Posts Tagged ‘field recordings’

A bit behind the times lately, thus it feels so good to be on the rails again and announce enthusiastically the first 2022 couple of new VERY engrossing Unfathomless titles prone to plunge us straight into a nowadays much needed wonderment

pls check details + audio-samples by clicking on the images here below

U72 Leo Okagawa | minato CD/Digital

U72_Leo Okagawa_minato_front First comes a second opus in the series from the quite prolific Tokyoite sound artist Leo Okagawa. Back also to his main love for field recordings transmuted via collage, layering, and dusting with a thin lamination of noises and electrical tones, here he weaves an harbour canvas which goes beyond the sum of its parts…

minatobewitches us straight on with its opening siren call and gentle lapping waves, and its false sense of lull slyly evolving in a bass roar of ghost motors and shrieking frictions of metallic containers singing their ode to consumption, only to coalesce in a ballet of resonating subsignals and deep rumble…

minato” reads like an ECG of various port activities where “breathings” of all sorts expose their own frail language ; this a voyage on unstable bridges underlining the erratic chant of elements and clusters of objects…

a scalpel like port-rait of a huge commonplace infrastructure fed on famous naval past and cargos of memories, the whole sublimated at an elegiac level
A way of looking differently at, where delicate layout contributes to forge a complete perhaps somehow redemptive story


pre-order your copy via Paypal at usual price for the regular edition of 170 copies
: chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 13 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 14 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 15 € (inc.shipping costs)

Bundle Offer (2CDs) at a discounted price till February 21 only !  >>> U72 + U60 something veiled

(Belgium) : 23 € (inc.shipping costs – SAVE 3€)
(Europe) : 24 € (inc.shipping costs – SAVE 4€)
(World) : 25 € (inc.shipping costs – SAVE 5€)

Special ultra ltd edition of 30 copies only packaged in black mass-tinted cardboard  digisleeve with frame.
It holds a set of 2 double-sided art cards with a different artwork from the regular edition on 350gr satin paper + a set of 3 square photos on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper Supreme, one of which displaying part of some exclusive artworks Leo created for this release.
Inner sleeve features a strip of paper (none the same) mentioning edition number, artist’s name + title (more details to follow soon)…

pre-order your copy via Paypal for the SPECIAL ULTRA LTD edition : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 16 € (inc.shipping costs)
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(World) : 18 € (inc.shipping costs)

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U73  Stéphane Marin | tres fronteras CD/Digital

Second title on display, and second opus as well in the series, comes from sound hunter, practitioner and composer, Stéphane Marin who is deeply involved in setting up atypical spaces to present recontextualized sound experiences. He has besides created a company to this end named “Espaces Sonores” in 2008…On its menu are : listening walks, yoga for the ears, sound naps, etc…or as many possibilities to approach sound under a different perspective. Stéphane Marin is also an apologist of field recordings based compositions which serve as a true trigger to something that transcends the ordinary…

Forget all what you have learned and your clichés about the Amazon rainforest and its vast, complex, adjacent territories, as Stéphane has compounded here a condensed form of hallucinogenic journey, not in a numbing but awakening way…

tres fonterasequals crossing a threshold, and opening your ears to receive a feedback of vivid visions and amazementwith the morning rise, nocturnal slumber dissolves, at the “base camp”, roosters crow, chickens chuckle, insects chatter, trees and vegetation rustle and emit cracks…seemingly in the distance, afterwards dangerously close, howler monkeys start their impressive vocalisations gradually fading into their environment…from there on, “tres fronterasturns into all swirls for the senses, using sounds as stimuli to take us on a poetic path of no returnthis is the REAL world, and everything else becomes pointless

tres fronteras” is a stone thrown at our unconcerned “waters”, a pinch, a slap, an upside- down manoeuvremost of all, a sound system to activate us, veer us away from the fake

Quiet !“, lay down, absorb, feel, and come up if only a notch

 

pre-order your copy via Paypal at usual price for the regular edition of 170 copies : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 13 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 14 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 15 € (inc.shipping costs)

