DEAD MIND RECORDS 2022
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Organ of Corti - Incus / Malleus 7” (10 euro)
Born out of a common interest in the repetitive, challenging and intense the three-headed dragon Organ of Corti is a new collaboration project between Swedish sound experts Joachim Nordwall (IDEAL Records, The Gagmen), Mattias Gustafsson (Altar of Flies) and Dan Johansson (Sewer Election, Enhet för Fri Musik). Inspired by tape music from the 60s, minimal music, early industrial and collective creativity their sound is unique and unheard of. Organ of Corti is about hearing, about how to be affected through sound and the power of reaching other states of consciousness through composition and deep listening.
While Gustafsson and Johansson deliver their trademark crumbling tape loops, Nordwall adds spacious analogue synth layers. Carefully mixing these bare elements into a hypnotic journey. In the slipstream of their debut cd on New Forces we’re proud to return to our favorite physical format to present their first vinyl edition, containing 2 fresh injections of superior sound manipulation.
260 copies, with hand stamped labels and insert.
Kjostad - Captive CS (10 euro)
New York City-based Kjostad is the moniker of Stefan Aune, who is also involved in Form Hunter and Breaking the Will, in addition to running the New Forces label. Capturing highly personal sounds focusing on northern Minnesota, Aune adds layers of electronics and magnetic tape, weaving an organic tapestry of man-made and natural sonics.
Captive explores the physicality of organic sound and the productive tension that arises when it is captured via analog and digital machines. Composed in 2020 and 2021 and refined through several live performances in New York City, it translates and renders audible the solitary manipulation of wood, rock, metal and other materials.
100 copies, with handmade slipcase and a numbered insert.
Something Vile - Suicide Souvenir CS (10 euro)
After a random discovery on Bandcamp I kept returning to the dirty, rhythmic synth noise of Something Vile. An unknown project to me at the time that turned out to be the brainchild of Alex Ford, a restless soul spinning his own web in a dark corner of the noise, industrial & power electronics scene. Operating his label, Deathbed Tapes while using different monikers for his own musical output.
For his latest release he produced a mixture of primitive, distorted beats and layers of screeching noise to create an intense experience that feels like being hit in the face with a sledgehammer, leaving you knocked down on the floor begging for more. Pure bummed out lo-fi industrial using analog drum machines and FM synthesis through fuzz pedals and bit crushers. Sounds like SPK and Maurizio Bianchi going back in time to perform at a caveman ritual.
75 copies, with handmade slipcase and a numbered insert.
La Gomera CS/art-box (60 euro)
The idea for this release started years ago while listening to a tape from the Slowscan archive containing a radio broadcast about the Otto Mühl commune on La Gomera, Portugal. Later, while working with William Levy, a close friend of Mühl, on his 2016 LP on Slowscan Records the idea arose to combine forces for an Otto Mühl LP, documenting some of the stuff from the personal archive of Levy. He send me an English version of his book ‘Unser Freund, Otto Mühl’ to be included, but the project was abandoned as Levy’s health declined and it remained unclear who was holding the copyrights for the material.
Years later I was listening to the radio broadcast again and thought it’d be nice to release this as a special edition tribute art-box. I asked renowned Dutch artist Aaron van Erp to contribute as I knew he’s also a fan of Mühl’s work. He gave me a series of drawings to be printed as a booklet together with 2 hand screened, numbered and signed prints. Van Erp has become a rising star of the art world since his graduation in 2001. His surreal and absurd paintings have been acquired for numerous collections in the Netherlands and abroad, including the trendsetting Saatchi collection.
Besides the tape, booklet and prints we included another booklet containing a selection from ‘Unser Freund’ and several small multiples and items. Housed in a silkscreened wooden box in a limited edition of 25 copies and sold as an exclusive mail-order item only.
N.E.R.F. – Ivinenn / Skavenn 2CS (15 euro)
N.E.R.F is a collaboration project of longtime comrades Peter Zincken (Odal) and Johnny van de Koolwijk (Zyrtax). Using vintage field recordings from the Odal vaults as a foundation, adding fragments of improvised live recordings, analog synths, loops & vocals they recorded 2 albums over the last 2 years. Drawing inspiration from nature, mystical rituals and the ancient world in general, these 16 tracks capture the struggle of survival in a modern society. A journey to the end of our world, to overcome weakness and honor forgotten fragments of the past. Regression instead of progression.
