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BEWARE: HARDLINE DISTRIBUTION, POLAND February 28, 2009

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late last year 12k was contacted by a distributor in Poland called Hardline. they seemed nice enough and eager to carry 12k and get some exposure in their area. They proceeded to order $3600+ worth of CDs.. and we shipped them to them… only to find shortly after that they can no longer be contacted, and our hopes of ever seeing those CDs or payment are long gone.

assholes like this really hurt small labels like 12k and, well, labels in general. $3600 worth of merchandise is a lot to lose. that kind of money can fund a couple of releases and only makes it harder for us to put stuff out.

if anyone out there has any contact with “hardline” please let us know.. and for other labels, or artists, or buyers out there.. avoid them at all costs.

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: FEBRUARY 25 + 26 February 26, 2009

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FEBRUARY 25
no sound

went out late at night to record in the car. left memory card @ home, not in recorder. couldn’t record… it was after midnight by the time i got home.

FEBRUARY 26
Pound Ridge, NY, 10:56pmpm

the runout groove of a really bad record from the 70’s. the runout groove is the nicest sounding thing on the record.

‘WEATHER & WORN” 12K 7″ ALMOST DONE February 25, 2009

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2065 Taylor Deupree 7" Glued Sleeve

today i approved the test pressings for the first 12k vinyl release called “weather & worn” (music by me). this one should see the light of day in a couple weeks.

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: FEBRUARY 20-24 February 25, 2009

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FEBRUARY 20
Pound Ridge, NY, around 9pm

30 seconds of a ticking clock.

FEBRUARY 21
Purchase, NY, around 2pm

a flock of geese (?) flying away in the distance. did my best to capture it as i left the neuberger museum.

FEBRUARY 22
Katonah, NY, 10:29pm

AM radio noise while driving down Rt. 35 after a hockey game. some of it was very beautiful, abstract.

FEBRUARY 23
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:09pm

turning out to be one of my favorite sounds of winter… the heaters warming up in the studio…

FEBRUARY 24
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:11pm

acoustic guitar through MemoryMan pedal and an Eventide H3000. quick and dirty loop. i’m tired and could fall asleep to this.

KENNETH KIRSCHNER “FILAMENTS & VOIDS” REVIEW February 22, 2009

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as always, the complete review archive can be found here.

but this one came in today, from MusiqueMachine:

Filaments & Voids is a wonderfully haunting & beautiful double disk collection of lengthy works by New York based Kenneth Kirschner- with the tracks falling somewhere between ambience, slowed/ electronica and modern minimalistic classical piano music.
Kirschner work is often very slow moving, or spaced-out and users silence as a compositional element often; this is music that you have to slow yourself down to it’s pace and let it slowly wash over you and sink deep into your psyche to let it weave it’s often sombre, but beautiful magic. The first disk features 3 tracks that fall between 17 minutes and near on 30 minutes each named after the date they where recorded. First up we have October 19, 2006; which features heavily spaced-out harmonic yet eerier synth drones, electro ambient textures and dwells; the clever thing is one almost makes their own composition each time it’s played as the gaps with in the sound are filled with your own environment sounds- that enhances the original piece but also makes your hear the world around you in a very different way. Next is September 11, 1996 which is built around rather chilling harmonic yet haunting slowed synth note tolls; with Kirschner letting the synth notes slowly die out before hitting the next one- it feels like wondering through a people-less city in the early hours of the mourning feeling both treated yet strangely curious too. Lastly on disk one we have June 10, 2008- which simmers into sonic being with sustained synth and string hover sounding like slowed early Tangerine Dream dwell. The track seems to vibrate straight through you with it’s sombre wonder, as the track progresses Kirschner add’s in more harmonic and emotional facets into the sound- really very mesmerizing ,melancholy and beautiful stuff.

Disk two is taken up completely by the 70 plus minute track March 16, 2006; which at first finds Kirschner digital editing Morton Feldman like lonesome paino unfolds in quite a jarring yet compelling manner. Then later he blurs the piano tone into a wonderful haunting and emotional slowed & ghostly sonic fog that is often cut by silences. The track really gives one emotional the impression of walking through a city just after the bomb has dropped and the white light has cleared; with the world seemingly out of focused, pained yet strangle beautiful and peacefully- really it almost swallows you up with it’s hazy grim dwell and almost brings tears to ones eyes in places as Kirschner really seems to tap into your psyche at such an primal emotional level.

I’ll have to admit much of what I’ve heard in the ambient genre of late has rather underwhelmed me and seems to have been following the same tired sonic path and clichés of the genre; but Kirschner work is really something very special that’s distinctive, emotional and deeply compelling. Special mention must be given to the double digt-pak package be with the rather wonderful yet bleak photo of empty room by 12k label owner Taylor Deupree that fits Kirschner work perfectly and a rather interesting write-up about the albums pieces and Kirschner work by Marc Weidenbaum

UNS I ZEROS: BARCELONA RADIO SHOW: 12K February 21, 2009

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Barcelona Radio 4 program Uns I Zeros dedicated a show recently to 12k. you can download the podcast of the entire show at the link below.

http://1i0.blogspot.com/2009/02/programa-3912209-continguts.html

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: FEBRUARY 18 + 19 February 19, 2009

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FEBRUARY 18
New York, NY, around 3pm

walking around South Street Seaport. hurrying to car.. windy and cold.

FEBRUARY 19
Pound Ridge, NY, around 8pm

my son singing happy birthday in the bathtub tonight.. (it’s his birthday). i love his voice.

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: FEBRUARY 15, 16 + 17 February 18, 2009

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FEBRUARY 15
Pound Ridge, NY ?

i actually have no idea what i recorded here… but after filtering out some low rumble i’m left with what amounts to the high freq noise floor and fluttering on the recorder… kind of nice!

FEBRUARY 16
Suffield, CT, early afternoon

plucking the strings inside my parent’s grand piano.

FEBRUARY 17
Pound Ridge, NY, around 12:30pm

almost sounds like spring.

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: FEBRUARY 13 + 14 February 14, 2009

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FEBRUARY 13
Pound Ridge, NY 11:42pm

it’s almost midnight… and i have no sound. a quick sampling of the room. the room is quite quiet.. most of the sound here is greatly amplified roomtone.

FEBRUARY 14
Pound Ridge, NY 8:44pm

another loop from the nord modular G2 and my new pseudo-looper patch.

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: FEBRUARY 10, 11, 12 February 13, 2009

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FEBRUARY 10
Pound Ridge, NY 9:52pm

ukelele and microphone noises through looper pedal

FEBRUARY 11
Pound Ridge, NY around 11am

unseasonably warm weather today. set the recorder on a big pond attempting to capture the melting ice.

FEBRUARY 12
Brewster, NY, 10:40pm

walking into the hockey rink for a (typical) late night game. we won, 9-2.