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  • fousek / hansen / teller-craig – no sound without a misunderstanding – spring break tapes

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    Recorded live in two improvised sessions ahead of their first performance in Montreal’s experimental underground, No Sound Without A Misunderstanding documents the earliest encounters between veteran Roger Tellier-Craig (Le Révélateur, Fly Pan Am) and relative newcomers Devon Hansen (D.Hansen, Stefan Jós) and Karl Fousek.

    Analog FM synthesis, processed percussion samples, sub-bass pulses and ring-modulated textures coalesce over detailed drones and washes of noisy DSP, as the trio begin to articulate a shared and hybrid approach to live electronics.

  • avery gabbiano — oracles & chambers – spring break tapes

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    Heavily influenced by sacred geometry and marine life, Avery Gabbiano has produced a serene and meditative journey in the unknown with Oracles & Chambers. He combines aquatic tones, both synthesized and organically captured, with field recordings that coalesce to create a stunning sophomore effort.

  • head dress – rose – spring break tapes

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    With twelve releases in less than two years and no signs of slowing his prolific progress, Head Dress forges on with Rose, using modular synths to generate complex rhythms and unique pattern variations. The man behind the project is one Ted James Butler who you may recognize from his well established cassette podcast, Norelco Mori.

  • amulets – auras – spring break tapes

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    Randall Taylor aka Amulets has quickly become a staple in the cassette community self releasing the majority of his work. He fuses lush drones and layers of processed guitar loops along with samples from his vast library of field recordings which result in elegant and nostalgic long-form compositions. Fans will hear similarities here compared to previous work but undoubtedly will also notice Amulets honing his talents on Auras, giving us one of his finest tapes to date.

  • peter kris – rim of the world – spring break tapes

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    There is a massive region in Southern California, just east of Los Angeles, that’s known as the Inland Empire. Comprised of two of the biggest counties in the nation, Riverside and San Bernardino, the 27,000 mile spread is a dramatic mix of wealth-driven development and hopeless decline.

    Prospering communities, such as Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga, border economic failures like the City of San Bernardino. And beyond these suburban dwellings exists an entire landscape of dying cities that are fast becoming ghost towns.

    As the cost of living in Los Angeles continues to rise, a number of former Angelinos are seeking refuge in the lower income areas within the Inland Empire, specifically San Bernardino County.

    The population in this area has surpassed 2 million. As that number continues to grow, job opportunities dwindle. City budgets have been cut, public services have been limited and most residents struggle to make a living. The only things not in decline are crime rates and the population of homeless and the discarded mentally ill.

    Peter Kris has lived in this region most of his life. He’s dedicated himself to exploring the vast landscape in an effort to photograph and document what’s left of the forgotten and crumbling infrastructure before it vanishes.

    Rim Of the World is a sonic and visual documentation of this decline and disintegration. The release includes an 8 song cassette and a zine that documents modern ruins as photographed by Peter Kris.

    Each cassette will feature an original, one-of-a-kind instant film photograph cover. These photos were selected from a batch of one hundred shot over the course of a day in and around San Bernardino.

    Peter Kris is the founding member of German Army.

    — 8 song cassette
    — Photography zine
    — One of a kind cover art
    — Digital download

  • auxiliary priest – in the last days of the sutro fog – spring break tapes

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    The fog could be the only anchor you had to life outside the bubble. It felt like a clock made of pressure and water droplets and air. We added to and took from it with our breathing. Some afternoons on Fulton, walking uphill towards the park, it felt like personalized rain. It was there to help us. It kept things alive, if causing limited visibility and a few car crashes.

    I bottled some before we left. As a joke, maybe. “It’ll be nice to take this along.” I didn’t intend it as theft, or as a prank. I didn’t have any idea I’d be saving the last of a sentient lifeforce on the brink of extinction.

    This is what it remembers about its life in the last days of the Sutro fog.

  • monte burrows – fantasy living – spring break tapes

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    Four parallel smokestacks protrude from a prairie of calcareous ooze, the tallest headstones in a graveyard of fallen whales. These monolithic cylinders lead downward into a submerged necropolis, where sculptures and skeletons have been rendered indistinguishable by thick layers of marine snow and rust. All the colors of entropy can be found in the nebulous fungi that spatter what little driftwood remains undigested.

    Although mankind lost this vessel only a few decades ago, as far as the water nymphs are concerned, this ironclad temple has been present for centuries. It is the house of worship for their god of rust, who presides over death in the disputed territories between Earth and Sea. His priestesses perform rites of decay in the engine room, offering putrid mixtures of dolphin’s milk and petroleum to the silenced machines within.

    The memories of humans and ondines alike melt together as the surrounding ecosystem slowly claims their mortal remains. Through this synthesis, we experience the strange incantations of undersea magic alongside the last words of those entombed below deck. These echoes can be rewound and replayed as part of their now-shared reality, an impossible story of fantasy living rising from the paradoxical deep.

    — Uel Aramchek

  • ali helnwein – voyage – spring break tapes

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    Ali Helnwein’s Voyage is what an amusement park adventure ride would entail in a universe in which magic is not limited to parlour tricks or the realm of fantasy. The scenery is aural and yet the experience is almost cinematic – something one can see as well as hear.

    At first the cassette is almost exceeding odd; odd enough to make you understand you are facing the unfamiliar, something that years of listening to the pace, rhythm and aesthetics of more conventional music have ill equipped you to anticipate. The influences are manifold: a consuming passion for everything Baroque, a flavour of science fiction and 1980’s 8-Bit chiptunes and a thousand other ingredients all combined in a drive for pure creation and experimentation. The influences flower and wilt without warning, embracing a Zen like sense of transience as different types of sounds crop up and recede or meld into something new.

    Pop the tape in your tape-deck, sit down and really listen. It will be hard to keep the images from flooding your mind. Let it take hold and enjoy the journey.

  • 夕方の犬 dog in the evening) – oct.16 1964 – spring break tapes

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    In 1963, 100 countries endorsed the Limited Test Ban Treaty to end the threat of radioactive pollution from atmospheric nuclear testing.

    However, one year later, on October 16, 1964, China started conducting it’s own testing and continued to do so through July 29, 1996.

    The effects of China’s nuclear testing on human health, animals and the environment are largely unexplored due to the lack of publically available official data. A study carried out by the Japanese physicist Professor Jun Takada suggests that peak levels of radioactivity from China’s large-yield tests exceeded that of the 1986 Chernobyl reactor accident and seriously affected local populations.

    For Japanese artist 夕方の犬 (Dog in the Evening) this part of history and it’s impact is an important one. He has composed 5 serene tracks corresponding to 5 of the 45 dates that China conducted atmospheric nuclear testing in an effort to bring awareness to these events.

  • junior pande – five – spring break tapes

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    Junior Pande’s Five is a telephone exchange full of funk and old school beats. Feathered jazz and brash rap rhythms mingle with soulful vocal samples, airy synths and scrubs and scratches that just get the itch.

    Some tracks hit you like percussive, concussive uppercuts straight to the gut, jerking your body into motion, then without warning the next track slows you down smooth, like swimming through molasses.

    Art by Justin Peroff and Kimi Kimo