New Gift Tapes, Summer 2012 Batch

It’s been a little over a year since Gift Tapes’ last set of releases.  This past year I’ve been focused on the DRAFT label, but I thought it was high time for some pure analog recordings.  I am especially excited about the diversity of sounds in this batch and pleased to offer up works from Weirding Module (head of Senseless Empire), Baronic Wall (of Compass Rose) and German-based Guenter Schlienz.

Weirding Module
GT040: Weirding Module, no bells here, C44 tape
Periodic automations of buzzing synth; polyphase alternator reality

Guenter Schlienz
GT041: Guenter Schlienz, through music to the self, C54 tape
Cooling drift over soft terrain; smooth modular ambient for inner voyages (Inspired by the book of Peter Michael Hamel.)

Baronic Wall
GT042: Baronic Wall, the mind of roses, C32 tape
Freakish melodies and banging pulsations; fully cracked poetics

USA $7 / CANADA $8 / WORLD $11
Purchase at gifttapes.com/tapes/

Gecko Dream Levels review in The Wire

The Wire, June p63

 

Just got word this morning that Matt Carlson’s recent Gift Tapes release has been reviewed in the June issue of The Wire magazine.  I’ve seen a few reviews of Gecko Dream Levels out there in cyberspace, and most of them basically warn people that it’s SO WEIRD you may have difficulty listening to it.  Check this one out from OMG Vinyl:

You may have a little harder time wrapping your ears around Matt Carlson’s offering for the newest Gift Tape batch. It is a far, far gone piece of electronic experimentation.

You’ll notice that The Wire pretty much follows suit.

For me, the weirder the record, the better… and the more I want to listen to it.  As a listener, I’m attracted to work that is challenging and hard to figure out—this is what I think distinguishes art from craft.  I am a true fan of Carlson’s bizarro world.  This tape has become my gateway to enter the deep waters of creative meditation, in search of the big, deep fish (deep-diving David Lynch fans will know what I’m talking about).

For those of you that are ready and waiting for more, keep your eyes peeled on the DRAFT website.  We’ll be issuing our first LP for Matt in the coming months, and let me tell you: this one ups it a notch on the weirdo-scale!  And for those of you in Seattle this Friday, May 13th, come check out Matt’s solo modular set at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford.

NEW GIFT TAPES – WINTER 2011

Gift Tapes Winter 2011

New GIFT TAPES coming to you March 8th!  We just posted them and are available now for preorder.  I’d recommend getting in on this action early because I expect them to go quickly.  This is Gift Tapes first special art edition batch – with art by Brenna Murphy.  She’s also crafted some amazing preview videos – check them out!


Matt Carlson, Gecko Dream Levels :: GT032

Matt Carlson, gecko dream levels :: GT032

C40 audio cassette, edition of 200
Description: side-scrolling kingdom in gecko-vision; perplexed power-up modular rippage
SPECIAL ART EDITION – Art by Brenna Murphy
Music by Matt Carlson
Purchase here


Spare Death Icon, Survival :: GT033

Spare Death Icon, survival :: GT033

C30 audio cassette, edition of 200
Description: hunted by an uninvited visitor from a dystopic futureworld; digitally sequenced vengeance
SPECIAL ART EDITION – Art by Brenna Murphy
Music by JEA
Purchase here


Million Mists, Original Motion :: GT034

Million Mists, original motion :: GT034

C60 audio cassette, edition of 200
Description: perma-flow blade runner of the jungle; karaoke synth solos navigating snail trails
SPECIAL ART EDITION – Art by Brenna Murphy
Music by Jamie Potter
Purchase here


The following titles are also available:
Mi Or And The Pedestals, Eos – Gift Tapes GT028
Frak, Dry Vanadis/Tournament City – DRAFT D001
A. Diller, Still Life –  DRAFT D003
KPLR, Voltaic Fits – DRAFT D004
Joel Brindefalk, A Rough Patch – DRAFT D005
Atlantic Triangular Trade, Velvet Satellite – DRAFT D006
J. Hanson, New Ruined Maps – DRAFT D007

Tapes are $7 USA/$8 Can-Mex/$10 World.  Pre-orders will be shipped on March 8th.  Thanks for your support!

Wintertime News & Updates

JOEL BRINDEFALK, A ROUGH PATCH ATLANTIC TRIANGULAR TRADE, VELVET SATELLITE

I was pleased to see DRAFT (Gift Tapes sub-label) get some reviews in The Wire, thanks to Nick Richardson.  Joel Brindefalk’s A Rough Patch and Atlantic Triangular Trade’s Velvet Satellite made it into the Outer Limits review section. We’ve posted samples of all the DRAFT tapes – check them out on the site: draftrecords.com You can find the review below.

Turns out Brother Raven’s diving into the pineapple portal LP in The Wire as well, from last month (thanks to Keith Moliné). Dave Segal posted it here on The Stranger Line Out music blog. Many thanks to Aguirre Records for making that re-release possible! Check out their newly re-designed website: www.aguirrecords.com to see all the killer jams Pieter has in store for us!

NEW Gift Tapes are coming soon. My thought is they’ll be ready sometime in late February… a little later than expected, but that’s not too far off. This batch includes solo projects from both members of Brother Raven, as well as the new solo tape by Matt Carlson (synth player in Golden Retriever). Since this will be Gift Tapes 2nd year in business, we’ve planned some pretty crazy surprises for this set of releases. You won’t want to miss out, so get in on the action as soon as these drop. I’ll post the release date and related info to the blog when the time comes. Keep posted!

Last week we received exciting news that one of our favorite Gift Tapes releases, Bee Mask‘s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, will see a LP re-release on  Edition Mego‘s new sub-label Spectrum Spools.   EM’s releases are always top-notch, and this one will be cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering (meaning this LP will sound amazing!).  It’s a limited edition of 500, due out April 4th – pre-order while you can!  Congratulations Chris Madak!

6TH GIFT: Charlatan, Exercises MICRO

Charlatan, Excercises MICRO

Last Spring I posed a challenge to a fellow label-head/musician friend of mine (based in Tulsa, OK), to get revenge of sorts because of a massive 85 minute tape he asked me to do in an edition of 22!   So in response, this is what I requested: Super experimental & non-musical & synthy, but not noisey & not too droney using only the pro-one & recorded to tape of course. I guess my challenge was more specific… but I tried to think of everything that that dude does exceptionally well, then ask him to do the opposite!  His approach to the challenge is especially interesting to listen to; it’s improvised synth music that consciously attempts to avoid musical spaces.  And it’s in that avoidance of musical spaces that hints of musical ideas occur.  They seem to play on the creativity of the listener, providing a palette for which to connect the dots, link ideas and create our own music through interpretation.  Please except this gift; a prized edition of the MICRO collection.

Next month: New tapes by Matt Carlson, Million Mists & Spare Death Icon.

Charlatan, exercises
Download: GT020 59 MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive. Miniature. Mono. Limited Frequency Response.

5TH Gift: Knit Prism, Coral Mediations MICRO

Knit Prism - Coral Meditations

Last January we snuck this MICRO in more than a few packages; now it’s high time this is available to the masses.  One of the lovely things about micro cassettes is the fidelity, a shadow of a recording allowing a hazy glimpse of what was there.  These mysterious artifacts, buried in tape hiss, offer the essence of an artist’s creation, while the listener fills in the blanks.  3 more in the cue that I’ll post in the coming months — so stay tuned!  Also, coming in this Winter, Gift Tapes will release new tapes by Matt Carlson, Million Mists & Spare Death Icon.

Knit Prism, coral mediations
Download: GT016 53MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive. Miniature. Mono. Limited Frequency Response.

FALL 2010 GIFT TAPES

Gift Tapes is pleased to announce its 7th batch of tapes, just in time for the Fall season.  Synthesized soundscapes, meditations & fantasy landscapes… Available from gifttapes.com (orders will ship early next week).  Also coming soon to many fine online distributors: Mimaroglu, Tomentosa, Discriminate Music, Eggy Records, DNT Records & Colour Ride (UK).

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Mi Or And The Pedestals
: EOS

C30 audio cassette, edition of 150
Aerated synth atmospheres and crystalline shapes; white light angelic perception

EOS is a skillful blend of voice and synthesizer, sculpted by Brooklyn-based Mi Or And The Pedestals (Ceci Moss).  Distant atmospheres are spawned from lush soundscapes and chaotic noise in an excellent fusion of contemporary synth styles.

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Nathan Mclaughlin: echolocation #3
C40 audio cassette, edition of 100
MS-20 & room-length tape loops; flowing ambient subsonic immersion

Nathan Mclaughlin (currently residing in Sauk Centre, Minnesota) reveals a new chapter in his recent series, following up a previous release on Digitalis. Echolocation #3 is ambient music, rich in color and mood.  Layering vintage synths on room-length tape loops, Mclaughlin crafts music for meditation.