Duo BUNDLE OFFER (2CDs) at a discounted price till February 21 only ! >>> U73 + U39 Invisible(s) Archipelago(s) #1 Serendib rhythms

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Special ultra ltd edition of 30 copies only packaged in black mass–tinted cardboard digisleeve with frame. It holds a set of 2 double-sided art cards with a different artwork from the regular edition on 350gr satin paper + a set of 3 photos on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper Supreme.
Inner sleeve bears an ink trace of a plane tree seed (none the same) and features a strip of paper mentioning edition number, artist’s name + title (none the same as well). More details to follow…

pre-order your copy via Paypal for the SPECIAL ULTRA LTD edition : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 16 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 17 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 18 € (inc.shipping costs)

 

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for the always raring  Sound Projector Nausika aka Jennifer Hor insinuates herself along Juan José Calarco‘s trail reporting a revelatory trip past the appearances

 

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As fast as lightning, Frans de Waard comes up with a highly positive review in Vital Weekly for “poleas”. He interprets it as the depiction of a bleak world left to the machines…the transposition of loneliness in a sound composition made with panache

 

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Richard Allen pens a well weighed, “to the point” review for A Closer Listen. He sees “étang donné” as a yearning for a shelter in a so unstable world, but more than that also as an outlet to keep our wonder capacity intact by reevaluating the close…beyond the simple reflection of a pond, this is a deep personal painting inviting to projection

 

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A bit longer in coming, but fully dashing, here shows up the 2nd 2021 couple of new Unfathomless-ies titles

pls check details + audio-samples by clicking on the images here below

U70 philippe neau | étang donné CD/Digital

Coming across philippe neau‘s global aesthetic universe and his penchant for creating new fictional spaces from various visual/sound sources and materials gradually encouraged me to consider a contribution of him to the Unfathomless series…philippe neau is a plastic artist and teacher as well as a painter. He has several exhibitions, installations under his belt, and quite an array of soundworks on various labels such as Attenuation Circuit, Plus Timbre, Sonospace, to name but a few…

étang donné” has been shaped as clay on a potter’s lathe in a ritualistic sort of way, a kind of exorcism of a familiar place wandered so many times…a pool caught in a loop

étang donné” is the result of circular walks, many superimposing sketches and solid notes transmuting in a genuine aural painting…Equipped with some light recording device (mainly his phone !), philippe neau lets the surrounding nature sink in.

étang donnémakes us fade away into the tiny details of the environment, in touch with it, breathing the stones, soil, puddles and grass in, leading us on paths of remembrance…complicit murmurs, twigs in the breeze, rustles declinations, the pool becomes a transfixing mirror of our own reiterations and frailtiesa soft, yet confounding ambulation


pre-order your copy via Paypal at usual price for the regular edition of 170 copies
: chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 13 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 14 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 15 € (inc.shipping costs)

Special ultra ltd edition of 30 copies only packaged in black mass-tinted cardboard  digisleeve with frame.
It holds a set of 2 double-sided art cards with a different artwork from the regular edition on 350gr satin paper.
+ a unique hand-numbered and signed painting from the artist himself + a folded copy of an annotated graphic sketch as a kind of memory note of the process behind the work itself.
Inner sleeve features a strip of paper mentioning edition number, artist’s name + title (none the same as well). More details to follow…

pre-order your copy via Paypal for the SPECIAL ULTRA LTD edition : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 16 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 17 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 18 € (inc.shipping costs)

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U71  juan josé calarco | poleas CD/Digital

Along the years, I’ve never ceased to be impressed by juan josé calarco‘s meticulous, vivid, absorbing soundscapes, and after so long, and 2 previous albums in the Unfathomless series, I’m singularly pleased to welcome him back for another long anticipated album.

