News from the Conning Tower: next year’s compilation

We announced on Twitter this week that in 2021 we would do another ‘various artists’ charity compilation, and we announced that although it was an open call, there would be strict entry criteria. We also said that participants might have to purchase a film.

So, enough with the mystery, let’s put some flesh on those bones…

The aim of the project will be to provide a new unofficial soundtrack for the Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece, Stalker.

Stalker

The version of this classic we will be working to is a mighty 2 hours 41 minutes long, which is a lot of music. The way we anticipate this working is as follows:

  1. Artists register their interest with SBC
  2. We will allocate a scene from the film (or scenes plural) to that artist, along with the start and end times and expected duration of the piece(s)
  3. Artists have freedom to interpret the scene as they wish, and freedom in terms of the style and instrumentation of their piece. We may choose to edit pieces that are substantially longer than the prescribed duration.
  4. All submissions must be original compositions, and must be exclusive to this project.
  5. All submissions must be as WAV, AIFF or FLAC format.

We’ll put together a more detailed brief, with dates, instructions and FAQs etc. when we’ve had a chance to gauge interest in the project. We’ll also setup a dedicated Twitter account so that interested parties can follow developments, and uninterested parties need not.

And then?

When we’ve assembled the finished project it will be released as a digital download on SBC. We’ll also put together some physical media and some deluxe merch options. We might even try to arrange a performance of the film, with its new soundtrack, if we can navigate around the legal and pandemic related issues.

As we generally do with our open compilations, we will donate all proceeds to a charity, yet to be determined.

What happens next?

  1. Let us know if you want to take part.
  2. Get familiar with Stalker
  3. That’s it, really

Where can I see Stalker?

That depends where you are in the world. You can use JustWatch to tell you the streaming options in your country here:

https://www.justwatch.com/

If you are in the UK, you can currently rent Stalker for 99p from both Amazon Prime and Youtube. It is also readily available on DVD and Blu-Ray, distributed by Artificial Eye.

News from the Conning Tower: new release round-up

Blimey Charlie, it’s been busy.

Several new releases to catch-up on, so straight to business, if you please.

Flavigula: Jēmaraz
Jēmaraz is an album incorporating ambient krautrock soundscapes, samples and live instrumentation that will delight fans of progressive and art rock. Each composition on Jēmaraz creates colourful, heady landscapes that are simultaneously dark and light, disorienting and hopeful.

Bob from Flavigula says:
Flavigula began as Bob’s clouds of abstractions that wanted to be put to “tape”, as it were. Endless swaying and looping improvisations for ambient guitar gradually gave way to more concise composing, especially after Christian’s input brought more focus. The majority of the pieces here are impressionistic portrayals of long abandoned cities situated on unsure shores painted in minimalistic, jazz tinged hues. Martes Flavigula wavers in the haze.

Incentive: Presence
Presence features Incentive’s established dark sonic signature of rhythmic noise and melody, but with rawer production value, reflecting the theme of existence and death onto the album. A work painstakingly perfected for this exact moment in time — found sounds, digital synths, and painful vocals will be appreciated by listeners who find catharsis in dark experimental music.

Presence is being offered as a cassette, CD, or digital download. It is also available as a digital download from Incentive’s own Circle With A Dot imprint.

SCHTUMMM™: Music To Be Despised
Music To Be Despised is a complex sonic journey, gently shifting moods between ambience and explosive rhythmic energy. A work of generative electronic brilliance, Music To Be Despised is a work that challenges the listener while maintaining a consistent beauty throughout.

SCHTUMMM™ is a project by Craig Manga whose other projects include Mangabros and Modwump (who have also released work with the Submarine Broadcasting Company.)

Outpost magazine said:
This wasn’t planned. It could never be. This is the music of serendipity, of experiments into aleatoric composition. Recorded piano, guitar and bass notes fed into the belly of the machine, then randomised by various software/DAW mutilations. Electro-acoustic brushstrokes, modular synth and various found sounds add texture and distress to the melting pot. It is unclassifiable, possibly unlikeable, but difficult to ignore.
Imagine Eno + Aphex Twin + John Cage fused in Cronenberg’s teleporter at a DNA level. This is 21st century Modern Classicism for the marginalised.

