Recordings from The Helen Scarsdale Agency

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Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
The Unlistening Place : CD (Afterdays Media / Helen Scarsdale, 2017)
Revisionist History : CD+DL (Afterdays Media / Helen Scarsdale, 2016)
The Day 1982 Contaminated 1971 : LP (Helen Scarsdale, 2015)
17 Years In Ektachrome : CD (Hand-Held Recordings, 2014)

:zoviet*france: & Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
Patina Pooling : CD (Alt.Vinyl, 2014)

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Fossil Aerosol Mining Project The Unlistening Place CD $12.00

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project are an enigmatic lot, comprised of sonic archeologists residing the American Midwest. Their work spans several decades and is almost always in flux through the variable states of contextual re-investigation and technological degradation. Aesthetically, FAMP align with the post-industrial research of :zoviet*france:, Cranioclast and Robert Turman. Mildew damaged tape loops, ghostly time-lag accumulation and the excavation of mediated sound from suburbia's failures are key components to the Fossil Aerosol's working process... more

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Ekin Fil Ghosts Inside LP $18.00

Ekin Fil is the acclaimed drone-pop chanteuse working with the sparest of materials in her ethereal, shoegaze deconstructions. Ghosts Inside stands as her most arresting recordings to date, written during a period of personal despair with an oblique poetry of sadness cascading through the songs. It's an introspective sound, completely turned in on itself and tuning out the socio-political tumult of her native home in Istanbul. In confronting psychic distress, heartache and depression... more

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Kate Carr The Story Surrounds Us Cassette

Australian Kate Carr melds the exquisite details of her field recordings with an ephemeral approach to the song. Emblematic of her work is a gentle dislocation between the environmental sounds and her drone-dub ellipses of somnambulant melody. Look to Carla dal Forno, Alan Lamb and those moments of clarity in the shapeshifting ethos from Jewelled Antler for neighboring sounds to Carr's chimerical compositions... more

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Jim Haynes Throttle & Calibration Cassette $7.00

Throttle and Calibration finds Jim Haynes digging through the Active Crossover archive of field recordings from Soviet ruins in Estonia and grotesquely exaggerating the details into exploded compositions of volatile dynamics, nerve-exposed dissonance, caustic shortwave signal abuse, and a considerable amount of scarred metal. Marked as one of the more discordant works to date in Haynes' career, Throttle and Calibration finds company near the atonal compositions from Hermann Nitsch and the sour, industrial collages that pock the Nurse With Wound catalogue... more

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Relay For Death Natural Incapacity 2CD $20.00

Relay For Death are the twin sisters Rachal and Roxann Spikula, whose noise mantras transcribe the harsh realities of urban blight that complicate and threaten their own survival. Their industrial meditation recognizes abjection, horror, and defeat as the prevalent conditions to existence. Even as a declared rejection to those conditions, Natural Incapacity is engulfed in a bleak nihilism constantly churning back upon itself. Grizzled antecedents can be found in the apocalyptic works of Maurizio Bianchi, Kevin Drumm's Imperial Distortion, and Organum's Vacant Lights... more

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Ekin Fil Being Near LP $18.00

Born Ekin Üzeltüzenci and based in her native Istanbul, she cites the shoegazing classics (Cocteau Twins, Cranes, Slowdive, etc.) as her earliest influence, seeking out worn issues of Melody Maker or NME from second hand shops and trading cassettes with friends and fellow enthusiasts. This Proustian obsession with rainsoaked melodies from the British Isles blossomed into a foundation for her own art. Being Near aches with beautiful and elegantly simple arrangements for guitar and electronics saturated in cavernous amounts of reverb, whose semi-mystical blur extends well into the vocal melodies... more

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Francisco Meirino Surrender, Render, End CD $13.00

First and foremost, Surrender, Render, End is an electro-acoustic dialectic, unremittingly engaged in a pugilist conflict between art and accident.The Swiss noise-composer Francisco Meirino posits the album as a metaphysical puzzle of manipulated tape, atonal synthesis, and concrete sound. He is quick to point out that these are more than field recordings, better stated as an extreme amplification of natural phenomena. Think Luc Ferrari, Peter Tscherkassky, and the aktions of the Schimpfluch-Gruppe... more

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Fossil Aerosol Mining Project Revisionist History CD+DL $20.00

In the observation of three decades of obscure, faked resurrection, we are pleased to announce the release of Fossil Aerosol Mining Project's Revisionist History. The recordings on this album are hybrids, created by the grafting of old artifacts onto new material using recently devised studio processes. New sounds of the past, articulated through the devices of an unimagined future... more

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Himukalt Conditions Of Acrimony Cassette

