microphones in the trees

Saturday, October 25, 2014

heat sureens

"limited to 25 hand assemled and numbered copies. this is a masterpiece. beyond the well of human resource. in and out, in and out. breathing...it's alive."

quan yin es la reina del oeste, la diosa de la misericordia y del amor, un ser de luz que conforma el tribunal kármico. 'meet the quan yin' son nubes y puertas suspendidas en el cielo que se abren para nosotros. coros celestiales, sinfonías abstractas, todo difuso, adormecido, sólo formas y luces y movimiento y destellos de emoción filtrados por los diversos tratamientos de cassette del mago Sean McDonald, con loops envolventes y esas notas ingrávidas que, al igual que Kane Pour, nunca sabremos de dónde logra sacarlas. la magia se desborda a partir del minuto veinte de la 'cara a'... intuimos, visualizamos. algo parecido a este vídeo, hipnótico y bonito a más no poder. 'Sean, you are very mmm right now' 

Friday, October 24, 2014

sigríður níelsdóttir

"charming and quite unbelievable mix of lo fidelity experimentation from 70 year old Icelandic Sigríður Níelsdóttir with Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir. some of the 21 tracks feel like straight up lounge music one man band type of jams, others like lullabies, others just truly out there. mad cap creativity given a Casio and a 4 track recorder an no inhibitions. this is a selection of tracks from a documentary film of the same name..." guide me little tape

"in the world of outsider music, somewhere between the early cassette recordings of Daniel Johnston and the keyboard stylings of Wesley Willis lie the lo-fi sounds of Sigríður Níelsdóttir. However, outside of Iceland, where she lived as an adored cult figure in the country's music scene, her music is far lesser known than either of them. Sigríður began recording songs on a double cassette deck in her living room at the tender age of 70, using a Casio keyboard and anything else she could find to create the sounds she imagined for a song. over the course of seven prolific years, she recorded and released 59 albums containing 687 songs. 

this collection contains nearly an hour of Sigríður's "greatest hits," carefully selected by the makers of the film Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir, and serves as both a catalog-spanning introduction to her music and a soundtrack to the film Amma Lo-Fi (Grandma Lo-Fi). as a label, we have dreamed of releasing a collection like this since we first fell in love with Sigríður's music over a decade ago, so we are unbelievably happy to finally be able to bring you these limited edition orange cassettes with full-color inserts." hornbuckle

la abuelita finlandesa lo-fi. demasiado bonito para ser verdad, pero es verdad.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

sylvia monnier

~ haunting works of electro drone from French artist Sylvia Monnier aka Sunny Dunes. home dubbed, hand painted/numbered cassette edition of 25 copies ~

1 ~ Bedroom
 synthesizers, various effects,
rhythms loop on tape by Sun Ra.

2 ~ Terrace
synthesizers, bontempi 13 electric chord organ, various effects,
rhythms loop on tape found on Ritmi E Strumenti Africani Vol.1 (Liberia)

3 ~ Living Room
synthesizers, various effects,
rhythms loop on tape by Bello Atanda & His Apala Group.

4 ~ Corridor 
 synthesizers, various effects,
rhythms loop on tape found on Ritmi E Strumenti Africani Vol.1 (Mali)

muy enamorada de todo lo que rodea a Mika Pérez. embarcado en su eterno viaje al fin de la noche, siempre asomado al precipicio...esa es la sensación que me produce su música. del tacto melódico francés de 'corridor' a la intro de pajaritos que dan el dulce contrapunto a la densa, tribal y seductora 'terrace'. para escuchar con los auriculares muy pegados, a mucho volumen.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ariel kalma

"double album of ambient instrumentals to relax, daydream and infuse the brain with cleaning frequencies for the well-being.

total time: 1 hour and 24 minutes ~ relax...

"originally composed between 1981 and 1984 and initially appeared only on tape in two different editions, the proposed material from Kalma for this work confirms his pantheistic vision of the ethnic sound. the deep consciousness of the compositional techniques of Indian ragas it's mixed here with embroidered electronic textures on which flute and sax explore the most secret archetypal elements of nature. with a clever use of effects, harmonium, delays and exotic percussions Kalma becomes the creator of soundscapes from the endless myriad shades. such a fusion of western avant-garde and eastern traditione approaches the frech musicien to other big names of the international panorama as Popol Vuh, Angus Mclise or Laszlo Hortobagy. 

this version is a combination of 2 releases under the same name: the original Astral Muse cassette in Canada and the Nightingale cassette from 1984. the important difference is: those cassettes were not sounding so good! for this double LP Ariel converted his ¼” analog tape masters from the 80’s to 24bit digital tracks. because of those older tapes you occasionally will hear some sound artifacts which Ariel decided to leave in as taking them out would hinder some frequencies... and Ariel likes strange, trance-inducing frequencies a lot. listen loudly to ‘Flute Echo’ and you will experience the ‘mind cleanse’ effect." black sweat

Monday, October 20, 2014

tuluum shimmering

"20 min. film on dvd, with the full 60min jam that the sountrack’s culled from on cd. beautiful packaging on these with each case having a unique photo on the cover."

