The Old Becomes New, And Then Immediately Becomes Old Again.

Hello people:

The October Frogtown is now online! Sorry: no special pumpkin spice version this month, just the usual crunchy frog flavour.


A couple other new things have been posted this month in addition to the new Frogtown monthly digital single:



Freshly rescued from oblivion is the irr. app. (ext.) / R K Faulhaber collaboration ‘Corriente Trifásico‘. This project was created between 2007 and 2008 with the intention that it would be released as a set of three 7″ records: a format that seemed appropriate given the paired nature of the tracks. To start with, Mr. Faulhaber and I both created new tracks around 5 minutes long; we then exchanged the tracks and reworked the other’s material into two new tracks, and then exchanged the reworkings and reworked them again into two more tracks. Manufacturing vinyl has always been a bit beyond my resources and I couldn’t get a label interested in releasing the set, so the project has been languishing in my digital dungeon ever since. 13 years later, it is finally breathing the sweet air of freedom in a wider and wilder world.

Hey! Take a gander at R K Faulhaber’s very own Bandcamp page: rkfaulhaber.bandcamp.com. Tell him Boris sent you.



Also new this month is a digital version of the very limited single-sided LP + single-sided 7″ release from 2011, ‘The Other Side Is Blank‘. This record was inspired by a vivid dream and is dedicated to David Jackman. Some other out-of-print archival releases are still in the process of being prepared for digital downloadableness, but this one was basically ready to go already so it got bumped to the front of the line.

happy fall to all,

–msw

New Monthly Digital Singles & A Few From The Archives

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

Displaced Materials

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here: partly from my being too busy, but also just another one of my periodic lapses from contact with the outside world. The previous few months have mostly been occupied with completing a new Nurse With Wound album with Steve Stapleton, which we’ve constructed out of extracts from the archive of live recordings I’ve been amassing for the past 10 years. It’s not a selection of live ‘highlights’ or anything like that, but an entirely new record built by combining some of the most interesting moments into unique new tracks. As I’m the one in the group that records everything — shows, soundchecks, rehearsals, off-stage events — it naturally fell to me to sort through and find elements that could work together. The project took longer than expected since it kept expanding as we went along: it was first planned as a single vinyl release, then an extended CD version was proposed, then an entire second disc was added, and then Steve decided he wanted to do a collaborative art edition — and we are now just wrapping up that final aspect of it.

SylvieOn a related note, an expanded, double-disc reissue of the classic NWW album ‘Sylvie & Babs‘ was recently released by United Dirter, and I was fortunate to be able to contribute a variety of things to it: clean-up and mastering of all the different S&B-related cassette compilations tracks, a brand new track of my own in the S&B collage style, and a new graphic that’s been used for the cover of the inner booklet. It’s astonishing to think back to how much I loved that album when I first bought it over twenty years ago, and to now find myself involved in a version of it. If you’re on the east side of the Atlantic, you can get a copy at the new NWW shop: www.nursewithwound.co.uk. I only have five copies on hand to sell myself: not enough to warrant creating a listing in the shop, but if you’re in the States and would like to get one and save some pricey overseas postage, drop me a note at irrappext (at) gmail.com and I’ll let you know if I still have any left (and I’ll put up a short post to announce when they’re gone). I’ll be selling my copies for $20 each + postage (probably about $4 Media Mail).

Materieux Deplaces cvrBut the principal reason for this new post is to announce the release of the new irr. album Matériaux Déplacés. This is a expanded, double-disc version of the small-edition cassette released by the now-defunct ReadyMades Tapes label back in April. A full description of the album can be found on the item page, but, briefly, the original two 15-minute tracks from the cassette are now combined with several more tracks from the NDAS archives which were constructed using a similar approach, and linked with a series of short excerpts of varied location recordings and upright piano manipulation (similar sources having been an important part of those two original tracks). This release is limited to only 120 copies, as I suspect it will have a more limited appeal. You can grab a copy here.

A lot of other things are in the works: a second collaboration with Pentti Dassum’s Umpio project (which has only been held up by me trying to finish all the stuff listed above); a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel for the very slow-progressing collaboration with French pianist Sylvie Walder (all the tracks are now finished, and only the packaging needs to be sorted out); a bit more progress made in restoring the unreleased second irr. album from 1998 ‘Foreign Matter, Nor Frequency Carrier’; and a similarly long-in-preparation and exhaustively comprehensive online irr. discography (to balance out the jumble of faulty information available elsewhere). Some printed graphic collections with accompanying audio are in the planning stages, with the hopes that these might act as a remedy to the ever-plummeting record sales.

One final note: Nurse With Wound peformances in Bratislava (November 26th) and London (December 5th) are in the process of being sorted out, and I should be present for both of them. Travel arrangements have not yet been finalised, however, so nothing can be said with absolute certainty quite yet.

–msw