A beautiful new video from Moskitoo was made available today for her song “Fragments of Journey” from her latest album Mitosis.
2013年9月8日発売のMoskitoo「Mitosis」（12k1077 / AMIP-0039）より
“Fragments Of Journey” のミュージック・ビデオです。
Video by 林勇気
Music by Moskitoo
Gareth Dickson has a string of shows upcoming throughout Europe…
The dates are as follows:
21/02/14 Pisticci @ Circus
22/02/14 Foggia @ Tolleranza Zero
23/02/14 Avellino @ Godot
27/02/14 Rovereto (Tn) @ Loco’s
28/02/14 Bologna @ Cherry Cat
05.03.14 Paris - Oliver Peel House Concert
06.03.14 Reims - Supporting Emily Jane White
07.03.14 Nancy - Venue to be announced
08.03.14 - Brussels - Atelier 210
09.03.14 - Dordrecht, Supporting Benoit Pioulard
11.03.14 Kille - Quelque Part Records
(photo by Fabio Lugaro / https://twitter.com/fabiolug)
“Quite easily our favourite 12k release for some time” - Boomkat
The beautiful new CD from Janek Schaefer, Lay-by Lullaby, is available today from these retailers, and more….
Buy it now from:
Pre-orders started today for the forthcoming CD from Janek Schaefer, Lay-by Lullaby. It will be released next Tuesday but is shipping now from the 12k shop.
Various 12k artists share their 2013 listening lists.
CAMERON WEBB (SEAWORTHY)
Best album of year: Bonnie Prince Billy “S/T”
Best reissue of the year: Harold Budd “Perhaps”
Best live show: Neutral Milk Hotel, Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Best nature reserve visited: Pound Ridge Nature Preserve, NY
Best vinyl reissue of 1990s indie rock: You Am I “Hi Fi Way”
Best sandwich: Italian sausage from White House Subs, Atlantic City, NJ
Best swamp recordings record: Chris Watson “In St Cuthbert’s Time”
Best ambient album on vinyl: Rafael Anton Irisarri “The Unintentional Sea” LP
Best Tumblr account discovered: Up The Wolves
Best deluxe reissue of classic 1980s album: REM “Green”
Best 12k release: Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree “Disappearance”
Best instagram feed: Taylor Deupree/Marcus Fischer
Best Australian but sounds like they’re from New Zealand band: The Stevens
Best secondary character in Peppa Pig: Mr Bull
Best design/artwork: Preservation/Mark Gowing Design
Most stupidly impossible to buy LP because it sold out too quickly: Raum “Event Of Your Leaving”
John Fahey - The Transcendental Waterfall - 6 LP box set (4 Men With Beards)
James Blackshaw & Lubomyr Melnyk - The Watchers (Important)
Marisa Anderson - Mercury (Mississippi)
Nick Jonah Davis - Of Time And Tides (Tompkins Square)
Bert Jansch - Live in 1979 (No Label)
Slint - Spiderland (Touch & Go)
Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Kaboon Karavan - Short Walk With Olaf (Miasmah)
Duane Pitre - Feel Free: Live at Cafe Oto (Important)
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree - Disappearance (12k)
Chantal Acda - Let Your Hands Be My Guide
Gareth Dickson - Collected Recordings
Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
Nils Frahm - Spaces
Daisuke Miyatani Ensemble - Utsuroi
Jake Bugg (from Shangri La) - Me and You
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree - Disappearance
Sam Amidon - Bright Sunny South
Tim Hecker - Virgins
concert by Amiina with 7th grade Gamelan musicians at the Cork Opera House - Gamiina
The American Analog Set - The Golden Band
Wixel - Revox Tapes
Opa - Early Recordings
Forss - Ecclesia
Veljo Tormis- Lauliku Lapsepoli
oO0Ooo - Without your love
John Hassel - Fascinoma
Deepchord - 20 Electrostatic Soundscapes
Alio Die - Deconsecrated and Pure
ASC - Time Heads All (Silent Season)
Forest Swords - Engravings
Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures 1-3
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontakte
LISTEN TO A MIX OF STEPHAN’S LIST ON SOUNDCLOUD
Horacio Vaggione - La maquina de cantar (Cramps 1978)
Franco Battiato - Battiato (Dischi Ricordi 1977)
Steve Shelley - Sky Yen (Groovy Records 1980)
Harold Budd - Perhaps (Root Strata 2013)
Maurizio Bianchi - Mectpyo Bakterium (DYS 1982)
Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2 (Phillips 1972)
Juan Hidalgo - Rrose Selavy (Cramps 1977)
Hiroshi Yoshimura - Music for Nine Postcards (Sound Process 1982 )
Bill Nelson - The Summer of God’s Piano (Cocteau Records 1984)
Raul Lovisoni + Francesco Messina - Prati bagnati del Monte Analogo (Die Schachtel 2013)
Jon Hassel - Vernal Equinox (Lovely Music 1977)
Orchestra Manoeuvers In The Dark - English Electric
Harold Budd - Jane 1-11
Tony Dekker - Prayer Of The Woods
Arvo Part - Alina
David Sylvian and Stephan Mathieu - wandermüde
Brian Eno - Music For Airports
Neil Halstead - Fuel/Friends Chapel Session
Marcus Fischer - On Shore
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Illuha + Taylor Deupree - Live Concert at YCAM, Yamaguchi (JP)
Today starts the Pulse Art Fair in Miami. 12k has put together an outdoor installation for escaping the fray. Featuring music from Marcus Fischer, Moskitoo, Stephen Vitiello + Molly Berg and Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree.
Sound installation curated by Taylor Deupree
featuring music from:
Marcus Fischer (US)
Stephen Vitiello and Molly Berg (US)
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree (Japan/US)
Lull is an outdoor listening field consisting of 4 hammocks and 4 sets of headphones featuring the sounds of New York’s 12k label. It’s set up as a sonic escape from the bustling surroundings. Contrary to some ambient music destined for the background, the work presented in Lull is most rewarding when the listener is full immersed. The sounds range from the most fragile and sparse piano to the weathered and worn warmth of found instruments and reel-to-reel tape recordings. The atmosphere is deep and engaging, curious and surprising. Lull is quiet music for an over-saturated world. With over one hundred releases since its inception by Taylor Deupree in 1997, New York-based music label 12k has decisively defined and developed the concept of minimalism in the realms of electronic music for more nearly two decades. Fusing elements from ambient and electro-acoustic composition with carefully arranged digital textures and associative micro-noises, the label’s aesthetics revolve around a precisely-outlined, yet deeply emotional concoction of the technological and the organic.
This coming Saturday, December 7th, Stephen Vitiello + Molly Berg will be performing live in Richmond, VA.
321 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Saturday, December 7
The new releases from Stephen Vitiello + Molly Berg and Gareth Dickson are available for pre-order today. Head to the 12k shop to place your order.
Gareth Dickson will be playing 4 dates in Japan in the coming weeks.
[egil olsen & Gareth Dickson Japan 2013】
11/18（月）名古屋 spazio rita
Minamo, Marcus Fischer, and Loscil will be performing live in Seattle and Portland on October 10th and 11th, respectively. Read on for details….
Chapel Performance Space, 8pm
Alberta Abbey, 8pm
Boston’s Berklee College of Music welcomes 12k’s Minamo on October 3rd for a performance and talk.
Admission is free and details can be found here.
The new releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree (Disappearance) and Moskitoo (Mitosis) have had a wonderful launch and a slew of fantastic reviews.
