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Massimo Toniutti - Il Museo Selvatico
Massimo Toniutti
Il Museo Selvatico
2LP | 1991 | EU | Reissue (Black Truffle)
22,99 €*
Release:1991 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is honoured to present the first reissue of a true underground masterpiece, Massimo Toniutti’s Il Museo Selvatico (The Wild Museum), originally self-released on LP in 1991. Like his better-known brother Giancarlo (whose classic 1985 Broken Flag LP La Mutazione was reissued by Black Truffle in 2015), Massimo Toniutti was active in the vibrant underground industrial/noise scene of the 1980s, contributing to releases on legendary labels such as Broken Flag and RRR and self-releasing a series of cassettes between 1984 and 1988. Existing in a private world apart from the noise and dark industrial tropes of many of his contemporaries, Toniutti’s Il Museo Selvatico is an entirely singular work of domestic electro-acoustic exploration. Made up primarily of what Toniutti calls ‘small and rare noises’ or sonic ‘knick-knacks’ recorded between 1987 and 1990, the five pieces that make up the original LP usher us into a crepuscular space populated by mysterious traces of everyday life. Toniutti weaves a loose net of distant clanks, dull thuds, metallic resonance and skittering percussive sounds, allowing the sounds to breathe against a backdrop of near-silent atmosphere. Although the haunted ambience recalls the work of contemporaries like Organum, Toniutti generally steers clear of long tones and drones, preferring to arrange brief, sometimes staccato sonic objects into patters of repeating figures and isolated events whose overall compositional shape remains somehow ungraspable. Although glimpses of recognisable location recordings and instrumental sounds can occasionally be made out, for most of the record the sources of the sounds we hear remain teasingly mysterious, an abstracted memory of everyday actions and atmospheres. l Museo Selvatico is accompanied here by an additional LP of material recorded at the same time, composed especially for this reissue into two side-long suites that inhabit the same haunted space as the original LP while occasionally making use of more maximal compositional strategies. Black Truffle is pleased to return this overlooked masterwork to the world. Essential listening for fans of Organum, Nurse With Wound, Christoph Heemann, and the tradition of outsider musique concrète. Lovingly presented as a double LP in a lavish gatefold with printed inner sleeves featuring archival images and notes. Remastered and cut at D&M, Berlin
Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger & James Rushford - Face Time
Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger & James Rushford
Face Time
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
21,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Face Time is the second release from the trio of Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, and James Rushford, following on from their 2016 debut Pale Calling. Recorded at the GRM studios in Paris in June 2017, the record immediately returns to the idiosyncratic sound-world of the trio’s first release, a simmering stew of electronic smears, pitched-down animal moans, and mysteriously emotive microtonal organ chords. But before long the record takes an unexpected turn, as sounds that initially enter as occasional percussive pitter-patter build to a halting rhythm. Equally reminiscent of Basic Channel-style dub techno and the sound of a microphone loose in a pocket, these stumbling rhythmic figures provide the framework for the remainder of the record’s two sides, occasionally receding into the background to allow squelching electronics, chiming bells, distorted autoharp, inchoate grunts and the sound of a Cristal Baschet to take centre stage, but each time returning with the inevitability of a an idee fixe.
AMM - AMMMusic
AMM
AMMMusic
LP | 1966 | EU | Reissue (Black Truffle)
15,99 €*
Release:1966 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is honoured to present the first vinyl reissue of the classic debut album from AMM, AMMMusic. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of its recording in 1966, this reissue makes one of the cornerstones of the experimental music tradition available again in its original form, replete with Keith Rowe's beautiful pop art cover and the terse aphorisms by the group that served as its original liner notes. A testament to the interaction between the experimental avant-garde and the countercultural underground, the album was originally released on Elektra, recorded by Jac Holzman (the label's founder, responsible for signing The Doors, Love, and The Stooges) and produced by DNA, a group that included Pink Floyd's first manager Peter Jenner. (Pink Floyd paid tribute to AMM's influence on their improvisational sensibility with the track 'Flaming' on their debut album, named after the piece that occupies AMMMusic's first side, 'Later During a Flaming Riviera Sunset').
Alvin Lucier - Illuminated By The Moon
Alvin Lucier
Illuminated By The Moon
Box Set | 2018 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
149,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Lavish Box Set including 4LPs, 1 CD, and a high quality 120 page booklet. Black Truffle together with Bernhard Rietbrock and ZHDK are honoured to reissue this stunning boxset celebrating Alvin Lucier’s 85th birthday celebrations which took place in Zurich, 2013. Alvin Lucier is one of most important figures in more than a half century of avant-garde and experimental sound practice. He has no equivalent. He is among America’s most important composers – a towering pillar of intellect, creativity, and beauty realized through sound. His singular and unparalleled body of work, focused around acoustic phenomena and auditory perception, which included, among many others, the groundbreaking works Bird And Person Dyning, Music On A Long Thin Wire, and I Am Sitting In A Room, each quietly shifting the understanding of what music could be – deceptively discrete gestures, laying their mark on history and the expectations of nearly everything to come, while radically expanding the field. It is such a life, defined by such striking accomplishment, which this release celebrates across the four LPs, CD, and book which make up the lavish Illuminated by the Moon release.
