Zweikommasieben #16. Remo Bitzi (ed.). Präsens Editionen & Motto Books

Posted in distribution, Motto Books, music, Wholesale on November 15th, 2017
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To what extent can we imagine community, exchange, and collective projects that no longer fall back on the dominant narratives of nation, fatherland, and family? This question posed by Terre Thaemlitz in an exchange featured in the 16th edition of zweikommasieben is ever more pressing in a time, where the political and social fabric of western societies seems to disintegrate. The search for possible answers thus is subliminally present throughout the magazine—in the contribution on the independent Milan venue Macao, but also in interviews with NON-affiliate Farai or the American experimentalist Steve Hauschildt. Even the most hopeful answers remain ambivalent in the end it seems; ultimately there won’t be any utopias. „There’s a sun in the sky,“ as Laurel Halo points out in the magazine, „but it’s burning ever hotter.“
zweikommasieben #16 features interviews with Steve Hauschildt, Laurel Halo, DVA Damas, Mechatok, Farai, Parrish Smith and portraits on Nina of Golden Pudel and V.I.S., as well as Casual Gabberz’ Ēvil Grimace & Von Bikräv. There’s also an extended mail exchange with Terre Thaemlitz, “A Short History of the Aesthetics of Excess in Hip Hop”, various columns and a photo essay, plus contributions by Das Ding, Macao, Laraaji and German Army.

 

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Anthropology of AmnesiA listening session @ Motto Berlin. 18.11.2017

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, music, Vinyl on November 14th, 2017
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oqko listening session @ Motto Berlin
Saturday 18th November 2017
Starts at 7pm

Lvis Mejía’s newest project, titled Anthropology of AmnesiA is an acousmatic essay addressing our utter necessity to remember in the face of existential oblivion, an innate behaviour of the human race.

Presented as a 33 minute long continuous composition, Anthropology of AmnesiA unrolls as a series of chapters, the contemplative character of the piece opening a particular frame within the listening experience, where Lvis Mejía attempts to convey the phenomenon of the collective consciousness through the cultural traces we leave behind.

Mejía’s takes the idea of “one species, one culture, one past” and places it at the center of the concept of the piece. Anthropology of AmnesiA examines a number of interpretations of rituals, orchestrations, chants, synthesis and field recordings – nestled within the piece are recordings of animals, fire, water and a human heart – the sum of these sonic identities incidentally reshaping their roots.

The diversity of the sonic sources highlights the comparative study element of Mejía’s work yet the common thread remains the human experience, recorded stories and the viva voce.

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Blank Forms #1. Lawrence Kumpf (ed.). Blank Forms.

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, music on October 18th, 2017
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MAGAZINE is the inaugural issue of Blank Forms’ journal, bringing together a combination of never-before published, lost, and new materials that supplement our live programs. It is envisioned as a platform for critical reflection and extended dialogue between scholars, artists, and other figures working within the world of experimental music and art.

Following “Let Freedom Fry”—a short statement by Joe McPhee drawing out the contemporary political climate in relation to his practice as a creative improviser—the magazine is bookended by four texts surrounding the practice of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher; an essay by Bill Dietz on his collaborations with Amacher and his work with her archive; an unpublished 1988 interview highlighting Amacher’s ideas around her Long Distance Music and Mini Sound Series; a conversation between Marianne Schroeder, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Lawrence Kumpf revealing the archival questions raised by Amacher’s work; and science fiction writer Greg Bear’s short story Petra, a tale of gargoyles coming to life and breeding with humans in a post-apocalyptic Notre Dame, from which Amacher’s 1991 piece got its name.

This issue also includes Branden Joseph’s interview with The Dead C’s Bruce Russell, accompanied by Russell’s essay exploring the Situationist tradition of ‘mis-competence’ in New Zealand electronic music. Charles Curtis contributed notes on the interpretive challenges posed by a posthumous performance of Terry Jennings’ minimalist classic Piece For Cello And Saxophone. Shelley Hirsch, Richard Skidmore, and Dennis Hermanson provide a series of writings on and remembrances of the late Ralston Farina, whose scarcely documented “visual poetry” was an important precursor to what we now call “performance.” And from her own 2016 performances at the Emily Harvey Foundation, Dawn Kasper supplies her original proposal document and score notes for an improvisational interpretation.

MAGAZINE features two new French-translations: an excerpt from François Bonnet’s book of phenomenology, The Infra-World, translated by Robin Mackay, and a Christophe Broqua interview with enigmatic huntress of sounds Anne Gillis, translated by Adrian Rew. Ian Nagoski’s rare 1998 conversation with Éliane Radigue, conducted and largely ignored at a time when there was little interest in her music, provides one of the clearest overviews of the visionary composer’s early work and life. Supplementing the texts are numerous archival photos and documents, plus “Dark Matters,” a poem by Joe McPhee.