entre el aluvión de cintas ya no bonitas sino de las que nos hacen dar saltos de felicidad, cualquier cosa de Tuluum Shimmering tiene siempre prioridad. 'el arpa del sol' es una hora de placer audiovisual. las estructuras repetitivas y las fragancias tribales, y la creatividad sin fin, tan 'tuluum shimmering' se integran con armonía en un tesoro dividido en dos partes. por un lado, la música: un mantra sin fin de bucles de percusión y guitarras moviéndose en círculos. por otro, un vídeo repleto de imágenes hipnóticas que empiezan y acaban con un atardecer y que son ya de por sí una obra de arte: danzas tribales, la naturaleza, el fondo del mar, ríos, la selva, esculturas, palmeras, colores pastel, hogueras, ritos, faisanes, mariposas...y el espíritu national geographic flotando constantemente sobre la música y las imágenes. tan bonito como 'the range of light' de Lawrence Martínez y 'afternight, before sunrise (2nd movement)' de Oliwa.

out of stock ~ download

Friday, October 17, 2014

sun ra

sun ra and his arkestra ~ mix tape (sanity muffin, 2014)

"incredible culling of rare Sun Ra material from impossible to find Saturn jams mostly 1960s-1970s in a hand-coloured by Oakland kids edition of only 100 copies: running the classic Ra gamut from solo synth bloop through full-on sci-fi gospel orchestra, beatbox violence, space chants and wiggy full ensemble horn freak outs, this is pretty much the bomb in terms of unheard Sun Ra and pretty much everyone who has heard it has been blown away. all covers are unique and hand-coloured just like the original Saturn sleeves. cassette release of the year? highly recommended!" volcanic tongue

"one of the best mixes of Sun Ra material we have ever heard. a dynamic and continuous mix of spectacular Sun Ra music projected out from pyramid tops for all to enjoy and be transformed by! if you don't know much about Sun Ra's music, we'll here's a perfect sampler of his material, mostly taken from rare 60's & 70's recordings, rare synth stylings, solo abstract piano work, deep trip hop like grooves mixed with horn freak-outs, gospel vocal chants and Sun Ra speach insights!

each cover is unique and different as they are all hand colored by the neighborhood kids here in Oakland, just like the original private press records the band colored in between rehersal takes! All copies of this limited to 200 pressing come with a foe Saturn Records Buisness Card with the Chicago and Oakland phone #'s on them!" sanity muffin

buy ~ listen side a

"Sun Ra first solo homemade recordings eerie-ly recorded onto a reel to reel in the beyond dark ages of 1948. now that ra is 100 and floating in the interstellar space: here is the blueprint of his trademark glee-spree sprawl dipped into the cosmic glitter of nothingness, alone in a empty church with nothing but his vivid and endless imagination to co-pilot.  if the "carnival of souls" soundtrack by genius gene moore is enough to make you want to take it with you forever & drive off a bridge: heres more smiling golems of interplanetary lost-world haunts to pepper your eerie day.

fairly “inzane” ~looking issue of this short suite of recordings made on reel-to-reel by sun ra in 1948 in a “mysterious location” running through standards (and an “abstract original”) on a fully-fledged church organ, predating his more outré tendencies by a good few years. nice, crispy, overloaded recording spec lends a harmonic richness & claustrophobic weight to the proceedings.mimaroglu

out of stock ~ listen ~ download

Thursday, October 16, 2014


~ for everything there is a mirror. a perfect replication.
a sequel. a sequence.
a representation to destroy or build a context.

what is real and what is thought? what is touch and what is envisioned?
what is invented and what is projected?

there is a synthesized counterpart to every world.
to all thought there is a thinker. a creator.

we are the gods of our virtual landscape. ~

"Opaline is the music of Portland based ambient artist Hunter P. Thompson. finely wrought and contemplative, 'Shade Virtual' takes you through oozy, fine mists into a synesthetic sonic ocean glistening with waves of crystal and turquoise. for those of you who have already encountered his previous new age recordings, this album will reward your expectations." habitat tapes

'shade virtual' de Opaline podría parecer otro de los múltiples discos de ambient y new age que pululan por ahí, pero si te detienes a escuchar todas las cintas que, como miguitas, ha ido dejando en el camino, te das cuenta de que su música es algo muy especial. no sé exactamente qué la hace diferente del resto de músicas aéreas y ensoñadoras (pienso en Ghostrider,  Difference Clouds, Nibiru Communion y Pulse Emitter, aunque podrían ser muchos más), pero sí sé que 'star hive module', un teclado describiendo una melodía infinita, otro sobrevolándolo, es simplemente perfecta. o 'echolocation'. me encanta el título, cómo Peter Hunter Thompson disecciona las notas y parece hacerlas eternas, cómo se detiene en ellas, sin prisa. cómo se queda con cada mínima melodía, y la repite, y la reanuda, y la convierte en magia celestial, en 'water colors', en 'un océano holográfico', en las dos partes de 'una corriente de aire' (tan Rachel Evans y Former Selves), en 'resplandor' (tan bonita, tan x.y.r.), y de nuevo por fin en 'una colmena de estrellas' (tan de quedarte ahí para siempre).

artwork: crystal pérez

sold out ~ listen/name your price