DRAFT site upgrade. JEA ‘Truth’ ships today!

Today we just launched a redesign for DRAFT’s main page! Our site is now mobile-friendly. It is built on bootstrap, using the HTML5/CSS3 spec, with a bit of JS and jQuery to help things out. We’ve simplified the design to address load times and addressed issues with our audio player. Please give us feedback and/or let us know if something isn’t working right!

Also, today is the day that Jason E Anderson’s Truth cassette ships! We still have copies available.  And keep in mind, our sale on past releases runs until the end of the year.

New DRAFT tape: Jason E Anderson ‘Truth’

Jason E AndersonTruth

DRAFT D021 / TAPE / Edition of 100

DRAFT is pleased to announce its first release in three years by offering Jason E Anderson‘s Truth, a 60 minute live performance released on tape. Performed and recorded live on February 11, 2017 at Jack Straw Studios in Seattle with Ian Halloran reading text from Metaphors We Live By (Lakoff/Johnson, 1980), Truth was initially conceived for Sonarchy Radio/KEXP.

The release of Truth marks Anderson’s first solo appearance for DRAFT. His prior recorded work under his given name has appeared on his own defunct label Make Jet Silent, Börft and Discriminate Music. Truth is Anderson’s most recent solo recording involving voice and synthesis, a common thread found within his work over the last 5 years. Truth was created using a computer running supercollider to send control voltages to a modular synthesizer from an audio interface, while Ian Halloran read from ‘Chapter 24: Truth’ of Metaphors We Live By into a microphone routed to a preamp and ring modulator within the synth. The work’s progression relies entirely on the interaction between semi-random patterns and Anderson’s manual shaping of sounds and cueing of patterns. The music consists entirely of modulated oscillators navigating the stereo field, punctuated by irregular fragments of text that vary in intelligibility.

JEA: supercollider, motu828, 5U/MU analog modular synthesizer, cp-251
Ian Halloran: voice
Doug Haire: recording/mastering engineer
Art/design by JEA.
Artist website: jasoneanderson.net

Available DRAFT releases can be purchased at http://draftrecords.com
Truth will ship November 7th.

New DRAFT: $.99 Dreams ‘Spei Res’ coming October 15th

$.99 Dreams 'Spei Res' LP

Preorders now available at draftrecords.com

DRAFT is pleased to announce its second LP release from underground jazz-synth duo $.99 Dreams. Spei Res, roughly translated from Latin as “thing of hope”, plays like a suite of soundtrack miniatures driven by virtuosic drumming and synthesizer textures. Seemingly oblivious to musical trends, Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums) have crafted a distinctive sound that unifies electronic music, jazz improvisation, and hip hop production techniques. Spei Res finds them further down this path, exploiting the recording studio to build and modify improvisations into a sonically dense and kinetic record. Connected to the likes of Sun Ra, Varèse, and J Dilla, $.99 Dreams craft a highly personalized music. The album feels both ancient and new, building a language out of pummeling rhythms, dynamic keyboard passages, and sculpted atmospheres, enhanced by Diller’s articulate production work. Spei Res is a colossal record, containing a life music that is self-aware, revelatory and knows what it’s up against.

DRAFT D017 LP, Edition of 400
Mastered by LUPO, cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering
Graphics by Social Drag

RM Francis performance excerpt

This Summer DRAFT has been working on a couple of releases we hope to put out this Fall – one of which is a new tape by RM Francis, his second DRAFT release this year.  I was in touch with him a couple days back, and he sent me this clip of a performance from last Sunday night at the Josephine in Seattle.  Check it out:

Also, keep your eyes peeled for new Gift Tapes releases – we expect them to drop within 2 weeks.

NEW Split LP from Matt Carlson & Jason E Anderson on UFO Mongo/Börft!

Split LP of modular synth explorations with Matt Carlson guiding you through dangerous overgrown jungles and Jason E Anderson maxing out your brain’s auditory perception circuits.


DISSOCIATIVE SYNTHESIS
MATT CARLSON / JASON E ANDERSON

12″ LP SPLIT, SWEDISH IMPORT
MASTERED & CUT BY RASHAD BECKER AT D&M
RELEASED FEBRUARY 27, 2012
UFO MONGO 024 (BÖRFT)

PURCHASE HERE

SIDE A: CARLSON, Mycelium Mycelium
SIDE B: ANDERSON, Arthritides Arthritides
*ALSO AVAILABLE AT WWW.BORFT.COM (EU) OR WWW.BUCKETFACTORY.COM (US) & COMING SOON TO US DISTRIBUTORS

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

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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.

