The Museum Of Lost Vinyl

•30 May 2019 • Leave a Comment

 

Hi all:

 

After years of tremulous anticipation, a new full-length record from Thomas Carnacki has finally dropped! And it’s on vinyl! ‘The Museum Of Lost Species’ is now available for purchase here.

As if that wasn’t bowel-ticklingly fabulous enough, it’s available not only in the standard, utilitarian black but also in a giddy swirl of blues and greens that might have been siphoned straight out of your favourite memory of a summer’s day.

Quantities are limited, but the thrills are not if you grab a copy for yourself in a prompt but orderly manner.

I’ve also added a combined postage button at the bottom for a Carnacki Fancy Pack, which bestows upon the intrepid buyer not only the colour swirl version of the new record, but also the Thomas Carnacki / Vulcanus 68 split LP, the blue vinyl edition of the ‘Where’s My Love…’ 7″, and all three of the TC CDs available in the shop. Relieve all of your deep-seated Carnacki longings in one fell swoop.

 


I still have a few copies of the new ‘Are All Things Equivalent?’ 10”s left, but not many. Best to get yours soon before I decide to put any more of them in my butt. Also, a couple of the large NWW ‘Shipwreck Radio Final Broadcast’ design t-shirts are still available. All the XL shirts are gone.

more news soon…

 

–msw

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Permutable Equivalences

•8 May 2019 • Leave a Comment

Fellow organisms,

It’s taken an unexpectedly long amount of time, but I finally have some new physical releases in stock! I don’t know what’s going on with the postal system, but it’s taking ages for packages to cross the ocean these days. Whatever poor dolphin was being forced to balance those boxes on its head all the way across the Atlantic must be exhausted now.

First is the second collaborative project (four years in the making!) between irr. and world-famous Finnish audio derangificator Umpio, entitled ‘Permutable Schema‘. As the title suggests, this is a double CD housed in an elegant tri-fold glossy cardstock wallet. It’s been released through the Vibora label, which I know nearly nothing about — apparently this is their second release, the first being a CD by Lithuanian performance artist Daina Dieva. They’ve done a very nice job with it, in any event. Varied sources from both audio projects were used throughout, but the irr.-itant decided the final nuances of disc one while the Umplifier determined the shape of disc two.

I only have 25 copies of this to sell, so if you’d like a copy, some alacrity might be in order. You can get it from me here. If you’re in Europe, I’m still happy to sell you one, but you can save some postage by getting it from the Umpio website here.

 

The second item is the indecently titillating (if I do say so myself) clear vinyl 10″ ‘Are All Things Equivalent?’, released by the remarkably enduring Drone Records label. Drone has done a great job putting the package together — two handsome releases at once that I didn’t have to manufacture myself! The world has gone mad!

I’ve got about 40 copies to sell, so, again, best not to wait too long if you want one. Get it from me here. If you’re in Europe and would like to avoid the horrendous postage, you can get your copy from the Drone website here, or if you’re in the UK you can grab one from the nefarious ICR cartel here.

Shop listings for both ‘Schema’ and ‘Equivalent’ have bundle buttons at the bottom (try saying that five times fast) that have pre-calculated combined postage for both items in postal combination.

If you’ve had your fill of physical media, ‘Equivalent’ has also been added to the irr. Bancamp site here.

 

While preparing for the tragic necessity of having to move later in the year, I came across a small stash of Nurse With Wound shirts: a handful of the shirts made for the Queen Elizabeth Hall show way back in 2007 (featuring the ‘Shipwreck Radio Final Broadcast’ image) and two of the ‘flower girl’ shirts (using the ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Station’ cover image, drawn by a young Lily Stapleton). I’m offering them for sale at $15 + postage each. These are black, standard, short-sleeve shirts, and are all new, never-been-worn items. The images above are actual photographs of the actual shirt designs, photographed by an actual photographer who was eating pho while wearing a toga made out of graph paper. They are available in the following sizes and quantites:

Final Shipwreck shirt: 4 x Large, 2 x Extra Large

Flower Girl: 1 x Large, 1 x Extra Large

I’m not making a shop listing for them since the quantities are tiny, so if you’d like one of these get in touch at irrappext@gmail.com and I can verify that your selection is still available. I’m happy to calculate combined postage for the shirts with any of the other items. If you’re one of the people who has already ordered the 10″ and/or 2CD from the Bandcamp listing, I can figure combined postage for you minus what you’ve already paid.

