Monday, 16 September 2019
(sic 109) Actuary 'Last Thing' C-12
Active in the noise underground since the turn of the decade, Actuary is a multi-driver vehicle for mining both the far reaches of space and the raw dirt of this earth, the project sharing stages and recordings with some of the cream of the noise-making talent currently operating in our humble world.
‘Last Thing’’s first mission reaches for the edge of the universe until the fuel runs out, the burn of expanding particles leaving a solar scorch to the window and a glare to the astral landscape; the second brings that crash landing into an earthly mix of horror house motif and crooked door creak, staccato electronics, samples, and subterranean noise.
‘Last Thing’ is packaged in hand-assembled and painted boxes with a wire cutout and collage artwork, and is limited to 50 copies.
(sic 114) Blackfire 'Blackfire' C-30
Blackfire is the collaborative project of Wyatt Howland (best known for his work as Skin Graft, but also the black heart of about 30 other Cleveland projects) and Andrew Kirschner (long-time experimental raconteur, and also a tentacled contributor to the Cleveland scene), a blurred vision of urban decay which finds a middle ground between Wyatt’s noise misanthropy and Andrew’s dissociative experimental manipulations. Found sound, filthy noise, late night unease, and backlot malaise all coalesce in the duo’s firs release in four years, ‘Blackfire’.
Edition of 75 copies in a semi-transparent sleeve of cut-and-paste artwork.
(sic 115) Hostage Pageant & The Cherry Point & Kazuma Kubota CD
Sometimes you have to think big, and when I was finally able to release an unearthed The Cherry Point recording I saw no option but to pair Phil Blankenship’s long-form maelstromic exhumation with two of the finest contemporary noise-makers: Hostage Pageant’s body tackling harsh noise, and the dynamic finesse and laser cut-up precision of Kazuma Kubota. It’s been a long time in the making, but I am so very proud of the chance to work with these artists, and release this material.
Three artists across 53 minutes, CD in an edition of 200 copies with artwork by Jonathan Canady.
The webstore continues to be expanded with titles, and more on the way. Current Cipher projects-in-the-works include the long-awaited Culver LP/3 cassette boxset, Human Larvae 'Methods Of Submission II' cassette, a Mo*Te/Worth split tape, and more!