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hode 167
The GeroGeriGeGeGe - 12" Vinyl EP 11,00 Euro

Straight after the gorgeous album "Moenai Hai" from 2016,
The GeroGeriGeGeGe are back with a new fantastic 12" vinyl record.

On April 23rd 2003, The GeroGeriGeGeGe hits the road on 8 city west coast tour.
They would them make history by partaking in the first ever all scratch music tour.

The unique thing about this record is that most of the sounds were designed
and arranged before the group actually rehearsed it. In other words, you will hear this
record and be challenged with the question on how to use the sounds just as they
were.

With less than 2 weeks to practice, the member took bits and pieces of sounds
from this record, and created the vibe featured on this tour.

Like any The GeroGeriGeGeGe releases, this is not your average record, this is an
instrument featuring custom made sounds, vintage synths, as well as samples
from seminal albums such as "Sketchbook: An Introduction to Good Music".

Wether you're trying to mimmick the song performed on the tour and album, create
original good music, or producing tracks traditionally, there's enough samples to bang
out multiple albums.

A piece of history on wax.

limited edition
pressed on virgin black vinyl full colored record sleeve






hode 169
ASTRO / MORTAL VISION - split cassette 7,00 Euro

Welcome back Hiroshi Hasegawa.
This split cassette is the second release from Astro on Scrotum Records.

Astro provide us with "Cruel Subconsciousness", a loud and layered 20 minute
structured noise track, recorded live at the Akihabara Club in Tokyo, 2014.
A masterpiece!

On the flip side, Hiroshi Hasegawa presents his very old alter ego, Mortal Vision.
"Music for Assassination", in 3 parts, is a massive guitar noise wall - highly recommended!
Recorded in 2015, 13 years after the first brilliant cassette on the G.R.O.S.S. label,
this is the third release from Mortal Vision in 14 years!

The cassette was dubbed in real-time on high-bias tape with color artwork.
Limited to 50 copies


Sample: Astro "Cruel Subconsciouness" (excerpt)
Sample: Mortal Vision "Music for Assassination" (excerpt)






hode 165
STEFAN JENKEL / BERT SERGON - split cassette 7,00 Euro

It's time for an experiment.
Do you have any idea what it would sound like if you asked a punk-rock vocalist:
"make some music, without your backline army"
(filed under "spoken word")
I had no idea! Well here it is, Stefan (Yacøpsæ) and Bert (Bizarre X) have each recorded an approx. 6 minute track.
You can call it extraordinary poem reading, or depressive ego manic, you figure it out!

The cassette comes with minimalist color artwork and the lyrics, dubbed in real-time on high-bias tape, of course!
Limited to 25 copies!


Sample: Stefan Jenkel "Die Ulmer Schachtel"
Sample: Bert Sergon "Ende gut" (excerpt)






hode 162
RLW / THE OVAL LANGUAGE / DAS SYNTHETISCHE MISCHGEWEBE
- sprechzimmern CD 10,00 Euro


  a homage to Carlfriedrich Claus († 1998)

Distance, busyness, sporadic communication occupied with other topics are often the reason
why common interests are discovered only late and by accident. Carlfriedrich Claus, sound
poet and graphic artist with a largely concealed output, working in the no-man's-land of
Annaberg-Buchholz, near Chemnitz, Germany, was with some exceptions only discovered after
the fall of the wall. Creating a work of vocal utterances not only composed with great
sophistication, but underlined with intense philosophical research.

How could we not be enthusiastic and even euphoric when digging through the layers of his
multi-faceted body of work that has progressively been published as deserved, which wasn't
the case during the GDR regime that had him withdrawn his title of a professional artist.
Concentrating on a few basic elements, intuition and chance as creative tools backed by intense
theory and contextualization, working methods we all strive for ourselves. It was just a matter
of time and time it took, but it was worth it, to do our own take inspired and in homage to this
great man to whom we feel so linked.

This is not a collaboration of working on each other's sound files, it rather is to let each other know,
to compare where each participant's exploration is positioned and how the distinct works could be
arranged together in order to allow for a varied but continues listening session. A process of filtering
and combining, adding and eliminating, varying density and permeability.

  a homage to Carlfriedrich Claus

of fermenting language / aggregated resonances / swoosh-combined speech transparency:
historical-philosophical vibration / distorted densification = experimental retail salesman
/ articulating principal latency / private suspect statesmanship / destructive-combinatorial
/ an evening live in annaberg - buchholz: tol & rlw & dsm
/ chronicled, condensed and constellated in 2014.

full coloured artwork based on an original drawing by Guido Huebner (dsm)
edition of 300


Sample: The Oval Language "proberäumen"
Sample: RLW "verakten"
Sample: Das Synthetische Mischgewebe "behörden"






hode 160
Michael Barthel - HARN 7" Vinyl 7,00 Euro

Scrotum Records presents the debut record by Michael Barthel.
14 short breathless pieces for voice, rapid read poems, and a pair of sound
poetry pieces.

A musical approach interposing words and sound.

Each piece deals with de/localisation in different fields: protection, refuge,
home - deeply exploring the possibilities put forth by these terms.

Recorded in October 2014, released in March 2015. All poems are printed on the cover.
This release was made possible by small and independent press.

Edition of 150


Sample: #8
Sample: "NE HAUBE, TRAU KEINER"






hode 158
MICHAEL BARTHEL - Stück nach dem fehlenden cassette 7,00 Euro


Michael Barthel's first release in 2013 presents four compositions for voice
and one organ pipe. The Soundpieces are on one hand purely acoustic,
on the other hand they are collages that have been defamiliarized through
the use of dictaphones.

Barthel's soundpieces deal with the possibilities of a unique and personalized
sonic expression within culturally defined linguistic codes.

this release is a high bias cassette with strong bothside printed j-card
and cassette labels


Sample: "Der Vergleich"
Sample: "willentlich bepasstes"






hode140
STABAT MORS / RICHARD RAMIREZ - Hideous Bliss split lp 10,00 Euro


Christian Koehler was the motivating mind behind the project, Stabat Mors.
Fusing thematic concepts and philosophical ideas based on Althusser, Mishima, Derrida, Artaud
and Cioran, the accompanying noise is a confrontation with distorted accordian, metal, piano and
microphone to tube; a farewell release that is a sharp feedback orgy and celebration of despair.
"Hegels Tod" is the first track: a solo recording from 2006. Very isolated, sad and extreme, the mix
is an infusion of trying to bind the theme of death into sound. It was the last track recorded before
he died the same year. The second piece is a documentation of Stabat Mors' first live show at the
Neues Museum Bremen in 2004, featured here as a trio. Etuede 2 & 3 of "Bild und Tod nach Derrida"
is a mixture of lecture and noise-cacophonia.
Richard Ramirez appears on the other side of the LP with long track recorded in 2006.
"Error Strike" is a barrage of dynamic, crushing noise; an enduring wall that spans twenty minutes!

This lp is pro-pressed in a full-colored record jacket with paintings by Christian Koehler.
Additionally, the album comes with a huge insert featuring the text, to "Bild und Tod nach Derrida".
The lp is the memorial to Christian. It is sad that he will never see the final result !


Sample: Stabat Mors "Hegels Tod"
Sample: Richard Ramirez "Error strike"