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strangelet CD

strangelet CD

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catlog no. BSS #099

written and produced by Thomas Bey William Bailey @ High Plains Driftworks, summer / autumn 2008 | mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye Mastering

track listing:

1. Utopia, A Synonym For Oblivion
2. Water Straightener
3. Thermidor
4. Blood And Circuses
5. Blast / Bless
6. The Sanctity of Sloth
7. Von Aug Zu Aug, Mehr Freude

 

 

total running time: 51:43

notes: 4-panel, matte-cover digipak CD / a psycho-acoustic song cycle / carries on the artist's ecstatic program of 'self-actualization through voluntary alienation,' while making his previous work as The Domestic Front sound almost trivial in comparison / covers the full spectrum of electronic music compositional techniques, from the generation of all-engulfing noise to the use of nearly inaudible passages of sound

official release date- March 10 2009 | read the 'Strangelet' press release (.pdf)

 

 

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INNER 8 self-titled CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debut solo project from Daniele Antezza of Dadub (and nascent project Holotone): an hour's worth of technoid adventurism powered by well-considered philosophical insights and full-impact percussive force. Not to be missed by enthusiasts of post-industrial, cinematic sound.

CD version includes liner notes by Thomas Bey William Bailey; thus a limited number of artists' copies are for sale via this site. CD Comes packaged in slim, handsome matte digipak.

 

 

 

 

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Zbigniew karkowski "No Bullshit" various artists DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description from curator Francisco López: "This [dvd] is intended as a sincere expression of admiration and respect for his uncompromised attitude towards creation, the sheer strength of [Karkowski's] work, and his unparalleled encouragement to many of us to dare find those forces within ourselves. Having known Zbigniew for many years, and in the spirit of so many witty and unforgiving discussions we had, this time I’d like to tell him “This is no bullshit, man!”.

Over 5 hours of uncompressed audio using Zbigniew's vast archive of raw material as a starting point.

Sorry, this item is now sold out.

 

 

 

Sound samples of other contributors' tracks, and a full list of contributors, are available at the SONM website.

 

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U.U.U.U. cassette

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catalog. no: BSS #199

composed / edited / mixed by Thomas Bey William Bailey @ High Plains Driftworks, spring 2010

track listing:

1. U.U.U.U.

total running time: 30:00 (program repeats on either side of cassette)

notes: this is the first in a series of threnodies built from the sounds of what Paul Virilio has termed 'globalitarian' war. Inspired by the combat sound collages of Åke Hodell (his Strukturer III in particular), the aesthetic sensibility of Iannis Xenakis, and (last but not least) numerous accounts of post-traumatic stress from anonymous combatants, this is a fairly uncompromising blast of concrete technique from TBWB, psycho-acoustic musician and the author of the book Micro Bionic. More than just a hastily assembled pastiche of explosions and gunfire, U.U.U.U. is a dynamic and fully-realized piece punctuated by spectrally morphed / convoluted voices, percussion accents and other synthetic surprises.

Strangely enough, given the computer-aided contents of this release, the chosen format for U.U.U.U. is audio cassette. This is not being done purely out of economic necessity, but also because of the special tension that the cassette's mild surface noise adds to the quiet lulls in an already tense piece of music. As is the case with many 'cassette culture' releases, this comes in a unique package designed and hand-assembled by the artist, with the cover art invoking camouflage patterns, heightened anxiety, etc.

Of course, since a good many of us don't have a functioning cassette player anymore, anyone ordering this tape will also receive a unique download code and instructions for retrieving a high-quality digital audio file of the album.

To sum it up, each cassette order includes:

* 1 pro-duplicated cassette, in 'hazard / caution yellow' opaque tape shell (only 100 tapes in this color.) 30 minute audio program on either side.
* 1 clear, soft vinyl, snap-shut cassette box (dimensions: 9 1/8" x 6 1/2")
* 1 professionally printed transparency insert
* 1 unprinted vellum rear-panel insert
* 1 signed / numbered, laminated card including 'download code.'


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progressive lycanthropy cassette

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catalog no. MT 002

composed / edited / mixed by Thomas Bey William Bailey @ High Plains Driftworks, spring 2010

track listing:

1. Irritation
2. Offense
3. Wrath <<<MP3 excerpt!>>>


 

 

press release From the Mirror Tapes label:

The Progressive Lycanthropy package includes one professionally duplicated cassette as well as a handsome information booklet (also pro-duplicated), in which TBWB explains his motivations in an exclusive essay “A Weapon For The Wolf Age” (the booklet also includes a number of other illustrations and surprises along the theme of wolves, nature and modern warfare.) The three epic pieces on the cassette were built up from a “feraliminal lycanthropizer” drone, an experimental binaural frequency supposedly used by the military as an “audio truth serum” or as a combat stimulant- as the name suggests, this technique was meant to hurl individuals into “wolf-like” states where they would careen between poles of focused rage and woozy ecstasy. Complemented with other sonic ornamentation and digitally-manipulated samples, this material is an eerie interpretation of the ‘lycanthropized’ state as it might exist in a hyper-modern, technology-driven society. Conducted in the spirit of the d.i.y. audio research that characterized the ‘industrial music’ era, this material should have a wide range of effects on individual listeners, from restlessness to wild abandon, and as such does come with a disclaimer not to play while experiencing high stress levels or while engaged in potentially dangerous activities (driving motor vehicles, handling firearms.) If you have ever wanted to travel to a world where fur and fangs mesh with integrated circuits to form an invincible hybrid, here is your ticket.

Includes:

Professionally printed 22-page booklet -
Cover : Silver & black print on 260gsm art card
Contents : Black & white print on 157gsm art paper

Professionally duplicated & factory sealed cassette tape
with tape inlay printed in Black & Silver on 157gsm paper

Limited Edition : 200 copies only

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exigencies cassette

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catalog no. BP 159

composed / edited / mixed by Thomas Bey William Bailey @ High Plains Driftworks, summer 2010

track listing:

1. Exigencies 1
2. Exigencies 2

 

notes: the works on this cassette were composed after an invitation from Anthony M. King to participate in the cassette revival series on his Banned Production label. A USB turntable - both the apparatus itself and the records placed upon it - were the main sound sources in addition to digital / computer tone generators.

These pieces mark a shift away from the chaos of the previous few TBWB releases of 2007-2010, and towards a more - relatively speaking - contemplative approach favoring long bell or 'ping' tones and carefully controlled electronic disruptions. An alternately unsettling and pleasurable feeling of intimacy pervades in this release, and perhaps little more needs to be 'given away' about its contents if that feeling is to be preserved and individualized for each listener. Back in stock temporarily, but only a few copies are left!

 

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"cymatic sands" limited edition t-shirt

cymatic sands tee

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details: Introducing the first in a series of bold, singular shirt designs by sound artists, based on visual interpretations of sound and selected by Thomas Bey William Bailey. The first design in this series, by the curator himself, is based on vector imagery inspired by Hans Jenny's experiments with "cymatics": a radical means of sculpting matter with electronic tone generators. A subtly placed Japanese ‘waveform’ text anchors the chaotic design in place.
 
This unique 3-color design (black, purple, fuschia) is printed on high quality "sand"-colored Tultex t-shirts (100% ring-spun cotton), available in sizes  S, M, L and XL (please specify your size upon checkout!) Each shirt also comes with a tag bearing its individual number (no more than 75 pieces available in this initial run), and Thomas' personal rubber stamp on special texturized 'op-art' paper.
 

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