out on sept. 29th: GIULIO ALDINUCCI – Borders And Ruins

GIULIO ALDINUCCI – Borders And Ruins

Format:  LP (200 handnumbered items, silk-screened sleeve, DL code, ed vinyl) / DL

Release date: september 29th 2017

# 2 in the PERIKLAS series is an ambient masterpiece of sublime beauty and sacral majesty by the Italian sound artist GIULIO ALDINUCCI.

GIULIO ALDINUCCI is an Italian sound artist working in the fields of experimental electroacoustic music, field recording and ambient soundscape. Born 1981 in Siena, his catalogue comprises four solo albums on labels like DRONARIVM (CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA, AIDAN BAKER),TIME RELEASED SOUND or HOME NORMAL plus EPs and collaborative albums (a.o. with PLEQ). Furthermore , he wrote music for theatre, video art, documentaries and short movies and was awarded with an honourable mention at the 18th International Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva 2017 for his composition “Mute Sirens”. Together with ATTILIO NOVELLINO, ALDINUCCI launched the project “Postcards From Italy” which consists of an album published by OAK EDITIONS, live events (the first one took place at Cafe OTO, London) and an installation by AIPS collective & GIANMARCO DEL RE.
“Borders And Ruins”, his first album for KARLRECORDS, is a reflection on the instability of borders – borders as an extreme attempt to discriminate and rationalize that turns into a source of chaos and cultural ruins on both sides – and their impact on the relationship between people and territory. It is also a sonic diary: a constantly mutating soundscape where electronic sounds and field recordings (taken during several travels around the continent) blend into an ambient masterpiece of sublime beauty and sacral majesty.

Mastered by Alexandr Vatagin

Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin

Artwork by Joe Gilmore

 

out now: MASSIMO PUPILLO / ALEXANDRE BABEL / CASPAR BRÖTZMANN – Live At Candy Bomber Studios Vol​.​1

 

MASSIMO PUPILLO / ALEXANDRE BABEL / CASPAR BRÖTZMANN – Live At Candy Bomber Studios Vol​.​1

Format: 180gr LP incl. DL code / DL

Release date: august 4th 2017

Curtains up for a new power trio: bass player MASSIMO PUPILLO (ZU, LANIAKEA), drummer ALEXANDRE BABEL (SUDDEN INFANT) and CASPAR BRÖTZMANN on guitar.

As the title “Live At The Candy Bomber Studios, Vol.1” indicates, this album is the first cut from an inspired recording meeting. Raw energy, full focus and three instrumentalists at the peak of their skills who blend noise rock, drone and improvisation into 2 relentless epic pieces. The line-up consists of MASSIMO PUPILLO, bass player in ZU, LANIAKEA and countless other constellations and drummer ALEXANDRE BABEL who is a prolific player in the experimental / contemporary field (artistic director of Swiss percussion group EKLEKTO, member of KAMMERENSEMBLE NEUE MUSIK BERLIN, soloist and has performed a.o. with OTOMO YOSHIHIDE and KEIJI HAINO) and a steady member of the noise band SUDDEN INFANT. And last but not least there’s CASPAR BRÖTZMANN on guitar who gained high reputation as one of the most radical guitarists around, admired by acclaimed artists like THURSTON MOORE („probably one of the best guitarists I’ve ever met!”) and STEPHEN O’MALLEY. A powerful unit, recorded live in the studio by INGO KRAUSS who had already worked with BRÖTZMANN on the CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER albums “Der Abend Der Schwarzen Folklore” and “Koksofen”.

out now! JENS PAULY – r/f

JENS PAULY – r/f

Format: Lim. Ed. handnumbered CDr (99 items) / DL

Release date: august 4th 2017

 

On his solo debut under his civil name, JENS PAULY displays his advanced skills in creating sublime ambient pieces, rich in detail and yet free of any exuberance.

