Just wanted to big up the…
*turns off very hectic live Weather Report, realizing it’s entirely the perfectly wrong thing to try and compose something about what’s good about CAA*
…uh, dudes at Cyland Audio Archive for not only for releasing something of mine that I’m almost limitlessly chuffed came into being, but also doing the same-thing-but-differently with loads of other artists in a manner ‘n’ mode that seems almost fiendishly designed to tickle the aesthetic of self-styled weirdo noise-botherers and hep record-Jonesters alike, and I say that like it’s a bad thing!
I dunno, in 2013 I got to have a release described thus:
Two 7.5″ polycarbonate squares 3mm thickness with lathe cut. Cutted on american vintage lathe from 50s using soviet tube amp. Silk-screened antistatic sleeves with handwriting. Numbered. Playable on any turntable. Monaural.
I mean for a certain type of musician this is a bit like going on Top Of The Pops.
And the press was great too:
CAA-8 PETE UM(UK)
The use of amateurism
and error as a means
of composition characterize
the art of Pete Um.
It is important to understand
that to be able to appreciate
Pete’s work for CAA.
His off-kilter methodology
and stumbling attitude is still
present, but it’s drenched
in an abrasive and tape-hissy
Worth it alone
Here are the most intricate
drones one has ever heard,
analog meditations on life,
anxiety, and death, bringing
an incredible depth
to what could have been
a very flat sound, tape hiss
clear as day with the distant
warbles and close ripples
sounding as if they’re inside
your head, immaculate dreams
filled with soft synths,
galvanic and calming
on so many levels, the silence
is anything but, embedding
the slightest shred
of suddenness into every
next moment, and going full
on lumpy euphoria
in the most restrained way,
a heaven we never knew existed
and never want to leave, this
is masterful in its
strange beauty, a perfect
So yeah, I know they’re fancy things and Petersburg may seem a distant place and you don’t necessarily have any space in your section for lathe cuts at the moment but check the URL because there’s mountains of great polycarbonate shizzle therein.
And I was only listening to Weather Report to check the condition yeah? Fine musicians though they are.
Very pleased to be included in another relational outburst outta Brussels.
Show #298, 10th December 2013 w/ Selvhenter, Pete Um, Post-Materialists, The Stranger, Daniel Spicer a.o.
Mis en ligne le mercredi 11 décembre 2013 par L’étranger
L’étranger broadcasts every possible Tuesday 21h00 – 22h00 (CET) on Radio Panik 105.4FM. A relational outburst.
Scrambling radio art/art of radio, social imaginary significations, occulture cries & whispers, collective fictional space, fluxional artcore, post-economic music, queer diasporas …
Audio of Show #298 is here : OGG (34MB) or mp3 (54MB)
The following were scrambled with tape manipulations of a random pluck from Eland Faxjaran’s shortwave cassette archive :
1. Violet Ferrer V.S. Raglani – Untitled
mp3 from artist’s Soundcloud site, 2012
2. The Stranger – We Are Enemies But Not Here
mp3 from ’Watching Dead Empires In Decay’ digital release (Modern Love, UK) 2013
3. Post-Materialists – No
mp3 from ’Return to Dope Mountain’ net release, 2013
4. Panelak – Theodoroperou
mp3 from ’S/T’ digital release, 2013
5. Gabriel Saloman – Music for Prisons
mp3 from artist’s Bandcamp page, 2012
6. The Capybaras – The Doctor’s on Holiday
from ’Stropicalia’ digital release / CD, 2013
7. Jerry Modjesk & Chuck Isle – Ethereal Honky Tonk
mp3 from ’Another Flask of Weird – Wake Up Weird #2’, 1983
8. Jessica Meor – wwm
from Vimeo video, 2013
9. Samantha Vacation – Ms. Hotel’s Indiscretion
mp3 from artist’s Soundcloud site, 2013
10. Anton Heyboer – Regeneration
from ’Rules Of The Universe’ 2XLP (Kye, USA)
11. Trouble Dove – In The Luminosity
mp3 from ’S/T’ digital release, 2013
12. н.о.ж. - Я достаточно красива
mp3 from artist’s LastFM page, orig. release 1994
13. Disism – DisClean
mp3 from ’Finished Products In The Making’ net release, recorded1993
14. Marta Sainz – Hellas
mp3 from FMA, 2013
15. Гражданской Обороны – Всё пройдёт
from ’Инструкция по выживанию’ CD, orig. release 1990
Lyrics somewhat translated by the Russian coleman : “Lovely night, couple in love / Flowers and lilac, normal things / Ordinary objects of life / They meet two division servicemen / And here she is raped / And he has a torn liver / Chorus : Everything passes, sadness, and joy / Everything passes, that’s the way to the light / Everything passes, just have to believe / That love does not pass, no. / pass, no / Spring in October, talk about peace / strengthen your troops, otherwise certain destruction / Finnish winter, Europe on the assault bayonets / The cold war was the mutual guilt of the giants / CHORUS / A Beautiful face, obscure books / Talk about how we all have every right / A bottle of wine, casual insults / Broken faces of friends, humiliation, bloody foam / CHORUS”
16. Daniel Spicer – Sans Titit
mp3 from ’Classwar Karaoke – 0017 Survey’ digital release, 2012
17. Selvhenter – Bali
from ’Frk. B. Fricka’ LP (Eget Værelse, Denmark) 2012
18. Pete Um – A Different Time
mp3 from ’CAA#8’ digital release / 2×7.5″ Polycarbonate lathe cut (Cyland Audio Archive, Russia) 2012
19. Bing Selfish & The Ideals – Hotline To A Hothead Intro
from ’The Legendary Conway Hall Concert & Other Live Gems’ CD (El Frenzy, Spain) 2005
That nice C Joynes did a mix with a bit of old Pete Um in, “representin’ for the shipwreck milieux” as he says.