HOZRO BY IYARI IS ONE OF THE RECOMENDACIONES DE LA SEMANA ON DEPNAFUZZ

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Álbum de la semana:

PSYCHLONA.- “VENUS SKYTRIP” (UK) desert-rock, fuzz, stoner, heavy-psych, proto-metal

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BLUES PILLS.- “HOLY MOLLY!” (Suecia) blues-rock, soul-rock, hard-rock, psychedelic-rock

https://open.spotify.com/album/5q42nCZVvcbvSLIX2zxvkQ

BRIMSTONE COVEN.- “THE WOES OF A MORTAL EARTH” (US) hard-rock, classic-rock, proto-metal, vintage, ocult-rock, retro

BLACK ELEPHANT.- “SEVEN SWORDS” (Italia) heavy-psych, fuzz, stoner, psychedelic-rock, blues-rock, doom, 

BILL FISHER.- “MASS HYPNOSIS AND THE DARK TRIAD” (UK) hard-rock, vintage, progressive, rock, retro-rock, psychedelic-rock, stoner, classic-rock,

STONED KARMA.- “INDIGO” (Francia) psychedelic-rock, stoner, instrumental

IYARI.-“HOZRO” (España) avant-garde, instrumental, psychedelic, post-rock, improvisation

HYDRA.- “FROM LIGHT TO THE ABYSS” (Polonia) stoner, hard-rock, heavy-rock, proto-doom, retro

VOLCANOVA.- “RADICAL WAVES” (Islandia) stoner, hard-rock, heavy-rock, heavy-psych

UAY.- “LA SELVA” (Mexico) psychedelic-rock, latin, heavy-psych, experimental,  space

PALEHORSE/PALERIDER & LORD BUFFALO.“LEGENDS OF THE DESERT: VOLUME 1 (US) desert-rock, stoner, psychedelic, rock, alternative, fuzz, shoegaze

ERDEN.- “

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Review from Forestpunk of Cloud Diameter 2 – Cosmic Jazz For The Age Of Spiritual Machines

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Getachew Mekuria + John Coltrane + Count Zero Cloud Diameters 2 

Cloud Diameter 2 review

“The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction.”

RAY KURZWEIL, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

“By the end of this decade, we will have full-immersion visual-auditory environments, populated by realistic looking virtual humans. By the 2030s, virtual reality will be totally realistic and compelling and we will spend most of our time in virtual environments. By the 2040s, even people of biological origin are likely to have the vast majority of their thinking process taking place in nonbiological substrates. We will all become virtual humans.”

RAY KURZWEIL, attributed, The Age of Virtual Reality

spiritual jazz artificial intelligence “The Infinity Room,” Yayoi Kusama, The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, CA

“Parallax Error,” the opening invocation from Cloud Diameter 2, creeps in with the warm, breathy sound of a tenor sax jamming along with a modular…

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News from the Conning Tower: Sub the Sub

Having given it some thought, and after doing some sums, we’ve decided to enable a new feature which will be of interest to our regular customers: the Submarine Broadcasting Company Supporter’s Club.

It’s a Bandcamp subscription service. You pay £5 a month and you get access to the digital versions of everything we do, plus a large chunk of our back catalogue. You’ll also get a decent discount from our merch, messages from us, and other unique offers. Given that we release roughly two releases every month, averaging between £6 and £10, paying a paltry £5 is great value, not to mention the 30+ releases that will be instantly yours from the back catalogue (with more to be added as time goes by).

You also have the option to spend a little more (£6/month) and get a CD every month, or a little more again (£8/month) and get a cassette every month. How marvellous!

It goes without saying that the subscription model is fantastically beneficial to us too; it offers a predictable income, which allows us to budget for bigger and better releases in the months ahead.

You can get full details about the Supporter’s Club here: https://submarinebroadcastingco.bandcamp.com/supporters-club

Come on in, the water’s lovely.

