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26756773_10102665212245311_1620509842748316863_oThis website isn’t updated anymore. (We were never very good at the whole “website” thing anyway.) That does not mean we are kaput; on the contrary, we’re very active, and have a number of releases forthcoming, including Nick HoffmanSarah Hennies/Greg Stuart, Loren Chasse, Okkyung Lee, and Matt Hannafin‘s peformance of four compositions by John Cage, among others. Eventually, we will have a revamped site, but who knows when. It’s not a priority. Until then, you can purchase in-print cassette tapes as well as $4.00 downloads of sold-out cassette tapes on our Bandcamp page, and check out any Notice Recordings news on our Twitter, Facebook, or sign up for our occasional newsletters, by emailing noticerecordings at gmail dot com.

Thanks for checking in.

Matt Hannafin performing John Cage

Here’s a shot of recording engineer Branic Howard and Portland percussionist Matt Hannafin setting up to record four realizations of pieces by John Cage. This will be released sometime toward the end of the year.

In the meantime, we still have a sale going. Pay-what-you-want for all downloads.

Look for releases by Seth Cooke/Stefan Thut and Chik White within a couple weeks.

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Matt Hannafin checks out recording space for John Cage

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We still have pay-what-you-want downloads, so head over to our Bandcamp if you haven’t had a chance:

Bandcamp donating profits to ACLU


Most people know this: Bandcamp is donating all their profits to ACLU today. We have a pay-what-you-want sale happening. Ironically, Bandcamp is intrinsically linked to Paypal, which is linked to Trump, so there’s that…


Waterwheel – Windmill sold out

And now this is sold out:
Windmill • Waterwheel – Waterwheel • Windmill

It is a peculiarly named album by Kirk Marrison and Charlie Nash (Arsenal/Rhys Chatham), both linked with the excellent ’90s post-ambient/post-rock band Fibreforms and current project, Kiln.

A bit of a backstory on this one:
Evan was a shadow DJ for two guys at UVM’s college radio station, back in 2003. They introduced him to Fibreforms’ Treedrums, and it remains, to this day, one of his favorite albums, expertly blending organic textures with absolutely soaring song compositions.

After we started Notice Recordings, Evan contacted Kirk to see if he had any unreleased material; perhaps old experiments on tape, that he’d be willing to pass on. He instead sent us this album, which is quite strange. Especially odd for Notice, but, personally, we think it’s an odd album within any context. It does more or less fit (we think), into some of the early/mid-’90s ambient and electronic scenes à la the Extreme label, Vidna Obmana, some Asmus Tietchens, et al.

Anyway, it was recorded in 1997, and released through us in 2011.
Free (for now) download, here:

Sold out: Joda Clément – “I hope you like the universe”

Joda Clément‘s I hope you like the universe has now sold out. Normally, this would transfer to a $4 download, but because of our current sale, which continues until we release the first 2017 tapes, it is free/pay-what-you-want.
Bryon Hayes of Decoder said this:
“With ‘I hope you like the universe’, the composer combines synths, field recordings and a harmonium’s drone into a pair of vibrating sound fields, the energies of which continuously evolve and grow. Elements both recognizable and uncanny come into focus and dissolve in a shifting pattern of interleaved ideas, mostly calling to mind the interstitial atmospheres of human ports of call: images of lonely boatyards, deserted railway stations and highway bypasses immediately spring forth in the mind’s eye.”
What we said, upon release in April of 2015, this:
“These pieces vividly suggest both exterior and interior environments and the boundaries between them, like peering through layers of windowpanes from inside a still room. Here, Clément’s work is both industrial and intriguingly human, hinting at people and actions that might create certain daytime and nighttime sound environments while resisting identification.”
Release can be downloaded for free, here:

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

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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.

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Nick Storring reviewed at We Need No Swords

Paul Margree reviewed Storring’s new release, Exaptations.

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Chris Strickland reviewed at We Need No Swords


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

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