ACC / A Colder Consciousness started as Radio Show via. Resonance FM by Fiona Pitrolo, all shows are archived on mixcloud. Basic themes are cold wave, extraordinary underground and eastern European alternative scenes as far as I can tell – all with a melancholy hint.
Last year they expanded their activities and started publishing music too. The first (re-)release was Jugoslavian’s Bastion debut LP / DL from 1984.
In due course of their label specials they interviewed Marco Pustianaz about HAX Materiali Per La Communicazanione and the Italian underground and experimental post-punk scene (still online here), got in touch with Marco Milanesio, one of the other driving forces behind the label collective and wow (now) here is actually an old / new release by DsorDNE and it’s preceeding incarnation Novostj:
(Limited Vinyl) LP & DL, remastered by Marco Milanesio himself from his old masters. Gracie !!!
A new video for DsorDNE’s signature song in it’s live version featuring New Noveta is here too.
Listen / buy / enjoy & find more details and lyrics at ACC’s bandcamp.
Additionally, released in February via Triple Void Records, Turin was a great electronic EP with two remixes by DsorDNE from the Italian postpunk darkwave electronic project Ginevra‘s latest album.
>Yes, it’s that time of the year again where somehow things start working out………
To good to be lost here is a release by a legend of the tape-scene, the multi productive
from France who seems never to rest on his laurels if you take a look at his bandcamp page(s). ‘Sample 4’ was originally issued via Cold Spring in the late 80’s as Cassette in an edition of only 35 copies. The new cover shot is b.t.w. by Mr. Andy Falconer, a talented musician in his own right, nowadays living in Germany and splitting his time between photography and electronic sounds.
Basically a collection of two earlier (limited and now deleted) releases by one of my very favourite sonic freestyle artists. Hard to categorize as most of my cherished publications but fully worthwile exploring on repeated listenings. Some more details here.
Besides looking back
is never short of looking forward and Inselkind Schallträger issued a new beautiful 180g LP ‘Red Square‘ in May where the diversity of his talents really shine – instrumentals, songs (!), freestyle, structures – you can find all there in one flow showing that Kallabris leaves nearly every musical boarder behind on his way. I’ve got no info which quantitiy was pressed but to avoid disappointment act fast.
In case it’s hard to find ask your friendly drone hq.
On a related note: It’s great to see
(whose ‘Carceri‘ is still available @ Klappstuhl) furthermore active with a new release continuing the mere ambient Grafio Series on the Italien Asbestos Digit label from Rome;
Asbestos Digital 25
Besides his own releases and his work at O.F.F. Studio, Torino Marco even found time for a mix for NOODS Radio which can be listened online here:
Both the above are curated collections of material recently unearthed or in circulation before but not in the sound quality it deserved by the 2017 founded Coil Live Archive. While the main focus of Kiefer Gorena and Phil Barrington obviously concentrates on documenting and researching the Coil performance recordings any serious attempt to improve the incredible legacy is more then welcome.
In 2016 Phil Barrington already went through the remarkable process of re-creating the announced but never finished Coil Project and presented a possible version with ultimate care in sound and design also for free via archive.org.
It’s still questionable if Coil’s main body of work will ever be republished and made available for civil prices due to the many parties involved now in the estates of Peter and Jon (read an well-penned artile by PB here) and more than often only bootlegers seem to make profit out of their legacy since years.
A few exceptions of this where the Brainwashed related Treshhold Archive series which sadly came to an halt, Danny Hyde licensing ‘Backwards’ in it’s original form to Cold Spring, Drew McDowell re-issuing Time Machines or labels with an valid contract opted to reissue the albums, tracks and bits that where licensed to them (Important, Prescription, Sub Rosa, Optimo).
Two new releases, one from the ever so busy Thisco mainstay Rasalasad, in his style published as free / pay what you want release full of concentrated drone ambience or perhaps “Hypnotic Escapism Music” as in the description of the Thisphoria album on Grain Of Sound which seems fitting for most of his recent releases.
And from Cologne / Berlin finally the debut album from Mik@, also known as part of DL, or The M.M.V.P. projects, a release with the central theme of urban living & travelling, transition phases and unfullfiled desires.
Marco Milanesio finally opened up his archives from the past a little wider resulting in the issue of an unreleased ambient experimental studio session recorded in December 1996. Remastered at O.F.F. and issued via the renowned and always busy Nostalgie De La Boue:
The new Blacksilklabel from Berlin released mid July an 12″EP / DL of three remastered and two remixed tracks, taken from the deleted HAX ‘Tecnologie Del Movimento’ Compilations, the early Split Tape ‘Notturno’ and one from the final Album ’24 o 25′.
Although this sounds a bit mixed up the tracks work very well together and the (to me unknown before) remixers Phase Fatal & Unhuman spice up the tracks perfectly. The only lowpoint is the artwork which is close to meaningless to me but musically I am more than happy and this will make my 2017 best of list anyway….
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After pestering Maurizio Pustianaz for a while he finally sent me a batch of early (1986) session tracks to choose from for an exclusive Klappstuhl Records release and here it is; minimal, raw and remiscent of the cold 80’s mood, still influenced by the earlier industrial experimental scene – think of Robert Rental, Konstruktivists or The Elephant Table Album for some slight touchpoints.