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Panabrite: wizard chimes
C60 audio cassette, edition of 150
Submerged journey toward a glowing pearl; Juno-60 driven fantasy soundtrack

Seattle-based Panabrite is the brainchild of synth musician and record collector Norm Chambers.  Wizard Chimes carefully layers drifting arpeggiated melodies, forming the soundtrack to an epic journey through fantasy landscapes.

*All new Gift Tapes are pro-dubbed, imprinted & loaded with chrome tape.

OTHER NEWS:

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Few copies of Brother Raven’s VSS-30 LP available here.

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Brother Raven Diving Into the Pineapple Portal LP & Eagle Vision TAPE due out on Aguirre Records by the end of next week!

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DRAFT, the new sub label of Gift Tapes will debut it’s first releases in early October.

Details on upcoming Gift Tapes performances on 10/10 & 11/1 listed here & be sure to check out the Debacle Festival this weekend!

~JEA
Gift Tapes of Seattle, WA

Gift Tapes SUMMER 2010 batch

Gift Tapes

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!

GT021
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.

GT022
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.

GT023
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.

GT024
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.

GT025
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.

GT026
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.

Gift Tapes, fronts

Gift Tapes, spine 1 Gift Tapes, spine 2

Gift Tapes, backs

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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

June 16, 2010 – Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, Moholy-Nagy

June 17, 2010 – Synchronicity Space – Los Angeles, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, Sun Araw, Metal Rouge

June 18, 2010 – 21 Grand – Oakland, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, En, Deep Magic

June 19, 2010 – Abyssal Behemoth – Portland, OR – Golden Retriever, Cloaks

June 23, 2010 – Gallery 1412 – Seattle, WA – Zaimph, Jaime Fennelly (of Peeesseye)

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.

Gift Tapes V

Gift Tapes V, release date: March 23

Gift Tapes delivers its fifth batch: three new cassettes containing carefully-crafted analog recordings.  High-bias, pro-dubbed, imprinted tapes with hand-numbered, full-color, double-sided cardstock sleeves, packaged in standard clear plastic cases, editions of 100.

J. Hanson, blood orange, GT017 J. Hanson
blood orange :: GT017
C37 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Synthesized chanting; ethnic electronics bathed in crimson light
Music by J. Hanson
$6 USD

On Blood Orange, Portland-based J. Hanson creates ethnic-tinged compositions with modular synth and spring reverb.  These pieces take influence from ritualistic gamelan music, shamanic drumming, and early electronic music.

Knit Prism, orbs, GT018 Knit Prism
orbs :: GT018
C31 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Multidimensional perception; inverted flotation awareness
Music by MWP
$6 USD

Ontario’s Knit Prism uses synths, guitar, electronics and tape to bring supernatural phenomena to light.   The spacious assemblages of hovering drones and complex textures on this new release, Orbs, will stand out as some of KP’s finest work to date.

Studio SS, sickness, GT019 Studio SS
sickness :: GT019
C45 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Sensory disruption process; panic-attack boomerang synthesis
Music by JS
$6 USD

Studio SS is the solo project of the man behind Börft, an obscure, experimental Swedish label putting out tapes and LPs since 1987.  Sickness is a meditation on various modes of delirium through the use of synths, effects, mics and speakers: LFO-modulated delusions and granular washes of hysteria… the perfect panic attack.

Gift Tapes V, coming March 23

We’ll be selling what stock we have left of this batch, but you can also pick them up from Mimarolgu, Tomentosa, Discriminate & Colour Ride.

Also, I noticed that Mimaroglu still has copies of the Father Sound/HPV split from the last batch & Tomentosa has a few copies of various Gift releases : Pulse Emitter &  Matt Carlson from last fall AND Stella Haze & Million Mists from the first batch!  Get your hands on them while you still can.

Mr. Entertainment: New tape by Pete Swanson

Pete Swanson - Mr. Entertainment, Oct. 2009

Last night I found a pretty ruley package on my doorstep from fellow NW underground JAMMER Pete Swanson that included a new cassette of his solo work. Blasting the tape on the way to work this morning – I felt inspired to write a little nuglet about the experience.

Mr. Entertainment opens with a super crunchy, cracking loop that lays the rough and porous volcanic foundation for Pete’s signature sound: HEAVY & BLOWN-OUT. Monstrous fields of sound roll in like thunder, while fragmented text, seemingly jumbled and masked, works towards subliminal manipulation of the listener. Melodic undertones hint at the emotive spirit buried beneath this nuclear assault of tape and electronics. Self-released in October of 2009, this tape is a fine example of Pete’s recent efforts. I noticed this tape was just made available on Mimaroglu’s site – grab it while it lasts!