THE MISSION IS TERMINATED !!!!

•November 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment

thanks to everybody who have sent in, or supplied links to demos, and tunes .

but at present all new releases are cancelled, and i’m not accepting any further material..

so as TG announced in 1981 … THE MISSION IS TERMINATED !!!!

 

well for now anyway ………………………….

S.C.FREE 1 ~ VARIOUS ARTISTS

•May 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

S.C.FREE 1 is a Promotional cdr, of exclusive tracks. Only available with any other purchases from the label Striate Cortex UK. 50 copies only.

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TRACKS :

01 Tim Newman  – Page Park Is Empty
02 Mark Bradley – Sacred Musics
03 Sindre Bjerga – Minor Misdirection
04 Untitled – Untitled
05 Iversen – Ballroom
06 Dead Wood – Resort Free
07 Phantom Heron Seas – Megenta Skyways
08 L.C.B. – Linda
09 Daniel Thomas  – Heavy Density
10 Small Things On Sundays – Moonship ( Phase One )

S.C.58 ÜRLICH UHRLICH

•April 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“Kosmotron”

2 x mini cdrs in a hand made outer cover, pro artwork, and printed discs.

Limited edition of 50 copies.

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Kosmotron contains two mini cdrs , each containing a 20 minute Untitled drone , experimental piece .

Project realised by M R I CLOUGH.

M . Clough other  work ,,,, listen here

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REVIEW :

The tightly wound, relentless back-and-forth of these analogue throbs and pulses suggest a kind of teeth-grinding, cheek-chewing, speed-freak non-narrative: ‘and then, and then, and then, and then…’  Perhaps it should accompany Warhol’s Empire?  Or maybe a time-lapse film of a giant copper clad cathedral dome oxidizing and being encrusted with livid green verdigris?

Or how about multi-limbed sport-bots thwacking a dozen basketballs at once to each other across an empty floor of an underground car park?  Or, especially during the bibbling sections of the second track, angry artificial intelligences throwing packets of information around in the hope of winning a competition the rules of which our pitiful brains could not begin to grasp?  Yeah, as good as that. ( Both snippets by Rob Hayler  .  RFM  )

full story here

and here at Igloomag

GRAB A COPY  HERE

S.C.56 PUPIL WAH

•January 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“Spontaneous Mutations”

Cdr housed in a hand made decorated slip case, 8 page booklet, enclosed in a hand sewn cloth bag. In an edition of 50 copies.

TRACKS:

01. Framing Error   02. Silent Substitution    03. Biosphere

04. DNA Codec   05. Brain Studies   06. Cybernetics   07. Macromolecule

08. Neurotherapy   09. Superorganism   10. Metaphase   11. Mutagenesis

Recorded in October 2012 in Chantepie, France

utonspace@gmail.com

now available

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purchase here

RADIO FREE MIDWICH

•January 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

LABEL OF  THE YEAR AWARD

Thanks  to Rob Hayler  over  at Radio Free Midwich, for all his support  and brilliant reviews  throughout 2012…   ” Thanks Man “

It’s been a great year, lets hope  the  2013 will be  just as  eventful ….

Story Here

 catch you all soon

S.C.55 CRIMSON RAINBOW FACILITY

•November 15, 2012 • 1 Comment

“Unknown Strains”

3″ mini cdr comes in a handmade paper wallet, pvc slip sleeve containing 3 small postcard inserts, and printed disc. In an edition of 50 copies.

TRACKS:

01. Germ Codex
02. 57.14 North
03. Pathogen Drift
04. Synthetic Telepathy
05. Virus Transmitter

Recorded at S7 ( Winter 2010 )

All audio – Tim Mitchell
Mastered – J.R.Moore

Released  19/11/2012

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REVIEW:

The music is compelling, eerie, spacious.  Machines emit electronic throbs and skitter.  Bubbles of sound rise and burst releasing snatches of barely audible dialogue from public information films or maybe a videoed record of laboratory life.  It feels like walking around a ruined industrial complex on a frosty morning, taking off your glove to feel the side of a giant centrifuge and, inexplicably, finding it warm to the touch, still humming.  The album and track titles suggest a science fiction tale of escaped contagion, a story compiled from the remaining fragments of the official record but told with the nihilistic, noirish efficiency of Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers.  Hypnotic, immersive, icily calm.

 ( By Rob Hayler ~ Radio Free Midwich )  Full story here.

AVAILABLE   HERE

S.C.54 THOSSIAN PROCESS

•October 24, 2012 • 2 Comments

“Impurities”

Comes in a hand made decorated pouchette, printed disc, liner notes, and a postcard screen print. Released in a limited edition of 60 copies.

TRACKS:

01. Circles Burning
02. October Mass
03. Eastern Sunset
04. Strange Masks
05. Conqueror Worm
06. Slum Hymn
07. Coma Of Sunday

Recorded – Aug / Sept 2012

Booklet photography and all tracks – Tim Mitchell.

Final mastering and screen print by James R Moore.