Both N.E.R.F. albums are now released for the first time in physical format as a double cassette housed in an old school thermoform box limited to 30 copies. Comes with an additional booklet.
Enno Velthuys – Different Places LP (REPRESS SOON)
Continuing the reissue campaign of legendary synthesizer artist Enno Velthuys, we are proud to offer the Different Places LP. The original tape from 1987 was the second tape Enno produced for EXART and it was his last work before he disappeared into obscurity. By this time, he became disillusioned by the cassette network and his mental condition sadly deteriorated. With Hessel Veldman, label owner of EXART, getting more interested in experimental music, they were both moving into different places and eventually lost contact.
Willem de Ridder and Enno stayed in close contact. Enno composed background music for some of his radio shows. Willem would release some of these recordings through his own label, Radio Art Foundation. For the limited version of this LP 4 cassette covers, drawn by Peter Pontiac, are added as additional prints.
Enno was a perfectionist, always looking for better equipment. When listening to the original master tape of Different Places it turned out it had a real nice, clean sound. Definitely an improvement over some of his earlier material. While mastering these songs for vinyl in 2021 we tried to stay as close as possible to Enno’s original intentions. Different Places is probably his most coherent work and includes some magical chord progressions. Shades of Erik Satie and Hiroshi Yoshimura mixed with immersive, spacious, cosmic ambient. Melancholic but less claustrophobic when compared to predecessors Glimpse of Light or Landscapes in Thin Air.
While the LP was in production, we were contacted by someone who just bought a framed 1967 drawing from a thrift store, made by Enno. In the 60’s he was playing guitar for various bands and although his father was a famous illustrator of children’s books nobody knew he was also doing these large drawings back then. We are very pleased that we were able to add this amazing piece of art to this publication as an insert.
Enno Velthuys – Glimpse of Light LP (SOLD OUT)
The 2019 Stroom〰 split EP with Hessel Veldman marked the long-awaited vinyl debut of Enno Velthuys and served as a teaser for a reissue campaign of his work, shared between different labels. Finally!
In 1984 Velthuys released his classic tape ‘A Glimpse of Light’ on EXART, the label of Veldman, who stayed in close contact with Enno after hearing one of his private tapes being played on the radio by Willem de Ridder in 1980. During a live-broadcast event random tapes were played. “From Enno Velthuys, The Hague”, was written on the package. Willem introduced the tape, played it and a serene silence filled the studio. Present was a friend of De Ridder, Rob Smit, who visited Enno and his mother a few weeks later. This eventually resulted in Enno’s first release ‘Ontmoeting’ on KUBUS Kassettes in 1982. In those years, Enno was living a solitary life and rarely left his mother’s apartment. He managed to release 6 tapes of introvert, melancholic music from another dimension. Atmospheric melodies backed with sparse percussion, showing an excellent handling of the synthesizer.
The gifted musician with two souls silently passed away in 2009. Now we present, with involvement of the few once close to him, the first reissue of probably his most beloved work. Using the original master tape from the EXART vaults, carefully transferred, edited and remastered. Just Enno with his stripped-down compositions and fragile ambient sounds. An intimate experience celebrating bedroom-music and the glory days of do-it-yourself counterculture. Limited to 500 copies, 100 on white vinyl.
Mario Marzidovšek – Brutal Alter Minimal LP (18 euro)
Mario Marzidovšek (1961-2011) was a member of the international mail-art network, painter, poet, cassette culture pioneer and a key figure of the Yugoslavian underground scene. Influenced by the electro-acoustic avantgarde he began to explore electronic music in the late 1970’s. Like an erupting volcano he released numerous tapes between 1984 and 1987, before aborting his musical activities to move on.
Marzidovšek was truly living an industrial lifestyle as an employee of a chemical factory. His Minimal Laboratorium, filled with homemade devices, old instruments and tape recorders, was the central part of his musical creativity. Using limited equipment forced him to be resourceful and made sure the raw punk-spirit was always present in his electronic music, slowly shifting from harsh industrial polka to lo-fi wave, ambient and barbaric techno.
Brutal Alter Minimal is a collection of tracks from 1985, using the master tapes send to Nihilistic Recordings the same year as source material. Authorized by the Marzidovšek family, this compilation stands as a testimony to a true legend expressing his sheer creative powers. Limited to 300 copies, 50 on blue vinyl. Includes printed insert.
