SLEEPSTEP - SONAR POEMS FOR MY SLEEPLESS FRIENDS (2X12 LP)
12" Vinyl D08.06.15
*sleepstep* is the first collaboration between raster-noton and artist dasha rush. the records subtitle *sonar poems for my sleepless friends* describes its underlying concept – *sleepstep* is a trip through electronically alienated micro-compositions and sound collages that, interwoven with text passages, aim at creating a dream-like atmosphere.
special vinyl edition limited to 300 copies, gold-embossed sleeve, laser engraving on side b
winter, or a time which represents that season, in a metropole that appears to be moscow. the visitor is taking metro no. 6 at leninsky prospect as he is on his way to the ballroom close to gorky park. the air is icy, the sky is grey. a cat, previously hidden among the dirty snow, is crossing his way. the closer he gets to his destination, the clearer he can hear music, music that reminds him of future days. the dimly lit room is only sparsely filled. on stage a graceful singer, capturing the room with her presence. captive voices merge with chords played on yet unknown instruments machine rhythms cycle in 3/4 time. the vigorous peasant dancers, following an instinctive knowledge of the weight of fall, utilize their surplus energy to press all their strength into the proper beat of the measure, thus intensifying their personal enjoyment in dancing. here, in the transhuman ballroom, time stands still and values are being dissolved by numeric progressions. spiritually allied, the visitor, the singer and the peasant dancers short-circuit the present moment while the last falling snow slowly turns into rain. with walzerzyklus, atomtm returns to raster to complete his series that has once begun with liedgut and continued with winterreise. the 7 tracks, created in collaboration with russian singer lisokot, are subdivided into 3 pieces of 2 minutes each and 4 pieces of 3 minutes each, intentionally reflecting the 3/4 time of a classic waltz. throughout the release, lisokot’s delicate vocals are put into different relations to atomtms rather cool machine music, either complementing or contrasting each other. in the same line, the 3 shorter leitmotifs provide the main theme that is taken up repeatedly in the course of the release.
dedicated to promote young and evolving artists and to present musical diamonds in the rough, raster-noton is curating the unun series which name refers to the chemical elements 111-119. »unalloyed, unlicensed, all night!« is jesse osborne-lanthier’s first release on raster-noton, and the ninth and final release of this series.
as a central point of reference of grischa lichtenbergers la demeure/il y a pé,,,ril en la demeure complex, raster-noton releases a limited edition of three 12inch vinyl eps that are accompanied by a handmade, signed and individualized screen print. the three eps were set up as an experiment. each of the records is guided by a word that could be described as a phantasmagoria, a delusion of the 20th century – like a metaphor that is concerned not only with its immediate meaning, but with an implication more emotional, more irrational, telling something about the mindset of the not so distant past.
and the true secret of their value is the sobriety, the austerity, of the living space they inhabit. it means that they do not simply occupy, visibly, the space they belong in, but have the scope to perform a variety of unforeseen functions which enables them constantly to surprise us anew. this is what makes them precious and elevates them above the level of a common object.« walter benjamin, spain 1932 grischa lichtenbergers new release »spielraum« is the first of three vinyl eps to thematically accompany the 2-part album »la demeure, il y a péril en la demeure«. on »spielraum«, lichtenberger presents the elements introduced on the preceding album in a different context, but without defining them too precisely and breaking them down to only one dimension.
after a break of 5 years, alva noto continues his xerrox series with »xerrox vol. 3«, entitled »towards space«, a journey that started with »xerrox vol. 1«, referring to the »old world«, and »xerrox vol. 2«, heading »to the new world«.
