Convivial Cannibal Clan - Have Youth Will Play (2017)
Marc Kate - Despairer (2016)
Marc Kate - Laughter Cult (2015)
wndfrm - A Land of Falling Waters (2016)
'A Land of Falling Waters' is a stereo iteration of a quadrophonic live-performance presented throughout the summer of 2016. 'A Land of Falling Waters' refers to the bio-region of Cascadia, where much of the source field recordings were collected, and where Tim has lived most of his life. The region is known for it's diverse climates and bodies of water – the Pacific Ocean, the mighty rivers, all the sounds and inlets and channels and waterfalls – surrounded by dense evergreen rain forest, snow-capped peaks, arid desert, marshland, agricultural wealth and urban encroachment. Tim’s work leans heavily on processing and re-purposing found sounds and atmospheres. Often drawn to the smallest details within these recordings, he seeks to highlight them via repetition, obfuscation of surrounding elements, and contrast with man-made or synthesized tones and abstractions.
"unproductive muzak" is about sound as a means of domination and alienation. Here, roger mpr, who also runs the http:undomusic.fr distro, builds tracks from collages of samples extracted from muzak cds. These cds were all produced to provide sonic landscapes to companies for their PR or even in the workplace. Sound becomes a subtle asset to productivity. This is not vaporwave, or if it is, it is vaporwave at its extreme limit. There is no place for nostalgia nor for a certain complacency for the 90s dot com bubble. The idea is just to displace these sounds from their original uses. To stop them from working. With heavy digital treatment and tape loop dirtyness, roger mpr deconstructs these sounds and tries to open a breach by which nightmares can invade the tall glass buildings of corporate soundframes. It is a call to rethink a new politics of the glitch: to see it not only as a superficial scratching of an all too codified aesthetic, but also as a going deep into the structures of corporate aesthetics in order to inject a weird and disruptive virus. This is an attempt to give a contemporary soundtrack to Bartleby's "I would prefer not to".
[Label Info] Noyzelab is one of several active aliases of David Burraston, a synthesist and sonic tinkerer with far too many references to list. All you need to know is that Burraston explores possibilities in not just sound, but also programming, mathematics and nature. His work has taken him all over the world, to do workshops, residencies and mentorships with everyone from Richard D. James to Chris Watson, and led him to issue his recordings with such imprints as Important Records, Taiga and MEDS, among many others. He has graciously agreed to issue some of (what we consider) his very best work at Psoma Psi Phi, and for this occasion, we have furnished Burraston with his very own subcatalog at the label, simply titled NYZ. NYZ releases will exist on both cassette and CD-R formats, depending on the recordings in question, and will be fairly limited physical affairs in conjunction with open editions of "abridged" digital versions. This allows everyone to familiarize themselves with Burraston's work freely, while also rewarding those who support the imprint (by purchasing physical media) with additional and unedited content. For NYZ-I, Burraston gives us TTMSubtree, a 90-minute cassette of wavering tones that shift in and out of focus, playing the frequency spectrum like a sedate keyboard. Over time, these tones gradually grow and recede in their individual voices, overlapping to produce alien forms inside the drone. Aspects of the release become more isolated and still as the recordings play forward, with moments that even sound like metal bells hanging on a telephone wire in an abandoned town, softly blown against each other by the wind. The final 35-minute closing piece is perhaps the most striking of all - a warm gusting breath of a glossy chordal tone, forever cycling through a barely decaying orbit...omnipresent and yet completely abandoned in the same instance. TTMSubtree is a stunning debut release for Psoma Psi Phi, and truly we are honored to have Burraston issuing his work with us. For newcomers, Burraston's work here is recommended for fans of Eliane Radigue, Eleh, Mika Vainio, Richard Chartier and others of their ilk.
NYZ - FLD RCDR (2017)
[Entr'acte Label Info] Real and imaginary field recordings, compiled and synthesized in the 21st Century by David Burraston at Noyzelab. The pieces on this album have been formulated over a period of around five years. The main idea for this album was to make sound pieces that would appear to be a collection or mix of ‘live’ recordings. FLD RCRDST::On Walden Snow and FLD RCRDST::FM80PcellorgNSW are both real field recordings which also mix studio recordings of Cellular Automata playing and sequencing synthesizers/effects units. CPM DRNL is a completely artificial simulation of an imaginary space, again with Cellular Automata taking on the duties of synth-playing and effects modification. Lindisfarne Refuge Hut is a complete, real field recording with nothing added, the only one on this album.
NYZ - MCRTNL (2017)
[Entr'acte Label Info] A series of micro- and macrotonal generative compositions: recorded, compiled and synthesized in the 21st Century by David Burraston at Noyzelab. This is a collection of pieces designed to take you away from the world of 12-tone equal without getting bogged down in any deep, confusing theories about anything whatsoever. A pure and simple intuitive exploration of mini sound worlds using a variety of different hardware synthesizers, encompassing technologies such as modulation synthesis (FM etc.) and sample playback (ancient ROMplers). Everything on this album has been sequenced using my Cellular Automata hardware systems for generating note and control data, as well as altering the tuning of individual notes or generating complete tuning tables in some cases.