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Bob Bellerue – Fine Phenomena
C-10 Cassette (R&L050)
Edition of 50

The past decade has seen composer Bob Bellerue transform various ideas about prepared noise action into varied musical composition with a focus and energy that is unmatched.  His history with projects like Redglaer and Halfnormal, assorted releases through his own Sleepy Hollow Editions and Half Normal labels, and his infamous Ende Tymes Festival in Brooklyn, NY have made Bellerue a patron namesake among most tight-knit experimental musicians.  This release equals two live performances recorded at the Phi Phenomena “10 Artists in 60 Minutes” yearly events in 2009 and 2011. Edition of 50 with cover photography by Bob Bellerue.

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Fine Phenomena (Excerpt)


Drowning the Virgin Silence – Head Cleaner
C-40 Cassette (R&L041)
Edition of 50

Visual artist Richard Vergez newest musical compositions always take new meaning whether it is in his hyper-cosmic Möthersky project or a free form oddity as we have been graciously exposed to within Drowning the Virgin Silence.  With his newest release, we keep falling further down the rabbit hole with cut-up atrocities confined to tape documentation, surrealist noise put back in its place.

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Drowning the Virgin Silence – Tape and Wire (excerpt)

 


Anla Courtis & Richard Francis – Aucklantida
C40 Cassette (R&L042)
Edition of 50

Since the mid-90′s, Argentinian composer Anla Courtis has found an uncomfortable nest within his strange and abstract music.  Meanwhile on the opposite side of the planet, Richard Francis has been establishing himself within his outpost in New Zealand as a sage of ambient drone waveforms.  When both of these minds melded across the Pacific, the following documentation was born.  Studied and paced drone textured without any caution using cut-ups, modular electronics and bent instrumentation.

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Anla Courtis & Richard Francis – Dog Monster (excerpt)


Stone Baby – Debris
C20 Cassette (R&L040)
Edition of 50

Distorted ambient death rattles by upstate NY artists Cory E. Card and Jen Marquart wraps up another perfect release in Debris.  Blistering drones that contradict itself , layered shards of voice and tape wrapped up in a tangled fray.  Known to many from their adventures on Carbon, House of Alchemy and Peasant Majik, this newest release portrays the band as more jagged and referential that previously displayed…both sides forming a perfect union of medium and host.

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Stone Baby – Alluvial Deposit (excerpt)


Leif Elggren – Sleepwalking
C30 Cassette (R&L035)
Edition of 100

Swedish artist Leif Elggren has a monumental list of creative accomplishments in both the visual art world as well as a recording artist.  His first recorded piece, Cu, from 1982 firmly established Elggren as a archivist of his own work using recorded source material and field recording techniques.  For his newest cassette lucidly entitled Sleepwalking, Elggren taped notation of his recent performance which was debuted at the Sleep Disorders exhibition in NYC during the Summer of 2012. Listen in to full report of what happened after the artist’s eyelids have closed and the parallel universe unfolded.

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Hoor-paar-Kraat – In Your Absence
C20 Cassette (R&L030)
Edition of 75

Anthony Mangicapra returns to the Robert & Leopold roster with another formless device as Hoor-paar-kraat.  This time around, HPK relents on a palette of abstract themes, using his loss as a vehicle for submissive expressionism.  Uncovered acoustics bring this release to life, employing stringed loops and unknown ideas familiar with his previous work, yet In Your Absence is far more personal than we are aware.  A disjointed memorial to someone left behind.  Artwork by Richard Vergez.

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DeTrop – Con Rit
C30 Cassette (R&L028)
Edition of 100

Early modular madness culled from their various live rehearsal tapes from the infancy of DeTrop.  Strung together in the Spring of 2011 featuring members of York Factory Complaint & Ideal Forms, DeTrop has persistently kept its aesthetics alive while valuing the constant idea of evolution.  From these tapes, you can hear the members wistfully piecing together their chops, tweaking their values and solidifying their domain, whether at sea or on land.

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Jazkamer – Failed State Of Mind
C30 Cassette (R&L019)
Edition of 100

Over the past decade, Norwegian improvisers Lasse Marhaug and John Hegre has combined their efforts within the mainframe of Jazkamer, each one’s participation equally jarring and affectionate to the designated listener. Stacks of releases have documented this infamous collaboration as it set course through noise, power electronics, improvised acoustics and free form sound, culling their strengths and weakness to make some of the most memorable experimental albums to date. This exclusive tape edit reworks the previous issue of the album Failed State Of Mind, which was released on CD with selective sequence on Marhaug’s own Pica Disk imprint in 2010. Re-sequenced and assembled by Lasse Marhaug into an unique analog interpretation of this modern classic.

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