Francis Plagne & Crys Cole - Two Words
Francis Plagne & Crys Cole
Two Words
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Two Words is the debut release from the duo of Canadian sound artist Crys Cole and Australian songwriter Francis Plagne. Building on a series of experimental live performances in which the pair toyed with possible common languages for their seemingly unrelated approaches to music, the LP’s two sides present a single piece that brings together abstract texture and slow-motion song in a sonic space where genre cedes to the logic of dreams.
Joe Talia - Tint
Joe Talia
Tint
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Tint is the first new solo recording from Joe Talia in over a decade. Australian-born but now based in Tokyo, Talia is known to many listeners as a drummer (frequently collaborating both live and in the studio with artists such as Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rourke) and as a recording and mixing engineer responsible for dozens of releases across the fields of contemporary experimental music, wayward pop, and jazz. Alongside James Rushford, he is also responsible for one of the most legendary releases in the Kye records catalogue, the creaking electronic morass of Manhunter (2013). Lovingly crafted over many months in his tiny Tokyo studio, Tint is an album-length electroacoustic suite that brings together Talia’s expertise as percussionist, studio engineer, and performer on analogue electronic instruments (primarily modular synth and Revox tape machine). Ranging from minimalist austerity to kosmische lushness, Tint refreshingly refuses the dark and moody sonic palette of much contemporary electroacoustic music in favour of an airy, at times almost weightless sound-world of gliding tones, skittering percussion, and burbling field recordings. Drawing inspiration from Jean-Claude Eloy’s epic concrète love letter to Tokyo, Gaku-No-Michi, Talia makes extensive use of his own recordings of his new home, but removes any sense of audio verite, abstracting them into transparent glosses of outdoor ambience or unidentifiable chimes and creaks. Flowing seamlessly between distinct episodes, Tint is compositionally controlled while retaining a sense of played spontaneity, eventually building to a maelstrom of analogue synth zaps and tape manipulated percussion that reflects Talia’s deep engagement with the relentless yet constantly shifting dynamics of free jazz. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin. Stunning photographs by Joe Talia and album design by Stephen O’Malley.
Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell & David Toop - Whirled Music
Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell & David Toop
Whirled Music
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
21,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is honored to present the first ever reissue of Whirled Music by Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell and David Toop, one of the key documents of the inventive and energetic scene around the London Musicians Collective in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Originally released on Toop’s own Quartz label in 1980, the LP features a remarkable series of performances made entirely with whirled and swung instruments and objects. Part of the second generations of British free improvising musicians, the prolific scene centered around the performers heard here chafed at the limitations present within the music and ideology of improvising legends such as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Tony Oxley and John Stevens. Where the first generations of British free improvisers often demonstrated a rigorous commitment to non-idiomatic free improvisation and instrumental virtuosity, musicians like Beresford reconnected with the dada antics of figures like Han Bennink and surrendered to joyful musical promiscuity, gleefully disrupting expectations around ‘serious’ improvised music through quotations (of anything from Betthoven to reggae) and deliberate amateurism.
Alvin Lucier - Criss Cross / Hanover
Alvin Lucier
Criss Cross / Hanover
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
21,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is honoured to present the premier recordings of two recent works by legendary American experimental composer Alvin Lucier. A friend and contemporary of pioneers like Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Gordon Mumma, and Christian Wolff, Lucier has been crafting elegant explorations of the behavior of sound in physical space since the 1960s. Lucier is perhaps best known for I Am Sitting in a Room (1970), in which he repeatedly re-recorded his own speaking voice being played back into a room until the room’s resonant frequencies entirely obscure the spoken text. Beginning in the early 1970s, he has written a remarkable catalogue of instrumental works that focus on phenomena produced by the interference between closely tuned pitches, such as audible beating, often using pure electronic tones produced by oscillators in combination with single instruments.
John Duncan - Klaar
John Duncan
Klaar
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
16,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is thrilled to announce the first ever vinyl reissue of legendary performance and sound artist John Duncan’s forgotten gem Klaar, originally released by Extreme in 1991 and partly created in collaboration with Andrew McKenzie (The Hafler Trio). Duncan is perhaps most well known for his notorious early performances pieces, which explored violence, self-denial, and the establishment of extreme psychological and physical states in both artist and audience. Alongside these transgressive experiments, Duncan began to create audio works primarily using short wave radio. Where some of Duncan’s earlier recordings are composed of magnificently sculpted but abrasive walls of noise, Klaar, recorded while Duncan was living in Amsterdam, occupies a more meditative territory.
