The Gracious Depression – Out Now

C42, released by Das Andere Selbst. Soundtracks here

price of 9.50€ includes worldwide shipping

Released by Das Andere Selbst

Artwork by Elia Buletti

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Bringing Tapes to the Post

Sent out today to reviewers these two packages. The (Polish) post office across the road still uses stamps, which makes for a beautiful finishing touch. Today’s choice was two big stamps showing a (Polish?) pope blessing the masses and a smaller stamp with a picture of orange flowers.

Any advice on who/where to send copies for review is most welcome.

Also, If you order your tape directly from me, you can expect this kind of packaging.

Of course the tapes are also available directly from Kris Limbach, Ben Roberts aka Eclectiktronik Live and from Guillaume Siffert at the Staalplaat shop in Berlin. Midøri Hiranø‘s personal copies have sold out.

address side of packet for The Sound Projector

Address side of Packet for Cassette Gods

Back side of packet for the Sound Projector

Back side of packet for Cassette Gods

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Working on Tape Releases

I had the idea years ago. The C60 The Last Day on Earth had to become the follow-up of The Four Corners of the Night. I asked four artists. Each artist got a different score. The score was either a short story or a kind of poem. I never got four satisfying contributions in return. Two pieces were in line with the concept. I thought that I could use those two compositions, some fragments from the others and create an audio-book. My ambition was obstructed by reality. I put the release on hold for a long time. Midori and Kris were incredibly patient.

I had to think again of his contribution when I listened to Kris’ release begin_if_(3). I liked his cinematic approach very much. Desolation and optimism, a burning landscape, industrial wasteland on a blackened horizon, two people who probably didn’t know anything about their fate, all these elements were present. I listened to Midori’s work. I encountered the quality I needed. She was absent in her piece. The piano talked. The notes floated gently. There was a hint of happy sadness that defines life once youthful years start withdrawing in objects. There was silence in between those notes, like there can be silence, when a distant feeling of calm pushes emotional ties aside.

The two pieces made me think. Burn Midori’s piece to ashes, the remains would sound like Kris’ composition. Treat Midori’s piano work with x-ray and what you will see is Kris’ work. I found the similarity striking and decided to pick up the original concept and make it a C30.

A long process started. My first concern was the look of the tape. Once that problem was solved, partly by coincidence, the idea for the artwork came. I knew it had to be a plastic bottle. It was impossible to do the sixties pop-art thing I had in mind. Maybe I will use this concept once I start creating artworks that measure at least one square meter. I think, though, that Geert-Jan Hobijn’s work in progress -plastic souls- pushed me to the plastic bottles.

The Last Day on Earth, with works by Midori Hirano and Kris Limbach is a C30 of chrome quality. It was duplicated at home, in real time, using a Marantz CP430. The inlay is an A4 with the complete texts of both scores and the credits.

You can buy this tape directly from the artists, at the staalplaat shop in Berlin, or from me. Price is 8.50€ ex shipping.

The Last Day on Earth is released in a small edition of 26 copies. I will make a new edition once the first one has sold out completely.

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Polish Journal

I started to record observations, thoughts, descriptions directly on tape. I use a Sony Walkman of very modest quality, that still is able to capture sounds of a more delicate nature as passing cars or screaming children produce.

I recorded the first tape in Wroclaw, in April 2017. I describe the neighborhood where I stayed with its prison and school with bullet holes, walk the old streets and reflect on the pre-war nature of it, when the city was German and called Breslau.

I watch the neighbours in the courtyard, the destruction of a cupboard, but poets reading their poems in an anarchist bar, or an avant-rock combo playing were also captured.

Radio On will broadcast the one hour journal.


Polish Journal might be released as a limited edition of twelve cassettes .

The second tape of the Polish Journal is well on its way.

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Sold Out

Early Piano Works volume 2, The American Recitals, my C40 release on Coherent States has definitely sold out. If you missed it, and want a physical copy, you need to organize a march to the Coherent States Headquarters. Bang on the door, bring fireworks and boomboxes, hold up banners, wave flags, burn digital downloads. Sign a petition if Athens is too far away, or set up a crowdfunding: ‘Early Piano Works for more democracy, Now!’ Someone will hear you, sometime.

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