Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CORY STRAND "FARGO: COMPLETE" 26CDr + DATA-DVDr + BONUS CDr BOX SET (AOW 213/214/215)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a PREORDER.  Box sets should begin shipping late September.

Super deluxe box set version compiling all of my work with "Fargo," both the film and the television series, plus some very exclusive extras that come ONLY with the box set.  This is easily the most ambitious (and largest) project i've embarked upon.  "Fargo: Complete" includes:

"Fargo: A Reinterpretation" 10CDr (AOW 213): My epic dark drone/death ambient rework of Jeff Russo's score for the television series, packaged in two 5-capacity DVD cases, with artwork by Gina Newman.  Gina's artwork is exclusive to the box set; the stand alone version has images culled from the series.

"Fargo: Season One" 10CDr (AOW 214): All HNW rework of the audio from Season One of the show, using the same methods employed on my "True Detective: Season One" set.  Packaged in two 5-capacity DVD cases, with entirely different artwork than the stand alone version.

"Fargo: A Reinterpretation" 5CDr (AOW 215): rework of Carter Burwell's beautiful score to the Coen Brothers' film blanc.  Packaged in a 5-capacity DVD case with entirely different artwork than the stand alone version.

"Fargo" DATA-DVDr: Exclusive to the box set, my full HNW rework of the entire audio track from "Fargo" the film, packaged in a DVD case with full colour artwork.  Over an hour and a half of crippling HNW.

"Bonus" CDr: exclusive to the box set, my ultra raw and damaged guitar solo version of Carter Burwell's theme from "Fargo" the film.

The entirety of the set is housed in a painted box with paste on covers and a signed insert, and is limited to five hand-numbered copies.  Again, this is easily the largest set i have put together; it weighs a ton and will be brutal to ship, so this is reflected in the pricing.  $230 ppd. in the United States, $243 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"BLUE VELVET" COMPILATION UPDATE

It's been forever since i've mentioned this, but I finally have some news to share regarding this long-gestating project.  The good news: some of the work i've received for this comp is finally going to be released.  The bad news: it is no longer an ultra-fancy box set.
I've decided to go ahead and begin releasing some of the tracks i've received in a manner similar to the "Twelve Suicides" and "Into An Infinite Black" series: fold over covers in clear plastic bags.  Why the change?  I think i made the restrictions/instructions for the original box set a little too complicated: some of the participants gave me two tracks as asked, but some people only gave me one, and I think it was because I was being a little too ambitious and perhaps unclear with my intentions.  It was also incredibly difficult to coordinate such a large undertaking, and it was silly of me to think that i could work with 20 different artists' time frames.  And people kept dropping out.  It just wasn't feasible.  But i received some good work from some awesome artists, and I hate to have it just sitting on a hard drive going unheard.
Along with this change comes some more good news: I am now going to make this an endless/ongoing series, with a completely open submission policy.  If you would like to participate in this compilation, please feel free to submit your track(s) to me at:

corystrand@gmail.com

The track should be inspired by David Lynch's film "Blue Velvet."  That's my only requirement, aside from the following stipulations: all of the artwork and layouts will be done by me, and there is NO artist info on any of the releases (meaning no website addresses, recording info, etc.)-just the name of the project and the track titles.  Very minimalist.  Each participating artist will receive artist copies.
The first few installments should be out soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CORY STRAND "DETRITUS" 2CDr (AOW 212)

As prolific a noisemaker as I am, there are a number of projects and tracks languishing in the archives which just didn't come together as I had envisioned or go far enough for me to finish them.  "Detritus" is a double disc collection of such works, all of which were themed around my ultimate muse, Lindsay Lohan.  The work collected on "Detritus" documents progress made on three different Lindsay-themed albums (plus a new piece created exclusively for this assemblage), all of which for one reason or another I never ended up completing (the liner notes provide details on intent.)  Taken collectively, the five pieces here add up to a surprisingly coherent listening experience, presenting a lengthy excursion into ghostly synthesizer drone and ambience as well as psychedelic HNW excess and caustic noise symphonies. 
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

Monday, July 14, 2014

CORY STRAND "CREMASTER 2: A REINTERPRETATION" 6CDr (AOW 210)

Matthew Barney holds a special place in my heart.  As a creator of purposefully artful filmed images, few can rival his vision; as a champion of metal and noise and their relationship to the world of high art, and all-around in-his-own-universeness, he remains a provocative and polarizing figure.  I chose to work with the soundtrack to "Cremaster 2" because of its overtly obvious ties to the worlds of metal and noise (Dave Lombardo drums on the OST's centerpiece "The Main In Black," alongside vox from Steve Tucker and "riffs" by a swarm of fucking bees) as well its literary ambition (the film serves as an alternate cinematic version of Norman Mailer's epic docu-novel of banal nihilism "The Executioner's Song"), but also because of its confrontational and beautiful slow-moving imagery.  The resulting album is a mixture of death ambient, emptiness drones, and overloaded psychedelic HNW-a tour through my various interests as a sound artist, speckled with a drop more of darkness and blood than is my usual.
Packaged in triple DVD cases as a twin volume set, in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $30 ppd. in the United States, $43 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Friday, July 11, 2014

CORY STRAND "OVERDOSE MY HEART" 9CDr BOX SET (AOW 209)

Another massive work of Paris Hilton manipulations, a companion set to my earlier "Paris, Do You Speak French?" box set.  While the first set was an attempt to create an array of varied sounds and textures, both HNW and ambient, this new set moves in exactly the opposite direction.  The nine CDs here are all incredibly dense and empty HNW overloads, meant to echo the incredible emptiness and banality of Miss Hilton's new single "Come Alive."  All the sounds on this set were again sourced from just that one song; the result is a total wipeout of texturally and tonally varied HNW and ANW.  It's a truly engulfing piece of work. 
The first three discs are my usual highly psychedelic and vaguely melodic wallcraft; the second three discs are very deep and bass-heavy plodding HNW severity; the final three discs become a prolonged descent into ANW drift and drone.  This woman and the position she occupies within the culture fascinate me to no end; perhaps i've found my new muse.
Packaged as three triple CD sets, with aesthetically similar artwork, all housed inside a painted box with a paste on cover.  Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $70 ppd. in the United States, $83 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

TWELVE SUICIDES: CORY STRAND (AOW 175F)

My own installment in the "Twelve Suicides" series is a deeply personal work reflecting the devastating influence of a particular person that haunts my memories.  She was my muse and my destroyer years and years ago.  The artwork and the music contain clues (although perhaps they are more like oblique ideas and only truly suggestive to me) and that's all I really want to say about it.  I am very proud of this work; it is one of my most focused and intense.  Severe and empty isolationist HNW for death contemplations.
Packaged as a fold over cover in a clear plastic bag.  Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com 

TWELVE SUICIDES: WILLOWBROOK (AOW 175E)

Fifth installment in the series, from Willowbrook.  This is the most exhausting and immersive volume of the "Twelve Suicides" project thus far, with Willowbrook turning in an absolutely massive 70 minute blaze of grey and bleak depressive HNW horror.  The feelings of despondency and banality are intensely expressed throughout the piece, evoking a palpable sense of tiredness and boredom.  The act of existence is merely the passage of time until death; there is no joy; memories can only blur the pain of being until they collapse in on themselves and carve the idea of joy apart with the knives of bitter and aching nostalgiah.  There is only sorrow and pain now.  There was never anything else.
Packaged as a fold over cover in a clear plastic bag.  Released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com