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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.

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Available at draftrecords.com

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

NOW AVAILABLE: Matt Carlson, Particle Language LP

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Matt Carlson, Particle Language
DRAFT D012 / LP

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!

July 2011: New DRAFT releases available now

Now available at draftrecords.com!

GREG DAVIS, STATES (3)

[C26 TAPE :: pro-dubbed, imprinted, edition of 200]
Greg Davis’ spate of recent works for modular synth have been a DRAFT favorite over the past year, beginning with a completely mind-blowing performance we witnessed in Seattle last August during his Summer 2010 West Coast tour (modular synth and processed voice!). Since that time he has released a significant body of solo work, for labels Agents of Chaos, Ekhein, Goldtimers, Cassauna, and now DRAFT. States (3) is the third tape in a series of works; States (1) was released on Cassauna in July 2011 and States (2) was released on Goldtimers in May 2011.
States (3) stands out in the series as an extremely concise set of spaces that cut and morph through time. Using a computer to control his modular synthesizer, Davis crafts an architectural atmosphere of intricate sonic detail and psycho-acoustic phenomena. Form and structure take precedence, as synthesized textures spiral and dissect an emerging three-dimensional soundworld.
Recorded, edited & mixed in Burlington, Vermont, between February & June 2011 using a computer controlled Eurorack / Doepfer modular synthesizer system.

States (part 5), excerpt:

TELECULT POWERS, STARS ARE THE EYES OF GOD
*Special collab tape with Lala Ryan & John Elliot!

[C48 TAPE :: pro-dubbed, imprinted, edition of 200]
Performing with custom-built synthesizers, occult synth duo Telecult Powers creates abstract electronic music to explore mysteries, mystic states and magickal systems. After forming out of early collaborations between members Mister Matthews and Witchbeam, the duo moved from Cleveland to Brooklyn where they continued to develop their work over the past few years. Currently based in both Brooklyn and New Orleans , Telecult Powers remains an active creative force in the underground community. Telecult’s recorded work can be found on their own label Temple of Pei, as well as Deception Island, Baked Tapes, Pizza Night, and a few others.
Telecult Powers’ newest release, Stars are the Eyes of God, enlists the help of two prolific collaborators: Hecate’s Fountain is Telecult joined by Lala Ryan (of Excepter); Inner Spaced is Telecult and John Elliott (of Emeralds, Outer Space, and Imaginary Softwoods). On side A, Hecate’s Fountain’s “Initiation to the Temple of Pei” spins spheres of spacious textures which serve as a bed for Lala Ryan’s tripped-out acid-tinged Dadaist vocals. Reminiscent of Cosmic Joker’s Gilles Zeitschiff, the trio concocts the perfect blend of alchemical theatrics and kosmiche music. On side B, Inner Spaced launches into “No Sleep Til Nibiru,” opening with a gushing wall of white noise that shape-shifts into an array of cyclical sounds. The three synth players craft a heavy dark-matter space, with slow, methodical pacing and intention. This tape traverses new landscapes of abstract synth and space music, as wholly engulfing side-length tracks provide an expanded Telecult universe.

Initiation of the Temple of Pei, excerpt:

ALEX BARNETT, PUSH

[C20 TAPE :: pro-dubbed, imprinted, edition of 200]
Chicago-based Alex Barnett had remained under the radar until last year, when he unleashed four striking synth tapes known as the Section series for labels Catholic Tapes, Nihilist, Pizza Night and Chronic Boom Soundsystem. Primarily focused on his work with noise band Oakeater over the past few years, he has secretly been crafting his own solo vision. Taking hints from classic synth soundtrack visionaries, his music takes the form of brooding b-movie soundtrack miniatures, but without the use of sequencers (in his live performances you’ll find him juggling multiple keyboards).
Push stays true to the dark synth roots of Barnett’s previous releases, utilizing duration and repetition to build powerful music from simple yet heavy progressions. The side-length title track opens up with a pensive set of keyboard stabs, slowly transforming into an ultra-badass hijacker jam with a minimal techno undercurrent. On side B, “Temple”s creeping midnight brawler fuses strings with crumbling synth patches to give rise to an ominous stalker death stare, while “Unseen Forces” continues where the first side left off, another heavy cut for the sketchers that haunt the Chicago nights.

Alex Barnett, Temple: