O​.​H​.​E. [action] b​/​w R​.​I​.​FF. [minox] (Cassingle #33)

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Multidisciplinary artist Andreas Gogol first caught our attention with his stunning vocal performances on Guido Möbius‘s album ‘Gebirge’ (Karaoke Kalk, 2009), even if he had been present in the experimental music scene way longer, for example with his album ‘Gorymaaz’, released on A-Musik in 2005. 

On this cassette single, Gogol appears under the YOCKO O.NE feat. prinz-ip moniker, offering two quite diverse tracks: 

On O.H.E. [action], Gogol takes his funky, dadaesque vocals one step further by bending time and space and chopping things up while it seems as if at the same time a weird entertainer (Onkel Bepy?) looses control over his organ and its rhythm machine. A feast for the ears. 

R.I.FF. [minox], on the other hand, points more to the other facet of agogol: That of the experimental filmmaker, who here perhaps contributes part of a soundtrack to a neo-noir style film he has not yet released. Supposedly you never heard an accordion that dark. 

More go:gol: 

a-gogol.de
agogol.bandcamp.com
on.soundcloud.com/xbEcTAPnuRkKFjrX9 (w/ Guido Möbius)

Wholely Moley (Cassingle #32) by Von Heuser

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While A side Wholely Molely has a rather friendly, almost Stereolab-esque key, the B-side shows the abysses of a Covid Lockdown with its dark, rumbling facets. Two very diverse sides of Ambient. 

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More Von Heuser: 
vonheuser.bandcamp.com

Tape Release Party: Guido Möbius – a million magnets (and more) feat. DJs Robin Barnick & Rudi Treegardener @A-Musik Spätkauf

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Dear Friends of Experimental Pop:

We would like to invite you to the following event as part of A-Musik’s late night shopping event (‘A-Musik Spätkauf’):

Top to left to right: Tapes, Robin, Rudi.

Thursday, 1 December 2022, 18:30

Guido Möbius: a million magnets (and more)

Tape Release Party with DJs
Robin Barnick (superpolar Taïps) & Rudi Treegardener (emphase Records)

A-Musik
Kleiner Griechenmarkt 28-30
50676 Köln
Germany
a-musik.com

What’s on? Beautiful music in even more beautiful formats (tape, vinyl); drinks, people, ambience.

We are looking forward to it.

Robin & Rudi

P.S.: Pre-orders of ‘a million magnets (and more)’ will start Friday 25. November 2022, Release date: 2 Dec December 2022. Promo starts soon. -> mail at superpolar.org

Tape and 12″ LP will be available as a reduced price bundle.

Etudes Vol. 1 by Petridisch & VI by five Bubble criteria (Release date: 2 Sept 22)

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Beyond happy to welcome Petridisch to the superpolar Taïps artist roster. Besides his musical output, Thor is known for running the fish prints label and his involvement in Ilya S’s I Heart Noise  ihrtn.net (until 2020). Both are an intrinsic part of the Boston underground. I sincerely hope that you will be as captivated by Petridisch’s (anti-)etudes as much as I am. Contemporary classical? Minimal music? Maybe, but certainly the Petridisch way: 

Etudes Vol. 1 (C-20), a red transparent C-20 EP featuring six tracks, is yours for 6.50 €. Please also do read Petridisch’s extensive and very interesting liner notes.

Today’s other (pre-)release of the day is five Bubble criteria’s VI. It is, or better: has become a side project of bleed Air. VI could actually have been a bleed Air album, but it somehow drifted away from the usually more experimental (vintage) electronic approach during the recording process … and features some rather longform tracks built with experimental guitar (mainly the Fender Jaguar Baritone VI – hence the title), sparse analogue electronics, tape effects and spoken word in various forms, thanks to the always amazing Chip Perkins and a first appearance in this regard by Robin Barnick. Even Modelbau’s there, kindly letting me use one of his recordings for ‘Aether Aleatorica‘.

VI, a beautiful fosfo orange, transparent C-31 album is yours for 7.50 € + postage.

P.S.: Read a short review of VI in the Wire:

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bleed Air – time, ferocious

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Concepts of time, in (tape) music. 

Time as physical quantity, the nature of time as defined by general relativity, the resulting model of spacetime (German: Raumzeit) and ripples therein caused by gravitational waves. Time dilation, time offset, time measurement. Present, future, past. 

An attempt to approach the complex subject of time and spacetime sonically, using devices that allow time manipulation (somewhat): Analogue tape recorders, effect pedals with ‘time’ knobs. 

All instruments were recorded to and with (mostly half broken) tape machines on looped reel to reel or endless cassette tapes. On some tracks, these machines were also used as tape echos, mostly by exploiting their saturation, warm overdrive and noise capabilities. 

Instruments and sound sources and tools used: Field recordings (Star City Tserkov’ Spasa Preobrazheniya church bells; Mbira, Kalimba, Acoustic Guitar, electric bass guitar, cello bows, human voice, found reel to reel audio that came with used tape recorders I bought), synthesizers. 

In a way, this album concludes, albeit in a somewhat noisier, abstract and sometimes deafening way, what I started with the ‘Ogehiko/Yahiko’ cassingle. 

Stichflamme Dormagen – Ihre Meinung ist uns wichtig

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‘Ihre Meinung ist uns wichtig‘ is the artist’s debut under his Stichflamme Dormagen moniker and, in Vital Weekly’s words, “a most curious piece of voices, chanting exotically, along with wooden drum percussion and line hum for electronic component (…)” as well as “urgency and weirdness at work.” (www.vitalweekly.net/1294.html)

Stichflamme Dormagen is the mischievous incarnation of Rudi Baumgärtner, a music producer born and raised in the city of Remagen, in western Germany. 