For a very limited time, I’m also offering the 5 NWW discs in the shop (‘Insect & Individual Silenced’, ‘Fleas Of A Thousand Camels’, ‘Ød Lot’, ‘Automating 3’ and the ‘Possible Nursemix’ CDR) in a discount bundle for $25 + postage ($3 for Media Mail in the U.S. or, tragically, $24 for First Class International anywhere else). Again, I’m happy to calculate combined postage with any of the other items: emailgamate me if you’re interested.

Hey! I didn’t have to come up with any desperate fund-raiser ideas to pay my taxes this year! Making barely any money does sometimes have its positive effects: your tax bill gets smaller.

Next up: I’m nearly finished preparing a group of irr. live recordings for listing on Bandcamp, including the recent Imbolc Sleep Concert performance in Portland, and the only overseas irr. event to date at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig back in 2010 (which includes a rousing interpretation of the Nurse With Wound/Diana Rogerson track ‘Wisecrack’). More news on this soon.

until next time,
–msw

 

 

HNY!

•31 December 2018 • Leave a Comment

MDS 2018 Wrap-Up & Bonus; New BC Listings; Abundant Misery, Misfortune & Dread

•29 December 2018 • Leave a Comment

Hello all:

I hope that everyone out there is having an enjoyable & fulfilling end to their year, in the company of supportive friends and relatives.

Firstly, the last of the 2018 Monthly Digital Singles has been posted! You can find the December single here.  I haven’t posted links to the singles since August, so links for the singles from September to November are listed below:

September

October

November

Endless thanks to everyone who has supported this MDS series! It made a tremendous difference in what was otherwise a relentlessly stressful & difficult year. For a more concrete way to thank you, I’ve created a bonus, 13th single for the series, which will be made available for free to anyone who purchased the full set of 12. Throughout January, I’ll be sending out download codes for the bonus single via email; if, by chance, there is anyone who did buy all 12 but hasn’t received a code by mid-January, please get in touch with me at irrappext@gmail.com so I can remedy the oversight. I’ll try to be thorough, but mistakes are sometimes made.

(Bonus 13!)


Secondly, I’ve also listed 5 items from the irr. archives to Bandcamp; 4 which are out-of-print, and one of which has never been released.

 

Neornithes Rex Imperator‘ collects two long-form tracks originally released as separate limited 3″ CDRs (‘Neognath In Machina’ in 2012 & ‘Neognathæ Portentosus’ in 2013) by the much-missed Petit Mal Music label. The first release paid homage to the beauty & variety of birds by taking mechanical & other non-avian sources and altering them to sound bird-like, while conversely taking bird sources and altering them to sound more like machines. The second release continued this tribute by utilising the extensive archive of bird recordings I’ve been accumulating for 25+ years and modifying them (but also sometimes not modifying them) in as many ways as I could come up with at the time. ‘Orny ‘Arry says ‘allo!

This combined & remastered version was going to be released on vinyl, but that plan fell through. With luck, I’ll eventually find another way to make it happen. I decided to make the tracks available digitally in the meantime. This reissue is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend James Kaiser, who manufactured the original 3″s and provided the motivation for the whole idea in the first place. Sadly, he died just after we had discussed the idea of having a third installment in the series.

 

While Unconscious In Compost I Was Temporarily A Motile Vesicular Cluster‘ is another long-form track that was originally released by Nihilist Records as half of a split LP with Panicsville back in 2007. The guiding concept behind it is no doubt completely explained by the title. The track has been fully reconstructed from the original audio sources, each of which has been individually scrubbed, polished & sonically optimised.

“This is probably the most astonishing work ever created in the entire history of recorded sound” — Heinrich Hertz, 1887.

