out now: HANNO LEICHTMANN – Unfinished Portrait Of Youth Today (LP / DL)

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Hanno Leichtmann – Unfinished Portrait Of Youth Today

Format: LP (180gr, silk-screened sleeve, download code, 300 items) / download

Release date: july 3rd 2015

For years now HANNO LEICHTMANN has been one of the most prolific protagonists of Berlin’s electronic music scene and beyond: as experimental percussionist and electronic artist LEICHTMANN has released several albums under his real name, aliases such as STATIC and THE VULVA STRING QUARTET or in bands like GROUPSHOW (with JAN JELINEK and ANDREW PEKLER) or DENSELAND (with DAVID MOSS and HANNES STROBL) on labels like CITY CENTRE OFFICES, KARAOKE KALK, M=MINIMAL, DEKORDER and STAUBGOLD. LEICHTMANN also composed and produced the soundtrack to CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF’s “The African Twintowers” (the DVD will finally be released this summer , 5 years after SCHLINGENSIEF’s tragic death). Besides his musical work, LEICHTMANN also curates conceptual music festivals, like “My Favourite Thing” in 2008 and “Letra/Tone” in 2014. In 2013 he released “Minimal Studies” where he started building tracks mainly by using super short loops from various sample sources.
When asked to contribute to TAPEWORM’s ongoing tape series, he browsed the remaining 30+ remaining cassettes of his once huge collection, took little snippets of favourite songs, ran them through a modular synthesizer system and created about 40 short pieces, all about 1m30s long. LEICHTMANN: “They are highly influenced by and, at the same time, a hommage to: JOHN OSWALD’s “Plunderphonics”, STOCK, HAUSEN & WALKMAN’s ”Me” 7inch and above all YASUAKI SHIMIZU’s “Music for Commercials”.” Originally released in a limited tape edition (200 items), “Unfinished Portrait Of Youth Today” is now available on LP for the first time – including 6 bonus tracks that were previously unreleased. The artwork was provided by STEPHAN MATHIEU and CARO MIKALEF, the tracks especially mastered for vinyl by KASSIAN TROYER.

Press quotes:

..beautifully simple… no rhetorical grand gestures, just curious sonic enjoyment. (The Wire)

… hypnotically repetitive grooves at times reminding of early SND, at others of his work with loopfinder general Jan Jelinek, or like Nicholas Collins recording for Ghost Box.(Boomkat)

fantastically dreamy and playful, sun dappled and softly psychedelic. (Aquarius Records)

out now: Aidan Baker & Idklang – In The Red Room

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Aidan Baker & Idklang – In The Red Room

Format: LP (180gr, silk-screened sleeve, download code, 300 items)

Release date: june 5th 2015

AIDAN BAKER (NADJA, B/B/S/) joins forces with IDKLANG aka MARKUS STEINKELLNER for two epic instrumentals, melting ambient, drone and krautrock into a psychedelic trip of pure beauty.

For years now AIDAN BAKER has proved himself one of the most productive and versatile artists when it’s about postrock, drone or ambient. Since his beginnings
in the early millennium, the guitarist has released numerous albums with his duo NADJA, CAUDAL, B/B/S/, solo and in various collaborations with artists like TIM HECKER, THISQUIETARMY or TROUM, documented on labels such as ALIEN8, IMPORTANT or MIASMAH. “In The Red Room” presents BAKER, currently living in Berlin, in a duo constellation with IDKLANG aka MARKUS STEINKELLNER (guitar), member of JAKUZI’S ATTEMPT and ARKTIS/AIR, who in the past has besides his own projects worked with ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, AVA MENDOZA or EUGENE S. ROBINSON (OXBOW). With their guitars and effects the two create a gentle, yet uncanny ambience that unfolds in two epic pieces, each clocking in at around 20 minutes. As often with BAKER’s music, “In The Red Room” transgresses genres and instead melts their diverse elements into one: ambient’s detailed sound design is paired with drone’s experimental guitar approach and krautrock’s repetition for a psychedelic excursion of pure beauty. 180gr LP incl. download code, housed in a silk-screened sleeve, in a limited edition of 300 copies.

… something really new in Baker’s extensive output … pure improvisation, inspiration out of the moment. A fascinating LP. Unruhr.de

out now: zeitkratzer – Column One: Entropium

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zeitkratzer – Column One: Entropium

Format: LP (180gr, gatefold sleeve, download code, 300 items)

Release date: may 15th 2015

Five compositions by the Berlin based electroacoustic / industrial collective Column One in stunning interpretations by zeitkratzer, recorded live at Berghain during MaerzMusik 2012.

