Sunday, March 1, 2015

SHIPPING UPDATE

I realize a lot of folks are waiting for things from me, and I wanted to provide a quick update.  Right after I announced the new batch of releases, my new printer ceased functioning.  Luckily I had a warranty on it, and the cost of the printer is going to be refunded to me.  Unfortunately, the process takes time, and since I make virtually everything to order these days, having no printer sets me back quite a bit in terms of filling orders and making artist copies.
Long story short: All outstanding orders will ship out on Saturday, March 7th.
Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding.

-Cory

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CORY STRAND "ELECTRORETARD: A REINTERPRETATION" C50 (AOW 261)

A very special release.  This year I was invited to participate in another HNW tape swap: this tape is my contribution.  Since I don't actually own the hardware necessary to dub tapes, I had to send this out to be manufactured/professionally dubbed; it wasn't cheap (and since I had to order a larger minimum quantity than what I actually needed for the swap), and the organizer of this year's swap has graciously allowed me to offer the remainder of the tapes for sale through AOW, to offset the cost of manufacture.
So what is this tape?  It's an HNW rework to one of the Melvins' noisiest and (now rarest) releases, "Electroretard."  Released back in 2001 on Frank Kozik's now defunct and sorely missed label Man's Ruin Records, "Electroretard" found the Melvins in full-on experimental noise form for the record's majority, with their epic and glorious cover of the Wipers' "Youth Of America" standing as its centerpiece (one of my absolute favorite songs by the Melvins, hands down.)  This rework takes each "side" of the original recording and transforms them into huge swathes of psychedelicized HNW terror.  I love doing these swaps because it really lets me explore my own interests without worrying about reception; if you've enjoyed my previous Melvins reworks, you'll enjoy this one as well.
This is a normal bias C50 in a rubine red shell, with black and white artwork.  It is released in an unnumbered, undisclosed limitation.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "DEAD ALIVE (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 278)

Overloaded HNW rework of the full audio track to Peter Jackson's legendary zombie mindfuck, Dead Alive (also knows as Braindead, but since it was released here in the US as Dead Alive, i've decided to use that nomenclature.)  I'm hard-pressed to name a more gleefully disgusting or joyous dissection/re-envisoning of the zombie splatter film; Jackson's film is stripped of any pretense towards political consciousness (ala Romero) and instead traffics merely in gore upon bucket of gore, with a wink and nod and a healthy dose of severely black humour.  I don't really need to tell anyone about this film-I would dare surmise that almost everyone who frequents my label is familiar with this film (and if you aren't-rent it now!  You won't be disappointed.)
My rework is super psychedelic, colorful HNW, with lots of textures and tonalities.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "MEMORIES OF MURDER (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 277)

Subtle and eerie HNW rework of the full audio track to Bong Joon-ho's epic Lynchian police procedural Memories Of Murder.  The film is less about the bizarre killings committed by Korea's first serial murderer than it is about the psychic toll the investigation wreaks on the beleaguered detectives and the nation itself; its tone is unabashedly elegiac, even when the film finds itself wading into the dark waters of black humour.  A panoply of beautiful, epic landscape shots and haunting close-ups of violence, Bong's film stands alongside David Fincher's Zodiac and Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs as one of the finest cinematic deconstructions of serial murder investigation and the psychological damage it inflicts to anyone even remotely involved with it.  A tale of obsession and frustration, artfully rendered.
My rework seeks to push forward the idea of stagnancy and weariness that the film summons up; as such, this piece is more glacial and obstinate in its structure.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 pd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET III: DREAM WARRIORS (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 276)

Assaulting and massively psychedelic HNW rework of the full audio track of my favorite film in the "Elm Street" series, A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors.  This was actually the first film of the series that I saw, when I was about 9 years old, and it scared the shit out of me.  My dad was not the sort to censor anything in our house, so he let me watch this one night on cable, and it gave me nightmares for weeks.  But there was something about it that i loved, too; the idea of being able to dream lucidly and become whatever you wanted to be within someone else's psychic framework was an idea that elevated the film to a level beyond mere horror, something more akin to a metaphysical discourse.
My rework of the audio is giallo noise at its best: all manner of shifts and melodies, courtesy of Angelo Badalamenti's beautiful score that plays in the film beneath the dialogue and screams.  This was a blast to make; if you enjoyed the A Nightmare on Elm Street double album i did for Occult Supremacy last year, then you'll enjoy this one as well.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "THE CALL OF CTHULHU (TOTALITY)" CDr (AOW 274)

Punishing HNW rework of the full audio track to the HPL Society's beautiful silent film reimagining of Lovecraft's classic lynchpin story "The Call of Cthulhu."  Many Lovecraft fans (myself included) have long been disappointed by the majority of film adaptations culled from the author's work, especially ones that attempt to deal with the Cthulhu Mythos; the HPL Society's version is about the only adaptation that really does justice to both Lovecraft's visual sense and the sense of unknowable horror that his best tales traffic in.  Aside from Stuart Gordon's beloved Re-animator, I'm hard-pressed to think of another film that so beautifully captures the Lovecraftian aura.
My rework of the audio is interesting in that the film is silent, so what's getting manipulated is the soundtrack and few incidental noises that the film allows in.  As such, it plays like one of my soundtrack reworks, with buried wisps of melody and glacially shifting tonalities.  Harsh and lovely at once.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

CORY STRAND "L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 273)

Exhaustive and psychedelic HNW rework of the full audio track to Curtis Hanson's award-winning adaptation of James Ellroy's masterful L.A. mosaic L.A. Confidential.  A beautiful film that weaves together elements of classic Chandleresque labyrithine intrigue and good old-fashioned 1940's noir aestheticism, Hanson's film truncates Ellroy's book significantly but still manages to remain true to the torn and battered romantic heart of it.  L.A. Confidential is nothing if not a love story-between men, men and women, men and L.A., and men and women and history itself, with a healthy dose of tabloid sass thrown in for good measure.  Historical revisionism at its absolute best.  One of my very favorite films that I've long wanted to work with.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com