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.
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.
blood orange :: GT017
C37 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Synthesized chanting; ethnic electronics bathed in crimson light
Music by J. Hanson
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.
orbs :: GT018
C31 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Multidimensional perception; inverted flotation awareness
Music by MWP
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.
sickness :: GT019
C45 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Sensory disruption process; panic-attack boomerang synthesis
Music by JS
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.
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.
Knit Prism is a new project by House of Sun label head Mike Pouw. His new tape, Amaranth, is an excellent introduction to his work and to his label. (I should point out that what you are looking at is actually a double cassette – total props on the case!)
The beauty of Amaranth lies in it’s ability to coerce the listener to enter dream states, so much so in fact that I wonder whether this was intended as a hypnosis tape. The unconscious is awakened by distant melodies and slowly morphing loops and drones; deep tones creep into the chest and induce the physical body into a relaxing sleep. Synthesizers, guitar, effects and tapes, some of which seem to be recorded in space, are slowly combined and offset– as meditation. There’s an element of musique concrete happening here, lying in the background as textures and appearing in the foreground during transitions. Delicate and mysterious, the flow of Knit Prism’s works are not to be missed.
Charlatan’s Equinox tape accesses some of the melodic zones Iasos might have reached in 1975’s Inter-Dimensional Music, but the music is a bit more minimal: transcendent washes of melodic notes that flutter and hover about in the stereo field. It’s not quite what Steve McLinn (Ojas) refers to as ‘big synth’ music, but it sounds huge and seems to lead us from vast landscapes into the star field. These uplifting jams will open your heart and mind. I have one other Charlatan tape that came out on Digitalis LTD a few months back, but this one is even better. Highly recommended, but limited to 40 copies.