Edited by Lawrence Kumpf and Joe Bucciero with contributions by Greg Bear, François Bonnet, Bill Dietz, Dennis Hermanson, Shelley Hirsch, Branden W. Joseph, Dawn Kasper, Joe McPhee, Ian Nagoski, Adrian Rew, Bruce Russell, and Richard C. Skidmore

 

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Duo Areal Cabado & Trio Moir Wong @ Motto Berlin / 08.09.2017, 7PM

Posted in Motto Berlin event, music on September 6th, 2017
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Duo Areal Cabado & Trio Moir Wong

Starts at 7pm

Duo Areal Cabado: 

Gabriela Areal – Cello 

Tomás Cabado – Guitar 

Trio Moir Wong: 

Casey Moir – Vocal 

Johan Moir – Double Bass 

Eric Wong – Guitar

Zweikommasieben #15. Remo Bitzi, Marc Schwegler, Guy Schwegler (Eds). Präsens Editionen / Motto Books.

Posted in distribution, magazines, Motto Books, music, Wholesale on May 24th, 2017
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Featuring interviews with DJ Stingray, J.G. Biberkopf, Interstellar Funk, Grebenstein, Brain Case, Pan Daijing and Marlene Engel, one of the curators of Wiener Festwochen; portraits on Tolouse Low Trax and Sleaford Mods; an essay called “Entropy as Exit” by DeForrest Brown Jr. on the albums Cellular Automata by Dopplereffekt and I-LP-O in Dub’s Capital Dub Chapter 1; columns featuring the development of dancehall (“Basslines”), the CDJ-2000 (“Track Down Fiction”), pictures from the Johannesburg scene (“We Are Time”), Vinyl-on-Demand (“From Here Till Now”) as well as poems (“Sound Texts”) and thoughts on the Gegenstand (“Gegen:stand”); PLUS contributions by Jackie and Gil, Tomasa Del Real, Pure Mania and mittageisen’s Bruno W.

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mono no aware. V/A . PAN Recordings.

Posted in music, Vinyl on April 18th, 2017
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mono no aware (もののあわれ) is the first compilation to be released on PAN, collating unreleased ambient tracks from both new and existing PAN artists.

Featuring Jeff Witscher, Helm, TCF, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Pan Daijing, HVAD, Kareem Lotfy, ADR, Mya Gomez, Sky H1, James K, Oli XL, Bill Kouligas, Flora Yin-Wong, Malibu, and AYYA, the compilation moves through more traditional notions of what is called ’ambient’, to incorporating wider variations that fall under the term.

“Mono no aware”, ‘the pathos of things’, also translates as “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”. A term for the awareness of impermanence, or the transience of things. A meditation on mortality and life’s transience, ephemerality heightens the appreciation of beauty and sensitivity to their passing. In investigating the passing of time, the boundaries between memory and hallucination become blurred; between fiction and reality. The movement of time transforms into an eternal present.

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Fear Anger Love CTM 2017 Festival Magazine. CTM Festival.

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, music, Wholesale on March 28th, 2017
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Fear Anger Love
CTM 2017 Festival Magazine

This special 96-page publication supplementing the 18th edition of Berlin’s celebrated CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art collects essays and articles authored by curators, music journalists, cultural workers, theorists, and artists. Together these divergent voices explore the unhinging and emancipatory potential of resonant (musical) emotion to recurrently question and challenge the status quo.

Each year, CTM Festival is oriented towards a specific theme. As the events within the 18th edition were, this year’s magazine is thematically centred on the topic “Fear Anger Love”, focusing explicitly on radical forms of musical expression and dissonant emotions found in or through music and examining the diverse strategies that are applied to unleash or harness them. Music conjures emotions more intensely than most art forms, and makes it possible to experience the ambiguous effects and possibilities of intentional emotionalisation. Including portraits and interviews of individual artists, collectives and scenes, this magazine examines different ways in which music and its effects have and can be harnessed by society and authorities, as well as individual and collective efforts to undermine, appropriate and decolonize such control.

With contributions by Alejandro L. Madrid, Ariel Guzik, Endgame, Ewa Majewska, Guillermo Galindo, James Kennaway, Jan Rohlf, Kevin Lozano, Kristoffer Gansing, Kurt Hentschläger, Lawrence English, Mats Küssner, Mollie Zhang, Pan Daijing.