This prolonged electrical cramp marks the first published recording of Himukalt aka Ester Kärkkäinen. Her work is exhaustive, claustrophobic, and cryptic, with these lacerated (de)compositions address collapsed psychological states that dislocate the body, the self, and the spirit into horror, fear, doubt, hostility. Such have marked the acme for the most virulent strains of power electronics and industrial decay (e.g. Puce Mary, Anenzephalia, Maurizio Bianchi, Maria Zerfall, etc.)... more

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Kate Carr It Was A Time Of Laboured Metaphors Cassette

The field recordist and lucid-dream composer Kate Carr conjures a liminal art, seeking to articulate the remembrances, the concrete fact, and the deliberate exaggerations of detail, all in the pursuit of addressing the human interaction with the environment. This album from Carr intertwines the lugubrious wash of environmental detail with the dissolved songwriting described in the distant past as 'rural psychedelia' rendering an aesthetic in the orbit of :zoviet*france: or as the dub of a dub of a dub abstractions from Dome... more

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Grant Evans Brittle Cassette

Beacons of monochord guitar. Radiant dispersions of glare and trill. Compacted bowed metal resonance. Interstitial ecological sounds from water, bird, and tree. Exhumed cassette minimalism. Such is the vivid unfurling of Brittle -- a meticulous and wondrous bricolage of the exploded organic. Parallels to be found in Chalk, Organum,Toniutti, and Grzinich. Grant Evans hails from the northeast corner of Georgia, from where he has produced an impressive array of works under various aliases and in collaboration with his wife Rachel... more

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Fossil Aerosol Mining Project The Day 1982 Contaminated 1971 LP $18.00

Over the years, the Fossil Aerosol Mining Project has collaborated with :zoviet*france: -- the semi-anonymous cabal of pseudo-ethnomusicologists into our pre-apocalyptic past that could easily be seen as Fossil Aerosol's British counterpart. With The Day 1982 Contaminated 1971, the Fossil Aerosol Mining Project reconstitutes dissociated fragments from nearly-lost genre films of the 1970s, filtered by scratched celluloid, bad splices, dropouts, and damaged control tracks... more

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Radioson радиосон Cassette

Electrically charged currents of caustic drone from Radioson, a project operated by the same Russian engineer behind Five Elements Muisc and Exit In Grey. The sound harken from a position of clinical detachment over the psychic and physical detritus that spills forth in his homeland. The occasionally kosmiche turns for electronic sequencing are a unique take on the Schnitzler / Schulze strategies from the '70s, though mapped out on antiquated Russian synthesizers, tape machines, and of course radios. But the exhumation of things past and the parapsychological aesthetics parallel the best work of Andrew Lagowski's S.E.T.I. and Schloss Tegal... more

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Richard Garet 60' Minute Cassette Cassette

Crude electro-acoustic strategies are at work in the tape-on-tape monolith that is Richard Garet's 60' Cassette, with the artist declaring his intentions as such: "100% treated audio cassette material. some blank. some erased. some demagnetized. etc." The conceptualization of this work as a reframing of one particular medium through its applied / accelerated disintegration is only the album's beginning... more

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Jim Haynes Scarlet Cassette

The analog tone generation and shambolic futurism harken to an earlier era of industrial immolation on Scarlet, with Haynes' echolalia of Le Syndicat, Mika Vainio, and Martin Rev stridently tracing and electrically bleaching the forms of those antecedents without the benefit of drum machine, sequencer, and whatnot. Bruitisme, indeed... more

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Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson So Long CD $13.00

So Long quietly simmered in his head of the Icelandic artist Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, best known for his electro-surrealism in Stilluppsteypa; and with the completion of this album, we now have a sublime gesture of polar impressionism flecked with hallucinatory ambience, Vaseline-smeared crackle, and hauntological displacement... more

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Simon Whetham From The Mouths Of Clay Cassette

Following on from a 'recreation' of “I am Sitting in a Room”, British sound-artist Simon Whetham applied this technique to a selection of 3 prehispanic burial urns and 3 examples of more recent variations on this theme. The internal resonances were captured and then played back inside the urns utilising small speakers, or through them using transducers, the process repeated to uncover tones held within the clay and the space within... more

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Taiga Remains Works for Cassette LP $18.00

Here be the final drone / hypnogogic statement from Taiga Remains. The man behind Taiga Remains has now shelved this moniker; but he's far from hanging up his hat, as he now works under his given name Alex Cobb -- also known as the philosopher king who benevolently reigns over his Students Of Decay. There are those at the Agency who can claim to speak with the poetics of corrosion, and we have long admired the sympathetic aesthetic in Cobb's gorgeously elegant compositions for guitar, bells, tape hiss, and whatnot... more

