Last Friday

Hello all!

It’s the first Friday of the month, and once again I’m scrambling until the early hours of the morning to upload the new batch of offerings, get all the announcements sent out, and then hopefully get to bed before the sun comes up. Not too likely at this point, but the main work is done.

A big new batch has been posted to the irr, Bandcamp site! Not exactly the batch I had planned: I’d hoped to have ‘Vulgar Probabilities’ ready for this Fee-less Friday grouping, but I felt it needed some additional artwork and that takes time. Also, one of the new projects got a little out of hand and ended up splitting into three different releases.

The instigator of the trio of new albums is ‘Vacuous Truths‘, which was originally going to be more of a field-recording-based project, but mutated into something else (while still retaining a few of the underlying field recordings). As it mutated, it grew a couple of buds which shed off and became their own, individual entities.

The second album, ‘Reticulate Shifting‘, grew out of a series of looping experiments that were created for ‘Vacuous’; while some of them fit into areas of the original record, it became clear to me that some fertile territory was waiting to be explored. The album was ultimately compiled out of 93 different loops, many of which feature the handy & dandy electro-acoustic Ragebox constructed for me by Wm. Rage several years back. I’ve used the Ragebox on several other recordings, but it really comes into it’s own on this project.

It’s a lot of fun to find different ways of working with exclusively loop sources, so I’ll definitely be doing another in this series at some point. Keep an eye out for ‘Reticulate Shifting 2: Electric Boogaloop’.

The other little mutant spawn from ‘Vacuous’ is ‘A Trivial Idea Magnified Across Vast, Imaginary Distances‘, which is a little journey through an unsettled and unclear landscape.

All three albums include new text pieces and graphic panels, both included as bonus items with the download.

Of course, also included in the new batch is the penultimate episode of ‘Vesicular Distributor‘. Only one public installment left! And, if you weren’t aware, an additional installment of two tracks and the final two panels in the story will be available free to anyone who bought the full set of twelve installments.

A special addition to this batch is the long-unreleased collaborative album I made with French pianist Sylvie Walder. Sylvie contacted me in 2011, and, using her piano recordings as the centrepiece, I gradually developed these tracks over the next four years in-between the regular overseas travel for NWW that was happening at the time. The full album was completed in October 2015 and I tried to get a proper (possibly vinyl?) release through a label for years without any luck. So it’s time to get it out there the one way I know I can. I think it’s a great collaboration, and I’ve really enjoyed listening to it again.

In the interest of full transparency, I’ll admit that I haven’t been able to get in touch with Sylvie since 2017. I’d told her I would eventually post the album to Bandcamp if I couldn’t get any other option to work, but I did not expect at that time that I would have no way to communicate her when that came to pass. I went ahead with posting it anyways because there didn’t seem to be any point in leaving it on the shelf any longer. If anyone knows her and can let me know how to reach her, I would greatly appreciate it. I hope she’s ok! It’s a crazy world out there now.

I’m ready to fall over, so I’ll leave it there. Huge thanks to everyone for their support! Please grab some of these if can: it really helps a lot!

–msw

NWW in London

The eie shop will be closed between March 15th and 25th, as I’ll be away in London for another Nurse With Wound performance and will be unable to process orders during that time. Details about the show (and tickets) can be found here. Stop by stage left and say hello if you’re attending! I should have some internet access while I’m gone, but my ability to respond to messages will be sporadic.

A number of new projects are in the works: new albums, old albums, art projects, video projects, and maybe a podcast. Progress is always slow (because I am) but I should have some more details to share shortly after I get back. One detail I can give now: 5 out of 8 tracks are completed for the restored edition of the essentially-unreleased 2nd irr. album ‘Foreign Matter, Nor Frequency Carrier’ from 1998/99, with track 6 getting very close. A preview of track 1 can be heard at the irr. Soundcloud page here.

Also, a visual (and possibly audio) collaboration with Head Nurse Steven Stapleton has been underway for several months, and is now nearing the finish line. I’ve been making steady progress on my part of it, and will be working hard to finish as soon as I shake off the jetlag. The first piece in the series can be seen below.

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Best wishes to all for the approaching Springtime!

–m

Shop closed from March 26th to April 16th

A couple quick notes:

I’ll be heading overseas for a NWW event in a couple days and so the shop will be closed between March 26th and April 16th. I am not likely to have any regular (if any) internet access, so I will probably not be able to respond to any messages — and will definitely not be able to process any orders — until after I get back. I appreciate your patience.

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Also: the new irr. + Six Heads collaborative cassette is now available through the Readymades Tapes site here. My own supply was very small and was essentially claimed before I even received any copies, so for anyone interested it’s best to grab one through Readymades while they’re still around.

 

See you in April!

–msw

Camplicated Manoeuvres

A new item has been added to the shop: ‘Let’s Play!‘ the first release by Cameron Michael Nichols-Rage, the precocious offspring of Blue Sabbath Black Cheer members Wm & Leslie Rage. Last year Wm sent a collection of recordings of 20-month old Cameron having a jolly good bash at a drum kit to a variety of his music-making friends, and the results have now been assembled and presented in sparkling high-fidelity on compact disc. A track with irr. app. (ext.) is in the mix, as well as a track with the irr. alter-project 7CV. cmn-rLET'SPLAYcvr

The other contributors are: The Bent Taxis (Alvarius B of Sun City Girls); Jeffery Taylor & Sean Curley (Climax Golden Twins / New Weather), Magnetic Lucifer (Geoff Walker of Gravitar and Blue Sabbath Black Cheer); G. Stuart Dahlquist (of Asva and Burning Witch); Kawaguchi Masami (of New Rock Syndicate and LSD March); Numinous Eye / Mason Jones (of Subarachnoid Space and solo fame); rmillis (of Climax Golden Twins); The Pink Chunk Jazz Band (John Olson of multitudinous projects); At Jennie Richie & Eriijk Rêssler (both founding participants in the Nine Day Antler Society); and the irrepressible Andrew Liles. More details available here.

–msw

Monstrous Outcomes

irr + umpio OBSERVATION AFFECTS THE OUTCOME cvrirr - NEOGNATHAE PORTENTOSUS cvrTwo of the new releases mentioned in the last update are now in stock and listed in the shop: the limited 3″ CDR ‘Neognathæ Portentosus‘ and the irr + Umpio collaboration ‘Observation Affects The Outcome’. Full details can be seen by clicking the links in the titles or cover images. Combined postage packages for both are included at the bottom of each item’s page, as well as a combined package with the Thomas Carnacki / Vulcanus 68 ‘Split’ LP. The irr + Six Heads collaborative cassette should be available within a couple of weeks.