Hans van Eck – Blind Area LP (18 euro)
Hans van Eck started composing music in 1976 and was trained in electronic music at the Institute of Sonology by Jaap Vink, Frits Weiland and Gottfried-Michael Koenig. He studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam and received lessons in composition by Daan Manneke. His works are performed all over Europe by his own Schreck Ensemble and others.
The Blind Area cassette, released in 1987 by Decay International, compiles several of his early electronic compositions. They serve as an evocation of the blind areas of our minds where only fantasy, intuition and imagination can guide us. Music as a means to illuminate the hidden parts of our soul to discover the mythical world behind everyday life.
For this reissue, 3 central pieces of the original tape are complemented by 2 more recent compositions of somber timbres. Industrial undertones, open spaces and slow waves of pure, refined sound are the key ingredients, but Van Eck adds a subtle, narrative structure for a hypnotic, haunting and elegant experience. A self-contained world with echoes of predecessors like Jean-Claude Risset or Guy Reibel. Limited to 250 copies.
Joe Colley – Chapel Action CS (SOLD OUT)
Joe Colley is a visual artist and composer. He investigates audio phenomena using field recordings and electronics. He records also under the moniker Crawl Unit and is the founder of the label Povertech Industries.
Chapel Action documents a 5-hour durational performance at Chapel of the Chimes, a columbarium in Oakland California. Spontaneous text is spoken into a small room and mixed with tones and sounds of amplified writing. Reflections of the room’s architecture become increasingly dense over time as meaning is eroded and words decay. Written pages from the action accumulate on the floor as the performance progresses.
Each silkscreened box contains a signed and numbered original page from the action, a hand cut meditation object and a booklet with photos of the performance and a full transcript of the written pages. Limited to 50 copies.
Alice Kemp - Sweetly My Blacken Doll CS (SOLD OUT)
Sweetly My Blacken Doll is a collection of musical compositions created with recordings of woodwind, voice, sine wave and countryside. All sounds are performed, recorded and assembled by Alice Kemp, with additional sound on track 3 performed by Dark Mother Wood. The music here suggests a genre somewhere between tape noise, classical, blackened chant, electra acoustic and other.
Handfuls of hair, and the English countryside is in shadow. Pointed heads describe themselves, figures settle into their proper place, just on the edge of vision.
Each silkscreened box contains a set of 4 prints and a companion made from beech wood, with human hair, nylon stockings, waxed and mixed thread, hand dyed and mixed fabric, jute string, paint and secrets. Limited to 25 copies.
Mysogyny – Skrag CS (2nd edition, 8 euro)
After the passing of Keith Brewer last year, I talked with Peter Zincken of Nihilistic Recordings about what happened. Taint was among the first noise projects I discovered and I’ve been faithfully following wherever Keith went. This journey turned out to be highly rewarding as Taint and later Mania became a great source of inspiration.
In 1989 Keith released his first tape as Mysogyny on Big Body Parts in The USA and Nihilistic Recordings in the EU. The master from Peter’s archive blew me away and includes a few short tracks that are lacking from the Big Body Parts version I heard. We decided to reissue this version as a tribute to Keith. A collection of raw, crude sounds that lay the foundation of what later became a true harsh noise legend. 2 editions of 50 copies.
Depress/Regress & Slave Labor – Seeing Trip’le CS (2nd edition, 8 euro)
Dave Gilden & Richard Ramirez created Slave Labor in 1993. With this project they performed live in Houston at Deadline's Noisefest in the same year. Also, at this festival Gilden debut his project simply known as DEPRESS (not long after to be renamed Depress/Regress). Gilden & Ramirez continued to work together in Black Leather Jesus & Lingula. Although troubled as an individual, Gilden's work shows what an impact his legacy has left us as part of the American noise scene.
This tape was mixed by Gilden in 1997 for New Noise Records and includes 3 untitled Depress/Regress tracks, 3 variations of tracks from the Slave Labor – A Sick Cow tape and Seeing Trip’le; an unused Depress/Regress compilation track. 2 editions of 50 copies.
Dave Gilden – Narcotic (Various Noise Works) 3CS (SOLD OUT)
David Steven Gilden was an artist from Houston, Texas, active in the local underground since the late 80´s, recording under varied aliases. Besides his violent and vile sounds, he was also known for his wild live shows and excessive drug abuse, all of which contributed to the legendary aura around him, until he sadly died on April 6th, 2008.
