Sunday, October 12, 2014

CORY STRAND "VIDEODROME: A REINTERPRETATION" CDr + DVDr (AOW 239)

Immersive and mostly punishing rework of the soundtrack to David Cronenberg's technology and violence-fetishizing mindfuck Videodrome.  Howard Shore's score for this one may be quite short, but it remains wholly and creepily effective (it's easily one of my favorite scores from him); in working with the music I've tried to maintain both the claustrophobic and paranoid sense of dread and the explosive and skin-shredding aura of sexualized violence.  The soundtrack rework (disc one, the CDr) comes in two parts: a thick ambient/drone version and a nullifying HNW assault.  The second disc (the DVDr) is the full audio of the film, manipulated into a scathing and terrifying HNW nightmare.  Like the white noise of a VHS cassette ripping into your brain endlessly.  Long live the new flesh.
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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Friday, October 3, 2014

CORY STRAND "REBECCA: A REASSEMBLY" 2CDr (AOW 238)

A companion album to my rework of Rebecca's score proper, a scathing double HNW assault constructed from various elements of Franz Waxman's elegiac score.  It just seemed wrong somehow to be reworking the score to a Hitchcock film and not creating any HNW out of it!
The two pieces here explore some of my different HNW guises: the first disc is the incredibly melodic, ripping psychedelic HNW that i'm most associated with and the second disc is some deep, darker sludgy HNW that approaches ANW type-textures.  Two epic compositions that embrace sensuality and violence.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "REBECCA: A REINTERPRETATION" 5CDr (AOW 237)

Taking a class on Hitchcock this semester has allowed me to revisit some of my favorites in his filmography and reacquaint myself with aspects of those works I had overlooked.  In the case of 1940's Rebecca (one of my very favorite Hitch films, alongside Notorious and Rear Window), that overlooked aspect was Franz Waxman's truly lovely, melancholy, and haunting score.  Hearing it again and meshing it to the film's imagery was incredibly inspiring.
My rework of the score is entirely drone and ambient, at times falling into the Tim Hecker-type blurgaze soundpool, creating grand, sensual pieces of intense emotional resonance; other pieces find the sounds given over more fully to death ambience and grey ambience, massive unbroken flows of expansive and engulfing tone.  The whole record has a ghostly feel that I think perfectly captures Rebecca's aura of eroticism, sensuality, sorrow, and sexual menace.  One of my best recent outings, truly.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $30 ppd. in the United States, $43 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "UNTITLED PIECES, VOL. III" 2CDr (AOW 236)

Third volume in my series of untitled/themeless sound recordings.  This one is a double album, with one disc given over to ambient drone manipulation and the second to full-on HNW speaker shredding.  Both pieces are crafted from the same source material.  The drone work here is quite lovely, evoking a feeling of emptiness and tedium but still suffused with vague melodies and a feeling of yearning.  The HNW piece is just straight up, unbridled, dense/crackly noise.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

SHIPPING UPDATE.

Just a quick note to let everyone know that all copies of Small Hours "Olivia II" have shipped.  If you've been waiting for other stuff from me as well as the Small Hours, all those orders have been shipped as well.  I would sincerely like to thank everyone for their patience-virtually everyone told me it was okay to hold their orders until the Small Hours came in, so i could ship everything at once.  It helps a lot, especially for shipping things out to my friends overseas.  I'm hard at work trying to complete the massive "Fargo" box sets as we speak-they're a lot of work.  Things might be a little quiet at AOW for the next few weeks as I ready everything.
I am working on a new Fantome De Sang double album as well.  This will be the first FDS recording to feature vocals (not from me.)  Very excited!
I hope everyone that ordered the Small Hours package will be happy with it!  I think it's awesome.

-Cory

Saturday, September 20, 2014

THE EBONY TOWER "1Q84" 6CDr (AOW 232)

New and lengthy work from The Ebony Tower, a very focused HNW project that bases all of its music on great works of literature.  This release tackles Haruki Murakami's recent novel "1Q84"; while I have not yet read the book (although I have read other Murakami works), Mitchell (of The Ebony Tower) told me that it "asks a lot of questions and then doesn't answer them."
The resultant work takes the same approach.  This is incredibly meditative HNW; while on their surfaces the pieces appear to be very static, almost zen-like in their obstinance, deep and intent listening will reveal a dizzying multitude of minute textures and tones at work.  This is one of the best HNW works i've heard in some time, and I am honored that AOW is releasing it-this sort of work is emblematic of the label's mission and aesthetic.  "1Q84" will numb you, sedate you, transport you, and will ultimately allow you ascension and transcendence if you give yourself over to it fully.
Packaged as a triple volume set in double DVD cases, each with their own artwork utilizing interpretive images drawn from passages in the novel.  Released in an edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $35 ppd. in the United States, $48 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "HOTEL CHEVALIER" CDr (AOW 234)

No filmmaker inspired as much division during my time in film school than Wes Anderson.  People either liked or hated him with equal passion.  I was clearly in the former camp; seeing "Rushmore" was one of the cinematic experiences that made me very much want to study film seriously (the other film: Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights.")  While i love all of Anderson's films for their emotional vulnerability and beautiful enclosed universes, none strike me as more heart-crushing and beautiful than his short masterwork, "Hotel Chevalier."  Few films so accurately capture the potent mixture of anger, yearning, and desire that can haunt the memory of failed relationships; few films so beautifully depict the psychological damage those memories can inflict.
This release represents three different approaches to working with the film.  The first piece is an HNW manipulation of the film's real-time audio track; the second is a lengthy death ambient treatment of the film's audio, stretched to a gray and empty evocation of decaying dreams.  The third piece is a blurry, vaguely melodic transformation of Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" as it appears in the film. 
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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