Oren Ambarchi - Stacte Karaoke II
Oren Ambarchi
Stacte Karaoke II
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
What happens when Ambarchi is backed up by the world’s greatest monster riff legends from his beloved homeland? Find out in the 2nd volume of this infamous series where endless riffing and ecstatic shredding is the order of the day. Bonus intro track features some band from New York. Deluxe sleeve with photography by Crys Cole and Theresia Pfaender. Design via Stephen O’Malley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin
Annea Lockwood - Tiger Balm / Amazonia Dreaming / Immersion
Annea Lockwood
Tiger Balm / Amazonia Dreaming / Immersion
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is honored to present a new issue of Annea Lockwood’s classic 1970 tape piece Tiger Balm, unavailable on vinyl for over thirty years, accompanied by two exquisite unreleased works for percussion and voice. Created while Lockwood was living in the UK, the side-long Tiger Balm is a singular work within the cannon of tape music. Inspired by research into the ritual function of music, the piece explores the possibility of evoking ancient communal memories through sound. Breaking entirely with the dynamic language of the musique concrète tradition, Lockwood uses a select palette of mainly unprocessed sonic elements chosen for their mysterious and erotic characteristics (a purring cat, a heartbeat, gongs, slowed down jaw harp, a tiger, a woman’s breath, a plane passing overhead), presenting at most two sounds at once. As one sound flows organically into the next, their shared characteristics are highlighted, opening a space of dream logic and mysterious associations between nature and culture, the ancient and the modern.
Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi - Hotel Record
Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi
Hotel Record
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
25,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Hotel Record is the second release from the duo/couple of crys cole and Oren Ambarchi, following on from Sonja Henies Vei 31 (Planam, 2014). Where their debut recording presented a disquieting portrait of the erotic dimension of romantic intimacy, the follow-up continues to explore the pair’s simultaneously musical and romantic relationship in a more subtle fashion, presenting four long-form pieces that touch on the variety of forms the life of this couple takes: as a musical duo, as a pair of travelers to exotic locations, as opponents in a game of cards. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin February 2017
Will Guthrie - People Pleaser
Will Guthrie
People Pleaser
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle presents People Pleaser, the new LP from Nantes-based drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie. Initially rising to prominence in Australia as a drummer in the fields of jazz and improvised music, Guthrie later turned increasingly toward electronics and amplified percussion, developing an idiosyncratic style of electro-acoustic performance characterized by shimmering metallic textures, rapid-fire textural transformations and aggressively high volume.
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney - Reverse Tree
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
Reverse Tree
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
15,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is thrilled to announce Reverse Tree, the new LP from the acclaimed duo of Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney, two musicians who have established themselves as powerful voices working at a unique intersection of contemporary composition, improvisation, and Asian traditional music forms. Either individually or as a pair, they have worked in contexts ranging from performances of traditional Persian and Javanese music to collaborations with Sunn O))), but their work together as a duo (documented on The face of the earth and Aestuarium, both released on Ideological Organ/Editions Mego) most clearly represents the central concerns of their diverse practices: a music of the inner life of sound, demanding ritualistic focus and promising heightened sensations.
Alvin Curran - Natural History
Alvin Curran
Natural History
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle is extremely proud to present the first-ever vinyl issue of Alvin Curran’s Natural History, originally released on cassette by Edition Giannozzo Berlin in 1983. A founding member of the radical electronic improvising group Musica Elettronica Viva, since the early 1970s Curran has developed an idiosyncratic body of solo work that occupies a unique position in the post-Cageian experimental tradition. Singularly undogmatic, Curran’s work takes the Cageian experience as the starting point for a radical openness to all forms of music and sound. Refusing to abstract music from its human functions, his work draws on existing musical genres, cutting-edge electronics, and environmental recordings to craft compositions that mimic the hazy texture of everyday life, moving from the abstract to the referential, from the observational to the emotive, from the structured to the random. As he reflects in the liner notes written especially for this edition: ‘This infinite stream of sound became my life and my music all at once’.
Charlemagne Palestine - Godbear
Charlemagne Palestine
Godbear
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Black Truffle Records present the first official vinyl reissue of Charlemagne Palestine's Godbear - Godbear is a 1987 solo piano recording originally scheduled to sit alongside Sonic Youth and Swans in the catalogue of Glenn Branca's Neutral Records - Revisiting his signature piano style in 1987 after several years focusing on visual art, Godbear presents three distinct variations that demonstrate the development of Palestine's piano music performed on the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, the 'Rolls Royce' of pianos - A classic release, and one that, because of the variety of approaches surveyed within, serves as an ideal introduction to Palestine's ecstatic and mysterious sound world.
Oren Ambarchi - Sleepwalker's Conviction
Oren Ambarchi
Sleepwalker's Conviction
LP | 2015 | EU | Original (Black Truffle)
20,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Limited LP document of a live collaboration of Australian guitarist Oren Ambarchi with esteemed conductor Ilan Volkov and members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Speak Percussion • A work of meditative beauty that touches on the haunted ambience of late period Luigi Nono, the submerged sonics of Gavin Bryars' Sinking of the Titanic, and the melancholy rituals of Christoph Heemann and Andrew Chalk's Mirror • Artwork design by Stephen O'Malley including a cover image from Canadian sound artist crys cole. Vinyl cut made by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
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