fusetron

recent arrivals/ news/ everything/ list of labels/ list of artists/ specials/ second-hand/ contact


by artist / 0-9    A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z    V/A \   by label  

Artist: BASTIEN, PIERRE
Title: Blue As An Orange
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"French composer and multi-instrumentalist Pierre Bastien delivers another entry in Morphines increasingly diverse catalog. Active since the mid-70s, Bastien is best known for building automated orchestras. His previous album, Machinations, was released on Aphex Twins Rephlex label in 2012 (REPH 215CD). For this work, Bastien recycled components of his Silent Motors live set and assembled mechanical organisms -- using amplified Meccano parts, motors, fans, rattles, paper, and nails -- to generate rhythmic scaffolding. Live instrumentals, created with prepared trumpets, African kundi harp, Javanese rabab, sanza, electric harpsichord, bass, drums, and gongs, were then superimposed on top. But for all their haptic mechanics, the assembled works on Blue As An Orange -- spanning jungled ambience to yellow jazz grooves -- are surprisingly delicate and nuanced, and generously laced with human warmth. As an installation artist, Bastien also captures shifting patterns of light and spatial texture in sound. This LP takes its name from Paul Éluards poem "La terre est bleue," and offers a fresh symbiosis of speculative anthropology and old-world jazz. Produced by Rabih Beaini; mastered by Neel; designed by Tankboys; original cover art by Nathalie du Pasquier." - Morphine.

Artist: COHEN, CHARLES
Title: A Retrospective
Format: Double CD
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $27.00
"Double CD compilation of those enchanting Charles Cohen vinyl releases + two unreleased recordings. Packaged in a rigid double CD box with booklet. Philadelphias Charles Cohen, free-jazz improviser and synth composer, has managed to remain almost unknown outside of his local improv scene for decades. This retrospective of his early works, all recorded between 1976-1989, testify to the understated genius of his work. Fleeting between polyrhythmic cosmic patterns, gravity-tarred bleeps and noise, outer-worldly melodies, all executed with unfathomable astuteness and grace, this collection showcases the breadth of this idiosyncratic electronic musician. One of the few people to master the rare Buchla Music Easel, his work since the 1970s has focused almost exclusively on this instrument. With his first solo European tour hypnotizing audiences in early 2014, his work is finally reaching a wider audience, enchanted by his mesmerizing yet deeply focused approach. His roaming, raw synths, rhythmic intensity and immersive drones have resonated with uncanny familiarity for a younger generation of electronic experimentalists. This double CD release combines all three LPs released on Morphosis Morphine Records in 2013, excavated from Cohens archives; "The Middle Distance" featuring his early works from the Philadelphias "No Mans Land" art installment, the University Of Texas in El Paso and The Painted Bride Art Center performances as well as "Dance of the Spiritcatchers," originally issued in 1980 on Zero Records; "Group Motion," a live recording from a dance theater piece in Philadelphia of the same name and "Generator," a live recording from Generator Sound Art Gallery in NYC (featuring the Music Easel and the even rarer Buchla 700 series, apparently the only two known recordings of this instrument ever formally released); and Music for Dance and Theater, a further collection containing some of Cohens collaborations and performances in theater pieces and art installations by Jeff Cain and Tonio Guerra, amongst others. This selection includes two previously-unreleased tracks "Conundrums" and "Slow Blue and Horizontal." Each track has Cohens immediately captivating hallmark, equal parts playful and mysterious. A stunning retrospective, unearthing a wealth of truly beautiful material." - Morphine.

Artist: COHEN, CHARLES
Title: Brother I Prove You Wrong
Format: Double LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Composer, improviser, and Buchla Music Easel master Charles Cohen returns to Morphine with a suite of material recorded in 2014. In keeping with the timbre spectrum of his semi-modular system, Brother I Prove You Wrong is built around pointillist analog tones -- Cohens cosmic "beeps and boops" -- that swarm and scatter in mesmeric patterns across four sides. Moving through surrealistic textural overlays and industrial miasma, the albums nine tracks reveal a more introspective and personal side of the artist, following a retrospective LP trilogy released via Morphine in 2013 (The Middle Distance (DOSER 019LP), Group Motion (DOSER 020LP), Music for Dance and Theater (DOSER 021LP)). Those assembled works, dating back to the late 70s, quickly became essential listening and brought Cohen -- at the time largely unknown outside Philadelphias experimental circuit -- to critical renown. Brother I Prove You Wrong was recorded in Berlin in September 2014 using the Buchla Music Easel, with production help and support from Rabih Beaini. Mastered by Neel and curated and designed by Tank Boys; cover art by Nathalie du Pasquier." - Morphine.

