£14.99'A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats', continues Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek Rebetika music from early 20th century.Visit product page →
Their first release of this project (simply entitled 'Rebetika') was for the most part taken from a live recording at the CCA, Glasgow in 2006. For that, Yannis had created processed versions of Andy's favourite Rebetika tunes which served as a matrix or palette onto which both musicians then improvised using electric guitar, live sampling and electronics. In this new set of songs they have revisited similar elements but with a new approach in the combination and juxtaposition of Rebetika elements with their own distinct sonic explorations.
The songs and improvisations on this LP have grown and expanded in repertoire and range of expression, giving more space for rhythmic and hypnotic elements to come to the fore. The music travels from more composed and arranged renditions of the old tunes, to completely improvised pieces that try to capture a sense of the gesture and tonalities of the source music, albeit with a contemporary edge.
The material derives again from the golden period of Rebetika music, the late 20's and early 30's, including voices such as Rita Abatzi, Markos Vamvakaris, Giorgos Batis and the great guitarist and singer Kostas Bezos. The title of the LP 'A life is a Billion Heartbeats' alludes to the transient sense of life found in their songs, and of the many of the musicians in the underground of Greek life in those turbulent times.
This release marks the beginning of special one off collaborations between Discrepant (UK) and Unsounds(NL) to produce vinyl editions of the Unsounds catalogue.
1. Today is The Same as Yesterday
2. Wasting Away
3. A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats
4. This Summer
5. Day Two
6. Everyone Should Think of Their Final Breath
7. Doorways Make You Forget
8. Hell Breaks Loose
£16.99Ariha is a combination of 3 of the most innovating figures of modern day trumpet playing with tuba virtuoso Carl Ludwig Hubsch. The practitioners here, three trumpeters, Axel Dörner, Franz Hautzinger, Franz Hautzinger, and Carl Ludwig Hübsch hoisting a tuba, practice a unique approach to their instruments. All four musicians set aside a traditional approach to playing, substituting breathe for notes, abandoning a mouthpiece, and applying amplification to microscopic sounds.Visit product page →
The quartet recorded this session in Beirut 2013, after a week's residency and performances. The four like-mind players open the disc with "Mar Mikhael in The Afternoon," the longest improvisation at 16-plus minutes. The fluttering of notes is accompanied by the snorting of unseen wild beasts and the coyote howls of brass. Their language, developed in the past 20 years or so, is a direct descendant from the European (as opposed to the American) systems and improvisers such as Derek Bailey, Eddie Prevost's AMM, and Paul Rutherford.
Stripped of the conventions of noted music, the growls and micro-notes would not be out of place in sci-fi cinema as the backdrop to the silence of an orbiting space station. The squiggles and on/off switches of sounds inhabit the ghosts in the machines of the imagination, but also the rumble and hum of the earth's inner core. "Hamra Drinks" buzzes with the low (really low) bass reverberation and the looping notes of trumpet that take on an organic biologic shape.
Each piece conjures a response be it a visual, an emotional, a fragrance, a flavor, or something tactile. Ahira Brass Quartet opens the listening experience to all five senses.’’ Mark Corroto in All About JazzOriginally released on CD by Beirut based Al Maslakh Recordings. Vinyl version mastered & cut by Rashad Becker.
1. Mar Mikhael in The Afternoon
2. Gemmayzeh Drinks
3. Armenian Coffee
4. Hamra Drinks
5. The Last Supper in Sin el Fil
Release Date: 29/09/2017
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First split LP in a brand new series of collaborations, pairing artists working on the fringes- or not at all. This first split pairs Brighton's Blood Stereo's tape gonk with Hair & Treasure's farm life loops.
Blood Stereo are Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance, a British institution, the sound complete immersion for people who don't immerse easily. Idiot twins Burchill and Slim may behave as though they own Sussex, but Constance and Nyoukis are immune to their surroundings, making livid eyes at confused glitter vixens up and down this squalid Isle.
Hair & Treasure are Alex Jones and Gonçalo F Cardoso, a prankster randy dust duo from nowhere dwelling on tape loops and webbed finger piano ballads.