I use it to lull my earthworms to sleep every night” — Jean-Paul Sartre, 1967.

The perfect party record! I never stage an orgy without it! The ideal soundtrack for salad tossing” — Phyllis Diller, 1979.

 

Tellurium-Ergot-Contingency‘ is yet another long-form track originally released by Nihilist Records, this one in 2010 as part of the 3-cassette box set ‘New Directions In Experimental Music’. Again, I’m sure the title makes the concept behind it obvious enough to make any further explanation unnecessary — except perhaps to say it reflects on the nature of mass delusion being assimilated as profound truth, the unnecessary being regarded as indispensable. (Thanks for that, Captain Obvious.)

Extensive remastering was done in 2011 when I had plans to include it as part of a CD collection; in keeping with a long-standing trend, that release never came to pass. Some additional audio polishing has been done, but the heavy lifting was already taken care of with the 2011 revision.

 

Blue Tongues Ignite/To Render The Chalaza‘ is an unreleased track (“a long-form track?” I hear you ask; why, yes, indeed it is!) from 2008 that was intended for release as a 3″ CD on the Ferns Recordings label. Ferns had invited me to contribute to their 3″ series, so I created this track and artwork, sent it to them, and subsequently never heard another word from the label in reply. They didn’t acknowledge receiving the material, but also never asked after the status of my contribution, nor responded to any of my inquiries, so I can only assume they were so unimpressed that they chose to pretend they had never made the invitation. This had already happened often enough (with what would have been the 2nd full-length irr. album ‘Foreign Matter, Nor Frequency Carrier’, and with what would have been the 5th full-length album ‘Not Hidden, But Concealed’, and with what have been the 6th full-length album ‘Radiant Black Future’, to name a few examples) that it wasn’t too unexpected; but it was discouraging enough for me to abandon the material. However, I did adapt & integrate re-recorded versions of some of the techniques developed on ‘Blue Tongues’ into later projects (like the layered prepared guitar percussion, which was re-recorded for ‘Tellurium-Ergot-Contingency’).

Listening to it again a full decade later, I think it’s actually a rather good track — although, as with all tracks I recorded that long ago, it was in serious need of some deep cleaning, EQ and remixing. Since it never was released, I took the liberty of also adding some new sources to give certain sections the oomf that was lacking in the original.

 

Observation Affects The Outcome‘ is the first collaboration between myself and Pentti Dassum’s experimental project Umpio. I’ve been a fan of Pentti’s since discovering his old band Deep Turtle back in the days of the Bad Vugum label, and it was great to have an opportunity to collaborate with him. ‘Observation’ was released on CD in 2013 by the Monochrome Vision label in Russia; my own copies sold out years ago, and following the tragic accidental death of label boss Dmitry Vasilyev earlier this year, the physical version is now definitively out-of-print.

On a happier note, the second Umpio + irr collaboration ‘Permutable Schema’ (a double CD this time) is now in production, and should be available in January. More news on that when news on that has more news.


Lastly, a bit of an update on my personal situation. This part doesn’t contain any release news, so you can skip it without missing any irr-relevant information.

My current living circumstances are in a state of disintegration, which means having a functional studio space, and perhaps even private computer access, will be coming to an end before long. I’ve got a grace period of perhaps a year, although nothing is completely certain at this point. I’m a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s been happening… a year and a few days ago I nearly dropped dead without any warning, and while still in the process of trying to piece myself back together physically & psychologically, I learned that the one thing I thought was stable in my life — my housing situation — was coming to an unexpected end. I’ve spent the past few months exploring what options are available, and the realities are turning out to be pretty grim.

