MD 046: ØJERUM – SELV I DRØMME LYSER DEN FØRSTE SNE

øjeRum is a Danish artist who focusses on collages and on ambient music, using the same approach by bringing different elements together to create a conclusive new piece of art. The album “Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne” combines those two artistic approaches and the result is a beautiful album with a collage artwork by øjeRum and a 20minutes long ambient track in two variations.

“Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne” is Danish and means “Even In Dreams The First Snow Glows”. Side A features a 20minutes long ambient track, which evolves out of short loops that model themselves into a floating, waving and mesmerizing soundwall. Side B features a different version of the track, formed of the same melodies like on side A, but this time played on cello by Aaron Martin. øjeRum arranged the cello parts, like using his own ambient loops. The result is a cello based track with also evolving sounds that seem to change during the track. You also get the idea of vocals or other instruments, but it´s just the looped cello themes.

The album got mastered by Mark Kuykendall, who worked out the details of the sound, so you can hear all the waving and floating soundchanges.

Tracklist

Vinyl / Download:
A. Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne 19:59
B. Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne (Strings by Aaron Martin) 19:44

Bonus Digital Track:
Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne (Dual Version)
This version brings both tracks together into one and shows a new perspective.
This track is only available with the download code, that is included in every vinyl order.

“Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne“ comes in an edition of 100 trans-violet copies on 12inch vinyl. Reverse printed matt cardboard with full coloured artwork and labels, featuring collages by øjeRum.

Realease date 15.06.2018

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MD 055: MATAWAN – WE LINGERED IN THE CHAMBERS OF THE SEA

We are very happy to introduce you to MATAWAN and their world of slowly rising ambient landscapes.

London based Multi-instrumentalist duo MATAWAN featuring Gareth Chapman and Barclay Brennan was formed back in 2013 and focusses on slow and long melodies and all the fine textures that evolve out of ambient music.

“We Lingered in the Chambers of the Sea” is a beautiful over half an hour track, that takes you on a journey, that gives you a feeling of levitation, that abducts you from wherever you where, before starting listening to that track.

“We Lingered in the Chambers of the Sea” is named after a line found in a poem by T.S. Eliot, describing the feeling of the music and the way how the band works with it. Using antiquated and modern forms of music technology, MATAWAN primarily focus on producing highly saturated and evolving textures. To achieve this, the pieces are usually made from dozens of tiny melodies, that are played or derived from short field recordings, densely layered to create what you can hear on this tape.

The album comes in an edition of 50 copies. Turquoise tapes, full coloured cardboard inlay made of old t-shirts and a thick die-cut cross fold out sleeve.

Release date: 06.04.2018
Preorder starts 01.03.2018 | 20:00 (german time)

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MD 048: AMANDUS SCHAAP & EVERT KRAMER – DONE

We are proud to present you a limited tape release, by two artists from the Netherlands.

Born out of a deep friendship for ambient music Amandus Schaap and Evert Kramer joined forces to create “Done”. A beautiful piece of ambient work, full of fragile moments blessed with melancholia and hidden soundmessages.

Evert Kramer plays classic piano surrounded by different kind of ambient and noise sounds by Amandus Schaap, known for his Moniker Equal Stones. The album evolves out of tiny piano themes, harmonies and different layers of guitar drones and field recordings. Although the tracks have melancholic titles, there is always a feeling of hope in the tracks. It is this divergency that brings the album to the point.

The mastering by Rafael Anton Irisarri brings out a very warm atmosphere, which perfectly fits for this tape release.

The tape is limited to 50 copies housed in thick cardboard o-cards. The tapes come in a beautiful green transparent colour with a full printed A side.

Tracklist

A
Rain In My Heart
The Act Of Giving Up
Aftermath
Empathy

B
Mine Is Broken, Yours Is Spent
Drowning, Surface Reflections
Sinners Took Us Along

Release date is 06.04.2018
Proerder starts 01.03.2018 | 20:00 (german time)

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MD 049: HAVNES.JÄRMYR.SERRIES – DISTANT CURVING HORIZON. THE PRIMAL BROKEN PASSAGE. BENEATH THE SCORCHING SUN

We are very happy to present you a new improvisational collaboration album.

In 2015 three artists came together for a studio session: Dirk Serries (Fear Falls Burning, VidnaObmana, Microphonics, The Void Of Expansion) on guitar,  Tomas Järmyr (Yodok, Zu, Motorpsycho, Werl, Sunswitch, Saw) on drums and Eirik Havnes (Saw) on guitar.