JENS PAULY spent his adolescence playing in wild style punk and grindcore bands before exploring other sounds and genres: GHOSTRIDER was his solo synth-project (with releases on DIGITALIS LTD., TRANQUILITY TAPES and HOBO CULT RECORDS), while SEX TEMPLE was a short-lived duo with PASCAL HECTOR from DATASHOCK. In more recent years, PAULY was a founding member of the atmospheric black metal band ULTHA (VEN-DETTA RECORDS). Now, a few months after leaving ULTHA, the first solo release under his civil name.
On “r/f”, the Cologne based musician indulges his passion for ambient and minimalistic sounds. It consists of five epic instrumentals, masterly crafted with a skilled hand for organic soundscapes and atmospheres that resonate deeply. All five tracks are characterized by a deliberate reduction on minimal means – with just a guitar – to give space to the chosen sounds. “r/f” stands for “remember / forget”, the topic of the album: memory, oblivion, the gap between these two and the construct of memory as such. A strongly recommended album if you’re into ambient, especially early TIM HECKER, OREN AMBARCHI or STARS OF THE LID.

out now: zeitkratzer / SVATLANA SPAJIĆ / DRAGANA TOMIĆ / OBRAD MILIĆ – Serbian War Songs (180gr LP) & zeitkratzer + ELLIOTT SHARP – Oneirika (180gr LP)

zeitkratzer / Svetlana Spajić / Dragana Tomić / Obrad Milić – Serbian War Songs

Format: 180gr double LP incl. DL code + insert , 300 items

Release date: june 16th 2017

 

zeitkratzer and its special guests SVETLANA SPAJIĆ (voice), DRAGANA TOMIĆ (voice) and OBRAD MILIĆ (voice, diple, gusle) present traditional Serbian songs from and about World War I.

Within its 20 years of existence, REINHOLD FRIEDL’s ensemble zeitkratzer has proved its interpretatory mastership on a wide range of fields such as contemporary / avant-garde composers, electronic artists, industrial underground – and, probably most surprising on this list, also in traditional music / folklore as documented on the two albums “Volksmusik” and “Neue Volksmusik” . For “Serbian War Songs”, a selection of traditional songs from and about World War I, the “modern composition supergroup” (THE WIRE) have invited some special guests: the renowned singers SVETLANA SPAJIĆ and DRAGANA TOMIĆ (who both worked a.o. with ROBERT WILSON) and the diple / gusle player OBRAD MILIĆ. REINHOLD FRIEDL and SVETLANA SPAJIĆ (probably the most acknowledged expert for traditional songs in Serbia) selected some traditional Serbian songs from and about World War I, and OBRAD MILIĆ contributes „Assassination In Sarajevo“, a song in the classic epic form he had learnt from his father Bogdan, a famous gusla player at the beginning of the 20th century. Commissioned by Berlin’s Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, the performance was recorded and mixed by longtime zeitkratzer sound engineer MARTIN WURMNEST and mastered by MIKE GRINSER at D&M.

zeitkratzer
directed by Reinhold Friedl

Frank Gratkowski, bassclarinet, clarinet I Hild Sofie Tafjord, french horn I Hilary Jeffery, trombone I Reinhold Friedl, piano I Maurice de Martin, drums, percussion I Lisa Marie Landgraf, violin I Burkhard Schlothauer, violin I Nora Krahl, violoncello I Ulrich Phillipp, doublebass
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special guests:
Svetlana Spajić, voice
Dragana Tomić, voice
Obrad Milić, voice, diple, gusle

recorded and mixed by Martin Wurmnest at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, January 16, 2016
produced by Reinhold Friedl
mastered by Mike Grinser at D&M, Berlin

 

zeitkratzer + ELLIOTT SHARP – Oneirika

Format: 180gr double LP incl. DL code, gatefold sleeve , 300 items

Release date: june 16th 2017

 

REINHOLD FRIEDL’s zeitkratzer proves the perfect ensemble for “Oneirika”, avantgarde-veteran ELLIOTT SHARP’s composition / soundscape inspired by CAGE-an tradition that premiered at MAERZMUSIK FESTIVAL 2014.

