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Lieven Martens Moana - Idylls
Lieven Martens Moana
Idylls
Book+LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Pacific City Sound Visions)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Wonderful side of spare piano airs, south Pacific instrumentation and field recordings from Lieven Martens (Dolphins Into The Future), based on the writings on Robert Louis Stevenson...“After two sold out concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, we treat ourselves on a trip to Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands. After spending a little time in the main city of Naha we took a ferry to Tokashikijima, a small island surrounded by coral reefs, mother-of- pearl farms and infested by an aggressive and poisonous snake. Aharen, a classic small beach town stuck in a fabricated memory of 80’s surf movies, was to be our home for just a few days. While walking through its snake infested bush and through its lagoon, while photographing, the Tombeau De Robert Louis Stevenson, a composition I was hinting at in live environments, became reality inside a patchwork of history, of coral reefs. While walking on the beach, more or less solitary since tourist season was just a few months away, while listening to the gorgeous sound of a small motoric fishing boat working on the reef – an ever-pleasing sound -, and to beautiful synthesized steel drum music coming from the local junior school.In the end the piece became so simple, an almost clinical exhibition of sound, that it became a difficult world entangled in meaning. Like a coral reef that is so pretty, yet dangerous, vibrant, endangered, complex, slow, fast, all at the same time. (…) Since I already figured out how to present my idylls – in a possible dark sense of the word – in the various forms, presented as a storytelling collection in four parts. Being a portrait (which could be a secretive self-portrait), a comment on ethnography, an exotic illustration and a ritual.The latter used in the most mundane sense ever, since I’d like to stay far away from a sensational bubblegum approach to (religious) pseudo-ethnography, to the copying of ethnic behaviour, or to approaching it as something odd or weird. These behaviourisms unavoidably invoke the end of all rituals, thus making the world a duller place.”
Fourth World Magazine - The Spectacle Of Light Abductions
Fourth World Magazine
The Spectacle Of Light Abductions
Tape | 2011 | US | Original (Pacific City Sound Visions)
10,79 €* 11,99 € -10%
Release:2011 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
After many years as half of the highly influential Skaters with James Ferraro, 2 solo albums on Olde English Spelling Bee (Black Joker and Monopoly Child Star Searchers) and countless tapes and CDs, Spencer Clark has taken it to the next level. Layers of cosmic and alien sounds inhabit their own world and act as metaphors you can access subconsciously or explicitly. Clearer and more lucid than previous releases of his, this is a singular record of inner space exploration that operates completely outside the retro kraut-new age-synth trend so prevalent right now. Being more hi-fi than his past recordings, Spencer says ‘I have made an Alien Space Fusion Music that is an Aural Symbol for the pre-birth outer space-self's new Arrival.’ In this new zone, Spencer channels a more personal and spacious side of his vision, combining the rhythmic side of Monopoly Child with the abstractions of his Vodka Soap project. It stands as his biggest statement yet and will surprise and please. A beautiful record. Now it's yours to explore.
Frank Dommert - Kiefermusik
Frank Dommert
Kiefermusik
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Pacific City Sound Visions)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Spencer Clarke (The Skaters) pulls up Frank Dommert and Christoph Heeman’s wonderfully disorienting, mercurial collage, Kiefermusik (1990) from a strange temporal gooch between the nearly-expired ‘80s new wave and industrial sphere, and the flood of techno and electronic music which would appear in its wake.Crafted using materials recorded between ’84-’89 and issued on Dommert’s debut release, Early Loops & Tapes (1987), together with samples of a famous children’s radio play, plus engineering supplied by Ramon Creutzer and additional mixing/production from Heeman, Kiefermusik is effectively Dommert’s debut album proper, and one of those records that still stands far out from the time it was made, no matter what way you look at it.From nose to tail, Kiefermusik documents a playfully searching musical spirit coming into its own, following intuitive, subconscious lines of inquiry in order to sidestep orthodoxy and stylistic mimesis and seek out the unknown and psychedelic. It feels like a tabula rasa for experimental music, shedding the physicality and psychosexual themes of industrial music, the “exotic” of the 4th world and the pop-wise chops of new wave, and filling the space in between with a sort of lysergic, sagely abstraction that characterises an OOBE experience or waking dream.In the first side, fluttering acoustic guitar strokes are smeared in watery figures with broadcast ephemera and cloven loops accreting sticky noise and impish murmurs but, defocus your ears a little and you’ll also hear the doppler effect of strafing autobahn traffic and unsettling, elusive atmospheric disturbances at its timbral limits - precisely the sort that will have you checking over the shoulder, on the ceiling when consumed in altered states.The flipside offers equally scant handrails and signage. A ridiculously sped-up intro starkly contrasts with the eerie amalgamation of sound that follows, as the record spins deeper into a crevice of plasmic tones and creaking electro-acoustics laced with haphazardly radio signals and varispeed tape FX in a manner that recalls NWW at their most un/hinged.
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