[Microsound-announce] New physical release: TRANS001 Spellewauerynsherde, Interpretations Various & Sundry
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Thu Jun 21 18:58:04 EDT 2007
the hope of being able to bypass the traditional commercial aspects of a
recording label TRANS>PARENT RADIATION was formed in 2005 as a web-based
sub-label of bremsstrahlung recordings.
The releases are made available for free download for a period of time
and then taken down and released as limited edition CDRs.
are please to announce our first physical CDR.
TRANS001 Spellewauerynsherde, Interpretations Various & Sundry
Price: $9 –
source material taken from found reel to reel recordings of Icelandic a capella
lament songs made in the late 1960's or early 1970's 10 sound artists interpret
these haunting sounds in their compositions. A CD LP by Akira Rabelais based on
this source material can be found at Samadhi Sound. Reworkers include Fennesz, Kit Clayton,
Taylor Deupree, Steve Roden, Stephen Mathieu, I8U and others.
packaging includes a self-latching CD case created from a custom die-cut and
the cover is hand stamped. It is a
limited edition of 100 and will not be reissued. The CDRs themselves are labeled via the heat
transfer process rather than inkjet printing to ensure text durability. The CDRs are silver on both sides. To view packagings click here.
Reviewed in VITAL
Reviewer: Frans de Waard
is a small label which have brought us some nice releases in the past - a small
but good catalogue. They also have a sub division called Trans>parent
Radiation which consists of MP3s. After a while they are removed from the
website and then the material is released as a CDR. The first one is a
compilation of re-composed source material taken from found reel to reel
recordings of Icelandic a cappella lament songs made in the late 1960s or early
1970's. Ten composers using this material and they all seem to be from the
field of microsound, but they are by no means the least in the field. Fennesz,
Roden, Kit Clayton, Taylor Deupree, Takemura, Alejandra & Aeron and Stephan
Mathieu - one could wonder why not release this as a real CD.
lament song part is pushed to the back in the most part. The emphasis lies more
on the ancient tape hiss and crackle, although some use the faint traces of
voices. Most of the time it turns out to be shimmering, humming, crackling and hissing
pieces of music. The noise collage played by Nobekazu Takemura is a bit out of
place here, or it's certainly a break with the rest. Some people add their own
instruments such as guitars (Fennesz and Josh Russell) but they keep in spirit
with the overall sombre and melancholic tone of this release. The Takemura
piece is the longest and perhaps also the one that is a bit out of place here.
It perhaps breaks the mood but in this case it's not so great. Otherwise this
is a more than excellent compilation with all equally great sorrowful pieces of
music, which could have as easily been on a real CD."
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