Monthly Archives: May 2019

Emily A. Sprague – Water Memory / Mount Vision – Out Today

(Photo Credit: Carly Solether)

Emily A. Sprague’s newly sequenced and mastered albums Water Memory and Mount Vision are out today, along with a new self-directed video for “Piano 2.” Through sound and poetry, Emily’s craft focuses on fleeting moments of crystalline clarity and meditates on expanded lifetimes of intricate meaning-making.

As much about the presence in youthful experimentation as the permanence of transition and maturation, Water Memory, originally released in 2017, is the first long-form instrumental music Emily ever channeled. Mount Vision, originally released in 2018, was conceived in a smaller window of time than its predecessor, the pure residue of intense emotional build up during a period of self-healing and unguarded reflection.

Previously issued as small editions of self-released cassettes, Emily’s two albums have been resequenced and mastered by Taylor Deupree in double LP and CD editions, each including previously unheard tracks. Emily celebrates the release of Water Memory / Mount Vision tonight at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, sharing a bill with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sean Hellfritsch.

Watch the video for “Piano 2,” directed by Emily, below:

Learn more about this release here ~

May 24, 2019

Johannes Klingebiel – Positional Play


OUT TODAY

The latest 12” in a new chapter of Beats In Space Records, Johannes Klingebiel’sPositional Play comes in a sharp dressed sleeve, bumper-stickered and ready to rip under the needle’s sturdy pressure.

Positional Play – a carbonated collection of capers to stray and sway with – is available now in LP and digital formats at our shop.

May 17, 2019

Rimarimba – The Rimarimba Collection (Second Edition)

June 21, Freedom To Spend will come full circle with Rimarimba offering all four albums in a second collection edition with another “Certificate of Absurdity” from Robert Cox. The collection will feature a new, multi-hued art print and will be the only opportunity to access Light Metabolism Number Prague. Each album features artwork reinterpreted from its original edition by Will Work For Good, and accompanying written abstracts by Jon Dale.

On November 12, Robert Cox will perform the music of Rimarimba live for the very first time as an interactive show at Café OTO in London. Freedom To Spend label mate Michele Mercure’s will perform her first London show ever that night, too.

May 15, 2019

Oliver Coates – John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Sky / Three High Places

AVAILABLE NOW

Following a limited vinyl edition in 2018, Oliver Coates’ arrangement of Pulitzer Prize-winning US composer John Luther Adams’ 2007 piece Canticles of the Sky appears for the first time across all formats.

In March 2017, Coates conducted 32 cellists in the UK premiere of the composition, displaying its intimacies after deeply communing with the trajectories of Adams’ fictional suns and moons, the guiding characters and carriers of the piece.

This recorded interpretation, performed by Coates for multi-layered solo cello, takes Canticles of the Sky to wondrous, dizzying new heights, envisaging Adams’ parallel dimension as an idealised construction. Marrying extra-musical studio techniques and meticulous arrangements to Coates’ fascination with early electronic synthesis (especially the work of Laurie Spiegel), the result offers an ultra-sensory take on classical string instrumentation.

Now available for purchase in digital formats here

May 8, 2019

Help Pauline Anna Strom

photo by Aubrey Trinnaman

Friends,

We’re writing on behalf of a friend: musician and remote healer Pauline Anna Strom (Paula). Paula is visually impaired (blind since birth), elderly (in her 60s), and lives in a rent-controlled apartment in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco with her two reptiles, Little Soulstice and Miss Huff. Since the 70s this apartment has been the center of Paula’s universe, and is the very place where Trans-Millenia Music , a collection of her sound explorations from the 80s that RVNG released in 2017, was conceived and recorded. 

Paula recently fractured a part of her hip after falling over some furniture on her apartment balcony. She crawled, with her twenty pound cyclura iguana in her arms, back into the apartment to call for an ambulance. Paula was admitted to a hospital where she had a successful surgery followed by almost a month at Jewish Home & Rehab Center, but was returned to her apartment last week when her appeal for additional rehabilitation time was rejected. She is slowly regaining her physical faculties, though is in an immense amount of pain. This pain was very recently amplified by the sudden / shocking passing of a close friend and caretaker. 

Paula is essentially – and fiercely – an independent person. Her insurance covered a part of her rehab, but now she is contending with the cost of additional hospital billing, in home physical therapy visits, and general living expenses. While Paula would much prefer to cover accumulating bills through her healing practice fees, her condition, recovery, and the (necessary) professional assessments / disruptions do not make that an immediately solvent solution.

With Paula’s permission, we’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help offset these bills (her insurance only covered $28 of the ambulance bill, to provide some perspective) and living expenses for the next few months.

Just before her accident, Paula was composing new music for the first time in decades. We are anticipating some of that music to arrive to our Brooklyn headquarters soon, and depending on her comfort level, offering some of it immediately on Bandcamp to help raise some financial support and awareness to Paula’s predicament.

We are also looking for volunteers in the Bay Area who may be able to contribute some time to her mutual care calendar. Almost more pressing than financial aid and in the absence of her trusted friend’s passing, Paula needs help with lifting / carrying dishes and groceries, feeding the reptiles (we’ve met them; they are sweethearts), sorting the mail, reading digital displays on her synthesizers and phone. It would be any day of the week after 2 pm. Paula is a reiki master and is able to offer sessions in exchange for help around her apartment.

Thank you so much for consideration. It means the world to Paula, and to us.

RVNG Intl.
https://www.gofundme.com/pauline-anna-strom-recovery

May 7, 2019

Craig Leon – “The Gates Made Plain”

Craig Leon continues his extraterrestrial explorations with “The Gates Made Plain,” the second single from his upcoming album of new music Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Following the cosmic lore of Leon’s earlier work, The Canon expands upon the conceptual cycle based on the alien and mathematical relationships that backbone the creation of art, architecture, science, and music.

Director Milton Melvin Croissant III crafts another mythical, mystical video for “The Gates Made Plain” which features a part of the live visual narrative that accompanies Leon’s upcoming shows surrounding The Canon.

Watch the video for “The Gates Made Plain” below:


Following the US debut of their new live show at Durham, North Carolina’s Moogfest in April, Craig and Cassell Webb, Craig’s creative and life partner, will play Ambient Church at The First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Los Angeles on Friday, May 24.

May 2, 2019