Not much is known about Baumgärtner except his attempts to self-publish criminal stories under the moniker Sulke Diebler and his deep mistrust of public transport. 

In 2006 he took part in a macramé class. Baumgärtner makes his living from soundtracks for local adult film productions. He spends his free time in his little garden in the Remagen suburbs, where he breeds rare slug species. 

— THE CASSINGLE SERIES — 

30+ Artists. 30+ cassette singles with an intentional, conceptual limitation of under 3 mins per track, exclusive B-sides. Individual artworks. Merely 10 hand-dubbed copies per tape will go on sale. Eventually, all tracks will be released on a compilation, planned for late 2021. That’s the SPT Cassingle series in a nutshell

Cruel Diagonals – Carapace [Cassingle #14]

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“‘Carapace’ and ‘Oneiric Amplitude’ (Side B, bonus track) are tracks composed entirely from my voice. Here, I’m exploring themes of the subconscious, namely the dream state and its ability to communicate vital shifts within our healing before our conscious mind becomes aware of them”, says Megan Mitchell.

She composes unsettling, ethereal music under the alias Cruel Diagonals. A jazz and classically trained vocalist, Mitchell performs and creates in numerous capacities. 

Cruel Diagonals is an outlet for destructive sample processing, vocal exploration, and a palette for inter-media contemplations and applications. Influenced by early experimental filmmakers such as Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger, Cruel Diagonals has been described in cinematic terms, evoking moods and montages of an eerie, surrealist timbre. Warped field recordings and layered vocals incite a beckoning to a phantasmagorical, metallic-tinged state of existence. 

Visit  www.crueldiagonals.com for more. 

Aros E-V – Rift [Cassingle #12]

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Aros E-V is the ambient music project of sound artist Ryan Evans. Using tape loops, field recordings, and digital processing, he creates slow sound pieces that underline the passing of time. 

‘In Time’ and ‘In Space’ are edges and breaks. Assembled with guitar, four-track, and digital processing, They trace the negative space between miniscule sonic vignettes. 

Cassingle #2 – The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor [SPT04]

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25 Artists. 25 C-5 (that’s 2:30 per side) cassettes with two tracks (exclusive B-side). Strictly limited to 10 hand-dubbed copies each. Custom design. 

superpolar Taïps proudly presents the second release of its Cassette Single series. 

The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor are a ragtag band of percussionists from a parallel Wales where rituals and folklore dominate contemporary life. 

The “Blessing of the Hand-Sanitizer” ritual gives thanks for the anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties of this in-demand substance, and aims to ensure its plentiful supply. The ceremony documented here took place in Llangollen, and was led by local elder Carnedd Aur. 

The “Blessing of the Spam Filters” ritual gives thanks for protection against unwanted pharmaceutical offers and banking scams. Timing of the ritual is crucial, and 2:30 is generally believed to be the optimal length. Less than this, and the filters are feared to become ineffective. Longer rituals, on the other hand, are thought to lead to an increasing number of false positives.

The Cassingle Series

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30 35 (then, it’ll really be over) Artists. 35 cassette singles. Exclusive B-sides. Individual artworks. A limited number hand-dubbed copies per tape and artist Eventually, all tracks will be released on a compilation (digital/cassette), planned for … I don’t know, maybe end 2022 or beginning 2023. That’s the SPT Cassingle series in a nutshell.

The first two batches of three were released on Friday 6 November and 4 December 2020 and quickly sold out. First artists were Tiger Village (SPT03), The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor (SPT04), Harald Sack Ziegler (SPT05), qualchan., German Army and Modus Pony. Thank you all so much for this!

Contributing artists: Orca, Attack! (Elizabeth Joan Kelly & David Rodriguez), Cruel Diagonals, moduS ponY, Nicholas Langley, Emerging Industries of Wuppertal, Phirnis, Whettman Chelmets, Aros E-V, Carlos Perea Milla aka Melquiades, qualchan., German Army, Stichflamme Dormagen, bleed Air, Ball Geographie, Leaaves, Francesco Ameglio/I Was Listening To Tapes In Tokyo, Tiger Village, The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor, Harald Sack Ziegler, Daniel Saylor, Adderall Canyonly, Jamie Orlando/Zigra, The Tuesday Night Machines, Robin Barnick, Therapeutische Hoergruppe, QST, Von Heuser, Chorchill, Cinchel, Hualun, Ffion, Petridisch, Yves Malone, Letters from Mouse, Goodparley.

Stay tuned for more details on the individual releases and artists mentioned over at Bandcamp or here.

bleed Air (SPT02)

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bleed Air’s debut full-length is a mix tape blending dark ambient, playful electronica as well as experimental beat and drone.

A journey into warm, analogue noise, echo and soundscapes, sometimes resembling a soundtrack for a yet to be filmed low budget sci-fi movie. When Robot choirs start singing or broken analogue circuits and filters start doing what they want, it can get wacky, but we think it always remains pleasant to listen. Mostly analogue electronic gear, often of the cheaper and not exactly hip kind, and tape effects were used.

It is recommended to listen to each side of the album in one piece.

bleed Air lives in Cologne, runs this label, loves his Omnichord OM-27 and his tape echo too.

Ball Geographie – Live at Budokan (SPT01)

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Many references and elements come to mind when trying to describe Ball Geographie’s music: From Chamber Pop to Disco. From Lo-fi to High-End. Found sound referencing the likes of Studio Braun. Fully conscious use of presets, but only when they make full sense. Beats. No improvisation, everything is always structured to the maximum. 80ies vibes, folky guitars, timelessness …. It is electronic, and acoustic.

Ball Geographie lives, works and produces his music in Cologne, Germany. He loves his Boss DR-550 and its HiQ sound. Kalimbas, musical toys and Dictaphones too.

-> Read more on the artists page