coupon code: 12ksummer
The new album from Solo Andata, In The Lens, is now available or pre-order. It’s an incredibly beautiful, sultry, hazy work, very much in-line with their debut Fyris Swan.
You can pre-order the album here:
and listen on SoundCloud:
Pjusk are going to Japan for the first time with their first event tomorrow, March 30th, starting in Tokyo. Read on for dates!
Pjusk solo DJ set
Pjusk & Yui Onodera live
Pjusk workshop and audio-visual demonstration
Pjusk & Chra live
Fenton is the guitar-based project of Shuttle358’s Dan Abrams. Mythic Failures is a new release to celebrate the re-release of his 2005 classic Pup.
Starting January 17th the US Postal Service is doubling the rate for shipping a CD overseas.
Sadly, we have to increase our rates to you. You will see increased shipping rates when shopping in the 12k shop or on our Bandcamp page. The only good news in this ridiculous move is that the cost does not increase for multiple CDs. If you order 3 or 4 or more the shipping rate will be the same as if you ordered 1.
We hate to see this happen as it makes running a label and selling to EU and Japan very difficult.
The beautiful new album from Argentinian musician Federico Durand is available now.
You can buy it from
Taylor Deupree and Marcus Fischer are headed to Japan later this month for 4 dates, including a couple with Illuha’s Corey Fuller and FourColor. Read on for details….
Details coming soon…
Live: Taylor Deupree, Marcus Fischer, Corey Fuller, Ikuko Harada (Clammbon)
night cruising presents sonihouse “-IEUTAGE-”
Music section: Taylor Deupree, Marcus Fischer, Corey Fuller, Marihiko Hara, Polar M
Dinner section: VOLVER
Otonoha 14th Anniversary
Venue: TAG STÅ, Fukuoka
Door: 3000yen (w/1D)
Guest Live: Taylor Deupree (12k), Marcus Fischer (12k)
Live: Ozaki Koichi, Mono Safari + Soraha ...and more
Venue: WWW, Shibuya
Price: Reserved 4,500yen / Door 5,500yen
Line up: Ikue Mori+Phew, Taylor Deupree+FourColor+Marcus FIscher, mito+agraph, Nyantora+Duenn, Hair Stylistics+Kukangendai, Photodisco+Akiko Nakayama
The new CD from Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer is now available for preorder from the 12k shop and Bandcamp. CDs will ship prior to the October 30th release date and downloads will be released and delivered at 00:00 GMT on October 30th.
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The official preview/teaser for the forthcoming CD by Taylor Deupree and Marcus Fischer, titled “Twine,” due October 30th.
The wonderful and talented Gareth Dickson has some live dates on the US west coast over the next couple of weeks. If you live out there, don’t miss him. Read on for dates….
San Francisco - Hemlock Tavern
Arcata - the Sanctuary
Portland - Beacon Sound
Olympia WA - the Guest House
Seattle - The Blue Moon with Benoît Pioulard
Anacortes - Anacortes Music Channel / with Benoît Pioulard
For the month of August the majority of the 12k shop and bandcamp store is on sale for 35% off. Just enter the coupon code 12ksummer at checkout for the discount.
It’s a great opportunity to explore the back catalogue or fill holes in your collection.
Thank you deeply for your support over the years.
Kenneth Kirschner’s epic new album Compressions & Rarefactions is out now. Consisting of a CD with additional a companion download of over 5 hours of music (in only three tracks), Kirschner’s new album is a modern masterpiece of minimalism.
You can hear and buy Kenneth’s new album at:
Kenneth Kirschner’s beautiful new opus, Compressions & Rarefactions, is available for pre-order now in the 12k shop and on our bandcamp page. The album is released as a CD with an extended download that encompasses the work’s 6+ hour span.
The first new album from Shuttle358 in 11 years is here and is available for pre-order now. Released as a 12” LP and download, Can you prove I was born is at once familiar but also ventures into strikingly dark new territories.
release date: May 19th
pre-order shipping: May 12th
Marcus Fischer and Simon Scott are touring the Pacific Northwest. Their album downloads are on a Pay-What-You-Want model until April 19th. Read on for tour dates and sale details.
MARCUS FISCHER & SIMON SCOTT APRIL TOUR DATES:
Hollow Earth Radio
*with Peter Broderick
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97202
* with Loscil
PAY WHAT YOU WANT FOR MONOCOASTAL & BELOW SEA LEVEL DOWNLOADS
Until April 19, 2015
We hope you support these talented artists’ hard work.