News from the Conning Tower: Micrographia

So we have a brand new release tomorrow (10th July) and it’s a split release from two artists new to the submarine, qualchan and Dogs versus Shadows.

The split has been named Micrographia after the book (as per Wikipedia: Micrographia or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses. With Observations and Inquiries Thereupon is a historically significant book by Robert Hooke about his observations through various lenses).

The little slices of life/sonic micro-stories in the hazy beats that qualchan creates, coupled with the look through the sonic microscope at cell membranes (see track titles) of dogs versus shadows is a pairing of musicians that deserve a closer listen.

qualchan – ultra-prolific experimental producer from Portland, Oregon, has released through Hotham Sound and Houdini Mansions amongst others.

dogs versus shadows – the radio DJ behind Kites and Pylons /experimental electronic producer Lee Pylon released his debut through London’s Subexotic Records in June 2020 and has several follow-ups in the pipeline.

Some of the tracks are very short – microscopic, some might say. Imagine slicing open a life – you might examine a little part at a time. Imagine examining a cell membrane – you’ll see parts of the whole, bit by bit you can piece them together and create an image…. that’s what Micrographia sets out to be.

Micrographia will be available exclusively on Bandcamp, as digital download or extremely limited edition cassette.

News from the Conning Tower: coming attractions

Hello you. How’s things? It’s all a bit weird at the moment, isn’t it. One of the benefits of operating from a submarine is that isolation is all part of the gig. So as far as new releases go, it’s full-steam ahead. But without the steam, obvs.

Two new releases that have snuck under the radar, both featuring the Welsh anarchist alchemist Alan Morse Davies. First up is his partnership with Anthony Morrow to form Non-Fatal Injuries, as explained thusly…

“Inspired by the world’s largest ever release of balloons, Balloonfest ’86 and the collateral damage it caused, we decided to work together.

Multiple horses suffered non-fatal injuries.

We settled on suitable synth and organ ambience then added samples from a 1948 BBC debate on the existence of God.”

Available only from Bandcamp as digital download or CD.

 

Second out of the traps is Alan partnering with Gregory Nieuwsma with their Reichian masterwork Dreams of Steve. Two very different but compelling dreams for all your iterative minimalist needs.

Alan and Gregory have made this album free to you; again it is available only on Bandcamp.

 


We have a big stack of new releases to bring you over the next couple of months. There’s a second album from Cloud Diameter, cheekily entitled Cloud Diameter 2. There’s a new album from Xqui, a new album from Iyari, a follow up to the acclaimed Spirits of Afrodubism by Cousin Silas & the Glove of Bones and much, much more.

Stay home, stay safe, buy a cassette player.

‘Happiness’, from Incentive

Our first release of 2020 is an imprint of Incentive’s brilliant Happiness album on cassette. It’s urgent, dense, claustrophobic, playful, ominous, melodic, and visceral. It’s instrumental, but certainly not ambient.

James (Incentive) says:

Happiness is an an album comprised of inspired and emotional compositions and production — a deep, complex sonic journey that amalgamates deep mechanical grooves and dark textures with hints of bright melody. This is a work of catharsis and self-medication; the auditory tapestry of this album was inspired by the junction of childhood trauma, depression, and anxiety about the future.

Take a listen here: https://submarinebroadcastingco.bandcamp.com/album/happiness

Review of ‘FROM – A Memory of Tomorrow’ by Yeah I Know It Sucks

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Artist: FROM
Title: A Memory of Tomorrow
Keywords: experimental ambient artprogressive United Kingdom
Label: Submarine Broadcasting Company

Being equipped with a bad memory is not all that handy, but when lovely music achieves to convey a memory of something that will happen tomorrow it is clear that things are becoming more easy. Now there are no worries about forgetting anything, as the events did not yet happen & yet we have a handy sneak preview! Giving us time to get accustomed to it all & Letting it all settle in ready to be stored in our beloved memory section of the mind like a engraver engraving a name in a wedding ring.

The music over here tells us that tomorrow will be one of those drowsy romantic days, one in which sweet mesmerising repetitive songs of singing are playing out on a intelligently calming flow of sentimental goodness. Tomorrow…

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