NTR028
Ryan Jewell
Radio: Vol. 2

Upon seeing Ryan Jewell’s patient, rigorous and riveting performance at Chicago’s very first Neon Marshmallow festival, we were fascinated by his meticulous sonic explorations falling somewhere in-between percussion, minimalism and electronic composition. Several years on, Jewell, still based in Columbus, OH, has continued to build an impressive resume as a co-conspirator with all sorts of people. Populated by acoustic textures, percussion-based sonic events, and unconventionally performed sounds, the assuredly paced solo pieces in Radio: Vol. 2 reveal Jewell as the yin to the noisier side of the Ohio scene.

- Professionally duplicated on Chrome tape stock
- Artwork by Virginia Lawrence and Evan Lindorff-Ellery
- Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress

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Reviews:
Brian Olewnick (Just Outside)

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NTR027
Black William / Litüus
Fissures / κλίση

Litüus is from Chicago, IL; less is known of Black William. Somehow, on this split of hypnotically minimal synth pieces, that seems appropriate. Black William’s side takes a simple repeated figure and expands it (by hand) into an expansive buzzing drone. Litüus likewise programs a sequence that remains in constant change throughout the piece’s duration. Both sides combine programmed sequences with planned change, but also include a certain level of machine/human interaction. Certain parameters are predetermined; others altered by a human being. Both draw attention to structure, change and duration, resulting in a unique harmony between the organic and the industrial.

- Professionally duplicated on Chrome tape stock
- Artwork by Connor Camburn and Evan Lindorff-Ellery
- Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress

More sound samples can be heard here.

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NTR026
Seth Cluett
wound of this deep blue.

The multifaceted work of composer Seth Cluett has garnered wide praise for, among other things, its attention to detail and organic sense of order. Cluett often explores sound in its ability to create or construct a listener’s sense of place, memory and time, using such sonic detail to wring the specific and personal out of the abstract.

At the same time, on wound of this deep blue., Cluett limits his own control over this process: he mixes seven tapes recorded on a cassette dictaphone from live performances between 2005 and 2013, but without adding any other processing or edits. Within this framework, the resulting two pieces unfold subtly, inviting the listener to engage deeply to penetrate them. However, far from inviting a guessing game of identifying sound sources, Cluett’s compositions pull back veils of sonic richness that are both concretely and abstractly engaging.

- Professionally duplicated on Chrome tape stock
- Artwork by Michael Bullock and E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Letterpress printed by Fitzgerald Letterpress

More sound samples can be heard here.

Reviews :
Vital Weekly
Brian Olewnick
Petri Blog

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NTR025
Talk West
Canyon Lip

Notice was immediately taken by this release from Talk West, the project of Dylan Aycock of Tulsa’s Scissor Tail Records. On Canyon Lip, he works primarily with lush pedal steel and steely synthesizers to craft drones with a remarkably physical presence.

On “Finally, That River Twists,” which makes up Side A, rich and airy pedal steel loops unfold alongside light percussion touches, patiently unfolding. Side B’s “With No Regrets” introduces more tension, playing on a deep sense of struggle buried in its title. Solitude prevails against subtle intrusions of percussion that hint at missed connections, like cars passing one another on a rural road at dusk. Through minimal means, Canyon Lip achieves a visceral sense of time, evoking the slowly unfolding movement of the sun, barely noticed until the gloaming.

- Professionally duplicated on Cobalt tape stock
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Letterpress printed by Fitzgerald Letterpress

More sound samples can be heard here.

Reviews :
Secret Decoder Magazine
Vital Weekly
ATTN Magazine

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NTR024
Coppice
Pied (C38)

Coppice, formed in 2009 by Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer, has quickly established itself within Chicago’s experimental sound scene, placed firmly along the lines of composers like Haptic, Olivia Block and Cleared. The duo has branched out into many creative sound settings, but Pied finds them returning to their original inspiration: a boombox modified to play back and record simultaneously. Here, they feed it with recordings made on a pump organ while recording in Fljótstunga, Iceland, resulting in some extraordinarily pleasing and hypnotic tones. But it’s the duo’s meticulous pacing and dynamics that makes the piece work as it moves between deeply engaging organ drones and decaying tape textures. The result is more exquisite proof of Coppice’s unique vision of creative and honed sound exploration.

More sound samples can be heard here.

