Acid Ray / Media Roscom Production
In 2005 the Beijing-based duo of Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian released their first “Buddha Machine” loop box, a quirky pocket sound system that propelled sound art into the consumer mainstream.
Over the past 12 years, they have released more than 6 different versions of their pioneering loop device, including collaborations with artists as diverse as industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle and American composer Philip Glass.
The original unit was long sold-out and in high demand among collectors. This 2017 edition of the Buddha Machine features the original loops in all their 8-bit Lo-Fi glory and comes in 4 soft-tone colours: red, blue, green and orange.
Since the beginnings of the Buddha Machine our motto has been "Soft Sound, Happy Life."
This re-issue of the original soundbox aims to be a calming, gentle voice for stressful, noisy times. The machine is designed to be played softly, at low volumes, allowing the loops to mix with the background sounds of your life and create a feeling of calm and ease.
The Buddha Machine is a truly unique musical device that prefers to sit in the background, quietly and gently working its sonic magic.
Frankie Gray Records
Glass Records Redux
With his second release for the Swiss-based Hallow Ground imprint after 2016’s Soisong reissue, Ivan Pavlov pays tribute to the late Sentrax founder and prolific musician John Everall, who passed away in September 2014. Sourced from analogue material provided by the artist widely known for his output under the Tactile moniker for a collaboration that never came to fruition, the six tracks are an exercise in minimalism and subtlety singular even in Pavlov’s impressive back catalogue.
On COH plays EVERALL, Pavlov focuses on swirling arpeggios whose colourfulness is mirrored in the Ruth Stofer’s artwork for the limited picture disk release.
From the joyful, handclap-driven »2016« to the hectic gabber derivate »OVERBEAT«, the Russian producer explores a minimalistic yet organic palette of synthesizer sounds that stylistically reach from the hymnic poise of »WAVETRAP« to the playful and warm vibes of »ALONE (MINIMAL SELFIE)«.
While it might sound almost pointillistic on first listen, COH plays EVERALL unfolds its multitude of layers slowly over time. With a feature of Coil’s John Balance on the CD-only bonus track »Hunger Remix«, Pavlov adds yet another facet to this evocative marriage of sonic purity and emotional rawness.
Over a throbbing rhythm, the late poet’s dry intonation serves as an eerie coda to this tender tribute to lost friends. As a dialogue between this world and the other, CoH’s digital manipulation and Everall’s analogue source material as well as stark minimalism and tonal richness, COH plays EVERALL captures two kindred spirits bidding each other farewell.
Release Date: 10/11/2017
First time on vinyl!
This long awaited deluxe special edition, originally recorded and released on cassette in 1982, sees a timely release after the success of Cosey’s recent autobiography ‘Art Sex Music’ (pub. by Faber & Faber).
Available now for the first time on vinyl this deluxe special edition has been remastered and edited from the original audio tapes for this exclusive vinyl release.
It is presented on super clear vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve incorporating a foil block title and is accompanied by a 16 page full colour 12” booklet containing the original cassette transcripts and photos plus many new and updated statements and colour photos.
1. Time To Tell
2. Ritual Awakening
3. The Secret Touch
Release Date: 17th November 2017
Tough Love Records
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