Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BLUE VELVET: DEJECTION (AOW 216V)

Dejection is a new project from me, focusing on minimal synthesizer ambience, modular synth improv psychedelia, and organic wall creation.  This contribution to the "Blue Velvet" series is Dejection's debut release and is certainly indebted to Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch's mournful, dark synthesizer compositions with just a twinge of Blue Velvet's melancholy and inky blackness.  The piece is meant to evoke Frank Booth's vision of Lumberton, a place of outlandish fantasy, violent sexualized deviance, and pure hedonism.  Deep, engulfing mourndrone meant for headphones and solitude.
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: BIG HOLE (AOW 216U)

I am very excited to offer another installment in the "Blue Velvet" series, this time from one of my favorite newer HNW projects: Big Hole.  Big Hole's contribution is a truly massive, dense, unrelenting monolith of fuzzed out wall torment and horror, deep and churning and slowly, torturously loping towards total collapse.  Working off an emotionally intense and enervating scene from the film, Big Hole creates a wall that stands up to Blue Velvet's aura of sexual severity and psychic violence, with a hint of mournful yearning.  Just a staggering wall from an incredibly focused project.
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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Monday, May 25, 2015

CORY STRAND "TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME - COMPLETE" 3CDr + BONUS CDr + DVD-R (AOW 63) (REISSUE)

In honor of the fantastic news regarding the new "Twin Peaks" series, I have reissued my long out of print rework of the "Fire Walk With Me" soundtrack, along with a wealth of bonus material.  This version features totally different artwork and two extra discs of music (a lengthy ambient rework of "The Nightingale" and an HNW "Totality" rework of the film's entire audio track.)  All told, over three hours of new sounds added to the original album, so even if you have the original release, this may be worth your time.  Here's my description of the OST rework:

I don't think I need to really explain my affinity for David Lynch.  Before Altar Of Waste I was making a series of Lynch inspired recordings as Lethe, and I'd like to think some of his aesthetic has carried over into the work I've done since.  "Fire Walk With Me: A Reinterpretation" takes as its source material the soundtrack to Lynch's woefully underrated Twin Peaks prequel film and attempts to map out the darker spaces hidden betwixt the gorgeously soothing melodies of Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch's masterful score.  Washes of hanging empty ambience are paired alongside severe walls of crumbling bass architecture, culminating in an evocation of violence so radiant it deadens the stars.  The surreal has been given leave to wreak its havoc on the wavering pockets of reality Lynch so effectively brought to light with his complex and bizarre series; the music here is my interpretation of some of that havoc.  The owls are not what they seem.

Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $35 ppd. in the United States, $48 rest of world.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

CORY STRAND "THE EARLY ROMAN POLANSKI" 7 DVD-R SET (AOW 291)

Another large scale collection of "Totality" recordings centered around the work of another of my favorite directors, this time exploring the "early period" of auteristic pariah Roman Polanski.  Polanski's works speak to an omnipresent threat of darkness and disorder leveled against existence and modernity, highlighting the twin dangers of solipsism and human arrogance.  Though he has done magnificent work across the entirety of his lengthy career, for this set i have decided to focus on seven of Polanski's early features, culminating with 1974's legendary Chinatown.  The seven reworks here all head into some severe and bleak HNW territory, a brutal and texturally varied tour through psychedelic sound structures and imaginary towers of continuous psychological decline.  Films included: Knife in The Water, Repulsion, Cul-De-Sac, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary's Baby, Macbeth, and Chinatown.
Packaged as a seven album set, with each recording packaged separately in a DVD case with their own artwork (much like my "No One Ever Changes: The Films of Todd Solondz" set).  Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $95 ppd. in the United States, $108 rest of world.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

CORY STRAND "HIGH OFF MY LOVE: THE COLLECTION" 8CDR SET (AOW 290)

A new Paris single means a new lengthy exploration from me, this time working off Miss Hilton's recently released "High Off My Love."  The single is considerably darker and even more overtly sexualized than is usual for Paris; consequently, my manipulations of the work head into some pretty caustic, violent, and blackened nightspaces.  Eight different remixes here, showcasing my varied approach to interpretation and pop deconstructionism: you get menacing Carpenter-esque slabs of death ambience, deep ocean drones, some massive and cruelly oppressive stagnant HNW, some shimmery beauty, and an overloaded, uber-metallized slog through the emptiness.  Some heavy shit here, for sure.
Packaged as 8 separate albums, each with their own fold over covers, all housed in a clear plastic bag with a larger fold over cover and an insert info card.  Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $ 50 ppd. in the United States, $63 rest of world.

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BLUE VELVET: SEAN E. MATZUS (AOW 216T)

Sean E. Matzus' contribution to the "Blue Velvet" series finds him creating two massive, engulfing slabs of drifting HNW emptiness par excellence, a distant and oppressive tower of rumble and quake that threatens to overwhelm at any moment but never quite does, content to hang in a tense and calculated pocket of spacesound.  There is a sense of ambience here, but it is subordinate to the all-consuming and relentless drive of ANW-style glacial stagnancy, a forcible enmiring of the listener into the hidden recesses of sexual violence and overt friendliness that comprise Blue Velvet's diegesis.  Just crushing, in every way.
Packaged in a fold over cover in a clear plastic bag, released in an edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

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BLUE VELVET: BODY STRESS (AOW 216S)

Body Stress's entry in the "Blue Velvet" series is an interesting and arresting take on HNW, veering into depressive ANW throughout the record's two pieces, but culminating in an overall emotional wipeout that belies the record's truncated runtime (about 22 minutes.)  The two walls here sound roaring, oceanic, and incredibly far away, as though beheld from a great distance; perhaps of time, perhaps of emotion.  Again, the power of nostalgiah that permeates Lynch's film haunts the compositions here too; the inherent darkness existing in the cracks of suburbia eventually begins to waft up into the beams of lurid sunshine.
Packaged in a fold over cover in a clear plastic bag, released in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com