THE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS
KSE #314 (CDR album), edition of 50 copies
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The backstory on this release: Very excited to make this important and mind-blowing material available once again. When KSE began issuing music on CDR, we put out both full-sized releases and 3″ mini-CDR’s. We dropped the 3″ releases after about a year (and about two dozen releases) as a lot of people who wanted to hear the music could not play discs in that format. A handful of the mini-discs (Derek Rogers, Massimo Magee, Xanthocephalus) we reissued on full-sized discs. The original three-inch NON-CONFORMIST release by BELLTONE SUICIDE (aka Mike Barrett), from March 2011, was one of our best-loved early releases, raved about by Volcanic Tongue at the time, and a release that generated a number of enthusiastic e-mails….also, one of my personal favorites. The 3-inch Non-Conformist release contained the first 20 tracks from the sessions, and the rest of the material from those sessions came out on a limited download-only release, briefly available. We arranged with Mike to do a full-sized CDR album of the complete Non-Conformist Sessions, ALL the material, and that was scheduled as KSE #262 in the summer of 2013. It never actually got released, although three or four promo copies were sent out. When it came to actually release it, our master had become corrupted, and Mike no longer had easy access to the material, so we moved on. Only recently, David Perron (of Free From Freakout fame) mentioned that he’d received one of the promos back then, which he loaned to us to make a new master from, and voila, two years later we’ve finally got THE COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS available on a 50-copy edition CDR.
KSE has been very supportive of Belltone Suicide/Mike Barrett over the years, and he continues to do great work under the radar in small editions. His amazing LP “Cartilage Evaporator” on Feeding Tube was #1 of KSE’s best on 2011 list. His body of work is quite diverse, but NON-CONFORMIST was unique as it was solo analog-electronics recorded in real time, kind of like gonzo electronic action-painting (Mike is also an acclaimed visual artist, by the way) in sound. It blew me away when I first heard it, and I really feel that these sessions need to be available again for those who missed them the first time around, and even if you still have that rare 3″ release, the COMPLETE version has a lot more material. Here is part of my original write-up on the album from 2011:
BELLTONE SUICIDE, the problem child of Western Massachusetts musician/composer/visual artist Mike Barrett, has offered the world a number of intense, raw, and vital noise-drone-badtripsych cdr’s and cassettes over the last few years, as well as some incendiary live shows, and Mike’s ability to create molten soundscapes and unexpected textures made him a natural for the KSE family of artists. Great to have him onboard.
Belltonesuicide’s new mini-cdr, “non-conformist” (KSE #185), is surely the most outrageous, over-the-top release we’ve put out so far (which is really saying something, considering what we’ve released!). When I got the master in the mail, and popped the second “play” copy in my car stereo, I nearly drove off the road. Digging deep into the analog-synth muck, Mike has created a diverse 20-tracker (in under 20 minutes) that sounds like a sampler of the most abrasive sections of the most outre Creel Pone electronic music releases. Every track is different, and I must say that this release is probably the best buy for your musical dollar that you’re going to find for years. 20 TRACKS, each mind-frying and balls-to-the-wall gutsy, in under 20 minutes, and the whole thing was recorded in a few hours, and then mixed in a few hours. As an artist, Mike values spontaneity and pushing himself into a personal red-zone, where he loses to some extent conscious control and he takes his game to a higher plane, transposes it to a higher key. I can’t believe how awesome this mini-cdr is. If you love old-school electronic skronk done with a modern attitude and with a slashing primitive feel, you NEED“non-conformist”.
Over the next year, we plan to offer a number of new and diverse creations from Mike Barrett: a duo album with guitar-banjo virtuoso TOM CREAN will be coming out this fall, we’ll be doing two new short-run albums of BELLTONE SUICIDE material, and Mike and I will be doing an art-and-poetry collaborative chapbook. Mike was an important part of the early years of KSE and it’s good to have re-connected with him. I have a stack of Belltone cassettes and CDR’s that I often re-visit, and I look forward to bringing more Mike Barrett creations into the world.
For now, grab this limited extended reissue of the COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS while you can (Mike should have his copies in a week or so, and you can buy a copy directly from him at one of his shows or exhibitions). If you love, say, Fossils or the more-outre, less academic Creel Pone reissues, you NEED this album.
OK, now that you are ordering a copy of NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS, which you’ll love, why not also get some of our other fine CDR albums of contemporary experimental music, all in homemade small editions:
full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11.50 )
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new releases for 2015:
NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #308, JEN HILL, “THE SHAPE OF IT”
NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #310 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”
NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK (a joint release with Middle James Co.—-only 48 copies made, 24 from Middle James, 24 from KSE)
NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”
NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #299, LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Sol Et Terra”
NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #296 (CDR album) THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”
NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014
NEW FOR 2015: KSE #293 (CDR album) MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “stylistic deautomatization”
NEW FOR 2015: KSE #307 (CDR), STEVE FLATO, “Exhaust System”
NEW FOR 2015: KSE #292 (CDR), DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing”
NEW FOR 2015: KSE #300 (CDR), FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (poetry and music album), cover art by MP Landis