New Release! What Is This Place?

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ARTIST: Set in Sand
ALBUM: What is This Place?
IMPRINT: Audio Dregs Recordings
CAT #: ADR085 / ABR01
UPC: 845121073416
RELEASE DATE: 5/15/14

TRACK LISTING:

  • 01. What Is This Place
  • 02. Granting Every Multiple Wish
  • 03. Sifting in Sans?
  • 04. It Happens To Be SOS
  • 05. Making Sure For Certain
  • 06. X Portions of a Whole
  • 07. Being This Thing
  • 08. Creating The Space To Heal
  • 09. Cherish The Moments
  • 10. Passive Inner Fear Rinse

 

What Is This Place? is a highly listenable experimental album, painted with broad strokes of tone and percolating with percussive detailed bits, plucked strings, found sound, and moody melodics that take you on a journey, an abstracted adventure in sound.

Set In Sand creates emotional and rambunctious organic electronic music, often sourcing from a variety of musical and real life sounds; saw blades and vacuum tubes, guitars as percussion, deconstructed music boxes, cello, xylophone, chopsticks on snare, a marching band, or a swarm of bees. The sounds are then loosely sculpted into a hybridization of melodic sound collage and dreamy deep-listening soundscapes.  A co-release with Abandon Building.


Fantastic Palace - Early Recordings LP

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Back in 1992 I discovered FANTASTIC PALACE on a compilation on a short lived label called See Eye and have been listening to and loving it ever since. About ten years later I became friends with music writer and label guy, Mike McGonigal, and discovered he was responsible for the See Eye label. I told him what a fan I was of the music and he tracked down the band for me, which it turns out was the solo recording project of Alexander Ross (all other members it turns out were fictitious), a visual artist who had been living in New York City ever since. I was very excited to learn that an all time favorite band had even more unreleased material, so we decided to give the band its first proper vinyl issue/re-issue, which is what we have done!

Here we pair two early and very limited cassette releases of unexplainable instrumentals by FANTASTIC PALACE. It is utterly unique, and wonderful music! Sounding like good times in a Chrome universe, Wümme era Faust as a circus band, or Super Roots 6 era Boredomes trying to do covers of Byrds outtakes. Songs alternate between sunshine psychedelia and dark alien soundtracks. Even though songs are often short and experimental in nature, rather than sounding like sketches they create fully formed melodic vignettes that feel as if they've been beamed in from a neighboring dimension.

This stuff’s never been on vinyl before (though a later tape release by Ross, ‘Grandfather Paradox,’ garnered much acclaim when reissued last year). This is a joint release with Audio Dregs and Social Music. First pressing of 200 copies.

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Grapefruit - Grapefruit

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Grapefruit Grapefruit "Phase Accidents"

Available now digitally! here // iTunes // Amazon

Grapefruit is the moniker of a Portland, Oregon synth composer, C. Salas-Humara, where we find him creating lush percolating brain cinema, analog computer dreamscapes, and progressive sci-fi psychedelia. Sometimes the trip is a relaxed and bucolic night drive, soaring across the desert sky as the golden suns melts into the horizon and on into the calm dark of night. Other times Grapefruit is a dense scramble through a frenzied maze, burning an urban landscape into circuit board and riding the circuits until they bleed.

Previously Salas-Humara has performed in Portland luminaries as The Planet The (5RC), Panther (Kill Rock Stars, Fryk Beat), and Sun Angle. After a brief experience with time travel he has returned to us with a new sense of focus. Zoning in on synthetic music making, and pushing the limits of emotional technology we see yet another side of his rich musical output.

"Gorgeous waves of oscillation initially come on like a time capsule of minimalism; a call and response to Spiegel and Riley – after sounding for all the world like a lost section of Vangelis’ Bladerunner score" -20 Jazz Funk Greats

Still available on cassette from Field Hymns!


Regular Music - Compact Digital Audio

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Out now! Available here. This release by Regular Music exists as a small, battery-operated custom sound chip, placed inside a CD digipak with speaker and hand numbered fold-out insert. The sound module is activated when the packaging is opened.

The Compact Disc as a medium has very nearly become obsolete as people have evolved their listening habits towards new digital means. In defiance of current music trends, "Compact Digital Audio" cannot be downloaded. It only performs its function when you activate it by hand and the music plays through its tiny speaker. This format can not become obsolete, because it will never become popular. No band in their right mind would try to release their music with an object that costs so much money and takes so long to assemble. The music has also been mangled beyond recognition to conform to the format; its sound quality crushed to fit onto an 8-bit chip, compressed from a 10 minute composition into a 30 second blast, all bass lost in the process due to the size of the speaker. All in all, it is a terrible method for any band to release their music, but all the same, we couldn't resist. The music object can still be valid beyond its use as vessel if it can capture your imagination.

Regular Music is an improvisational synth trio from Portland, Oregon that uses synthesizers, both modern synthesis and old, as well as acoustic drums and percussion. The sound is sympathetic in nature to early electronic pioneers, cinematic kosmische, and psychedelic post free jazz acid synth inner space music.

Attention!: This release does not contain a compact disc.  Edition of 100. Battery life expectancy is about 200 plays or 2 years, but chances are it will break before then.