Read about them, read the reviews, and order the new releases here:
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree Disappearance
The annual 12k summer sale is on! During the month of August nearly the entire 12k shop is 40% off. Fill those holes in your collection, check out something new, support your favorite artist. Just use the coupon code SOUNDSOFSUMMER when you check out and the 40% discount will be applied to your order (pre-shipping) automatically.
The sale extends store-wide on CDs, vinyl, and downloads, but excludes other labels’ releases (sorry, we don’t have the rights to discount those!) and the most recent 12k releases.
The sale lasts from August 1st to August 31st.
A newsletter was sent out today with news about the forthcoming album by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree as well as updates about the latest 12k releases. Have a look.
Nicola Catalano @ Radio 3 Italy has put together a program dedicated to a chronological history of 12k. It’s available as a podcast here:
And here is the track list:
battiti - june 2nd 2013
HUMAN MESH DANCE: Floating Point [Excerpt]
from “Chronologi 12k: Year 1 - Year 4” - Instinct Records INS572
TAYLOR DEUPREE: #6
from “Occur” - 12k 12K1013
from “Rausch” - 12k 12K1010
SHUTTLE 358: Lyndon Tree
from “Frame” - 12k 12K1011
GHISLAIN POIRIER: Un pont entre deux rivières
from “Il n’y a pas de sudŠ” - 12k 12K1016
MOTION: Rose Coloured
from “Dust” - 12k 12K1016
CHRISTOPHER WILLITS: Lichen
from “Folding, and the Tea” - 12k 12K1021
SAWAKO: Incense of Voice
from “Hum” - 12k 12K1035
from “Sart” - 12k 12K1042
GIUSEPPE IELASI: 04
from “August” - 12k 12K1044
AUTISTICI: 9v Tree Battery
from “Volume Objects” - 12k 12K1045
AMPLIFIER MACHINE: Up With the Curtain, Down With Yr Pants
from “Her Mouth Is an Outlaw” - 12k 12K1049
TOMASZ BEDNARCZYK: The Sketch
from “Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow” - 12K 12K1055
MURRALIN LANE: When I Told You
from “Our House Is On the Wall” - 12K 12K1061
GARETH DICKSON: Noon
from “Quite a Way Away” - 12k 12K1070
TAYLOR DEUPREE: Dreams of Stairs (excerpt)
from “Faint” - 12k 12K1073
Over a week ago we started an Instagram contest to create photographs inspired by the sound and title of Seaworthy + Taylor Deupree’s forthcoming album “Wood, Winter, Hollow.” Participants were asked to take photographs that they felt captured the mood and atmosphere of this work and three winners were to be chosen to receive a free copy of the CD.
146 amazing photographs were entered depitcting forests, nature, seasons, spaces, sometimes even people or structures, all with their unique take on the “Wood, Winter, Hollow” theme.
Sometimes it was the unexpected that caught our attention or photos that were so full of atmosphere they were hard to ignore. In the end, to narrow down three final winners, was extremely difficult. The level of thought and talent that went into the photographs was impressive, to say the least.
However, three it had to be, and our final choices are below. Below the announcement of finalists, please find a list of Instagram users who participated. Please take your time to follow them and enjoy their photography. You can also search for the hashtag #woodwinterhollow to see a complete archive of the entries or follow this link: http://statigr.am/tag/woodwinterhollow/
We welcome people to continue using the hashtag so we can expand on this beautiful collection of images and we want to thank every participant for their time, talents and amazing work.
- Cameron and Taylor
and the winners are….
It was hard for us to ignore the amazing choice of colors and the pale leaves that reminded us of winter leaves that still clung to their trees when we were recording the album. What sets this picture apart, though, is the quiet flood that holds all of the trees and really completes its otherwordly feel.
losingtoday has an amazing instagram feed of beautiful, etherreal photographs. This picture caught us with the color palette, angle, composition and all around chilly and intimate atmosphere that we felt captured the spirit of the project.
This was one of the early entries in the contest and grabbed us right away. The two red hydrants in the picture form a gateway into an impossibly thick bramble that conjours both mystery and fear. the clearing in which the photographer stood is the last bit of safety, the hollow, before this venture into the unknown.
The following photo was one of our winning choices but, mysteriously, the user’s photo and instagram account have been deleted in the past 24 hours so we have no way to find them or link to their photo.
(If we can get a hold of him, we will consider him a 4th winner.)
This was an immediate favorite for the stark and weathered mood and the ghostly layered exposures. just an amazing image all around that not only captures the feel of this project but also the overall aesthetic of 12k.
complete list of participants (in alphabetical order)
Win a copy of Seaworthy + Taylor Deupree’s Wood, Winter, Hollow in an Instagram photo contest.
With the forthcoming release of Wood, Winter, Hollow, the first collaborative album between Seaworthy and Taylor Deupree, it is time to think about the link between words, sounds and images. What imagery does the title “Wood, Winter, Hollow”, either singularly or together, suggest to you? Take a photo inspired by the music or the album title and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #woodwinterhollow. The top three photos selected by the artists will be featured on the 12k website, and the photographers will receive their choice of a CD or download of the album.
For inspiration, please listen to a preview and read about the album on 12k’s SoundCloud page here
- The contest runs May 21st through May 28th.
- Photos must be submitted via Instagram
- Entries must be hastagged:#woodwinterhollow
- Please tag @taylor12k and @woodenpalace
- limit your entries to a max of 3
- Three winners will be contacted via instagram.
- Winners will receive their choice of a CD or download of “Wood, Winter, Hollow”
Originally released in 2003, this album featuring Fonica, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Sébastien Roux and Christopher Willits is finally available as a download from the 12k shop.
In July 2003 12k released E•A•D•G•B•E a CD that brought together artists who used the guitar as their main sound source in the then burgeoning “microsound” music scene. For 12k it was a bold move. As a label previously known for pure, synthetic tones, shying away anything that sounded like an “instrument” in its early years, a new sound had firmly taken root and unknowingly planted the seeds for what 12k listeners today take for granted: the subtle organic tones of acoustic instrumentation and human sound that now so naturally defines 12k.
We are very pleased, finally, to be able to bring this long out-of-print music back and make it available again as a (legal) download. Listening to it now, 10 years on, the music still sounds fresh, adventurous and beautiful and remains a vital turning point in the sonic history of 12k.
marcus fischer focuses closely on the fine details of things- his sonic and visual work reveal an unfolding process of meticulous patience and refinement. where this sort of perfection-seeking normally alludes to sparse output, marcus is remarkably prolific in his varied creative practices. we’re not sure he sleeps because we can’t figure out when he gets it all done. beautiful music, glorious treehouses, family adventures, stunning photography- so inspiring.
Our friends over at Monome.org posted a brief, but inspiring, interview with Marcus Fischer today. Take a couple minutes to read…
The new releases are scheduled for mid june and include a collaborative album from Seaworthy and Taylor Deupree called Wood, Winter, Hollow and a live CD from Illuha, Interstices.
Stay tuned to these pages for artwork, previews, and info!
After many years of using only PayPal as a payment method in the 12k shop, we’re very happy to announce that you can now check out and pay with any major credit card. This is completely separate from PayPal, not processed or handled by them at all. Of course, we still have PayPal as an option as always.
When you check out you will be given the option to “Pay with Credit Card” or “Pay with PayPal.” Choose your option, and the checkout experience will be quick and seamless… one of the slickest and easiest checkout experiences we’ve seen online.
Try it out at the 12k Shop.
The two new releases from Marsen Jules and Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree were released on March 5th to some wonderful praise from the press.
