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MOJO MAGAZINE REVIEWS SEAWORTHY’S “1897” October 31, 2009

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By day, Dr. Cameron Webb works as a medical entomologist, investigating the impact of disease-carrying mosquitos on the wetland regions of New South Wales. In the process he finds himself in strange, deserted landscapes, which provide inspiration for the thirtysomething’s other job, as guitarist in Sydney three-piece Seaworthy. 2006’s Map In Hand used Webb’s field recordings of dawn bird-song as the jumping off point for a dreamlike guitar and electronics pastorale. With 1897 he’s done deeper, starker, crafting a series of guitar improvisations within a 100-year-old decommissioned sandstone ammunitions bunker in Newington, Australia. Using the dark-toned reverb of the bunker and the eeir, rustling quiet of the surrounding marshes, he has created an organic ghostly fantasia, a creaking, chiming chamber piece of rich, lulling melancholy. – Andrew Male

MUSIQUEMACHINE REVIEWS PILLOWDIVER October 29, 2009

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Sleeping Pills offers up nine wonderfullly focused & often emotional felt guitar based tracks of: post-rock ambience, emotive blues tinged guitar scapes & harmonic yet melancholy tinged drifts. This is the first release from this German based project that centres around guitarist & mood-maker René Margraff.

The main focus and centre of all of the tracks here is a Fender Jazzmaster guitar to which is added subtle traces of synth glow & minimal field recording matter. Each track here unfolds in such a slow, dreamy and often melancholy tinged manner. Yet it’s never gets too dark or gloomy in it’s flow, with often rich harmonic trails appearing in the often simply looped guitar patterns, which are delivered with great emotional understanding & care. Unlike some of the guitar ambient works that have appeared on the 12k label- Pilllodiver’s sound is left untouched by electronics or post production; meaning it has a very honest & organic feel to it’s unfold & drift, so you can really imagine most of the time a guitarist with a simply set-up playing his heart out in the connor of your listening space.

So Sleeping Pills is sonically simply yet emotional rich & atmospherically touched collection of guitar pieces which drifts somewhere between: ambience, slowed post- rock drifts, melodic & woozy indie rock. Really it’s a great début album & another great release on the always consistent 12k label.

SMALL COLOR “IN LIGHT” ON BOOMKAT October 28, 2009

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A couple of months back 12k gave us a preview of this album via the single release of ‘Hikari No Hana’. The version of the song that appears on this album is a different mix, side-stepping the single release’s skipping electronic beats in favour of more plainly articulated acoustic material. For the most part however, this Japanese duo thrive in an electrified soundworld, concocting such fluttering J-pop delights as ‘Life’, which combines filtered synths with worn-out drum machines for a muted, more organic feel than the kind of material Taylor Deupree released via his old Happy sub-label, or the 12k output of fellow Japanese popsters like Moskitoo. There’s an almost folksy simplicity to the arrangements and recording style here, resulting in atmospheric acoustic tracts such as the lovely ‘Heaven Knows’, while elsewhere, only the very lightest of electronic touches is detectable, as on tracks like the beat-puntuated, accordion-driven ‘Daisy’ and the Wechsel Garland-like ‘Amaoto’. ‘In Light’ must rank as one of 12k’s most resoundingly successful forays into music of this ilk, and that’s largely attributable to the comparatively diminutive role played by digital production. Here the songs succeed because there’s no unnecessarily flashy post-production interfering with their effective and simple construction. Another excellent transmission from 12k – highly recommended.

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: OCTOBER 18-24 October 25, 2009

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OCTOBER 18
Pound Ridge, NY, 12:42pm

a music box resting on the strings of an old acoustic guitar. the microphone were inside the guitar body.

OCTOBER 19
North Salem, NY, around 3pm

the Mt. Lakes park, on a cliffside overlooking the valley.

OCTOBER 20
Pound Ridge, NY, 1pm

acorns in my hand.

OCTOBER 21
Pound Ridge, NY, ?

no idea what this sound is. outside, in the leaves…? broken pottery at the beginning? i’ve forgotten!

OCTOBER 22
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:54am

a coffee-can rattle my son made in school last year.

