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>> ANODIZE MARCH NEWSLETTER / 3.18.2015 <<


   

MICK CHILLAGE Pixels II (AD1503)
> Release date: early April / Limited edition of 100 in 4-panel digipak
Preorders, samples & info: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/pixels-ii-april

ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT Earthen (AD1504)
> Release date: early May / Limited edition of 50 in 4-panel digipak
Preorders, samples & info: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/earthen-may

Temperatures are rising, snowmelt is proceeding apace, and it isn't only the perennials finally emerging from arctic hibernation: a singular bounty of new releases and prime reissues are sprouting forth from seeds planted at Anodize HQ.

We're excited to reveal that two well-known label and recording veterans are ushering in the new season. Mick Chillage returns to the Anodize fold with volume two in his Pixels series of longform neuro-ambient works. Pixels II works the same phantasmic mojo as its predecessor, trading in irruptive gestures that shiver and undulate across an ever-shifting aural environment. Over its near hour-length lifespan, it's become evident that Mr. Chillage has truly earned his stripes as one of ambient music's best contemporary prognosticators, recalling not only classic FAX sides of the 90s era, but pointing the way towards all kinds of bright, impressionistic futures.

On Earthen, the latest from Gregory Kyryluk, aka Alpha Wave Movement, finds the artist bringing nearly 20 years of inventive electronic composition to bear on the auguring of six new, devastatingly beautiful soundscapes. While it's true that the music of AWM can comfortably nestle inside such rarified genre appellations as 'space music', 'ambient', 'meditative', or 'Berlin school', what always differentiates one AWM recording from the next is the fact that, to put a fine point on it, each dares to be different. Kyryluk is a master of texturalizing, his working methods revealing magnificently subtle sweeps of nuance and genuinely deft turns of tonal phrase. Priding himself on using a minimal array of analog gear, reverb units, and a surfeit of imagination & ideas, Kyryluk has released, out of a uniformly superb back catalog, what we feel to be one of the best AWM recordings yet.

   

PORT SAID Through Veils (ADRV1)
> Release date: end of March
Preorders, samples & info: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/through-veils-late-march

PORT SAID Eve of Departure (ADRV2)
> Release date: mid May
Preorders, samples & info: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/eve-of-departure-may

Starting in April, we launch a new Anodize subdivision called Recovery, whose mission is to realize little-known, obscure, and vital works onto CD. We couldn't think of a better way to initiate this venture than with the recorded catalog of Port Said, a DIY, downtown New York City duo from the early 80s comprised of musicians Stefan Tischler & Keith Keeler Walsh. Influenced by Cluster, Harmonia, Conrad Schnitzler, Eno, and Hassell, Tischler & Walsh forged a truly unique form of multikulti synth music, augmented by cheapjack drum machines, assorted hand-played percussion, and vintage analog electronics, aided by the guitars of Bill Laswell cohort and Material session player Cliff Cultreri. Port Said's clutch of self-released cassettes were legendary amongst those savvy enough to catch their few live performances; their recorded legacy remains innovative to this day, and every bit as relevant beyond such fleeting contexts as 80s revivalism. Beginning with the incomparable Through Veils, followed by Eve of Departure in May, and concluding with the final two titles, Traveler's Companion and Crossings, later this summer, Recovery is proud to breathe new life into a chapter of NYC electronic history that has been little documented before.

SALE ITEMS

Now's the time to grab some older Anodize prices at reduced prices before they vanish altogether. Be sure to sample last year's excellent reissue of The Pool's pioneering synthwork and Fatal Tangent's arch ambient abstractions, each of which have now been marked down to just $12. There are also a handful of copies still remaining of our Robert Rich, Within Reason, and Lingua Lustra releases, reduced in price to $10. Plus, be sure to head over to the page of sister label Periphery to see our items there as well. Richard Lainhart's superb album Polychromatic Integers, and the sterling compilation Home Patterning, featuring Rapoon, Tim Motzer, Robert Rich, Chuck van Zyl, Malcolm Cecil, and many more, can be had for only $10 each, or as a combo pack for just $16. Info here: https://otperiphery.com

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Anodize is a locus for music electronic, experimental and otherwise, representing the finest in tactile visual audio. Issued in both collector's edition tins and multi-panel digipaks, Anodize's mandate emphasizes the continuing relevance and artistic value of the physical CD, what it represents historically, culturally, and physically as the ideal playback media for high-quaity, recorded sound.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Edgar Froese in tribute
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:48:42 PM »
It certainly feels terrible to actually have to type & announce, but if many of you have yet to hear, Edgar Froese died on January 20th.