The material was culled from a mound of who cares electro-acoustic improv sessions as an offering to the associated deities of the zwieback buttermilk trade.
"They explore hand-cranked 20th century technology in combination with epiglottal gymnastics and free music modes inherited as much from punk rock's mutilated aesthetic as utopian art styles." - David Keenan
"In their masks or out, they sow confusion like wheat." - Byron Coley
"So go ahead & let them get a little bit of their saliva on you." - Angela Sawyer
1. Six Sodden Scenes
1. Juno Lake Loop pt1
2. Juno Lake Loop pt2
£16.99Extremely proud to present a collection of 2 thoughtful EPs by Cairo based artist, Bosaina.Bosaina is a Syrian/Egyptian singer, songwriter & producer known for her work in the Kairo Is Koming Collective as well as her involvement in music-space-turned-club-night VENT.Visit product page →
Her autobiographical work takes on a magical insular quality through field recordings and sentimentally driven compositions that unfold in stolen time.
On both EPs presented here, her love affair with cinema, interrupted by decaying urban life (New York April-July 2013) and literature (Two Names Upon The Shore) serve as the focal points for her intimate productions; fragmented and wistful soundscapes that combine her affection for the piano with ambient textures from seashore to life underground.
A unique album to get lost into on long summer nights.Music and Artwork by Bosaina Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker
1. New York, June 29th 2013
2. New York, May 30th 2013
3. New York, April 26th 2013
4. New York, July 8th 2013
5. New York, June 3rd 2013
6. New York, May 25th 2013
7. Unexpected Warmth
8. A Hundred Other Longings
9. Abalone on the Grass
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Ghosts from the future and spirits from the past collide in this sci fi field recording experiment.
Inspired by the common task (Fedorov) and the people of Pamir in Tajikistan, filmmaker and sound artist Carlos Casas deconstructs far away sights and sounds to create a unique field recording experiment that equally worships past, present and future traditions.
Music and sounds recorded and mixed under the spell of Nikolai Fedorov and inspired by the teachings of Jomboz Dushanbiev.
Nikolai Fedorov thought the Pamir to be the cradle of humanity, the hidden and forgotten nest, a Pyramid of skulls that holded the secrets of past human kinship, He believed that most of Asian myths of human origin pointed the Pamir region as their inception.
For the Chinese, Indian, and Semitic myths that that mountainous region of Central Asia, often referred to as 'the roof of the world' was the key to understand and start his resurrection plan.
£16.99After a busy year collaborating with the likes of Fennesz (Sav on Bécs, eMego, 2014) and My Cat Is An Alien on triple LP ‘Abstractionism for the Ears’ (Opax records, 2014) Belgium experimental stalwart Cédric Stevens still finds time to complete a meditative LP of modular electronics, electric guitar and Indian Tambura.Visit product page →
Taking his trademark modular synths textures further into the ether zone, Stevens continues his flirtations between the fragile lines of noise and celestial drones, offering again another beautiful glimpse into his ongoing studio experiments at the Hermetic garage.
After an introductory A side of modular synths, guitars and field recordings, the B side plunges the listener into a grandiose meditating raga piece entitled ‘Benares Crescent’. Based exclusively on recordings of an Indian Tambura and developed by Stevens over the last 5 years, 'Benares' swooshes through Indian drones evoking a sometimes wild others meditating, electrified Indian harmonic soundscape.
The logical continuation of the Belgium 'school' of exploratory electronics. Fans of Baudouin Oosterlynck, Léo Kupper, Folke Rabe or Remko Scha take note!
1. Lost In Graçac
2. Cadavre Exquis
1. Benares Crescent
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Cédric Stevens career began in 1993 as a DJ and techno producer under the pseudonym "Acid Kirk". He quickly established himself as a pivotal figure in the Belgian underground, producing over a dozen 12’’ and EPs.
In 1997, driven by his growing interest in experimental music, he launched his side project: "The Syncopated Elevators Legacy" (S.E.L.). The project served as a vehicle for Cedric to explore a more ambitious sound, based around experimentation rather than repetitive beats. Across the next decade, several EPs and mini LPs were released on different labels, each one with its very own specific approach. From experiments in electric currents and serpent patching (Siamese Level EP) to his own take on ‘musique concrete’ (Still Between the Battle & the Sheet EP) S.E.L.’s sound never ceased to investigate the most improbable sound sources as compositional tools.
