NTR032
Haptic
Excess of Vision: Unreleased Recordings, 2005-2014

Since the mid-aughts, Chicago trio Haptic (Adam Sonderberg, Joseph Clayton Mills, and Steven Hess—this time around featuring Salvatore Dellaria and The Necks’ Tony Buck) has delivered riveting, meticulously controlled live sets, as well as a handful of releases mainly on the Entr’acte label, all of which reflect the group’s unique attitudes toward collaboration and structure. This release features material sourced from a variety of past recordings; they are without form and yet architectural, and just as uniquely engaging as the group’s previous work.

From the perspective of Notice, Haptic’s mixture of the organic and the industrial has been profoundly influential, and could even be said to define a quintessential Chicago ethos channeled through dark ambience: roiling waves of density, structure, work, beauty, and oppression constantly overtaking each other. However, the final silence will always be present—and is expected—just like the spare, steady late-night call of a single circling black bird.

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

Streaming audio can be heard here.

Reviews:
Brian Olewnick / Just Outside
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly

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NTR031
Ben Owen
Birds and Water, 4

The third entry in Ben Owen‘s Birds and Water series of recordings. As with Birds and Water, 1 (NTR018), these two sidelong electronic drones reflect Owen’s typically rigorous compositional choices. They display remarkably disparate, rich textures and are extremely immersive, especially when played loud and/or on headphones. Owen once again displays an ability to invite multiple levels of reaction to deceptively complex timbres, ranging from meditative to oppressive.

“The third release of recordings made on residency with The Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY during May 2010. The Birds and Water series is my main body of work created at ETC. The work and title is influenced from the birds that hovered as dusk approaches over the Susquehanna River, which borders the residency building, seen from the third floor windows.

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 sync-able sequencer and a bank of oscillators, all designed and constructed by David Jones. Numerous patches and variations of each were recorded in extended durations. Both recordings are presented with edits only to their original duration.

Continued thanks to Hank Rudolph, Sherry and Ralph Hocking, Justin Lincoln, Giuseppe Ielasi, Denis Shapovalov, Evan Lindorff-Ellery and Travis Bird.”
- Ben Owen,
November 2014

- Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Chrome plus tape stock
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress, New Orleans, LA

Streaming audio can be heard here.

Reviews:
Brian Olewnick / Just Outside
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly

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NTR030
Chik White
Jaw Works  & Behind a Dead Tree on the Shore

Two sets of music by Chik White, an alias of Darcy Spidle, whose Nova Scotia-based Divorce Records has been slinging LPs of sonic bemusement since 1999. Jaw Works is made up of solo jaw harp performances, wringing mesmerizing detail from variations in rhythm and tempo, while achieving a wide variety of barely believable, almost synthesized-sounding timbres. Behind A Dead Tree On The Shore also features the jaw harp, albeit in concert with the North Atlantic Ocean, which inspired the more minimal, rhythmic pieces performed on the shore. Organic and personal, this is folk music created by a single person in his environment, using the most basic of musical tools.

- Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Chrome tape stock
– Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
– Pro-printed in Portland, OR

Streaming audio can be heard here.

Reviews:
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly

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NTR029
Jack Harris & Samuel Rodgers
Primary / Unit 11

Samuel Rodgers (co-curator of Consumer Waste) pairs up with sound artist Jack Harris on two explorations of minimal performance and sound creation. Working in a semi-urban ambience—open windows, barking dogs, distant sirens—the duo suggest both a specific location and a generic one. Their previous work has explored tensions between analogue and digital processes; here, sounds remain mainly non-instrumental in source: amplified object manipulation, cable hum, and different types of feedback intrude upon room tone at various intervals, like heavy clusters of dry floating leaves settling on transparent pillows. These pieces blur definitions of action and performance, and call into contemplation the intention of sound-making and what defines its “success,” while repeatedly upending expectations about pace and content.

- Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Chrome plus tape stock
- Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
- Pro-printed in Portland, OR

Streaming audio can be heard here.

Reviews:
Brian Olewnick / Just Outside
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly

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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

More sound samples can be heard here.

Reviews:
Brian Olewnick (Just Outside)
Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly)

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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.

Reviews:
Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly)

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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

Streaming audio can be heard here.

Reviews :
Vital Weekly
Brian Olewnick
Petri Blog

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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.

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- 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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