Friday, April 17, 2015

CORY STRAND "STALKER (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 282)

Gargantuan full HNW rework of the audio track to Andrei Tarkovsky's masterful work of metaphysical science fiction, Stalker, here split into two parts due to its monolithic size.  I've wanted to work with Tarkovsky material for quite awhile but wasn't sure of the approach; Stalker's intensity seemed a perfect fit for my "Totality" series of recordings.  This is some deep, dense, static HNW (as the audio from Tarkovsky's film is eerily monotonous) made for dark nights of the soul.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $33 rest of world.

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BLUE VELVET: POETE MAUDIT (AOW 216O)

Chillingly bleak and haunted death ambient HNW from Poete Maudit, here turning in two frigid tracks for the "Blue Velvet" series.  Poete Maudit's approach is one that mines out all the unease and anxiety present in the film and transforms it into equally anxious noise pieces of hollow and cavernous beauty.  Difficult but meditative listening, these pieces sound like nothing else in the series thus far; all the violence is there, gleaming like a knife in the night.
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag, in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

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BLUE VELVET: WRIST CLUTCH EXPLODER (AOW 216N)

Schizophrenic blast of electrical haywire noise from the beautifully named Wrist Clutch Exploder, here working with something of an oddball point in Lynch's film-Jeffrey's father's stroke.  Crazy noisy and circuitous, this installment of the "Blue Velvet" series references the electricity abuse of the old Japanese masters and filters it through a modern WALL aesthetic-all crafted from a sample of the stroke/hospital scene in the film.
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag, and released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

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BLUE VELVET : DISTORTED SOULS WITHIN A CORRUPT VISION (AOW 216M)

Massive, crushing onslaught of staticism from Distorted Souls Within A Corrupt Vision, turning in a truly nihilistic slab of HNW for the ongoing "Blue Velvet" series.  HNW diehards will find much to love here; DSWACV definitely comes from the classic Vomir school of wall-riding.  The piece here is 72 minutes of perfect, nightmarish WALL centered around the severed ear and Jeffrey's growing fascination with all things dark.
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag and released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

MIND OF GOD "OMINOUS" CDR (AOW 203)

Debut AOW full-length of Jason Pizzolato's Mind Of God, following the project's "Electro-Battle Preparation Tactics" EP.  "Ominous" is a much darker and more frigid work, a hypnotic assault of buzzing minimalistic deathdub electronic detritus and deeply psychedelic textures.  Given a crushing mastering job by John Stillings (of Steel Hook Prostheses), "Ominous" is an absolutely room-shaking affair through speakers and a hallucinatory excursion into drug-addled staticism through headphones.  A nightmare vision of dystopian anxiety, "Ominous" has already received some impressive accolades:

"I must say, this Mind of God record is sincerely badass!! It is really effective at influencing the 'lighting' in a room. It's really well put together, and in moments, it beautifully pays homage in sound and arrangement to some of its more Broadrick-esque predecessors." -Tannon Penland (LOINCLOTH / GAUCHISTE)

"Mind of God has things working.....onto something VERY cool." - Josh Eustis (NINE INCH NAILS / PUSCIFER / TELEFON TEL AVIV)

"Nice stuff! Not often do you hear metal dudes with an electronic music sensibility.....I dig it." 
- Tristan Shone (AUTHOR & PUNISHER)

"I think it's killer!! Minimal, weird, & beat-heavy....what more do you need? And the Mind of God video stuff is great...sick footage..!" - Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD / CORRECTIONS HOUSE )

"Ominous" can be streamed in full at Mind Of God's Bandcamp:( https://mindofgod.bandcamp.com/album/ominous-lp )

Packaged in a DVD case with artwork by Jason and released in an edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "FOXCATCHER: A REINTERPRETATION" 10CDR + DVD-R + BONUS CDR BOX SET (AOW 278)

Truly dark and immersive rework of the soundtrack to Bennett Miller's superlative study of emasculation, self-loathing, and despair.  In scoring the complicated relationship between Mark and Dave Schultz and John Du Pont, Rob Simonsen and West Dylan Thordson find disease in drones and affliction in the ambient; in working with the score myself, I've attempted to elongate and prolong the feelings of melancholy and anxiety the film depicts.  The result is a glacial wave of bleak, depressive death ambience and ghostly emptiness.
This box set is comprised of the 10 CDR rework of the film's score housed in five double DVD cases, plus a DVD-R of my HNW rework of Foxcatcher's full audio track (2 hours and 14 minutes), housed in a DVD case.  Also included is a bonus CDR created from various elements of the soundtrack.  Each has their own artwork; the entire set is housed in a handpainted box with a stencil-painted rendering of the Team Foxcatcher logo (stencil cut by Gina Newman.)  I loved this film and I hope my work with the score does it justice.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $130 ppd. in the United States, $143 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "CRIME & PUNISHMENT (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 281)

An epic, devastating slab of existential HNW dread crafted from the full audio track of Lev Kulidzhanov's 1970 film adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel Crime & Punishment.  Obviously there are many cinematic interpretations of the novel to choose from; I chose Kulidzhanov's film for its truly immersive length (nearly four hours), its beautifully minimalist but highly expressionistic photography, and its faithfulness to the source material (most of the film's dialogue is verbatim from the novel).  The result is a gargantuan, anguished, raging psychedelic wall rendered into bloody shades of grey and black.  Raskolnikov's attempts to overcome nihilism and reconcile himself with the ordinariness of existence are some of the most grueling depictions of self-inquiry in all of literature; I hope this violent piece of audio static helps one to achieve the same sort of transcendence in the face of life's yawning, purgatorical emptiness.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $33 rest of world.

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