Despite having little exposure outside his native Belgium, the S.E.L. records were enthusiastically received by a number of prestigious artists, namely Christian Fennesz and My Cat Is An Alien, as well as being played on rotation by the late John Peel.
Leaving the techno sound completely behind, Cédric’s experimentations with S.E.L. soon pushed him to create other projects both solo and as a member of a live band (South Of No North). The S.E.L. project eventually faded away but its experiments remain the foundations of Cédric’s musical language, making this anthology a perfect introduction to his future work.
This anthology compiles some of Cédric’s best pieces released between 1997 & 2005 under the S.E.L. moniker. Remastered by Rashad Becker at D&M and pressed on 185g vinyl it comes with previously unreleased material and with remixes from Fennesz, Leyland Kirby, My Cat Is An Alien, Burning Star Core, Sylvain Chauveau & Motion Sickness Of Time Travel.
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CHARBEL HABER is a Lebanese musician, performer & composer from Beirut. Co-founder and member of longstanding Lebanese post-rock group, Scrambled Eggs Haber’s work encompasses a wide range of disciplines and styles such as film, video art and theatre, both as a solo artist and as a member of Scrambled Eggs, Malayeen (Discrepant, 2014) and Johnny Kafta Anti Vegetarian Orchestra (Discrepant, 2016) As a solo artist, Haber has collaborated with various visual artists and composed music for a variety of film and theatre performances.
Both in and outside his native Lebanon. With ''Of Palm Trees And Decomposition'' Haber presents his first solo album since his month long residency at renowned EMS in Stocklom, Sweden.
The result is a unique blend of Haber's trademark guitar melodies filtered through an infinte aray of modules and synths to present another perfect example of non-western experimental music.
1. Last Evenings on Earth
2. We Haven't Seen Night For Days
1. 22 21
2. And The Morning After
£16.99The artist formerly known as Ergo Phizmiz releases his first work under his birth name, DW Robertson's Disco Caroussel, a demented ode to the power of mechanical music.Visit product page →
''Everybody knows that mechanical music is the highest form of entertainment, that's why the fairground, that age old uber-entertainment, rang with the chaotic splendour of Barrel Organs, Orchestrions, Bellenoens and Serinettes.
In the 20th century, as the delicate mechanisms of automata fell out of favour to the machismo of electricity, all the music-boxes left the funfair, to be usurped by Euro-Techno. "Disco Carousel" is an attempt to redress this balance with a little bit of time travel, a little bit of tlc, and atomic fusion between the discreet windings of the Pianola and the whirring innards of the computing-machine. Each piece is "Programme Music", and comes with a title that should take you straight to the electro-mechanical fairground you've always dreamed of.
You can ride the big dipper, the ghost train, ace the shooting gallery, win a prize. In the safe knowledge that, all around your head, in multiple permutations, the highest form of entertainment is taking place.''
1:Big Dip on the Big Dipper
2:The Shooting Gallery
1:Brief Sojourn on the Ghost Train
£17.99The haunting collages of Turkey resident El Mahdy Jr come to discrepant with the appropriately named Ghost Tapes LP. Born in Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, El Mahdy Jr. and his family fled the Civil war of his native Algeria in the 90 s, relocating to Turkey. Upon returning years later to Algeria, Mahdy started working as a French-Arabic translator, first in Algeria and later in Burkina Faso.Visit product page →
Sick in bed with malaria, he began to paint sonic pictures of his travels in exile; digitally decoding a hazy trance- induced melting of his native Algerian music, Turkish folk, the furious Poly-Rhythms of West Africa, and his love of slow, low slung Rap beats. The result was the acclaimed LP 'The Spirit of Fucked Up Places' (Boomarm Nation, 2013).