- Professionally duplicated on Cobalt tape stock
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Letterpress printed by Fitzgerald Letterpress

Reviews/Press :
The Wire
Vital Weekly
CMMag (English translation available here.)
Fluid Radio
Improv Sphere And here is Travis Bird’s translation.

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NTR022
Windmill • Waterwheel
Waterwheel • Windmill

One may be aware of Kirk Marrison’s work through Fibreforms and Kiln. During the mid-’90s, Marrison collaborated with NYC guitarist Charlie Nash (Arsenal/Rhys Chatham) on two releases slated for Alley Sweeper Records. The first, Waterwheel – Panchroma, was released, but due to the disintegration of the label, the second was not. Waterwheel • Windmill is that release, finally emerging in 2011 under the Windmill • Waterwheel moniker. Combining rhythmic explorations with some seriously alive processing and textures, these pieces still feel fresh today, 15 years after they were recorded.

Nash moved to the Midwest, but his influence on the late-‘70s No Wave New York scene has been noted. Here, he provides a variety of musical textures with objects, prepared and played guitar, and guitar as transmitter of beauty. Marrison sculpts these into teeming atmospherics, constantly dipping in and out of amorphous spaces; at times sounding like a forest and at times like clippings of forgotten landscapes, sewn together by threads of hot water.

- Professionally duplicated on Cobalt tape stock
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Printed by Dun-Wel, Chicago

Reviews :
D. Petri (Petriblog)

Textura
Vitural Ritual

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NTR021
56K
Generations Lost

Generations Lost is the debut Notice Recordings release of 56K, the new project of Josh Burke. Over the past few years, Burke has released dozens of tapes under several aliases—Sky Limousine, Ocean Diamond, Silk Fountain, etc—showcasing his ethereal synth constructions. As this tape’s title suggests, 56K continues Burke’s explorations on themes related to memory, perception, and reproduction. Highlights from the half-dozen tracks include the trancelike unfolding epic “A Dream Within A Dream,” the retro-gaming arpeggiated breakdown of the title track, and “Angel,” a bold and mysterious New Age homage. Elusive and dreamlike, these half-recognized zones emerge organically from the musical framework of Burke’s pieces.

- Professionally duplicated on Cobalt tape stock
- Collaborative artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery and Josh Burke
- Printed by Dun-Wel, Chicago

Reviews :
Textura
Virtual Ritual

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NTR018
Ben Owen
Birds and Water, 1

Those with a certain taste will be familiar with Ben Owen’s subtle yet stunning design work with his Brooklyn-based Winds Measure Recordings imprint, which also releases his own carefully crafted music in both collaborative and solo form. These are two masterfully textured sidelong pieces exemplifying his attention to craft, process, and detail at the most painstaking levels, while still embracing the sonic imprecision of the cassette tape medium.

“These recordings were made on residency with The Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY during May 2010. This was my third and—unknown to me at the time—last residency, as the Center has now closed. While two of three residencies were in partial an audio/video collaboration with Justin Lincoln, the Birds and Water series is my main body of work created at ETC. The recordings are both sound and sound and image based pieces using David Jones’ image processing system. ETC expanded operations in 1974 with the first Jones Colorizer, and in 1975 with a set of keyers, a multi-input syncable sequencer and a bank of oscillators, all designed and constructed by David Jones. The analog system modules coupled with several external op amp generators are heard in these sessions. Numerous patches and variations of each were recorded in extended durations. Side A was recorded direct to cassette tape. Both recordings are presented in their unedited duration.

Thanks to Hank Rudolph, Sherry and Ralph Hocking, Justin Lincoln, Giuseppe Ielasi and Evan Lindorff-Ellery.”
- Ben Owen

- Professionally duplicated on Chrome tape stock
- Artwork by Evan Lindorff-Ellery, video stills by Ben Owen
- Silkscreen printed by Sonnenzimmer

Reviews :
Jesse Goin (Crow With No Mouth)

Brian Olewnick (Just Outside)

Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly)

BW Diedrich (Everything in Generalities)

Adrian Dziewanski (Scrapyard Forecast)

The Sound Projector

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NTR019
Tiny Music
Epitaph

Originally based in Chicago, Tiny Music developed a uniquely organic performance style, laying out an instrumental smorgasbord on the floor and performing acoustically—an intimate throwback that put the listener in direct contact with the band. In recorded form, Epitaph reveals even more of Tiny Music’s sense of structure and dynamics that makes their music so fascinating. The two sidelong pieces flow, as through a house or a silent film, from one musical doorway to the next—sometimes foreboding, sometimes flowering into complex or even composed musicality, but always dense and colorful. Side A meanders from its appealing din into a low drone, and Side B weaves abstract melodies through a hectic sound marketplace, with winding, squeaking, and even laughter dotting the mix, interspersed between plaintive, dark motifs. Tiny Music’s homey clatter on Epitaph uniquely mixes group improvisation, folk tradition, and pure exploration.

