Tadao Ando, Adventure and/MAGIC
and/OAR in its 17th year as an audio publisher, has yet another compelling batch of limited edition CD releases to propose.
Introduction and company overview:
Hello, my name is Dale Lloyd.
For those not familiar, since 2001 I’ve been the founder and operator of a small, independent recording label called and/OAR which has mostly been dedicated to publishing unique environmental sound recordings and Avant-Garde "sound art". Over the course of 17 years, I have also occasionally published work outside of the main focus of the label such as ambient music, electronic music, improvised music and even jazz and classical music
and/OAR has long maintained a reputation for a high level of customer service, affordable prices, high quality presentation and respected curatorial taste. The label has also had releases featured in numerous "best of the year" lists in magazines such as The Wire and Artforum, among others. However, my prime concern has always been to do the best job that I can with what (often little) funding or other resources I have to work with.
At the bare minimum, the goal of this campaign is to obtain and cover the costs for manufacturing
five upcoming CD releases (and t-shirts for the top level donors), shipping
everything around the world, paying Kickstarter and Amazon transfer fees, and then
maybe still have funds remaining to release more CD editions later, while paying monthly business-oriented bills.
Below is the information about the proposed releases and t-shirt. Your consideration and generosity will be tremendously appreciated by me, the sound artists and everyone else involved - as always. Hopefully, in return you will receive gifts which provide various levels of value to last a lifetime. Keep in mind that anyone who donates at any level will be added to the “Acknowledgments” section at the bottom of the News page of the and/OAR website (in the celebrated event that the campaign reaches the financial goal). Otherwise, all the money gets refunded if the goal is not reached by the deadline. Those who appear in the “Acknowledgments” list on the website, and of course those whose names also appear prominently in the special thanks section on the releases themselves are eternally appreciated by me, and will always be acknowledged for as long as and/OAR has a website, and for as long as the releases exist.
My continued sincere and humble gratitude,
Artist: Dale Lloyd
Title: Internal Eye / Eternal Eye
Edition Number: 150 copies
Info: The first solo release in six years by and/OAR founder and operator Dale Lloyd features two unreleased pieces, and a short re-worked, re-titled and re-purposed version of his very rare first solo album called “Like Ulysses” (2000). The result is a new concise piece called “Port Of No Return” which serves as the first chapter of a three part story known as “Internal Eye / Eternal Eye”. The first part titled “Port Of No Return” features Jonathan Marlow on keymonica and tape delay. Jonathan is an independent film maker and self-described "purveyor of moving images" who is or has been co-founder, chief content officer, chief strategy officer, programming director, writer, interviewer and/or presenter for important organizations such as Fandor, Kanopy, Green Cine, Arbelos, California Film Institute, Vudu, Seattle International Film Festival and others devoted to cinema, plus he has been a member of Dale’s recording group/project Lucid).
Much of the source material for “Port Of No Return” originated from vintage film prints (blank segments, starts, endings, silent spaces, etc), thereby adding a further serendipitous connection to cinema. Versions of the second part of the release called "Internal Eye" have been presented live over the years in Brooklyn (New York), San Francisco (California), Seattle and Bellingham (Washington). "Internal Eye" was originally composed sometime around 2008 using treated percussion and environmental sounds. It's not clear as to when or exactly how the third and final piece of this album called "Eternal Eye" was composed, because once completed, it was forgotten for years. One vaguely remembered detail is that it was largely the result of a hypnagogic improvisation using synthesizer software via a computer keyboard controlling device. A particular sound was discovered on the synthesizer and recorded improvisation immediately ensued for almost half an hour... The resulting piece is over 27 minutes. Live versions of all three pieces on this release were presented on Sonarchy Radio (KEXP, Seattle) in 2009.
