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Fovea Hex – Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent

Author: Colin | Published: 30/5/09

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Artist Fovea Hex
Title Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent
Label Die Stadt
Year 2007
Designer Jochen Schwarz
Music Ambient/folk/songform
Notes Another beautiful release from Die Stadt.

Raster Noton shop/exhibition

Author: Colin | Published: 28/5/09
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Heh, how frustrating can you get? Seen on Disquiet:

A record shop that doesn’t sell records. Instead, it’s an art installation. From the press release:

For The Shop, the archives of the Chemnitz-based Raster Noton label will be presented at e-flux in the form of a record shop, albeit one without a commercial component. Comprised of publications (featuring Raster Noton’s distinct approach to graphic design), music CD’s (to be displayed as physical objects), and sound (for listening on mp3 players), the Raster Noton archive will offer a panoramic view of the label’s output of nearly 100 releases, or 90 hours of audio material. Bender and Nicolai’s installation White Line Light will provide lighting for The Shop via a handmade, neon gas-filled tube that reacts to Raster Noton compositions.

Raster Noton / e-flux.

sunn o))) in Creative Review

Author: Colin | Published: 25/5/09
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Damn. Creative Review have just covered Stephen O’Malley’s visual work for sunn o))) – I’ve been meaning to contact him for ages to appear here on Hard Format. Oh well! Worth reading – it’s a good article.

Creative Review – Sunn 0 and the art of being heavy.

Autechre and The Hafler Trio – aeo3 and 3hae

Author: Colin | Published: 23/5/09
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Artist Autechre and The Hafler Trio
Title æo³ and ³hæ
Label Die Stadt
Year 2005
Designer A.M. McKenzie
Music Unsettling
Notes This is the second and, to date, final collaboration between Autechre and The Hafler Trio. The packaging is delicate and utilises a variety of different papers to achieve a strongly tactile experience. There’s an interesting tension in the relationship between the refined presentation and the unpredictable, unsettling music.

YouTube – PIXIES – MINOTAUR – Digital Press Release #2

Author: Colin | Published: 23/5/09
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Imminent release designed by the great Vaughan Oliver. How big is this thing going to be?!

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Yui Onodera, Tamaru (Trumn)

Author: Colin | Published: 16/5/09
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Artist 1-4: Tamaru, 5-7: Yui Onodera
Title 1-4: Figure, 5-7: Entropy
Label Trumn
Year 2009
Designer Tri-fold design by Hideho Takemasa. 1-3: art direction by Kitchen., artwork by April Lee, 4-7: art direction by Kitchen., photography by Erica Lai
Music Minimal
Notes Trumn is a new Japanese label run by Hideho Takemasa. These first two releases feature a delightfully clear design aesthetic.

Hideho writes
Tthe outer side of this 450 gsm cardboard is finished with cold lamination film coating, and the inner side is matte-varnished. The letters on the disc labels are realised by using transparent ink.

About the artists
Tamaru (b.1963), also known as the leader of his band Installing (w/ Tadahiko Yokogawa and Keiichi Sugimoto aka Four Color). He improvises solo with bass guitar always in an on-chair shoe-gazing style, in parallel with producing electro-acoustic works. He has released many discs but Figure is his second solo bass guitar album following Basso Continuo, self-released on his own 1050 label. Figure was recorded in 2007. Tamaru defines this album as the integration of his bass guitar performance for over past 10 years. Improvised Music from Japan publishes Tamaru’s artist bio, discography, and interview.

Yui Onodera (b. 1982) was born and grown up in Iwate but lives and works in Tokyo. Entropy is a reissue of his debut originally released on his own Critical Path label in 2005. In the year 2007 Onodera released three full length albums, a 7 inch vinyl and a 3 inch CDR on all different labels outside Japan. He composed solo works until two years ago when he started working on long distance collaborations respectively with Celer in the US, The Beautiful Schizophonic in Portugal, and Exit in Grey in Russia. An English article about Yui Onodera and an interview by Tobias Fischer were published on the Tokafi webzine.

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