I’ve been fully self-employed as a musician & artist for the past 12 years, and this was only possible due to the inexpensive housing I’ve been lucky enough to have during that time. My self-employed work has required a lot of different skills: audio recording, production, mixing & mastering; graphic & design work in a variety of media and creating printer-ready layouts; business accounting to figure my self-employment taxes every year; creating & maintaining my web shops & social media profiles. Unfortunately, I don’t have any outside credentials for any of these skills, so, as far as the job market is concerned, I could almost have been doing absolutely nothing for the past 12 years. My resume has always been rather feeble, but, at this point in time, none of the places I’ve been employed in the past exist anymore, so I have no references. This is also the case with my unusual living situation: I have no ‘official’ renter’s history or references, which puts my ability to secure a place to live (even if I can manage to find one I can afford) into question.

I’ve registered with several job search services, and next month I’m signed up for a slew of employment assistance seminars: ‘career exploration’, ‘resume writing’, ‘interview technique’, etc; but the early indications are that the only jobs I’m likely to get right now pay at minimum wage or very close to it, which (I’m sure some of you already know well enough) are not actually living wage jobs — that is, aren’t jobs that provide enough money to keep up with the cost of rent & basic living expenses. I’ve also been exploring the possibility of moving to the UK or the EU, but the financial & bureaucratic obstacles are overwhelming… and of course the timing of that could hardly be worse with both poised on the brink of the Brexit abyss.

I find myself as a car-less, mobile phone-less, college degree-less, job & housing reference-less, functionally resume-less, unmarried & child-less nearly-50-year-old trying to figure out how to move forward in an area where I don’t have a social network… I’ve spent all my time shut up in my studio working on my own, so I still barely know anyone here in Oregon. Honestly, the situation scares the piss out of me. I’m running out of ideas. So I’m throwing my net as wide as possible to bring in as many good ideas & strategies as I can before things become dire.

If anyone out there has some useful information they can share in regards to how to find reasonably-paid work & affordable housing, or know of any resources that can help with this kind of thing, please contact me at irrappext@gmail.com.

 

best wishes to all,

–msw

 

 

 

 

 

‘A Transfigured System’ & Some Special Blanks

•23 September 2018 • Leave a Comment

Hello All:

It’s been a tumultuous time here, with lots of different projects being juggled and lots of unexpected developments trying to prevent me from finishing them. I keep inching them forward regardless, and hope to have more news to report on that before long.

A couple things that have been finished:

The new irr. album ‘A Transfigured System‘ has been posted to Bandcamp. The album was actually started in 2015 based on some unused material originally generated for ‘I Made This For Someone Else’, and then occasionally tinkered with between other projects before almost (but not quite) being completed in mid-2017. After that, I got distracted by others things and forgot it was there. I stumbled across it again earlier this month, was happy with the shape it was taking, and decided to finish it up and make it public without any further delay. I’ll sort out a physical-format release later, but there’s already a long queue of physical-format releases and I didn’t want drop this one back in limbo at the end of that slowly-moving list.

Also, the Monthly Digital Single for August was posted to Bandcamp at the end of (wait for it…) August, and is available here. The single for September is just about ready to go and will be posted on schedule at the end of (you guessed it) September.


I’ve recently learned that my housing situation — the main ingredient that has allowed me to pursue my music full-time for the past several years — might be coming to an end very soon. If this happens, it throws a big, sinister question mark over how (but hopefully not if) I can continue pursing my creative work. Sinking back into the time-devouring day job quagmire seems inevitable, but first I’m going to attempt to find part-time work and see if I can keep a music career and a day job going at the same time. There is the added question of who will be willing to hire an approaching-50 experimental musician without a car, a mobile phone or a college degree, and who’s official resume is underwhelming at best. I might need to brush up on my dish-washing skills. On the other hand, the whole situation might turn out for the best: some degree of stable income might allow me to be more productive, and free me to concentrate better on specific projects rather than having to scramble every month to pay the bills and then start over again at zero the following month.

I’ll take a moment here once again to say a big thank you to all of you who have been so supportive over the years! You have allowed me to spend the last 12 years pursuing what I love to do, and that is a rare & beautiful thing that a lot of people never get to experience.