The tracks on this 3xCS set are taken from 4 masters that were sent to New Noise Records back in 1997, which were shelved and never used until now. One master was labelled ‘Narcotic’, the others simply had ‘Various Noise Works’ written on them, as an indication of what to expect. These labels were all David left us to hold onto in an otherwise anonymous and chaotic heap of top-quality harsh noise. In collaboration with New Noise, 19 untitled tracks were edited into this release, hopefully serving as a testimony of the greatness and authenticity of Gilden´s craft, for both old and new listeners.
Limited edition of 100 copies in association with Narcolepsia. 3 cassettes in a special case and 4 panel J-card. Comes with fold-out poster and slipcase.
Jeph Jerman – Cobbled 2CS (SOLD OUT)
Jeph Jerman started recording and performing in 1986 under the moniker Hands To. Most of his early soundwork was sampler and tape loop based, though slowly evolved from electro-acoustic pieces to environmental recordings with very little to no manipulation or electronic processing using only natural found objects like stones, shells, bones, driftwood, pinecones, etc.
The Hands To - Cipher 7” from 95 was an inspirational release for me personally and I always considered Jerman as a key figure in the grey zone between academic sound art and primitive noise. After seeing Jeph perform live a couple of years ago I was impressed by the sound spectrum he created with just a few humble materials and it reinforced my enthusiasm for his work which eventually led to this publication.
Limited edition of 50 copies. Double cassette housed in a handmade silk-screened wooden box. Comes with a booklet with information and photographs, a bag with 4 small stones and a hand numbered print.
Marie Goyette - Stone Memorial CS (SOLD OUT)
Born in Montréal, Marie Goyette studied the piano in Montréal and London. After residing in Europe, she moved to Berlin in 1989. Inspired by the city's lively and unorthodox art scene, she started a second career and expand her activities from traditional concerts to the fields of performance and radio art. In the early 90’s Jan van Toorn saw her perform with Michael Waisvisz at Apollohuis (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and asked her for a publication on his label, Slowscan Records. Then the master tape got lost in his archive to be rediscovered 30 years later. It turned out it was the only surviving source of these electronic pieces capturing a short experimental rush from 1989-1991.
Later Goyette spent several months at STEIM in Amsterdam and produced radio plays such as 'Transatlantique' (1993), worked on theatre projects and directed her own works. She collaborated with various artists like Christian Boltanski, Dagmar Krause, Chris Cutler and Heiner Goebbels. She’s happy we found her message in a bottle and I’m more than happy she agreed to have this tape published after all, as a document of an artist trying to redefine her voice in a restless city.
Limited edition of 50 copies. Comes in a silkscreened box with a booklet and a plastic bag containing 3 pieces of broken glass, a piece of wire and a signed card.
Contagious Orgasm - Products Unconscious CS (SOLD OUT)
“I’m Hiroshi and I like beer” were the first words Hiroshi Hashimoto spoke to me when I picked him up from an airport in 2006. For the next 2 weeks we travelled together in old car I borrowed from my parents. Just like his records it became an interesting and rewarding journey with unpredictable twists and turns.
Hiroshi has been active as the sole/primary member of Contagious Orgasm since 1987 and rapidly became a truly dedicated and unstoppable force within the underground, covering a broad spectrum of experimental electronics including noise, industrial and ambient. For this release he delivers 2 long, dark, industrial tracks creating a feverish dream sequence.
Limited edition of 50 copies. Comes in a handmade velvet bag holding the cassette, an envelope with 4 prints and a pair of white, black or pink lace panties (one size fits all).
Odal - 1986-1989 18CS (SOLD OUT)
2 years in the making this comprehensive project documents the creative outburst of legendary sound collector and noise addict Peter Zincken in the late ’80. After his discovery of the underground tape culture he quickly started his own label, fanzine and obsessively recorded and manipulated sounds under the notorious Odal moniker. He never lost focus and 30 years later he still is a central figure in the international tape network. Odal always has been hard to categorize and overlooked because of a disinterest in creating a coherent discography and refusal to live up to the expectations of others. These tapes capture a broad spectrum of underground electronics ranging from lo-fi rumblings, field recordings, anti-social noise to politically incorrect power electronics. When 2 lost mastertapes returned from Vis A Vis Audio Arts we expanded the project from 16 to 18 cassettes to present this complete and final overview.
Limited to 30 hand numbered copies. Comes in a silkscreened wooden box and includes a booklet with a lengthy interview, additional artwork & complete discography. Also included are 2 silkscreened cards.