back catalogue: special editions only

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.

Available releases

Review in Snare Rush Zine: Hannya White’s C30

review by Snare Rush Zine  (Andrew Fletcher)

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

Hanny cover

 

January update – parcels and working on a new release

Here’s some more examples of packets I make for every order. The book and magazine I have used so far have finished, not a single page left. I was lucky to see a documentary on Joke Lanz and pick some film posters from the free poster basket at the entrance of the cinema. The black and white pieces are from a book on surrealist art which I also used for the cover of the pocket edition of the Paris Tape Run. (Where did I put that book?)

Work has started on a new release: Make Incest Great Again. It’s a C30 with eight tracks by the same artists that were involved with the Kylie Golden tapes and Dear Concerned Employees. I aim at getting the complete run of 40 copies out in the first days of February. All the sideA’s are dubbed so far.