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I’m working to put together a few sale items to raise some funds to prepare for whatever situation might await at the end of the year. The first of these has become possible thanks to the generosity of Mr. Bill Bailey at Equation Records, who kindly send me his three archive copies of the limited single-sided LP + single-sided 7″ irr. release ‘The Other Side Is Blank’, which has been out of print since 2013. To try to make the copies more appealing, I’ve added 2 things:

First, a CDR with all the original audio for the LP & 7” before it was edited to fit on vinyl (a couple of the LP tracks had to be slightly trimmed down), housed in a handmade gatefold sleeve. The sleeve includes an 8-page booklet, and between the gatefold and the booklet reproduces all of the artwork used for the LP sleeve & inserts from the vinyl release. The booklet also includes a surplus collage that was not used. Each copy will be signed, numbered & personalised to the recipient. These handmade gatefold sleeves were designed especially for this, and are something I plan to develop further for future projects to avoid any more drab jewel-case packaging.

Second, one of the collage inserts from each of the LPs has been hand-tinted, using scintillatingly handsome hand tints derived from genuine tinted hands (but applied by foot). Examples are below. The coloured inserts will also be signed and numbered. The full set of original, non-tinted inserts is still included in the package (in the event you are unmoved by my tinting skills).

I’m asking $120 per copy for the ss-LP + ss-7″ + gatefold sleeve CDR + hand-coloured insert set. It’s a hefty amount, to be sure, but I think the full package is worth it — and, also, the whole point is to raise a useful sum of money before the apocalypse arrives. I have 3 copies from Mr. Bailey to sell: #22 of 100, #66 of 100 and a xxx numbered promotional copy. On the off-chance there are 4 interested buyers, I have an extra copy from my own archive that I can sell  (#4 of 100). Only 3 of the hand-coloured inserts have been made, so there will be a delay before shipping if someone buys the fourth copy (I didn’t want to take to time to colour another insert when I’m not yet sure anyone will be interested in any of these sets). The package weighs 32 ounces, so in the U.S. Media Mail shipping is $4 and Priority Mail is $13. For overseas destinations, First Class International shipping is the predictably horrendous $23.50 (with Priority International an absurd $46).

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The other item I’m offering for sale is the original charcoal drawing used for the 2005 ‘Perekluchenie’ album cover. The drawing was made in 2003, and marked a significant development in my drawing style at the time. The piece has been very nicely framed (as pictured above) using high-end, archival materials: acid-free double matting with a textured mat on the top and a fully acid-free, archival backing. I’ll keep the glass in place, and will add multiple layers of padding and protection to insure as much as possible that is stays intact during shipping. If you’d like to buy it but would prefer the glass be removed, just let me know. The back is sealed with black paper which is signed, titled & dated, and this will have to be sliced open if I remove the glass.

I’m asking $800 for this piece… the total is inflated a bit by the expensive framing materials used. I know it’s a long shot that anyone will be able to afford to hand over such a sum for something like this, but I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve held back this piece for a long time due to the personal significance it has for me, and if I let it go I want it to be worthwhile. The package looks like it will weigh around 70 ounces; for U.S. destinations, this is too heavy for First Class and original artwork doesn’t classify for Media Mail, so I’ll have to send it either Retail Ground ($23) or Priority (which ranges up to $47 depending on location; I’ll figure the exact amount from your zip code). Unfortunately, due to size & weight I also have to use Priority International for overseas shipping, and that will be a dreadful $57.

 

Questions about any of these things are welcome, and can be directed at irrappext@gmail.com.

 

thanks for your time, and best wishes to all

-msw

New Monthly Digital Singles & A Few From The Archives

•2 August 2018 • Leave a Comment

Hello All:

 

Firstly, the personalised, hardback-format edition of 4 Orphans has sold out, and all copies have shipped. If you bought one, hopefully you have it already. Sincere thanks again to everyone who supported this project! It involved a very steep (and time-consuming) learning curve in regards to materials & assembly, but I think the results were worthwhile. Particular thanks need to be lavished upon the heroic Colin Potter, who made the overseas bundle shipping possible, thereby allowing me to cut the postage charges nearly or exactly in half, and asked for nothing in return. So, if you bought a copy and you’re overseas, please send him your appreciation — or just buy a load of stuff from the ICR shop (https://icrdistribution.com/).

