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.
Again an edition of 18 copies. As from now available through staaltape at staalplaat.com , at the store and pretty soon from the artist himself.
Also this time, cover and copying is handmade and done at home.
Zanstones für Berlin page
Page with Full Information
“When I heard the result of Groetjes uit Brussel, I sensed that it was very close to the concept of an AudioZine. What you hear on this tape is an ever-changing tale not only of four people who live in the same city, but also a collective work of art that documents a part of their lives . All four of them have managed to visualize a Brussels through their miniatures. If you follow the storyline, you will encounter a narrator, who is not always aware of the dreams and visions that surround him. Maybe he or she can hear them, intuit them, just as much as the listener to this tape can perceive what it is to live in Brussels at the beginning of the second decade of the twenty-first century.”
“De ces lieux émerge une poésie constante, chaque approche conserve son style, le résultat au final donne une intranquillité surprenante, la bande analogique aidant bien les manipulations, renversements, retournements.”
“And even if the snow is only the one of some old radio left turned on, programs are over for a long time now, objects took control over our sleepy world.”
Read the complete review by Flavien Gillié on The Field Reporter. I just had to add a comment, to explain why there is no digital files available alongside with the releases by Staaltape.
Full information on Four Corners of the Night
Zanstones für Berlin, a 30 minute composition full of sounds songs and stories found and composed directly on odd and not so odd locations in Berlin by Zan Hoffman.
Order it, 6€ ex shipping: staaltape at staalplaat dot com
The complete story is here