Monday, 7 November 2016

winebox29 – Taming Power 'Selections for the Winebox Press' 2 x C50 – SOLD OUT!

Askild Haugland has been making 'improvised freeform psychedelic music' under the project name Taming Power since the mid-1980s. Between 1997 and 2009 his recordings were documented through an extraordinary series of more than 20 releases – mostly 10" vinyl, though also on a handful of LPs, 7"s and cassettes – on his own Early Morning Records. These recordings are typically focused on a single sound source – electric guitar, tape recorder feedback, radio noise, Casio keyboard – sometimes alone, sometimes multi-tracked, sometimes accompanied by percussion and other objects, sometimes manipulated using tape delay – and presented in paste-on sleeves featuring Mr Haugland's own photographs and/or paintings, with handwritten trackless and labels, titled using the date of recording alone. Taken as a whole, this catalogue forms a remarkable, visionary body of work – and still more remarkable is the fact that most, if not all, of the first pressings – some in editions as small as 100 copies – are still available.

This collection gathers together some material from out-of-print cassette releases and, most intriguingly, unreleased recordings from as recently as 2013. At the suggestion of the artist, the tapes are grouped and presented according to instrumental sound source – one side of electric guitar pieces; one side of electric guitar and tape recorders; one side of analogue feedback; and one side of varied instrumentation (piano, percussion, backwards tape...). Mr Haugland has a way with multi-tracked electric guitar that I find particularly pleasing – often using a repeating circular core melodic phrase that he bounces counterpoints off and around; the results sound like time-lapse footage of a pile-up, or an introduction to astrophysics. And, while it's hard to say exactly what it is that unites, for instance, the combination of deep surging hum and hiss at the beginning of side C with the naked piano track that starts the flipside, there is a common pure-colour soundmood here – a certain yearning melancholy dissonance, or exploratory lonesome moan – that belies the diverse instrumentation and 16-year recording span.

The release comes packaged in a double tape case constructed from a double-size broken down pallet, with a single-colour screenprinted photographic cover, a typewritten title page and two inserts. Edition of 93 copies. £15 plus postage (£3.50 UK / £4.50 Europe / £6 World)

Friday, 25 March 2016

Early Music Label

New non-wooden releases available soon from (or by emailing the address to the right).

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

winebox28 – Jon Collin 'Interval Music' C42 – SOLD OUT!

Small wooden edition of a regulation-issue tape out now on Manchester-based labels Very Bon and Comfortable On a Tightrope. A set of e-bowed acoustic guitar recordings, composed, recorded and arranged in the dark. Each copy is individually etched with a tracklisting that also acts a simplified score for the thing as a whole. Edition of 34; £10 plus postage.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

winebox27 – Various Artists (Ross Parfitt / Kelly Jayne Jones / Stephen Chase / Irma Vep) 'Dream Recall' 2 x C46 – SOLD OUT!

Four versions of a piece that originally appeared as the second side of catalogue number winebox26 (or rather the middle part (the juice) of the second side of that tape). The four interpretations – from a written instructional score included here in redacted form – are pleasingly disparate, with some plucking, some blowing and some striking amongst them. No more spoilers, other than to say that each interpretation is to these ears an extremely fine distillation of four fine individual artist's recorded practices.

Double cassette set housed in a rectangular box-with-sliding-door (source material old half-destroyed wardrobe), also includes a full colour cover, the forementioned score and a stamped wooden divider. Edition of 63; £13 plus postage (£3.50 UK / £4.50 Europe / £6 World).

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