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Vertonen "HACE/26,250' / 11º 22.4'N 142º 35.5' E" LP
Co-released with Misanthropic Agenda, this LP, which is supported in part by a City of Chicago CAAP grant, is an audio exploration of the clash between the will of humans, the limits of their bodies, and the immutable laws of the natural world--the latter of which can easily destroy both of the first two. This is the first full length Vertonen LP (!)
The 11º 22.4'N 142º 35.5'E side is based on the 1960 dive by Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh in the bathyscaphe Trieste to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point on earth.
This side aims to mirror the combination of analytic scientific preparation and calibration that the team did and the inherent and unavoidable human concern of "if something goes wrong, there's a good chance we could die."
The HACE / 26,250' side was inspired by research on High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), a condition where oxygen is not getting to the brain.
HACE has the greatest potential for striking in the Dead Zone, (26,250 feet), where available oxygen cannot sustain human life for more that 3 hours. Of course, for someone aiming to summit Mt Everest, there are "only" 2,750 feet remaining--and, the person still has to descend back through the Dead Zone. With their goal so closely in reach, a climber may sacrifice the rational (saving their life) for the sake of achieving their goal (summiting Everest).
In a nutshell, HACE / 26,250 is a soundtrack for a body closing down; heart rates slowing, blood flow slowing, everything once moist and carrying life slowly becoming brittle, dry, and unable to function due to duress.
edition of 200 copies in a beautiful old style tip on jacket by stoughton printing.
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...and in the next two months, some reissue and backlogged Vertonen CDRs...
Vertonen "unsettlement" CDR
After two years of back and forth, the label that was originally slated to release this is in the process of slowly closing its doors, so the release is back in my hands and I aim on getting it out by the end of May. The release is an extension, in parts, of the concepts explored in "Facing Leinth" (released by Mike Shiflet's gameboy label some moons ago) and the "ETAOIN SHRDLU" 3" CDR I self released in 2010. "Unsettlement" explores the decay of language utilizing dead (or dying) consumer playback media (microcassette, shortwave, cassette, turntable, mainly) while keeping a foot in overarching eschatological concerns. Edition of 100 copies.
Vertonen "ice cells " CDR
Originally released (sort of) on trust lost in 2008 (seriously; the edition was maybe 30 copies, and no review copies were ever sent), I originally described this disc as "Crawling high tones, frayed wires, bad connections, mechanical failure, and discrete electronic breakdown shape the sounds on this release. The aural goal is to place you beneath a 2" thick sheet of ice in a large pond somewhere in an unincorporated community of Michigan on a bleak, pre-dawn winter morning." It's a bath of high tone drones, folks. Also in an edition of 100 copies.
Vertonen: cultivation cavity 3" CDR
An iteration of a piece I performed at the opening of Tritriangle in Chicago and the Your Head is a Phantom Limb festival in Minneapolis. Voice, music boxes, modified turntables, and field recordings commingle to shine a light on denial, desperation, diversion, and despair. Edition of 45 copies, also due by the end of May.
Jason Zeh: "A Vacant Lot to Be In" LP
This man is a master of the cassette tape and cassette playback devices. Using magnets, metal, plastic, car stereo tape adapters, cassette players without tape, cassette tape loops, modified tape decks, and sand paper (among other devices), Zeh creates two tracks that swim through hiss, grit, and wavering, fractured soundwaves to create some of the most engaging audio I've had the pleasure to hear. If you've enjoyed Zeh's previous work, this LP will be a welcoming addition to your ears. edition of 300 copies, silkscreened back sleeve and mounted risography image on the cover. Price forthcoming.
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