Kendra Steiner Editions

July 13, 2016

new from ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition” (KSE #336)

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ALFRED  23  HARTH

“Kepler 452b Edition”

An allegory of life in an alien area

CDR album, KSE #336

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!

1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $13.75 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!)

Also, please note the new policy for foreign orders, which is unfortunate but necessary, as it now costs us $13.50 to send ONE album overseas. The new pricing policy actually saves overseas customers money when buying two or more albums, and saves you more the more you buy, as compared with our previous pricing. Thanks for your understanding. This is a low-overhead operation and we try to keep YOUR costs as low as possible.

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Please include a note with your paypal order including the items ordered AND your mailing address (which Paypal often fails to provide me)….thanks!

A23H KEPLER

Excited to welcome back ALFRED 23 HARTH for another KSE release. Mr. Harth’s work for KSE since 2011 has been a sustained and wildly eclectic body of work, both solo and with a wide variety of world-class collaborators. This new multi-layered solo creation, KEPLER 452-b EDITION, a Suite in 29 parts, “an allegory of life in an alien area,” grew out of Mr. Harth’s creating a track for the KSE 10th Anniversary album (which is still available–check the ordering page to your upper right). It makes sense that a man whose career has been spent going beyond boundaries and whose work is rooted in the post-human would take his sound-art into a parallel/alternate universe. Go back and listen to A23H’s “Just Music” album from 1969. It’s not like ANYTHING else coming out of that era….and that’s pretty much been the story ever since. Even when he works with someone with a well-established style such as Paul Bley or David Murray, they sound different when in an ensemble with Alfred 23 Harth.

As with Harth’s previous KSE album “China Collection,” what we have here with KEPLER-452-b is a series (29, to be exact) of short pieces which can be approached in a variety of ways. Think of them as sound-transmissions from that parallel/alternate universe. The distant signal fades in on the first track and fades away as the album concludes. As Mr. Harth is also an acclaimed visual artist, perhaps we can also think of this as an exhibition of 29 minutely-detailed small pieces. The listener can approach the album many ways. I took KEPLER with me to the Louisiana bayou last month and listened to it a number of times in a number of ways in that rural area beyond the reach of the internet and outside the range of cell phones. First, I played the album straight through a few times to get the layout of the terrain, then I put the album on “random” and experienced the tracks in different playing orders, savoring the new juxtapositions. THEN I did what I had done with the China Collection album: put each individual track on “repeat” and appreciated the structure, the multi-layered construction of the sound collage. Each piece is unique and an exercise in miniature sound sculpture, with tiny details (the kind of tiny details which pull one in) worthy of an artwork by Wols. Were I banished to the proverbial desert island for a year and A23H’s KEPLER was the only music I was allowed, I daresay that I would not get tired of it and I would not have explored ALL of its depths. Maybe after the 500th listen I could pontificate on the nature of the Keplerian culture that produced these sound sculptures! Yes, I am quite impressed with this album!

Listeners got a first taste of the KEPLER project when Mr. Harth sent a track (an exclusive track NOT on this new Kepler 452-b album!) for our KSE 10th Anniversary compilation album (which is still available, by the way). He got so into the project that he created an entire new album. As A23H explains,

Kepler-452b Edition:
Bill Shute asked me if I would like to contribute to the KSE 10th anniversary compilation in 2016. I started working on some tracks to have a multiple choice and after a while I had created a strange music movie in the head and thought of designing these remixes for a new CD. While finishing this plan NASA announced the news about an earth cousin Kepler-452b Edition on July 23rd in 2015 feeding all sorts of speculations & imaginations about this planet. The music of the CD Kepler-452b Edition could be a projection of those. I grew up in times of Jazz & Space Age – how would life sound if I grew up on earth’s cousin?
A23H, July MMXV

We’re honored that Alfred 23 Harth has chosen to share a number of his recent creations through KSE here in South Texas. I have followed Mr. Harth’s work for 40+ years, since hearing CANADIAN CUP OF COFFEE as a teenager in Colorado, but every one of his unique creations is an equally valid entry-point to his work….so why not start now! And yes, Harth’s acclaimed saxophone work is woven into the fabric of this album, so those who seek that fix will not be let down…get your copy NOW!

Please get your order in before AUGUST 1 as KSE will be closed from AUGUST 1-AUGUST 12 while we are in Oklahoma. We’ll open for orders again on August 13. Thanks. Don’t forget to pick up other A23H albums along with your copy of KEPLER:

Also available by ALFRED 23 HARTH on KSE:

KSE #331, “KSE 10th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family: ALFRED 23 HARTH,  SARAH HENNIES, RAMBUTAN, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, DEREK ROGERS, BRENT FARISS, MATT KREFTING, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, and MASSIMO MAGEE

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

And while picking up your fix of A23H music, why not check out some of KSE’s other CDR albums of forward-thinking music!

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US minimum order of TWO albums….first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that )

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

KSE #334 (CDR album), BRIAN RURYK, “Actual Size…degress again” (sic)

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

KSE #331, “KSE 10th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family: ALFRED 23 HARTH,  SARAH HENNIES, RAMBUTAN, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, DEREK ROGERS, BRENT FARISS, MATT KREFTING, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, and MASSIMO MAGEE

KSE #328, LISA CAMERON & NATHAN BOWLES, “Liquid Sunshine” percussion duo

KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

KSE #310 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

KSE #293  MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Stylistic Deautomatization”

ALFRED KEPLER PHOTO

An excellent interview with ALFRED 23 HARTH can be found here:  http://www.asymptotejournal.com/interview/an-interview-with-alfred-harth/

And Mr. Harth’s own website can be found here:

http://alfredharth.blogspot.com/

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