GT Presents: CORRIDORS. 10/10 at Gallery 1412 (Seattle)

Byron Westbrook / CORRIDORS

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:

An Evening of Electronic Sound & Visuals
CORRIDORS, MILLION MISTS, MATT CARLSON & PANABRITE

October 10th, 8 PM
Gallery 1412 – 1412 18th Avenue (18th & E Union)
Admission $7

Gift Tapes will present an exciting evening of electronic sound and visuals featuring CORRIDORS, Million Mists, Matt Carlson and Panabrite. Brooklyn-based CORRIDORS mixes multichannel works from processed instrumental and environmental sound and video imagery. Portland musician Matt Carlson (member of Golden Retriever) will play a solo synth set, and Seattle solo synth acts Million Mists (Jamie Potter of Brother Raven) and Panabrite (Norm Chambers) will both make debut appearances.

CORRIDORS

Byron Westbrook (b. 1977) is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound and images. His audio/video performances under the name CORRIDORS involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled from sound and light. He has presented at venues such as Tonic, Roulette, The Stone, Diapason Gallery, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Exit Art Gallery, (NYC), Les Voûtes (FR), Wien Konzerthaus (Austria), NonEvent (Boston), Sonic Circuits Festival (DC), and Institute of Intermedia (CZ). He has shared performance bills with Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Jandek, Sawako, Heribert Friedl, Stefan Tcherepnin, Maria Chavez, Alessandro Bosetti, Jason Kahn, Jon Mueller, and Tetuzi Akiyama, among many others. Westbrook has also collaborated with Paris-based composer and former Kitchen curator Rhys Chatham in the drone metal group Essentialist (Table of the Elements), as well as performed in the ensembles of Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Duane Pitre, David Watson and Jonathan Kane. He has worked as technical coordinator of Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation since 2004. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Commission through Roulette Intermedium. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at Hotel Pupik at Sclhoss Schrattenberg. A cd will be released in Fall 2010 on Sedimental Records. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Website: www.byronwestbrook.com

MORE INFO HERE: http://www.gifttapes.com/gt-presents/

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

Harpoon Pole Vault / Bee Mask NE mini tour July 9-14

Poster by WITCHBEAM - Zebulon 7/14 - Bee Mask, Zaimph, Harpoon Pole Vault

Tomorrow, Cristin and I are headed out east for a little vacation to NYC.  Immediately following our break, I’ll be touring as Harpoon Pole Vault with Bee Mask/Chris Madak (see Deception Island label).   Super excited!  Three of these shows will feature Zaimph/Marcia Bassett, so be sure to catch those if you can.  Our NE mini-tour dates are listed below.  Hope to see some of you!  FRESH poster design by WITCHBEAM!

July 9, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Pageant SoloveevHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask.

July 10, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – Port d’OrHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask.

July 11, 2010 – Burlington, VT – Firehouse GalleryHPV, Bee Mask, A Snake in the Garden.

July 12, 2010 – Easthampton, MA – Flywheel ArtsHPV, Bee Mask.

July 13, 2010 – Providence, RI – ZACCHILLI HOUSE – HPV, Bee Mask, Arley Marks.

July 14, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – ZebulonHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask, mi or and the pedestals.

6/23 :: Zaïmph, Jaime Fennelly, Brother Raven

Zaimph is Marcia Bassett

Gift Tapes Presents, An evening of contemporary drone music with:
Zaimph, Jaime Fennelly & Brother Raven
June 23th (Wednesday) – 8 PM sharp
Gallery 1412 – 1412 18th Ave (18th & E Union St) – Seattle, WA 98122
$7 admission

Gift Tapes presents a night of contemporary drone music: NYC-based Zaïmph, recent Seattle transplant Jaime Fennelly, and Seattle’s Brother Raven. Zaïmph, the solo project of Marcia Bassett, combines guitar and electronics to create subtle noise music. Jaime Fennelly (of Peeeseye fame) will make his first appearance solo on the west coast, performing with a harmonium and electronics. And lastly, synth duo Brother Raven will attempt to craft the music of the cosmos with synthesizers, performing the last show of their west coast tour in their hometown.

Come hang out!!  This show is gonna be FRESH!!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Live Brother Raven Jammer

June 2009 at the Josephine, Seattle, poster by Jamie Potter
A few months back, a guy named Kurt handed me a tape containing a live Brother Raven set from a hot summer night (performing with totally RAD folks: Marcia Bassett as Zaimph, Pete Swanson & Josh Stevenson as Magneticring).  We want to share it with you… COSMIC MINIMAL SYNTH, recorded live to tape at The Josephine, Seattle, WA, June 24, 2009. Download here (MP3, 34 MB, MONO).

New GIFT TAPES coming January 12, 2010

New GIFT TAPES coming January 12, 2010.  Reserve your copies here. Also, check out the new Digitalis batch. Gift Tapes artists Million Mists & Spare Death Icon can be found on the new Air Rings: Volume 1; a 4-way double-cassette synth split! 2010 will be a good year…

Brother Raven, ITCZ, GT013 BROTHER RAVEN
ITCZ :: GT013
C30 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Radient jungle experience; colossal modulationZ
Music by Brother Raven
$6 USD
Father Sound/Harpoon Pole Vault, SPLIT, GT014 FATHER SOUND/HARPOON POLE VAULT
SPLIT :: GT014
C30 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: A. Autistic cave man sampler opus | B. Vulnerable new age lacerations
Music by JRP & JEA
$6 USD
Golden Retriever, static rain, GT015 GOLDEN RETRIEVER
static rain :: GT015
C20 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Joyous future prog; modular synth & processed bass clarinet
Music by Matt Carlson & Jonathan Sielaff
$6 USD

4TH GIFT: Father Sound micro

Father Sound, elastic underwater cave diver, GT012

As promised, our 3rd micro cassette released this past FALL, limited edition 50.  This completes the first series of micros, secretly known as the T&D Trilogy.  New Father Sound jams will be available in Gift Tapes’ WINTER batch, coming in early January.  Our new tapes will include a Father Sound/Harpoon Pole Vault SPLIT (C30), Brother Raven (C30) & Golden Retriever’s first tape (C20).  Keep posted for more info… Happy Holidays!!!

Father Sound, elastic underwater cave diver
Download: GT012 63MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

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

THIRD GIFT: 2 Hands on Knobs, Cylon Garden micro

download: 2 Hands on Knobs, Cylon Garden, GT008 (micro)

As promised, here is the 3rd GIFT available for download.  This was our second micro cassette release that came out last June with the summer batch, limited edition 50.  If you dig this stuff, keep your eyes out for the new 2 Hands on Knobs release space bath transformation, coming out soon on DSQ (c85, edition of 22).

We’ll post 2 new reviews soon and the 4th GIFT before the end of the year.  Also, the new Gift batch is in the works and due out in January.  Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving.

2 Hands on Knobs, cylon garden
Download: GT008 62MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

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