On Sunday 26th of August I handed over one copy of the Berlin Tape Run, Deluxe version to a happy listener. It happened on a beautiful white cloud/blue sky sunny day in front of the entrance of the Bundestag in Berlin, while world-war-one-military-marching-band music came floating from Angela’s garden party.
As with all the staaltape releases that leave home base by post also this copy was packed in a special way. Only one copy of the Berlin Tape Run, DeLuxe version remains. This one, or the alternative pocket version are available at the shop
Read about the experiment in this news article. The ‘experiment’ hasn’t started yet. I expect a lot of people at the Hermannstrasse station once the atonal music will resound in the station’s area. I also expect musicians and non-musicians get there with their instruments and or gear and play along with this music.
I will go there too and make recordings.
In the last days of June 2018 I was a guest at the Cassette Culture Node Linz exhibition, organised by Wolfgang Dorninger. Instead of setting up a workshop and risk zero participants, I made perfect use of the work table in the exhibition space and produced 2×10 copies of the Berlin Tape Run. Berlin Tape Run was the first release by staaltape after a 15 years break. It was also my first production for staaltape.
Both versions are completely handmade and limited to ten numbered copies. I used flyers, magazines, glue, scissors, paint brushes and acryl paint in the process. The tapes were dubbed from a chrome BTR copy on a ferric transparent 40 minutes tape, played back by a Sony pro Walkman and recorded by a Marantz CP430.
BTR DeLuxe Germany, shipping included 19,00 €
BTR DeLuxe world, shipping included 20,00 €
BTR pocket Germany, shipping included 11.50 €
BTR DeLuxe world, shipping included 12,50 €
If you can meet me in Berlin, or catch me on tour, the copies will be 16,00 € or 8,50 €
DeLuxe and Pocket version are displayed and indicated in the pictures. Both versions have the same content.
dj Shlucht’s release for staaltape is copied on a collection of sealed Türktapes. The dubbing was done at home. Shlucht prepared two master tapes for the 4track. Marantz CP430 copied the master.
I used the original covers. Every copy has a different aphorism by ShluchT.
The mix in this release was orginally made for Radio Cashmere. ShluchT had invited me for a short interview. I sat in the comfortable Cashmere lounge and listened. I liked what I heard. I also noted that ShluchT had developed an exceptional skill in mixing material, music that was given to him as a present or a reward for his help. I recognised the small fun fragments that give so much breathing space to a mix. I heard how he could avoid density, monotony and repetition.
This is ShluchT.
Now some words that you can skip. I write these words, because, being responsible for this label, I can not justify a release with this simple statement: I like it. Here I go.
It is okay, of course, to produce your own sounds, sometimes as part of an introspective process. With this release I want to open a new series. I feel that some djs whose work I have encountered take the creative process to a next level. The work overcomes the balance between failure and liberation. It is good, because it animates a space through sound. The dj disappears. His work doesn’t have a signature. Traces of moral judgement are absent; there is no reflection of a self. The work of dj ShluchT is about being without the moment.
This tape is a mixtape: recycled sounds for recycled cassettes.