Two new Kassettkultur tapes are released today: Rishaug / Mikalsen – Live At Mu (KULT 011) consists of haunting landscapes and electronic textures improvised by Alexander Rishaug and Kai Kobi Mikalsen, recorded live at Sound of Mu, Oslo, Norway in 2010. No edits or afterdubs. Alexander Rishaug – Rainy Days Forever (KULT 012) was originally self-released by Rishaug in 1997. It’s his first release, before the critically acclaimed album “Panorama” (Smalltown Supersound, 2001). It contains lo-fi guitar sketches, unfinished songs, improvisations and everyday reflections. Recorded in Oslo, Trondheim and Reykjavik during 1996-97. Both tapes feature artwork by Rishaug. They can be ordered from Looop.
Out today is the DEL and Kobi release Split The Cosmos, a C90 tape limited to 50 numbered copies. DEL reports from a cosmic trip to Bodø, Norway with a live recording from Nødutgangfestivalen 2010, while Kobi offers a spacey noise drone made from primordial matter, recorded at the release party for their 2010 album “Urstoff” at Sound of Mu, Oslo, Norway.
There will be a release party tonight at Café Mir in Oslo. The bands will play a set each and then join forces for a third set.
Lydgalleriet & Ekko are presenting “Kassett”, an exhibition of Norwegian cassette culture, at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway, October 15th – November 14th. Our friend Lasse Marhaug has curated a compilation tape exclusively for the exhibition, limited to 255 copies. Both the exhibition and the compilation includes works related to the Kassettkultur label. More information on the exhibition can be found here: http://www.lydgalleriet.no/?p=262
Arvid Skancke-Knutsen has written an article for Ballade about the Norwegian cassette culture and the exhibition. The article is in Norwegian and can be found here:
Our seventh release is the self-titled debut of Blue Faced People, the duo of Håvard Skaset (guitar) and Guro Skumsnes Moe (bass and voice). The tape is made up of live recordings from a tour of Italy in 2009. C36 limited to 50 numbered copies.
Guro and Håvard co-run the label Conrad Sound and also play together in Art Directors, Bay/Oslo Mirror Trio, MOE, Sult, and Burning Dog Orchestra. They have also collaborated in bands such as Minitrio and Force Majeure. Both are active in many other projects.
Out now: Olivier Dumont / Jon Wesseltoft – Bosquet Laiteux / Vaisseau Coquillage Et Le Continent Des Mots
Our sixth release is a split tape by two experimental / improv artists; Frenchman Olivier Dumont a.k.a. Allein Luddite, who also plays in Ghotul, Point Zéro, Death In Death Valley, The Gnagnagnas etc., and Norwegian Jon Wesseltoft of Thorns, Maranata, Tongues Of Mount Meru and Cock Of Corpse. C30 limited to 100 numbered copies.
Our fifth release comes from Norwegian free noise duo Maranata, consisting of Dag Stiberg (My Midnight Creeps, Now We’ve Got Members) and Jon Wesseltoft (Thorns, Tongues Of Mount Meru, Cock Of Corpse). The band has previously released six CD-Rs, four on Ambolthue Records and two on Snuffrider. They also have an upcoming album called Teeth on Roggbif Records.
On Site Point they substitute their usual instrumentation of guitar and saxophone with percussion and mouth organ to create an experimental drone piece divided into two parts. The cassette is limited to only 19 numbered copies and will only be available via our official mailorder partner Looop.