As is the case with this release, Dale has periodically returned to his "Lucid roots" with his solo work, and only found it fitting that his first solo release (Like Ulysses) would reflect the odd distinctive character of the group he had been involved with from 1993 to 2000). Other examples of this “returning to roots” was his 2010 picture disc vinyl release on Elevator Bath called “Akasha_For Record”, and more recently his project called Search Ensembles. It’s possible Dale might properly re-issue the last two CDR-only Lucid releases from 2000 (Aurora Sunder and Magnabella) on CD in addition to a double CD collection of previously unreleased tracks sometime later. Dale is also considering resurrecting Lucid by working again with longtime (and new) collaborators once the aforementioned releases have been issued.
Artist: Unken Reflex
Title: Documentary Films 1976 – 1987
Edition Number: 150 copies
Info: An oddity in the realm of “film soundtracks”, the composer of this work is only known as Unken Reflex. Highly evocative music reflective of remote inaccessible locations, intense or unusual experiences, investigative adventures, and gritty expeditions. Over the course of this collection, common ground can be found with the likes of Zoviet France, Rapoon, Steve Roach, Jon Hassell, Kiyoharu Kuwayama’s Lethe, and even Italian soundtrack and production library music composer Egisto Macchi. One fact that can be disclosed about this release is that it was produced by Yannick Dauby, and his discerning ear definitely curated the very best of the Unken Reflex work that we're currently aware of. So, who is Unken Reflex? Maybe a clue lies in the initials UR (i.e. You Are)? Really, the music is so good that it might not really matter anyway, and maybe that's their point. UR may just wish for us to focus on the music, not a personality.
Another detail to mention is this is proposed to be the debut release for the much delayed fOARward series which was originally conceived around 2012.
Artist: Fabio Perletta & Luigi Turra
Edition Number: 150 copies
Info: The third proposed album for this campaign is Ma (Japanese 間) by Fabio Perletta and Luigi Turra, which marks their first collaboration after respective debut releases on Richard Chartier's LINE imprint. The collaboration began with Turra inviting Perletta to re-work his piece “Texture.Vitra” (Koyuki, 2008), a sound study featuring field recordings collected at various Tadao Ando’s architectural spaces. The resulting three pieces were crafted by following the fundamental principles of Ando's work, unfolding as a temporal environmental experience of a non-existent space. The kanji 間 represents a crucial concept in various Japanese practices such as music and architecture, referring to the notions of space, room, time, pause, interruption. Its meaning is wide and changes depending on the context (i.e. the temporal element between two notes for a musician, the concept of void and the perception of space between the inside and outside of architecture).
With Ma (間) the Japanese “sense of place” is expressed by playing with the relationship between sonic elements, and as a parallel between the duality of object/space and time/space. Sounds of wood, rock, pebbles, and cement co-exist to define a new listening space and offer a sense of tactile perception. Perletta and Turra invite the listener to experience time in a non linear way, giving plenty of room for reflection, contemplation and sense of waiting.
Nevertheless, the work’s aim is not to document the sound of architectural space, but rather to suggest the presence of human beings and nature within a space. Like Ando's distinguishing trademark, the sound of Ma celebrates the austerity of geometric shapes, concrete elements and striking light effects, emphasizing nothingness and empty space to represent fragility and simplicity in an ever changing interplay between presence and absence. The two sound artists focus on the raw beauty of accidental sounds, such as “a wall that violently breaks a space” (Ando), transfiguring it to create new (auditory) dimensions.
Ma 間 features Luigi Turra’s field recordings taken at Vitra Seminar House in Weil am Rhein (Germany), Punta della Dogana (Venice) and Meditation Space (Paris). It also contains recordings collected by Fabio Perletta at Shirakumo Shrine (Kyoto), Nakajima-no-ochaya (Tokyo) and a full-size model of the Church of the Light, specifically built for the “Tadao Ando: Endeavors” exhibition at The National Art Center in Tokyo.
Composed between April 2016 and May 2018.
It should also be noted that the remarkable and symbolically pertinent cover photograph of Ando’s Water Temple (on Awaji Island, Japan) by Christopher Schroeer-Heiermann will be featured on the special t-shirt (seen below) for the top pledge level supporters (in addition to everything else being offered).
