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Akio Suzuki LP

Akio Suzuki LP “Jumping and Standing” Art Into Life

Limited edition pressing of 300 copies * Includes text insert by Akio Suzuki. Originally recorded in 1984, “Jumping and Standing” consists of a live performance at Musashino Art University by pioneering Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki, accompanied by five toy rabbits. This long-awaited release epitomizes Suzuki’s approach to performance, imbued with a characteristic sense of humor and an organic interplay with his audiences, as evinced by uproarious laughter heard on the opening track. Now some three decades later, contemporary listeners are likewise drawn ever deeper into this novel noisescape featuring an ensemble of wind-up bunnies on broken boards, metallic fragments, and a reel-to-reel tape deck on the fritz.

$24

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Ikuro Takahashi LP An’archives

Ikuro Takahashi
しりえないものとずっと [shirienaimono to zutto]
LP ltd to 275, silkscreened jacket with obi (light blue or salmon) by  the one and only Alan Sherry, inserts and postcard
Liner notes by Michel Henritzi
Label : An’archives
Ref : [An’16]
Release date : January 21, 2019

Legendary drummer, Ikuro Takahashi played in most of the important bands of the psychedelic underground Japanese scene : Keiji Haino’s Fushitsusha, Seishokki, High Rise, Ché-Shizu, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Kousokuya, LSD March and Nagisa Ni Te, but also with Junzo Suzuki, Tamio Shiraishi, Akiko Hotaka and many others, making it difficult to write a comprehensive list. Ikuro does not make a distinction between the young musicians with whom he collaborates, and the big names of the underground behind whom he brings an enveloping rhythm, like the wind blowing through a bamboo forest.
A native of Hokkaï do, born in 1957, exiled in downtown Tokyo, Ikuro Takahashi lived there for a while before settling back in Sapporo with his partner, dancer Yoko Muronoi, starting the Anoyonodekigoto project together. All pieces gathered here were composed for their duo shows. Yoko Moronoi was reunited with the shadows of her ancestors in 2017, leaving Ikuro alone in the world of the living. This record appears as the last flower laid at the shrine of her dance.
This album gathers 7 tracks, most of which were built from an overlay of oscillators, music boxes and metronomes. Sometimes it recalls Takehisa Kosugi’s pieces, a common way of unfolding time and space, of making our perception float. A common saving of gesture, of concept. Ikuro Takahashi is like a weaver trapping our listening in his electric wires, dragging us in a flux of rhythmic, fluid, circular patterns.
Ikuro Takahashi is like these shamans summoning our shadows, our ghosts, to make the living core within us sing.

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18 EUR + Postage

France : 23 EUR (lettre) / 25 EUR (colissimo)

Europe & EEC : 30 EUR

Rest of the world : 32 EUR

paypal : clerouley[at]free[dot]fr

Special price with any  An’archives CD :

26 EUR + postage (same rate as LP alone)

Meno 1st CD

Meno 1sCD  Galleria Zarigania

Meno is the trio of  Hiroto Hayashi, Ikuro Takahashi & Kota Inukai

They are good old friends, they play guitar, bass & drums with Hayashi on vocals. Sometimes it reminds me a bit Kasuni trio but Hayashi’s voice is rawer, sometimes a bit raspy. Simple but a true pleasure for ears. Comes in a nice 15 x 21 cm cover.

$15

(you can order it with the new Ikuro Takahashi LP, shipping costs would remain thesame)

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MSBR & Controlled Death (Masonna)

Controlled Death / Masonna – Controlled Death  Box  Black Box – Urashima

Wooden black box comes with LP, CD digipack and two cassettes plus postcard, insert, business card and sheet with notes in Japanese by Tamotsu Mochida, in 199 copies. 

Controlled Death is a new project by the Japanese noise legend Maso Yamazaki a.k.a. Masonna. In April 2018 he decided to make a shudder debut with 1st album “Symphony For The Black Murder” .  The activities of Controlled Death are like archaic revival to the music experience before Masonna. We can also find the pathology image of the early industrial period and the shadows of Vienna activism such as Hermann Nitsch.

$59 only a few

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MSBR LP “Ultimate Ambience” Urashima

Deluxe edition, 199 copies w/insert. Finally available again, is the MSBR(Molten Salt Breeder Reactor), a.k.a. Koji Tano, debut album! Msbr was one of the most respected noise artists to arise from Japan’s exciting noise/experimental music scene of the 1990’s. Much of his material was self-released on his own label, the astounding MSBR Records, which was dedicated to the production of limited edition releases with incredible artwork. MSBR present a music elaborated with previously chosen source of sounds, whose origins are either naturel or artificial, with use of Korg guitar synthesizer and some effects, working in analog sounds. Oscillating between Grappling Electro Noise (as he describes his musical style) and pure noise, the really surprising quality of the sound research leads to a tremendous kind of  noise-texture.

Ultimate Ambience” is his debut album, recorded in February 1991 and released the following year on its label in 400 copies (the first one hundred copies in special edition with in unique fold out handmade covers using foil, paint, and collage elements). Tano’s Molten Salt Breeder Reactor divided record into two long track filled with excellent harsh noise with strong influences of musique concrete and electro-acoustic. The great production on this Lp makes it so powerful that it is frightening at times! 

The record has been pressed on 140 gr black vinyl with black label and black inner sleeve and comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on Fedrigoni black cardboard sleeve, limited to 199 copies w/insert on Rembrandt deluxe paper  with layout by Yoshihiro Nakano. Original audio master from Denzatsu.

$20 only a few

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Philipe Maté / Daniel Vallancien LP

Philipe Maté / Daniel Vallancien LP Souffle Continu Records

Souffle Continu Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Philippe Maté/Daniel Vallancien, originally released in 1972. Although discrete, the career of saxophonist Philippe Maté includes nonetheless several indispensable albums: be it with the Acting TrioJean Guérin (Tacet), or Jef Gilson (Workshop), his collaborations in a big band or quartet with Lawrence “Butch” Morris, his presence in the Saxophone Quartet and also on the brilliant 1972 album L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouche by Jean-Claude Vannier (BMS 001CD, FKR 001X-LP). As for the man in the background: Daniel Vallancien, a sound engineer rarely featured on the sleeves; the collection Actuel on the BYG label owes much to him (he is at the controls behind Anthony BraxtonDon CherrySonny Sharrock, or Steve Lacy), and the same goes for Saravah for who he notably recorded AreskiBrigitte FontaineMaurice Lemaître, or the Cohelmec Ensemble. Not bad for starters! What is more, Daniel Vallancien is one of a prestigious group of French recording engineers with open ears and often themselves musicians, even if only occasionally for some, including Bruno MennyDaniel Deshays, or Jean-Marc Foussat, who have all recorded remarkable albums as leaders. Behind this collaboration was the idea of creating music which was free, direct, and spontaneous, while having also a minimum of advance planning. Music, according to the brief liner notes desirous to “remove itself from long and patient laboratory experiments“. So, there can be found here none of the sophisticated tools associated with electroacoustic research, but mainly a recording mixer console, which, in the hands of Daniel Vallancien acts directly on the original instrumental sound in real time, modifying and multiplying it while respecting the natural flow. Be it Paul MéfanoBetsy JolasGérard Grisey, or Jacques Lejeune, many contemporary composers working in France have, at one time or another, included the saxophone in their work. Nothing can compare to the singularity of the dialogue between Philippe Maté and Daniel Vallancien, which they themselves describe as being “serious, sarcastic or humorous”, with, here and there, “disturbing sounds”. Words, however, even those used by the protagonists themselves, are insufficient to describe such a sonic object, difficult to identify and, it has to be said, extraordinary. Licensed from Saravah. Gatefold sleeve; Obi strip Edition of 500

$19 only a few

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