ALPHABETA 2 and 3 Ltd Ed CDs

26/02/2015

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We’ve released micro-batch CD-R editions of two new ‘ALPHABETA’ albums by BABEL. They’re both available in the merch section of BABEL’s Bandcamp.

The first is ALPHABETA 2: Outskirts. The nine tracks on this EP are first sketches, demos and out-takes from the original 2011 album sessions. Unlike the original album with its survey approach to genre, there’s a continuity of sound and approach found here—a sort of spaghetti western jazz along the lines of mid-90’s era Labradford, Tortoise and Godspeed.

The second album, ALPHABETA 3: Organizm, is a revisiting of the ‘ALPHABETA’ concept (creating compositions by using the letters of words as notes) using organ and echo loops in the manner of Terry Riley or Steve Reich.


BABEL: ZWERM (CD) and TOTAAL (USB)

10/11/2014

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AD113. Hand stamped chipboard wallet, hand stamped disc. Made as orders come in. Unlike other Arachnidiscs Recordings releases, this album is not numbered as we don’t know how many we’ll be making.

$7.00 – Plus Regional Shipping


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While rehearsing for live dates in Winter of 2013 and Spring of 2014, BABEL (Jakob Rehlinger) recorded over 11 hours of prepared guitar improvisations (direct to 2-track stereo). In a feat of endurance, he distilled those hours down to one 79 minute album, ZWERM (“Swarm”). Those familiar with BABEL’s Heurter and Rillingen albums will know what to expect from these solo guitar explorations—percussive, almost industrial rhythms blended with harmonic drones and sparse, lyrical melody lines. Added to the existing recipe are elements of spoken-word cassette collages which were sampled and mixed live into the throbbing hum.


AD114. TOTAAL: The Complete ZWERM Sessions

Additionally, we’re offering an extremely limited edition 48-track USB called TOTAAL which contains 11 hours and three minutes of material from the complete sessions plus two concert recordings. The ZWERM album is included in its final 6-track form, 8 additional takes on the theme, along with six other collections titled MAELSTROM (‘Sturm’ variations), OVIS (electric sheep), VERWORFEN (discarded segments collaged together), THANATOPHOBIK (ghost voices and the fear of death) and VÅR (live performances in Spring).

$20 – Plus Regional Shipping


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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

Sold Out

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.


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