You might say this music originates in the 2014 releases “Ashes and Blues” by The Void Of Expansion (Serries/Järmyr) and “No Way Black” by SAW (Havnes/Järmyr). While both duos were planning new recording sessions, the idea of a collaboration emerged – and so a session was scheduled for May 16th 2015. This album is the result of what happened that day in a basement studio in downtown Trondheim. No written music, an all improvised first encounter.

The result of this improvised session is a 55minutes long beast of different layers and styles. It´s jazzy, it´s krautrock, it´s spacerock, it´s drone and something inbetween. Beginning as an experimental journey with haunted drums and floating guitar sounds, with surprising interjections and twists until the track comes to a point where it seems to get quiet, just to build up a 20minute long climax.

The album comes in a matt finished six-panel-digisleeve, limited to 250 copies.

Release date is 23.03.2018.
Preorder starts 01.03.2018. | 20:00 (german time)

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MD 043: NOONE – HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE IMPROVE HIS SHINING TAIL

We are thrilled to present the first physical release by Noone. An artist who is just focused on his music, giving no information about the person behind the moniker Noone. Trying to deflect attetion away from the person behind the music, the person gets more interesting. But, lets say Noone is just no one.

After self-releasing a couple of digital albums, Noone came up with an idea, which we felt in love with. Inspired by the short Lewis Carroll poem “How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail” Noone created a dark soundjourney, expressing his feelings about this piece out of the “Alice in Wonderland” world. It´s an one hour long track, which evolves from ambient to a kind of instrumental audio drama. You need to take time for this kind of music. It´s not just listening to ambient, this is an one hour long soundtrack for your imagination. You can discover minimal and subtle melodies and themes, indiscreet beats, strange noises, toy sounds and much more. It´s a real journey for your ears and your imagination.

The album is mastered by Iranian artist Porya Hatami and features guitar sounds by Ashtoreth and additional field recordings by Vladimir Kryuchev.

Strictly limited to 100 copies on CD, housed in a 4panel digisleeve with matt finish and beautiful gatefold inside panels.

Tracklist
How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail 60:29

Release Date: 19.01.2018

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MD 40: ZENJUNGLE – FRAGMENTED LIVES

We are very happy to present you “Fragmented Lives”, the new album by Zenjungle aka Phil Gardelis.

“Fragmented Lives” is the third Midira release by Zenjungle and brings the soundcosmos of Phil Gardelis to another level. The album consists of one epic track running over 36 minutes, combining all trademark sounds of Zenjungle, including slowly tenor saxophone, field recordings and guitar drones, accompanied by violin and cymbal sounds. By taking time, the sounds have enough space to unfold their effect.

 

“Fragmented Lives” is divided into two parts, starting with the slowly rising and floating “Anticipation” and ending into the loud and dynamic “Realization”. “Anticipation” is about hope that things can change in a better way. Phil Gardelis lives in the heart of the Greek crisis, called “Athens” and like every Greek, he had hope that something will change for the better, after the Greek election two years ago. “Realization” is what comes after hope. It´s what is now. Greece is still in a crisis, many people lost their works and the election seems to be a mistake. Also the rest of the world seems to stuck in a crisis with so many refugees and strange election results all over the world.

The good thing about it is, that the crisis did not overwhelm Phil Gardelis. His music is a catalyzer, that  turns his feelings into sounds, which lead us to “Fragmented Lives”. Apart from all the politics and society themes, that provoked Phil Gardelis to write this album, it is a masterpiece in his discography. 36 minutes of floating, growing, droning, fizzling… It´s ambient, drone, doom, jazz and everything in between. A very emotional journey through the mind of Phil Gardelis.

The album features guest appearances by Nima Aghiani on violin and Babis Coltranis on drum cymbals. Andreas Brinke from [ B O L T ] did the Mastering.

The album comes as a 12inch ultra clear vinyl, housed in a 350g sleeve with a coloured reverse-print artwork. Limited to 200 copies. Including a download code for the uncutted 36 minutes version of “Fragmented Lives”.

Tracklist
Fragmented Lives LP
A – Anticipation 18:02
B – Realization 18:17
Fragmented Lives Digital
Fragmented Lives 36:15

Release date: 19.01.2018

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MD 054: N (54) – SUEDFALL

We are pleased to present you “Suedfall” by N. This album is a very special document, containing one of the most influential tracks, for us. “Suedfall” is not just an album, it is somehow our way to revere the track “Suedfall”, that we love since almost 6 years.