Fluid Radio (UK) on Marsen Jules The Endless Change Of Colour:
“The lulling phantasmic-like quality of Jules sets him apart here, though, creating sub-themes of elongated tones, one’s cloying at their anchors, searching for a resolution, and getting the sea alive to this very aquatic / prismatic meshing.”
and Experimedia (US) has this to say about Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree Origin:
“After 20 years of creating sounds together and weaving their disparate approaches into one, Savvas Ysatis and Taylor Deupree have at last arrived at the fleeting, quiet grandeur of “Origin.”
The new releases from Marsen Jules and Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree are available for pre-order today. Physical orders will ship today and downloads will be delivered on the release date of March 5th at 00:00 GMT.
A really great quote from 12k artist Steve Peters about the role of art. Please take a moment to read it…
(thanks for Marcus Fischer for bringing this to our attention)
Please read our latest newsletter regarding the US Postal Service’s significant increases to international shipping rates.
One area where we won’t see as significant changes are in the new 12k releases packed in the new, thinner gatefold jackets. The weight of these come in at a lower tier on the new pricing and will only see a $2 increase in shipping cost. We will continue to see where we can work around the pricing and fine tune our prices and shipping categories to help lessen the impact of the shipping price increases.
12k is happy to welcome seasoned German ambient musician Marsen Jules to the roster. The Endless Change Of Colour (12k1074) will be released in late february.
For this special day for 12k we’re offering a one-time sale on most 12k releases.
Just enter the coupon code: 121212 at checkout and receive 36% off your order. The most recent releases are excluded from the sale.
Today is the release date of the live collaboration CD by Corey Fuller + Tomoyoshi Date (Illuha), Simon Scott, Marcus Fischer, and Taylor Deupree.
Recorded live at Kinse Ryokan in Tokyo on October 8th, 2012, you can purchase the CD or download here.
Today is the official release date for Taylor Deupree’s new album Faint. Pre-orders have already been shipped and today the download version has become available. Vital Weekly calls it “Like Rothko paintings erased with acid.”
Have a listen and purchase it here:
This complete concert (01:08:00) of Gareth Dickson was recorded live on October 17th in Istanbul at Expeditions In Sound and Music 2. Gareth’s talent carries the whole concert emphasized by his beautiful guitar style and songwriting.
4.25 Once Upon
8.30 This Is The Kiss
20.20 The Big Lie
26.50 Song, Woman and Wine
30.50 Amber Sky
44.30 The Dance
55.00 Two Trains
1.01.50 Fifth (the impossibility of death.)
1.06.05 From The Morning (Nick Drake)
Gareth Dickson is doing 10 shows in Europe over the next few weeks. He’ll be in Spain (with David Wenngren from Murralin Lane), France, and Holland. Read below for the cities and dates.
GARETH DICKSON, EUROPEAN AUTUMN TOUR
SPAIN & PORTUGAL - (With Library Tapes)
28th Oct - Santiago de Compostela (ES) - Placeres Ocultos, Kunsthalle
29th Oct - Bragança (PT) - MUSEU DO ABADE DE BAÇAL
31st Oct - Zaragoza (ES) - Bombo y Platillo
1st Nov - Caspe (ES) - venue to be confirmed
FRANCE - (with local support)
3rd Nov - Nantes, Soy Festival
4th Nov- Paris, house concert, write to salon (at) goodmornincaptn.com to attend.
6th Nov - Caen - http://ecuyes.blogspot.se/
7th Nov - Reims - venue to be announced shortly
10th Nov - Wanquetin - Le Plane Ari house concert, write to indiesociable (at) free.fr to attend
9th Nov - Dordrecht - SBK Artcenter
A new video by Kane Ikin for “Rhea” from Sublunar has been released.
Kane’s use of lo-fi and found imagery perfectly reflects the sounds of Sublunar.
watch the video on 12K’S VIMEO CHANNEL
12k artists are hitting Japan from October 6-13. Consisting of a van trip to Kyoto and Matsumoto and ending with a 2-day festival and a collaborative performance night in Tokyo. Read on for the schedule and list of artists.
Artists involved are:
Marcus Fischer, Simon Scott, Taylor Deupree, Illuha, Ichiko Aoba, Sawako, Moskitoo, Minamo, and Christopher Willits.
長野 松本 「群青」
Taylor Deupree＋Marcus Fischer
adv. 2500yen door 3000yen 学生2000円
open19:00 start19:30 close 22:00
hair salon 群青 (松本市中央 3-5-10) (0263-34-1006)
[nami to kami］ 予約
Taylor Deupree, Simon ScottMarcus Fischer. Illuha
adv.3000yen door 3500yen （限定60名）
open19:00 start19:30 close 22:00
六本木 Super Deluxe
Simon Scott, Christopher Willits, Moskitoo, Illuha
adv. 3000yen door 3500yen
六本木 Super Deluxe
Taylor Deupree, Marcus Fischer, Minamo, Sawako
adv. 3000yen door 3500yen
Simon Scott＋Marcus Fischer＋伊達伯欣
Christopher Willits＋Corey Fuller
adv. 3500yen door 4000yen（限定150名）
open12:00 start12:30 close 17:00
Read the article and take your time to explore the stories and explorations by its writers into the things in life that matter the most.
Our friends at TIny Mix Tapes are premiering the video for Kane Ikin’s “Europa” from his forthcoming album Sublunar. You can read their review of the album and watch the video here.
“Following his Contrail EP on 12k, Kane Ikin (of duo Solo Andata) is set to release his debut full-length this month, Sublunar. On this album, Ikin seems to be taking a particular interest in the awareness of being tied down to mythology (“Titan,” “Oberon,” “Hyperion”) while desiring to go beyond it (“Slow Waves,” “Ebbing,”). If his track “Prometheus’ Trail” is explicitly intended to signify this feeling of striving (Prometheus being a Greek mythological figure who represented a quest for knowledge), then perhaps opening track “Europa” (the sixth closest moon to Jupiter) represents the destination. But Ikin’s emphasis on “Europa” is not on the deterritorialization and subsequent reterritorialization of its music, but on the processes through which these acts are materialized. In other words, the music on “Europa” doesn’t sound like what one might imagine the music on Europa to be: by taking choral music and deconstructed club beats into darker, bleaker, desolate realms and situating them in the context of failed transmissions and interrupted communication, Ikin is instead foregrounding static, obfuscated rhythms, warped textures, the process of reification itself. It sounds at once futile and noble, and it’s all paralleled beautifully in the video for “Europa”:
The new releases from Kane Ikin and Stephan Mathieu are available for pre-order today. Release date is September 18th.
You can pre-order Stephan Mathieu’s Coda (For WK) here
Kane Ikin’s Sublunar here
CDs will be shipped prior to release date and digital downloads will become available on the morning of the release date.
Illuha is touring the west coast of the US, starting today, for 5 shows. Read below for the tour schedule and if you’re in their area, do not miss it!
Subliminal Festival at Liminal Space
with Lawrence English, Gregg Kowalsky and Paul Clipson.
with Marcus Fischer + Paul Dickow and EN.
First Presbyterian Church
with Mathieu Ruhlmann + Kristen Roos, EN.
Vivo Media Arts Centre with Mathieu Ruhlmann + Kristen Roos, EN, Segue.
Gareth Dickson’s new video for “Happy Easters” (from Quite A Way Away) is intimate, fragile, and touching.
Joining our friends Stephen Vitiello and Marcus Fischer (episodes 1 & 2, respectively) Taylor Deupree gives a 2-hour interview to the guys @ Quiet Design.
You can listen to and subscribe to the free podcasts here:
Our friends over at Quiet Design have started a series of informal conversations with artists that are being released as podcasts. The first two are with artists familiar to 12k listeners: Stephen Vitiello and Marcus Fischer.