after successful ep collapsed (r-n116) the bristol based project strikes back with a full length album on raster-noton. once more james ginzburg & paul purgas challenge the perceptual boundaries between noise and music and the potential for both technology and architecture to embed and codify themselves within sound
with rv8, the osaka-based producer and musician aoki takamasa continues his long- term project that focuses on the modulation of rhythms and grooves. (incl. a digital download coupon for 3 bonus tracks)
the tale of the mythic pentaki mountain has been engraved on a two-sided circular piece of wax. the north face of the peak is steep, abrasive, and has been the subject of many legends in the region. it is said that whoever would manage to climb it would find a plateau, leading to a place called >the single source of truth<.
ununhexium (r-n 116) is the sixth release of raster-noton unun series. emptyset is a bristol based project formed in 2005 by james ginzburg, di- rector of the multiverse studios and the curator and electronic artist paul pur- gas. the project explores the legacy of analogue media, integrating aspects of rhythm, signal processing and spatial recording within the framework of mini- malist composition. their work interrogates the perceptual boundaries between noise and music and the potential for both technology and architecture to em- bed and codify themselves within sound. collapsed is emptysets first release on raster-noton and investigates the threshold where sonic structure is destabilized to the point where a chaotic order emerges out of a resistance to fragmentation and likewise explores the potential contained within this liminal space of transition. across the four tracks of the release a structural grammar is defined and then pushed to excess to the point where it reforms from repetitive and stable frameworks into non-grid based forms and ultimately chaotic rule sets.
vladislav delays ep >espoo< features two new conceptual, rhythm-intense tracks. whereas the groove of the opener >olari< derives from a sound loop which is manipulated by filters and echoes and finally brings forth the intensifying beat, the reverse is done with >kolari< on the b-side. starting from an impulsive, staccato beat, a sound carpet is woven by means of modifiers which gradually shape a permanent vacation-like melody, close to terry rileys minimalistic concepts. both tracks share a linear increase in density, and because of their break with the common four-four time, they create a certain folkloric atmosphere. like with >vantaa<, the experienced music producer vladislav delay continues his search for dance-floor compatible, yet unique and fresh music.
with >dazed<, senking continues his exploration of the abysses of sound to create dark and gloomy atmospheres. the slow beats of the two tracks are accompanied by tender, harmonic melodies, but broken by nervous, unsteady tones which seem to be a warning against hidden dangers. the first track >the dance hall walk< also features a vocal sample by micheal cramm - a text which reflects the nervousness and excitement in anticipation of some thrilling things to come. like >tweek<, senkings last ep, >dazed< is not only concerned with the depths of sound, but also with the depths of the human psyche, where there is no escape other than music itself.
kyoka - first solo female on the raster-noton roster works as a musician / composer in berlin and tokyo. she has been releasing music since 2008 and is known for her chaotic, direct approach and heavy-rough sound resulting in a broken pop-beat with experimental yet danceable rhythms. ish means around, like or about and reflects her way to be clear by being vague - brightness wrapped in a blanket of obscurity and abstractness. the ep was produced by longtime friend frank bretschneider, a remix was delivered by atomtm to tune the first track hadue for the dancefloor. ryuichi sakamoto underlines the exceptional talent of kyoka: >panic! it sounds like a toy box turned up side down. how can she make such pretty & chaotic sounds!? i love it!<
die publikation -source book 1- repräsentiert den beginn einer umfassenden aufarbeitung der vergangenen 20 jahre des raster noton labels. einer kurzen einführung von olaf bender folgt ein von max dax geführtes interview und ein einblick in die philosophie der labelmacher. der hauptteil des ersten -source book- enthält den umfassenden katalog aller releases die zwischen 1996 und 2016 veröffentlicht wurden. ein weiterer teil der publikation ist die beiligende -archiv 4- cd die nur mit dem buch erhältlich ist. sie beinhaltet stücke von alva noto, emptyset, kangding ray, atom tm, byetone, frank bretschneider und weiteren künstlern. das modulare konzept des buches erlaubt es seiten zu entfernen, auszutauschen oder hinzuzufügen was eine aktualisierung des inhalts zu gegebener zeit möglich macht. das buch ist limitiert auf 1.000 stück kommt in einem kartonschuber, ist 400 seiten dick und wiegt 3 kilogramm
hd+ is a data dvd, documenting uwe schmidt s aka atomtm s visual aesthetics for the first time. the conceptual engagement with and the critical yet diverting examination of pop music that s always delivered with a twinkle in the eye is a central topic of the musician s diverse creative work and cer- tainly included in this visual presentation of it. together with the second remix ep riding the void to be released this summer, hd+ marks the provisional completion of atomtm s hd cycle
SLEEPSTEP - SONAR POEMS FOR MY SLEEPLESS FRIENDS (CD)
sleepstep is the first collaboration between raster-noton and russian artist dasha rush. the record s subtitle sonar poems for my sleepless friends describes its underlying concept – sleepstep is a trip through electronically alienated loops and sound collages that, interwoven with text passages, aim at creating a dream-like atmosphere.