Within their nearly 2 decades of existence, zeitkratzer have gained high reputation for their unique approach, their outstanding and internationally acclaimed members and their adventurous projects that include collaborations with noise musicians like Merzbow and Zbigniew Karkowski, rock’n’roll experimentalists like Lou Reed and William Bennett
(Whitehouse), electronic musicians like Carsten Nicolai and Terre Thaemlitz, reinterpretations of Schönberg and Bach as well as performances of music by composers
such as Helmut Lachenmann, James Tenney and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Column One and zeitkratzer first worked together in the late nineties at Podewil, which was at that time the most influential and vanguard location in Berlin. The new compositions, presented here for the first time, were recorded at Berghain in Berlin during the 2012 MaerzMusik Festival. Column One’s mastermind Robert Schalinski developed five scores for acoustic instruments based on electroacoustic sound files. These scores were transcribed by Reinhold Friedl and the zeitkratzer musicians, refining and working them out together, using the complexity and sensuality of their amplified instrumental sound which matches perfectly the “industrial musique concrète” of the Berlin based artist collective (recently, Rashad Becker joined the group) who cite Dada and the Surrealists as important influences.

Zeitkratzer, directed by Reinhold Friedl
Frank Gratkowski, clarinet / Hild Sofie Tafjord, french horn / Hilary Jeffery, trombone / Reinhold Friedl, piano / Maurice de Martin, drums, percussion / Marc Weiser, acoustic noises, voice / Burkhard Schlothauer, violin / Anton Lukoszevieze, violoncello / Ulrich Phillipp, doublebass / Michal Libera, additional orchestra drum on 04

out now! YASUNAO TONE + TALIBAM! + SAM KULIK – Double Automatism


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Format: LP (180gr, silk-screened sleeve, download code, 500 items)

Release date: march 13th 2015


New York City’s experimental duo TALIBAM! team up with fluxus artist / electronic avant-gardist YASUNAO TONE and trombonist SAM KULIK for a confrontational sonic attack, fired by an array of analog synths and other electronic devices.

About the album:

“Bringing together the most calamitous materials from their home planets of Noise, glitch, and free improvisation, TONE and TALIBAM! are at once the likeliest and unlikeliest of conspirators. Despite making his home in New York since 1971, TONE’s foundational electronic work harkens back to his early days in revolutionary Japanese avant-garde collectives Group ONGAKU and HI RED CENTER, and resonates with his groundbreaking deconstructions of digital CD sound in the 1980s. Meanwhile in the post-art worlds of millennial Brooklyn, TALIBAM! have cranked out their own absurd, profane and unclassifiable improvisational style, bringing their provocations around the world, and proficiently mediating jazz, rock, and hip-hop along the way; trombonist SAM KULIK brings an acoustic element to the mix that invokes the live sonic mixes of MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA. In their collaboration “Double Automatism”, they forge a confrontational new alliance in the transnational history of experimental sound, with the noisiest consequences imaginable.”

(David Novak, author of “Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation”)

The idea for “Double Automatism” was born in 2012 when TALIBAM! and SAM KULIK were invited to interpret YASUNAO TONE’s graphic scores and game pieces as part of the Japan 1955-70 avantgarde exhibition at the Museum Of Modern Art in NYC where they met the fluxus / electronic artist and immediately developed a mutual affinity for each other. Six months later the trio invited TONE (born 1935) for a recording session – KULIK on trombone, MATT MOTTEL on his Roland Alpha Juno 1 analogue synth, KEVIN SHEA (also drummer in MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING) on electronic MIDI mallet percussion and TONE using his self-developed MP3 Deviations on his notebook. The 2 epic pieces on “Double Automatism” not only continue TALIBAM!’s enduring explorations of new musical territory beyond genre-limitations, the album is also a forceful testimony of TONE’s unique artistry that was documented by recent collaborations with RUSSELL HASWELL or FLORIAN HECKER (all on EDITIONS MEGO) and solo works on TZADIK or ASPHODEL.