Ghost Tapes goes deeper into El Mahdy's very own personal soundspace, in the artist words: ''Ghost Tapes is a composition of everyday fragments based on found tapes, field recordings, beats and radio frequencies. A ruff attempt of interpreting the cultural ghost that surrounds the field and makes the difference between place and space.
'' El Mahdy Jr, 2015 | Mastered & Cut at Dubplate Mastering by Rashad Becker.
1. “A Side”;
1. “B Side”
£14.99‘’Imagine a machine where any material can be placed before you, and infinitely bent, squashed, stretched, rotated, inverted, repeated, depleted, converted, bastardised, beautified, mortified, twisted, shifted, and at no cost to the original material at hand. This original material, be it a piece of wood, or a piggy-bank, or a toaster, or a dog, can, at the whim of the operator, either be integrated into the mishmash of metamorphoses, or can sit from a distance and look on at all of his transformed clones.Visit product page →
The digital sound editing environment, of all the achievements of computing, is the place where dreams can be given free rein. Any sound can be metamorphosed into any other. Anything can dance with anything else, in layer upon infinite layer, and the nature of the object itself can whirl and shift and change and play and do anything it bloody well wants to do.
This is something I whiled away ten years playing with, until sound feels like a gelatinous gloop that can be formed between the hands.
But then my fingers became sticky.
And the only solution to sticky fingers, of course, is to clean them. Consequently the computer has became like a slightly removed acquaintance cum employee. And, for better or worse, every return I make to the digital music environment becomes overcome with theory, or at least, limitations.
The collages included here as "Two Quartets" are explorations of the pure interaction of four different pieces of music, without any interference as to the nature of the sounds - nothing has been digitally manipulated. The focus is purely on editing - both of a technical-musical nature, and games of chance, throwing different materials together in space-and-time and seeing how they party.’’
Ergo Phizmiz, 2014
Music and Artwork by Ergo Phizmiz
Hans – Karsten Raecke
Alice Babs & Duke Ellington
Erik Satie, Daphna Mor, Rachel Begley, and Nina Stern
Gamelan music from Java
£18.9915 dead, 15 funerals, 16 funeral processions, 1 procession with no dead, 5 churches, 1 cemetery, 1 wake. 15 hours of recorded sounds are condensed into a vivid sound portrait depicting the way funerals and burials are lived in the Caribbean island of Haiti.Visit product page →
Recorded in Port au Prince by sound artist Félix Blume in early December 2016, Death in Haiti plunges the listener into a world of pain, loss and solemn celebration as each funeral comprises of its own live jazz band as well as a plethora of characters like the joker (le blaguer) who cracks jokes and tales about the recently deceased.
A beautiful document of a thriving tradition, a counterpart or updated version of those famous Dirge Jazz records such as the New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band on Folkways.
About the artist: Félix Blume is a sound artist and sound engineer. His personal work is based on field-recordings and uses sound as a raw source, in sound pieces, radio plays, videos, actions and installations.
A particularity of his work is that the audio and visual aspects are closely intertwined. As a sound collector, he has a large sound library recorded from different parts of the world that he freely shares on the Internet.
His work as sound engineer focuses on sound recording, sound design for documentaries, feature films and video art, collaborating with different directors and visual artists. Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad Becker.
1. Maestro Walter’s Brass Band “PRAN KWA MWEN”
3. Piano and Screaming
4. Funeral Procession “AMI FIDÈLE ET TENDRE”
5. Last Prayer
6. Prayers, Singings and Maestro Midouin’s Saxophone Solo
7. Maestro Walter’s Brass Band “MOURI JODI”
1. Last Words
2. Maestro Turenne’s Brass Band “LOT BO RIVYE A”
3. Marijuana, Rhum and Music around the Grave
4. Maestro Ronald’s Brass Band “JESUS SAUVEUR”
6. Maestro Turenne’s Brass Band “PITYE”
7. Blagueur Ti Batau, Last Joke
Release Date: 16/03/2017
£14.99South Californian dons of occult electronics, German Army return to discrepant with their first solo vinyl outing LP for the label after an inaugural tape back in 2015 and a split collaboration with Old Komm in 2016.Visit product page →
Taking the events described in the 1982 book of the same title, the CIA coup in Guatemala in 1954, the duo eloquently translates this textbook case of bullying relationship between the United States and the Third World. Using some of U.S. government documents and interviews with former CIA agents they go deep in the Guatemala jungle through their trademark use of guitars and electronics drenched in echo and reverb of times past.