How do I embed the player? I don’t know.
Perhaps we’re all embedded players, I don’t know.
An hilarious look at the spotty availability of yr grist, were you wishing to avoid international shipping cost+hassle, as it were.
Asia: No dice.
Africa: No dice
North America: Happily, the good folks at Mimaroglu are selling Can’t Get Started
They were good enough to say this:
“december 2011 release ; … fascinating overview of the work of contemporary uk “outsider” peter “um” gregory, a cantabrigian trawler of intersections between barrett-esque mumblecore & a-synchronous electro babble (with hints of uk post-punk diy squawk) …
… covering his “early years,” this comes (chronologically) after the (tyfus-covered, felix kubin-issued) “no pressure” lp for gagarin & the self-issued “babysitting the apocalypse” full-length ; highly recommended !!!”
South America: No dice.
Antartica: No outlets as yet.
Europe: Let’s subdivide this.
Germany: Deutschland is the only place you can buy No Pressure, my record on Felix Kubin’s Gagarin label. You can buy from Stora (where you can also get the Pete Um/Miss Hawaii spilt 7″) or from A-Musik
Actually, thinking about it, Gagarin might have been able to get copies of this in other places in Europe but I know they didn’t get none to Blighty.
Russia: Another Um exclusive for this mysterious ‘n’ cool lathe-only label Cyland Audio Archive. CAA#8 is a double 7.5″ EP of watery tape music from the fathomless pool of such recordings what I have done. To be fair I think it might cost you $35 whether you live in Saint Petersburg or in Godalming or Ghanzi but fuckit.
They said this:
“The use of amateurism and error as a means of composition characterize the art of Pete Um. It is important to understand that to be able to appreciate Pete’s work for CAA. His off-kilter methodology and stumbling attitude is still present, but it’s drenched in an abrasive and tape-hissy miasma. Worth it alone for transmutation. Here are the most intricate drones one has ever heard, analog meditations on life, anxiety, and death, bringing an incredible depth to what could have been a very flat sound, tape hiss clear as day with the distant warbles and close ripples sounding as if they’re inside your head, immaculate dreams filled with soft synths, galvanic and calming on so many levels, the silence is anything but, embedding the slightest shred of suddenness into every next moment, and going full on lumpy euphoria in the most restrained way, a heaven we never knew existed and never want to leave, this is masterful in its strange beauty, a perfect goddamn record.”
UK. By far and away the greatest suppliers of all Pete Um grist is Leeds-based online music retail heroes Norman Records, where you can buy reasonably-priced copies of Can’t Get Started, The New Album, Babysitting The Apocalypse and Giraffe! Amazing. Well done everyone.
I’m not going to mention Boomkat but I think you can get the split with Ascoltare there still too, but then you might as well just get that off Discogs cos even if you were shipping to the moon it’d still probably be cheaper and you wouldn’t have to read any of that “Don’t sleep!” business.
So yeah, if you live on Earth and you don’t do Bandcamp or you loathe global commerce or whatever, that’s what you’re up against. If there’s any way anybody out there can help with distribution I would be very pleased to hear from you. I don’t mind sending small numbers of stuff on flexible terms and so forth.
Nice sniff at the MFU guitar-poop, I’d say. Sorry I haven’t been posting much. Apparently the site due for demolition but transferring to some new shizz is proving a typical black magic headache. Any-ways: