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“Serenitatem, the fifteenth installment of FRKWYS, joins VisibleCloaks with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano, two trailblazers of the Japanese avant-garde music and visual arts scenes of the 1980s and 90s. While the music excels on an environmental level, serenitatem aims to be more than that, burning away the easy cynicism of the day and presenting itself as the kind of delocalized work of art the internet promised us decades ago - a synthesis of artistic visions, technological sophistication, futurist...

Very good, somewhat out of time, fusion release from 1978 featuring English and American players that has never seen a reissue in the 45 years since it came out...until NOW!
“In the midst of the chaotic energy of the punk and new wave movement in London at the end of the 1970s, a group of young experimental musicians burst onto the scene with their debut album. Creating a unique blend of jazz, prog rock and electronic music counter to the culture of the day , Visitor 2035 were improvisational, iconic..

''Roberto Musci is known for his output with Giovanni Venosta with whom he made 3 legendary records on ReR.'' This is his new ensemble with Musci on guitars & sampler, plus metals & percussion, guitar & CD players, violin & vocals. This combines the he...

“This is the first four Steve Smith & Vital Information albums in a four CD set. Originally recorded for Columbia Records, the albums have been newly mastered from original 1/4" masters & sound far better than the original releases. Two bonus tracks included.
Featured players: Steve Smith, Tim Landers, David Wilczewski, Mike Stern, Dean Brown, Barry Finnerty, Frank Gambale, Andy Narell, Tom Coster, Jay Oliver, Lenny Castro, Mike Fisher & Armando Peraza.”

Stephen Vitiello - light readings and sound processing
Pauline Oliveros - accordion
David Tronzo - guitar.

"New York-based installationist and sound artist Stephen Vitiello steps out as a composer in his own right, after years of collaborations with artists, musicians and choreographers including Nam June Paik, Scanner, Pauline Oliveros, Tony Oursler and Constance De Jong, Joan Jeanrenaud Frances-Marie Uitti and many others.
Bright and Dusty Things at times recalls the drones of

Miroslav Vitous Bass
John Surman Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
John Taylor Piano
Jon Christensen Drums

“This quartet was the primary context for the Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous’s creativity in the late 70s and early 80s.
“Like Mingus, Vitous is a real leader from the bass, and the music is all the stronger for it” – Gramophone.
With three excellent writers in the line-up (John Surman and John Taylor as well as the leader) the quartet had a

Aydin Esen - keyboards
Roberto Gatto - drums
Gary Campbell and Robert Bonisolo - saxophones

"In hindsight, “Infinite Search,” the title of Miroslav Vitous’ first album as a leader from 1970, which featured players like Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnette, or Joe Henderson, seems prophetic. The bassplayer, composer, educator, former member of the Czech Olympic swimming team, co-founder of the trailblazing group “Weather Report,” and the man behind “the go-t string library for.

''One of the most important Hungarian band with a long career and eight records, presents here their latest effort. Lead by the violinist Jnos Hasur, the group continues on his very original musical path: a synthesis of traditional Hungarian tunes and ...

Keith Gladysz-vocals (Diet Kong, Typical Reptiles)
Karl Demata-guitars, synths, programming (ex-Crippled Black Phoenix)
Elisa Montaldo -keyboards and synths (Il Tempio Delle Clessidre)
Chris Heilmann-bass (ex-Crippled Black Phoenix, Bernie Torme', Shark Island)
Mattias Olsson-drums & keyboard (ex-Änglagård. White Willow, Necromonkey)

"Vly began as strangers sending 1's and 0's across the Atlantic Ocean. British based guitarist Karl Demata had a vague idea and a few demos, when.

Urs Voerkel: Piano / Gabriela Scherrer: Voice / Priska Walss: Trombone / Jacques Widmer: Drums / Irène Schweizer: Drums / Paul Lovens: Drums

"I met Urs first time in Heidelberg at a summer school organised by Karl Berger. It must be almos

One doesnt normally think of the tuba as a sexy, dark electronic instrument, fronting a megalithic industrial soundscape band. Here Michael Vogt, lead tuba player with the Berlin Symphony orchestra, seems to have done just that. One very childish trace...


“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs.
In a few...

“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs.
In a few....

“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs.
In a few...

“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs...

“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs.
In a few cases.

“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs.
This collection

“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs.
In a few cases.

“This is an anthology of folk songs produced by Topic Records containing recordings of traditional singers and musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The traditional singers and musicians were celebrities within their own community but the majority were unknown to the world at large until the 1950s and 60s when collectors arrived with portable tape recorders. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album, [but] most are only known for a couple of songs.
In a few cases.

