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May 20, 2015

GIFT FIG: the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “STELLENBOSCH” (KSE #298), live in South Africa 9/2014

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GIFT FIG:  the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE

“Stellenbosch” (KSE #298)  CDR album

recorded live in South Africa, September 2014

Alfred 23 Harth: Reeds, Dojirak, Kaoss Pad
Carl Stone: Laptop and Voice

limited edition of 150 copies 

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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GIFT FIG STELL

The first GIFT FIG album, released by KSE in January 2012, was one of our most popular and acclaimed releases. The combination of two such pioneering and beyond-category figures as Harth and Stone provided not just telepathic improvisation and spontaneous composition that mixed and merged each other’s contributions until trying to separate out the parts became irrelevant….but also a kind of “third mind” came into being. About the 2012 Gift Fig album, Massimo Ricci wrote, A meeting between two big names whose partnership would have been nearly unthinkable just a few years ago. But there’s something that links Alfred Harth with Carl Stone besides their indubitable artistry: the influence of Asian cultures on their respective lives and crafts (one is based in South Korea, the other in Japan). These six tracks constitute a compendium of two concerts occurred in 2009 and 2010 in Frankfurt and Tokyo, but the extremely high quality of the sound and the lack of audience noise makes the CD comparable to a studio work.

The set is basically built upon Stone’s transformation (via Max/MSP) of Harth’s emissions, with subsequent additions of further pre-existing materials. The palette is obviously homogeneous: Harth also treats his “babies” (which include Eastern wind instruments like taepyeongso and dojirak) with a Kaoss pad, and uses bows on the instrument’s bell and in other parts too. Both employ samples and voice. But the description of the sources doesn’t excessively help clarifying how this uncompromising record sounds. The material, at least from what I gathered by repeated listens, appears mostly improvised. Many different scenes succeed in ever-radical spurts, without concessions to any kind of easiness or relief; a latent tension informs the bulk of the sonic settings, which in some moments approach a near-explosive configuration. Percussive aspects are frequently privileged, the mechanical features of the reeds amplified and expanded to become an out-and-out menace: imagine a giant crab walking towards you with bad intentions (“Adler_Kino 23 Gu II”). Somewhere, Harth’s pulmonary exhalations morph into powerful winds deprived of a chunk of the frequency spectrum. And I could go on.”
However, this new STELLENBOSCH album, recorded live during a tour of South Africa in September 2015, is quite different. It’s an album with more space, an album which incorporates distant shores into its landscape, but even though at its heart is intuitive multi-levelled improvisation, Stone’s background as an electronic composer and Harth’s background as improviser and collagist always inform the paintings in sound. It’s spell-binding, it raises the listener into a higher state of consciousness, it features a good amount of Harth’s virtuoso reed playing, and it takes the concept of “deep listening” one associates with 70’s works such as the duo version of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and ups the ante to the 23rd power.  The possibilities within improvisation/spontaneous composition have grown exponentially each year since the 1970’s (which had grown incredibly since the jazz-based blowouts of the mid-late 60’s), and while this album would have appeal to someone weaned on, say, the Sam Rivers/Dave Holland duets on Improvising Artists, on another level, it makes that kind of thing, progressive in its day, sound like ragtime.
A beautiful, challenging, deep, and transcendent series of spontaneous sound-collages, recorded live, from two contemporary masters who continue to blazing down the highway toward a horizon of pure possibility.
ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE……the duo of GIFT FIG.  STELLENBOSCH (KSE #298). Two contemporary explorers in sound and aesthetics. We’re honored to release this new album, but warn you it’s limited to 150 copies. GET YOURS NOW. Ordering information can be found at the top of this release announcement.

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Visit Mr. Harth online at http://alfredharth.blogspot.com/

Visit Mr. Stone online at http://www.sukothai.com/

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watch a live performance of GIFT FIG here: http://isitnecessary.tumblr.com/post/50018241962/dotolimpic-2012-day-1-gift-fig-carl

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Whiie ordering this GIFT FIG–STELLENBOSCH album, why not pick up some of KSE’s other CDR albums of contemporary forward-thinking music:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized KSE CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11.50)

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #293, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “stylistic deautomatization”

STEVE FLATO

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #307, STEVE FLATO, “Exhaust System”

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NEW FOR 2015: KSE #292, DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing”

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #300 (CDR), FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (poetry and music album), cover art by MP Landis

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This is the sixth and final release in KSE’s Spring 2015 group of albums. Thanks for your support of and enthusiasm about these works. When I listen to the recent albums by Derek Rogers and Fossils and Marcus Rubio (More Eaze) and Steve Flato, I’m honored to have played a part in bringing them to you. These would have been my favorite albums of the year no matter who released them, so for KSE to be releasing them is truly a dream come true.

We will be back in mid-to-late June with an amazing new psychedelic creation from Pittsburgh’s THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “LUMINOUS TOXIN” (KSE #296)….and then after that, a stunning new duo album from LISA CAMERON and ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “SOL ET TERRE” (KSE #299).