Another mysterious entry from the shady San Bernadino duo, showing their interest and research in poorly documented history of the 21st Century.
“German Army could end up winning an Oscar for soundtracking a particularly dark war film or dying in the gutter when none of us are looking. Let’s hope they keep delivering the heroin highs, and lows, we’ve come so accustomed to nodding off to.”
Edition of 300 copies. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker.
1. Question- Insurrection - Crisis of Memory
2. Cochinat (d)
1. Palace(s) - More Bitter Fruit - Sovereignity
2. Silencing the Past (u)
3. Duvalierism (u)
4. St. Marc (d)
£14.99Imaginary soundtrack to the lost 1976 Russian-American dystopian classic, Disquiet.Visit product page →
Russian occultists Old Komm collaborate with the south Californian dons of austere electronics German Army, bringing to life the made up soundtrack to a film that never was.
Disquiet tells the story of a child born to a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, war torn and fractured by greed.''A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men.
No one remembers the days before the bleakness. It would be impossible to recall the old world, if it wasn’t for the reminders.
Ruins... despair... echoes of madness...and in this maelstrom of decay, I was born.'' Organ tones and broken exoteric bumps coexist with dark ambient themes and cavernous beats. Remnants of wry memories, smothered dreams, dim visions of a world that never was.
1. Old Komm – Gorky's Theme
2. German Army - Arka
3. Old Komm – Sky Scrap
4. German Army – No Roles
5. Old Komm – Sea Reaks
6. Old Komm – Gorky's Theme (ascending)
1. German Army - The Bonobo Sect
2. German Army - Okapi
3. Old Komm – Dialogue (Excerpt)
4. German Army - Ulundi
5. Old Komm - Abuna
6. Old Komm – The Freak Of Algiers
7. German Army - Caledonian River
8. Old Komm – St.Kenelm's Dream
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Much of the discussion around unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) is directed towards its capabilities of surveillance and attack. However for those living in areas of conflict, it is the engine sound of the drones that has devastating psychological effects.
Military drones fly at high altitudes and are more easily heard than seen. Even the origin of the word ‘drone’ is rooted in sound, and comes from the sound of the male honeybee. The sound of drones in areas of conflict create soundscapes of terror that can go on for many hours. The buzzing of the engines have generated nicknames like zanana in Palestine, and bangana in Pakistan.
‘A Study into 21st Century Drone Acoustics’ is an auditive investigation by composer Gonçalo F. Cardoso (Discrepant records) and designer Ruben Pater (Drone Survival Guide).
What kind engines are drones equipped with? What do they sound like? What are the psychological effects of the sounds in areas of conflict?
Side A features field recordings of 17 drone types, ranging from small consumer drones to large military drones.
The B side presents a soundscape by Gonçalo F. Cardoso, inspired by the abusive and destructive power or drone technology.
The composition focuses on the conceptual (sound) life and death of an aerial drone machine in the 21st century. The project will be used in installation in various museums and festivals, and the sounds will be made available for free on the web on www.droneacoustics.org
2. Parrot AR
3. AirRobot AR-100
4. RQ-11 Raven
6. RQ-7 Shadow
8. MQ-8 Firescout
10. Hermes 900
12. Heron TP
13. MQ-9 Reaper
14. RQ-4 Global Hawk
£14.99Gonzo is the ''why so serious?'' monicker of musician, dj and discrepant headhoncho, Gonçalo F Cardoso.Visit product page →
Since starting the label back in 2010 Gonzo has released a series of limited collage tapes on the label, Dies Irae being the very first one back in 2012. He now decides to give it the vinyl treatment with specially commissioned artwork from Belgium artist, Elzo Durt.
