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Various Artists - NO Recording II

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Great collaborative cassette project revolving around the excellent group A band (Kashual Plastik, Mannequin etc) and their vast network of artists - collating sketches, collaborations and other types of unhinged processes into one perfectly wild tape compilation of kindred spirits and (non)similarly tilted minds -

all for charity as well! Full support.

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"group A's charity compilation series "NO Recording" spotlights on over 1000 unreleased tracks, improv sessions and random recordings from our past. In order to act fast to emergency campaigns, fundraisings and people who are in need of help, the strict "no additional recordings" rule is set and instead we challenge ourselves to cook with what we have in our fridge.

Rough edges and unfinishedness are left partially unintentionally; most of the demos and jam sessions were recorded direct to stereo, hence the mixing is limited, and partially intentionally as a part of the process of chance operations (we also just like it rough). This method allows us to break our own preconceptions and discover new comprehensions.

Vol.2 was created in the summer of 2020 in place of group A's annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Memorial show. Every year the warm air and the sound of cicadas reminds us of nothing but the atomic bombing. As if it's just in our blood, the memory of the horrible past comes back and remind us to never forget.

“What is the only provocation that could bring about the use of nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the priority target for nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the only established defense against nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. How do we prevent the use of nuclear weapons? By threatening the use of nuclear weapons. And we can't get rid of nuclear weapons, because of nuclear weapons. The intransigence, it seems, is a function of the weapons themselves.”
― Martin Amis

We were keen to share the idea of this release with other artists and involved our fellow Japanese sound experimenters. Osaka based YPY created briocolages out of random recordings and unreleased stuff from 2017, synth, organ, field recording of his own live performance and some unknown voice. Amsterdam based Kohhei Matsuda's Old Cans is a pseudo tape manipulation of recordings of himself banging old oil cans at his high school class room in circa 2004. Random Tapes: Piano and Voice is another result of experimenting forgotten sound sketches and demos he found in his old HDD with cassette tape voice, piano and ring modulator. London based Kenichi Iwasa randomly laid several recordings of his old jam sessions, both acoustic and electronics, and found his own way of reconstructing his own past. Tot Onyx cut recordings of her voice experimentations and Xaphoon into pieces, and group A created imaginary soundscapes with rehearsal demo and sound diaries between 2016 and 2020."

This one's for all the weirdos, freaks and curious minds out there - please form a (dis)orderly queue.

comes with DL code.

Limited edition, comes with unique cotton / needle inside each shell -
each copy is a little different.

Artwork by group A.
All tracks mastered by Nobuki Nishiyama.
All profits the label receives from Vol.2 will be donated to ICAN (www.icanw.org) - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

1. group A - 白い虹 (Shiroi Niji) 06:03
2. Kenichi Iwasa - GAMMA 04:51
3. Kohhei Matsuda - Random Tapes: Piano and Voice 05:46
4. YPY - dive2 02:16
5. group A - 黒い雨 (Kuroi Ame) 04:12
6. Kenichi Iwasa - GRANDE MONTE CARLO 03:43
7. Kohhei Matsuda - Old Can 04:53
8. Tot Onyx - Rot 04:55
9. Kenichi Iwasa - Xallab 09:24
10. YPY - dive1 05:13

group A - 白い虹 (Shiroi Niji)

YPY - dive2

Tot Onyx - Rot

Kenichi Iwasa - Xallab