January 3, 2014

last call for KSE 2013 releases…very few remaining on most…

KSE has a strong release schedule of both music and poetry lined up for 2014 beginning in February with our EGG, EGGS album, but until then, we still have some great 2013 items available in limited quantity–no wholesale on any of these. About a dozen other 2013 releases are sold out and/or have been deleted from the catalog in the last week (Forbes Graham, Unmoor, Bill Shute & Marcus Rubio, Venison Whirled, etc.). Here’s what you can still get if you act fast:

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CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11 )

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

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KSE #240 (CDR) SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), “Time Mirrors”

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KSE #260 (CDR) TOM CREAN, “Wired Love” (solo guitar and banjo explorations)

KSE #255 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE/LISA CAMERON/LEE DOCKERY, “Live At the KSE 6th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT”

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

KSE #239, (CDR) FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls” 

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SPECIAL EDITION POETRY CHAPBOOKS from Lambkin and Krefting ($7 each US postpaid…or $8 each postpaid outside US)—VERY LIMITED STOCK ON THESE TWO

KSE #258, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “SLIMERS VERB”

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KSE #259, MATT KREFTING, “THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE”

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OTHER poetry chapbooks ($6 each, ppd. in the US, $7 elsewhere…):

KSE #265 (art-and-poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, ‘The Language of Construction”

KSE #263 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers”

KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol” (cover art by Wyatt Doyle)

KSE #249 (poetry chapbook) A. J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

KSE #236 (poetry chapbook)  JIM  D.  DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook”  (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)

KSE #261 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DANIEL HIPOLITO & BILL SHUTE, “Meditations on a One-Way Trail”

KSE #249 (poetry chapbook), A.J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

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KSE #256 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Led Along”

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MEDITATIONS...

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December 8, 2013

Bill Shute/KSE Top 27 Albums of 2013 (in no particular order)

Once again, although it’s been a horrible year in many ways and a mediocre year in many other ways, it’s been a GREAT year for the arts, both in new work in a variety of disciplines and in archival reissues/rediscoveries of earlier work, much of it unappreciated or even unreleased in its day. As far as new creations from 2013, it will take future archivists 100 years to catalog what’s been done this year…and with all the micro-editions and unique art-editions and the proliferation of formats for artworks of all kinds and the ephemeral creations such as installations, the depth and breadth of what’s been created in 2013 is stunning…and the archival presentations of past works have never been more thoughtfully and beautifully presented. There has been a lot to discover and to appreciate this year.

Of the hundreds upon hundreds of new cd/cassette/cdr/vinyl releases I’ve enjoyed in 2013, here are the 27 that I would most recommend…ranging from 20’s jazz to 20th century composers to 60’s garage bands to free-improv/free-jazz to a solo album by an ex-Ellingtonian to Jandek’s 9-cd set of solo piano to a 4-cd box of “old-time” music from late 1920’s Tennessee to cassettes from contemporary noise/drone/improv masters to Los Angeles R&B of the late 40’s to a Henry Mancini soundtrack and much much more…thanks to all the artists and labels listed below for making this such a great year.

THESE ARE NOT IN ANY ORDER…they are all FIRST in my book…

1. KEITH ROWE/GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “Making A” (Erstwhile, cd, US)

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2. various artists, “Oklahoma Rocks, Volume 14: The ‘Ruff’ Label” (no label, cdr, US)

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3. various artists, “Beating The Petrillo Ban: The Late December 1947 ‘Modern’ Sessions” (ACE, 2-cd set, UK)

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4. ANGELICA SANCHEZ/WADADA LEO SMITH, “Twine Forest” (Clean Feed, cd, Portugal)

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5. various artists, “Book A Trip 2: More Psych-pop Sounds of Capitol Records” (Now Sounds, cd, UK)

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6. JEF GILSON, “Archives” (Jazzman, cd, UK)

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7. ALFRED 23 HARTH, “As Yves Drew A Line. Estate.” (Re-Records, cd, Hong Kong)

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8. various artists, “The Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929” (Bear Family, 4-cd box, Germany)

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9. WALT DICKERSON QUARTET, “The Complete New Jazz Recordings” (Solar, 2-cd, EU)

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10. SMOKEY EMERY, “Quartz” (Indian Queen, vinyl EP, US)

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11. BARRY ALTSCHUL, “The 3Dom Factor” (Tum, cd, Finland)

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12. JIMMY LYTELL, “The Complete Pathe Recordings, 1926-1928” (Jazz Oracle, CD, Canada)

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13. DEREK ROGERS, “Don’t Stop Bereaving” (Bridgetown, cassette, US)

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14. SIMONE MANCUSO, “John Cage–Works For Percussion” (Stradivarius, CD, Italy)

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15. JANDEK, “The Song of Morgan” (Corwood, 9-cd box, US)

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16. HENRY MANCINI, “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, THE WHITE DAWN” (Intrada, CD, US)

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17. BROTHER JOHN RYDGREN, “Silhouette Segments” (Omni, 2-cd, Australia)

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18. various artists, “Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers” (Ace, CD, UK)

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19. FOSSILS, “Brainville” (Banned Productions, cassette, Canada)

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20. THE CHICO HAMILTON QUARTET featuring CHARLES LLOYD, “A Different Journey” (WEA International, CD, Japan)

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21. ANTON HEYBOER, “Rules Of The Universe” (Kye, 2-LP set, US)

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22. HAROLD ASHBY QUARTET, “Harold Ashby Quartet” (Progressive, cd, US)

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23. VALES, “Boreal Head Trip” (Skell, cassette, US)

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24. JANDEK, “Athens Saturday” (Corwood, 2-cd set, US)

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25. BOB DYLAN, “Another Self-Portrait, 1969-1971: The Bootleg Series, Volume 10” (Colunbia, 2-cd set, US)

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26. various artists (Huey Meaux productions), “South Texas Rhythm ‘n’ Soul Revue” (Ace, cd, UK)

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27. GREG “STACKHOUSE” PREVOST, “Mississippi Murderer” (Mean Disposition, LP, Spain)

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