BABEL: RILLINGEN

06/01/2014

Babel : Rillingen

61:46 // Pro CD-R, thermal print // Vellum sleeve // Numbered edition of 50

$9-Buy With Immediate Download

$8-Buy CD Only (Canada)

$8-Buy CD Only (Rest of World)

$6-Download Only

While the city the rumbles with the subterranean boom of frost-quakes, RILLINGEN (meaning “Shivers” or “Chills” in Dutch) burrows deep into a frozen landscape of trembling souls, burning themselves to keep warm as they freeze to death in an orgy of winter ecstasy.

On this hour-long polar vortex of solo electric guitar improvisations, BABEL‘s more lyrical side returns to join the percussive, extended techniques of the previous two EPs—HEURTER and STURM und DRANG—finally bringing two halves of BABEL into one cohesive whole.

Recorded live, direct to 2-track on Mothers Day, 2013, in six takes (three of which make up the 37-minute closer) using echo loops and, fittingly (though pun not intended), an Electro-Harmonix “Freeze” pedal.


Double Release Beard Closet and Babel

17/12/2013

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A show that’s had a few hick-ups. First Black Iron Prison had to drop out, then our original venue got shut down.

DEC 19, 2013 // TRANZAC CLUB {Tiki Room} // 292 BRUNSWICK AVE, TORONTO // $5.oo // Doors 8PM // Show 9pm SHARP.

Click HERE to see the version of the poster which is going to be given away at the event in Factory Records fashion.


Split Tapes Series Vol. 10: Ross Baker / Tranzmit

16/12/2013

Arachnidiscs Split Tapes Series Vol. 10: Ross Baker / Tranzmit

C60 // Pro-duped // Stamped, numbered download card with stamped envelope // Sticker-sealed obi sleeve // immediate download

$7 — ORDER HERE

SIDE 19 — ROSS BAKER: Terra Incognita.

ROSS BAKER has been making music since he got a hold of a tape recorder at the age of 10. From early tape and radio abuse, his music has been linked by a love of contrast and collage.

A half-hour collage salvaged from at least three hours of recordings, soundtracking the countless distant landscapes and buildings glimpsed momentarily during 28 years of car, bus and train journeys. Sprawling farm and forest punctuated by sinister undentified buildings and distant motorways. Ambient washes and sci-fi movie memories with a synth-pop interlude. 

SIDE 20 — TRANZMIT: Deep Video

TRANZMIT began as a radio wave sound-college side project of  BABEL in the early 2000′s. In recent years it has moved with the times, “mashing-up” (in the contemporary parlance) audio material sourced from the internet.

Film dialogue and Star Trek sound FX. YouTube video collage and movie trailer audio. Retro television commercials. Public transit, elevator and busker field recordings re-mixed. Augmented vocoder demonstration video audio. Spam emails read by text-to-speech and modified Bach. Voice synthesized random phrase generator and Twitter and Facebook updates. Digitally synthesized zen monks.


BABEL: STURM und DRANG EP

25/11/2013

Sturm und Drang

Pro CD-R, thermal print // Spray painted white digipak // Numbered edition of 25

$6-Buy With Immediate Download

$6-Buy CD only - CANADA

$6-Buy CD Only – Outside Canada

$5-Download only

STURM und DRANG is part 2 in BABEL’s trilogy of improvised, extended technique pieces for prepared electric guitars. As with HEURTER (part 1), guitar and bass are primarily treated as percussion instruments. These pieces also feature delay loops, junk percussion, wind instruments and electronically manipulated vocal performances.


Revised 2013 Release Schedule + Submissions

30/10/2013

Packages

Since we just dispatched the pre-orders for the BEARD CLOSET / PRIMATE PYRAMID tape, and it’s official release is tomorrow, we figured it’s a good time to post our revised release schedule that will bring us up to the end of 2013.

  • Oct. 31: BEARD CLOSET / PRIMATE PYRAMID tape
  • Nov. 11: PARTLI CLOUDI “Two Moron Ever Nose” CD
  • Nov. 25: BABEL “Sturm und Drang” CDEP
  • Dec. 02: MUTED RAINBOW “Intuitions” CD
  • Dec. 16: ROSS BAKER / TRANZMIT tape
  • Dec. 30: BABEL “Rillingen” CD

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Also, now is a good time to put out a call for 2014 releases. If any of you have a project without a home, and it’s sufficiently weird (or at least insufficiently normal), and you’d like to see it get a small, ridiculously packed, run (50 copies, tops) drop us a line: arachnidiscs@hotmail.com

Or if you know a weirdo whose music needs a home, send them our way.

And if you’re someone who we’ve been discussing a release with, this is a friendly reminder to send us those files!

We plan to do up to a maximum of 12 releases (cassette / CD / CDEP / maybe a 7″?!?) next year, ideally on a monthly basis. Also, there’s a very specific (yet completely undefined) label aesthetic (and limited budget), so let that be a caveat that we reserve the right to be beggars and picky choosers.