As I've written elsewhere, I'm sitting here trying to come to terms with that, on so many different levels. Icon, pioneer, visionaryyou can levy these sobriquets at him, and while applicable, it seems all too easy resorting to obvious signifiers, as if such by-rote labeling is enough to measure the man's historical weight. Tangerine Dream was my entre into the world of electronic music, environments augured by Mssrs. Froese, Franke, Baumann, Schmoelling, et al, that to my young ears was a vivid, life-altering, ear-bending reveal of science fiction worlds initialized in sound. "Force Majeure" was the first TD album I bought, and it did my head in葉he vast rainbow of elusive, multi-hued sounds & patterns on the album has rarely been eclipsed in successive years, and while I of course embrace all their classic work, that's the record that remains their masterpiece to me.

I interviewed Edgar for the second issue of my print magazine "i/e" back in '92, and it was an encounter I remember well; he was gregarious, attentive, and intense. I had just witnessed their superb performance at the Scottsdale Amphitheatre in Arizona, after which Edgar & I spent a memorable hour privately talking in the building's exit stairwell. I can still recall how fixed his gaze was on me, answering my questions with great detail and obvious enthusiasm. I'll never forget the experience預nd despite the band's arguably diminishing aural returns the past few decades, the legacy of what Froese & TD wrought through their expert knob twiddling remains uncontestable. Edgar and his group's influence on my life, as a writer, listener, performer, and collector of electronic music is incalcuable, immeasurable, and surely informs the foundation of my interests in these musics for over four decades.

Thru metamorphic rocks indeed...

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ANODIZE / NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER / 11.28.14

NOW AVAILABLE




FATAL TANGENT Cenotaph [AD1410] / Limited edition of 100 in 4-panel digipak
Samples / info: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/cenotaph-november

DAVID MORLEY Sanctum [AD1411] / Limited edition of 200 in 4-panel digipak
Samples / info: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/sanctum-december

November's Anodize update is short and sweet, as, frankly, we feel the music really speaks for itself.

First up, the duo of Arne Weinberg and John Shima team up for their debut outing as Fatal Tangent, diverging from their more rhythmic-based solo works of modern techno to indulge in adjunct forms of chalky ambience, macroscopic pulsations, and surreal soundforms. Alternately dark yet serene, Cenotaph's galvanizing tones somehow manage to reveal starstruck wonder, fixing its gaze on spaces of both the inner and outer kind. Temporal electronica for which the term "ambient" simply provides useful reference points; in truth, the layers of sound at play here feel, act, and vibrate with intensities rarely displayed in typical 'genre' music.

In December comes the stunning new David Morley album, Sanctum, which eclipses the tones and textures of his earlier Ghosts in ways that best be described as innovative. Echoing the finest strains of 90s so-called IDM and various errant beat musics, Morley's keen production skills and deft composition acumen pays off in spades on this go-'round, channelling the feel of Monolake, early Black Dog, and B12 with amazing skill. But comparisons don't do this recording justice: the sound design and rush of ideas present on Sanctum have yielded one of the finer slices of electronica to grace this or any other year. Miss at your own peril!

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UPCOMING

EMERALD WEB Catspaw [AD1412] / Limited edition of 100 in six-panel digipak
Samples / info: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/catspaw-december

Anodize is proud to announce the reissue of Catspaw, Emerald Web's seminal 1986 recording, first released on synthesist Larry Fast/Synergy's Audion label. Remastered from the original tapes and featuring an additional collection of unreleased recordings from the same timeframe, Catspaw's haunting yet hypnotic weaving of flute, woodwinds, and prime-era analog synths (Moogs, Arps, etc.) transcended the vagaries of pithy 'new age' music in the service of compositions far more imaginative, breathtaking and timeless.

