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:
Local Seattle musician Adam Svenson is hosting a show at Cairo on July 8th. The stellar lineup includes the kosmiche-pop jams of Radio People (Sam Goldberg, Mist), the abstract digital hymns of Carl Calm (member of Caboladies, Palmetto Moon Electronic Group), improv synth energies of Harpoon Pole Vault (Gift Tapes/Brother Raven) and the new trio of Jermaine Blair, Matthew Ford & Adam Svenson called Same Species.
Cairo / 507 East Mercer Street / Seattle, Washington 98102
Visitation Rites posted a brief preview of the upcoming Telecult Powers collab tape Stars Are the Eyes of God, due out on DRAFT this July (also posted on A.Z.). The duo of Witchbeam & Mister Matthews reaches new levels as they shape-shift into new entities: Hecate’s Fountain is Telecult joined by Lala Ryan of Excepter; Inner Spaced is Telecult and John Elliott of Outer Space/Emeralds. This tape sees the ultra-abstract-space-music duo enter into new territory, while simultaneously providing a new dimension to both their work as a duo and the work of their collaborators. Stars Are the Eyes of God, coming to DRAFT this July.
Coming in late June to 3 NW cities: Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire, the kosmische music of Rene Hell and Brother Raven, and the abstract machine music of Eye Myths. In Portland we’ll be joined by Charles Berlitz (Spencer Clark of Skaters fame) and video artist Brenna Murphy! Details on Events page or at Gift Tapes.
This Friday, May 20th come check out a super diverse show here in Seattle, featuring Chicago’s free/punk trio Tiger Hatchery, epic library synth jammer Panabrite, old-school jazz shredders Wally Shoup & Don Berman duo and a set of improvised saxophone by Wilson Shook with live analog modular synth processing / sampling by Jason E Anderson. The action begins at 8PM at Gallery 1412 (1412 18th Ave – 18th & E Union). Don’t miss this rare night of eclectic jams!
New Pacific Support compilation shout-outs! Check them out at OMG Vinyl, Zen Effects, The Stranger, and this great article called Japan Earthquake Fundraiser Roundup in the The Wire. To date, we’ve sent out all of our orders and distribution copies, so expect to see them in your mailbox or track them down at these fine distro outlets: Mimaroglu Music Sales, Discriminate Music & Tomentosa.
Electric Temple announced their new Japan benefit comp, all proceeds directed to Shelter Box. This tape’s lineup looks amazing and it’s a double-cassette release! Downloads are also available, pre-order now at: Electric Temple.
Cassette 1: Animal Hospital – Dreams William, Fowler Collins – Autumn Lights, High aura’d – Methodist Bells, Phantom Family Halo – Guns and Violens, Steven R. Smith-Regen Volt, Glenn Jones – Portland Cement Factory, Angel Olsen – She Came and She Touched Me, Pete Stampfel and Eli Smith – Castor and Pollux, Zelienople – Smoked, Lee Noble – August, Loren Connors – Yesterday and Today
Cassette 2: Forma – FORMA 178, GDFX – Forever a Bone, Reuben Son – Dancing into Sandtraps, Ancient Ocean – New Rising Sun, Sic Alps – Anasazi Chemist, Herbcraft – Sunset Glow, The North Sea – Sugar, Clearing – Untitled, Amen Dunes – Lower Class, Heavy Hymns – Prayer Swati (David First), Rambutan – The Kingfisher, Steve Gunn – Taksim II (Live in Montreal)
A good friend of ours, Jeff Conklin (of East Village Radio & Avant Ghetto) said some nice things about our new comp. Check out EVR‘s exclusive pre-press post on Pacific Support & an MP3 sample here!
New J. Hanson review on Aux Out !
Today we’re announcing the release of Pacific Support, a benefit compilation tape created in support of the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Japan. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help fund those efforts. The compilation consists of 13 unreleased tracks by experimental electronic musicians featuring: Rene Hell, Pulse Emitter, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Greg Davis, Matt Carlson, The North Sea, solo tracks by both members of the Caboladies (Carl Calm & Flower Man), Panabrite, Temporal Marauder, Golden Retriever, Brother Raven, and a new duo project by Geoff Mullen & Sakiko Mori called Make a New Memory.
Support Japan and purchase some amazing music! Available at draftrecords.com and coming soon to Mimaroglu Music Sales and Discriminate Music. Special thanks to the artists involved for donating their work, our distributors for donating their services, and National Audio Company for generously donating the entire 300-edition run.
Artist websites: Rene Hell, Carl Calm, Matt Carlson, Flowerman, The North Sea, Panabrite, Greg Davis, Temporal Marauder, Make a New Memory (Geoff Mullen & Sakiko Mori), Golden Retriever, Pulse Emitter, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Brother Raven