A new cassette available from my own label Histamine Tapes which debuted in January! I’ve been so busy promoting the label, and the other releases I never stopped to update this blog. (Maybe this redundant?)
As my daughter entered toddlerhood, I found my self only being able to record in fragments. A bit of improv on the bass, five minutes of processing on another track, late nights cutting and pasting samples, etc. It was only logical I do an exploration of shorter pieces. 27 meandering tracks of improve and sound collage, and a 29 minute drone for the side B.
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Today’s a really good day to not celebrate Christmas because there’s so much noise to fill your head with. First is the return of Petroglyph Music’s Annual Christmas Comp.
Then there’s the r/noisecomps holiday noise offering
And my favorite label Cavern Brew has a stocking stuffer for us
I began this year with a goal. My New Years resolution (even though I kind of hat resolutions) was to release as much music as possible. I rigorously sought out compilations to submit to, saying yes to all (and regretting it sometimes). I released two full length albums; every sound is a drone and my first netlabel day release The Ambiguous Notion of Responsibility, and contributed 40 tracks to compilations, (nearly 50 if you count ones that won’t be released the year). To add to that I started my own cassette label, began works on another with a couple of friends, built a house, and began playing in a band. It was a fun, if demanding, challenge for myself this year.
In the year to come I plan on slowing things down a bunch with Subversive Intentions. I clearly felt this year that I needed to play catch up for the first two years of fatherhood where I did nothing but play Dad. This next year, I hope to spend more time listening to other peoples music. I will also be putting a lot of energy into Histamine Tapes. But I also I want to try harder to get shows, the one thing that was surely missing from 2017.
Here’s a nice recap of the my work this past year. I created a playlist of all of my compilation tracks over 2017. It includes everything I sent out minus a couple of tracks that haven’t been released yet, and those that were part of collaborations.
This is one of those compilations where tracks are continuously added to. So I think because of that I forgot to post on it, but at this point the submission deadline has passed so its safe to say it is complete(?) A delightful comp themed on electricity. Grab a copy from Fraction Studios
I got a couple of new compilations for you all, both of which are collaborative. One is the r/noisecomps annual Simultaneous Aural Detriments. Each submission is a 15 minute track with 12 minutes of silence. The tracks are then mixed into one 15 minute track. This results are always interesting. Check out the 5th installment here:
The next one is a collection of field recordings gathered by [An] Eel. Each person submitted a field recording. Tracks were then paired together, and edited by [An] Eel. Another great compilation from him. Check out Elemental Landscapes, Vol. 1:
A compilation inspired by the landscape of dreams. Some evoke a dream like state, some recount actual dream. Its a good idea for an electronic music compilation, and I’m honestly surprised I haven’t come by more of these. Its also, maybe, my favorite album cover. Its great check it out:
Here’s irony for you. I forgot to post about the Alzheimer fund raiser compilation. Its a tribute to Leyland Kirby’s Caretaker project. I’d got into all the details, but FACT Magazine already did a pretty good job:
Purchase a download of it to raise some funds for the Alzheimer’s Association:
Also stay tuned for a 4 cassette box set release.
Two compilations got released back to back.
One is a collection of tracks that are all 10s long. An idea in its 5th volume, this one is available for free from Skitnaste
The second, a tribute to director George A Romero. All proceeds from this release will be donated to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Charity.
A common enough theme, explored beautifully with 34 tracks of experimental music. I’ve always been fond of labels marking a mile stone with a special release. I’m grateful to have discovered Xernex, and been able to participate in their 50th release.
Just starting a label myself it seems like such a feet to reach number 50. How many years will it take Histamine Tapes to get there? What will the label look like then.
Hopefully I will be able to reproduce such an epic as Xernex has:
The drone subreddit had gathered together some tracks as a benefit fit Doctors Without Borders! This is pay what you want, but it’s such a good cause why not pay a lot! Your getting a lot of music with pretty sweet album art!