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Anodize is a locus for music electronic, experimental and otherwise, representing the finest in tactile visual audio. Silver through and through, produced in collector's edition tins and multi-panel digipaks, Anodize's mandate emphasizes the continuing relevance and artistic value of the physical CD, what it represents historically, culturally, and physically as the ideal playback media for high-quaity, recorded sound.

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ANODIZE / OCTOBER & FALL NEWS / The Pool, Emerald Web reissues, & more



THE POOL
333+
[AD1409]

Release date: 10.31.2014 / Preorders, samples & info: http://tiny.cc/1pa1nx



Autumn has finally revealed itself in a burst of colorful splendor around these parts, and here at Anodize HQ we're responding in kind with our own collection of equally vivid aural delicacies ripe for the picking.

In this, the 14th year of the millennium, the dissemination/distribution of music continues to wrestle with numerous artistic and economic dilemmas, offering no adequate exit out of the maze of its own bewildering pretzel (il)logic. The format wars (or, at the very least, skirmishes) wage on. CD vs. vinyl? Physical hard media vs. digital ether? In what form should music be released despite multimedia brainwashing and the endless parade of dis/misinformation?

For us, it's simple: we remain committed to the silver, factory-pressed CD and its attendant physicality. Beginning with the upcoming release by The Pool, all subsequent Anodize issues will be in newly designed six-panel digipaks, the better to augment each musician's varied sonic hues, tints, and textures.

To that end, it gives us great pleasure to kickoff the final quarter of 2014 with not only two timely reissues but a couple of new recordings by artists both forging reputations and building upon established ones.

One of a handful of recordings long cherished by those of us at Anodize, languishing for more than thirty years in relative obscurity, finally arrives on silver platter. 333+, by The Pool, aka Austin, Texas multi-instrumentalist Patrick Keel, trades on a brand of DIY applied rhythmic technology that realigns Bill Nelson, Manuel Gottsching, and John Foxx with contemporary artists making similarly-themed gestures. Originally released on Enigma Records in 1984, Keel's sparkling works presaged the following decades' techno-electro hybrids in a particularly distinctive fashion, decorated with his charming homespun singspeak and deft instrumental keyboard calisthenics. Compiling The Pool's sole LP together with two EPs from the same period, 333+ features, among other offerings, the widescreen synth fantasia "Heavenly Voices", a chugging version of Henry Mancini痴 撤eter Gunn theme, and the cult-klatch nugget "Dance It Down", a wonderfully awry 80s club staple of Afrika Bambaataa痴 then legendary Danceteria DJ sets.

Experiencing such far-ranging methodologies, refracted in the unironic stylistic prism of 2014, renders these recordings more prescient now than ever. We think you'll agree.

Limited edition of 200 in six-panel digipak.



UPCOMING



FATAL TANGENT
Cenotaph
[AD1410]

Release date: 11.30.2014 / Samples & info: tiny.cc/gba1nx

Arne Weinburg and John Shima comprise the duo calling themselves Fatal Tangent. Embracing the rich history of analog synth technology for their own febrile ends, they've created with Cenotaph a recording of dark, probing, mysterious ambient throb crisscrossed by a spiderweb of modular pulse patterns. Weinburg also owns & operates the Diametric label, while partner Shima's resum reveals a diverse weaving of ambient dub, techno, and other prickly modes of indefinable electronica. Intersecting the work of similar contemporary artists such as Robert Henke/Monolake, Thomas Koner, Pete Namlook, 'Ramp, Ian Boddy, and Oneohtrix Point Never, Fatal Tangent's peek into all manners of opaque regions and unsettling sonorities makes for a richly-earned listening experience.



EMERALD WEB
Catspaw
[AD1411]

Release date: 12.16.2014 / Samples & info: tiny.cc/yka1nx

As the second of our other highly anticipated editions of the season, Anodize is proud to announce the reissue of Catspaw, Emerald Web's seminal 1986 recording, first released on synthesist Larry Fast/Synergy's Audion label. Remastered from the original tapes and featuring a second disc of unreleased recordings from the same timeframe, Catspaw's haunting yet hypnotic weaving of flute, woodwinds, and prime-era analog synths (Moogs, Arps, etc.) transcended the vagaries of pithy 'new age' music in the service of compositions far more imaginative, breathtaking and timeless. Nearly three decades later, Emerald Web's Kat Epple and the late Bob Stohl are finally achieving the recognition they have so richly deserved.



DAVID MORLEY
David Morley (title TBA)
[AD1412]

Release date: 12.30.2014 / Info: tiny.cc/dja1nx

Esteemed UK electronica composer David Morley, whose Tilted album, released in the 90s on the famed R&S label, remains one of that imprint's gems of cinematic ambient/IDM, sharing an ethos with other classics of the era such as early John Beltran and Detroit Escalator Co's Soundtrack 313. Morley's debut for Anodize promises to be a real corker, as we anticipate the music's subsequent gestation and his painstaking approach to sonic detail heralding a welcome return to form and function. Sound samples to be posted on the album's release page in the coming weeks.



IRISLIGHT
Primordial Soleus Beam
[AD1501]

Release date: 1.27.2015 / Samples & info: tiny.cc/tga1nx

Adam Sykes was owner/operator of the well-regarded Iris Light label (1996-2007), an issuer of fine random access electronica by the likes of Aube, Penumbra, Blue, and Maeror Tri, amongst many others. Now reclaiming the label name as his newest alter-ego, Sykes premiers a single, longform work of edgy ambient moods, mindstates, and malcontents. After providing us with advance teasers of the latest headscape, it's become obvious to us that the choice of Irislight as Sykes's recording entity illustrates something quite special indeed.

2015 at a glance: new recordings by Alpha Wave Movement, Ambidextrous, Robert Scott Thompson, Peter Davidson, Yamaoka, Mick Chillage, Sonic Combine (Kat Epple of Emerald Web avant-electronic/percussion side project), Slowdazzle, As If (superb ambient dub techno), & Within Reason, plus reissues/CD debuts by Helix (Eraldo Bernocchi duo IDM project from the 90s), Crystal "Rainbow Voyagers" (classic early 80s synth/space album), Craig Padilla "Sonar", Moebius (not the German artist but an 80s LA trio including Steve Roach), and more.

As always, we appreciate your continuing support of Anodize & its artists.



Anodize is a locus for music electronic, experimental and otherwise, representing the finest in tactile visual audio. Silver through and through, produced in collector's edition tins and six-panel digipaks, Anodize's mandate emphasizes the continuing relevance and artistic value of the physical CD, what it represents historically, culturally, and physically as the ideal playback media for high-quaity, recorded sound.

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ANODIZE tactile visual audio

> APRIL UPDATE <

Always limited and eminently collectable, Anodize titles exude silver in all its opulent glory. Issued in editions of 100-150 manufactured CDs housed in unique rectangular tins, Anodize remains committed to the physical CD, with its audiovisual synergy and superfine dynamics.

Spring has finally arrived here at Anodize HQ, and with it, the first releases of the new season. As can be seen from the cover icons above, this year's eclectic and diverse lineup continues, featuring artists who restlessly seek to stretch boundaries, wrestle with genre preconception, and ultimately forge an abundance of captivating, invigorating soundworlds.

RAPOON Conduits and Estuaries (AD1402) / AVAILABLE LATE APRIL
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/conduits-and-estuaries-april


This month we're very pleased to present the new release by Robin Storey, aka Rapoon, who has built up one of the more formidable catalogs in electronica, and whose outing here, Conduits and Estuaries, captures his singular module motions live and in the moment. Recorded in 2011 during his performance at Northeast NJ's One Thousand Pulses concert series, Rapoon's knack for arch sonic ritualism and ragged, primordial irruptions make for truly mutant atmospheres. After thirty-plus years, the Rapoon imperative shows no signs of age; in fact, Conduits and Estuaries reveals that Storey's imagistic sleight of hand has never been sharper.