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R Millis Relief LP

Our man Millis is a Climax Golden Twin and a noted curator of globe trotting / time traveling esoterica, amongst other accolades. A fever dream of blurred harmonics and ethnomusicological spelunking, Relief is a polyglot raga-drone of daytime somnambulism and psychedelic slipperiness that speaks to the uneasy borders at psychological, cultural, and geophysical states of being... more

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The Slaves Ocean On Ocean 2LP $22.00

The luminous sound of The Slaves made evident on their double LP opus Oceans On Oceans of radiant shoegazing heaviness that have earned them numerous comparisons to Earth, Slowdive, Grouper, and Barn Owl, whose Jon Porras opined on this album: "Hovering above the weighted disposition of Doom and below the consolation of Shoegaze, the duo transmit a burdened grace that unfolds like a radiant mammal writhing in black water..." more

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Murmer What Are The Roots That Clutch CD $13.00

Patrick McGinley aka Murmer overlaps and crosshatches his field recordings and abstractions into acousmatic passages with ghostly, half-melodic qualities. McGinley's composed pieces embrace lithe, mysterious drones whose mossy, damp atmosphere perfectly situate with tactile crunches, tactile events, and signal noise generation. Eels and leaches would not be out of place in such an environment; but the subaquatic murk snaps into a hallowed manifestation of ritualized minimalism at the album's finale -- one that LaMonte Young and Angus Maclise might have conjured in 1968 with clattering percussive elements and a hypnotic blur of harmonic drone... more

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Jim Haynes The Decline Effect 2LP $20.00

Parapsychology introduced the notion of the decline effect as a statistical phenomenon of diminishing results whilst investigating extra-sensory perception and psychokinesis. This ontological disappearing act stands in allegorical parallel to the entropic art of Jim Haynes and frames his 2011 opus of the corroded drone and a compacted disintegration of sound. On The Decline Effect, Haynes' broken minimalism orbits somewhere near the work Joe Colley, The Hafler Trio, and Tim Hecker... more

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BJ Nilsen & Stilluppstepa Big Shadow Montana LP $15.00

The fourth brilliant collaboration for Helen Scarsdale between BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteupe, Big Shadow Montana cycles through several sonic themes and leitmotifs, displayed in varying states of clarity... as if it were the aftermath from a protracted bout of metaphysical channel surfing. Flickered impressions flash in conjunction with Breton's manifesto of Surrealism in the form of the memories from happily drunk escapades in the heart of winter, the sidereal spells cast by the innerspace travelers Klaus Schulze and Coil... more

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RV Paintings Samoa Highway LP $15.00

Brothers Jon and Bryan Pyle are RV Paintings. The latter known best for his ongoing work as Ensemble Economique and his mythic presence in the Starving Weirdos. Here, the brothers seem to be plugging their guitars and electronics directly into the moss, soil, and mycelia of the Humboldt forest. Echo-soaked flutes, maudlin strings, scabrous noises unearthed from the bottom of the Pacific, and a cinematic arcs of guitar shimmer complete the beautiful and haunted miasma of Samoa Highway that falls somewhere between Taj Mahal Travellers, Organum, and The Caretaker... more

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M. Holterbach & Julia Eckhardt Do Undo (in G Maze) CD

Belgian composer Julia Eckhardt has been building an archive of recordings, comprised of long-form viola pieces played exclusively in G. Her recordings seek the rich if occasionally dissonant overtones that have been central to the minimalist works of Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Eliane Radigue, and Ellen Fullman. And in his reconstitution of her recordings, French sound-artist Manu Holterbach populates his compositions with field recordings whose turbulent textures and bristling movements sympathetically weave amidst the rasping drones from the viola. more

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Spiracle Ananta 2CD $15.00

In constructing the two variations of Ananta, Hitosji Kojo (aka Spiracle) began with finely tuned drones extracted from a Dilruba and a Sarangi, and applied a process of merging sympathetic field recordings and other tonal interferences alongside those instrumental sounds. The resulting pieces are elliptically static drone compositions that brightly shimmer with hues of gold, crimson, and aquamarine following the tradition of the Roland Kayn, Yoshi Wada, and Charlemagne Palestine in constructing pieces which require endurance... more

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irr. app. (ext.) Kreiselwelle CD $10.00

irr. app. (ext.) is piloted by one M.S. Waldron, whose liminal slippages and detourned croons are featured within the recent incarnations of Nurse With Wound. Kreiselwelle is the third and final installment to a body of works that irr. app. (ext.) has composed under the influence of Wilhelm Reich. The resulting recording develops as an organic sublimation of one sound transforming from one state into another and then another... more