3Kammer

This is a new piece, which I put together from three separate field recordings of rooms at home, available free for stream or download. It’s quite dense (and lengthy – 28 minutes) but uses very little by way of extras: there’s only minimal EQ and gain applied. I’m not sure what to think of the finished article…

Amulets

My new tape, Amulets, is now available to purchase direct from Digitalis here. It’s in the last batch of tapes on the label and I’m delighted to be part of their roster.

Brad has also uploaded the final track on the album, The Realm of Semblance, for streaming on SoundCloud.

I’m hoping to have some copies soon.

900 Years

Thanks to Brad Rose, you can now stream the opening track from my forthcoming tape album Amulets on Digitalis Limited.

Amulets will be in what is apparently the last batch of tapes from Digitalis, to be released very soon. An end of an era, perhaps, but one in which I’m proud to have been involved. Here’s the composite image of the eight sleeves of this last batch. Mine is bottom right.
Last Digitalis batch

Radia; 2012; and February tomorrow

It’s been a while since I posted; but rest assured there are quite a few things happening around these parts.

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ONE: I’m delighted to say there’s a new release available to order on Dust, Unsettled. This is a wonderful new album by Glenn Bach entitled Radia.

Glenn Bach 'Radia' Here’s how Glenn describes the album: With this new project, Radia, Glenn Bach builds quiet soundscapes from guitar feedback and field recordings captured at various state parks in California and Wisconsin. By combining the unpredictable aspect of analog signal with the mostly natural sounds of protected landscapes, Bach examines the blurred boundaries of geography, place and memory.

This disc has been a long time coming (all down to me, rather than Glenn – the most patient man on the planet!), but I’m convinced Radia is worth the wait. It’s a subtle and introverted series of slow soundscapes, abstract and minimalistic yet contemplative in nature. I really love it, and I’m so pleased Glenn sent it to me for release.

You can pre-order the album here; everything is at the duplicators now and it should be out in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can listen to all of the tracks on the Dust, Unsettled site or on our new SoundCloud page (and on the player below).

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TWO: I will have a few new releases out soon.

The long delayed Suburban Electrification should be out in the very, very near future on Overland Shark. I understand that Andrew will be emailing those who ordered many months ago, so look out for something in your mailboxes from him soon. I’m sorry to say it seems this tape won’t now be released.

Amulets is a new album released on tape by Brad Rose’s excellent Digitalis label. This should be out in the next month or so, I think, in Digitalis’s last batch of tapes. Expect more on this shortly.

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THREE: I’m also working on new releases for Notice Recordings, sicsic Tapes and a few others. More on these soon, too.

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FOUR: Matthew Shaw and I have a new Fougou album coming out shortly on Greengage Sounds. Entitled Further from the Centre of Disturbance, this is a follow-up to, and a progression from, our first album Reversed Dreams of this Nature. The album will be limited and nicely packaged by our great friends HK and Nan.

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And that’s all for now, folks. Thanks for reading this far – there’ll be more on all of the above very soon!

Empty Transmissions

My great friend Andrew Paine is releasing a new tape of mine Empty Transmissions as part of his ever-eclectic Sonic Oyster roster. It will be released on 29 August.

There are just 50 copies of this, in wraparound paper sleeves, and I’m told that there are only 8 or so of these left from the label. You can pre-order it here. I will have a few myself in due course but if you’re interested I’d get in touch with Mr Paine soon.

Empty Transmissions is – nominally, at least – the first part of a continuing space opera project entitled Binary Light. Stay tuned for the next instalment…

Suburban Electrification – preorder

Almost here—just on the horizon—is a very special album to be released on cassette by that most eclectic of labels out of Kansas City, Overland Shark, run by the inspired and inspiring Andrew Heuback.

Entitled Suburban Electrification, this is quite an unusual album for me: 13 short synthesizer ‘miniatures’ that occupy relatively unusual territory in comparison to what’s gone before.

Suburban Electrification

The album was put together with the notion of restricted instrumentation (i.e. one synthesizer) and short duration in mind: the challenge was to create pieces that convey the same emotional impact as my longform works. I don’t know if I succeeded, but it was fun creating the music on this album and it’s informed quite a bit of what I’ve recorded in the four or five months since I finished it.

The album will be released mid- to late-July 2011. You can preorder it here in both digital and cassette tape formats, although if you order the tape, you’ll also get a high quality download of the album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC or other digital formats. It can also be streamed in its entirety from that page.

OMG Vinyl had this to say:

In case we haven’t convinced you yet, let us say it again, Kansas’ Overland Shark is easily one of the best tape labels in existence. They’ve got two new releases up, both amazing and incredibly different from one another. Brian Lavelle’s “Suburban Electrification” is a near-perfect collection of short, precise synthesizer jams (quite different from his usual multi-instrumental, side-long movements). The genre conventions of drone and ambient are left behind, revealing fields of minimal electronic music ripe for cultivation. This one is fucking tops.

Following this album are two other releases on cassette: Amulets, on Digitalis; and Empty Transmissions, on Sonic Oyster Cassettes. 2011 is the year of the tape, it seems…

Hyperboreans

I’m very pleased to say that, hot on the heels of the split tape with Nova Scotian Arms on Tranquility Tapes, my new album, Hyperboreans, was released on 25 April on Siren Wire Editions, the rather wonderful label run by Susan Matthews. Apologies for the late notice on here – I’ve changed to a new hosting provider and managed to make a mess of the transfer…

Hyperboreans - front cover

Hyperboreans is a 30 minute soundscape composed of minimal electronics and field recordings, quite different in style from some of my more recent work. The sleeve photographs are by Susan, with design by her partner Mark Ingram: much thanks to both of them. I hope you enjoy! Copies are still available from Siren Wire.

Hyperboreans - front cover

Estuarial

I’m really delighted to announce that my split tape, with Nova Scotian Arms, is just out on Tranquility Tapes. It’s a 60 minutes tape, and my side is entitled Estuarial.

Split tape on Tranquility Tapes

This is Franklin’s write-up:

Here we have richly varied, transoceanic transmissions from a Scotsman and a Southerner. Edinburgh’s Brian Lavelle begins the hour-long affair with a beautifully composed set of electronics. Billowing, Voigt-ian clouds of synth and guitar ultimately give way to delicate sequences and organ patterns that swirl majestically around field recordings. Lavelle has been releasing experimental music for more than 20 years and his masterful ability to digitally blend and degrade sonics to the point of perfection is well evidenced herein. Georgia’s Grant Evans (Quiet Evenings) answers boldly via his Nova Scotian Arms project with an utterly disorienting curve ball. Dissonance is the recurring theme here, with synth loops and burnt guitar riffs weaving in and out of each other and gradually pushing toward a hazy enlightenment. Like a high gravity brew, these two sides work in tandem to leave you at once blissed and dizzy. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle.

It’s an edition of 100 copies and it’s available from the label now. Thanks to Franklin for the release, and to his sister Caroline for the amazing artwork on this and the other Tranquility releases in this Spring batch. The other split tapes are by Motion Sickness of Time Travel/Tidal, Christopher Merritt/Reedbeds, Cliffsides/Cenote Glow and Sundrips/Sound Out Light.