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Steve Roden - A thousand breathing forms (6xCD boxset)

Tracklisting :

CD1
1. stars of ice (2008, cdr, new plastic music)
2-9. stills for guru dutt (2004, unreleased)

CD2
1-4. in flows and spuns (2004, released as a 100 copies lp by en/of)
5. 22 letters and the resonance of a three pointed star (2006, compilation track)

CD3
one hour as the bumps of surfaces (2003, radio broadcast, unreleased)

CD4
1. calmem (2008, unreleased)
2. for you the sunrise (2008, unreleased)
3. banjoharmonium (2006, unreleased)

CD5
1. a christmas play for joseph cornell (2007, cdr, new plastic music)
2. thomas sat down and looked at the sea (2004, compilation track)
3. vester fields (2007, cdr, volume projects)

CD6
1. winter is herd or heard (2007, unreleased)
2. to these 4 horizons (2008, unreleased)
3-5. sleep/walk/drive (2003, unreleased)
6. aucla irde lalu ne (2008, compilation track)

+ the 3" CD "A slow moving boat" included in each box.
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A Thousand Breathing Forms, the second boxset of Steve Roden archive works released by Sonoris, is a selection of unreleased or hard-to-locate works from 2003 to 2008, a very prolific and creative period for the Californian artist. The boxset is centered on his hard-to-describe loop based sound works that are uniquely his own, such as Stars Of Ice (2008), A Christmas Play For Joseph Cornell (2007), but also includes the conceptual "One Hour As The Bumps Of Surfaces" and some more musical or instrumental works. So Delicate And Strangely Made, the title of one of his very first records (2003), could still be the right description of his sound work, rooted in visual arts and architecture, mixing conceptual rigor, and experimentation, without neglecting musicality.
Steve Roden (1964) is a visual and sound artist born in Los Angeles. Roden’s work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance.
Most of Roden’s sound works tend towards using a singular source - such as objects, architectural spaces, field recordings, or texts. These things, become abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or “possible landscapes”.


Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Cat #: sns-14
500 copies

Listen to Stars of ice
Listen to Calmem

Available 18 april 2017.
(40 euros + shipping)

Steve Roden - A thousand breathing forms

Distribution : Metamkine (Europe/World) Forced Exposure (USA/world)
Over the last thirty years, Steve Roden has risen as a singular voice, attacking and advancing the highest challenges of the avant-garde - blurring the lines between nearly every creative field, moving outwardly toward the boundary with every day life. A visual and sound artist, his work spans the fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance.
A pioneer of Lowercase music, a movement which uses amplification as a means to address the quiet and unheard sounds of objects and environments, Steve Roden is one of the great contemporary successors of John Cage. Looking beyond the shadow cast by chance and indeterminacy, he casts the ear toward a world indicated by the composer’s most original, radical, and often neglected idea -  the value and beauty of the sounds of non-instrumental sources and of the every day. Through subtle intervention, he has illuminated the path for a rising generation of artist working in sound - refusing categorization, working as comfortably in a museum or gallery, as the contexts of music. Guided by rigorous conceptual perimeters and concerns, across A Thousand Breathing Forms the axis of Roden’s work snaps into view - the monumental presence of the smallest moment and sound.
This boxset, which collects Roden’s unreleased and hard to find works from the incredibly prolific period between 2003 and 2008, is drenched in musicality. Centered around loop based works, it pulls relentlessly and democratically from a seemingly endless world of source - samples of records from an array of cultures, field recordings, instruments, object, and environments. It is a body of work, which, for being birthed electronic process, appears stunningly organic - steeped in humanity and touch. A world of intimacy. The discrete at a towing scale. A realm to be inhabited, which burrows deep - taking residence in the ear. As it sounds, resonances, and structures intertwine, Roden appears as a vision of the future, and a bridge to the past - a breaking of dogma, and a reconciliation for the schism between Minimalism and the conceptualism of Cage. A world guided by ideas, presenting the profound beauty, meaning, and importance of sound, across its six CDs, A Thousand Breathing Forms is a revelation - a lens into the practice and work of an artist of incredible significance, as much as an opening to the larger field. Capturing and advancing some of the most important and difficult ideas of the last hundred years with elegance, accessibility, and grace, this is a collection which promises to grow over time and at every turn.
Bradford Bailey for SoundOhm


Kevin Drumm - Elapsed Time (6xCD boxset)


Since his emergence in the experimental music scene, about 20 years ago now, Kevin Drumm has perpetually shaken up conventions of various sub-genres with his major albums, for example, shifting from the tabletop/prepared guitar with his first self-titled album, to noise with Sheer Hell Miasma, to ambient/drone with Imperial Distortion. He has been notably prolific recently, with numerous self-released cdr and digital releases.

