Current Update - July 2014
COOPER,LINDSAY: Rarities from the Lindsay Cooper Archive (compiled for the occasion of her first mem
This double CD set collects together, amongst other things, all of Outtakes for Other Occasions and The Small Screen, both of which were never commercially released, all four pieces from The Classic Guide to NoMansLand, the subscription 7” Pictures from the Great Ex... more »
BIOTA: Funnel to a Thread
Since the late 1970s Biota has ploughed its own furrow, producing a body of work that resembles nothing anyone else has done or is yet doing. Their compositions evolve in long, constantly shifting timbral blocks filled with fragments and echoes of quasi-familiar mus... more »
STEVAN TICKMAYER: Gaps, Absences.
A beautifully recorded and produced cycle of pieces that combine complexity and precision with rich and unfamiliar timbres. The ensemble pieces amplify and enrich a core piano with various combinations of harmonium, double bass, violin, percussion, Hungarian zither,... more »
LAST ReR RELEASES
DRAKE, BOB: Lawn Ornaments.
After Bob's Drive-In, which, in terms of production was quite restrained and minimal, Ornaments sets off in the opposite direction, piling up great car-crashes of overlapping fragments in a production that makes rococo look like shaker minimalism. Playing only drums... more »
MACLEAN, STEVE/MeRCy: Future(s)
This CD of songs, grittily arranged and produced is noticeably more straight-ahead than ReR’s usual releases though it sits comfortably within the broad range of Steve’s tirelessly experimental output. This is a project with a long history: Steve and his main collab... more »
THE RECEDENTS; Wishing you were here (5 CD BOX and book)
This legendary trio - Mike Cooper, Lol Coxhill and Roger Turner - played its way through 28 years of concerts, just a few in most years, but a presence not forgotten - in part because of its willingness to tread paths uncongenial to many improvisers, in particular t... more »
THE REMOTE VIEWERS: Pitfall.
I hope you’re all keeping up. This new instalment drives on into rockier landscapes, the sound is harder -edged and the compositions no less complex, but rounder. Only in these philistine days would no-one notice that something very different was going in this part ... more »
PER TJENRBERG: Music is my Salvation.
Composer and Percussionist (I use the word carefully, he’s not a drummer on this record) Per Tjernberg has conjured a world half out of time – it is as much of the ‘60s and 70s as it is of now – in the best sense - with this extraordinarily rich suite of composition... more »
FARAO, FERDINANDO & ARTCHIPEL ORCHESTRA: Play Soft Machine.
25 piece, big band arrangements of Facelift, Kings And Queens, Noisette, Mousetrap, Moon In June and (for an acapella quartet), Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening. Covering Soft Machine compositions is a hazardous undertaking in pursuit of which many have c... more »
MORTON FELDMAN: String Quartet No 1 Structures Three Pieces (2 CDs and a DVD)
This is extraordinary music; like all of Feldman, defying rational analysis. It has purpose and identity and yet it just exists; there’s no obvious connection between seemingly autonomous events. Each sound appearing self-contained, on its own mission, drifting in a... more »
TEXT-SOUND COMPOSITIONS: A Stockholm Festival.(5 CD Box and book).
An important collection that gathers essential material from the central figures in the Swedish text-sound community and the like-minded artists from outside. Includes pieces by Charles Amirkanian, Lars-Gunnar Bodin, Svante Bodin, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Francoi... more »
SANDELL, STEN: Music Inside the Language (3 CDs in box).
A substantial collection that fails to fit any convenient category. Sandell is a (stretched) pianist/keyboard player and unconventional vocaliser. Highly trained, with a background in contemporary music, he is also an impressive improviser, and these pieces lie acro... more »
ANKER, LOTTER: What River is This?
A deep, grounded novel of a work, performed by Lotte Anker, Phil Minton, Anna Klett, Garth Knox, Jesper Egelund, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori and Chris Cutler – an ensemble of winds, strings, percussion, electronics & voice. A close composition, by turns subtle, careful, w... more »
DOLDEN, PAUL: Who has the BIGGEST Sound?