"Besides the releases of recordings of the golden age of progressive-, Kraut- and psychedelic rock from the end of '60s to the end of the '70s, Long Hair also decides to release recordings of young bands creating corresponding sounds of today...

"An expanded reissue of Voigt/465's 1979 album Slights Spoken, titled Slights Still Unspoken (1978-1979). Formed in Sydney in 1976, Voigt/465 was a truly unique band from the exciting days of the Australian post-punk scene.
Heavily influenced by such luminaries as the Velvets, Stooges, Syd Barrett, Pere Ubu, Can, Faust, Henry Cow, Slapp Happy, and Eno's Roxy Music, they created an abrasive sound in which krautrock, DIY, avant-garage, post-punk, psych, art-rock, and free improv-noise combined to...

While this excellent & sadly short-lived, Canterbury-style group have not returned from the dead, this is the next best thing. It features all five tracks from their debut, cassette-only release, newly remixed, (& featuring a cellist in addition to their usual keyboards, guitar, bass & drums), an outtake from the Uncertainty sessions, a live track & a song never recorded until 6/99, when the band regrouped to record it!
While not as uniformly great as their only album released during their lifetime...

These guys have been kicking around for a long time, releasing a number of records, but this is the first time I have been able to really hear them. This is great and all I can say is, man, if you have been missing This Heat, this will bring a big...

"Rune Grammofon presents the brand-new studio album from Volcano The Bear, a calculated, hysterical melting-pot of This Heat, Robert Wyatt, Faust and The Residents, of musique concrète and ethno-folk, all seen through a prism of theatrical...

Jan Erik Vold – spoken word
Jan Garbarek – tenor sax
Terje Rypdal – guitar
Bobo Stenson – keyboards
Arild Anderson – bass
Jon Christensen – drums

Jan Erik Vold is a Norwegian poet, writer, translator and spoken word performer, born 1939 in Oslo. Vold has recorded several poetry + albums (starting with 1969's Briskeby Blues and extending to the present day) in collaboration with Norwegian jazz musicians.
This is a strikingly rare album, reissued and issued on CD for th


Excellent, modern, fusion from some two known rock names: Danny Carey (drummer for Tool) and John Ziegler (guitarist for Pygmy Love Circus), who have been playing together and playing around with the idea of a fusion band for some time....

Heavy instrumental quartet from Argentina playing a keyboard dominated progrock with the heaviest fusion influences as well. Even though the keyboardist is the leader and dominates, there's some hot shredding from the guitars too. Maybe most comparable to Liquid Tension Experiment.

Lurkrot - drums & vocals
Skrag - vocals
Vürdoth - guitar
Samuel Smith - bass on 4
Jon Ehlers - bass on 5
Alex Geisel - second guitar on bonus track

“Vomit Fist hails from New York City, delivering hard, fast blackened grindcore with ultra-high energy stage performances. Founders Nick Vürdoth Didkovsky (leader of Doctor Nerve) and his son Leo Lurkrot Didkovsky teamed up with Malcolm Skrag the Screecher Hoyt and burst onto the underground metal scene in 2013...."...

“Electronic musician Adelbert Von Deyen's debut and sophomore album were released just a year apart from each other. Sternzeit was followed by Nordborg, which featured only one track on each side. Again, Von Deyen took his time crafting a meditative maelstrom of ambient sounds. Von Deyen's debut album Sternzeit had caused quite a stir in 1978 in his home town of Lübeck, where the unconventional young artist found himself inundated with fan mail and booked for autograph sessions. His contract with Sky...

A minor classic of its kind, this release celebrates and recalls the last, heady days of analog synthesis spacemusic.

"A reissue of Adelbert Von Deyen's debut album Sternzeit, originally released on the Sky label in 1978.
Adelbert Von Deyen is a protagonist of the so-called Berlin School (Berliner Schule) of electronic music. On his debut album, he takes his time to develop sound structures, often drifting, floating blissfully into tonal interference. The listener also requires time and...

"What are the differences and similarities between human and artificial sound, between oscillations generated by vocal cords and synthesizer voices, voltage amplified by speakers? On Silencio, Moritz von Oswald works with a 16-voice choir to explore this concept. Drawing from the ensemble works of long-standing inspirations Edgard Varèse, György Ligeti, and Iannis Xenakis, von Oswald and Vocalconsort Berlin delve into the space between sounds, creating a deeply textured collection that shifts between...

"Nobody plays Monk like Schlippenbach. In the same way Monk worked on a composition for weeks, Schlippenbach has involved himself with Monk's work for many years. Listening, analysing, playing and with the greatest conceivable respect. Already the 3 CD...