Artist: COHEN, CHARLES
Title: Group Motion
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $21.00
"Morphine Records continues to unearth recordings from Philadelphias synth pioneer, Charles Cohen. Two beautiful drone/ambient/jazz pieces on this one (recorded live in 1989), exposing the sonic genius and dexterity of Cohen alongside the astounding possibilities of that highly-desirable synthesizer of his. Group Motion is a dance theater in Philadelphia founded by Manfred Fischbeck with whom Cohen collaborated and performed. The "Group Motion Performance" is a live recording with the dance company made on the Buchla Music Easel and the Buchla 700 series; the latter, one of the rarest synthesizers on earth. "Generator" was performed and recorded at the Generator Sound Art Gallery, NYC, with the same instrument set-up. Apparently, these are the only known recordings using the Buchla 700 synthesizer to be formally released, making the Group Motion album the only living proof of this incredible-sounding machine. Issued in three parts, this vinyl series will culminate in a full CD release." - Morphine.

Artist: COHEN, CHARLES
Title: Morphosis Reworks
Format: 12"
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $14.00
"Morphine label boss, Morphosis, presents the music of electronic composer, Charles Cohen, kicking things off with these two deadly interpretations of "Dance of the Spirit Catchers." Masterful and essential!" - Morphine.

Artist: COHEN, CHARLES
Title: Music for Dance and Theater
Format: Double LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $27.00
"Final part in the Charles Cohen trilogy on Morphine Records. Featuring various works made for dance and theater productions between 1976 and 1988. Eleven tracks in total -- lovingly spread over a double LP and featuring some of the most beautiful material of the series. While in the process of recording and optimizing the old reel tapes for the initial track list, Cohen discovered a master tape that was originally prepared for an extremely limited cassette release on the Generations Unlimited imprint in NYC. This collection, preserved in the original order of its initial release, contains some of Cohens collaborations and performances in theater pieces and art installations by Jeff Cain, Tonio Guerra, Group Motion, and more. A 2LP document, Music for Dance and Theater shows Cohens extremely sensitive and creative integration of sound into these theatrical performances and visual art installations. Issued in three parts, this vinyl series will culminate in a full CD release." - Morphine.
SOLD OUT

Artist: COHEN, CHARLES
Title: The Middle Distance
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $21.00
"Morphosis Morphine Records boldly steps into the archives of one of Philadelphias best-kept underground secrets: synth composer, Charles Cohen. This excellent release beholds seven key tracks (recorded between 1979-1988) that go into uncharted polyrhythmic/ambient/cosmic territory. The label says "First chapter in the trilogy of Charles Cohen retrospective works, featuring some of his early works from the Philadelphias No Mans Land art installment, the University Of Texas in El Paso, and The Painted Bride art center performances. This release also features the track Dance of the Spiritcatchers, which previously appeared on the Music from No Mans Land EP by Ghostwriters, a split record with Jeff Cain, originally issued in 1980 on Zero Records." Issued in three parts, this vinyl series will culminate in a full CD release." - Morphine.
SOLD OUT

Artist: OLIVEROS, PAULINE & IONE
Title: Water Above Sky Below Now
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $21.00
"Pioneering American composer Pauline Oliveros and author Ionepresent Water Above Sky Below Now. An experimental musician and educator, Oliveros is the creator of the deep listening practice of highly attentive full-body audition. She is joined on the album by Ione, an author and improviser of spoken word and sonic vocals, and the artistic director of the Deep Listening Institute founded by Oliveros. This three-part improvisation was produced using Oliveross Expanded Instrument System (EIS), an electronic sound-processing environment that allows improvising musicians to transform their own acoustic input in real time. Here, her specially tuned digital accordion -- accompanied by Iones vocals and spoken word -- is converted via EIS, manipulated, and diffused through multiple channels. "The EIS imperative (and improvisation imperative)," Oliveros writes, "is to listen and respond: spatial relationships and progressions are as important as the traditional parameters of music." The release of Water Above Sky Below Now is the latest movement in Oliveross six-decade-long career, which began at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 60s and was distinguished with the William Schuman Award for lifetime achievement in 2009. Produced by Rabih Beaini; designed by Tankboys; original cover art by Nathalie du Pasquier." - Morphine.

