First Future Reveries

Hello all,

A new irr. album has been listed on Bandcamp here. ‘Future Reveries Of The Eoarchaean Biomass, Volume One’ is the first in a series of releases that will focus more on subtle atmospheres & gradual changes: maybe something like a cross between a fictional environmental recording and a soundtrack to an uneasy dream. Volume two is already in preparation.

This series will be digital-only for the time being: it’s getting difficult to get physical releases made, and the prohibitively high overseas postage rates isn’t helping. The new physical-format album I mentioned earlier is still moving forward, however, and preview samples will be posted to my Soundcloud page (and linked here) before long.

Without a doubt, the finest Eoarchaean-themed recording ever made! The entire family never gets tired of hearing it: the kids use it for their puppet shows, and grandma puts it on while making her decoupage sponge holders. Even the dog loves it! I still listen to it every night as I’m going to sleep.” — Fred Astaire

I Made This For Someone Else

Hello All,

A new irr. app. (ext.) album, ‘I Made This For Someone Else, But They Didn’t Want It So I’m Giving It To You‘, has been added to the shop! The quaint title is derived from the fact that a lot of the source material was submitted to different projects & collaborations, but not deemed useful enough by the various recipients. Being an unflaggingly optimistic sort of person, I took the lemons life gave me and turned them into lemon meringue pie: 84% of the world’s population is in perfect agreement that this is the best album made in the last 51 years (after Julie London’s ‘Latin In A Satin Mood’ was released in 1963). Be sure to buy two copies so you can listen to both of them at once and really know you’ve lived.

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This disc is another fully-printed, cottage-made CDR in the same style as ‘Tuberpendicular’ and ‘Orgonosis 4’. You can have a butcher’s at the particulars and bag yourself a copy here.

A digital version will be added to the irr. download resource in a few days.

–msw

New Downloads Available

Hello All,

I’ve added 4 new download albums to the irr. download site: ‘Perekluchnie‘, ‘Resurrection Of The Senses‘, ‘CTIoU&PREITMoGDoVC‘ (all expanded editions) and ‘The Jennies Made Me Do It {1}‘.

The original plan was to release some of these in a physical format, but I’m sure most of you are aware this is becoming more and more difficult to manage. Physical sales have been on a steady decline for years, and the enormous increase in postage rates (particularly international rates, which used to account for the majority of my orders) has dealt an extremely abrupt and serious blow to an already dubious situation. I am aware that downloads are not an entirely satisfying option for most of you: my feelings are the same. They do, however, provide a very tidy ‘Gordian Knot’-style solution to the postage issue. Also, people are more and more frequently asking me whether back catalogue items will be made available as downloads, so it seems things are inevitably shifting in that direction anyways. I am going to continue to try to come up with sustainable strategies to make physical-format releases available. Several of you have been extremely supportive of my work regardless of the format, and to those individuals I give my continued sincere thanks.

Perekluchenie_front coverResurrection Of The Senses_frontPerekluchenie‘ and ‘Resurrection Of The Senses‘ were originally released together in 2004 — ROTS included as a bonus disc with the subscription-only ‘art’ edition of Perekluchenie. Both albums have been thoroughly scrubbed and remastered, and ‘Wretched Density’ from Perekluchenie and all tracks on ROTS have been remixed from the original sources to allow more precise correction of flaws in the original audio.

Augmenting the original tracklist of Perekluchenie is ‘Hypothetical Tardigrade Resurrection, part 1’, united with its fellow Hypothetical Tardigardes for the first time, and the Wretched Density remix ‘Dented Switchery’. Both of these were formerly released on split 7 inch records in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Both have been revised and remastered so that they are closer to what was intended.

For ROTS, a new 13-minute track (‘Lassa Valde’) has been created ROTS extra 6 - vellum insert 2foil tardigrade 01using extracts from the lurching, guitar-based ‘Festina Lente’. Festina Lente itself was the focus of a considerable amount of work: I was determined this time to create the best possible mix, as I always felt the original version (the best I could do at the time) was significantly lacking in certain respects.

Both albums include all original graphics and texts. To Perekluchenie has been added the artwork I submitted to both split 7″ records, plus 7 of the hand-drawn ink-on-foil tardigrades that came with the original Perekluchenie art edition; to ROTS has been added 10 of the hand-drawn inserts I created for surplus copies I had for sale.

For those of you who own the original releases and aren’t interested in having to purchase the remastered versions in their entirety, the bonus tracks are all available as individual downloads.