LINGUA LUSTRA Arc (AD1403) / MAY
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/arc-may


Dutch electronic artist Lingua Lustra makes his Anodize debut with this six-track work of elegaic, expansive electronics. Previous releases on Databloem earmarked him as one of the more intrepid space adventurists on the gantry. Arc does just that, auguring a luminous narrative that moves a ever-shifting realm of landscape and strange fauna. Performed on a variety of analog and digital instruments, programmed live, a journey into deep space, pondering the infinite, landing on Earth.

WITHIN REASON Farshadow (AD1404) / JUNE
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/farshadow-june


Within Reason is the nom de disque of Gregory Kyryluk, who also composes achingly original, folded-space music as Alpha Wave Movement. Processing aberrant, mutant strains of post-Augustus Pablo dub with the latest state-of-the-art dreadnought synthesis, Within Reason travels through boulevards adjunct to the Basic Channel/Chain Reaction contingent, ingeniously devising a truly original take on the now well-worn ambientdubtechno soundgrid.

MICK CHILLAGE Pixels (AD1405) / JUNE
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/pixels-june


Mick Chillage's rise in electronica circles has been fairly meteoric, further illustrated by not one but two releases gracing the label this year. Known for solo recordings on labels such as the late, lamented FAX and his Autumn of Communion collaborative project with Lee Norris, the second volume of which was released on Anodize in 2013, Chillage's latest, Pixels, walks through a curious forest of sprightly electronic undergrowth and subtle, whispery rhythm patterns. Later in the summer, Chillage reveals the drum machine dada of his mysterious electro project, temporarily operating under the alias of Aglow Abuzz.

STILL OF SERIOUS INTEREST / There are a few copies remaining of last year's Anodize releases:

> WITHIN REASON Transient Broadcasts (AD1301) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/transient-broadcasts
More superb, innovative ambientdubtech & interstatial thrust & thrum from the man who also trades as Alpha Wave Movement

> AUTUMN OF COMMUNION Autumn of Communion 2 (AD1302) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/autumn-of-communion-summer-2013
Already considered one of the best ambient albums of 2013, Lee Norris & Mick Chillage follow-up their former Fax release with another edition of well-wrought, multi-dimensional soundtracks & strange, errant pulsations

> ISHQAMATICS Earthbound (AD1303) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/ishqamatics-fall-2013
Lee Norris, aka Norken, Metamatics, et al, teaming up with UK sound portraitist ISHQ to yield an original work of austere, rugged beauty set adrift amongst fields of occasionally thorny rhythmic patterns

> ROBERT RICH Morphology (AD1304) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/morphology
Recorded on May 15, 2010 in New Jersey, USA at the One Thousand Pulses concert series, masterful electronic musician Robert Rich set the surrounding environs to light, skillfully utilizing both hands-on analog gear, controllers, and homemade wind instruments to realize a true one-of-a-kind listening experience that could only have been witnessed in a live setting. Now it's silver imprinted to be enjoyed outside it's original recording space.

And in the months to follow, a number of items we're very excited about, including a 2-CD edition/reissue of Emerald Web's classic 80s album Catspaw, the return of former R&S artist and veteran UK electronica/IDMer David Morley, and finally making its CD debut, a two-disc reissue of the obscure but influential synth/synth-pop recording by Texas musician Patrick Keel, better known as The Pool.

Thanks for your continuing interest & support of Anodize and their respective artists. More to come!

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DARREN BERGSTEIN
Anodize / tactile visual audio
> anodizesound.com / otperiphery.com

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Marketplace / F/A Rare Herbie Hancock, techno, IDM, and other electronica
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:51:31 AM »
Expiring in two days: some great classic (Japanese import) material from Herbie Hancock, along with some other fine electronica, IDM, experimental music & otherwise. Here:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/ubikman/m.html?item=181242672824&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

Most have $0.99 starting bids.

Good luck!

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Been gathering my thoughts after reading the original editorial. Have wanted to chime in, but...am uncertain. There's so much to say, reflect upon, and consider regarding the crux of the article I'm not sure where to begin...