Side A features “Suedfall” in it´s very original version, taped during it´s premiere in the Christuskirche Bochum back in 2011. It was a very magic moment listening to this nearly 20minutes track surrounded by the aura of a church. Slowly rising, slowly getting louder, slowly growing distortion, always accompanied by the overwhelming melody of the track.

Side B features a newly recorded studio version of “Suedfall”, featuring electrified violin by Vanessa Kreutz. This collaboration came to live as a score for the short film “Der blinde Fotograf” by Max Walter. This version highlights all the subtle melodies and brings the track to a new level. 23 minutes of pure drone mass. Slowly rising to a noisy apex and floating slowly away.

“Suedfall” comes as a black 180g 12 inch record, housed in a reverse-printed sleeve, on 450g rough grey cardboard. Limited to 100 copies.

Mastered by Fear Falls Burning (Dirk Serries).

Tracklist
A – Suedfall 19 42
B – Suedfall 23 07

Inserted download code includes the bonus track “Suedfall (Score Edit)” plus a PDF with extra information and credits.

Release date: 19.01.2018

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MD 030: DELINEATION

We are very excited and very proud to present you our first Tape Box, long in the making and finally ready. “Delineation” enfolds four tapes including Remixes and Reinterpretations of Midira tracks, starting from MD 001 Nadja & N over to MD 023 Architeuthis Rex.

Releasing music means friendship to us. Being friends with musicians and being friends of their music. Thinking about that strong connection, we asked our artists and friends if they would be interested in reworking tracks from the Midira catalogue. The results were overwhelming for us, so that we started working out a convenient compound, to assemble all those new tracks we´ve got back from the artists. We decided to give the tracks the space they need and made a box with 4 tapes featuring 13 tracks.

“Delineation” comes as a four tape box, bound by a heavy grey cardboard banderole with letterpressed artwork, which can be folded out. The letterpress artwork – made by letterpress77 – has a very cool visual and haptic appearance and the moon cutting has kind of a 3-D effect when you unfold it. The tapes are housed in handmade grey cardboard sleeves with four different die-cut artworks. The tapes come in a transparent orange colourway. Every tape features an inlay card, on 600g cardboard, pressed by four layers of paper, with an orange core. A supplemental fifth inlay card, with a black core, completes the credits.

Tracklist:

Tape O

N (23) – Baukum (N+N Echo Beach Mix) 13:15
Delineated by Nadja
previously released as a bonus download
original track on “Vomos” MD 001

 

N (30) + [ B O L T ] – 16.33 (ABRMX) 12:17
Delineated by Aidan Baker
previously released as a bonus download
original track on “N (30) + [ B O L T ]” MD 011

 

Tape OO

Aidan Baker – Consciousness Bridge (Reshaped) 9:48
Delineated by Architeuthis Rex
Lyrics based on “Passing Through” poem by Aidan Baker.
previously unreleased
original track on “Dualism” MD 022

 

N (30) + [ B O L T ] – 05.17 (Oikos Remix) 4:54
Delineated by Oikos
previously released as a bonus download
original track on “N (30) + [ B O L T ]” MD 011

 

Ninemiles – Branch (Machinefabriek Version) 4:00
Delineated by Rutger Zuydervelt
previously unreleased
original track on “GrÍmsey” MD 003

 

N (30) + [ B O L T ] – 16.33 (Andrea Belfi Remix) 9:52
Delineated by Andrea Belfi
previously released as a bonus download
original track on “N (30) + [ B O L T ]” MD 011

 

N (37) + [ B O L T ] – 10.59 (Zenjungle Remix) 9:40
Delineated by Phil Gardelis
previously unreleased
original track on “N (37) + [ B O L T ]” MD 018

 

Tape OOO

Caudal – Murk (TQA Remix) 6:38
Delineated by thisquietarmy
previously unreleased
original track on “Murk” MD 015

 

Aidan Baker & Maik Erdas – Cameo I (Slow Steps Remix) 6:27
Delineated by Exchampion
previously unreleased
original track on “Cameo” MD 006

 

Piiptsjilling – Kobbeswerk  (Ninemiles Remix) 8:50
Delineated by Thomas Rosen [ B O L T ]
previously unreleased
original track on “Moarntiids” MD 014

 

Architeuthis Rex – Stilbon (Birken Remix) 8:32
Delineated by Andreas Brinke [ B O L T ]
previously unreleased
original track on “Stilbon is Dead” MD 023

 

Tape OOOO

Piiptsjilling – Slykklauwers (Adversed Version) 10:10
Delineated by Tissika
previously unreleased
original track on “Moarntiids” MD 014

 

N (30) + [ B O L T ]  – 05.17 (Desolation) 11:24
Delineated by Dirk Serries
previously released as a bonus download
original track on “N (30) + [ B O L T ]” MD 011

 

 

“Delineation” is limited to 50 copies including a download code for all 13 tracks plus some bonus remixes.

