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Category Archives: Freedom To Spend
For this month’s FTSxNTS, Freedom To Spend’s monthly show on NTS, Andrea Zarza Canova reimagines Ursula K. Le Guin’s world of the Kesh by mixing Ursula and Todd Barton’s music, ethnographic recordings of Yurok, Tolowa, and Papago performers, and oral excerpts from Always Coming Home.
In Always Coming Home (1985), Ursula K. Le Guin develops a fictional ethnography of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, the Kesh, survivors of an ecological catastrophe in Northern California. Early editions were published with an accompanying cassette containing ‘field recordings’ and indigenous song, which Freedom To Spend reissued in March 2018.
Listen back to Andrea’s mix and read the full editorial over at NTS.
Andrea Zarza Canova is a sound archivist, curator at the British Library Sound Archive, and co-founder of Mana Records.
Friends & Fiends.
We’ve donated over $3,500 in funds to more than 10 different charities in 2019 alone thanks to each and every one of you – your purchases of a RVNG LP or CD directly helps an organization of our artists’ choosing through the Come! Mend! initiative.
As a thank you for your support, we’ve compiled a digital compilation on Bandcamp for free / pay what you want, gathering singles from 2019 and a very special surprise bonus track.
The digital comp is included with purchase of these year-in-review bundles: our best selling LPs and CDs of 2019; Helado Negro’s This Is How You Smile and Live at KCRW (with smiley bumper sticker – last ones left!); a grip of Freedom To Spend classics; and both brand new Commend There tapes at a friendly discount for easy stocking stuffers.
Explore the range of discounted items in our SALE collection here. We’ve added a few more titles and offering goods for as cheap as 50% off. The sale runs through December 18th and is exclusive to the RVNG store.
More thoughts on 2019 to come – for now, enjoy the dive into our year’s catalog.
South African visual artist and filmmaker Sean Metelerkamp, best known for his videos for Death Grips and Die Antwoord, contributes a hazy, technicolor complement to Michele Mercure’s brief yet anthemic ambient song, “Antarctica”, released in November 2018 as part of her archival compilation, Beside Herself.
Michele will be performing select shows overseas this November. Learn more here.
Neighborhoods, the latest release from Freedom To Spend, revisits the environs of late Portland, Oregon musician and sound historian Ernest Hood
Watch ernest explores, featuring “August Haze” and part of the label’s ongoing Freedom To Pretend series, dir. by Jodi Darby below:
Learn more about Neighborhoods here.
Freedom To Spend’s next release revisits the environs of late Portland, Oregon musician and sound historian Ernest Hood.
Sprawling through a haze of zither, synthesizer melodies, and foraged pedestrian sound, Neighborhoods is both a score and documentary composed and directed by Hood to offer, in his words, joy in reminiscence.
Learn more here
Freedom To Spend previously offered all four Rimarimba albums in an edition of 250 screen-printed canvas carriers. The canvas collection is long sold-out, and this second edition of 200 4x LP sets will be the only other opportunity to access Light Metabolism Number Prague. Today, On Dry Land and In The Woods are available individually for the first time. Each album features artwork reinterpreted from its original edition by Will Work For Good, a “Certificate of Absurdity” from Robert Cox, and accompanying abstracts by Jon Dale.
Learn more here
By his third album, it’s clear Robert Cox has recognised just how liberating technology can be – “All these intricate layers of things that I was trying to play, and didn’t have the musical ability to play, I could suddenly program them” – but he also recognises that if you head too far down that road, dull perfection is your bitter reward. Human music intoxicated and lurching through a new forest of machinery.
Enjoy director Matthew Reed’s audiovisual postcard of Felixstowe, UK, Cox’s hometown (and where all of the music of Rimarimba originated), featuring “Pacific,” a selection from In The Woods:
Freedom To Spend previously offered all four Rimarimba albums in an edition of 250 screen-printed canvas carriers. The canvas collection is long sold-out, and this second edition of 200 4x LP sets will be the only other opportunity to access Light Metabolism Number Prague. On June 21, Below The Horizon, On Dry Land and In The Woods will be available individually for the first time. Each album features artwork reinterpreted from its original edition by Will Work For Good, a “Certificate of Absurdity” from Robert Cox, and accompanying abstracts by Jon Dale.
Learn more here
Friends & Fiends,
Beginning right now and extending through the month of July, nab deep discounts on select titles from our wide catalog direct from the igetrvng.com source. Dig for gems from the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend imprints, including soft goods.
If your order reaches $50 (before tax & shipping), we’ll include a bonus / free / surprise LP from our back catalog. If your orders reaches $100, we’ll include two free / surprise LPs.
If your order contains CDs, or you would rather have free CDs than LPs, email us with your order number and we’ll send the format of your choice.
Thank you for your support this year and all years ~