Paul Dolden is a Canadian cross-genre electroacoustic slash rock slash contemporary music slash maverick composer, who has developed a highly idiosyncratic methodology consisting of multi-multi-multi-tracking; layering, piling up, speeding up and processing vast m... more »
CRIJNS, FRANK: [B] One.
Appearing previously in these pages as the bassist of ultra complexisists Blast, here with 7 commissioned compositions for various small contemporary ensembles of winds, percussionists, strings and winds, using mixed acoustic and electric resources. Highly composed... more »
JOHN CAGE: The Works for Percussion 3
Continuing the exhaustive Mode Cage catalogue, here are two pieces for amplified plant materials, one for solo snare drum, one for a Steinberger electric bass and one for a collection of frame-drums. There are also two composites made from the three solo pieces supe... more »
HERATIUS CORPORATION, ARRMAND FRIGICO: Pataphysical Power.
Nowadays any Thomas, Thierry or Aymeric can record a selection of strange musical fragments and get them out there but, back in the 1970s, you had to be serious, dedicated and determined – and ready to do all the work and take all the risk yourself - to release some... more »
ORCHESTRA OF THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE (Double CD)
A large, paced, work from the prolific and inventive Martin Archer, ploughing a lonely but high integrity furrow with many keyboards, bass, drums, electric violin, winds and a lot of electronics in long form structures that draw eclectically on Terry Riley, Krautroc... more »
NEW LIMITED EDITION BOXES: More for Less
DRAKE, BOB: "...come at once, ANTIQUITIES!" (5CD box)
Master of strangeness, terrifying musicality and elastic production values. Contains: Little Black Train, The Skull Mailbox, 13 Songs and a Thing, Bob’s Drive-In and The Shunned Country. This mini edition comes in a sturdy box with a free special music-minus-one CD... more »
ROSE, JON: Buy any other NAME (5 CD Box)
A devil for study and hard work and closest kin to bloody genius you might stumble across. Contains: Violin Music for Restaurants, Brain Weather – the story of the Rosenbergs, Shopping@Victo,The Hyperstring Project and The People’s Music - also appearing, amongst ot... more »
NOW AVAILABLE SEPARATELY
CASSIBER: Collaborations (2CD and 1 DVD set).
Collects together the re-mastered Duck and Cover (Tom Cora, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Heiner Goebbels, Alfred (23) Harth, Dagmar Krauze, Gerorge Lewis) and Cassix (Chris Cutler, Franco Fabbri, Umberto Fiori, Heiner Goebbels, Pino Martini) recordings, and the Cassibe... more »
BOOKS/PERFECT CHRISTMAS OFFERS
ROSENBERG 3.0 not violin music: curated by Jon Rose
150+ pages of ricochet stimulation. This wild excursion into print and design gathers an indescribable variety of profound, absurd, satirical, dark, hopeful and downright strange, reflections on the state of the game, couched in the form of dubious interviews, acade... more »
ROSE, JON: The Pink Violin (book)
We do still have 5 unsold copies of the ultra rare PINK VIOLIN (first volume in the series) though it’s not cheap at £20 – but it can be yours for £16 if bought together with Rosenberg 3.0 - and at no extra shipping cost. 216 pp with a lot of illustra... more »
BLEGVAD, PETER: KEW: RHONE BOOK
In this gem of a book, Peter digs into all the texts of this extraordinary album and constructs a numinous web of reflections around its themes and sources. In part two, a raft of artists and writers spin away from the record and out into its possibilities and entan... more »
BLEY,CARLA / HAYNES,PAUL and the JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA OF AMERICA: Escalator over the Hill (3 LP
We have a limited number of mint un-played copies of the original 3 LP in-a-box ‘chronotransduction’ jazz opera, recorded over three years and released on the JCOA label in 1971. A summation of the energies and hybrid musical styles of the late 1960s and a work of n... more »