E118 - Location +

Philip Julian “Location +” available now from Entr’acte.

Computer algorithms processed using natural phenomena
Natural phenomena processed using computer algorithms

Computer-generated sinewaves were recorded and then played back into a naturally reverberant room using a stereo speaker arrangement. The resulting room sound + original playback were mixed, recorded and then electronically treated.  Computer-generated attenuated white noise, recorded then played back outside over a stereo speaker arrangement. Speaker playback + naturally occurring sounds were mixed and re-recorded.

Recording made outdoors. Naturally occurring sounds + electromagnetic output from a laptop computer played back into itself, mixed and processed in real-time using FLOSS software under GNU/Linux.

First edition of 50 copies NOW OUT OF PRINT.

Phil Julian "Location +"

Digital version only available via Bandcamp.

Review by Steve Cammack of Dieter Muh here.

“Mid-90’s analog noise recordings from Phil Julian. True Croydon thug electronics made with a primitive set up of a basic mic, reel to reel tape and various guitar pedals. This material was recorded in the pre-internet days when the then teenage Phil Julian was trying to recreate the sounds he’d heard on the few early noise / avant-garde records he’d been exposed to. The results are as fierce and engaging as any other harsh-noise acts working around the globe at that time. Violent, minimal and claustrophobic, reclaiming the Croydon sound after the gap left by early Broken Flag. Reels of this material were discarded but a few cases were marked ‘Keep’ and that’s what you have here. For fans of Skin Crime, Macronympha and early 90’s Merzbow.”

Gold cassettes. Limited edition of 100 copies. Order from Second Layer.

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** Japanese distributor Art into LIfe is also stocking this title, order here.

A detailed overview by Steve Cammack of Dieter Muh here.

Benefit Compilation For The Silent Barn

Contributed a new track to this great compilation on the Obsolete Units label:

The Noise From Ridgewood – A Benefit Compilation For The Silent Barn

Digital version available now, also available from 01/10/11 is a limited double CDR package with extra inserts, artwork, and handmade packaging.  Artwork by Graham Lambkin. Additional artwork by Benjamin Parrish.

The Silent Barn was a D.I.Y. venue that acted as an invaluable resource for New York City’s underground music and arts communities. Since its inception in the mid-2000’s, it developed into a beloved institution in the city, acting as an extremely inviting and supportive space for musical acts of numerous stripes and genres, whether local, national, and international.  In addition, the space also acted as an outlet to many local artists in the visual/performance fields, among them the independent video game collective Babycastles.

In July of this year, their space, which resided in the Ridgewood neighborhood, was robbed and vandalized days after being subsequently shut down by the authorities. As the Barn was also the place of residence for the folks who helped operate it, these setbacks were especially distressing. This huge blow to the arts community in New York couldn’t come during a more bleak period for artists operating outside of the suffocating spectre of mainstream/corporate outlets, with most other underground venues in the city being shut down in recent years. Though most other D.I.Y. spaces in the area had brief lifespans, the Barn was one of the longest-running, which can no doubt be attributed to their welcoming demeanor and undying passion and motivation for the music and art they helped provide an outlet for. Current plans for the Silent Barn include procurring a permanent space in the region and continuing on with the diligence and enthusiasm that they’re known for. Obsolete Units presents this compilation to help them rebuild and start anew. All proceeds made from the sale of this album will go directly to The Silent Barn.

More information about the Silent Barn and their future plans can be found here.

Cheapmachines / Pollutive Static - SPLIT

New split release C42 chrome cassette out now on Beartown Records.

“Beartown is pleased to welcome back CHEAPMACHINES, heard here providing one half of a terrifying whole. The other is bestowed upon us by stoic noise hero POLLUTIVE STATIC aka Hal Hutchinson. One slice of the ribbon each, documenting the continual breakdown and reconstruction of a furious vacuum, and an incremental removal and addition over a timeless span of excess and paucity.

Definitely one for reaching those states of consciousness that other noise tapes just can’t get to! Pop this on the walkman and see a cityscape or countryside vista transformed into a collage of forms and shapes, shifting on imperceptibely subtle trajectories. Welcome to the interzone, leave your shoes by the door.

Edition of 45. With water-coloured tapes and “Serbian cosmos” artwork.”

Order here.

Beartown Records September 2011 Flyer