Carnedd Aur – Beetles (release date: 6 August)

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Following the long sold-out ‘Blessing of the Hand​-​Sanitizer’ cassingle, superpolar Taïps is very happy to present the first full-length release by prolific and versatile artist Simon Proffitt, here under his Carnedd Aur moniker. 

Here’s Simon’s take on ‘Beetles’: 

“After a few years of exploring drones / tones / field recordings (as Cahn Ingold Prelog), fictional ritual trance (as The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor) and the outer limits of acoustic instrumentation (as Simon Proffitt), the Carnedd Aur project came about as an answer to the question of whether I was capable of writing electronic pop music. 

It turns out that I am not – at least, not yet – but what arose instead was actually far more satisfying. Armed with just a MicroKORG, bought years earlier for a one-off gig in a swimming pool and then not used since, I set about trying to make shorter pieces with a focus on rhythm and melody of the kind that my parents (harsh critics of my other work) might not actually like, but might at least understand as music. 

Carnedd Aur translates into English as Gold Cairn, a sort of Welsh-language take on Cahn Ingold Prelog. 

I’ve long been fascinated by evocative common names for species (mushrooms, moths etc), and especially so in the case of beetles – these names add a layer of mystery and magic to creatures that are well known from a distance but fascinating and alien when viewed close up. It seems to me that there’s a definite link between shuffling drum machine rhythms and busily meandering insects, between shimmering synth pads and shiny, multi-coloured wing-cases.” 

Read more about Beetles here.

CARNEDD AUR DISCOGRAPHY 

Moths (Wormhole World, 2020) 
Hel Bwyd Cennad y Meirw (Exotic Spresm, 2020) 
Music for the Welsh European Funding Office (Exotic Spresm, 2019)  

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releases August 6, 2021 

Written, performed and recorded by Simon Proffitt at the Museum of Dust, January-March 2020 with a MicroKORG and Toshiba Satellite L300.

Cassingle #3 – Harald Sack Ziegler [SPT05]

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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 third release of its Cassette Single series.  superpolar.org/2020/10/20/the-spt-cassingle-series/

The number of his entries on discogs is 49 – in reality there are innumerable and probably half of them are cassettes or other obscure formats such as a (CD-sized 5″) vinyl single called “See Dee”. To keep it short: Harald Sack Ziegler – or simply “Sack” – is a lo-fi experimental trash pop/punk legend. He is by no means just a solo artist, as he has already worked with musicians like E*Rock (Sack & E*Rock), FS Blumm (Sack & Blumm), Mouse on Mars and many more. Harald studied orchestral music and is a master of French horn, guitar, drums and toy instruments – but rarely uses them as inventors usually intended. 

With Ahornschraube (“maple screw”) and Blechriff (“brass riff”), Harald provides two tracks which have his main instrument – the French horn – at the centre, albeit heavily processed and sometimes literally chopped up. And, as always, to listen with pleasure.

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 Artists. 30 C-5 cassettes (that’s an intentional, conceptual limitation of 2 minutes and 30 seconds per track). Exclusive B-sides. Individual artworks. 10 hand-dubbed copies per tape will go on sale. Eventually, all tracks will be released on a compilation (digital/cassette), planned for late 2021. 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. 24 follow.

(Confirmed) contributing artists: Seffi Starshine, Fae Moonbeam, Cruel Diagonals, moduS ponY, Nicholas Langley, Emerging Industries of Wuppertal, Phirnis, Whettman Chelmets, Aros E-V, 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, Therapeutische Hoergruppe Koeln, Rangers, Chorchill, Cinchel …  and more.

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.

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