Press quotes:

Pollock in 3D and on speed. Bad Alchemy


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coming in december 2014

There are 2 new releases coming:

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STEVE REICH / ENSEMBLE AVANTGARDE – Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music

Format: LP (180gr, gatefold sleeve, download code, 750 items)

Release date: december 5th 2014

Three early compositions (1968-1970) by Steve Reich, one of the most prolific exponents of minimal music and one of “a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history” (The Guardian), in stunning interpretations by the critically acclaimed Ensemble Avantgarde.

… this is a vital document of his earlier work and should be heard
by any fan of Reich or minimalism in general.
Highly recommended.

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zeitkratzer – Whitehouse

Format: LP (180gr, gatefold sleeve, download code, 500 items)

(CD version available on zeitkratzer records)

Release date: december 5th 2014

2nd collaboration between the critically acclaimed ensemble zeitkratzer and the great pioneer of noise / industrial William Bennett aka Whitehouse. Music with crystal clear, even neurosurgical precision – pure acoustic power!

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upcoming releases!

coming soon:

Zeitkratzer – Lou Reed „Metal Machine Music“

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Format: 2LP (180gr, gatefold sleeve, download code, 500 items)

(CD version available on zeitkratzer records)

Release date: september 5th 2014

About 10 years after their first, critically acclaimed performances of Lou Reed’s adventurous album, zeitkratzer presents an audacious new interpretation of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Here, for the first time ever, all four parts of Metal Machine Musicplayed by zeitkratzer on one recording! Seriously “clangorous”!

This new version of Metal Machine Musicis even more transparent, instrumentally pure and radical than the shortened 2007 release; live recordings from concerts in Rome and Reggio Emilia, Italy, mixed and mastered by Rashad Becker. A real sound experience!

After their first performances in 2002 (documented on the 2007 CD release on Asphodel) zeitkratzer gave Reed’s album a new thorough listen and transcribed the sounds to create an acoustic score for the ensemble to play live. Those familiar with the oft-criticized two-disc album might wonder how they pulled this off, but they did and their interpretation of the work brought it to the attention of a wideraudience. It is therefore partly thanks to the zeitkratzer version that Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Musichas been rediscovered as a classic of the Twentieth Century. It was at the live performance with zeitkratzer in Berlin, that Lou Reed spoke for the first time in public about the musical details of his composition, in an interview with Diedrich Diedrichsen.

zeitkratzer was clearly ready for the challenges of performing Metal Machine Musiclive, and drew packed houses for their presentation of the work. This confirmed their assertion that rock’n’roll as serious contemporary music has been ignored for too long, in too arrogant a way. The relentless sound forces the mind to put aside its preconceptions about what music is supposed to sound like, or feel like, or look like. The brain starts to implode, or explode, or dissolve Zen-like into the controlled chaos of the performance, discovering a strange exhilaration, accepting an invitation to explore the outer reaches of texture and timbre, to experience a sonic freedom that’s rare in any art form. These recordings from the

Metal Machine Music has become even more intense and worked out during the ten years of zeitkratzer playing it live at numerous international festivals – contemporary music festivals, noise festivals, improvisation festivals, – it’s impossible to limit this music to one genre. Metal Machine Musichas gained a new quality of clarity, sound transparence and musical intensity. Real radical contemporary chamber noise music! These recordings from the FestivalRomaeuropa in Rome and the Festival Aperto in Reggio Emilia (2012) presentzeitkratzer not only at their very best, the splendid mix by Rashad Becker also reveals new aspects of this 20th century avant-garde classic!


zeitkratzer directed by Reinhold Friedl

FrankGratkowski, clarinets | Matt David, trumpet | Hilary Jeffery, trombone | Reinhold Friedl, piano | Marc Weiser, guitar | Maurice de Martin, percussion | Burkhard Schlothauer, violin | Anton Lukoszevieze, cello | Uli Phillipp, doublebass

Press quotes on the 2007 version of “Metal Machine Music”:

 Played by a live group, “Metal Machine Music” sounds even wilder and more frenetic, and zeitkratzer’s act of fandom moves “Metal Machine Music” into a context where, perhaps, it always belonged: as an avant-garde piece of bristling minimalism rather than a rock musician’s bizarre experiment.   New York Times, USA

 Thank goodness for ensembles like zeitkratzer.  The Wire Magazine, UK

Few records investigate the concept of “noise” more intelligently than this one.  The Sunday Times, UK

zeitkratzer gave “Metal Machine Music” back its importance …  Spex, GER

In all honesty, I can say that you’ve probably never seen or heard anything quite like this. Take a step into the new and dangerous by listening to Metal Machine Music as performed by the zeitkratzer ensemble live.  BBC London, UK




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Format: LP (180gr, 500 items)

Release date: september 12th 2014

Re-issued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1968 release! Based on an ancient Sumerian poem, MORTON SUBOTNICK’s follow-up to his highly influential milestone “Silver Apples Of The Moon” is no less an adventurous sonic trip on the Buchla synthesizer. Limited edition (500 items) audiophile 180gr LP, especially mastered for vinyl.