frank bretschneider s new project sinn + form (meaning and form) is based on the idea of a fundamentally chaotic world as we know it from mathematical or physical theories and models (dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems), and the constant attempt of man to recognize and to describe, predict, control and change this world. musically, this system is simulated electronically using a modular synthesizer system.
pointillist serial loops morph into abrasive rave anthems, broken club rhythms are refitted into uneven patterns, like deconstructivist sound architectures. industrial techno stompers dissolve into granular sound waves and filtered space pads, before being overtaken by cinematic drums and rising arpeggios.
capsize recovery takes the listener on a ride through a very dark universe of gloomy sounds and atmospheres. the eight rather longish tracks of the album are characterized by senkings epic signature sounds - creepy hovering bass lines, clean and slowed down drums, paired with oscillating and sometimes fierce synth melodies and shots. with his extremely deep and dubby arrangements that explore the depths and abysses of bass heavy music, he again is able to create soundscapes that convey a subtle sense of unease or even fear, as if they were the soundtrack to a mysterious and disturbing film
neue sounds aus dem hause raster-noton: feine elektronika zwischen techno und idm. aoki takamasa hat ein gespür dafür entwickelt, clicksncuts funky und eingaengig zu arrangieren. von dancefloor-orientierung über uptempo-beats bis hin zu pop-sensibilität reichen seine tracks, gemastered von yoshinori sunahara.
uwe schmidt, aka atom heart, aka atom tm, aka senor coconut, ist ein meister der verschleierung und schier endloser musikalischer entwuerfe und verstrickungen. sein neuester streich hd ist gespickt mit einer illustren runde an freunden und mitstreitern wie jamie lidell (main vocals i love u), alva noto (additional programmings ich bin meine maschine), marc behrens (additional programmings strom und my generation), jean charles vandermynsbrugge (main vocals pop hd), dominique depret (guitars) und jorge gonzalez (backing vocals, guitar und bass).
grischa lichtenberger hat 1983 das licht der welt erblickt und lebt inzwischen in berlin. die ersten produktionen des multimedia-kuenstlers sind bei treibgut in duesseldorf erschienen und kreisten um den rhein und seine landschaften.mit and iv (inertia) setzt grischa lichtenberger neue akzente. maschinenhafte cut-up-sounds treffen gebrochene, ja stolpernde beats. es ist ein album voller harscher, technoider elemente.
winterreise is the audio soundtrack to a series of photographies with the same name produced by atomtm. the series was exhibited during 2011 in tokyo and frankfurt (excerpts will be included in the packaging of the winterreise cd edition). the winterreise soundtrack may be considered a sequel to the liedgut (r-n 99) album, in the sense that the resulting photo series was conceived as a consequence of the contextual framework which liedgut both initiated and provided. winterreise though, is a far more abstract piece of work, with its accent in soundscapes and textures. with a balance between the romantic and the scientific, this album evokes, not just accompanies the visual aspect of the winterreise project in a perfect manner, by painting grainy sonic images that visualize the tradition and the future of the romantic subconscious.