Elapsed Time is a collection of some of these recent works, dating from 2012 to 2016: desolate ambient drone (Middle Of Nothing, February), "cassette tape music" or raw musique concrete (Earrach, The Whole House), computer assisted live electronics and rough spectral music (Crooked Abode, Bolero Muter), with additional tracks from Tannenbaum and Shut-In.

This boxset documents one of the key figures of today american avant-garde at his peak of creativity.

Nicely remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi for an optimal listening experience (hifi system recommended).

Available late december 2016
40 euros (+ shipping)

Kevin Drumm - Elapsed Time
"Elapsed Time" is undoubtedly destined to be a classic, and one of the finest experimental tomes to emerge over the last years. Despite his noisy reputation, Kevin Drumm music can be overwhelmingly sensual even at its loudest, providing a form of minimalism replete with a delicate, melancholic motion. How wildly divergent emotions rise, hover, and fall using so little is a mystery that only Kevin Drumm can provide.
While you may not find an answer, you can certainly get lost in the question.
Fabio Carboni / SoundOhm - Die Schachtel

Tracklisting :
Mithering The Skiving Gorm / May 1 / The Sea Wins / Tannenbaum (Bonus)
Crooked Abode / Earrach (Part 1) / February / Bolero Mutter / Equinox
Middle Of Nothing (Part 1) / Shut-In (Extra) / The Whole House

Cat # : sns-13
700 copies

Distribution : Metamkine (Europe/World) Forced Exposure (USA/world)

Steve Roden / in be tween noise - Every color moving (1988-2003) 6xCD boxset


"Every Color Moving” consists of 6 discs, covering 7 hours of the 15 first years of Steve Roden musical activities. The first 4 discs contain unreleased works and impossible to find small editions. The last 2 discs offer a selection of tracks made for compilations during the same period. From the surprising early experiments to the development of his often imitated but never equalled 'lowercase’ aesthetic, these are some of Roden’s earliest works, documenting numerous rare and  unreleased recordings.

The discs are accompanied with a 32 page booklet with an essay and extended track notes, written by the artist.


Available june 2016. 40 euros + shipping.
France : 44.5 € 
Europe : 46.5 € 
World : 48.5 €

Steve Roden - Every color moving

Distribution : Metamkine (Europe/World) Forced Exposure (USA/world)

Cat # : sns-12
500 copies
Steve Roden (1964) is a visual and sound artist born in Los Angeles. Roden’s work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance. Roden’s earliest musical experience was as the singer of the Los Angeles punk band “Seditionaries” from 1978 - 1982, performing locally with some famous bands from this scene. Roden’s early works moved from loud to quiet in the midst of an emotional crisis at age 18, fueling a shift in his work, with the discovery of Eno’s Obscure label. In the early -1990’s Roden discovered the Broken Music catalog (an encyclopedic survey of records related to visual artists), offering a context for an artistic practice rooted in both visual and sound art.

In 1990 Roden released his first recording on a self-released cassette titled “the secret of happiness” under the artist name “in be tween noise”. Since then, Roden has released 45 solo recordings on various labels, alongside numerous collaborations and compilations. By the late 1990’s Roden began to use his own name as the artist of his solo recordings. Most of Roden’s sound works tend towards using a singular source - such as objects, architectural spaces, field recordings, or texts. These things, become abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or “possible landscapes”. In 2000, he used the term “lowercase” to describe a music that “bears a certain sense of quiet and humility”. Over the years, he has created a rich and diverse body of work that is uniquely his own, mixing conceptual rigor, experimentation and musicality.


Tracklisting :

CD1 :
1. and go the great man (1990, first cassette)
2. trees (circa 1987, cassette, unreleased)
3. counting the ways and listening (1993, unreleased)
CD2 :
1. tube / fan / voice (1995, unreleased)
2. ash loop red island swarm (1994, unreleased)
3. cloud forms (1994, unreleased)
4. tree: sleep in heavenly peace (CDR, edition: 30, 1999)
5. of space enclosed (1997)
CD3 :
1. that i couldn’t breath (unreleased, 2002)
2. bird sleeping, bird walking (unreleased, 2001)
3. hanging garden [version] (unreleased, 2000)
4. view [bard version] (unreleased, 2002)
CD4 :
1. mint and ferns (unreleased, 2000)
2. chamber music (unreleased, 2003)
CD5 :
13 compilation tracks 1995-2003
CD6 :
9 compilation tracks 1999-2003