New TRANZMIT Bandcamp Site

22/08/2013

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BABEL subsidiary TRANZMIT has a new dedicated web presence of its own. TRANZMIT focuses on sound collage, live radio sampling, musique concrete, industrial, audio manipulation, ambient noise, urban field recordings, and the like. Uneasy listening, dark-ambient, dystopian soundscapes.

The Bandcamp site features the definitive mixes of all the TRANZMIT sessions since 1997  in 8 albums.

Check it out HERE.

Also, listen to a brand new track: NACHTANGST

UPCOMING: BABEL/TRANZMIT will be featured on an Arachnidiscs split-cassette with ROSS BAKER early this fall.


Upcoming Releases Summer/Fall 2013

26/07/2013

2013 has been pretty quiet for us so far but when it rains, it pours. Summer and fall are looking stormy for us. Here’s a brief list of the releases we’re currently prepping.

AD091 - SEMEN PRIEST – s/t – Cassette

Psychedelic industrial funk pop.

AD092 - A SACRED CLOUDENSOLEILLÉ, 1972 – Cassette

In conjunction with Jeunesse Cosmique LP release. Analogue soundscapes, musique concrete collages, severe art drones.

AD093 - PARTLI CLOUDI – Two Moron Ever Nose – CD

New solo album by Summer Amp (and fOLKwASTE Library) dude. A deep folkloric journey into the library of the transcendental mind. Spoken word collages, tribal percussions, primal psychedelia.

AD094 - Ѫΰϯᶓԃ Ʀѧϊѣѻὦ – Intuitions – CD

Michelle Proksell resides in Beijing and loves/lives China as a dream machine of animated .gif images, weird montages and awesome t-shirts. Deaf improvisation based on colors and hues, blue(s) gospels in unknown languages, seas of shimmering drones, electro-acoustic processing and outdated acid folk. Classical without class, psychedelic without psyche, songwriting without writing. “Intuitions” is the result of sparse improvisational sessions conjured in Shanghai bedrooms and living rooms during 2012. Hours worth of recordings were trimmed, mixed and mastered with poetic freedom at Zulmàt studio in Rome, Italy. 

AD095 - BEARD CLOSET / PRIMATE PYRAMID - Cassette

Split tape series sides 17 & 18. Two sides of essential Skullflower-esque doom-gaze guitar improvisations.

AD096 – ROSS BAKER / BABEL - Cassette

Split tape series sides 19 & 20. A combined hour’s worth of ambient VCR jams from two sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Sound collage dudes abide.


BABEL Heurter EP

09/04/2013

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27:32 mins // Pro CD-R, thermal print // Spray painted white digipak // Numbered edition of 25

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Three track EP of avant electric guitar improvisations. A prepared Fender Telecaster thwacked with mallets and layered with loop and delay effects. Recorded live, direct to two-track in late 2012 by Jakob Rehlinger.

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Announcements January 2013

08/01/2013

A couple digital releases. BABEL’s new EP Heurter is available as PWYC on Bandcamp leading up to its physical release.

MOONWOOD put up a new rehearsal session on their Soundcloud.

It was recorded on Christmas Even in preparation for a Dec 28th show in Montreal and Jan 3rd in Toronto (captured by Mechanical Forest Sound).

A similar set will be recreated  on Sat, Jan 26 @Placebo Space (2877 Lake Shore Blvd W., Toronto).

MOONWOOD (cosmic-tribal psych-rock)
BLACK WALLS (sweet doom balladeer)
LORDE AWESOME (Toronto’s krautful dead)
End of night jam?

More details to follow.


TWO NEW BABEL ALBUMS: GLOCKENGEISTER and ALPHABETA

14/08/2012

BABEL // GLOCKENGEISTER

79 mins // Pro-duped CD-R // Full colour 6-panel wallet // Edition of 50.

Buy Glockengeister now

Sixteen beautiful, serene and often unsettling pieces for electronically manipulated glockenspiel, bells, mixing bowls,drums, wood block and ornamental gongs. Resonant tones weave and drift through ambient, limnal spaces.

There’s a real feeling of exploration … it’s a very soft, spiritual atmosphere that should be your next soundtrack for falling asleep into lucid dreaming.” ~ Offerings Hippie Cult

BABEL // ALPHABETA 

56 mins // Pro-duped CD-R // Full colour 6-panel wallet // Edition of 50.

Buy ALPHABETA now!

A conceptual work where the pieces are composed from notes corresponding to the letters in their titles. Ranging from white noise freak-outs to measured, melodic themes, the 17-part suite covers the history of modern compostion from the 20th century minimalists such as Cage or Reich through Miles Davis’ jazz-fusion to maximalist post-rockers like Godspeed! and Tortoise.

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME COMBO DEAL:

Both albums for $16 (CAD, shipping included). Click HERE.


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