Artist: Search Ensembles
Title: Prescient / Legend
Edition Number: 150 copies
Info: The second Search Ensembles album sees the return of Cédric Peyronnet (Toy Bizarre, Kaon / Ingeos, Sechres Mound,), Cyril Herry (Ninth Desert, Sechres Mound), Phil Legard (Xenis Emputae Travelling Band, Hawthonn), Michael Northam, Alan Courtis (Anla Courtis, Reynols), Jani Hirvonen (Uton), Slavek Kwi (Artificial Memory Trace), Jon Tulchin and Dale Lloyd (and/OAR, Seattle Phonographers Union, Lucid), plus first time contributions from Eric Lanzillotta (Eye Music, Ri Be Xibalba, Anomalous Records), Mark Reynolds and Mike Hallenbeck.
Whereas the first album mostly presented unrefined aural snapshots of elusive and impenetrable civilizations and phenomena, the second album continues along similar lines while experimenting with an increased number of electronic instruments and processes, plus longer track segments. However, that is not to say that the overall feel of this album is necessarily *prescient" of the future direction of SE from here on out, because there is every intention of picking up where we left off with the first album with subsequent albums, but without becoming redundant. What started as two different albums, gradually ended up being combined into one, hence the split title. However, it should be clarified that this is no longer two albums - most of the tracks having been reworked and revised into one integrated whole. Furthermore, the title points toward a mental state of foretelling and recollection which in turn illustrates the idea that everything really exists in the eternal present (on an infinite number of timelines) rather than on one locked linear timeline. Many indigenous people around the world have traditionally perceived life this way.
Once the CDs have been made, shipped and arrived, sit back and get immersed in the timeless worlds SE has captured and/or conjured.
Artist: David Stalling
Title: One Hour As MAGIC Telescopes
Edition Number: 150 copies
Info: The fifth album proposed for this campaign is the third in the “One Hour As…” sub-series of and/OAR which started with Michael Prime’s "One Hour As A Plant" (i.e. Peyote) and "One Hour As Trees In Finland" by Lasse-Marc Riek. Here, we spend an hour with the two MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov) telescopes located on one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa (although considered an autonomous community of Spain). MAGIC detects particle showers released by gamma rays, using the Cherenkov radiation (i.e., faint light radiated by the charged particles in the showers). With a diameter of 17 meters for the reflecting surface, it was the largest of its kind in the world before the construction of the H.E.S.S. II (a newer system of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes).
This work is part of Stalling’s ongoing exploration of the interplay between machinery and elemental forces. The recordings were made during trips to the Canary Island site in 2011 and 2016, capturing the minimal and gentle workings of MAGIC I & II amidst the quiet ambiance at the edge of the volcanic caldera at 2231m altitude. Unlike conventional telescopes, which are enclosed in a dome, MAGIC’s free standing aluminum structures expose them to high altitude winds. These are not ideal conditions for observation, but sonically the wind turns them into giant, low range aeolian harps, an acoustic phenomenon Stalling managed to capture. This distinctive soundscape provides a unique listening experience in which the technology of sight becomes an instrument of nature.
Below is an idea of what the “Ma” cotton t-shirt will look like featuring Christopher Schroeer-Heiermann’s remarkable photograph of Ando’s equally remarkable space (designed by Dale Lloyd). Please keep in mind, the shirt will only be temporarily offered as a thank you gift for the top pledge level supporters.
PLEASE NOTE: Also offered for the highest pledge levels will be "Muted Stories", a various artists project (CD version and download-only version) scheduled to be released sometime after the campaign has successfully reached its goal and everything pertaining to the campaign has been manufactured and shipped. The Muted Stories CD release will be shipped as soon as it's ready. The download-only project is planned to be made available before the CD release.
Risks and challenges
While the estimated completion and delivery date has been set for early August, it's quite possible everything could be ready and shipped before then or slightly later. Keep in mind that before production can begin, time needs to be allowed 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 17 years with 80 hard format releases to its credit, one could say the label is well versed in getting projects done, plus maintaining a solid reputation with online retail, customer service and shipping practices during that time. Of course, it doesn't take 17 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 generously paid for, in addition to shipping it well 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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