I won’t be exhaustive regarding his career – suffice to say, he has been a cornerstone of the local Argentinian experimental music “scene” as co-curator of the so inspiring field recordings oriented Impulsive Habitat label, and the figurehead of Papaki Records, as well as having many releases (both solo and collaborations), all of which stamped with his distinctive auditory qualities…These unique qualities rely on an uncommon sentient aptitude for magnifying the invisible, the elusive, the hidden

poleas” focuses mainly on a specific railway section, and its close environment, encapsulating motion itself, capturing the surrounding air charged with untamed electricity, obscure signals and interferences

poleas” unfolds mostly horizontally, feeding itself on the audio dregs of all surfaces, nooks, passages along the way, with trains & carriages striking through space in frictional tones along rattling fences in semi industrial/housing zones…A brooding chant of volatile energies, buzzes and nascent rhythms, against a backdrop of ghostly communications, indecipherable vibes and electromagnetic pulses

poleas” is a key to unlock our often numbed senses, reach unexpected levels of perception and unveil subworlds

 

pre-order your copy via Paypal at usual price for the regular edition of 170 copies : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 13 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 14 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 15 € (inc.shipping costs)

Duo BUNDLE OFFER (2CDs) at a discounted price till September 15 only ! >>> U71 + 1 additional title (U03 Nicholas Szczepanik & juan josé calarco “lack affix”or U06 “aguatierra”)

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Trio BUNDLE OFFER (3CDs) at a discounted price till September 15 only ! >>> U71 + 2 additional titles (U03 Nicholas Szczepanik & juan josé calarco “lack affix”& U06 “aguatierra”)

(Belgium) : 33 € (inc.postage – SAVE 6€)
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Special ultra ltd edition of 30 copies only packaged in black mass–tinted cardboard digisleeve with frame. It holds a set of 2 double-sided art cards with a different artwork from the regular edition on 350gr satin paper + a set of 3 photos on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper Supreme, one of which bearing a number and coming in 30 slight variations.
Inner sleeve features a strip of paper mentioning edition number, artist’s name + title (none the same as well). More details to follow…

pre-order your copy via Paypal for the SPECIAL ULTRA LTD edition : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 16 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 17 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 18 € (inc.shipping costs)

 

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Second review addressing philip sulidae‘s “Vandemonian Verplaatsing” from the always dedicated Richard Allen for A Closer Listen. There in he points out that without real context this clever assemblage of sounds seems to map a new world of possibilities, being kind of self-fertilising as well as perhaps an apt metaphor for that feeling of constant surrounding instability  …

 

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First report in regarding new philip sulidae‘s opus for the Unfathomless series comes from Frans de Waard (as often) with a watchful plunge into “Vandemonian Verplaatsing” where he concludes to something that exceeds the sum of its parts, and beyond the traditional field recordings approach

 

 

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Nausika/Jennifer Hor graces The Sound Projector with a lengthy report of her dive within “Les pierres sèches“, insisting on the constant dialogue between exterior and interior sounds imbued with traces of the past, and difficult to pin down manifestations

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Frans de Waard drops a few polaroïd words around “Les pierres sèches”, sensing the scope and picturing the scenery of this work seeing it as some intense, lively transposition of a disused factory and its spectral traces

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As promised and on the due date, quite enthusiastic to let you know that the 1st 2021 couple of brand new Unfathomless titles is available for purchase now…as I write this only 8 copies left for the special edition of the Masayuki Imanishi one – good to know perhaps if you still want to grab it…
Also, rather unexpectedly,  I’ve still an handful of copies left (6 exactly) of the previous U67 simon whetham “dry” special edition – it goes with a bonus download exclusive track of about 16 mins !

as for the newies, pls check details + audio-samples by clicking on the images here below
streaming in full on Bandcamp also

U68 Clinton Watkins | Raaswater CD/Digital

Almost 17 years back, and under the moniker of Whitebass, Clinton Watkins carved a remarkable aural “vessel” of impressive, subsonic scope, aptly named “depth of field” for my previous Mystery Sea label…such a long time after, it’s an utter privilege to work with him again…
Clinton has a serious CV, and is the holder of a doctoral degree in Fine Arts. He’s a lecturer at both the Elam School of Fine Arts and the University of Technology in Auckland, and produces audiovisual immersive experiences for galleries and exhibitions…more recently, he has been working as a composer and sound designer for the artist collective FIELD RECORDINGS…most of all, he has been associated with the New Zealand experimental music scene for over 20 years with quite a bunch of published releases on the likes of Circle, 20 City, Claudia, Mystery Sea, CMR, Absurd among others…he also performed all over the world…

Raaswater” is a distillation of many hours of recordings made while participating to the Sonic Mmabolela 2018 residency directed by Francisco Lopez...And regarding immersion, it is indeed a particular rapture, as it succeeds in bringing out the very pulse of Life itself through a non linear rhythm acting as an almost invisible spine to the whole composition framed in 11 parts…

in “Raaswater” the liquid element is a ghost presence, rivers arms are dried up, the environment is arid, though far from dead…wind activates fences, metal clinks, hyenas yelp, white sun bleached bones crush under the soles, insects chatter, an ubiquitous daytime chant, and a nocturnal spellbinding effluence

This is an alignment with the echoing vastnessa venous earth-beatevaporation turned into imprint, a map of signs to help grasp at full extentan intoxicating inescapable lament


order your copy via Paypal at usual price for the regular edition of 170 copies
: chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 13 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 14 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 15 € (inc.shipping costs)

Special ultra ltd edition of 30 copies only packaged in thick kraft recycled cardboard  digisleeve with frame.
It holds a set of 2 double-sided art cards with a different artwork from the regular edition on 350gr satin paper.
+ a set of 3 square photos on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper Supreme.
Inner sleeve features a strip of paper mentioning edition number, artist’s name + title (none the same as well). More details to follow…

order your copy via Paypal for the SPECIAL ULTRA LTD edition : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 16 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 17 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 18 € (inc.shipping costs)

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U69  Masayuki Imanishi | insects are CD/Digital

It’s been quite a while that I’m taken with Masayuki Imanishi‘s engrossing works. His “Levee” piece on one of the Each Morning of the World compilation curated by Stéphane Marin became the trigger to invite him…More field recordings oriented, this altered revisitation of personal familiar places uncoiled as some enigmatic movie…

Masayuki Imanishi‘s artistic path traces back to more than 10 years with notable releases on Creative Sources, ini.itu, Moving Furniture Records, Hemisphäreの空虚 and more…
His usual array of “tools” consist of paper, radio, tapes, objects, and field recordings…imbued with the japanese concepts of wabi-sabi and mono no aware, his approach is based on emphasizing the small transient subtle sounds of his close surroundings, reintroducing them in sentient reconstructions…For the Unfathomless series, he captured perfectly the spirit of summer permeating his preferred places for wandering, but not only…

On “insects are“, the focus is on the intangible, the elusive, initiating a deep communion with things…
There are rustles on each surface, and there is motion everywhere…circular figures of sound create a pervasive magnetic ambience…we enter a blooming garden of soft gestures, murmursa natural flow above which modulated fragments of playing tape quiver in unison with this universea keen plunge in the underlying

insects areunfurls a wordless tale, oozing the extra-ordinary, capturing all the flickering vibes to put us on a unique path of rediscoverya skilful reprocessing of the Real, and definitely a way within

 

order your copy via Paypal at usual price for the regular edition of 170 copies : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 13 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 14 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 15 € (inc.shipping costs)

Special ultra ltd edition of 30 copies only packaged in black mass–tinted cardboard digisleeve with frame
It holds a set of 2 double-sided art cards with a different artwork from the regular edition on 350gr satin paper.
+ a set of 3 photos on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper Supreme.
Inner sleeve features a strip of paper mentioning edition number, artist’s name + title (none the same as well). More details to follow…

order your copy via Paypal for the SPECIAL ULTRA LTD edition : chalkdc@unfathomless.net

(Belgium) : 16 € (inc.shipping costs)
(Europe) : 17 € (inc.shipping costs)
(World) : 18 € (inc.shipping costs)

 

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