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June 26, 2012

Massimo Magee, “Sopranino Solo” cdr (KSE #222) available now

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MASSIMO  MAGEE

“SOPRANINO SOLO”

(KSE #222,  full-length CDR album)

original cover art by M. P. Landis         www.mplandis.com

$8.00 postpaid US (add $2 postage if outside US and ordering only 1 item)

payment via  paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Australian multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser/conceptualist MASSIMO MAGEE has been doing a lot of important work in the last few years, investigating the unexplored corners of the world of solo instrumental improvisation, bringing in his interests in aesthetic theory and philosophy, and creating a large and endlessly fascinating body of work, much of which is available for free download. His 26-volume set of solo improvisation, COLLECTED SOLOS, is an amazing collection I’ll be living with for years. You can get it at http://archive.org/details/AR15CollectedSolosbyMassimoMagee .

However, Magee’s new album, recorded especially for KSE, is the matter at hand here: SOPRANINO SOLO (KSE #222). While the sopranino saxophone has been used here and there by Anthony Braxton and others, Magee has truly dedicated himself to exploring the possibilities of the instrument in a new and different way, and that’s what we have extended into four states in SOPRANINO SOLO. Track one is exciting live recorded sopranino, with a tip of the hat to Steve Lacy’s solo albums on soprano, especially the Solo in Avignon album on Emanem. Track two is also solo live, but played with a reed that had been pickled for four months, adding fascinating textures to the playing and taking the SOUND of the music into another realm. Track three combines tabletop sopranino sax w/ electronics and radio, and while it seems to be electronic on the surface, it’s rooted once again in solo sopranino improvisation. The fourth and final track uses a VCR with a tape of sopranino sax improvisation, incorporating the sounds of the machine and the limitations of the VCR technology into the document of the performance, hence making the performance something different, adding further limitations and further distortions/extensions to the sound, though as with the entire album, it’s rooted in solo sopranino improvisation. Basically, Massimo Magee has taken the area of solo saxophone improvisation and put it through a series of modulations and treatments, and he’s created an album that takes off into the stratosphere soundwise, but always is grounded in the pure free-improv experience. As always, Massimo Magee is doing thoughtful, exciting, and boundary-smashing investigations of the possibilities of solo instrumental improvisation, pursuing those investigations with an intellectual rigor and a sense of a logical extension-of-an-extension-of-an-extension of an idea that shows Magee’s philosophical grounding and his focused experimentation. For me, this is one of the most important albums of the year in the free-jazz/free-improv vein. Mr.  Magee is a young man (compared to me, he certainly is!), and if this is what he’s doing NOW, I cannot imagine what heights he’ll be reaching in 10,  in 20, in 30 years. KSE is proud to help him get this work out to a larger audience and an audience outside Australia. Exciting things seem to be happening in the Brisbane experimental music scene, and you’ll be hearing more from that scene on future KSE releases.

Beyond the fine music, you also get an original cover artwork from Brooklyn-based painter MP Landis (who listened to the album multiple times before creating the piece), a man who is doing similarly important investigations/improvisations in the visual art world with his “wd series,” of which this cover is #5232.

We are in the midst of a golden age in free-improv music and in exploring the possibilities of solo instrumental improvisation, using extended techniques and the assistance of objects/treatments/adaptations, and no better example exists than this new album SOPRANINO SOLO from Massimo Magee. It sits well on the shelf beside works by other experimentalists such as Alfred 23 Harth, Forbes Graham, Greg Kelley, etc.

Hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 123 copies.  $8 postpaid in the US. Add $2 if outside of the US and ordering only one item (in other words, buy 2 or more KSE items and it’s postpaid ANYWHERE, but it costs almost $5 to send ONE cdr overseas, so pardon the surcharge). Send payment via paypal to  django5722(at)yahoo(d0t)com

We’ve also recently re-issued on a full-sized cdr the much acclaimed DIRECT TO TAPE (KSE #224), originally released by KSE as a 3″ cdr, a blistering free-jazz duo blowout that finds Magee on tenor, sopranino, and analog electronics paired with percussionist Tim Green. This album, recorded in a low-fi manner on cheap tape, has the in-your-face presence of a recording on such classic free-jazz labels as Survival, Saturn, or Jihad. You need DIRECT TO TAPE also. It too is $8 postpaid in the US.

And while you are ordering those to Massimo cdr’s  via paypal, please try some of our other CDR releases, only $8 each, postpaid in the US:

KSE #223  (CDR), ALISTAIR CROSBIE, “Campfire In The Snow”

KSE #228 (CDR), UNMOOR, “Night Driver”

KSE #220 (CDR), MATT KREFTING, “Sweet Days of Discipline”

KSE #225 (CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #204, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 35 copies)

KSE #221 (CDR), DEREK ROGERS, “circum_navigate” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #170, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 30 numbered copies)

KSE # 210 (CDR), HEATHER LEIGH, “Empire”

KSE #214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL,”Bottlecaps”

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

We’ll have more music and poetry releases coming out over the next few months…stay tuned. And remember that we chose not to use the standard “alternative” distributors, so if you want these before they are out of print, you should get them directly from KSE as soon as possible. Thank you for supporting independent DIY artistic ventures such as KSE…

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June 21, 2012

new album from ALISTAIR CROSBIE, “A Campfire In The Snow” (KSE #223), available now!

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ALISTAIR  CROSBIE

“A CAMPFIRE IN THE SNOW”

KSE #223 (full-length CDR album)

$8.00 postpaid US (add $2 postage if outside US and ordering only 1 item)

payment via  paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Glasgow-based sound artist ALISTAIR  CROSBIE  has been making fascinating and unpredictable music for over a decade and on over 25 albums. The tags psychedelic, drone, ambient, noise, post-Velvets, electro-acoustic, or whatever don’t really capture what he does, though one can find elements of each in his many and varied recordings. I tend to think of him as a composer and sound painter, with a great attention to texture. He’s recorded for a number of European labels, though many of his releases have come out on his own Lefthand Pressings label, where he has total quality control over the music and the packaging, which is always unique and worthy of close and repeated listening/study. As an auteur in the tradition of Jandek or Matt Valentine (or Kendra Steiner Editions), Mr. Crosbie continues to create a fascinating body of work, and I look forward to each new release as a kind of  “postcard from the front,” a report on where his experiments in sound have been taking him recently. I must own 18-20 of his releases, and I was anxious to release a Crosbie album on KSE and share his music with perhaps a somewhat different audience from the one he has been reaching.

He graciously offered to record a brand-new album for KSE, and it’s now available: A CAMPFIRE IN THE SNOW (KSE #223). Mr. Crosbie is very interested in the intersection of art and physical environment, and his works often have a strong sense of place. “A Campfire In The Snow,” to my Texas ears, has the sound of cold Scottish winters. It’s a work that takes me into a new environment and allows me to taste and touch and feel in sound. Alistair Crosbie, though he may work with soundscapes, has the craft of a songwriter, and thus there is always a super-structure and a tension and resolution in his music. His albums have regularly been on my best of the year lists. Please give “A Campfire In The Snow” a try. KSE is proud to present a new full-length work from this important artist, and that cool Scottish landscape sounds pretty good to me right now as it’s 100 degrees F in the sweltering Texas summer! If you have not discovered the work of this important sound artist, here is your chance…only $8 postpaid in the US (add $2 for postage if outside the US and only ordering 1 items…if you order MORE than one item, overseas CDR’s are $8 postpaid).

interview with Alistair Crosbie at Documentary Evidence: http://www.documentaryevidence.co.uk/alistair_crosbie_interview.htm

interview with Alistair Crosbie at Long + Wrong: http://updatescotland.com/wp/?tag=alistair-crosbie

