AVAILABLE:

AST050: BRANDO'S ISLAND - "LIQUID SOUL / CRYO CAPERS" 7"
AST058: GAUD - "BRAINED" C26
AST061: NICKY CRANE - "UNTITLED" C20
AST062: TAKAHIRO MUKAI - "GRANULAR JELLY" C40
AST063: COARSES - "0X001" C38

OUT EVENTUALLY:

AARON DILLOWAY CS
CIRCULAR RUINS CS
TRUST CS
CUBE - "FADE TO BIEGE" REISSUE CS


DISCOGS | SOUNDCLOUD | BANDCAMP

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New AST Batch: Gaud, Nicky Crane, Takahiro Mukai + Coarses.

AST058: GAUD - "BRAINED" c26

As Gaud, Nick Kuceli has released some of my favourite local releases of the last few years via Future Archaic and Distort. On "Brained", Gaud drives home his long-form techno over three tracks. He continues to hone his sound, working with a limited palette of a laptop, Sherman filter bank, 303 clone + effects. This shit is a wormhole that you can easily get lost in.



AST061: NICKY CRANE - "UNTITLED" c20

This is the latest in the Australian purveyor of cooked electronic music's refreshingly progressive releases. Relatively similar equipment-wise to his excellent CD from last year on Rhythm Works (drum machine, dictaphone + effects), this tape is truly unique and done with a bent sense of humour. Live, NC has crafted some of the best sets I've seen over the last year. The monkey can play.



AST062: TAKAHIRO MUKAI - "GRANULAR JELLY" c40

Japan's Takahiro Mukai has been busy over the last two years. He has produced some excellent releases of fractured rhythmic electronics on various tape labels, including Spain's Paralaxe Editions. Here, he presents thoroughly eroded beats and stuttered synths.



AST063: COARSES - "0X001" c38

I came across some videos of this guy playing Korg Electribes a few months ago and got in touch with him to see if he recorded much. His name is Jason Cook and he hails from somewhere in the Midwest of America. Within a few weeks he'd produced this tape of well-studied techno and harsher, drone-based recordings.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Bandcamp Update.

The Altered States Bandcamp has been updated with the last two batches. Includes releases by 2200, Germany Army, Siobhan, Luke Holland, L. Lerkenfeldt + Cooper Bowman. Some of the most legit stuff I've released so far I'd say. No cover art yet, but I'll get on it soon.

As usual, they're free, but chop me out a few dollars to put towards the next batch if you're feeling charitable. Speaking of, tapes by Nicky Crane, Gaud, Coarses + Takahiro Mukai will be available imminently.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

AST At Lulu's / CB - Taśma Bagno Tape.




Out of print Altered States releases available from Lulu's, including tapes from German Army, 2200, Siobhan, Luke Holland, L. Lerkenfeldt + Cooper Bowman.

Also available is a new CB tape titled "Taśma Bagno" (top right). Some info: Taśma Bagno (roughly, "swamp tape") was released with a day's notice by excellent Polish experimental label, Wounded Knife, for a CB show in Warsaw in a numbered edition of 20 copies. I've done an Altered States repress of another 20 for Australian punters. Tape + synth loops. No catalogue number.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

European Distribution / Shows / News.

                                        

Altered States Tapes releases + artzine available from the excellent Motto Books in Berlin. Brando's Island 7"s also available from Static Shock Berlin.

European shows:


Berlin last week.


Finland next week.

New batch released imminently. 

Also, I've made an instagram for AST, check it out if videos of me playing synths and other minutiae is of interest to you: @alteredstatestapes


Thursday, February 4, 2016

New AST Batch: Siobhan, German Army, 2200 + Artzine.



AST057: SIOBHAN – “TWILIGHT PHONE” c22

Detroit native Travis Galloway has released some of my favourite tapes of the last few years on labels such as Nostilevo and Opal Tapes. Immensely fried and caked in grit, Twilight Phone is Siobhan at it’s best. Samples of guitar and plundered songs interrupt the five short narratives featured here. How Galloway makes this stuff sound the way it does is beyond me, he’s got it nailed.



AST059: GERMAN ARMY – “GONE IN LUXURY” c28

German Army are a hard act to describe. Across their vast catalogue of releases, they have shifted into numerous forms. Gone In Luxury sees them operating as self-professed producers of “noise”. But don’t let that fool you into thinking they are dealing in static, there are rhythms and tracks of accumulative looped madness here. Another curveball.



AST060: 2200 – “BLACK IRON” c22

Under various guises, Rory McPike killed it last year. Either bringing it to the club as Dan White or creating mutated electro and post-punk fuelled mayhem as 2200. Here McPike appears in the latter incarnation. Black Iron is a departure from his 2015 12” on Cult Trip, showing a simultaneously harsh and pounding sound.



Also available is a small-run pro-printed zine titled Serene Fullerene. Layout by Mark Groves, images by me. Some of this stuff will appear on upcoming AST releases.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New AST Batch: L.Lerkenfeldt, Luke Holland + Cooper Bowman.


A new batch of noise from three Melbourne solo artists.

AST054: L.LERKENFELDT – “URBAN BODY” c19

Debut release from visual/sound artist Lisa Lerkenfeldt. There are two forms here: concise drum machine pieces and longer drone pieces. It is the latter which make up the bulk of this tape. Lerkenfeldt employs processes to dictaphone field recordings resulting in them being stripped of any connection with their original form.


AST055: LUKE HOLLAND – “PURGATORY” c33

"Purgatory is the latest solo release from Luke Holland, who is also the founder of the long-standing underground cult industrial label, Trapdoor Tapes. Progression-wise, Purgatory falls under the banner of the death-industrial genre, and reflects a similar position to the initial incarnation and ideology of Holland’s previous projects Mshing and duo Armour Group. Perhaps more disciplined in concept and execution, Purgatory is the second part of the sequential and thematically minimal new project, which started with prior release - Decomposition." - Harriet K Morgan



AST056: COOPER BOWMAN – “BLUE TACT” c20

A new tape compiling various short tape loops of me playing this weird little synth my uncle bought me. The result is a kind of repetitive ambience.


New batch of lo-fried techno and industrial coming in January 2016.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Experimental Techno In NSW January 2016.




Newcastle / The Croatian Club / Friday 8th January / info here.



Sydney / Red Rattler Theatre / Saturday 9th January / info here.