2 NEW TAPES: RM Francis AND Stefan Tcherepnin & Christopher DeLaurenti duo


RM Francis, Microtopies
DRAFT D013, 42 minute tape, edition of 125
Newcomer RM Francis debuts his first solo release, Microtopies, a meticulously constructed set of works that took an entire year to complete. Using the computer to generate software patches and process hacked thrift-store keyboards, Francis layers time-stretched timbres that aimlessly warble within odd, congealed masses of compressed texture. Sound surfaces reveal the micro-artifacts inherent in digital audio processes, which take on a life of their own. These sounds are then crafted into rich, miniature sound worlds that seem as organic as they do chemical. Ghostly meditations lift, weightlessly shape-shifting, gently deposited into cloudy pools of resonance. At times melodic, at times academic, this hybrid of automated sounds and finely tuned craftsmanship leads to a fresh approach, and an excellent listen.



Stefan Tcherepnin & Christopher DeLaurenti, Bleed the Capacitors: Heavy Analog Electronics Vols. 2 and 3
DRAFT D015, 35 minute tape, edition of 125
Bleed the Capacitors: Heavy Analog Electronics Vols. 2 and 3 is the second release in a series of tapes by Stefan Tcherepnin and Christopher DeLaurenti that document their work as an improvising duo (following up their first volume on Banned Productions). Performing on Serge analog synth and touch-controlled transistor circuit boards respectively, the duo launch raw electronic sounds that dance around the stereo field with jagged logic. Dense noise bursts collide and fracture within tight response dynamics, interspersed with silence. Reminiscent of early noise pioneers, this work fuses noisy textures and active improvisation to create a finely crafted set of music with jarring momentum.


Available at draftrecords.com

UPCOMING: Tapes by Lander 5 (Scott Goodwin) & Geoff Mullen.

Matt Carlson Release Party

Matt Carlson Live December 8, 2011

Yesterday I made the trip down to Portland to see Matt Carlson perform at his release party–and deliver his records!  As to be expected, Carlson delivered a ridiculously shreddy set of atonal burblings, vocoded-squelching, schizophrenic FM drops to the attentive listeners packed inside a local drum shop–part of the Outset Series presented by the Revival Drum Shop and Portland’s Creative Music Guild.  Building upon sparse tones, he sifted through an array of modular techniques, giving rise to punchy, layered collisions of synthesis.  As the piece progressed, he stood up from his hunched position and started ripping into his keyboard, unleashing a fury of tweaked percussives, then leaving us in spinning stereo-void of broken voice cracks and hissing robotics.  Amazing set.

live.dec8.2011 part1 – live.dec8.2011, part 1

live.dec8.2011 part2 – live.dec8.2011, part 2

NOW AVAILABLE: Matt Carlson, Particle Language LP


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Matt Carlson, Particle Language

DRAFT is pleased to announce the release of Matt Carlson’s solo debut LP release, Particle Language. Following up his stellar solo works for Gift Tapes, including Stereo Face and Gecko Dream Levels, Carlson advances his signature electronic compositions, venturing into weirder, tweaked realms of morphing synthesis and bent perception. Particle Language guides the listener through an effervescent cauldron of unstable energies and molten, robotic detritus into a shifting stereoized vacuum-space. Sounds effortlessly arch and skim this reflective pathway, propelling us into the depths of our unconscious minds. Embedded with outsider music reference points and metaphysical undercurrents, Carlson’s modular synthesizer mastery and ingenious use of tape and vocoder has unearthed grey-void atmospheres overflowing with otherworldly aural apocrypha–a uniquely warped vision.

I’ve known Matt Carlson since 2003. Ever since then I’ve been blown away by his role in every creative context I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. From solo performances to 12-hour improvisations to standup comedy/free improv to music for dance to performances of his modern classical compositions, he is all over the map. His wildly diverse musical curiosities have lead to his involvement with numerous collaborations, including the drone trio Bonus, the eccentric pop group Parenthetical Girls, the Portland art collective Oregon Painting Society, and his current role in the amazing Golden Retriever. Over the years, I’ve come to recognize that Carlson’s musical ability far outweighs that of any of my peers, but more significantly, I’ve seen his artistic vision develop into something entirely unique and original–and it is this vision that I am especially excited to present to you.
Jason E Anderson, Gift Tapes/DRAFT

Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
LP, 40 minutes :: DMM pressing, color jacket & labels, insert, clear plastic outer sleeve, edition of 500
Artist website: bucketfactory.com

$15 Retail // Prices including shipping/handling: $18 USA – $21 Canada/Mexico – $28 Europe/Japan/World
Available at draftrecords.com

The Perceptron

*Also, we’ll have 3 new tapes available within the next few weeks from RM Francis, Scott Goodwin & Christopher Delaurenti/Stefan Tcherepnin.  Keep posted to the blog for details.

Thank you for your support!