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:22:41 PM »
The finale was about as 'perfect' (or should I say ideal?) as it could be, a brilliant end to a brilliant series. I'm not a big TV watcher, but so many friends & colleagues had bragged about how superb the show was, I picked up all the DVD box sets last month & binge-watched until I caught up. Like the series' central product, the show itself is addictive, hypnotic, and mesmerizing (or was :) ). Five seasons of "whoa!"

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ISHQAMATICS / Earthbound / AD1303

> CD NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE / LIMITED EDITION OF 300 <

Hello to all:

Anodize is very pleased to announce the official release of Earthbound, by Ishqamatics, the teaming together of longtime UK ambient icon ISHQ (aka Matt Hillier) with fellow sonic nomad Metamatics (aka Lee Anthony Norris, late of Autumn of Communion, Norken, Nacht Plank, etc.)

The CD can be purchased & previewed here:

http://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/earthbound

Earthbound represents the first collaboration between two long-standing & highly regarded figures of contemporary electronica: Matt Hillier, aka ISHQ, and Lee Anthony Norris, aka Metamatics (amongst numerous other aliases). Merging sensibilities that encompass everything from polymorphously exotic ambient & perception-altering harmonic soundplay to pillowy rhythmic contraptions, both Hillier & Norris effectively repurpose a multitude of landscapes afloat on both digitized pixeldust and the gorgeous pulsations of warm, humid analogics.

Matt Hillier, best known to ambient aficionados as ISHQ, makes music informed with Buddhist, Sufist, yoga/tantra & other consciousness-raising philosophies as much as by the psychedelic flavors infusing much of the hybrid scenes sprinkled throughout 90s electronic music. His 2001 debut as ISHQ, Orchid, has long been regarded as a touchstone in UK ambient, and subsequent recordings has not diminished that stature. In fact, Hillier remains as busy as ever, recording as Elve and Ishvara, and defining his own unique aesthetic via his label Virtual.

Lee Anthony Norris doesn't rest on his laurels, either. He's a jack-of-all-trades genre-wise謡hether churning out regal robot electro as Metamatics, glistening ambience as Nacht Plank, or sepia-tinted plangent techno as Norken, it's all part of the same dazzling puzzle. Norris is currently on a roll, with a baker's dozen of releases throughout 2013 and into 2014 plastered across his own .txt label in addition to work on Anodize and many other imprints. His early Norken records on UK label Hydrogen Dukebox are classics of beat construct and Detroitian depth, and his recent Anodize collaboration with Mick Chillage, the 2nd installment of their ongoing Autumn of Communion series, emphasizes the nomadic aspects of his always fascinating sound design. "Earthbound" perhaps様ooking skywards, definitely.

US-based CD label Anodize is a locus for tactile visual audio. Cutting across genre boundaries, actualizing imagistic sounds from some of the most provocative electronic & experimental sonic artisans out there, all the label痴 titles exude silver in all its opulent glory, featuring real-world manufactured CDs housed in rectangular, collectors edition stickered tins containing a two-panel insert, limited to just 300 copies. Anodize prides itself on the artistic value inherent in the physical object, what it represents historically & literally to the aural & visual mediums simultaneously vanishing into the digital ether.

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AUTUMN OF COMMUNION
AUTUMN OF COMMUNION 2

> DISC AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE <

Hello to all:

Anodize is very pleased to announce the official release of Autumn of Communion's Autumn of Communion 2, available for purchase on the album's release page:

http://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/autumn-of-communion-summer-2013

The follow-up to their highly-regarded Fax release, Autumn of Communion is the duo of electronica jack-of-all-trades Lee Norris (Metamatics, Norken, Nacht Plank) & British musician Michael Gainford (Mick Chillage). AoC was not only their debut on Pete Namlook's legendary Fax label, but his untimely passing meant it was the label's swansong as well. On this sequel, the duo further explore the sensate spaces between your ears, where silence and motion assume grand proportions, rhythms arise, pulse, then dissipate, and tranquility is found at the murky intersections of shadow and substance.

More of a headrush than its predecessor, an aural snapshot recalling the pioneering early 90s heyday of ambient dub and IDM hybrids, "Autumn of Communion 2" does both its creators and Namlook's legacy proud.