We’re really ready for spring here in New York. Snow is beautiful, but… well, enough already. From now until midnight tomorrow, Friday, March 20th, get 25% off your order in the 12k shop using the coupon code EQUINOX at checkout. Help us bring in Spring with some new music.
We’re very excited to be releasing a brand new album from Shuttle358. It should see release in April. Its title, not yet revealed, is known only as CYPIWB. It will be issued on 180g 12” vinyl and as a download.
Bandcamp interviewed Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree about their new album with Illuha, Perpetual, which is released today.
You can read the article here
“It was 100% improvisation. We listened carefully to what everybody was doing and contributed with our own senses and skills to make music more interesting and beautiful.”
The new releases from Ryuichi Sakamoto/Illuha/Taylor Deupree and Steinbrüchel are now available for preorder from our online shop and Bandcamp page.
Ryuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Deupree
For the last 10 days of 2014, 12k artist Sawako photographed the Tokyo skies. A quiet, hopeful look upward to 2015.
12k’s Marcus Fischer has started up his Dust Breeding blog again, the first time since he created it in 2009.
“way back in 2009 i started a blog called dust breeding with two goals in mind… one was to post an entry documenting one creative project a day for 356 days. the other was to use the year long project as a creative catalyst to improve my own artistic practices. at the end of one year i succeeded in compleating both goals and unintentionally wound up creating a detailed document of what turned out to be one of the most important years of my life. it was the year my daughter was born. it was a year filled with creativity + exploration. it was a year that found out what a difference a supportive community of friends + total internet strangers can make.
after that first year was up, i continued to irregularly update the site with more entries but they slowed to a trickle and finally stopped on february 14th, 2013. an archive of the original entries can be found here.
i am starting this all up again and hope to keep up with my daily entries like i did in 2009.
wish me luck.”
It’s that time of the year again, and we’ve asked 12k artists to chime in with their favorite things from the year. Could be albums, could be something else, and doesn’t need to be a new production or release. We’ll be updating this page as we get lists from our artists. Enjoy, and perhaps you’ll discover something that catches your ear.
The Humble Bee She Possessed The Secret Of Listening To The Stars
Yo La Tengo Extra Painful
Songs Ohia Didn’t It Rain
Hildur Guðnadóttir Saman
The Bats The Bats Volume 1
Daniel Lanois Pedal Steel video on Youtube interview with Pharell
Peter Broderick Colors Of The Night
Lawrence English Wilderness of Mirrors
Taylor Deupree 2014 Studio Diary (Soundcloud entries)
Coyle and Sharpe “Musical Animals” (track)
2014 stocking fillers
I discovered ‘Bohren & der Club of Gore’ this year.. Their new Piano Nights album is fabby dooby.. And was described to me as Ambient Jazzz…. Terrific
Best sound related film of the year was the excellent film ‘In a World’ about a voiceover artist dynasty. Hilarious and worth a rental.
super little comedy show ‘The Detectorists’ on BBC written directed and starring MacKenzie Crook with Toby Jones. The BBC has put out some outstanding documentaries.. Where I learnt about Pussy Riot properly, and now I understand the details of Higgs Boson [symmetry vs multiverse where higgs sits right between both which makes it a bit awkward as it is the centre of the whole science theory and still does not make logical sense], and epic facts about the state of the planet etc etc. The knowledge broadcast on BBC4 & Radio4 RULES!
An amazing metal tunnel, and custom fit balancing slabs by Richard Serra at Gagosian Gallery
‘Last Night a DJ saved my Life” by Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton. All the stories on the origins of the DJ and related scenes are totally fascinating and well detailed.
not a vintage year for new epic party tracks for my dance floors apart from Happy of course which is a winner for all ages. I discovered a pair of classic oldies that were new to my ears after reading the book above, ‘The Snake’ from 1968 by Al Wilson, and ‘The Mexican’ by Babe Ruth 1972. Super vibes and energies to put the beat in your feet! [my new catch phrase coined yesterday]. I also added a wondrous Euro Pop Pastiche track “Ding Dong Song” by Günther [eg Ooo you touch my ding dang dong, my tra la la etc] and played it to 7500 at a party in Portugal this year, a rare addition of a cover version to my party box [original disco track from 1984 by Phil & Company on 7”].
William Basinski/Charlemagne Palestine/Rhys Chatham at St.Johns in Hackney.