Released  26/10/2012

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REVIEW:

Here Thossian Process (aka Tim Mitchell) presents seven tracks of disembodied abstraction … a nocturnal firmament teeming with phantomised insects… transparent bodies that are used to the barest of illumination. A suspension of flash-lit digital dust, semi opaque mysteries that I imagine, fit well with a journey through the ruined environments documented in the inlay. The blackness carving anxious fallouts to these shrill fractals of Circles Burning. The coo-ing pigeon roots placing doubts in perception, as the spray of oily loplop feathers are tangled in a choke of ivy, modulations mingling with the smell of damp earth and moulding concrete… Machine born vocabularies shadow playing the watery timbers and rumble.

A negligee of neglect, October mass is all sinewave serpentia… devotional tones blighted in bubbling of liquidised tremor… as a lone shaman rattles out safe passage, seemingly holding the arterial shiver of light against a lake of glistening black coils…

Eastern Sunset is a pure blood fell horizon of cobra sonics, a kazooed mainline splatter of tentacles… and abrasive counter directions… whereas Strange masks… unravels more hypnotically as a firefly of magical metallics flap the speaker’s diaphragm, and swarming mirror fragments are threaded on the starkest of numbed percussion…

Conqueror Worm is beset with swished mouthwashes and electro prodded caustics as a pulsating maggot wax chews through debris… dynamically ending in a mechanised scream…

Slum Hymn is my favourite… whirring, coupled with a masticated plod… a murmuring breeze of chant, affixed to an Assyrian undulation which soaks into you as more and more camouflaged details betray themselves… before Coma of Sunday eloquently ends the audio excursion in a slow displacement of algae… a soup of camen uncertainties… echoes of subterranean manatees or watery owls… vapour vends that linger…

( by Cloudboy ~ Rottenmeats )

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With so much noise these days being so, er…, noisy it is easy to forget how empty and eerie some of that early industrial stuff could be.  Thossian Process captures that vibe perfectly with rhythmic ticks, pulses and pitter-patter in lieu of anything too drum-like and a carefully chosen palette of electronics used sparingly and with purpose.  A couple of tracks even have that vaguely ethnographic Middle Eastern/North African influence that bands like Cabaret Voltaire tapped into.

Part of what makes the album so compelling is the space within the music.  I don’t mean it is ‘dubby’ – this is not a stoner-friendly warm bath – rather it is ‘spacious’ like a harshly lit, unfurnished room, or a view across a frozen lake, or the inside of your head when you wake sweating in the pitch black at 3.30am.

The seven tracks that make up this release total a fat-free 28 minutes.  This efficiency shows a respect both for the material and for the listener and ensures that the quick-witted inventiveness throughout is left undiluted and espresso strong.  Its discipline is admirable.  Given its very high tolerance to repeat listening. (Full story here)

( By Rob Hayler ~ Rado Free Midwich)

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Further  review  at Muhmur, by Stephen Cammack

 MuhMur SoundArt Broadcast: 29/11/2012, featuring Thossian Process

track 6:  Slum Hymn .   LISTEN TO THE  FULL SHOW HERE

AVAILABLE   here

S.C.53 THE SKULL MASK

•September 8, 2012 • 1 Comment

“Sahumerio”

Housed in a hand made cd sleeve, enclosed in a hand made outer cover, pro art postcard, and printed disc. Each copy contains 2 / 3 incense sticks. Comes in a limited edition of 50 copies.

TRACKS:

 Release  contains 5  Untitled  pieces.

Sahumerio is an Aztec incence for purification purposes…

Dedicated to my wife, Maria Rivera, my desert queen…

Released 14/09/2012

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Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, is a city with a murderous reputation. The war between rival drug cartels and the police made it, until recently, the homicide capital of the world. Life is tough for a civilian just trying to raise a family. I’m sure you can imagine that if you found yourself in that situation you would need a means of catharsis, a way of making sense of it all. Well, my friend Miguel Pérez lives there and he escapes through noise.

A background in the metal scene of the 90s taught him musicianship – he is an exceptional guitarist – but it was his discovery of noise and improv that set him free. A Stakhanovite work rate has led to dozens of releases under several pseudonyms, mainly through the netlabel Oracle he co-runs with Pablo Mejia, a noise artist based in the Dominican Republic.

I came to his work via the Culver-esque roars of La Mancha Del Pecado but my favourite of his projects is the solo, acoustic guitar of The Skull Mask. These improvised, psychedelic ragas are influenced by ritual music from around the world, including the shamanistic tradition of his native country, filtered through his own experiences of the Mexican wilderness.

It is beautiful, compelling, raw, ego dissolving stuff. To listen to The Skull Mask is to stand facing the hot, abrasive desert wind.

Rob H, Leeds, UK, August 2012.