The Autumn of Communion project was yielded from the combined interests and sensibilities of its core members. Though now based in Italy, Lee Norris has been a longtime fixture on the UK electronica/IDM nexus, having traded variously as Metamatics, Norken, Nacht Plank, Ashtoreth's Gate and many others. Under those guises, and across labels such as Hydrogen Dukebox, Clear and his own (late) Neo Ouija, Norris has realized some of his generation's finest recordings, the Metamatics and Norken releases being particularly innovative examples of a distinctive embracing of warm IDM and proto-rhythmic tropes. Norris shows no signs of slowing down, with upcoming releases highlighting a journeyman's variety of styles, all of which he fairly eclipses, thank you very much.

Michael Gainford, aka Mick Chillage, has been steadily building his own catalog of impressive proportions, crisscrossing with ease over the boundaries of ambient & post-dance tried-and-truisms, stamping such genres with a vitality and sense of imagination wholly his own. Whether releasing on Pete Namlook's Fax label, Norris's ...txt, or Psychonavigation, Chillage reveals a knack for twisting categorical vocabularies to suit his own ends; the better elements that arose during the now bygone era of late 20th century British electronica are reacquired and subsequently mutated thanks to Chillage's grit and gear.

As Pete Namlook described on the duo's Fax release page, "Autumn Of Communion was born almost as quickly as the seasons themselves change. In summer of 2012 Lee and Mick discussed a collaboration which could possibly convey everything they love about electronic music, movies, the mysteries of nature/life and beyond by combining each of their own musical idiosyncrasies. A common ground quickly resulted in a synergistic kaleidoscope of deeply atmospheric drones, lush synthwork and emotive melody with environmental touches and intricate rhythmic details which reflect a hint of classic 90s ambient/electronica." Autumn of Communion 2 takes such proceeds forward, working through numerous mindstates while marching to the beat of its own psychedelic drummer.

A Periphery subdivision, Anodize is a locus for tactile visual audio. Cutting across genre boundaries, actualizing imagistic sounds from some of the most provocative electronic & experimental sonic artisans out there, all the label痴 titles exude silver in all its opulent glory, featuring real-world manufactured CDs housed in rectangular, collectors edition stickered tins containing a two-panel insert, limited to just 300 copies. Anodize prides itself on the artistic value inherent in the physical object, what it represents historically & literally to the aural & visual mediums simultaneously vanishing into the digital ether.

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Sounds very appealing, especially some of the later tracks.

Is there going to be an MP3 only release for people who just want the music?

Downloads are handled by the respective artists on their own designated sites; I just release the physical editions.

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AUTUMN OF COMMUNION
AUTUMN OF COMMUNION 2
AD1302 CD / Edition of 300

> TRACKS NOW POSTED FOR PREVIEW / DISC AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER <

RELEASE DATE: 6/5/13



Hello to all:

Anodize is very pleased to announce that the upcoming Autumn of Communion 2 is now available for preview on the album's release page:

http://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/autumn-of-communion-summer-2013

The follow-up to their highly-regarded Fax release, Autumn of Communion is the duo of electronica jack-of-all-trades Lee Norris (Metamatics, Norken, Nacht Plank) & British musician Michael Gainford (Mick Chillage). AoC was not only their debut on Pete Namlook's legendary Fax label, but his untimely passing meant it was the label's swansong as well.

Anodize is proud to be releasing the duo's beautifully constructed follow-up, simply called Autumn of Communion 2. AoC 2 works through minimal and maximal zones of abstract sound, a very Fax-like record in feel that recalls not only the heyday of early 90s experimental IDM/environmental space music hybrids but some of the classic Namlook generated albums of that period.

A Periphery subdivision, Anodize is a locus for tactile visual audio. Cutting across genre boundaries, actualizing imagistic sounds from some of the most provocative electronic & experimental sonic artisans out there, all the label痴 titles exude silver in all its opulent glory, featuring real-world manufactured CDs housed in rectangular, collectors edition stickered tins containing a two-panel insert, limited to just 300 copies. Anodize prides itself on the artistic value inherent in the physical object, what it represents historically & literally to the aural & visual mediums simultaneously vanishing into the digital ether.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:25:31 PM »
btw. just discovered a most terrific new Live CD by Benjamin Brunn...