You can listen to and subscribe to the podcast series here. There will be many more interesting conversations to come which give a really relaxed insight into the lives and creative processes of these artists.
From now until the end of July, nearly the entire 12k shop is on sale from 35% - 40% (ok, sometimes 50%) off. This includes CDs, vinyl, downloads (in your choice of formats, including lossless), t-shirts, 12k’s catalog (pre-2012) and even many of our other label partners. We have created a section in the shop dedicated to the sale so you can quickly browse through the 4 pages of featured items. Discounted prices are listed and are pre-shipping. It’s time to catch up on some releases you’ve missed, explore 12k’s past , or maybe pick up a release from another label that features a 12k artist.
The Boats are touring Japan this month. Read on for dates and details.
Organized and hosted by Flau, the tour spans 8 dates/cities starting on June 16th.
チケット予約：event at flau.jp
flau night in tokyo : day 1
open 16:00 / start 17:00
adv.: 2,500yen /door: 3,000yen
tape loop orchestra, hofli, tsumugine,
aus + danny norbury
flau night in kyoto
open / start 18:00
adv. 2000 / door 2500yen
the boats (w.danny norbury),
aus + takcom, madegg, gtsvl
open 19:30 / start 20:00
adv./door: 2,500/ 3,000yen
The Boats w. Danny Norbury
more info: moderado music
open 18:00 / start 18:30
adv./door: 2,000/ 2,500yen
The Boats w. Danny Norbury, aus, Speaker Gain Teardrop,
the musicgirl, 藤翠 bandset, テレキテレコ, stablilo
open/start 18:00 / 19:00
adv./door： 3,000yen / 3,500yen
the boats, aus + danny norbury
Waves & Resonance vol.3
open 18:00 / start 18:30
adv/door: 2,300/ 2,500yen (inc.1drink)
the boats, aus + danny norbury, asuna, omoidemaigo
チケット予約・問い合わせ: Pastel Records
adv/door: 2,800/ 3,300yen
open 17:30 / start 18:00
the boats, noah, polarM
flau night in tokyo: day2
open 16:00 / start 16:30
adv ￥3,000 / door ￥3,500 (ドリンク代別途) act: The Boats (w. Danny Norbury),
Bun / Fumitake Tamura, Cuushe,
Gutevolk + aus + itoken
dj: osamu matsumoto (linus records)
As we type this, Gareth Dickson is on stage in Abderdeen in an evening of live performance with fellow 12k labelmate Simon Scott. Stay tuned here for more photos from the evening and the shows they are playing together over the next few days.
photos of Gareth by Simon
photos of Simon by Gareth
Simon Scott live in Glasgow
Gareth grabbing a meal
Simon on the street
This is all Gareth needs to amaze us
Gareth Dickson live in Glasgow
We’ve unboxed a few 12k tshirts from the 2008 design by Ralph Steinbruchel and have put them in the 12k shop. only a couple of each size left… but we do have girl-cut, babydoll and strap shirts, too!
Simon Scott’s Below Sea Level project has gone on pre-order today in the 12k shop. All editions, from the deluxe featuring the journal, a hand-inked sketch, a live recording and the CD or download as well as the regular CD or digital editions.
Official release date is May 29th.
3 new releases from LINE are now available in the 12k shop.
RICHARD CHARTIER + ROBERT CURGENVEN “BUILT THROUGH”
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER “KIPPSCHWIINGUNGEN”
PINKCOURTESYPHONE “FOLEY FOLLY FOLIO”
they can be purchased on CD here: http://shop.12k.com/categories/other-labels-line
We’re very happy to announce that Gareth Dickson has a number of shows throughout Northern and Western Europe this month. Here’s the schedule so far:
GARETH DICKSON - MAY 2012 EU TOUR
10th - Malmö - Debaser (Utomhusscenen) (with Library Tapes and James Brewster)
11th - Jönköping - Fokus - (with Library Tapes)
13th - Göteborg - St Andrews Church -(With Library Tapes and Woodchucker)
14th - Stockholm - Southside - (with David Wenngren)
15th - Eskilstuna - Eskilstuna Theater (with James Brewster, NO Library Tapes.)
18th - Berlin - Valentin Stuberl - with Ned Collette
20th - Liberec - Culture Centrum
22nd - Strasbourg - http://www.facebook.com/events/288207794587496/
23rd - Vevey - write to session603 (at) gmail.com for information on how to attend
25th - Rennes - Venue TBA
26th - Wanquetin - write to indiesociable (at) free.fr for information on how to attend
27th - Paris - 7eme Ciel Concerts http://7ciel.net/concerts/
28th - Caen - Porte sans Cle Concerts, venue TBA
30th - Aberdeen - The Tunnels - With Simon Scott
31st - Glasgow - Nice and Sleazy - with Simon Scott
Thanks to a recent distributor return, a few more CDs of titles that have been out of stock in the 12k shop are available again.
VARIOUS ARTISTS “TASOGARE: LIVE IN TOKYO”
MOLLY BERG + STEPHEN VITIELLO “THE GORILLIA VARIATIONS”
PILLOWDIVER “SLEEPING PILLS”
We are very happy to announce, after many months of work, false starts, botched technology and patient beta-testers, that we have launched the new 12k online shop. We’ll run down the new features below. Additionally, we’re offering the entire 12k download catalog for 50% off as well as offering free shipping on all 12k CDs for the remainder of the month of April.
• GETTING THERE: The new shop can be found at shop.12k.com
and also from within the 12k.com website. One of our favorite new features is that every release on our website now links to an individual shop page where you can select your format and check out. This allows us (and you) to pass around direct shop URLs for specific releases. It’s a simple feature that goes a long way to making the shop more user friendly. You will also notice a significant increase in site speed due to new hosting servers.
• DOWNLOADS: This is where it gets a bit more exciting. In addition to the physical releases we’ve always sold we now offer 12k releases as downloads. There are two particular items of note here: 1. Many different formats are offered, from MP3, to AAC, FLAC, and more. 2. When you purchase a physical 12k release you will receive a free instant download of that item so you can listen to it while you wait for the cd or vinyl to arrive in the mail. Please note, however, that at this time we only offer downloadable content for 12k releases, we’re not set up to handle the digital distribution of other labels.
When you’re ready to purchase an item you simply select what format you want from the dropdown menu and add it to your cart. Physical releases automatically include a digital counterpart and you will choose what file type you want to download after you check out.
• CATEGORIES + SEARCHES: You will now find a drop-down menu for the various categories and product-types in the 12k shop. The above picture shows how it works. Also, because our catalog of products and additional label releases is growing rather large you can simply search for an item you’re looking for in the search field.
• PRICES: We now work on a system that offers actual shipping prices on items. You will notice the initial price for CDs and vinyl is a bit lower than you’re used to, but please note that shipping charges will get added when you check out. You will see a savings though when multiple items are ordered because a more accurate by-weight shipping total is calculated. in a nutshell: savings for our customers.
• COMING SOON: The cart and delivery system we’re using to run the 12k shop is going to be rolling out coupon code functionality in the near future. This is a very important feature for us and we’ll be putting it to good use to offer our loyal listeners special discounts. Additionally, as new features roll out with the system we’ll be implementing the interesting ones and improving functionality.
We’re quite confident the new shop will provide you a better user experience all around. If you run into any problems or have questions while you’re using it please don’t hesitate to contact us at
Giuseppe Ielasi doesn’t feel the need to bring the attention of mainstream audiences to his work, he doesn’t even like to title his work a lot of the time. Perhaps it is a desire to leave the music unseen, to embody the philosophy of his long-term fascination with musique concrète. Or perhaps he simply wants to let the music speak for itself.
afterpop.tv just published an interview with Gareth Dickson as well as a mix of some his favorite music that he put together.