All tracks mastered by Andreas Brinke.
Artwork by Katharina Woltering.
Letterpress Print by Letterpress77.

Release date 28.07.2017

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Please note, that this box will be shipped separately in an extra thick box including registered shipping.

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MD 042: THISQUIETARMY – DEMOCRACY OF DUST

Years after “Altar of Drone” thisqietarmy returns to Midira with his new album “Democracy Of Dust”. We are thrilled to present you this masterpiece that documents a very special output by Eric Quach, very oppositional to what you heard before on “Altar of Drone” and other classic tqa releases.

During his residency at the Dissenso Studio in Sao Paolo, while touring with Labirinto, he recorded some tracks using different synthesizers. Back home he added some guitar tracks to the synthesizer recordings and finalized the tracks. The result is an impressive mixture of electronic and drone sounds, refined with ambient layers and subliminal beats.

The album got mastered for vinyl by Brian Wenckebach at Electric Blue Studios in Brooklyn and it takes you on a journey through familiar tqa sounds to some surprisingly electronic tunes with massive walls of sound and beats, that make you wobble while listening. A perfect floating and beating synthiedrone trip.

 

So get your hands on the console and preorder your copy of this outstanding album by thisquietarmy.

“Democracy Of Dust” comes in an edition of 300 copies on 12inch vinyl with full colour printed labels and a full colour artwork showing Sao Paolo from the bird’s eye view, printed inside-out on the rough side of a 300g cardboard sleeve.

200 copies come in as a regular edition on black vinyl including download code and 100 copies come as a limited edition on transparent blue vinyl, also including a CD with the digital mastered version of the album.

Tracklist

A
Welcome To Mendacity
Post-Truth
Transhumanism
New Home Of Mind

B
The Harbinger
A World Without Power
Nobody´s Free Until Everyone´s Free

Release date: 28.07.2017

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MD 035: TEGH – DOWNFALL

Tegh alias Shahin Entezami is an Iranian sound artist from Tehran, a modern city in the north of Iran with a population of about 16 million people in the whole area. Tehran is also the home of a very interesting and very active scene around electronic and ambient music. The scene is so active, that the involved people founded an organization called SET, bringing all kinds of artists and fans together to celebrate experimental music. You might know one of the more famous artists and curators Siavash Amini, so it´s time to introduce you to one more chief character: Shahin Entezami under his moniker Tegh.

Tegh already released a digital album via Inner Ocean Records and contributed some tracks to some great compilations including the awesome Futuresequence Compilations.

“Downfall” is a masterpiece, which caught our hearts and minds after listening to the first sounds. The album is divided into five tracks based on electronic sounds with a perfectly executed balance between noise and melodic elements. There is an approach to the sound that is comparable to that of Tim Hecker, but with a more melancholic expression. Tegh establishes his very own space in the world of noisy ambient music and leaves a trail that is worth to be followed.

Tegh started working on “Downfall” after he saw a photograph of a boy falling out of a flying airplane. It´s a true story published by the evening independent in the year 1970 after the amateur photographer John Gilpin was shooting airplanes and caught the image of a stowaway boy falling out of the wheel housing. A horrible way to leave life. It´s not imaginable what this little boy must have felt during the downfall. Tegh tried to catch his feelings about that by writing the five tracks of “Downfall”.

“Downfall” comes as a gatefold digisleeve with matt lamination in an edition of 180 copies. The album was mastered by Andreas Brinke ( [ B O L T ] / Birken). The artwork was made by Katharina Woltering by using photographs of Tissika.

Tracklist:
Downfall I (8:08)
Downfall II (5:31)
Downfall III (11:00)
Downfall IV (11:12)
Downfall V (7:40)

Release date: 05.05.2017
Preorder starts 10.03.2017 at 10:03 p.m. (german time)

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