“In 1966, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach assembled his first large ensemble to play his compositions “Globe Unity” and “Sun.” This 14-piece band, which brought together some of the leading figures in European improvised music, would eventually expand – incorporating not only Europeans but also American and Asian musicians – and assume its rightful name: Globe Unity Orchestra.
In this, its nascent outing, beautifully recorded at Ariola Studio in Cologne, Schlippenbach’s band was already

"If you like 'The Lounge Lizards' or 'Arthur Blythe', this music will fit your taste. On this, his second album, the guitarist Vinz Vonlanthen's playing styles and compositions are so varied they move easily between a cosy ballad and a big band bash...

"Among the lesser known dark-electro/post-punk bands of the early 1980s, the Berlin duo Vono really stood out. The radical nature of their music, the cold sound and sparse lyrics -- Vono were arguably on a par with the more prominent ambassadors of the genres (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Liaisons Dangereuses, etc.). Extreme even for the early eighties, their minimalism was constructed purely on synthesizers and heavy on bass. With lyrics to match, their debut album Dinner Für 2 was unique...

"Voo Livre was a power trio from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, formed in the late 70s, which surprised the local scen with their hard rock, mixing influences from progressive rock to fusion, from bands like Deep Purple, King Crimson, Genesis, Billy Cobham...


First-time ever on CD for this early Quebeçois progressive rock album. This includes both covers (the one that got them in trouble with them on the cover of a faked "Allo Police" (Quebec's tatty scandal rag, ala National Enquirer) and the replacement...

Fie Schouten - bass clarinet, clarinet in A, basset horn
Vincent Courtois - violoncello
Guus Janssen - piano, organ, harmonium, harpsichord
Giuseppe Doronzo - baritone saxophone (tracks 6-8, 10)

“This music is improvised and inspired by Judith Schalansky’s book "Atlas of Remote Islands: 50 islands I never set foot in and never will." The music is an echo of her writing, of inspiration by islands, entities with different and changing characteristics.”

"A South African composer of Greek birth, Voudouris is interested in the "research of cognitive psycho-acoustic behavioral patterns in humans and the behavior of sound in relationship to continued environmental changes". Don't let the composer's...

"Pogus is very pleased to release its second recording by composer Dimitri Voudouris, a South African composer of Greek birth....

If you like Zombi and John Carpenter and Goblin, you’ll like Voyag3r! This, their third release includes a great, over the top (of course), very personalized version of “Red” by King Crimson

“Voyag3r (pronounced Voyager 3) return with their 3rd studio album, War Mask. War Mask was self-produced and recorded at the Tempermill studios in Ferndale, MI, using their Harrison 3232 custom console and MCI 2” 24-track tape machine. As with the previous V3 albums, the artwork was done by Slasher Dave...

Nice record by an instrumental trio of Lukas Simonis-guitar, Bob Drake-bass, Chris Cutler-drums, playing music very much in the vein of Forever Einstein, although a little less 'tricky', and closer to the roots of that style than Einstein. Nice! "VRIL ...

"After a break of six years, Chris Cutler, Bob Drake and Lukas Simonis, now with added ingredient Pierre Omer, present the second volume of recordings by the elusive VRIL - a band who revive and update both the great institution of the guitar...

C.W. Vrtacek – sampler, tape, toys, synthesizer, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, etc

“It may be preferable to meditate in a quiet room, but we seldom find ourselves in quiet rooms...so, always the same question: how to find silence in the midst of chaos?" - C.W. Vrtacek

This puts Chuck's 3rd & 4th solo lps onto one CD; “Learning To Be Silent” & “When Heaven Comes To Town”.
Very different from his band Forever Einstein, the music here is quiet, sober, introspective, sometimes...

Fabrizio Cassol is the saxist of Aka Moon and for this stage performance, he has written a score for Aka plus a bunch of guests on instruments like sackbuts, cornets, recorders, violin, flute, double bass and female vocals. "When the choreographer...

“As a follow-up to 2017's acclaimed Ballet: The Music of Michael Gibbs, Seattle-based trumpeter Cuong Vu joins forces once again with guitar great Bill Frisell, bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor on the boundary-pushing quartet outing for RareNoise Records, Change in the Air. With all the members of the quartet contributing compositions, this one finds the four participants on equal footing on ten adventurous originals. From Poor's dreamy, noirish opener "All That's Left of Me Is You" and his...

As Cuneiform fans already know, composer and arranger Michael Gibbs and guitar-star Bill Frisell's musical relationship goes back 4 decades.
This fine release by the monster trumpeter Cuong Vu, along with his regular unit of bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor, features Frisell really killing it in playing department at times.
It's also special because showcases Michael as a composer, not as a big band arranger, which (a) gives a chance to showcase a side of Michael that is sometimes...