Gift Tapes is pleased to announce that our monster SUMMER double-batch has arrived! Six new tapes out today. Purchase them here while supplies last!
Oregon Painting Society – Radiant Dream Face, GT021, c30, edition of 150
Totally bizarre sound worlds from an island of misfit droids. Offered up by up-and-coming Portland art collective Oregon Painting Society (core members include: Matt Carlson, Brenna Murphy, Barbara Kinzle, Birch Cooper, and Jason Traeger) this recording is a document of their Radiant Dream Face installation mounted at Portland State University, December 2009. Improvisations with houseplants, a pair of corn cobs and a glass crystal, each controlling oscillators, recorded direct to 4 track.
Concessionaires – Skyline, GT022, c40, edition of 150
Synth/guitar duo project consisting of Brad Rose (The North Sea) and Pete Fosco. Their debut release unveils massive cathedrals of melodic sound that push/pull the listener through cavern-like underworlds into open, pale-blue, impressionistic skyscapes. Two side-length meditative improvisations, perfect listening for shimmering summer afternoons.
Studio SS/2 Hands on Knobs – Home Office split, GT023, c60, edition of 150
The daily reality of machines in the home and the office as interpreted by 2 synth artists. Studio SS merges home appliances with analog and digital synthesis. A mixture of both quiet noise and on-edge insomnia that hint at the claustrophobic terror state of a forgotten inmate. 2 Hands on Knobs engages office machinery with synths, sampling keyboards, and drum machines, creating industrial spirituals for a drone army or narrating the awkward birth of an android.
Zaïmph – Coast to Coast, GT024, c40, edition of 200
In Marcia Bassett’s newest Zaimph recording, masked guitar roams from the East to the West, through rugged American landscapes. Bassett’s guitar and effects are captured direct to cassette as a stereo room recording, summoning a gorgeous haze of tape noise and ambient sounds.
Merzbow – Untitled Nov 1989, GT025, c40, edition of 200
Electronics and field recordings collide in what many consider a peak moment of Merzbow’s extremely prolific career. Recorded in 1989 and mixed this past February on a 4-track that Gift Tapes sent to Japan! HEAVY factory sounds manipulated via amplification and signal processing to create a massive mechanized environment and an altered state.
Bee Mask – Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, GT026, c30, edition of 200
Bee Mask’s newest work gives a nod to experimental music of the 20th century; classic kosmiche zones are fused with musique concrete to form a surrealist sound collage of home studio and field recordings. Synths, sampler, prepared piano, variable speed cassette players, voice and handmade instruments all come into play, explaining quantum mechanics via dream logic.
*All cassettes are pro-dubbed, imprinted, loaded with high bias tape, packaged in regular size Norelco cases, w/ 2-sided color cardstock j-card insert that includes artist name and album title.
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In related news, Brother Raven‘s first LP entitled VSS-30 is due out very soon on Digitalis — keep your eyes peeled. You may have also noticed that Taped Sounds recently released BR’s 5th tape. I am told that copies are sold out at the source, but that an additional pressing is in the works. Additionally, the band will be touring the West Coast US in June, performing the following dates (most which will include Matt Carlson!):
June 15, 2010 – Villanova House (802 Villanova Dr.) – Davis, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, others TBA
Also, Harpoon Pole Vault will be touring NE US in July w/ Zaimph & Bee Mask (both of whom have tapes out in this current GIFT batch)! Tour dates are coming together now, but more info will be posted here soon as details begin to solidify.
More exciting stuff happening later this summer:
DRAFT, the new no rules sub-GIFT imprint will debut its first set of releases. We’re expecting these to land sometime in August.
The next edition of the SYNTH NIGHT series will happen Friday, August 13th. An Evening of Meditative Music with Stella Haze, Spare Death Icon & Pulse Emitter at the Chapel Performance Space here in Seattle.