 

Several things have recently been added to the irr. Bandcamp page. Apologies to those of you who don’t like digital releases: I’ll be getting around to more physical-format releases soon. Bandcamp is starting to become reasonably useful in helping me to keep the bills paid, and it allows me to release or reissue material much more frequently than I could otherwise. This will ultimately help me get more physical releases going, although the physical versions will sometimes lag behind the digital ones.

 


 

The Monthly Digital Single for July was posted on the 31st, and can be obtained here. This month’s entry includes both bread and pudding, so it’s practically a full meal between the two tracks.

 

The single for June has yet to be announced on this page, so here’s the announcement and here’s the single. There’s no shame in crying from the overwhelming excitement of it all.

 


 

A trio of archival releases have also been recently posted to irr. Bandcamp wonderland. All three have been painstakingly sonically optimised, and some have been extended and/or elaborated a bit.

 

The first is the irr. entry (being #3) in Enterruption’s ‘Hermetic Archival Cassette Series‘, originally released as scarce, small-edition c15 in 2008. Both tracks have been given a thorough digital cleaning and remastered from stem to bubble, as the original tracks were definitely a bit wobbly in places. Also, a few sources that had to be left out of the mix at the time due to technical limitations have now been reintegrated so the tracks are bit longer. New graphics have been assembled, but the original cassette cover is included as well.

 

The second is #10 in Twenty Herz’s ‘Drone Works‘ series (the final entry in the series, I believe), released in 2005 and out of print for over 10 years. The 21-minute track (nearly 22, actually) has finally been given a title (‘Anticyclogenesis‘) and has also received not only a deep-down cleaning, but a bit of revision and embellishment to give it the droney-workable oomph it was always supposed to have.

 

The third is ‘Night Wearing Feathers‘, the first collaboration between irr. and At Jennie Richie. This digital version includes both sides of the LP released by Black Horizons in 2013, ‘NWF’ and ‘Sunshine Bus Rider’. These tracks have also been remastered — primarily to repair some of the murky quality & missing high end in sections of ‘NWF’ — but are in overall content identical to the LP versions.

 


 

A few other archival items are being prepared for digital release: the ‘…Motile Vesicular Cluster…’ side of the irr./Panicsville split LP and the ‘Josephine & Elsewhere’ live album are probably next. New physical releases are being formulated. Remember the ’10 Stations’ release which was forthcoming back in November? No? Well, it’s still forthcoming. But it is a bit more forth in it’s comingness than it was before.

 

More soon…

 

–msw

Orphan Update

•7 June 2018 • Leave a Comment

Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who bought an Orphan: it’s been an enormous help during a difficult time! Your support, as always, is sincerely appreciated. Now I have a proper bit of breathing room to continue work on the next project, which I promise will be a doozy.

The first 48 copies (plus a couple later ones that needed to go in the UK bundle) have all shipped. For those of you in the States or who paid for direct overseas postage: if you haven’t received it yet, it should arrive soon. For those of you who had copies going in the UK bundle: Colin Potter has received the bundle and mailed out all of the individual packages today, so you also should be receiving your copy soon. Huge thanks to Colin for helping out in such a significant way!

There are still 25 copies available. If anyone else is interested in purchasing one, please read the previous news posting to get a full explanation about the release, how to get it, and to see some images of what you’ll be getting.

I’ve been working hard to finish the last 35 copies, but there have been a lot of interruptions. I’m still hoping to get all of the remaining copies assembled by the end of next week and mailed out soon after that. There are 9 pending overseas orders towards another UK bundle (again, take a look at the previous news post if you need the details), so I just need another 6 UK or EU orders to make that work. Colin has graciously agreed to play intermediary a second time.

 


 

Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone who has been supporting the Monthly Digital Single series (and any of the other Bandcamp releases): this also has been a considerable help, particularly since ‘4 Orphans’ took about 3 months longer for me to complete than I had planned. The single for May was posted a week ago, and can be found here.

 

more soon(-ish)

–msw