We apologize for the backorder of Gareth Dickson’s Quite A Way Away. We sold out of the first round of CDs that were manufactured and are making more. There is now a 2 week delay for any orders of the CD. Order now and it will be shipped as soon as we get them in. Apologies for the delay.
Head over to Headphone Commute to hear a microsound mix from Floyd Kelley
Today’s Headphone Commute podcast comes from Floyd Kelley III, a selector of eclectic sounds and a curator of sonic journeys, including the last two mini-compilations on Dynamophone (003 and 004). This mix is almost exclusively composed of tracks from Taylor Deupree‘s 12k label and Richard Chartier‘s LINE imprint, both at the forefront of experimental, minimal and microsound evolution. Here are some words from Floyd:
Microsound music isn’t for everyone. It takes a disciplined ear and a lot of patience. Many pass it off as non-musical. Some consider it too high brow. It took me years to really learn to appreciate it. Microsound artists can be included in the same rankings as 20th-century composers such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulaz, Pierre Henry, and Pierre Schaeffer. The terms: field recording, minimalism, tape music, musique concrète, electroacoustic, and avant-garde immediately come to mind.
Our friends over at Fluid Radio are holding a giveaway for the upcoming Steve Peters + Steve Roden and Gareth Dickson CDs.
Listen to a track from Gareth’s Quite A Way Away and read about the contest HERE.
Please read this important note about US Postage rate increases.
On January 22nd, the US Postal service made a large increase in the rates of shipping on all of their services.
The hardest hitting increase for us was in the international package rates that have increased the price of mailing one CD outside of america by over $1 per package. As a result, we have no choice but to raise our international prices. We are doing so by $0.50 to try to keep our prices lower but also to help soften the blow of the postage increase.
Prices have also gone up for domestic shipping and we are also increasing the price of the CDs by $0.50.
It costs us more each year to ship CDs than it does to manufacture them. We never like to have to pass on higher costs to you, our listeners, and have only raised our shipping prices once during the past four US Postal rate increases. This time the increase was so dramatic we had no choice.
We will keep the prices lower on back-catalogue items to try to keep everything a little more in balance.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Taylor Deupree / 12k
In this week’s newsletter:
Taylor Deupree’s Shoals available again on CD
From the archives: Sogar‘s Basal
Fluid Radio recently had a chat with Marcus Fischer about his processes and plans.
The new 12k releases are now available! Read on!
Ballads of the Research Department
7” vinyl + download code EP
A warm thank you to our listeners for your support throughout 2011 during these crazy times for the music business. Small labels everywhere need passionate listeners like you. Thank you!
The intimate, hushed songs of singer/songwriter Gareth Dickson will grace 12k in February, 2012.
Read about him here
For the month of December we’re giving away a free Sampler CD if you purchase any 2 (or more) items in the online shop. Also, the latest releases and screenprinted poster are on sale.
ITEMS ON SALE, 40% OFF
If you haven’t picked up this music yet, or wish to for a holiday gift, now’s the time… because…
we’re also giving you a free 12k SAMPLER CD if you purchase 2 or more items from the online shop.
As always, prices in the shop reflect the sale and shipping is included.
Sale ends December 31, 2011.
Illuha and Minamo will be playing a live set at Yougenji, a beautiful temple in Sendagi Tokyo accompanied by Masahide Asabuki on dance.
Illuha will be playing a live set at Yougenji, a beautiful temple in Sendagi Tokyo accompanied by Masahide Asabuki on dance. Truly a special evening not to be missed! Other artists include: Minamo (12k, Room 40), Toshimaru Nakamura + Ken Ikeda, Celer + Yui Onodera. The temple is the perfect space to enjoy subtle and quiet music like this and as the days grow shorter and nights colder, the radiant heated tatami floor along with the sounds will be sure to lull you into a peaceful state. For a discount and to guarantee a comfortable seat, make your reservation by sending an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
ILLUHA will be embarking on a short Japan tour in January and February followed by a US West Coast tour with Fourcolor this summer, but this will be the last chance you can see ILLUHA in Tokyo for a while as they head back into the studio to work on their second album.
Stephan Mathieu + Taylor Deupree’s live performance @ Semibreve Festival (Braga, Portugal) last Friday was recorded from the mixing desk.
“Today Onnen Bock of Qluster has send Taylor and me a handheld recording he made during our set. The first couple of minutes are missing, nonetheless this is much more enjoyable than the file I had posted yesterday.
Unfortunately, the recording was set to a very low 32kbps MP3 quality, but it is here to listen to and download anyway!
Norwegian 12k artists Pjusk teamed up with the German digital artist Till Nowak to create an artistic music video for their song “Sus.”
In 2011 the Norwegian electronica project Pjusk (signed to the US label 12k) teamed up with the German digital artist Till Nowak to create an artistic music video. As a base for Nowaks digital visual extensions they were given the chance to use aerial footage by Fuglefjellet, a Norwegian film production company.
“It was a spontanious idea,” Nowak says “A year ago Jostein contacted me, saying that he liked my work. I did some research and wrote back that I was impressed by his work, too. That was the beginning of our collaboration”. Gjelsvik then presented the raw aerial footage to him. “I couldn’t resist the potential of a video combining this beautiful mountain footage with digital visuals and the music of Pjusk. So I agreed in creating the visuals for this collaborative artistic video.” The final result is a mix of ideas of both Nowak and Gjelsvik.
Nowak, who is known for his thought provoking art projects and filmmaking, explains: “I think we created something with a unique mood. The video shows earth and nature, but in a dreamlike, manipulated version, playing with the sense of scale by creating a confusion between immense and small spaces. You sometimes think you are looking at someting microscopic, like a chemical process, but at the same time you are looking at something gigantic. So it plays with the thought of how small we are. When I listen to the music of Pjusk I think it sounds like the noise our planet would make if it was a living being and the visuals are reflecting these sensations.”
We changed internet providers for 12k.com to speed up the site and the forthcoming new shop. The changeover just happened minutes ago, so we apologize for downtime to the site, forum, or email. However, if you’re reading this, then the changeover has probably happened successfully!
The 12k/Illuha Shizuku release party on October 14th in Tokyo was hugely successful. So fun… sold out… and great performances by everyone. The event was photographed by Ryo Mitamura and we have a link to his photos here. Please enjoy.
(Illuha (above) photo by Ryo Mitamura)
LIVE AT JINPACHI NOVEMBER 5th
Toshimaru Nakamura + Tetuzi Akiyama
Opitope + Marcos Fernades
Will Long (Celer) + Corey Fuller
It’s an unusual event held at an izakaya (japanese traditional pub) and guests can enjoy music along with food and drinks, freely come and go, and even fall asleep peacefully on the tatami.
Seating is very limited (20+) so please make your reservations here:
Friday, October 14th @ Forestlimit
Release party for Illuha’s “Shizuku” on 12k with live performances from
photo by Ryo MItamura
A beautiful 14 minutes recorded of a Seaworthy concert @ Lucindas Cafe, Berkelouw Books on 28 August 2011.
Aleatoric with The Sight Below, Simon Scott and Marcus Fischer at Eat. Art. Theater.
Date Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Time 8:30 pm pst
Venue Eat. Art. Theater. / 850 NE 81st Ave. Portland OR 97213
Cost $5 USD
We’re very happy to announce that the boxed set from Taylor Deupree + Marcus Fischer is finally available. Also today you can get the new 12k Sampler as well as Taylor Deupree’s Focux from Lantern Recrods (Japan) in the Other Labels section.
