MD 057: GIULIO ALDINUCCI AND THE STAR PILLOW – HIDDEN

We are pleased to announce a very special collaboration between two very special north Italian artists: Giulio Aldinucci and The Star Pillow aka Paolo Monti. Two artists who are very active since the last few years, both with a very elaborate focus on ambient music.

The result of this collaboration is called “Hidden”. A very intense, intimate, minimal and mindblowing four track album, focusing on field recordings, electronic sounds and guitar drones. The mixture of those ingredients brings something very beautiful to life. As we are big fans of both artists, we never had thought that a collaboration of Aldinucci and Monti would bring such a metamorphosis to the soundcosmos of both artists.

Just when you get an idea of the album after hearing the first track “To Be Invisible”, the second track “Hypothesis For An End” takes you on a 27 minutes long mesmerizing and intoxicating trip with a beautiful worked out climax. After that you need the following tracks to calm down. A perfect weight of electronic sounds and very calm and gentle played guitar, all mastered by Antonio Gallucci. A floating and buzzing masterpiece.

“Hidden” comes in an edition of 200 copies with a matte finished 4 panel artwork, featuring cover artwork by Giulio Aldinucci.

Release date: 23.11.2018
Preorder starts 08.10.2018 | 20:00 pm (german time)
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Tracklist
To Be Invisible (5:25)
Hypothesis For An End (27:28)
Third Space (7:09)
Getting Cold (7:10)

MD 044: N (46) / [ B O L T ]

Once again we are very proud to present you a new album by the german collaboration N + [ B O L T ]. It´s the 3rd full length album, once again nameless, once again summon after his artwork as “die Krähe (the crow)”, which follows the sold out nameless albums known as “der Hase (the rabbit)” and “das Hörnchen (the squirrel)”.

The album features tracks from the last session of the band as a trio (as for now [ B O L T ] grew and became a band with two bass players and a drummer). Imagine an industrial area, with big smokestacks and metal architecture, mostly quiet and sometimes interrupted by machine noises and from somewhere you hear the sound of N + [ B O L T ] coming through the walls of an old brickstone building. This is what you see and hear around the recording studio, where the band recorded and mixed the album.

After their last album, the band decided to evolve their sound to something they call “black drone”. And yes, what you hear is not ambient anymore, it is a very intense noise soundwall focusing on rhythmic and marching drones and dark soundscapes. You can still hear the signature sound of the N guitar and the [ B O L T ] basses, but this time the band pushes the sound without calming down. It´s a rough album and maybe the most heavy album in our discography.

The album comes in an edition of 100 red transparent and 100 black vinyl records, housed in a thick 350g reverse printed sleeve, with a dark and rough artwork. Including a download code.

Release date: 23.11.2018
Preorder starts 08.10.2018 | 20:00 pm (german time)
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Tracklist
A
9.45 (9:45)
6.50 (6:50)
B
10.20 (10:20)
13.42 (13:42)

 

MD 053: ATTILIO NOVELLINO – A CONSCIOUS EFFORT

Italian musician Attilio Novellino is a multi-instrumentalist with a very detailed view on soundscapes. His music consists of fragile floating ambient soundscapes, supplemented by noisy soundwalls and band orientated parts. A very diversified but homogeneous mixture, that creates a signature sound for this special album, called “A Conscious Effort”.

The album features a variation of guest musicians like Tim Barnes, Alex Vatagin, Daniel Mackenzie (Ekca Liena), Witxes and more, who contributed their instrumental parts to a soundcosmos that takes you on a journey through shallow soundclouds but also through very band-like structures moving from ambient, electronic, drone and noise to doom-like tracks. All in all the album has a very warm approach to sounds and the vinyl mastering by Rashad Becker places the right emphasis on it.

Listen to the stunning “The Anatomy Of Envy”:

“A Conscious Effort” comes in an edition of 100 copies on transparent vinyl with a stunning reverse printed black and white artwork, printed on 350g cardboard.

Release Date: 05.10.2018
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TRACKLIST
Side A: 1 Conceptual Experience of the Body | 2 False Self Cage | 3 Boundless Hope, Boundless Illusion | 4 The Anatomy of Envy | 5 Shamecore
Side B: 1 Pure | 2 Neurofeedback Radiations | 3 Satan Is Always Happy | 4 Perceptual Experience of the Body | 5 You Falling | 6 Amygdala Poetry

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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MD 034: JANEK SPRACHTA – GROW

Janek Sprachta is a Berlin based multiinstrumentalist, known for his drum works in the band Siva., in which he and Nils Frahm were playing together. Three years ago Sprachta released his first solo album, mastered by his bandmade and friend Nils Frahm.

After some years of experience in making music Sprachta recorded his second soloalbum called “Grow”. A little masterpiece that merges sounds from ambient, modern classic, post-rock and electronic music into a 40minutes soundjourney. Sprachta plays drums, guitar, piano and some other instruments creating his very own one-man-orchestra of experimental sounds (except of some cello sounds, played by Rahel Pötsch). Starting from fragile and quiet piano movements and ending up in a massive loud post-rockish soundwall.

“Grow” is one of the most not-drone-at-all albums of the Midira roster, but its mood fits perfectly into the soundcosmos of the label. The album sounds the best with a good portion of bass and middle volume on your hi-fi system, so it will take you on a smooth and warm soundtrip full of surprises.

Janek Sprachta will premiere the live version of “Grow” at the Moving Noises Festival in Bochum on 04.02.2017.

“Grow” comes as a 12inch vinyl. All white vinyl with printed labels, housed in a handmade silkscreenprinted gray cardboard sleeve including a coloured inlay. Limited to 100 copies.

Release date 24.02.2017
Preorder starts 09.01.2017 (20:00 german time)

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