‘The Wave Watcher’s Companion” by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Everything in the universe is made of waves of one kind or another!
no idea how this happened but only this week did I find out about E2-E4 from 1981.. Was asked about it in an interview. Only knew the club track version by Sueno Latino. Great user comment on E2-E4 youtube page “Take it from a true Paradise Garage head…..this is the best song ever played at the Garage…..Larry Levan played it for a full hour one night….and it made me a believer….ABSOLUTELY THE BEST HOUSE MUSIC SONG EVER!!!!!” Just shows there are always new things to discover no matter how old and famous they are. Personally I would play 2 copies of it for the dance floor.. Maybe I will at my next school disco? Oh wow.. Trying it now.. It’s good…. [Is it just me but on ‘Inventions for Electric Guitar’ Göttsching’s face has a similarity to some of the Aphex face branding !!!]
Unreleased Album of the year ...
...is by Jake Muir… He is a contributor to my http://www.foundsoundscape.com/ project and included his new album which is divine and often on loop here.. He is trying to find a tip top label to release it.. Let me know if you are interested out there….
Illuha Akari (12k)
Imprints Data Trails (Serein)
Otto A Totland Pinô (Sonic Pieces)
Hunt Dark Come Sooner (Kning Disk)
The Bug Angels + Devils (Ninja Tune)
Sylvain Chauveau Kogetsudai (Brocoli)
FKA Twigs LP1 (Yound Turks Recordings)
Dean Blunt Black Metal (Rough Trade Records)
Stephan Mathieu The Falling Rocket (Dekorder)
Nicolas Bernier Frequencies (A / Fragments) (Line)
Thomas Köner Tiento de la Nieves (Denovali Records)
Emiliano Romanelli 333 Loops (Volume 1) (Terziruolo)
The Seaman and the Tattered Sail Light Folds (Facture)
Machinefabriek Stillness Soundtracks (Glacial Movements)
Adrian Shaugnessy Essays: Scratching the Surface (Unit Editions)
David Weiss Nine Books 1972-1979 (Edition Patrick Frey)
Henri Jacobs Journal Drawings (Roma Publications)
Gerhard Richter Bilder / Serien (Hatje Cantz)
Tobias Madörin Topos (Scheidegger & Spiess)
Otto A. Totland Pinô
Harold Budd & Brian Eno The Pearl
Gareth Dickson Invisible String
Ichiko Aoba 0
Great Lake Swimmers Live At Massey Hall
Sigur Ros Hvarf-Heim
Wrangler LA Spark
Minoru Sato + Asuna Two As One
Federico Durand La Estrella Domida
A year shaking off another
Peter Weiss. Das Gespräch der drei Gehenden (1962)
Bohren & der Club of Gore Piano Nights (Pias 2014)
Jefre Ledesma A Year with 13 Moons (Mexican Summer 2014)
Einstürzende Neubauten Lament
Akira Rabelais Siegfried Idyll (unpublished)
Janek Schaefer Unfolding Luxury (Dekorder 2014)
Tashi Wada Duets (Saltern 2014)
Morton Feldman: Violin and Orchestra (ECM 2013)
Carolin Widmann, Frankfurt Radio Symphonie Orchester
John Oswald. Grayfolded: Transitive Axis (1994 / Important Records 2014)
Jordan De La Sierra . Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose (1977 / Numero Group 2014)
Lino Capra Vaccina. Frammenti Da Antico Adagio (1978, unreleased / Die Schachtel 2014)
Captain Beefheart. Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 (Rhino 2014)
Franco Battiato, Popol Vuh, Coltrane Quintet, Amon Düül Mark I
Most played track
“As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
Thanks for the good times
Caro, Eva, Richard, Elli, Edith, Walter, Silvia and Edgardo, Tomo, Corey, Federico, Taylor, Takechi, Kikuchi, Ono and all, Andreas, Bianca and their kids
Nils Frahm Spaces double LP
Federico Durand La Estrella Dormida
Illuha Akari CD
Grouper Ruins LP
Vitiello / Deupree Captiva double 10”
Iceland (with Taylor Deupree)
Switzerland - always inspiring to visit my family there
San Juan Islands in the Fall (must go back)
Portland - in the summertime… it’s the best
Channel Islands - on my wife’s birthday
five musical highlights
Attending not one, but TWO Slowdive reunion shows
Playing a live set with Corey Fuller in Portland using speakers to vibrate objects on drums.