You're killing me, Jim! ;)

As much as I keep up with just about *everything* that gets released out there in the big wide world of silver diskees (yeah it's about impossible, but I do make a concerted effort), something inevitably slips under me radar. Case in point is that Versalife release you mentioned; found a copy directly via Amazon and ordered it immediately, en route & delivered Thursday. Appreciate the lead.

And now thanks for the heads-up as well on the Brunn - have & love all his work. Just purchased both it and the Map.ache disc via Kann.

Never ends (thankfully)...


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Will soundclips be available for Autumn of communion 2?

Yes, by mid-May. Official news to follow soon.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:35:52 AM »
This weekend
Pub :: Do You Remember Pantomime

re, Pub: Just ordered his new release about a week ago...have always loved his work, particularly Summer, which is like Manuel Gottsching mutated, and with soft/hard synths instead of gee-tars...utterly brilliant.

Also a bunch'a Hic Sunt Leones dropping, including issues by Aglaia & Alio Die.

Will be trekking in to Manhattan shortly to pick up the new Pan American and Traversable Wormhole discs, some of which might get debuted on my radio show later this evening...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:58:00 PM »
As a tribute to Gigi & the important body of work he produced in the field, this weekend's edition of my Sunday Evening Sinewaves radio show will devote its middle hour to the work of Oophoi, both solo & in collaboration. Tune in here:

http://www.homegrownradionj.com/DJs/shows/Sinewaves.htm




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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 06:15:27 AM »
Mike:

Based on your words, wasn't aware he was battling some kind of illness for some time. Regardless, that information doesn't make his passing any easier to take. Still pretty stunned myself.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 05:42:18 AM »
Just heard the shocking news of Gianluigi's passing. Very scant information exists; only heard about it via Facebook this morning. I've followed, reviewed, and acquired his recordings from the very beginning of his sterling career, as well as having known him both personally & professionally since the early 90s. We exchanged correspondences for years; he was also frequently covered in both of my magazines i/e & e/i. Terribly, terribly sad, and he will most certainly be greatly missed.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:27:22 AM »
Wire - Change Becomes Us (I'm really digging their new one--a bit of Pink Flag, a bit of 154, a little of everything)

Awaiting my copy - I ordered one of the bundles via pinkflag.com, which includes the spec. ed. disc, the new Wire book, & t-shirt. Hopefully sometime over the next week, but intl postage being what it is, who knows...

However, been playing the hell out of lately, and re-investigating, as it were, Object 47, their disc of a few years back. Like most Wire albums, it revealed its many sonic delicacies thanks to repeated listening. "Mekon Headman" & "Are You Ready" particularly are two of the finest drops ;) Wire's produced in the 00s ("One of Us", too). Lyrically, the wordplay of Newman & Lewis is unparalleled in rock - simply brilliant. Looking forward to their show in NYC in July.

Though I prefer the more experimental (ne electronic) approaches of their post 80s phase(s), I've been a major Wire enthusiast since Pink Flag, in addition to owning all the members's solo albums, plus adjunct projects & labels (Dome, Duet Emmo, HALO, He Said, He Said Omala, Newman's Swim label releases, etc.). And let's not forget the significantly underrated masterpiece of electronica that was the lone Wir album The First Letter, which even devotees of the band seem to either ignore or dismiss (to their disadvantage, I might add).

Personally, I've felt the boys capable of very few bum notes throughout a large catalog & across decades of recalibration & reinvention. As you might deduce, they're pretty big in my book. Any other forum denizens other than Forrest of a similar persuasion?

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Be sure to tune in to my show this evening, March 17, from 6-9 PM EST / US time, as I will be featuring a special on Germanic electronic music, it's beginnings, influences, and varied creators.

The special will air in the middle hour, from 7-8 PM - enjoy and thanx for listening.

> http://www.homegrownradionj.com/DJs/shows/Sinewaves.htm

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