Portland percussionist Matt Hannafin checking out the space in which he will perform four John Cage pieces to be released some time later in the year. The space is a beautiful-looking and sounding old dance floor recently refurbished by the awesome folks at The Baker Building, on Albina and Killingsworth. Branic Howard from Open Field Recordings is the recording engineer for this project.
We still have pay-what-you-want downloads, so head over to our Bandcamp if you haven’t had a chance:
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…
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.
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.
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 Wiese – Oblique 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)
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.
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 :
Paul Margree reviewed Storring’s new release, Exaptations.
Purchase tape here:
Paul Margree reviewed Strickland’s new release, Excruciating Circumstances in the Kingdom of Ends.
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.
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…
The 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.
It 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”