - Karlrecords.

Artist: ZEITKRATZER/KEIJI HAINO
Title: Live at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"180 gram pressing, gatefold sleeve, limited to 500, includes download code. On his second release with Zeitkratzer, Keiji Haino concentrates solely on his voice. No electronics are used except for amplification. Nevertheless, this live recording is even more radical than the first one. Radical is the concentration on the very limited but frenetic musical material, worked out in detail, which is rarely heard in the noise context -- enabling Keiji Haino to sit on it, fly over, to merge or just to oppose. Zeitkratzers amplified instruments, played with extended techniques as developed by the group and its outstanding musicians over more than a decade and Hainos incredible richness in voice timbres and noises complement each other perfectly. Its one of the closest and most natural cooperations Zeitkratzer ever had. Wild and beautiful. Shouting, scratching, screaming, piping, chattering, crying, rumbling, oscillating, roaring, clashing, juttering, tinkling, singing, ... and at the end, its hilarious, powerful music, pure noise and pure melody. As the Chicago Reader noted: "The supernova finally occurs!" and The Wire agreed: "A real highlight, with Zeitkratzer enfolding Keiji Haino in its grasp like some tentacular kraken of the deep. Haino effectively becomes another member of the group." Rock-a-Rolla cheered: "Forceful and utterly compelling!" Nothing left to say than: listen! Zeitkratzer is directed by Reinhold Friedl: Frank Gratkowski (clarinets); Hild Sofie Tafjord (French horn); Hilary Jeffery (trombone); Reinhold Friedl (piano); Marc Weiser (acoustic noises); Maurice de Martin (percussion); Burkhard Schlothauer (violin); Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello); + Keiji Haino (voice); Recorded live at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Ruhrtriennale. Recorded & mixed by Martin Wurmnest . Mastered by Rashad Becker." - Karlrecords.

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