and/OAR is an independent sonic arts publisher, and it would be an honor to be able to present rare and previously unreleased work by pioneering sound artist Akio Suzuki. Suzuki's journey as an artist began in 1963 with a performance at Nagoya station in Japan, in which he threw a bucket full of junk down a staircase. The inspiration behind this performance was the idea that if one were to hurl an object down a well-balanced stairway, a pleasant rhythm might be the result. Since that time, a playful yet deep desire to not only hear, but truly listen has remained the one constant in Suzuki's approach as a sound artist. More info about Akio can be found at his website. More info about and/OAR can be found here.
Due to increasing financial and operational challenges over the past few years, the and/OAR release schedule was placed on hiatus in December of 2012. Toward the end of 2013, it was finally decided that the fastest and most effective way for and/OAR to continue delivering high quality sound publications to it's most ardent followers would be to "re-boot" the label with a Kickstarter campaign. The main goal and intention is to raise enough funds to cover the costs of production and shipping for the next scheduled double CD release by Akio Suzuki titled gelbe MUSIK Editions 1999 - 2000 and the two Kickstarter pledge reward CDs (Dancing Cat and Rub Music). Then use any extra funds generated by the campaign to move "fOARward" (literally & figuratively) with a new production schedule into 2014 and beyond. Rather than continue using industry standard packaging, the plan is to return to smaller edition (locally printed ) custom cardstock insert packaging that were first used in 2005, plus limited edition books (also locally printed) similar to Marc Behrens' Unit / Cutting Qinghai release (catalog number and/41b).
As already stated, the main release/project gelbe MUSIK editions 1999 - 2000 - would be a double CD re-issue of three extremely rare and highly sought-after CDRs only made available during exhibitions curated by gelbe MUSIK in Germany. Because it has since been discovered that one of the discs was given a title based on a mistaken performance date (’75.6.30) and another was copied from an incorrect audio master (Tanabata), in addition to the CDRs starting to become unplayable due to age, this has made a CD re-issue all the more imperative. The three gelbe MUSIK releases featured as part of this double CD re-issue are the following:
The CD entitled Rub Music features four performances recorded on August 17, 2008 at Ichinomiya Memorial Art Museum by Kiyoharu Kuwayama (of Lethe and Kuwayama/Kijima).
The CD entitled Dancing Cat features seven performances also recorded at Ichinomiya Memorial Art Museum by Kiyoharu Kuwayama, but on July 12, 2008.
Even if some people might not be interested in the Akio Suzuki releases, each and/OAR newsletter subscriber, Facebook or Twitter follower pledging just $5 could go a long way toward getting and/OAR back on it's feet and into production again to publish other sound art / music that they might be interested in. As a modest token of my appreciation, each person who donates at least $5 will have the option to receive a handwritten "thank you" postcard (from me) commemorating the Akio Suzuki campaign, plus their name will be added to the Acknowledgements section on the News page of the and/OAR website alongside the other kind and benevolent people who have generously helped and/OAR in one way or another over the years. If you opt to not pledge for a reward item, all you would have to do is make sure I have your correct mailing address.
In any event, I would like to take this opportunity to express my warm and sincere appreciation to all of you who have supported and/OAR over the past 13 years, and to those of you who are generously participating in this campaign. It's indeed been an honor and a privilege to be of service in this way all these years. - Dale Lloyd (and/OAR founder/operator)
Risks and challenges
While the estimated completion and delivery date has been set to April, it's quite possible everything could be ready and shipped before then. This was done in order to allow extra time for Kickstarter funds to be collected and transferred (via two different agencies) to the and/OAR account. Being that and/OAR has been in operation now for over 13 years with 70 hard format releases to its credit, one could say the label is well versed in getting projects done, plus has maintained a solid reputation with online retail, customer service and shipping practices during that time. Before launching the Kickstarter campaign, I made sure to have the audio masters and designs ready to go (with the exception of leaving room for giving thanks to the higher tier pledge donors in the liner notes of each release). Of course, it doesn't take 13 years of experience to know that unexpected challenges and delays can occur with production and shipping. However, rest assured, as founder and operator of and/OAR, I will see to it that everyone who pledges for a particular reward will indeed get what they asked for, in addition to being shipped two weeks before the public release date - even if it means delaying the public release date to make that happen. - Dale LloydLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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