Born 1933, MORTON SUBOTNICK is a key figure in the progress of electronic music: along with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender he co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1961 and from 1963 on he worked with DON BUCHLA on the development of the early synthesizer “Buchla Series 100”. In 1967 the composer and musician released his debut “Silver Apples Of The Moon”, which proved to be one of the most influential albums and an undoubted milestone in electronic music (which was even selected for the Library Of Congress in 2009). A year laterMORTON SUBOTNICK presented his adventurous follow-up “The Wild Bull”. Loosely based on / inspired by an ancient Sumerian poem of the same name – a lament about loss and death caused by war – the two parts embark on further explorations into the hitherto unimagined creative possibilities of the synthesizer. 46 years after its initial release, “The Wild Bull” has not lost a single bit of its visionary magnitude and is still an adventurous sonic trip, finally available on vinyl again as audiophile 180gr LP that was cautiously remastered for vinyl. Limited to 500 items worldwide!

… a dark work that relies on deep, lowing tones, harsh attacks, and metallic sonorities to convey its tragic mood.   Allmusic.com

“Silver Apples” is the electronic breakthrough, but “The Wild Bull” refines and even perfects the alien tones of the Buchla.   Psychedelicobscurities.blogspot.de



Out now! MORTON SUBOTNICK – Silver Apples Of The Moon LP (180gr)


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MORTON SUBOTNICK – Silver Apples Of The Moon

Format: vinyl LP (180gr)

Release date: March 14th 2014


Re-issued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1967 release! MORTON SUBOTNICK’s truly visionary electronic master piece “Silver Apples Of The Moon” on an audiophile 180gr LP, especially mastered for vinyl.

As composer, musician and initiator of the San Francisco Tape Music Center which he co-founded with PAULINE OLIVEROS and RAMON SENDER in 1961, MORTON SUBOTNICK (born 1933) has propelled the progress of electronic music in several significant ways. From 1963 on he worked with DON BUCHLA on the development of the early synthesizer “Buchla Series 100” before moving to New York where the artist-in-residence at the newly established Tisch School Of The Arts of the New York University was enabled to set up his own studio. That’s where SUBOTNICK’s most popular work “Silver Apples Of The Moon” was commissioned by NONESUCH as the first electronic composition ever that was especially conceived for a vinyl release (in opposition to the common practice of performing live). Till the current day this seminal album has not lost his visionary power, has since long been considered one of the essential milestones in electronic music with great effect on later generations of artists – starting from the cult formation SILVER APPLES to LAIKA who titled their debut “Silver Apples Of The Moon” too. Now for the first time since its original 1967 release, SUBOTNICK’s masterpiece (which was selected for the Library Of Congress in 2009) has finally been made available on vinyl at last: a new audiophile 180gm LP that was cautiosly remastered for vinyl.


Press quotes:

… defined “computer music” for a generation that hadn’t thought about it yet. Washingtoncitypaper.com

‘Otherworldly’ probably isn’t even enough to describe “Silver Apples Of The Moon” … It really is a landmark of electronic music.     Psychedelicobscurities.blogspot.de

… a fascinating vocabulary of points, glissandi, spatters, hisses, whistles, and sirens …  Allmusic.com


News fall 2013!

so what’s coming on Karlrecords?

Different stuff:

first of all, LAURENT DE SCHEPPER TRIO relase a new + exclusive 7″ feat. amazing PAULA AKINSINDE on vocals and an excluse remix by KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF on the flip side!



Then HANS CASTRUP’s debut “Shadowplay” is ready to be released on november 8th!

Check our Youtube channel for his arty videos – one new clip will be added every week as a countdown till that date. HANS shot a video for each single track on “Shadowplay” … do you like this one?



and finaly LAURENT DE SCHEPPER will headline the first night of

“Jazz & The Edge Of The Plate”-festival in Hamburg / Golem on november 22nd + 23rd among artists such as THE THING or DIAMOND TERRIFIER! Excitement here!

More live dates to follow ….