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Arc Box (Utech Records)

Author: Colin | Published: 8/5/10

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Arc Box, Utech Records

Artist Tabata Mitsuru, Suzuki Junzo, Sachiko, Zaïmph, Joshua Convey, James Plotkin, Knell, Daniel Menche, The Skull Defekts,
Title Arc Box
Label Utech Records
Year 2008
Designer Cover images by Max Aguilera-Hellweg; design by Keith Utech; box by Roger Utech; screen printing by Alan Sherry.
Music Drone, hum, roar, noise
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Notes The Arc Box is a gorgeous design containing nine CDs by nine different artists. Each sleeve is tightly contained in a transparent plastic sleeve and bears a darkly beautiful image by photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg. On the reverse a delicate line graphic on a coloured, metallic ground. There’s also an artist’s statement and a limited edition print. The music is a fascinating index of hums, gratings, unexpected melody, rumbles and buzzes. The combination of the wooden box, the snug fit of the sleeves, the dark images and the music makes an experience to treasure.

Utech statement:

The Arc Series began as abstraction. Utech Records and Max Aguilera-Hellweg had previously worked together on Half Makeshift Aphotic Leech in the fall of 2006. Over the dark Wisconsin winter of 2007 the label began to sketch out a brazen idea and a means for its realization. That idea was to produce a series of releases that would marry photography and sound in such a way as to tether a varied spectrum of music with a single visual concept. Max was invited to participate and graciously accepted. The Arc Series would come to represent an alliance/arc borne among artists of disparate fields of study (music, photography, graphic design, lithography, woodworking and screen printing) and comprise the first entry in the label’s fine art catalog provoking incursion into further long-term collaborations. Each of the disks was hand assembled in an exclusive package and released in editions of five hundred copies. Nine volumes were issued from April to December 2007. As the series was met with much acclaim Utech Records decided to produce a box set to celebrate its conclusion. The Arc box is the most involved project the label has undertaken. The box is only be for sale through the Utech Records website. Each set contains all nine releases housed in a wood box hand crafted by Roger Utech and screen printed by Alan Sherry. Also included is a giclee print highlighting a photo from Max Aguilera-Hellweg’s personal collection.

The photo, Maricopa, was selected by Max and described as follows “Soup ladle and Pyrex measuring cup, autopsy, Maricopa County medical examiner, Phoenix, Arizona. The photograph is of an autopsy being performed, the medical examiner and his assistant are using a soup ladle and Pyrex measuring cup to remove liquid contents found in the abdominal cavity of the body they are examining.” Each print is signed/numbered and will be exclusive to the set. Box size 5.4375″ x 5.5625″

See also:

- Sum of R, The Vulture Club (Utech Records, part 1)
- Tabata Mitsuru, James Plotkin (Utech Records, part 2)

Triangulation

Author: Colin | Published: 5/5/10
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Noted music journalist Philip Sherburne spots triangles all over the place

Talons’, Trouble Books (Mie Records)

Author: Colin | Published: 1/5/10
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Mie Records

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Artist Talons’, Trouble Books
Title Endless Pool, The United Colours Of, Rustic Bullshit, Songs For Babes
Label Mie Records
Year 2009-10
Designer The bands themselves
Music Experimental ambient pop
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Notes Do you remember those party bags you’d sometimes receive after a birthday party when you were a kid? Mie Records’ releases remind me of them. They’re full of lots of papers, stories, pictures, a record and a CD. The hand-made quality of the designs is a delight, it feels personal and special, more like a present from a friend.

Here’s what label boss HJ Tadros has to say:

The two bands on my label take great pride in making their covers and artwork, usually screen printed onto old record covers or recycled paper and then hand painting on top of it. Trouble Books and Talons’ are a group of friends from Akron, Ohio We do the releases in pretty small runs, 100, 150, 50 and 50 respectively.

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Site improvements

Author: Colin | Published: 1/5/10
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You’re overjoyed at the improvements to Hard Format’s functionality, I can tell. The fact that the search works properly now by just returning a simple list of linked results must be a great relief. And the addition of some social networking/bookmark tools below the post titles is a boon which will save precious seconds of your time. Next up: improvements to the Formats page to provide categories for different packaging styles e.g. booklet, box, digipak, jewel-case, etc. That’s as long as I can figure out how to make WordPress do that, so please don’t hold your breath.

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