Relly Tarlo - Territorial Landscape No. 1Slowscan #45 LP now available from Sea Urchin:

Relly Tarlo – Territorial Landscape No. 1

In the liner notes to this release Relly Tarlo writes that this particular sound work, like all his other works, is rooted in personal experience. One day, upon hearing that his mother was incurably ill, Tarlo collapsed while hearing a stream of repetitive and high-pitched sounds. Once he had tried to reconstruct those disturbing sounds with the help of cassette walkmans and record players and was playing the result to fellow-artist Efrat Natan, she immediately related the atmosphere of the piece to the sounds that can be heard in her native Beit She’an Valley in the north of Israel. Together with Natan, Tarlo travelled to Beit She’an to experience and record the sounds there. They turned out to be a mix of humming high voltage masts, distant bird songs, sounds of insects and the calls of the muezzin rolling and echoing back from the adjacent Syrian hills. ‘I was surprised to hear how similar the stream of sounds was to the ambiance of my earlier composition’, writes Tarlo, ‘the same rhythms with the same flow in the surrounding sounds. I decided to name the composition Territorial Landscape No. 1’.

Territorial Landscape No.1 was mixed in 1978 at Josef Mar-Chaim Studio, Tel-Aviv, Israel and re-mixed by Slowscan in 2019.

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Takehisa Kosugi - New York, August 14, 1991Slowscan #44 LP now available from Sea Urchin:

Takehisa Kosugi – New York, August 14, 1991

This recording orginally appeared on cassette as part of the Slowscan Fluxus Anthology box set in 1994. About the recording Takehisa Kosugi wrote:

The music was performed by myself, solo, recorded live at my former apartment in New York City. For this performance I used:
– Pre-recorded environmental sounds (birds in the city of Ferrara, Italy)
– Live broadcasting sounds from W.EBS radio, New York
– A plastic bottle in which a small microphone was installed for picking up sounds of my voice and other sounds
– An audio generator for electronic sounds
– Sound effectors including a time/delay machine and pitch shifter

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Ira Beryl Brukner - QuestionsNew from Counter Culture Chronicles:

Ira Beryl Brukner – Questions

Ira Beryl Brukner (1948-2015) was born in Jacksonville, Florida and studied literature at the University of Florida before relocating to Jerusalem to study at Hebrew University. Back in the US, he travelled extensively and finally settled in New York, where the first publications of his poetry helped him find various positions as a poetry teacher. Around 1984 Brukner contacted Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten and wrote: “Hi, I am a great poet from New York, coming to Amsterdam and available for readings”. Hoogstraten intuitively took this piece of self-aggrandizement at face-value and helped set up a number of readings in Holland. Brukner and Hoogstraten hit it off and hung out for a whole year in the Dutch capital. “Ira was a passionate and wild guy with Armenian roots”, remembers Hoogstraten, from whose archives a recording of Brukner reading his poem Questions has been lifted and released on cassette by Counter Culture Chronicles. It’s the only recording of Brukner’s opus magnum, CCC adds on the J-card of the cassette, which also contains a laser-printed insert with a short explanatory note in Hoogstraten’s handwriting.

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Tom Raworth & Harry Hoogstraten - Da CharlyNew from Counter Culture Chronicles:

Tom Raworth & Harry Hoogstraten – Da Charly

Between October 1984 and May 1985 English poet Tom Raworth and Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten joined forces to produce a unique artists’ book. This lovely oblong book of anagrams by Raworth and b/w photos by Hoogstraten has now been lifted from Hoogstraten’s archives and published as a limited facsimile edition by Counter Culture Chronicles. Raworth’s anagrams of seemingly random words are ingenious and form subtle captions to Hoogstraten’s casual b/w photos taken in various parts of the world. Chance as an underlying formative principle has been put to maximum use in this combination of words and images, which always feels natural and loose but also manages to transcend literal meaning. Counter Culture Chronicles and Stencilwerck from The Hague have gone to great lengths to reproduce this little book. The text pages have been risographed and prints of Hoogstraten’s negatives have been glued by hand on the opposite pages. Even the somewhat ramshackle way in which the original book was put together and bound has been painstakingly copied. The result is pure poetry and sheer delight.

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George Bacovia - FurnaceNew Sea Urchin chapbook:

George Bacovia – Furnace

Cuptor, subtitled Iulie (=July) was first published in 1906 in the literary journal Romanul literar and republished as part of Bacovia’s renowned compilation Plumb ten years later. The dark and morbid imagery of the poem make it an example of Romanian Francophile Symbolism, which was influenced by Baudelaire and his translations of Edgar Allan Poe. Having been taught German at an early age, Bacovia was not only familiar with Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe but also with Friedrich Nietzsche and other precursors of German Expressionism. Furnace is then as much a Symbolist as an early Expressionist poem. The poem, now handsomely published in the series of Sea Urchin chapbooks, is a cruel love song carrying whiffs of putrefaction under a sledgehammer sun. Furnace is an instant heat stroke.

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