PBK & Wolf Eyes - Rabid
LP


“Rabid” consists of six tracks mixed by Phillip B. Klingler, aka PBK, between 2004-06 using Wolf Eyes source material, this is the Wolf Eyes lineup of 2000-05: Nate Young, John Olson and  Aaron Dilloway.
Klingler: “I was given the audio sources (via cdr) by John Olson at the Ear Candy Festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2004. None of the compositions on the album were completed using a computer, they were all recorded live in my home studio or at gigs and radio shows directly to digital."
Three of the pieces on the LP were previously released in Russia on the CD, “Under My Breath”, in 2009. Also in 2009, the American Tapes label run by John Olson released a cdr of the PBK & Wolf Eyes collaborative tracks as part of the ongoing "Live Frying" series. Later, "Rabid" was available for a brief time as a net release. One review from the time stated: “Not a single track passes by without conveying grisly and creepy sensations of imminent death or disaster.”

Mastered for vinyl by Giuseppe Ielasi and with the beautiful cover illustration created by Pole Ka.

▪ American composer, Phillip B. Klingler, better known as PBK, has been active in the experimental music underground since 1986. His compositions are created using extreme turntable manipulation, sampling, analog and digital synthesis. Improvising spontaneously and with little preconception, PBK creates pulsing, dense soundscapes of unknown sonic origin. [wikipedia]

▪ Wolf Eyes is a post-industrial/noise band from Detroit, Michigan. They are widely considered the "kings of US noise".
"Their development since the earliest rumblings in 1997 has yielded some of the most staggering and genre-defining sounds of noise and sound art's dense, largely obscured history." (Allmusic)

Available May 25, 2016; 15 euros + shipping.:

France : 20 € port compris
Europe : 22 € shipping included

World : 24 € shipping included

Cat # : LP02
500 copies

June 10 : sold-out at source but available through Metamkine (Europe) and Forced Exposure (US).



eRikm - L'Art de la fuite
LP


L'art de la fuite is a selection of first recordings originally released on selftitled homemade tape in 1995. Mainly composed with turntables and prepared records (with various other sources), these recordings have laid the foundation for his future work as turntabilist / improviser / composer. 20 years later, this unique blend of musique concrète and post-industrial still sounds fresh today.

Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Cat # : LP01
300 copies.

Distribution : Metamkine (Europe/World) Forced Exposure (USA/world)

Available September 2015, 15 euros + shipping.:
France : 20 € port compris
Europe : 22 € shipping included
World : 24 € shipping included

eRikm - L'art de la fuite LP
«Over the years there have been reviews of the work of eRikm, as he likes to spell out his name, sometimes solo, but by my own estimation more in collaboration with other people. His main instruments are media products, such as vinyl and CDs, which he damages and then starts playing again, layering them together into new compositions. He has been doing so for more than twenty years. In 1995 he released his fourth cassette, in which he worked with vinyl more than CDs, using, if the postcards are any help, three turntables at the time, scratching records, carving grooves to create loops, cutting records in half and sticking them back together, making burn holes and such like. It's not unlike the work of Milan Knizak, who coined the term 'broken music' already in the sixties and Christian Marclay. eRikm put this on a four-track cassette and created his own compositions with these sounds, and I must say I quite enjoyed this lot. If I'm honest I find the whole turntablist movement a bit tiring, but what eRikm does here is very good. His pieces aren't some scratch records being played, but by layering various sounds together he creates pieces of music, which are engaging to hear. Minimal at times, loop-wise of course, but eRikm takes exactly the right sound of a record and fiddles around with it, so he slip in a melody of some kind, such as in the beautiful 'Rose'. Occasionally of course there is noise, which seems hard to avoid if you do this, but they don't seem to be around here a lot. All ten pieces are kept to a minimum in length, except perhaps for 'Ich War Ein Armer Heidensohn', which is almost nine minutes, in which eRikm explores his material and plays a 'song', rather than presenting some experiments of an electro-acoustic nature. I must admit I didn't hear any of the eRikm cassettes in the nineties, but if the others were like this, then I'd say: bring it on. This is an excellent record; if you are into turntablism, good ol' fashioned experimental music with a fine dash of noise sewn into this or just into overlooked obscurities: this is the place to be.» (Frans de Waard - Vital Weekly)



Sonoris is a small label releasing sound-art/electroacoustic/experimental/avant-garde/no matter the name music.
The label started in 1998 and 35 records were issued so far on an irregular basis.

Main electronic address : info@sonoris.org _ Alternative address : sonoris.label@gmail.com
Street address
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