Follow this link to free downloads of  Miguels  other  work here

 and here  ORACLE NETLABEL

REVIEW:

This mini cdr starts out with a spacey vibe, an early Eyeless in Gazasparkle of strings … Candlelit coronas of ascending frets and cyclesounds… completely solo wanderings… almost stripped to the bone, with only the lightest of dronic mystery to distract you from the fact…Miguel Pérez’s guitar playing is exceptional, his fingers conjuring up a myriad of dancing shapes and esoteric cyphers… colours that seemingly conversate in multiple exposures , curving the gloom in bowl like illumination. Vibes twisting upward in salamandering canter, mimicking the vapours of the enclosed incense which I recommend you burn whilst listening to this. The classical inflexions veiled in a scimitar of Turkish/Eastern flavours as flashes of white horse ride the lapping raga pulse, bespeckled in violent mood swings. This is a passionate display of force, a spin with jewelly diffusions banishing the bad vibes of Cuidad Juárez’s past, where human life was the cheapest of commodities…

( By Cloudboy at Rottenmeats )

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This is heroic stuff, recorded simply and cheaply with a red-raw honesty (occasionally a ‘chk-chk-chk’ noise can be heard high in the right channel, no doubt an artefact of the recording, but it stands in for the cicadas of Miguel’s beloved Mexican wilderness and inadvertently adds to the heat-haze atmosphere). Miguel was amused to see this described as ‘bluesy’ in Vital Weekly but during Part Three, the epic nine minute centrepiece, it isn’t hard to imagine him standing at the crossroads, his loose-fingered raga whipping the desert dust into strange, dancing anthropomorphic shapes.

The pieces either side illustrate the expressive power of Miguel’s technique: sore-eyed from the campfire or crackling and mysterious or solemn and contemplative.  In isolating these moods Andy has given us a new way of appreciating the rolling whole.  He has somehow managed to carve smoke.  An essential purchase, obviously.

 ( Rob Hayler, Radiofree Midwich )

Full article here

… And  superb review  by Stephen Fruitman up at Cyclic Defrost

also at Vital Weekly  by F.D Waard.  848

AVAILABLE HERE !!!!

S.C.51. CLAUS POULSEN

•September 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“Terrestial”

Hand decorated box set, containing 2 x mini cdrs, liner notes, and hand painted mini booklet containing links to download codes for a digital copy of the release. Limited edition of 45 copies.

TRACKS:

cd 1

Terrestial
recorded live 24 july 2011 at Mayhem, CPH

cd 2
Wave
Heat
Electric Adventure
Slow
recorded 2009-2012.

CP – sequencer, processing, guitar, dictaphone, e-bow, turntable

photo of CP by Stig Eyvind Vatne
thanks to Henrik Bagner and Sindre Bjerga

Released 14/09/2012

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REVIEW:

Terrestial by Claus Poulsen, probably best known around these parts for Star Turbine, his collaboration with Sindre Bjerga.

The music is unashamedly spacey electronica: epic synth washes, chattering and bibbling, languid shifts in texture.  Apart from some late bursts of noise, perhaps, this could have been released in the mid-90s on Pete Namlook’s FAX label.  High praise from me.

The entire of the first disc is given over to the 19 minute title track (no, I don’t know where the third ‘r’ has gone either) which is a sweeping account of a generation starship‘s cruise through unimaginable spans of nothingness.  The production is careful, balanced, detailed – exquisite.  The second disc contains four shorter tracks, noisier but just as disciplined in their construction, which mark the arrival of the craft at its destination planet and the exploration of the seas and caverns found there.  There is even a party of sorts to celebrate touchdown: second track ‘Heat’ has a beat (very rare on SC releases!) but its dubby clatter only serves to accentuate the eeriness of the new surroundings.  Accomplished and involving stuff.

 ( Rob Hayler, Radiofree Midwich )

Full article here

Grab the official digital version   here

SOLD OUT

WHARF CHAMBERS ~ LEEDS ~ 28/07/2012

•July 31, 2012 • 5 Comments

From a phone call to a perfect night!!!

When Rob Hayler  and myself  discussed the  possibility of a box set  split release  containing some  of  the current top drone / experimental artists within the  Leeds scene at present. Who would have  envisaged a concert  of  celebration occurring due  to its development.

“Most Thursdays at 1pm the roster represented by this box-set meet up in The Victoria Hotel, Leeds. An hour or so of scandalising gossip, bullshit flinging and note-comparing, mainly music related, takes place over a liquid lunch. The tradition of this assemblage is, amazingly, more than a decade old. The venue has changed once or twice, the personnel varies due to other commitments, but the form of the hour remains constant:”  Rob.. H

On 28/07/2012 the Victorian Assemblage gathered again at Wharf Chambers in Leeds. Where Sheepscar  Light Industrial  arranged and presented a perfect  setting for the gathering to not  only have a second  chance  to discuss the  goings  on over  the last week , but change chatter  to sound !!!

Thanks  to everybody for taking part  in the  event  and the release  ..

All in all, a PERFECT night …………

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Sound samples  and  full download of  the evening are available  at

Sheepscar  Light Industrial

& crazy review  of  the  whole  event  and happenings  at RFM

 cheers Rob  ….   !

MASSIVE  REVIEW  of  the current  happenings  at Sheepscar Light Industrial, at Avant Music News