zeitkratzer worked with ELLIOTT SHARP for the first time already in 1997 and have since then been releasing several cooperations, including 2 duo releases of zeitkratzer mastermind REINHOLD FRIEDL and ELLIOTT SHARP. Over the last 40 years the avant-garde musician has created an immense oeuvre: he has performed and recorded with a.o. JOHN ZORN, BILL LASWELL, ZEENA PARKINS, JOEY BARON, DAVID TORN and runs his own formation CARBON. SHARP also composed for the SOLDIER STRING QUARTET, the AMERICAN COMPOSER’S ORCHESTRA or the SYMPHONIC ORCHSTRA of HESSISCHER RUNDFUNK (the New Yorker actually studied with MORTON FELDMAN and ROWELL RUDD). “Oneirika”, named after the greek waking dream, is inspired by the CAGE-an tradition and, with its score making use of SHARP’s innovative method to filter and process his self-generated musical manuscripts via Photoshop, leaves a great interpretatory latitude to the performers. A perfect subject for an ensemble of the calibre of zeitkratzer who are able to translate from a frequency of light and image into sound and motion. It also fits perfectly with zeitkratzer’s sound philosophy: high-quality amplification of acoustic instruments! “Oneirika” was commissioned by Berlin`s Maerzmusik Festival and premiered in 2014 at the Berghain, Berlin. Recorded by MARTIN WURMNEST , mixed by RALF MEINZ, mastered & cut by MIKE GRINSER at D&M.

zeitkratzer
directed by Reinhold Friedl

Frank Gratkowski, bassclarinet I Matthew Davis, trumpet I Hilary Jeffery, trombone I Reinhold Friedl, piano I Marc Weiser, guitar I Maurice de Martin, drums I Burkhard Schlothauer, violin I Anton Lukoszevieze, violoncello I Ulrich Phillipp, doublebass

special guest: Elliott Sharp, tenor saxophone, electric guitar, conduction

recorded live by Martin Wurmnest at Maerzmusik Festival 2014, Berghain Berlin
mixed by Ralf Meinz     produced by Reinhold Friedl
mastered by Mike Grinser at D&M, Berlin

 

 

zeitkratzer performs songs from „Kraftwerk“ and „Kraftwerk 2“ (180gr LP)

ZEITKRATZER – zeitkratzer performs songs from „Kraftwerk“ and „Kraftwerk 2“

Format: 180gr LP incl. DL code + insert, 500 items

Release date: march 24th 2017

 

#DOUBLE BIRTHDAY RELEASE !! KARLRECORDS celebrates its 10th birthday, ZEITKRATZER even its 20th! And the party starts with the necessary re-interpretations of early compositions by electronic pioneers KRAFTWERK.

Founded in 1997 by REINHOLD FRIEDL, ZEITKRATZER have since been creating an impressive catalogue of recordings that embraces 20th century avant-garde composers (CAGE, STOCKHAUSEN, LUCIER) as well as electronic artists (CARSTEN NICOLAI, TERRE THAEMLITZ) or underground experimentalists like THROBBING GRISTLE or COLUMN ONE. In their 20th anniversary year, the critically acclaimed ensemble will release a series of diverse albums that will explore new grounds in the typical, adventurous zeitkratzer way – the first of these albums is dedicated to KRAFTWERK and their early, kraut-esque albums “Kraftwerk” and “Kraftwerk 2”. As KRAFTWERK never re-released these albums, ZEITKRATZER gave its best to cover the first tranche of the songs (second tranche to come…).
Recorded in Marseille / France in May 2016, the six tracks reveal a bucolic and even psychedelic aspect of the ensemble that’s mostly known (or feared) for its interpretatory and aesthetic acerbity. And yet there’s no doubt that “Songs From The Albums „Kraftwerk“ And „Kraftwerk 2“ turned out a true ZEITKRATZER recording in the best and full meaning!

zeitkratzer directed by Reinhold Friedl
Frank Gratkowski / flute, clarinets, Elena Kakaliagou / french horn, Hilary Jeffery / trombone, Reinhold Friedl / harmonium, piano, Didier Ascour / guitar, Maurice de Martin / drums, Lisa Marie Landgraf / violin, Burkhard Schlothauer / violin, Elisabeth Coudoux, violoncello, Ulrich Phillipp / double bass

Recorded and mixed by Martin Wurmnest
Mastered & cut by Mike Grinser at D&M, Berlin