TAYLOR DEUPREE + MARCUS FISCHER
IN A PLACE OF SUCH GRACEFUL SHAPES
12k Sampler 002
Live 12k artists:
Marcus Fischer + Taylor Deupree
Saturday October 1st
Wilson Auditorium - Fairleigh University
Hackensack, New Jersey
Tickets and information at:
Not much there yet, but this will be the official 12k Facebook page.
Minamo FourColor Moskitoo Australian tour
September 23-30 2011
Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns
September 23 – Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth
September 24 – Street Theatre Foyer, Canberra
September 25 – Silent Hour, Sydney
September 28/29 – Open Frame Festival at Powerhouse, Brisbane
September 30 – Mono.kick at Kickarts, Cairns
We are happy to announce that we go on a tour in Australia in September !!
Moskitoo’s live visual & movie by TAKCOM(Takafumi Tsuchiya).
hope to see you there.
ライブ中のTOUR VISIAL & MOVIEは、前回のワールドツアーに続いて、TAKCOM 土屋貴文さんに 担当していただけることになりました！
Musique Machine recently posted an interview with New York composer Kenneth Kirschner who talks about the music he writes, the music he loves, and why all of his music is available for free.
The new 12k sampler CD will land in mid-September. It features 12 songs, looking forward to early 2012 and back to the recent releases and clocks in at over 60 minutes. It offers a sneak-peak at upcoming releases plus a re-cap of the past year.
The CD will be sold for $4 (shipped!) to our US customers and $6 (shipped!) to our customers outside of our borders.
The tracklist is as follows:
01 The Boats “The Ballad Of Failure” *
02 Kane Ikin “Contrail”
03 Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree “Cloister” *
04 Illuha “Saika”
05 Taylor Deupree + Marcus Fischer “In A Place Of Such Graceful Shapes” *
06 Kenneth Kirschner “January 18, 2011” *
07 Moss “Moss” *
08 FourColor “Iris Familiar (featuring Moskitoo)”
09 Stephan Mathieu “Schwarszchild Radius”
10 Marcus Fischer “Cascadia Obscura”
11 Seaworthy + Matt Rosner “Meroo Forest”
12 Murralin Lane “When I Told You”
* These tracks are exerpted from considerably longer works found on the original CD releases.
We cherish the releases from the wonderful Japanese label Spekk when they come around and today we’re happy to announce their new release from Janek Schaefer is available in our shop.
Head on over to the shop and scroll down to the SPEKK section.
Nearly every 12k CD is on sale from August 15th to September 5th. Just about 50% off, and that includes shipping as well.
Beautiful CDs delivered to your door for less than a (legal) download. Support your small labels!
Back in April, when Günter Muller and Taylor Deupree played together as part of the Unsound Festival in New York, the Wall Street Journal (of all places) called up Taylor and discussed the forthcoming concert for this article about the festival.
Time and place converged and allowed a rare musical meeting between Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stephen Vitiello, and Taylor Deupree. Together they created a piece of music for Kizunaworld, Sakamoto’s endeavour to help the struggling recovery in Japan. Please donate and and receive a piece of music from a list contributing artists.
On 3/11/2011, a massive earthquake and tsunamis hit Japan. The extensive and tragic damage that the natural disasters caused, along with other human-rooted disasters (Fukushima nuclear disaster), call for an enormous amount of funding to reconstruct the disaster-stricken area. Already, many people throughout the world have been active in raising money, but the amount raised will never be enough. Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tomoyasu Hirano have founded “kizunaworld.org”, a project to support and rebuild the afflicted area as quickly as possible.
We want to do whatever we can as individuals to help the afflicted people, without any affiliation with an agency, record label or any type of organization. At “kizunaworld.org” we hope to have like-minded artists donate their work, which we hope will in turn encourage even more contributions. The money raised will be given to the five aid organizations that we have determined are necessary to the reconstruction.
This project will start up initially with sales of “kizuna”, a collaborative artwork created for charity by Ryuichi Sakamoto; the project founder, and Valerio Berruti. We are also thinking of adding artwork by other artists endorsing this endeavor as time goes on, to keep the project fresh with newly donated works. By doing so, this will become more than a temporary, one-shot project but rather something that can continue long-term. We want to continue and extend our assistance to the stricken area through this project for as long as the need is there.
Although the help one person can provide may be limited, every little bit helps, and it will make a big difference if those who agree with this thinking can act together.
We humbly await your assistance.
Ryuichi Sakamoto (Composer/Musician)
Tomoyasu Hirano (Media Creator)
in the last of 3 projects utilizing the remixed 12k logo by Marcus Fischer (the first being a postcard, the 2nd the t-shirt) we’re very happy to announce the imminent availability of a 2-color screen-printed poster.
we are taking orders now and expect to ship next week. please visit this 12k forum post for details: http://www.12k.com/forum/index.php?topic=709.0
only 100 posters being printed.
Here are the details:
Marcus Fischer 12k logo remix poster
signed and numbered edition of 100
18 X 24 (in) 45 X 61 (cm)
2 color screen print (PMS Warm Grey 2 + 5763)
heavyweight matte finish paper
shipped gently rolled in a 3” diameter heavy mailing tube
$25 shipped to USA
$30 shipped outside USA
link to larger image: http://www.12k.com/images/12k/extra/12k9015large.jpg
Part 3 in Headphone Commute‘s 4-part 12k special. This one looks at 3 of the most recent releases.
In this third installment of our four-part 12k special, we examine two live performances and an experimental EP. In all three, the label excels at providing a service of archiving, if you will, of single events, group gatherings, and academical studies. With these releases, 12k once again stands out among today’s cutting edge experimental, improvisational and conceptual music.
Headphone Commute continues their 4-part special on 12k with this part 2 looking back at some of the past releases.
Here’s the second installment in our four part 12k Sound Bytes special. In this particular entry, I decided to dig back a few years and cover the albums that I really enjoyed from the label, but didn’t have the time to write about before. As with all music, I don’t believe in assigning a numerical value to the release date, representing some form of a human calendar system based on the period of our planet around the sun. I also don’t believe in the past or the future. There’s only now, only this, only words and these sounds.
Part two of Headphone Commutes label feature on 12k and a look at some of the past releases.
Here’s the second installment in our four part 12k Sound Bytes special. In this particular entry, I decided to dig back a few years and cover the albums that I really enjoyed from the label, but didn’t have the time to write about before. As with all music, I don’t believe in assigning a numerical value to the release date, representing some form of a human calendar system based on the period of our planet around the sun. I also don’t believe in the past or the future. There’s only now, only this, only words and these sounds.
New 12k t-shirts, designed by Marcus Fischer, will be arriving on Friday. We have been running a pre-order for them while our website is being updated to be able to handle the presentation of the shirts. In the meantime, you can order a shirt from us directly from your PayPal account, read on below…
Shirts are base-price $22 each, shipping charges will be added onto that.. $3 to a US address and $6 to an overseas address.
making the total:
$25 - US
$28 - OUTSIDE US
shirts are 100% organic cotton.
moss green with white ink on 2 sides.
designed by marcus fischer.
S, M, L, XL available in limited quantities!
If you’d like to pre-order one NOW, send appropriate payment via PayPal to:
IMPORTANT! LIST THE SIZE YOU WANT IN YOUR PAYPAL COMMENTS TRANSACTION! if you can’t find that, then simply email email@example.com with your size request.
Shirts will ship next week.
Headphone Commute’s 1st of a 4 part series that looks at the latest releases from 12k.
