video’s by tzii
more info on this release can be found at the shop
one fourtrack, various walkman, a box full of old tapes.
Third part in the tetralogy that started with Noia
This is the third release in the series of remixes. Previous releases were The Kylie Golden Remix Tape Volumes 1&2 and Dear Concerned Employees. The New Plastic People, Kylie Minogue, Sean Jason, Mrs Mangle, El Tonto Bing Bang, George George, kp and Kim Wild 93 made a remix of this collage and the text
The woman in the picture is Ivanka Trump.
The idea for this release has nothing to do with conspiracy
Not only political leaders,
but every human being should inspire and stimulate others
to do something good.
Authoritarian leaders create agitation.
An agitated mass of people is easy to manipulate.
Once a mass of people dominates the world we are living in,
qualities such as listening and patience disappear.
Dialogue will dispappear. Reason will disappear.
Even time, as a slowly evolving part of our life will disappear.
With authoritarian regimes and leaders a lot depends on image.
To me, authoritarian regimes and leaders inspire repulsion.
When I first created the collage of picture and slogan
I couldn’t look at it for a couple of days
without a feeling of physical disgust.
I asked for an advice and got the right answer.
Now I think, let repulsion be a tool,
and use it to create a work of art,
that helps to change the image of the authoritarian leaders.
The tapes (ferric) are dubbed at home, spraypainted and wrapped in gold.
Andrew O’Keefe reviews Hannya White’s release ‘Who put the flowers in the garden’ and concludes that Hannya White offers a call to action; a koan instructing participation in the world. No matter how shadowed things are, we can still bring the everyday and the discarded generously under our gaze. Start with this innocuous little tape—who knows where it will take you.
Read the complete review here. Andrew’s webzine offers also reviews of the latest films and interviews.
Hannya White’s tape can be ordered here.
It won’t be long now.
Finalising the production right now, the new C30 by some of the staaltape remixers becomes available at the end of the month of May 2020.
Though I have been thinking of making new editions of the label’s releases that were issued ever since it came back to life in 2010, it will be highly improbable that I will eventually decide to produce new copies.
However. If you are willing to invest a bit of money I will produce a one copy only edition. Likely features are the spraypainted tape, the special wrap. In addition I will spend considerable time to make a 4 or 8 page A5 booklet, no printing involved, all handmade, collaging and glueing and whatever comes up to mind.
The costs will be 52€, shipping included.
In the pictures you can see a proto-type. The new special editions will be more elaborate.
video by Hannya White, to introduce her cassette release Who put the flowers in the garden.
Second instalment of a tetralogy: Noi
four short compositions.
I was excited to receive the tracks for Hannya White’s debut tape, soon to be released by Staaltape in Berlin. Hannya the artist has intrigued me since I discovered her work on Radio-ON Berlin in 2019, and I have been keen to follow her progress since.
If you listen closely there are often field recordings layered into the substance of these tracks. The background (or indeed foreground) layer of noise often associated with living in a city like London is laid bare. Barely susceptible whispering, bird song… this is a very personal sound collage with common themes of love, destruction and daily occurrence. Emotions are often placed front and centre, such as in the track “No Preview”.
Percussion and rhythm are an important feature of the 8 songs / situations presented here, weaved together across a neatly defined sound palette. There is deep bass (or is it extremely pitched down vocals?), neon lasers, arpeggio synths, strings and manipulated noises. A blend of raw acoustic instrumentation (reminiscent of free jazz in places, drums and guitar), chopped and blended with queasy electronic processing. Whilst that sounds like a lot, it is all presented in a very minimalist sense in just 29 minutes. Elements are placed uneasily side by side as if sound-tracking a day in the life of a character from Twin Peaks. And that is damn fine by my ears.
For a debut release, this is a well defined creative art piece where the worlds of sound and vision merge. If you are listening to the tape or the digital copy then I also urge you to seek out the accompanying videos online that take this work to a whole new level. Thank you for the chaos, the whistling, the humming and telling your dog to wait.
Get the tape at the staaltape shop