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Older issues also available:

New Geographies – CTM 2016 Festival Magazine

Un Tune – CTM 2015 Festival Magazine

Dis Continuity – CTM 2014 Festival Magazine

The Golden Age – CTM 2013 Festival Magazine

Omniverse – Sun Ra. Hartmut Geerken & Chris Trent. Art Yard.

Posted in distribution, music, performance, Wholesale on February 23rd, 2017
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Revised and expanded second edition of Hartmut Geerken and Chris Trent’s comprehensive reference Omniverse Sun Ra, originally published in 1994.

Omniverse Sun Ra features many previously unpublished photographs of Sun Ra and His Arkestra in New York in 1966 and Germany in 1979 by Val Wilmer, and Hartmut Geerken’s previously unpublished photographs from Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt, in 1971, in addition to an updated comprehensive pictorial and annotated discography by Chris Trent, including chronological discography and alphabetical record title, composition, personnel, and record label indexes, as well as indexes of shellac 78RPM records, 45 RPM singles, jackets, and labels.

Also includes essays and photo documents by Hartmut Geerken, Chris Trent, Amiri Baraka, Robert L. Campbell, Chris Cutler, Gabi Geist, Sigrid Hauff, Karl Heinz Kessler, Robert Lax, and Salah Ragab.

Publisher: Art Yard
Language: English
Pages: 304
Size: 29 x 24.5 cm
Weight: 2.5 kg
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780993351402
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Zweikommasieben #14. Remo Bitzi (ed). Präsens Editionen, Motto Books.

Posted in distribution, magazines, Motto Books, music, Wholesale on December 8th, 2016
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Zweikommasieben #14

Zweikommasieben is a Swiss magazine that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary club culture since the summer of 2011. The magazine features artist interviews, essays and columns as well as photography, illustration and graphics. In addition, zweikommasieben organizes concerts, parties, club nights, matinees, raves and other fun events in various cities.

Featuring: Noological Multiobjective Outlines, Endgame, Phuong-Dan, Carla dal Forno, Zuli, Ekman, Telephones, Broshuda, meandyou, etc.

Edited by Remo Bitzi.

Co-published with Motto Books.

Pages: 146
Size: 29.7 x 21 cm
Weight: 386 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783906282077

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Pressure Loss. Nicola Ratti. Where To Now?

Posted in 2016, distribution, Vinyl on April 1st, 2016
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Artist / Title : Nicola Ratti ‘Pressure Loss’
Format : LP + Download Card.
Cat : WTNLP04

Tracklist;
A1. W9
A2. W12
A3. W10
A4. W11

B1. W6
B2. W5
B3. Decrease
B4. W4

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Mixed by Nicola Ratti, additional mix and mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Sleeve Photograph by Allegra Martin.
Design by Studio of the immaculate heart.

LP + Download card. limited to 500 copies.

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Nicola Ratti holds a rich history in the world of experimental and minimalist composition, having released music under his own name on labels such as Kning Disk, Anticipate, Preservation, Holidays, and Senufo Editions and in recent times concentrating his energy into his collaborative project ‘Bellows’, work which has seen the light thanks to Entr’acte Records and most recently Boomkat Editions. His latest solo work ‘Pressure Loss’ finds Ratti at a potential turning point in his musical career, exploring rhythm and tonality with a new vigour, in a way which embraces the fluid and consistently evolving modern world of electronic music, yet still references a history of electronics, limiting his sound palette to work only using the Serge and ARP Modular Synthesizer.

Bass, rhythm and melody, those basic ingredients of musical composition, are always present throughout the 8 compositions Ratti presents here, although it is almost like this balance was only briefly explained to someone who had never heard a conventional music piece before and was then left alone to improvise with the recipe with deep curiosity. A devastating pulse runs throughout, acting as a basin for a world of strange syncopated rhythms caught amid sonar blips, ghostly serrated hi-hats and dripping stalactites. The fluttering melodies that creep around the compositions’ edges sound like a tentative and childlike version of grime’s simple but visceral paranoid hooks. Bass, rhythm and melody, those basic ingredients of musical composition, are always present throughout the 8 compositions Ratti presents here, although it is almost like this balance was only briefly explained to someone who had never heard a conventional music piece before and was then left alone to improvise with the recipe with deep curiosity. A devastating pulse runs throughout, acting as a basin for a world of strange syncopated rhythms caught amid sonar blips, ghostly serrated hi-hats and dripping stalactites. The fluttering melodies that creep around the compositions’ edges sound like a tentative and childlike version of grime’s simple but visceral paranoid hooks.

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