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PREPARING FOR LIVE IN JAPAN March 28, 2008

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been spending the night making loops and practicing for the upcoming gigs in japan next month. the shows are going to be quite special for me as they will be the most acoustic sets i’ve ever done.

was using the Ebow on the acoustic tonight and the entire body of the guitar was vibrating in my hands and reminding me why we love acoustic instruments… and why performing without hardly looking at the laptop screen is so nice…

COVER ART BY: March 28, 2008

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Laurence King Publishers (UK) have published a new book of music packaging design called COVER ART BY: which features a number of 12k designs.

information is here

and you can buy it @ Amazon here

The album cover is a subject of perennial interest among graphic designers. Sleeve design remains a popular subject for college projects, and many young working designers aspire to design for the music industry. Revealing state-of-the-art contemporary music graphics, Cover Art By: is packed with more than 400 examples of sleeve art. As well as CD and album covers, the insides of CD booklets and the backs of vinyl sleeves are shown. The book opens with an in-depth essay reviewing the current scene, then focuses on the work of 30 international designers/labels who are the most influential in the field, making this a must-have for designers and students, as well as music industry professionals and fans.

12K IN JAPAN, 2008 March 27, 2008

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12K SHOW CASE, JAPAN 2008

TAYLOR DEUPREE – FOURCOLOR – MOSKITOO – MINAMO + FRIENDS

2008.04.19-20
KYOTO AT URBANGUILD
TOKYO AT EX’REALM

19th in KYOTO:
TAYLOR DEUPREE
MOSKITOO
FOURCOLOR
ATTIC PLAN(KEN’ICHI ITOI(PSYSEX)+SHUICHI OHORI(COC))
SAMURAI JAZZ

20th in TOKYO:
TAYLOR DEUPREE
MINAMO
MOSKITOO+TAKAFUMI TSUCHIYA
TAISHI KAMIYA
SONIR

ANDO “HABITAT” NOW AVAILABLE IN 12K’S ONLINE SHOP March 25, 2008

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Taylor Deupree’s ANDO cd “Habitat” is now available as an import in 12k’s online shop. Released yesterday on Germany’s BINE MUSIC, “habitat” marks the first cd in over 10 years Deupree has released under a pseudonym, and, once you hear it, you’ll know why.

you can purchase HABITAT in the OTHER LABELS section of the 12k web shop.

quantities are very limited!

USING THE ARTIST PSEYDONYM OF “ANDO” FOR HIS OUTSTANDING PROJECT TO SEPARATE IT FROM HIS PREVIOUS WORKS, TAYLOR DEUPREE STARTED WORKING ON THIS RELEASE IN 2004 BUT HAD TO INTERRUPT EVERY NOW AND THEN SINCE TIME WASN’T RIGHT. IN 2007, HE ONCE AGAIN GOT WORKING ON IT, RESULTING IN FOUR IMPRESSIVE TRACKS WHICH GIVE A TASTE OF THE UPCOMING ALBUM.

TOUCHING BACK UPON TECHNIQUES HE EXPLORED IN THE MID-1990’S DEUPREE UTILIZES MULTIPLE TIME SIGNATURES, ODD DELAYS, FEEDBACKS, AND REPETITION TO PLAY WITH TIME AND RHYTHM. THE MINIMAL AESTHETIC IS VERY MUCH IN LINE WITH WHAT HE IS DOING TODAY, BUT THE STYLINGS ARE DECIDEDLY TECHNO.

TAYLOR DEUPREE IS A SOUND ARTIST, PHOTOGRAPHER, AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER RESIDING IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. IN 1997 HE FORMED THE 12K LABEL, WHICH AFTER 11 YEARS, HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST RESPECT OUTLETS FOR NEW, DIGITAL MUSIC IN THE WORLD. OVER THE PAST 14 YEARS DEUPREE HAS RELEASED MANY CDS ON LABELS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND HAS TRAVELLED THE GLOBE PERFORMING AND PHOTOGRAPHING.

BASINKSI-CHARTIER REVIEW @ MUSIQUEMACHINE March 25, 2008

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every now and then i’ll post a review of a 12k or LINE release here on the blog, but these reviews are by no means the only reviews that get written. it’s just me with some time to kill…. if you want to check out the complete review archives, click to these coordinates:

12k review archive:
www.12k.com/press.html

LINE reviews:
on each release’s page
www.12k.com/line

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The rather unimaginative entitled Untitled 1-3 offers up some of the best work either of these two sounds/ ambient artist have ever produced. It mixers together elements of each others work to come up with something very distinctive, earthy and nocturnal- really keeping you well and truly lost-in, and focused on it’s unfolding dank harmonic and mysterious trail for the whole of it’s just over 70 minutes playing time.
This was original issued under the title of untitled 1 –2 in 2004 on the noted Japanese label Spekk. The original edition of 1300 sold out within 2 months, and it easy to see why as this is drone ambience at its highest calber. It’s all been giving a remix and had added on the two new tracks untitled three & Untitled three (reprise)

Untitled one throbs, drones and slides into slow existence like a slowly developing picture. Uncurling deep tones stretch on and on, like trying to focusing on dusk horizons, as the track lengthens a sound akin to crawling and Pickering birds drifts in and out of earshot over the drone textures, along with echoed shadowy and slightly subterranean giving such a bleak, ominous and organic feeling- it brings to mind been lost in a leafed striped decay heavy forest as darkness approaches fast. The slips back out of focus like a fading nightmare 20 minutes later.

