These are the ten copies of Midori Hirano’s cassette release for staaltape, And I Am Here. It is the third edition. And this one is entirely made by Midori, the artist edition. I have no idea what you have to pay for it. As I can judge from the picture alone, this tape goes beyond any standard cassette release. Write to Midori and find out for yourself. The tapes shown in the picture will not become available at the staalplaat shop in Berlin.
I am very glad Midori proposed to produce one edition by herself. It adds a new quality and character to staaltape. The deeply rooted connection with Berlin is ensured as well. If the possibility arises I will surely encourage other artists who appear on staaltape to make an artist edition.
Said this, I can announce that work on my own fourth edition of Midori’s tape has started. The tape will arrive at the shop in Berlin by the end of July.
More releases will arrive in the coming months: New Gold by Jeff Surak, Conrad Clipper – Cycle of Liminal Rites and Slow Slow Loris – From Monster to Mourning.
Some titles from staaltape are still available.
Ed Pinsent writes:
“The first one I played is The Truth About Cassius Clay, recorded and realised by a Parisian musician called :such:. The cassette has a hand-made collage cover, layers from glossy magazines pasted together almost like papier-mache. I suppose the first observation would be that it’s simply gorgeous, beautiful music. It’s so approachable and accessible that I can recommend this without hesitation..”
and he writes:
“This fascinating document may not persuade you to follow the music of Diktat, but it will pass on a vivid picture of travel, city life, meetings, people, and the richness of all these things rubbing shoulders in the same melting pot. Without explicitly setting out to capture the “truth” about Washington DC or NYC, this fragmentary-collaged approach (sourced from the tape recorders of all three dictaphone performers) in fact reveals more about direct experiences of places than would be possible with a more considered or formal field-recording / phonography approach.”
You can find the complete review here.
Why the review/half essay is called Eat the Document, you can find out here.
The tapes by :such: and Diktat are available here.
Thanks Ed for Cabinessence, and thus for the great documentary Beautiful Dreamer, Brian Wilson and the story of ‘Smile,’ and now for the BobDoc.
The second edition of Midori Hirano will be out on 4. May. It is an edition of ten copies. Midori will get four, staalplaat the shop will have five. One will be send to a customer.
The first edition of eighteen copies is sold out. The four copies that went to the staalplaat shop in Berlin were sold within ten hours.
You might like to pre-order from Midori.
Here’s an overview of the other staaltape releases at the Staalplaat (on-line) shop.
On 30. January Midori’s tape became available. The staalplaat shop received four orders within ten hours. Of the twelve copies Midori received only a few are left.
I will start working on a new edition, probably with slightly different artwork. Pictures of that ongoing process will be published on staaltape’s twitter account, appear also in the sidebar at your right.
FdW wrote a review in Vital Weekly:
“Midori uses here field recordings from Europe and Japan, which she uses as a backdrop to her piano playing, and that piano is a found object itself, so it detuned a lot over the years. It makes it all wonderfully poetic and intimate music. You hear some birds twitter outside and down the hall someone is playing this detuned piano.”
“It’s a bit like one of those releases on the Japanese Flau label, but with an even more lo-fi approach when it comes to recording. Nothing about this is perfect but that’s the beauty of it. Like someone recorded this on a cassette over some time, sticking random events together. Excellent release, so let’s hope there will be a second, bigger edition.”
The new staaltape release, Midori Hirano – And I Am Here, will be available as from 30. January. The release will appear in a first edition of eighteen copies. Twelve of these will go to Midori. Four will go to the Staalplaat shop in Berlin and two will be send out for a review.
More Information and pictures are published on a separate page.
The new audiozine, #2 is a vivid account of Diktat’s visit to the United States. Conversations, snippets of performances, travelogues, americana and guest appearances by Glenn Branca and David Thomas can be found on this C60 tape. Read more …
New copies of :such: Truth Series ready for shipping. Best place to order is the staalplaat shop, alternatively get directly in touch with me at staaltape at staalplaat com.
Ultra limited first edition of twelve copies, but this is because I had only twelve empty blank tapes left.
Why the series is called Truth Series, and more is revealed on a new page.