Dies Irae (aka latin hymn sung in a mass for the dead) takes his inspiration from various cults, sects, religious leaders and the ever present judgement day. It unapologetic stitches together field recordings, sound generators, random loops and 'unfinished' compositions to accompany weird spoken word moments or uncorrectable views and opinions. It kick started the self penned Gonzo collage style and wether you like or not he's been at it ever since. What the press said in 2012: Gonzo has created one of the best tapes I’ve ever heard, bar none, with Dies Irae. Never to these ears, at least on a cassette, has a collage-style collection of samples and other assorted sounds/noises/atmospheric devices come together so convincingly, as if each element was created strictly to serve the purposes of the end product.'' Tiny Mixtapes
''At times, this feels like a homage to the fanatical dedication of the source material, at others a lighthearted lampoon. Hard to tell which, but without reservation, some of the most impressive depth I've heard in collage work in ages.'' Guide Me Little Tapes
1. Dies A
1. Irae B
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Earlier this decade, when O´scar Silva chose his alias Jibo´ia, he was already thinking of the variations his music would take on in each record. Jibo´ia is Portuguese for Boa constrictor and at his fourth record we got used to his instincts and ability to change over his sound and search for different collaborators to reach his intentions.
After collaborating with the likes of Makoto Yagyu, Sequin, Xinobi, Ricardo Martins and Jonathan Saldanha in his previous records, in OOOO he goes deep into interconnecting his music with other musicians/past collaborators.
Joined by Ricardo Martins (Lobster, Pop Dell’Arte, BRUXAS/COBRAS, among other projects) and Andre´ Pinto (aka O Morto, Alacrau and Notwan), O´scar intended to create a record that sounded like Jibo´ia with the direct collaboration of the musicians that accepted the invitation. And what does it means to sound like Jibo´ia? A fluent and rich dialogue between outer-world sounds mixed with a free jazz approach to rock, living in the limbo between what is fiction and reality.
Meaning, it’s music that’s doing soul searching without any space or time barriers. It flows as it should and in OOOO it’s no different. Inspired by the philosophy of Pythagoras and his concept Musica Universalis, that speaks about an interspatial harmony created by the movement of the planets and the sound frequency it creates.
It’s a poetic theory that imagines the sound produced by the movement of the planets and what we can listen to when we listen to the universe. The first three tracks are a reference to those frequencies and the last one, Topos, references an idea of accomplishment, of arrival and the sum of the experience.
So, yes, OOOO it’s a bit of a trip. A voyage of imagined sounds produced by three musicians in a constant dialogue and with a different focus in each track. Each of the first three tracks (Diapason, Diapente and Diatessaron) are developed with the focused on the instruments of one of the musicians, while the other two expand and enriches the range of the initial movement.
First track focusses on O´scar’s instruments, the second one on Ricardo’s and the third on Andre´’s. On the fourth and last one they explore the flux of ideas each one delivered to OOOO.
Topos doesn’t sum up the experience. It’s not intended to be a conclusion or an end to OOOO, it’s an open circuit of ideas that reinforces the free-minded rock that the three musicians explore, creating a new place where their music finds new routines.
It just makes you want to go back to the beginning, again and again, reinforcing the feeling that Jibo´ia’s belongs to this world without sounding like anything from this world.
£18.99Since the end of the 90s, Laurent Jeanneau, has been recording the music of mostly endangered minorities of South East Asia. Alongside his relentless pursue of remote exotic and unpublished musical traditions, he also creates electronic versions by combining raw recordings with natural sounds, archive material and electronically treated sounds.Visit product page →
For Gongs, Laurent returns to his soundscape approach not seen since the Xinjiang LP (2011) and develops his unique re-versions around the extensive Gong recordings he made on location in the remote regions of Cambodia & Laos.
Over the years Jeanneau has become an expert of Gong orchestras of South East Asia, releasing in 2014 a double LP highlighting the different tonalities and resonances inherent to this kind of animistic ceremonies of the Asian Sub Continent (Gongs of Cambodia, Kink Gong recs, 2014). The compositions on this LP deform, re-assemble and distort said recordings.
They contain unedited acoustic recordings, computer modified parts, sound collages and acoustic recordings of people and instruments.
All tracks were recorded on location and re-arranged by Laurent Jeanneau in Dali, Paris & Berlin.
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