Untitled two once more slowly drifts into beign like a slowly dragging and to begin with blurred figure appearing out a grey desert lands. As the track firms up its drone trails, it paints an enchanted darkly beautiful harmonic pattern that circles and weaves round and round you hypnotizing you into a sombre awe inspired state. Again it has a very distinct nocturnal and organic feel drifting through its sound air like fugal spores- this is the longest piece here at just short of 40 minutes.

Untitled three returns more to the stretched and decayed organic field recordings of the first track, this time what could have once been rain or the sound of underground rivers weaved and carved into the drone textures. Opening in a fairly urgent & deep state with a shrill bell like tone but soon opening like a stretching abyss of sound that emits all manner and mixture of tone. It’s almost as if your falling in slow monition down and down into an organic and sinew lined tunnel that opens wider to let you pass. Untitled three (reprise) re-lites the drone and stretching tunel tones of untitled three once more in a slightly brighter and faster moving form

A drone/ ambient masterpiece from these two master of the form, sounding very much in its own distinctive sonic space. I can see this disappearing very fast as it’s once more ltd, to this time to 1000 copies

by Roger Batty

12K NOW AVAILABLE VIA DATABLOEM March 20, 2008

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Databloem Records in the Netherlands now carries 12k releases in their online shop. Databloem is a wonderful source for ambient and experimental music and gives our european customers another local option.

please check them out here.

SOUND UNBOUND March 17, 2008

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Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture

a new book written by DJ Spooky features an article by Evalina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand of Camera Lucida fame.

you can buy the book from Amazon here.

and here’s the description:
If Rhythm Science was about the flow of things, Sound Unbound is about the remix–how music, art, and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create. In Sound Unbound, Rhythm Science author Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid asks artists to describe their work and compositional strategies in their own words. These are reports from the front lines on the role of sound and digital media in an information-based society. The topics are as diverse as the contributors: composer Steve Reich offers a memoir of his life with technology, from tape loops to video opera; Miller himself considers sampling and civilization; novelist Jonathan Lethem writes about appropriation and plagiarism; science fiction writer Bruce Sterling looks at dead media; Ron Eglash examines racial signifiers in electrical engineering; media activist Naeem Mohaiemen explores the influence of Islam on hip hop; rapper Chuck D contributes “Three Pieces”; musician Brian Eno explores the sound and history of bells; Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno interview composer-conductor Pierre Boulez; and much more. “Press ‘play,'” Miller writes, “and this anthology says ‘here goes.'” The groundbreaking mix CD that accompanies the book features Nam Jun Paik, the Dada Movement, John Cage, Sonic Youth, and many other examples of avant-garde music. Most of the CD’s content comes from the archives of Sub Rosa, a legendary record label that has been the benchmark for archival sounds since the beginnings of electronic music.

GOODBYE POLAROID March 14, 2008

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“The creators of instant film photography are getting out of the business. Polaroid announced the closure of its two remaining film plants in the US, with international film plants plan to be closed by the end of the year.

The US plants manufactured large-format films, and Polaroid has already stopped making their trademark instant cameras.

“We stopped making commercial-type cameras about 18 to 24 months ago, and we stopped making consumer cameras about a year ago,” Polaroid chief operating officer Tom Beaudoin said.

Polaroid is shifting their business focus to digital photography gear and flat-panel TVs.”

this is sad news for Polaroid camera enthusiasts, me included. i have started a couple of Polaroid SX-70 film projects this year and am now faced with a film shortage. My film supplier in New York ran out of SX-70 film about a month ago and people then had to buy from one of the last remaining film suppliers in Austria. Last night i received an email from the Austrian supplier that there were only 500 packs of film left and in 24 hours they were going to jack the price way up (it’s already quite expensive $2-$4 per shot). I had to act fast if i wanted to get enough film to finish my project. After finishing some work and finishing dinner i went down to get the film.. and in only those short 2 or 3 hours, the entire stock of 500 boxes was sold. There is now virtually no more SX-70 film available from retailers and is being sold for very high prices on eBay.

All is not lost, however, i can modify my SX-70 to accept Polaroid 600 film which is more readily available (but not for long).

In the era of digital photography (which i totally support) it has been a joy to work with the idiosyncratic and quirky polaroid process. i only wish i got into it a lot earlier.

COMING THIS SUMMER… March 13, 2008

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12K AVAILABLE SOON IN THE GHOSTLY STORE March 13, 2008

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cool label guys, Ghostly International, have a nice webshop of releases from all sorts of interesting labels besides their own. 12k is happy to now be a part of this. they have just placed their order and we should start seeing 12k stuff in their OTHER LABELS section within a couple of weeks.

you can visit The Ghostly Store here.