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#005: Nagual LP 

Spawned in Oberlin, Ohio's proliferating experimental circles, the duo of Ian McColm and David Shapiro have since 2010 become adept at coaxing damaged shades of Frippertronic drone from their extended guitar rigs. Finally distilling their inspirations into three deliberate pieces, this 44-minute LP of structured improvisations marks the culmination of a string of cassettes on McColm's own Pidgin imprint and is Nagual's most accomplished statement to date.

Meticulously crafted loops comprise the phonetic basis of Nagual's vernacular, with clusters of decayed piano and spluttering ARP seamlessly shifting in and out of coherence while deep tones expand across the stereo field. The muscular tear of side A crescendos into a dexterous burst of McColm's machine-gun percussion (first showcased on a Feeding Tube collaboration with Daniel Bachman) worthy of his years studying under Billy Hart; and side B unfurls with the patient serenity of music's eternal theater.

"...a studied, stunning work of loops and zonular textures galore. It's worth 
a listen if you wish that Kranky's golden era featured Keith Rowe."
Ad Hoc

"Their tools are more varied than what you might find on a Pandit Pran Nath record, but Ian McColm and David Shapiro’s aim is trained on the same trance-inducing throb. They fold six-strings, bass, a baritone guitar, and an assortment of synthesizers into one another, stack a few drums and piano on top, then melt it down into a stream of molten copper and hissing electronics, all tuned to the same shimmering key."
Dusted Magazine

Edition of 300 on black vinyl, with insert.
Digital download available upon request.





    

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#003: Adrian Rew - Slot Machine Music Vol. 2 CD-R
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More field recordings from middle American casinos:
1. 1/1/2014 - Greektown Casino, Detroit, MI
2. 1/11/2014 - Majestic Star Casino, Gary, IN
3. 1/1/2014 - MotorCity Casino, Detroit, MI

Edition of 77, with updated liner notes


More sounds, images, and an elaboration upon the original liner notes on The Wire's website.

Also available from:
Cabin Floor Records (Greenville, SC)
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#002: Adrian Rew - Slot Machine Music CD-R
SOLD OUT 
(Vinyl reissue coming on Hanson Records) 

Field recordings from middle American casinos:
1. 3/31/2013 - Horseshoe Casino, Cleveland, OH
2. 6/23/2013 - Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN
3. 7/3/2013 - Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, IL




Edition of 77, with liner notes:

"Video gambling addicts, academic researchers, and industry professionals alike describe the trancelike state into which problem gamblers suspend themselves with remarkable consistency: they unanimously call it the machine “zone”, a kind of inner experience during which the rhythmic flow of human-machine collusion borders on mysticism. Time is abolished in the act of contemporary video gambling―simulated slot reels roll, virtual poker decks deal, and all worldly concerns are lost―leaving only the aura of total zone immersion in its wake. Sometimes characterized as the crack cocaine of gambling, the intensity of the machine zone is a symptom of casino ergonomics: oxygen-saturated pleasure air, subtly controlling walkways, mesmerizing lights, and, as captured here, meticulously engineered sonic environments all play a role in evoking the timeless void of the zone.
  Although I was not yet aware of the extent to which casinos tailor their environments for maximum comfort (and, correspondingly, profit), I did know as I crossed the threshold of my first casino floor earlier this year that it would not be my last visit. Hit by a cornucopia of slot machine tones, triggering aleatorically and coalescing into shimmering masses, I was struck by the need to return and record the sounds that so entranced me. It wouldn't prove to be easy―casino security is intense (you can hear me get warned of the consequences of taking photos at the beginning of the disc's second track)―and due to the clandestine nature of the operation, my recording techniques were by no means sophisticated. Equipped with nothing but an Olympus LS-11 recorder's internal microphone stashed in a sweaty coat pocket, I allowed the lure of the zone to guide me through a series of ambling recording sessions over a period of four months, the best of which are included here. 
  I learned a lot about casino sonics in the process: game designers, for example, tune their machines to the key of C in order to optimize harmonic cohesion; one team of designers, the story goes, even spent a month perfecting a single 'ding' sound on one machine. In the interest of preserving the true ambient sounds of the casino these recordings are completely untreated, but lost in the sea of chance I did exert some affirmative control by means of meandering intent and my actual playing of the machines. And by participating in the games myself I got a taste of the financially debilitating consequences that accompany the enchantment of video gambling. The disc in your hands represents my endeavor to bring you the zone experience without the harsh comedown of its unfortunate reality."

"one of the rare [field] recordings with a precise polemical thrust, an eloquent constellation of supporting ideas, and ... a laser beam focus on the strangest corners of the modern world"
The Wire
#001: Aaron Dilloway - Corpse On Horseback LP 
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First vinyl issue of 2003 Hanson Records cassette
500 copies on gold vinyl
First 50 orders included a bonus CDR of the 2005 Hive Mind remix "Horse On Corpseback"
April 23rd release date

8-TRACK LOOPS, JUNK METAL

"If you are someone who does not like noise, you are not going to like this." 
—Bryan Jones, Stylus Magazine

"Corpse on Horseback is by far my favorite. Totally crude, minimally composed loops. Nothing 'flashy' like his newer stuff that i am not so into." —DREAMER, Pure Stench Forums





    

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