for warehouse weds, we went through our vaults and found the v last vestiges of:
Michele Mercure’s Beside Herself
The Body’s I Shall Die Here
Lucrecia Dalt’s Anticlines
The Rimarimba Collection
Harald Grosskopf’s Synthesist
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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.
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.
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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
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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.
The Freedom To Spend catalog is now streaming on Resonate.
Resonate is a co-operative streaming service implementing a new “Stream2Own” model. Per their mission statement, Resonate is working to “Rewire the music industry,” and offer a more sustainable model for artists.
You can learn more about Resonate and their mission here.
Les Archives, a whooping gonzo of synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and a mysterious string quartet; composed, arranged, and produced by the elusive Japanese artist June Chikuma is out now via Freedom To Spend.
The 1986 reissue, previously released on Toru Hatano’s Picture Label as Divertimento, so many decades ago, now glows with a different purpose; one that revises the past while maintaining, and finally elevating, its hidden influence. Les Archives is the score for a movie of mistaken identity – clones redressed in a guise of the artist’s re-coding. The legitimate artifact deceives history. There is no original, but this copy is singular and complete.
Order the LP w/ accompanying 7″ or digital edition here at the shop.