February 01 2007
tomorrow (thursday) i'm off to berlin to meet up with richard (chartier) for our performance of "specification.fifteen" at the transmediale festival. it should be a fantastic festival and will be really nice to be back in berlin.
frank bretschneider is also playing at the festival.
you can get festival info here
within a week or two the new 12k releases will be ready to ship… MOSKITOO "DRAPE" and the re-pressing of SHUTTLE358 "FRAME"….
this spring expect 2 amazing cds from PJUSK and JODI CAVE… Pjusk is up first, the album is done, and it's quite striking.. .. Jodi's is almost done…..can't wait to hear the final.
A SMALL NUMBER OF OUT-OF-PRINT CDS AVAILABLE IN THE ONLINE SHOP
January 25 2007
due to a recent return from an overseas distributor we have come into possession of a small number of rare and out-of-print 12k and LINE titles.
word has gotten out about these and some have sold already before we updated our online shop. in order to put an end to bidding wars, or to avoid putting them on ebay, we are offering all of the titles at $25 each.
here is what's available:
12k1002 DRUM KOMPUTER "ALPHABET FLASHER" – 2 copies
12K1009 TETSU INOUE + TAYLOR DEUPREE "ACTIVE/FREEZE" – 1 copy
12K1013 TAYLOR DEUPREE "OCCUR" – 2 copies
12K1018 O/R "VARIED" – 3 copies
12K1019 MOTION "DUST" – 3 copies
12K1025 VARIOUS ARTISTS "E.A.D.G.B.E" – 1 copy
LINE012 STEINBRÜCHEL "CIRCA" – 1 copy
LINE019 MARK FELL "TEN TYPES OF ELSEWHERE" – 1 copy
all titles are now available in the only shop and are being sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. because it is possible for multiple copies to be purchased before we have a chance to remove them from the shop there is a chance that even after you purchase something it will no longer be available. if this is the case, we will inform you via email and refund your amount.
also, it should be noted, all cds are original pressings and are unopened and shrinkwrapped from the manufacturer.
if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email.
January 23 2007
i HIGHLY recommend every reader to check out WNYC's Radio Lab. it's a radio show on NPR and also Podcasted. it has to be one of the most interesting listens i've ever experienced.
Radio Lab® is an investigation. Each episode is a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. On RadioLab, science bumps into culture… information sounds like music.
Radio Lab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder, who are curious about the world but who also want to be moved and surprised.
you can get info here:
the Podcast is available via iTunes (free, of course), just search for WNYC, or RadioLab, and you should find it.
incredibly fascinating stuff, totally captivating.
January 14 2007
everything's in now… here are some pics. now to get writing the 20(ish) minute cd for my upcoming australian tour. cd is tentatively titled "photography" and will be out on Room 40 around april.
A FEW STOCK NOTIFICATIONS
January 12 2007
just a quick note on some cd stock news:
richard chartier "series" (LINE001) just sold out. no more copies of that left.
ghislain poirier "il n'y a pas de sud…" (12k1016) has only 7 copies left. that's the end of an era… the last 12k cd still available that was produced in slimline jewelcases before we moved over to digipack.
also, recently i received a return from a distributor that contains very few copies of some out of print material..! like "EADGBE" and mark fell's "ten types of elsewhere"… still trying to figure out how to sell these. they might go on ebay.
January 11 2007
first post in january… wow… been busy.. less posts here means more stuff in the 12k pipeline.
bought a new pair of studio monitors the other day: Adam A7.. really nice. a bit of a studio re-arranging is in order. been at it all day, rewiring everything. pictures to come soon!
2 new 12k cds in the works. Moskitoo "Drape"… info online soon… and the long-awaited, much-asked-for re-issue of one of 12k's classics.
i promise to write more soon!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
January 01 2007
i want to wish you all a happy, peaceful, productive, and creative 2007 and to sincerely thank you all for listening and supporting 12k and our artists for the past 10 years.
happy new year!
CHRISTMAS EVE: SONG OF THE DAY
December 24 2006
maybe a bit melancholy… but, wow, what a song:
SLOWDIVE "To Watch"
December 23 2006
sorry for the lengthy delay in posting. must be the christmas season. shopping, working, and, fortunately.. writing music and getting new stuff ready for release.
looks like it will be early february… but, the next 12k release is MOSKITOO "DRAPE"… at the new year i'll make a big announcement and release some info on Moskitoo. i just want to wait for the new year….
there will be a "cd single" for moskitoo released mostly as a promotional item, but some will be for sale. it features remixes from myself, frank bretschneider, and mark fell. should be ready for february as well.
following Moskitoo we'll see a full length release from Jodi Cave (featured on BLUEPRINTS)… it's turning out to be an amazing release. jodi's music, to me, is sort of "definitive 12k".. he fits right in and does what he does SO well.
in the next days it's christmas and i work to finish my own Moskitoo remix… just a week away from 12k's official 10-year anniversary.
oh, and a great new release you should all check out:
BENOIT PIOULARD "PRECIS" (kranky)
and some amazing software that i finally gave time to and ended up purchasing: Way Out Ware's ARP2600 soft synth… timeWarp 2600. the most analog sounding and behaving software i've ever heard. i always wanted an Arp2600.. apparently this is frighteningly close to the real thing. i love it…
A FEW THINGS FOR THE NEW YEAR
December 08 2006
this january marks 12k's 10-year anniversary and the first releases of the year are going to mark both a continuation of 12k's signature sound as well as something a bit new. the first 2 releases are going to be cds by Moskitoo and Jodi Cave (featured on Blueprints).
Moskitoo is Sanae Yamasaki from Sapporo, Japan. her music falls halfway between the sound of Happy and 12k… in a lengthy decision, i have decided to release it on 12k which opens up a lot of new possibilities for the label. Moskitoo's music is at times quirky, experimental, and pop. vocals, beats.. and opens up new avenues for the continous evolution of 12k.
in addition to the cd (titled "Drape") we will be releasing a limited edition cd-single with 3 remixes of songs from the album. remixers so far include myself, frank bretschneider, and one other (still confirming).
the other new release for the start of the year is from the UK's Jodi Cave. Jodi is featured on the Blueprints compilation and does, what i consider, the signature "12k sound" with absolute perfection and stunning detail. his cd (as yet untitled) is so expertly crafted with acoustic instruments and electronics.
these 2 new releases define 12k after 10 years… a continued passion for minimalist, digital music and a dedication to constantly shift the sound and explore new territories.