Artist: SENYAWA
Title: Menjadi
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $21.00
"Experimental Indonesian duo Senyawa, fresh from burning down Berlins CTM Festival (again), summon the Javan spirits with Rabih Beaini at the controls on Menjadi. Steeped in improvisational practice and known for their visceral live performances, the pairs sound combines Javanese folk and ritual music with metal and psychedelic influences. Rully Shabaras extended vocal techniques arc from guttural droning to frenetic chants and upper-register ululations, while Wukir Suryadi supplies dynamic instrumentation using the bambuwukir, an amplified bamboo zither of his own invention. Menjadi (meaning "to become") follows REDOSE 003EP (2015), containing "Di Kala Sudah" reworked by Buchla synth master Charles Cohen, and is the first in a series of Morphine releases produced by Rabih Beaini and scheduled for 2015, with artwork by Nathalie du Pasquier, curated and designed by Tankboys." - Morphine.
SOLD OUT

Artist: SENYAWA
Title: Menjadi
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Experimental Indonesian duo Senyawa, fresh from burning down Berlins CTM Festival (again), summon the Javan spirits with Rabih Beaini at the controls on Menjadi. Steeped in improvisational practice and known for their visceral live performances, the pairs sound combines Javanese folk and ritual music with metal and psychedelic influences. Rully Shabaras extended vocal techniques arc from guttural droning to frenetic chants and upper-register ululations, while Wukir Suryadi supplies dynamic instrumentation using the bambuwukir, an amplified bamboo zither of his own invention. Menjadi (meaning "to become") follows REDOSE 003EP (2015), containing "Di Kala Sudah" reworked by Buchla synth master Charles Cohen, and is the first in a series of Morphine releases produced by Rabih Beaini and scheduled for 2015, with artwork by Nathalie du Pasquier, curated and designed by Tankboys." - Morphine.

Artist: SENYAWA/CHARLES COHEN
Title: Charles Cohen/Robert Turman Versions
Format: 12
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $14.00
"Charles Cohen uses his Buchla Music Easel to replay Indonesian hardcore band Senyawas "Di Kala Sudah." While enjoying a few months in Germany, Cohen conducted a ritualistic tonal re-adaptation, flushing the song through layers of spaced-out, orchestrated grooves. Meanwhile, in the U.S., explorer of the deepest depths Robert Turman smashed Cohens "Conundrums" into small bits and recrafted it in his own masterful manner. His beaten and edited version displays ability similar to Cohens, melting down the metal in a sound and forging it into new and expanding shapes." - Morphine.
SOLD OUT

Artist: SHABARA, RULLY
Title: Huruf Hidup
Format: 7"
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $18.00
"One half (the vocal force) of Indonesias Senyawa with a solo release for Morphine. Engineered by Rabih Beaini. Art direction by The Tank Boys." - Morphine.

Artist: SURYADI, WUKIR
Title: Woven Sounds
Format: 7"
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $12.00
"Half of Indonesias Senyawa (the bands sole instrumentalist, Wukir Suryadi) with a solo release for Morphine. Engineered by Rabih Beaini. Art direction by The Tank Boys." - Morphine.

Artist: UPPERGROUND ORCHESTRA
Title: The Eupen Takes
Format: LP
Label: Morphine
Country: Italy
Price: $24.00
"The formidable Lebanese/Italian jazz nomads release a long player of deepness on Morphines new live series. Limited edition of 400. The LP is packaged in a silk-screened outersleeve with artwork from Bill Kouligas (Pan Records, Berlin). The Eupen Takes is a live document clearly showing what the collective is normally improvising on stage, a chaotic but still tight blend of jazz, kraut and electronics, where nothing is previously planned, and analog synths and spaced out sounds melt with instruments in a natural and free approach. The Eupen Takes LP contains the second half of the June 2011 show at the Meakusma stage, Eupen Muzik Marathon." - Morphine.

by artist / 0-9    A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z    V/A \   by label