New Year Greeting / News / Forthcoming Releases

New Year greetings and news

For a limited time, we’re offering free/pay-what-you-like for download-only releases, including sold out tapes that are now downloads. This sale will remain until we release a new batch of tapes in early 2017. Physical items remain 25% off during this sale.


Forthcoming 2017 releases include, but are not limited to:
Nick Hoffman‘s Salamander, his first solo outing since 2014’s Necropolis; Seth Cooke‘s instantiation of aussen raum, a score by Stefan Thut; recordings by Chik White from a residency in Economy, Nova Scotia; a remastered reissue of Jeph Jerman‘s Scrine, originally released in 1988; and Portland percussionist Matt Hannafin‘s recordings of the following John Cage compositions: ¢Composed Improvisation for One-Sided Drums With or Without Jangles, Variations III, Variations II, and One4.

Soundcloud samples are currently available for Nick Hoffman, Chik White, and the Stefan Thut and Seth Cooke collaboration:

A notable album featuring two Notice Recordings artists was recently released by Dylan Golden Aycock‘s fantastic Scissor Tale Editions. It’s a tribute to folk legend Bruce Langhorne, a fixture in the Greenwich Village scene and a collaborator with many musicians of the ’50s and ’60s, including Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Hugh Masekela, and Peter, Paul & Mary, among others. (An interesting fact is that Dylan’s “Mr Tambourine Man” was actually written about Langhorne, who once came to a recording session with a large Turkish frame drum.) The release features Notice Recordings artists Nathan McLaughlin and Talk West, as well as Notice personal favorites Loren Connors, Paul Metzger, Boxhead Ensemble, Scott Tuma, and Chris Corsano, including many others. A recommended release! Liner notes by The Wire’s Byron Coley.

Listen and purchase here.

Our 2016 year-end lists
Braeyden Jae – Fog Mirror (Whited Sepulchre Records)
Billy Gomberg – Slight At That Contact (Students of Decay)
Mathieu Ruhlmann/Chris Strickland – This Heap Is Greater Light (Glistening Examples)
Gil Sansón – Untitled (For Pierre Boulez)
T. Mikawa/John WieseOblique No Strategy (Helicopter)
Fraufraulein – 7C
Rafael Toral – Mills Session
Sarah Hennies – Gather & Release (Category of manifestation:)
Anthony Braxton/Miya Masaoka –  Duo (DCWM) 2013 (Rogueart)
Obody – Is A Bridge / A Ready Place (Already Dead)Rain Text – 1 (Skyapnea Records)
Tim Hecker – Love Streams (4AD)

Lone – Levitate (R&S Records)

Jesse Lanza – Oh No (Hyper Dub)
Arca – Entrañas
Bon Iver – 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)

Frank Ocean – Blond (Boys Don’t Cry/XL Recordings)
U SCO – Tuskflower

Hannah Diamond – Fade Away (PC Music)

Danny Harle (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen) – Supernatural (PC Music/Columbia)

Danny Harle – Broken Flowers video (PC Music)



Anyone reading this with any interest will have experienced vastly more music than I did in 2016. I can’t in good conscience give favorites. But: my $0.02. Music releases continue to become more fluid with regard to format – some major releases had no physical component, and some labels are definitively betting on vinyl, and there are more cassette releases, and download codes abound. We acknowledge that music will be sampled and consumed at all times in every setting, but formats seem to suggest a “preferred” way to experience a release, often after liberal sampling. In other words, dust is settling on the nuclear explosion of digital music as we figure out what it means to search for what we really want or like.

Also: I feel like 2016 was divided for me between pre- and post-U.S. election. Beforehand, I found myself increasingly noticing and caring about who did something. Like many, I went out of my way to seek out the music of women, African-Americans, and others not like me. But in the past several weeks, my notion of “who” I’m “with” has expanded in a way I can’t put my finger on yet. Among those for whom the U.S. election was a disaster, what seems clear is the need to cultivate resistance in any form. Whoever is making music that, in whatever way, does not conform – avant-garde individualists, crate diggers, hip-hop auteurs, experimentalists and improvisers, performance artists, anti-commercialists – we need to seek their warmth and recognize it, be strengthened by it.

Recent sold out titles

a0155057417_10 a0486654585_10

Nick Storring’s Exaptations and Jack Harris & Samuel Rodgers’ Primary / Unit 11 are both now sold out, and can be purchased as $4.00 downloads via our Bandcamp website.

See here :


Nick Storring reviewed at We Need No Swords

Paul Margree reviewed Storring’s new release, Exaptations.

Read here:

Purchase tape here:

Chris Strickland reviewed at We Need No Swords


Paul Margree reviewed Strickland’s new release, Excruciating Circumstances in the Kingdom of Ends.

Read here:

Purchase tape here:

Art Into Life

They now have Nick Storring and Chris Strickland’s releases. Japanese fans take note.

Two much-desired sold out tapes, Ryoko Akama & Bruno Duplant’s “immobilité”, and Seth Cluett’s “wound of this deep blue.” (two case-sensitive Notice releases…) are available at Japan’s Art Into Life. They’ll also have Nick Storring and Chris Strickland’s releases soon.


Early Notice Recordings memorabilia

Going through some old journals from 2009 and 2010, and stumbled upon a few old drawings relating to Notice.