I’ve been a long time fan of pretty much everything from Taylor Deupree‘s Pound-Ridge based label, 12k. Undoubtedly, one of the catalysts of boundary pushing developments in ambient, minimalist, and electro-acoustic frontiers, 12k is at the forefront of today’s independent labels. With well over 80 releases since its inception in 1997, the albums dominate the charts on Headphone Commute’s Best of 2010 : Music For Bending Light And Stopping Time and the previous year’s Music For Sonic Installations In The Cavern Of Your Skull. Although the output of the label is always in the rotation at HC headquarters, I finally made a point to sit down and catch up to a long overdue, and much-needed, four-part special of this Sound Bytes feature, titled 12 Bytes From 12k. In this installment you will find a selection of recently released albums, as well as a few EPs, compilations and past releases from one of my favorite labels. Enjoy.
This Friday, June 10th, catch FourColor and Christopher Willits live in Tokyo at the release party for As Pleat.
With Hidden Noise
Curated by Stephen Vitiello
featuring 12k artists Steve Roden, Stephen Vitiello, and Taylor Deupree
With Hidden Noise
Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
June 10–July 10, 2011
With Hidden Noise makes its debut this June at the Aspen Art Museum. ICI’s latest Exhibition in a Box will be part of a series of programs held over the summer in a temporary pavilion designed by architect Shigeru Ban to mark the site of the museum’s future building.
Curated by Stephen Vitiello, With Hidden Noise is an exhibition that explores sound art with evocative works, some drawing from recognizable, traditional instruments and field recordings, and others masked through electronic processes. A self-contained, surround-sound exhibition, it presents the works of leading practitioners including Taylor Deupree, Jennie C. Jones, Pauline Oliveros, Andrea Parkins, Steve Peters, Steve Roden, Michael J. Schumacher, and Stephen Vitiello.
With Hidden Noise is made possible, in part, by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.
FourColor’s Keiichi Sugimoto has set up a special website for his new release on 12k, As Pleat. It contains album info, sound samples, tour dates, etc.
The new FourColor album, As Pleat, is officially released this coming Tuesday, May 3rd. We will be launching it, however, tomorrow (April 29th) in our online shop. To get you ready for the release, here’s the first review, courtesy of the UK’s Fluid Radio.
Keiichi Sugimoto has been releasing music as FourColor since 1998 on his own imprint Cubic Music and on labels such as Apestaartje and 12k. He is also part of electro-acoustic quartet Minamo and electronica duo Fonica…
With As Pleat, Sugimoto presents a wonderful collection of ten fragmented-guitar pieces interwoven with complex background drones and expressive incidentals whose appearance help shape a monumental new album once again released on the impeccable 12k label.
Echoing the stuttering and cut-up editing techniques of Fountain on his precedent release Letter of Sounds (2006, 12k), the opening track Quiet Gray 1 is a wonderful representation of Sugimoto’s sound world – otherwordly and yet very tactile. Augmenting his guitar with the beautiful and ethereal voice of Sanae Yamsaki aka Moskitoo, Sugimoto splices and laces them into a complex mesh that slowly morph into long and lingering swells of interwoven harmonies, as if time had lost its linearity and became multidimensional – an idea that will be explored many times throughout the album under various guises. The two subsequent numbers Skating Azure and Bleach Black are both supported by strong metronomic signatures as a way of stria-ting a space otherwise stretched and smoothened by a slow and processed guitar work that conjures layers of clouds of contrasted forms and textures.
Central track Carmine Fall is a majestic 9-min exploration, sounding at times like a warm condensate of Ovalprocess slowly unfolding into alternate soundscapes made of translucent layers of frozen guitar swells, antagonist micro-rhythms and distant tintinnabulations giving the impression that time has melted, neither passing or stopping. Sugimoto’s subtle use of reverb give this track a strange aquatic quality akin to the mist above a imaginary digital swamp.
The three penultimate tracks are less abstract than preceding numbers but also more dreamy as if resolving the underlying tension set up and slowly dissolved in the first part of the album. Snow Petal is a wonderful evocation of a silent landscape being gently disturbed by the sound of snow falling at dusk, time suspended above sunlit clouds. Iris (Familiar) sees Yamsaki’s vocals coming back, this time floating and diffused around quiet hiss of white noise and plucked guitars, so lightly processed their texture slowly change from gaseous to silky – absolutely gorgeous piece of work where everything is so detailed and flows gracefully over a bed of warm enveloping tones.
Final track Quiet Gray 2 appears like a ghost version of opener Quiet Gray 1. The same narrative pattern seems to be explored but the relative laziness and innocence that characterised the latter has now disappeared, giving a very enigmatic aftertaste, thus carving even further the emotional dimensionality of Sugimoto’s work. A very unexpected and yet all the more powerful ending to this magnificent album.
Keiichi Sugimoto has created so much more than a beautiful piece of ambient work. As Pleat’s depth and dimensionality are very much mesmerising and unique – an essential release.
- Review by Pascal Savy for Fluid Radio
Keith Kenniff’s (aka Helios) label Unseen has recently released a 38-song compilation benefiting the Earthquake Relief Fund set up by the Japan Society of New York. This compilation, For Nihon, features some of the best and brightest artists in our field including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robin Gutherie, Peter Broderick, Hammock, and Max Richter. It also includes 12k artists Taylor Deupree and Sawako.
After learning about the tragic events of the Japanese earthquake on March 11th my wife, Hollie, and I were talking about ways to help. We decided to ask a few friends to join a compilation to help raise money. A few quickly became many as we were overwhelmed and warmed by the eagerness of these musicians to get involved.
“For Nihon” features some of the premier names in ambient / experimental music. 100% of the profits from the sale of this album will be donated to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund set up by New York’s Japan Society.
* There will be a physical version of this album available as a two-cd set soon.
1. Rhian Sheehan - Places In Between
2. Arms and Sleepers - Crash
3. aus - Daylight
4. Christina Vantzou - Your Changes Have Been Submitted
5. Dustin O’Halloran Featuring Adam Wiltzie - Opus 43
6. Peter Broderick - Quiet Long Enough
7. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Kizuna
8. Cokiyu - Volar
9. Clem Leek - A Light To Guide You
10. Biosphere - Inner Ohm
11. Last Days - Hanami
12. Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - We Enter The Night
13. Goldmund - Nihon
14. Amman Abbasi - Fragmented Earth
15. Ex Confusion - Chapter 5
16. Colin Kenniff Featuring Hollie Kenniff - Wind and Distance
17. Hammock - Sora
18. Sawako - Lightlit
19. Deru - Days Then
20. Hollie Kenniff - This Time Tomorrow
21. The American Dollar - Near East
22. Joseph Mineado - Roads
23. Bexar Bexar - Gold 1
24. Ametsub - Opening
25. Olafur Arnalds - Edalaus II
26. Nils Frahm & Anne Muller - Aussenseiter
27. Jon Hopkins - Abandon Window
28. Rafael Anton Irisarri & Goldmund - Dissolution
29. Helios - Sing The Same Song Twice
30. Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters - Balcony Sunset
31. Taylor Deupree - For A Morning When
32. Alva Noto - Is Otto Roessler Right?
33. Balmorhea - Candor
34. Near The Parenthesis - This Too
35. Little Phrase - Time Is Golden
36. Ryan Teague - Even Space
37. Rob Simonsen - 2.4 Metres
38. Max Richter - Bach Mirror
There will be a release party in Tokyo for the upcoming FourColor As Pleat album in Tokyo on June 10th.
Taylor Deupree’s recent 7”, “Journal” on Champion Version Records (UK) is out today digitally via iTunes and our extended digital distribution network.