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The next download addition is the more recent ‘Concerning The Incidence Of Unexpected & Prodigious Radial Expansion In The Matter Of Generative Diversity Of Varied Character‘, released in 2013 in a 30-copy cassette edition by ReadyMades Tapes. The original tracks have been given a little extra scrubbing, and two related tracks have been added to the download version: ‘A Predictable Vector Of Development Overwhelmed By Abrupt Heterogeneous Radiation’, which was a submission to the Nine Day Antler Society at the same time the cassette material was created, and a radically altered version of ‘Incident II’ from side A of the cassette.

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The final item in this batch is ‘The Jennies Made Me Do It {1}‘, the first collection of tracks from split releases and other projects instigated by my friends in At Jennie Richie. This set collects the irr. side from 3 split cassette projects released in early 2013: ‘The Monsters Are Due On Alder Court’ (featuring the unique guitar stylings of my very own sister) from ‘For You And Telly Savalas’; ‘Foregone And Ungotten’ from ‘Unknown Invertebrate Drama’; and ‘Studio Backflow’ from ‘Backflow Background’.

The next back catalogue items planned for the download shop are ‘Cosmic Superimposition’, ‘Dust Pincher Appliances’, and a combined release of  ‘Drone Works 10’, ‘While Unconscious In Compost, I Was Momentarily A Motile Vesicular Cluster’ and an unreleased track created around the same time as those two. They should be available within the next couple months. The slow work of finishing the reconstruction of the second irr. album ‘Foreign Matter, Nor Frequency Carrier’ is almost done, and I’m still looking into ways of releasing it in a physical format.

The download shop can be found at irrappext.bandcamp.com.

best wishes to all,

–msw

In Dreams I Walk With You

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The dream-inspired project ‘The Other Side Is Blank‘ has finally arrived blinking and yawning into the full light of the waking world. The estimable Equation Records has done a bang-up job serving as midwife for this lopsided creature, and huge thanks are directed their way. The package consists of  a 1-sided LP and a 1-sided 7″ (titled ‘Skirr’); a screen-printed, fold-over LP cover with blue & black drawings taken directly from the record in the dream; 4 inserts with plenty of artwork & information; and a fold-over 7″ cover with a signed teeth-print on the inside. Several collage pieces done in the classic Organum style are scattered throughout. The edition is limited to 100 copies.

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I’ll soon have some copies listed in the shop, but the bulk of the edition is available from the label’s website here. Equation is selling them as a pre-order, as they will not be able to ship them until the end of the April. My copies are on hand but I’ll only have 12 or so to sell; between the two of us we should hopefully be able to provide a copy for anyone who wants one. I’ll post an announcement when the listing is ready.

“In a mostly deserted indoor shopping mall (the kind that used to be everywhere in California) I’m looking for a shop where David Jackman is supposed to be doing a … lecture? Or maybe a performance? When I find the room, it looks like a classroom at a community college. Mr. Jackman is already there. Apparently the few photos I’ve seen of him are all wrong: he’s actually an elderly Amish fellow, with a stereotypically Amish-looking white beard (sans moustache) and looking the very picture of style in an Irish tweed suit and cloth cap. Whatever else was supposed to be happening is instantly forgotten when I spot a large fold-out table against the wall piled high with new Organum LPs. All the albums have white sleeves with hand-drawn covers and hand-written text, and somehow I know that all of the LPs inside are one-sided. Everything is very reasonably priced and I waste no time grabbing as many of the gorgeous little darlings as I can carry. The cover of the one on the top of my pile has a stylised bear’s head drawn in blue and black ink on the front, and a similarly rendered fox (with overlarge ears and an oddly-proportioned body) on the back. The title, or perhaps just an explanation, is handwritten on the front: ‘The Other Side Is Blank’.”

Grale CD now available in the shop

I’ve had it on hand for a couple months now, but I finally have an active listing for a new release on Thomas Carnacki’s Alethiometer Records. ‘Eternity‘ is the debut album from the Bay Area experimental ensemble Grale, comprised of veteran performers Bruce Anderson, Gregory Hagan, Dale Sophiea and Nicolas Sophiea. Find it here:

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Again: apologies to non-U.S. customers for the absurdly steep jump in international postage rates!

I’ll also add a reminder here that the Nine Day Antler Society is still active and churning out the hits. On or around the 15th and 30th of every month, irr. app. (ext.), At Jennie Richie and Eriijk Rêssler post new offerings to the NDAS page, which remain available for one month. Don’t miss out or you’ll… uh… miss out.

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