And while you are ordering A CAMPFIRE IN THE SNOW via paypal, please try some of our other CDR releases, only $8 each, postpaid in the US:

KSE #222 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Sopranino Solo,” cover art by M P Landis

KSE #228 (CDR), UNMOOR, “Night Driver”

KSE #220 (CDR), MATT KREFTING, “Sweet Days of Discipline”

KSE #225 (CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #204, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 35 copies)

KSE #224 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & TIM GREEN, “Direct To Tape” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #191, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 40 numbered copies)

KSE #221 (CDR), DEREK ROGERS, “circum_navigate” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #170, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 30 numbered copies)

KSE # 210 (CDR), HEATHER LEIGH, “Empire”

KSE #214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL,”Bottlecaps”

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

June 9, 2012

new poetry chapbook, SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING (KSE # 234), first volume of the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS, now available

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BILL   SHUTE

SHADES OF NIGHT  DESCENDING  (Florida Nocturne Poems, Book One)

KSE # 234 (poetry chapbook, $5.00 ppd. anywhere)

edition of 51 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Florida Nocturne Poems will be a four-volume series of chapbooks set in different parts of the state of Florida, inspired by the time I’ll be spending there in late July-early August 2012. I’ve used many trips around to US to gather raw materials shaped-into-form  in my various poetry works, and when visiting areas, I try to soak up as much of the atmosphere and the zeitgeist of the place as I can. TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY was to some extent inspired by my many drives from San Antonio to El Paso on Interstate 10; ONENESS & THE SUN was inspired by time spent in Lubbock; NORWICH UNVEILED was inspired by time spent in New England, as was SONNETS FOR BILL DOGGETT; SUBTRACTION was inspired by five days spent outside Woodstock, NY. I could cite many more examples. To some extent, the northeast part of Bexar County, Texas, serves as my personal Yoknapatawpha County in terms of my ongoing poetry output, but an open-minded artist uses whatever materials come his/her way, so I tend to wring as much out of my travel and my exposure to new and different cultures and landscapes as possible.

SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING is inspired by the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, and most especially by the works of Salvador Dali, with the world-famous Dali Museum being located in St. Pete.  I’ve spent the last few months studying Dali’s lesser-known and/or later works (post-1955, let’s say) as well as reading some of his many autobiographical writings, and the result of that study is found in SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING (the title taken from a better-known work of Dali’s). Mix it in with other Tampa/St. Pete details (of course, Derby Lane Greyhound Track, America’s oldest still-functioning dog racing track, is also present), and work it all into a kaleidoscopic stream-of-consciousness poetic narrative experienced on the page by my Florida-dwelling fictional persona, and voila, you’ve got the first volume of four in the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS.

Poetic meditations upon fate, fleas, digital footprints, painting toads, street signs, shuffleboard, The Giant Rat of Sumatra, and seeing the mannerisms of my mentor in his widow’s eye movements and hand gestures…

Only $5, and like all KSE poetry works, it will be out of print in a few months…you’ll have to decide whether or not to make the move…

and why not move toward a few other KSE poetry chapbooks, while you are sending that paypal order, all just $5 each, postpaid:

KSE #232 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Tonalist Fury” (Sound Library Series, Volume 70)

KSE #229 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Three From The Earth” (Sound Library Series, Volume 69)

KSE #227 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Water’s Edge” (Sound Library Series, Volume 68)

KSE #217 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Fascination” (Sound Library Series, Volume 67)

KSE #215,  BILL SHUTE, “Outfake”   (Sound Library Series, Volume 66)

KSE #197,  A.J. KAUFMANN, “Love Lions of Paris” 

KSE #193,  MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”

KSE #181,  JOHN SWEET, “Continuum.”

and reprints of two in-demand pieces from 2008-2009

KSE #106, A. J. KAUFMANN, “East West Train”

and

KSE #118, BILL SHUTE, “Venetian Sage”

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