Boomkat had this to say about it:
This is a nice surprise - it’s always nice to see someone like Taylor Deupree who is traditionally associated with longer-form works getting to flex his brain bits on a ‘single’. ‘Journal’ might even be his best work in years, and sees Deupree not only restricting himself in terms of duration, but also in the gear that he utilizes; only a single synthesizer, two field recordings and (seriously) his voice made it to the final mix. The first thing that strikes me is how noisy opening track ‘Journal’ was in comparison with Taylor’s previous works; tape saturation and hiss prove absolutely central to this track, and while vocals only appear towards the end even those are treated to some serious grit and grime. Peeping through the noisy blur however, we might just have one of Taylor’s most affecting tracks yet – and the distant, indistinct melodies will lodge themselves inside those popping synapses for some time. ‘Attic’ on the flip is just as grand, coming across like an ancient hymn piped through a battered Gramophone, complete with all the dust, grit and haze you’d expect to find. It’s a new direction for Taylor, and one we hopefully haven’t seen the last of. Highly recommended.
Richard Chartier’s LINE label has two new releases as of today and they’re both available in 12k’s shop.
Richard Chartier Transparency (Performance)
Seth Cluett Objects of Memory
In a small celebration of Savvas Ysatis’ arrival at the 12k studio tomorrow for a new collaboration with Taylor Deupree, we’re putting their previous two works, The Sleeping Morning and Hourglass on sale for the rest of the month.
As part of our ongoing Unsound Festival coverage, we recently tracked down Taylor Deupree, a photographer/graphic designer/sound sculptor best known for such landmark LPs as Stil. and his influential ambient/electro-acoustic imprint, 12k. Deupree will appear at Issue Project Room tomorrow night, facing off against the live improv pieces of Günter Müller in the second installment of the Unsound Labs: Collaborations series. Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzi Bougatsos is also performing alongside a Swiss artist (Norbert Möslang) at the one-night-only event, which is broken down in full here.
Could you tell us briefly about your evolution as a musician—didn’t you start out making techno and then move into more computer-based music?
I started out in the mid-’80s, making some hybrid of alternative/new-wave/industrial, heavily influenced by early Factory Records bands and the Legendary Pink Dots. Once I got into the professional music world, I had been doing techno and ambient music and, yes, that lead its way into computer-based music, which was just coming up and offered such new possibilities. But after a while of that, I began to tire of the sterile sound and missed noise and imperfections and started going quite organic with my music, which is where I’m at now—recording to tape and experimenting with different signal paths and staying away from the computer as much as I can.
How are you going to approach your live collaboration with Günter Müller this weekend?
The day before this weekend’s concert, Günter and I will do some rehearsing in my studio. I expect it to be a live improvisation of his manipulated recordings and my network of guitar pedals and instruments. I don’t plan on using a computer at all. This is the first time we’re playing together and, in fact, the first time we’ve really met, so it should be exciting.
Could you talk briefly about the continued growth of your label? What have been some highlights for you?
The label is really a product of love and passion. It defines who I am as a person in a lot of ways and I put a lot of personal emotion into it. It’s constantly evolving and staying afloat in this very confusing time for the music business.
Some of the recent highlights for me include Marcus Fischer’s Monocoastal, which was the first time I got to work with him. That meeting led us into a collaboration, which should come out later this year.
The thing I love about many of the releases is that I tend to rediscover them at various times. This week I’ve been listening to Autistici’s Volume Objects, which came out a number of years ago but is still very fresh sounding and offers so many tiny sounds to explore. It’s always different. I’m also very fond of the Seaworthy album Map In Hand because it was so different for 12k at the time, being primarily just an album of unprocessed guitar. It was a radical departure, yet now seems so natural.
Where do you see the label headed next?
The way the label usually evolves is that I schedule releases from roster artists, which define the base sound for the label and then some demo or new friend will come along that creates something quite different that often sparks a new direction or at least keeps listeners on their toes. Coming up next is the third 12k album for Fourcolor, who is one of the most important roster artists, as he’s a good friend and we’ve been working together for a long time. After that is a pretty epic 3-CD set from Kenneth Kirschner, who never fails to test the limits of the label and our listeners. Pretty amazing stuff on that one. I’m also in touch with an artist from California who released one of my favorite electronic music CDs 10 years ago and I’m looking to reissue it so more people can hear it. I hope I get everything settled with her for a release this year. And then there’s my collaborations with Marcus Fischer and Savvas Ysatis that will probably see daylight by the autumn. I’m also working with a great band called The Boats, who have released some wonderful albums over the past few years. That should be a bit of a different sound for 12k. It’s all exciting.
Are you working on a new album too?
After I finish this collaboration with Marcus Fischer and get into a couple of other planned collaborations, I’ll be starting a new solo album, either for 12k or another label who has expressed interest in a new album this year. I’m so busy with other people’s music, whether from the label or from the mastering business, that finding time for my own can be a challenge…But I’ve got a lot of ideas and just want to embed myself in my studio and create without any heavy set of rules or concepts—just do what comes naturally.
Recently asked by Spain’s Playground Magazine to submit a list of “10 Tips for Playing Live” as part of publicity for this weekend Unsound Festival in New York, Taylor Deupree has put together these 11 tips to live by when going out to play a gig!
TEN (….ELEVEN) TIPS FOR PLAYING LIVE
BY TAYLOR DEUPREE
1. don’t (or try not to) use a laptop
not easy, and i’m still working on attaining this goal. i’m close. the laptop is an amazing tool, but everyone has one and everyone uses ableton live when they play live. so you shouldn’t. explore the world of portable hardware, it’s much more interesting for you and the audience and a lot more fun.
2. don’t use visuals as a crutch
don’t project some random visuals behind you because you’re too afraid the audience won’t just want to sit, close their eyes, and listen to your music. if you’re going to use visuals, make them really, really good and make them work seamlessly for the music. visuals thrown onto a performance for no reason only comes off looking like you’re too insecure about your sound.
3. never arrive on time for soundcheck.
i’ve never (ever) performed a concert where soundcheck happened on time. the sound guys/organizers are never ready for you. if they tell you to show up at 5, show up at 6, or 7.
4. don’t play more than 30 minutes
no matter how good your set is going, the audience has a limit. 20-30 minutes tops. leave them wanting more, not less. one hour shows are painful, even for the greatest aritsts out there. short sets can leave them breathless, long sets leave them wanting to get out of there.
5. if the promoter is a good one:
respect him or her, be kind, listen to them, don’t be a jerk.
6. if the promoter is a bad one:
get paid before you play.
7. be true to yourself
play music you love and that’s true to you. don’t be afraid to do it exactly as you want to. if one person comes out of the show loving it, then it was successful.
8. respect the other artists you play with
whether you’re headlining or opening the stage is an equal playing field. don’t look down on the little guys and don’t assume the big ones are any better than you are. share a drink backstage.
9. small audiences are often better than big ones.
i’ve played shows in front of 10 people and in front of 2000 people and some of the most memorable shows are in front of 10. the atmosphere instantly turns relaxed, like you’re playing for friends, so don’t freak out if hardly anyone shows up… use it to your advantage and have a great time.
10. don’t be afraid to make mistakes
live music should be live and that means mistakes and all. the shows will sound more human if there are some mistakes or parts that don’t go so well. if it’s perfect it sounds like you’ve hit play in iTunes. embrace the spontaneity and you’ll apprecite the show more. some will suck and some will be amazing.
11. eat a kick-ass meal afterwards
one of the best parts about playing live is going out to dinner with your friends and fellow artists afterwards. good bonding time. have good food, too. not crap.