- Professionally duplicated
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery from an illustration by an unknown artist
- Printed by Dun-Wel, Chicago

Reviews :

Adrian Dziewanski (Scrapyard Forecast)

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NTR016
Evan Lindorff-Ellery
The Tea Merchant and His Atmospheres

Notice’s own resident artist returns with his second solo tape. The Tea Merchant and His Atmospheres is a fully realized and very personal work of minimal, expressionist sound art that incorporates elements from the artist’s life, including field recordings from his home and travels as well as layers of at-home processing, including the use of radio static, room tone, and cassettes that he’s developed as half of Dense Reduction. Minimal yet highly textured sound environments run up against each other loftily like waves against foreign shores. As the pieces deepen over the course of each side, Lindorff-Ellery unfolds the mysterious connections that make up a sense of home, a sense of self. Non-narrative, nonrepresentational, closely observed and resolutely analog. Through the unique use of these elements, Lindorff-Ellery is mapping his life and environments in a compelling way.

- Professionally duplicated
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Printed by Dun-Wel, Chicago

Reviews :
Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly)
Adrian Dziewanski (Scrapyard Forecast)

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NTR015
Organ of Species
Random Selection

Organ of Species is the newest musical incarnation of Scott Cloud (Thoughts On Air; Cloud Valley Recordings). For OOS’ debut release, Scott focuses on documenting, or even mirroring, natural processes through his organic and unhurried pieces. The bases for these tracks are woolly, thick organ drones and heavy outdoor ambience that are constantly, subtly regenerating. There is the path, and there are constant divergences from the path. Overgrown textures roll along with occasional mutations, interruptions, and overtakings. Just as suddenly, things cut and shift entirely, forming a series of non-narrative snapshots into a process that is constantly occurring, resolutely alive. With minimal human interference, the music breathes on its own. A few foreboding elements toward the end of each side point to a disturbance, but we can’t read too much into it—this is just the nature of things.

- Professionally duplicated
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery, marbled paper by unknown artist
- Foil stamped by ArEn on digitally printed base by Dun-Wel

Reviews :
Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly)
Zen Effects
Static Encounters

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NTR014
Godseye
No More Cake Here

Godseye (Eden Hemming Rose, Brad Rose, and Nathan Young) has wowed us with their first two releases focused on spoken-word readings. With No More Cake Here, texts from Natalie Diaz, Edward Kuznetsov, Emma Goldman, and Seth Abramson are read over beautifully crafted synth textures. From the opening words of the title track, the intensity present in the slow, even readings and barely concealed chaos is unmistakable. Beneath wells of feedback and roiling synths, occasional bursts of light emerge on “Prison Diaries 20th December.” “A Menace To Liberty” delivers a pointedly defiant text from Goldman, and “Gideon Asleep By The River” is contemplative and yearning, almost like a requiem, but perhaps hopeful. This tape mines beauty in the darkness lurking in all corners. Unique and very compelling.

- Professionally duplicated
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery

- Foil stamped by ArEn

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NTR007
Dense Reduction
Shadows of Shipwrecks in Napkins on Shore

Notice Recordings house band Dense Reduction have explored much new territory recently (mostly yet-to-be released), but they return to their signature sounds on Shadows Of Shipwrecks In Napkins on Shore. The A-side delivers their unique brand of texture and energy, shifting through AM radio, synthesizer squeals, looped bells and Theremin, and no-input mixing. The B-side shows off the extremes of Dense Reduction, building from a quiet, ambiguous synth figure to a wave of noise that simmers, lying in wait until the very last seconds. Recorded almost one year ago, and initially slated for release in 2010, Shadows of Shipwrecks can now be seen as a summation of Dense Reduction’s early-period work.

- Pro-dubbed cassettes
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Foil stamped by ArEn

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