OCTOBER 23
Somers, NY, early afternoon

at the beatiful Angle Fly Preserve in Somers. stunning autumn day, stillness, color, sunshine and a stream snaking through the woods.

OCTOBER 24
Croton on the Hudson, NY, around 7pm

recorded in very low quality on my iPhone at a halloween pumpkin festival in the rain.

SMALL COLOR “HIKARI NO HANA” FREE SINGLE AVAILABLE ON 12K.COM October 22, 2009

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we found out today that eMusic, who is currently hosting Small Color’s “Hikari No Hana” as a free download, is not available in all countries, so we have put the single on 12k’s website as a free download for everyone worldwide.

you can find the info and file here:

http://www.12k.com/3007.html

FIRST REVIEW OF SMALL COLOR’S “IN LIGHT” October 20, 2009

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from Vital Weekly

With Small Color 12K expand their horizon a little bit, stretching up those boundaries which they stand for. Small Color are not the usual field recordings, laptops, microsound, or clicks and cuts. Well, perhaps they are there somewhere, but I think Small Color is primarily a popmusic band. The duo of Rie Yoshihara (on accordion, voice, vintage keyboard instruments) and Yusuke Onishi (guitar, banjo, bass, programming and production) play songs, rather than pieces. Very Japanese in a way, with Tujiko Noriko as their prime example, but perhaps also Tenniscoats, but produced better and with much more style. Computers do not play a role in this music. This is acoustic music. Soft tinkling guitars, accordion and the wordless singing of Yoshihara, that yet somehow seems to fit wonderfully well into the world of 12K. Sparse popmusic that would have fitted well on the Happy label, a sub division of 12K that no longer seems to exist. Lovely popmusic that made me think it would have sounded great on a label like Les Disques Du Crepuscule, had it still existed. Quite a daring move for 12K, but, like said, a release that fits really well on this great label.

ONE SOUND EACH DAY: OCTOBER 7-17 October 17, 2009

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trying to play catch-up!

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OCTOBER 7
no sound.

OCTOBER 8
New York, NY, 4pm

crossing the street, somewhere in midtown.

OCTOBER 9
Pound Ridge, NY, 9:30am

a self-running Nord Modular G2 sound i call “sleeper”

OCTOBER 10
Pound Ridge, NY, 8:30am

a randomized variation on the previous nord modular sound.

OCTOBER 11
Pound Ridge, NY, late morning

a 2nd variation on the previous nord modular sound, through heavier randomization.

OCTOBER 12
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:10am

very close-microphoned recording through a large pile of dried leaves in the yard.

OCTOBER 13
Pound Ridge, NY, 11:14pm

a recording through the wall of my studio where a drainpipe from the kitchen runs. water draining in the sink upstairs.

OCTOBER 14
no sound.

thought i had a sound. can’t find it.

OCTOBER 15
Pound Ridge, NY, early-mid morning

the first snow of the year, always a great experience. wet and crystalline, hitting leaves next to the house.

OCTOBER 16
Pound Ridge, NY, around 6:45pm

eating dinner at our favorite local mexican restaurant.

OCTOBER 17
Pound Ridge, NY, around 9am

the 4th and final in the series of Nord Modular randomizations. this was my favorite, and a fitting way to end.

LATEST NEWS FROM SEAWORTHY October 16, 2009

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Hey everyone!

2009 has been a busy year with plenty happening with seaworthy. There is just one more ‘proper’ seaworthy show to go this year before a lengthy break to concentrate on a couple of pretty exciting recording projects.

