The second 12k sampler CD features 12 songs chronologically 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 music plus a re-cap of the past year. The CD is being sold for only $4/$6 (USA/INT’L respectively) and that includes shipping. It’s an inexpensive way to familiarize yourself with the latest on 12k.

12k welcomes two new artists to the roster: The Boats (UK) bring their electro-acoustics into song-structured territory with vocals and a rhythm section not often heard in the 12k camp. Illuha (JP) create incredibly tactile, textural music. Their debut CD Shizuku (release October 18, 2011) was recorded in a church in Washington state whose acoustics provide a beautiful spatial quality to their multi-instrumental music. Kane Ikin is a 12k veteran, though not under his own name. He’s one half of Solo Andata and his solo debut on 12k will come in the form of a 7” with extra digital-only tracks. Deep, dark and melodic stuff.

Label owner Taylor Deupree (US) surfaces with two collaborations: one with long-time cohort Savvas Ysatis (GR); this time they use nothing but analog synthesizers and reel to reel tape to create an incredibly layered wall of melodic air. The other collaboration is with one of 12k’s newest and most loved artists Marcus Fischer (US). Their duo culminated in one of 12k’s most ambitious releases to date: a boxed set containing a CD, 7” and booklet of photos all carefully crafted and designed. Fischer also makes an appearance on the sampler with a track from his Monocoastal CD which sold out only a few short weeks after its release.

Two very long-form releases appear as excerpts on Sampler 002: one of the four tracks on Kenneth Kirschner’s (US) epic 3-CD set Twenty Ten appears here in all of its decay and beauty and Moss (US) (a quartet consisting of Molly Berg, Olivia Block, Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello), a subtle work for clarinet and live instrumentation captured during a live performance also in a church with its wooden interior providing the perfect acoustic setting.

Long-time 12k roster member and favorite FourColor (JP) shows off his talents as a guitar maniuplator with “Iris Familiar” which features the breathy vox of 12k’s Sanae Yamasaki, also known as Moskitoo. And, the well-known Stephan Mathieu (DE) turns old 78rpm records into tonal drones that crackle with complexity and fragility.

The sampler nears the end with a delicate field study of Seaworthy + Matt Rösner (AU) who set up a small studio in a cabin while exploring and recording two lakes in the Australian countryside. Their gentle guitar and electronics blend as one with the expansive nature that surrounded them.

Finally, Murralin Lane (SE) round out the disc with their distressed but beautiful “When I Told You” whose grainy melodies and vocals are stretched on the edge of tension hauntingly lingering until the last seconds of sound fade from the speakers.


The Boats

The Boats are the well known duo of Craig Tattersall and Andrew Hargreaves, now joined by Danny Norbury on cello, as well as Chris Stewart and Elaine Reynolds on vocals. Craig has previously recorded under Hood, the Archivist and The Remote Viewer, runs the Cotton Goods label and co-runs the excellent Moteer and Mobeer labels with Andrew Johnson. Andrew Hargreaves records as Beppu and co-runs the Lacies’ label with his partner, Alice.

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Taylor Deupree

Technology and imperfection. The raw and the processed. Curator and curated. Solo explorer and gregarious collaborator. The life and work of Taylor Deupree are less a study in contradictions than a portrait of the multidisciplinary artist in a still-young century. Deupree is an accomplished sound artist whose recordings, rich with abstract atmospherics, have appeared on numerous record labels, and well as in site-specific installations at such institutions as the ICC (Tokyo, Japan) and the Yamaguchi…

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Marcus Fischer

Marcus Fischer (b.1977) is a musician & multimedia artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. With early beginnings in the LA independent music scene, Fischer moved from there to Olympia, Washington where in addition to drumming in various bands he found new opportunities to further experiment with sound, using tape loops and electronics. The journey led next to Portland, Oregon, where he continues to refine his experimentations. Field recordings, chance, and DIY instruments, coupled with acoustic…

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Keiichi Sugimoto is an artist and composer from Japan and plays in several sound projects such as FilFla, FourColor, Minamo and Fonica.His compositions have been released from record labels throughout the world such as 12K (US), apestaartje (US), Tom Lab (Germany), and HEADZ (Japan). As FourColor, his album Water Mirror was chosen among the best electronica albums in the The Wire (UK). He has also toured extensively in Europe, Asia, Australia, the United States, and Canada. He has provided numerous…

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Tomoyoshi Date and Corey Fuller, both currently residing in Tokyo, met in 2006 through their mutual friend and collaborator, Chihei Hatakeyama when Fuller was invited to play a show with Opitope in Tokyo. Living in separate places at the time (Date in Tokyo, and Fuller in Bellingham, WA) the two began collaborating when Date first visited the pacific northwest in 2008. Recorded in a historic 100+ year old church in Bellingham, WA, Shizuku is the duo’s debut…

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Kane Ikin

Kane Ikin (b.1982) is an Australian musician based in Melbourne.With his musical beginnings principally as a self-taught guitarist, early exposure to post punk/rock and electronic music sparked a desire for exploration beyond standard sounds, into synthesis, field recordings, found sound and heavily treated signal paths. Kane is most well know as one half of Solo Andata alongside Paul Fiocco. Solo Andata’s music is a collaboration of sound from organic materials, field recordings, and instruments. ‘Contrail’…

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Kenneth Kirschner

Kenneth Kirschner is a composer of experimental music working at the intersection of avant-garde classical composition and contemporary electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. An advocate of open source music, Kirschner releases all of his work freely online through his website,,…

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Stephan Mathieu

Stephan Mathieu is a self taught composer and performer of his own music, working in the fields of electroacoustics and abstract digitala. His sound is largely based on early instruments, environmental sound and obsolete media, which are recorded and transformed by means of experimental microphony, re-editing techniques and software processes involving spectral analysis and convolution; it has been compared to the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, the work of Colorfield artists Mark Rothko, Barnett…

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Seaworthy, a three piece collective that revolves around core member Cameron Webb as well as Sam Shinazzi and Greg Bird, was formed in early 2000 to explore melodic and experimental approaches to the construction (and unravelling) of minimalist sound scapes from looped guitar, warm drones, piano, electronics and field recordings. The compositions often blur the lines of conventional categorisation with elements traditionally considered part of “indie” or “post” rock blended with processed musical and field…

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Moss is a collaborative effort between Molly Berg, Olivia Block, Steve Roden, and Stephen Vitiello.

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Murralin Lane

Murralin Lane is David Wenngren (b.1981) and Ylva Wiklund (b.1986) based out of Eskilstuna, Sweden. Wenngren is known for his music as Library Tapes where he uses piano as the main source of sound in his textured and often deeply melancholic compositions. He also runs a label called Auetic. Murralin Lane started when Wenngren asked Wiklund to sing on a song which he thought would benefit from female vocals. She had never sung on any…

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Savvas Ysatis

A native of Athens Greece, Savvas Ysatis began with a fascination for synthesizers at the turn of the 80’s. Inspired to pursue his own electronic identity, at age 15 he left Athens for New York where he remained until the late 90’s. His work both solo and in collaboration has appeared on labels such as Instinct, KK, Plastic City, Caipirinha, V2, 12K, Tresor, Sony/BMG, and Nuevo under a multitude of aliases such as Omicron, Seti,…

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