Recording with Cameron Webb / Seaworthy while he was visiting Portland
Pulling off Performing with two +35’ long tape loops suspended by fishing line and balloons at the last SIX multichannel surround sound show (there were people who had their doubts that it could be done… i was one of them)
-Elektron - Octatrack
-Lyra acoustic/electric parlor guitar (from Renaissance Guitars, Portland)
-Wood + Brass Metallophone (birthday present from my wife)
-Mutable Instruments - Frames (from Control Voltage, Portland)
-Fostex - Model 80 eight track reel to reel (Goodwill score)
TOMOYOSHI DATE (ILLUHA)
Federico Durand El Estanque Esmeralda (2014 spekk)
Grouper Ruins (2014 Kranky)
Janek Schaefer Unfolding Luxury (Dekorder 2014)
Molly Drake Molly Drake (2013 Squirrel Thing)
Susanna Wallumrød Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos (2007 Rune Grammofon)
Susanna and magical orchestra Melody Mountain (2006 Rune Grammofon)
popol vuh Spirit of peace (2006 Spalax)
Special Thanks to Stephan, Taylor, Federico, Corey, Chihei and my friends and family.
COREY FULLER (ILLUHA)
Here are people, places, works and technology that inspired/breathed new life into me this year:
Sun K. Kwak
Daniel Lanois Flesh and Machine
The Tornados Telstar/Jungle Fever (gift from Stephan Mathieu)
Moondog The German Years 1977-1999
“Let No One Judge You”-Early Recordings from Iran, 1906-1933
Fela Kuti Go Slowly
Boren and Der Club of Gore Piano Nights
Dawn of Midi Dysnomia
Deerhoof La Isla Bonita
Jimmy Giuffre Music for People, Birds, Butterflies & Mosquitos
William Byrd Mass for Five Voices
J.S. Bach St. Matthew’s Passion
Deerhoof at Daikanyama Unit
Stephan Mathieu and Federico Durand at Kinse Ryokan
Live improv set with Marcus Fischer at Revival Drum Shop in Portland
Live at Komyoji with Stephan Mathieu, Federico Durand, Taylor Deupree and Tomo.
Moving Images/Still Imagess:
Andrey Tarkovsky: Solaris
Gerhard Richter: Atlas
Wes Anderson: Grand Budapest Hotel
Norimizu Ameya: いりくちでくち
The Book of Hours Rainer Maria Rilke
Soul Mining Daniel Lanois
Sculpting in Time Andrey Tarkovsky
Small is Beautiful E.F. Schumacher
A Year (with Swollen Appendices) Brian Eno
White Bicycles Joe Boyd
The Nightlife of Trees Various Artists
The Wasteland (A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts including the Annotations of Ezra Pound) T.S. Eliot
Lexicon Primetime 93
Used Yamaha Upright Piano that found a home in my studio
Custom DIY modified Rhodes Piano Bass (thanks Marcus for the inspiration!)
(Update Sept. 24th: The single is now sold out)
Available today until friday only, with a maximum cutting of only 50 copies, we’re happy to announce Shuttle358’s CYPIWB 12” Lmtd lathe cut single in advance of his long-awaited full length album due later this year.
You can read about and order this single in the 12k shop.
The 12k summer sale starts today. 35.8% off the back catalogue. Just enter 12KSUMMER in the coupon field when you check out. Details on the sale are below:
Welcome to the annual 12k summer sale. It’s a tradition we’ve been been doing for a long time now, maybe 12 years… 14 years? It’s the time we give our faithful listeners a chance to catch up on older releases they may have missed at a pretty nice price.
The music industry is so focused on new releases. The market floods every week with new stuff which perpetuates this notion that music gets “old” very quickly. At 12k we really pride ourselves on releasing music that we feel stands the test of time. So many of the great albums our artists have created over the years are as potent , beautiful and relevant today as when they were released.
We hope you find some gems you may have passed by and that the summer affords you time to deeply soak in the sounds. We thank you for the support you’ve given us over the years. 12k wouldn’t exist without you.
2014 SUMMER SALE DETAILS
For the month of July nearly the entire back catalogue is on sale in the 12k shop at 35.8% off. This includes CDs, Vinyl and Downloads.
At checkout enter the coupon code 12KSUMMER
The following items are not eligible for the discount: The latest 7 12k releases, the OBJECTS & PHOTOGRAPHS items, and the releases on Spekk
The sale ends at midnight on July 31st.
The new releases from Pjusk and Stephen Vitiello & Taylor Deupree are currently shipping from the 12k shop.
Read about them and order here:
Director André Marques produced a very beautiful video for Gareth Dickson’s “Cara” (from Collected Recordings).
Illuha’s beautiful new album Akari is out today. It’s shipping from the 12k shop and is available digital from iTunes and throughout our digital network. The postcard set, which was included free with pre-orders, is available to purchase with the CD, a download or on its own from the 12k shop.
get Illuha Akari:
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
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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
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六本木 Super Deluxe
Taylor Deupree, Marcus Fischer, Minamo, Sawako
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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: email@example.com
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.