The first is a quick draft of a tape insert design, which more-or-less functions as an early aesthetic framework for what we wanted Notice to look like. Haven’t used “old flowers” for a cover yet, but perhaps one day…

img_4924_altThe second documents the sound ingredients for Evan Lindorff-Ellery’s The Tea Merchant and His Atmospheres. Said items and sound sources were set into a crude mixer, with a few no-input patch cables, and the signal went directly to a 2-track tape, and that was the final product. It’s sold out, but can be purchased as a $3 download here.

img_4926_altIt reads :
“4-Track & 2-Track recordings of bell loops, Field Recordings taken from outside an apartment window in South Korea, 4-Track cymbal loop, 2-Track transposed bell loop, No-input mixer, empty tape-player pause signal, Field recordings of wind taken from within a garage in Indiana, AM & FM Radio, Birds”

Nick Storring and Chris Strickland covered in Tabs Out

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-2-18-35-pmOur most recent tapes have been covered by Scott Scholz in Tabs Out.

Read here :

Tapes can still be purchased here :

Fissures / κλίση”, by elusive artists Black Williams and Litüus, is sold out.

a3274331096_10It will remain as a $4 download, available here :

Says Byron Coley of The Wire :
“[Williams’] piece is based on a repeating, static-y, metal-edged motif which exactly mimics the sound of my own tinnitus. This makes for a listen as weirdly comforting as it is annoying.”

So, there you go. If you’re into that kind of thing (and we know you’re out there), this is a rewarding tape.

Nick Storring in The Quietus


Nick Storring’s tape, Exaptations, was covered in a recap of a broadcast by Spools Out on London’s Resonance FM.

Read it here, or see below.

Purchase the tape here.

Spools Out’s Tristan Bath said :

Toronto composer and cellist Nick Storring is clearly such a rare and exceptional talent as both a composer and instrumentalist. He’s previously featured in this column as a member of utterly stellar psychedelic jam group I Have Eaten The City, and as half of a far out there cello duo called The Knot, while he’s already released plenty of work under his own name too, including Exaptations’ clear predecessor Endless Conjecture out on Orange Milk records. As the title seemed to hint at, Endless Conjecture saw Storring layering aural chunk after aural chunk atop each other, utilising a vast array of instruments to make wandering, confusing, and periodically intensely pretty soundscapes. The two sidelong pieces on Exaptations were originally composed and recorded for a dance piece in 2013-2014, and quote but a handful of the instruments he apparently plays: found objects, vibraphone, glockenspiel, balafon, chimes, hand bells, toy pianos, thumb pianos, voice/whistling, electric and acoustic cellos, and a load more. The music makes unsteady progress from sound to sound, and it’s never quite clear just how meticulously composed the pieces are, but it renders the two pieces thoroughly unknowable and engaging listens. Chunks of banged vibraphones and chimes give way to flutes and synth washes. Angular rhythm snippets flow into intricate swarms of lush majesty played on some dozen instruments at once. The second side houses much more awkward and strange hissy noise, with many long layers of droning synthetic tones and less of a focus on kaleidoscopically stacked acoustic instruments. Ultimately though, both sides are massively rewarding as both deep or shallow listens – however, precisely how the hell one would dance to it remains a mystery.

New releases: Chris Strickland and Nick Storring

NTR041 NTR042 Nick Chris Mid-Summer 2016 TAKE TWO-0

Summer releases now available !

Chris Strickland —
Excruciating Circumstances in the Kingdom of Ends

Montréal-based composer Chris Strickland searches not for minimalism, but to minimize: technique, narrative, emotion. All recorded live either at CKUT or Espace Project, both located in Montréal, the compositions on Excruciating Circumstances in the Kingdom of Ends reside on a different expressive axis, fingering the raw edges of his sonic ingredients. Field recordings with the flat haze of surveillance footage or the feeling of gazing from afar are interwoven with wobbly but painstaking drone notes, rarely with more than a handful in a single sequence. Unsentimental and even obstinate, there are hard cuts between sections, and—most intriguingly—a playing technique free of both emotional vibrato and focused flatness. Played notes are shaky but not hesitant. Governed pace-wise by strategies of “deliberate uncertainty,” Strickland’s compositions proceed at a walking pace, moved through like green spaces of remote urbanity.

– Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Chrome tape stock
– Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress, New Orleans, LA
– Mastered by Branic Howard at Cloud City, Portland
– Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
– Edition of 100

Purchase this release and stream its audio via Bandcamp, here:

Also, back in January, we released a short download-only piece by Chris, “In the Neck of Time”, which was originally part of The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music‘s “Below The Radar” compilation #21. This is a free/pay-what-you-like release. It can be acquired here:


Nick Storring —

On the long-awaited “Exaptations”, Toronto-based composer Nick Storring presents two highly textural, side-long pieces. On “Field Lines”, originally composed for Yvonne NG Peck Wan‘s dance piece, “Magnetic Fields”, a certain fragmented, uncertain openness is conveyed: a series of brief, dreamlike clearings are vignetted by pregnant silences or various levels of waking or sleeping states. Storring plays with a variety of tonal instruments that swell and tumble along while being nipped at by expressive percussion. Organic clusters develop within event-based sequences, stretching attention across multiple timbres and rhythms. On “Yield Criteria”, shifting drones move about like independent layers of ice on a lake in the dead of winter, slowing crumbling, sliding, and cracking in perfect harmony. Storring has written for dance and other interdisciplinary settings, and here he brings the delicate resourcefulness of a skilled accompanist, as well as a narrative sense that belatedly, profoundly blossoms.

– Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Cobalt tape stock
– Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress, New Orleans
– Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
– Edition of 100

Purchase this release and stream its audio via Bandcamp, here:

Forthcoming releases include Seth Cooke‘s instantiation of Stefan Thut‘s “Aussen Raum” and Portland percussionist Matt Hannafin performing works of John Cage, including One4, Variations III, and 0’00”.