Seaworthy + M.Rösner. Sunday 25 October. Bohemian Grove. Performances are 6:30pm doors for a 7pm start. The cover is $10 / donation. Please feel free to invite your friends to come but please don’t broadcast or post details on the web for the authorities to find (they are squares). Email for further details/directions. seaworthy@ozemail.com.au

Seaworthy will be playing with Western Australia’s M.Rösner who, after a 3 year break between albums, releases “repeat” on limited edition 12” vinyl through UK label Miatera. Inspired by Morton Feldman, cycles and patterns and the ocean, “repeat” was built from recordings of vocals, piano, processed guitar and max/mxp. Perth based M.Rösner has had albums released on influencial Australian and overseas labels including Room40 and Apestaartje. Seaworthy recently played a sell out show with M.Rösner in Perth and it was a special night, please don’t miss the chance to catch this amazing musician in Sydney. For more info see http://www.pablodali.net/

The release of 1897 (http://www.12k.com/1053.html) has kept seaworthy busy with a national tour including shows with a diverse range of artists including Grouper (US), Tiny Vipers (US), The Middle East, Lawrence English, Charge Group, Pimmon, Solo Andata, Amplifier Machine, Knitted Abyss and lots more. Thanks to everyone who has come along to shows and bought copies of the CD. A stack of great reviews too so if you’re interested, check out the link to 12k. Copies are still available from 12k too pretty good value as well given the US dollar is tanking at the moment…around AUS$20 including shipping! (check out other great 12k releases from solo andata and pillowdiver too.

Also, the collaborative CD, Near and Faraway, featuring Seaworthy alongside Berlin-based-Itallian sound artist Fabio Orsi is out now on Low Point. Order direct from the label – its around AUS$20 including shipping. We’ve been getting some great reviews too. “this one was pure Seaworthy, with long, slow, echoing, seemingly improvised clouds of flaked guitar hanging in the air like morning fog” Mapsadasical. “a beautiful, rich & often harmonic example of how to weave perfect, compelling & timeless ambience” Music Machine. This has been selling out quickly from online retailers so don’t snooze. I’ll have a small number fo copies for sale at the Bohemian Grove show.

Hope to catch you at soon!

Cheers,

Cam.

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eMusic hosts the new Small Color single, FREE for one week October 16, 2009

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eMusic is hosting the Small Color single “Hikari No Hana” for FREE for one week before the release of the album “In Light” on October 20th. the single is a remixed version from the one on the album. go have a download and the album should be available in 12k’s online shop today!

http://www.emusic.com/album/Small-Color-Hikari-No-Hana-MP3-Download/11668994.html

TWO AND A HALF QUESTIONS WITH SOLO ANDATA October 15, 2009

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Headphone Commute has posted a short interview with 12k darlings Solo Andata:

Tell us about Solo Andata and what the name means to you.
SA (Paul): Solo Andata is a duo from Australia. One-half (Kane Ikin) lives in the East (Melbourne), and the other (Paul Fiocco) in the West (Perth). I discovered the name ‘Solo Andata‘ whilst traveling by train from Rome to Sicily in 2004. It means ‘one-way’ in Italian.

Tell us a bit about your recording process. How do you capture “flesh and bones”?
SA (Paul): To record, we mainly use a field recorder with various condenser mics (hydrophones and contacts for example) as well as a few more traditional studio mics. Our recording process is more concerned with finding incredible sounds that are already around us, rather than processing or synthesizing to get the result we want. Except for pitch and some reverb, most of the sounds are very raw. I recorded “flesh and bones” by placing both a contact mic and a field recorder on a chicken carcass and then, using my hands and various knives, tore it apart.

How did you guys meet? And how did you bring in Louise McKay into the project?
SA (Paul): We met in Perth. That’s where Kane is originally from. We met at an experimental music night we both regularly attended. For Louise, I have a friend who’s father is in the Perth Symphony Orchestra, he recommended that I use her when I was looking for a cellist.

What is the story being told in in your music?
SA (Paul): Tracks, for us, are images and sensations. The story is for the listener.

How do you balance the organic and electronic instrumentation in your work?
SA (Kane): It’s never a pre set out course when we’re writing, The songs kind of evolve and find a balance on their own, though saying that, for our latest record virtually all the sounds are organic with the exception of some electric guitar.

What about Taylor Deupree? Tell us about getting signed to his 12k label.
SA (Kane): I met Taylor when I was asked to support him at a show in Melbourne, we exchanged emails and cd’s and subsequently he released the live recording of that night on 12k. Later that year we travelled to New York to work on music together and also meet up with Taylor. We went to his house, took a long walk through the woods and showed him some sketches of what would later become our self titled record.