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
Preorder starts 12.12.2017 | 21:00 (german time)

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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
Preorder starts 12.12.2017 | 21:00 (german time)

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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 some extra tracks.

Release date: 19.01.2018
Preorder starts: 12.12.2017 | 21:00 (german time)

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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 041: THE STAR PILLOW – INVISIBLE SUMMER

You may not be familiar with this act, but Paolo Monti alias The Star Pillow is celebrating his 10 years anniversary this year. Last year he released his highly acclaimed album “Above” via Time Released Sound, now he returns with “Invisible Summer” and it´s a pleasure for us to release his album in occasion of his anniversary.

“Invisible Summer” is a very introverted, intense and melancholic piece of guitar-ambient-drone-work with a core of three epic tracks from 15 to 26 minutes, dedicated to the summer months, which were recorded during a hot summer in north Italy, where Paolo Monti lives. Uncommon for an Italian, Monti prefers the colder weather instead of the sunny days and that´s what you can also hear in his music. “Invisible Summer” has a clear sound, which mostly reminds you of colder places instead of shiny warm Toscana. The Star Pillow builds up his own weather with his shimmering ambient sounds, building up slowly but steady walls of fragile guitardrones. Breathtaking and monumentally beautiful. The album ends with the supplemental track “the end is a beginning” that catches up the mood of the first three tracks and transforms it into a warm and concrete sound. A pretty contrast, which shows the polarity in the sound of The Star Pillow.

Similarly to the opposites of the warm summer and the winterly sounds of the album, the artwork comes up with an imagery that also shows up opposite worlds. On the one hand there is wild nature and on the other side there is civilization in a very strange but beautiful liaison.

Tracklist:

inconsistency of june (15:43)
while you’re sleeping in july (23:45)
under the thin ice of august (26:26)
the end is a beginning (9:11)

“Invisible Summer” comes as a gatefold digisleeve with matt lamination in an edition of 180 copies.

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

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MD 037: AIDAN BAKER & KAREN WILLEMS – LANDLOS

Once again Aidan Baker joins forces with a drummer, this time with Karen Willems of Inwolves from Belgium. A very intense musical collaboration, with a massive Studio output, starting with this EP called “Landlos”.

“Landlos” features two 14minutes tracks that sputter sounds out the guitar and drumset in a way that you like to listen in a never ending loop. It´s freejazz, it´s ambient, it´s progressive-kraut-rock, it´s whatever you discover.

Baker & Willems create an aura of fragile sounds that cocoon a soundweb, forming out those two tracks. You have to listen carefully to get every aspect of the sound, there is so much room in this music to be filled by your imagination.

The tape comes in a naturally canvas pouch with brown and green stitches, all handmade. Brown tape, coloured square inlay card and download code.

This release is limited to 50 copies and will be exclusive available at the Moving Noises Festival 2017.

Update: All remaining copies are available here (selling from 07.02.2017 at 20:00 german time)

MD 039: SCATTERWOUND – 0.0

Some years ago Dirk Serries and N started to think about a collaboration after they toured together. And yes, that was also our idea, when we visited some shows where they played four alternating sets without a final fifth climax of playing together.

But there is this urban legend that says, that once there was this fifth set during a soundcheck. They also recorded this collaboration and forgot about it until they randomly listened to the tracks during a harddrive search for something else.

And that´s the point 0.0, the beginning of the confraternity. The start of the musical ritual between those two distinguished ambient and drone musicians.

“0.0” features two epic tracks, which of course sound like Dirk Serries and N but also not, because there is this certain mood, a special dynamic and energy without restraint.

Noisy guitars with floating soundscapes lumber through the speakers. Is it just Dirk Serries and N or are there also Dylan Carlson and Stephen O´Malley? No, this is Scatterwound.

“0.0” comes as black tape with a minimal square inlay, because: Minimal visuals, maximum sounds.

The pouch-sleeve is made of thick grey canvas, with black and white stitches. All handmade. Limited to 50 copies.

Only available at the Moving Noises Festival 2017.

Update: All remaining copies are available here (selling from 07.02.2017 at 20:00 german time)

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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