review (in dutch)
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.
video by Hannya White, to introduce her cassette release Who put the flowers in the garden.
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
Released by ShanGORIL la Records in Singapore,
Keeping in mind the melodious approach of the label, I made a compilation of staaltape releases with a song structure. You can expect some earwurms on this compilation, and maybe the pop aspect will surprise you. The tracks on the tape were publsihed between 2010 and 2019.
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.
A few new copies were made of Dai Coelacanth’s A condemned debtor does not recognise the horse. As with the orignal larger edition snippets and fragments of (found) paperworks that were sent by Dai were used in the artwork. The tapes are re-used commercial cassettes, and the lay-out and make-up of those tapes has been integrated in the artwork.
Idwal Fisher listened and wrote:
“We have a thousand dodgy Dictaphone edits each one half a second long and culled from outdoor situations where the bleed through of buffeting wind sounds like a fireman’s hose directed straight in to your ear canal. Snatches of words appear and budgies and announcements in foreign tongues, radio broadcasts are destroyed, conversations between people with middle England accents come and go, whistles and oh the madness. On yet another piece of paper there comes a type written story in which Nancy at Wiggly Green gets a ray gun or something. My brain was fried by now. That Radio 4 New Weird Britain programme never called at Dai Coelacanth’s door. A missed opportunity for both parties. Maybe they just couldn’t find him. Her. Them.”
Dubbing process is still going on, but the first copies are ready to go. The kantoor series are dedicated to found sounds. Copied on a found C90, the release comes with a zine. Petrichor publishers in Deventer took care of the zine.
The sounds on the tape were found and assembled by Marcin Barski (Poland) Kristoffer Raasted ( Danmark) Roman Voronovsky ( Russia ) and Mark Vernon ( Scotland ). All four of them also provided text, collage and pictures for the zine. Additional texts were written by Giada dalla Bontà and Rinus Van Alebeek.
More info will follow soon.
Like modern day archeology, from the depths of our shared heritage some copies of various tape runs resurfaced, all untouched and still in their original package.
The tapes were dubbed and assembled at home, all are chrome quality.
The tapes are available at the Underbelly distro in Rotterdam, also on-line.
In the picture you also see the tourist editions of Paris Tape Run 1 + 2 and Berlin Tape Run 1.