MD 066: SCATTERWOUND – MN

Scatterwound is Dirk Serries & N. After recording two tracks, both musicians lost sight of this project until the last Moving Noises Festival back in 2017. We released those tracks as a limited tape and Scatterwound made their debut on stage.

“MN” is the documentation of this debut performance by Dirk Serries & N as Scatterwound. A massive explosion of noise drones, building a wall of buzzing and humming sounds with a melancholic note. Played in a church with a high ceiling the sound of the two guitars expanded and got also amplified by the room. If you turn up the volume while listening, you have a chance to get the feeling of how it was sitting in the church and listening to this drone mass.

Recorded at Christuskirche Bochum. Mixed and mastered by Dirk Serries.

Dirk Serries – Guitar
N – Guitar

“MN” will be released as a 4panel digisleeve, with reverseprinted artwork. Limited to 200 copies.

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MD 047: AIDAN BAKER | N – DOPPELLIVE

There are a lot of commonalities if you compare the work of Aidan Baker and N, so it was just a question of time when both would play together. Back in 2016 both musicians toured together and that was the birth of a very special collaboration.

The double album “Doppellive” documents those two collaborations. One played in a ship in Hamburg, the other one took place in an art gallery in Wuppertal, next to the river Wupper and the Schwebebahn above it. So you have the clairaudient industrial room of the ship and an almost quiet gallery room with a skytrain next to the window, which drives through every 10 minutes and gives an extra drone effect to the sound (listen carefully).

The improvised sets show how harmonic the guitars match together. On the one side the rougher floating drone guitar sounds of N and on the other side the more ambient orientated guitar sounds of Aidan Baker. Also the leading guitar changes from part to part, so the sound never turns into a particular direction. It´s a perfect collaboration showing how music brings people together.

“Doppellive” comes as a double CD housed in a 6 panel digisleeve, reverseprinted on the rough cardboard side without finish, so you have a very tactile surface. Limited to 200 copies.

“Doppellive” will be released 15.03.2019. Preorder starts 08.02.2019 | 20:00 german time.

Tracklist:
150316 Hamburg
230316 Wuppertal + Hidden Track

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MD 050: N(59) – FAHRN

It´s been a while since a friend told us about a musician who is playing great heavy drones with his guitar. It was like “you should check out his show, he sounds great”. That´s what we did. We visited a show and it was overwhelming. Not only his music, but also talking to him after the show. This was also the beginning of a great friendship with Hellmut Neidhardt aka N and the start of an ongoing live experience. So it was a nice idea to celebrate this circumstance with a very special live document: N (59) “Fahrn”, a boxset with 7 tapes featuring 14 live sets and 507 minutes of music.

“Fahrn” features shows from 2009 – 2017. Every tape side is one show handpicked and mixed by the artist. All tapes are housed in o-cards, featuring pictures from all 14 shows. In those 507 minutes you will find 22 tracks, 10 of them are previously unreleased and 2 are pre-versions of later released studio recordings.

If you listen to the vinyl records by N, it´s always a great feeling, but it´s nothing compared to the intensity of the live shows. The tapes try to capture this live feeling, so no extra mastering was made after the final mixes by N. Just play it loud and you will get that magic raw moments of those live sets, moving from quiet ambient landscapes to loud and distorted drone and noise walls.

“Fahrn” Tracklist
Tape 1
Essen / Zollverein I: Zollverein / 35 59
Essen / Zollverein II: Wiek, Blauort, Prora-Stadt / 40 35
Tape 2
Bochum / FKT: Rote Fuhr / 24 17
Duisburg / Djaezz: Baerl / 23 12
Tape 3
Koblenz / Jam Club: Oie Kirr, Wehle, Suedfall / 63 50
Essen / Steinhaus: SH-1, Rote Fuhr, SH-2 / 53 47
Tape 4
Wuppertal / Galerie Groelle: Arrenberg / 29 54
Antwerp / Het Bos: Oie Kirr (dead pog version) / 28 05
Tape 5
Muenster / Cuba: Albachten / 43 21
Bielefeld / Uebersehcontainer: Baerl, Suedfall / 29 21
Tape 6
Essen / Emokeller: Ek-Rue, Prora-Stadt / 38 56
Dortmund / Sissikingkong: Deusen / 35 30
Tape 7
Gent / Kinkystar: Gent / 29 58
Duisburg / Topperhouse: Ruhrort / 30 12

All the tapes are clean white with flat shells featuring onbody prints, housed in black and white o-cards. Bringing the o-cards into the right chronological order, you can see a big black N logo on the one side of the spine and on the other side, all the credits of the release appear in the right order. The box is made of thick white 800g cardboard and has a handstamped N logo (stamped by N) on the top and is also stampnumbered on the bottom (01/25 – 25/25). All boxes come with a download code for all 14 live shows.

Limited to just 25 copies.
Preorder starts 20.12.2018 |20:00 german time

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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 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 025: AIDAN BAKER / N / DIRK SERRIES – ENOMENI

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Some years ago, when we (Cosima & Dimi) visited a live performance of Dirk Serries Microphonics, he asked us, if we ever will marry and we answered, that if we do, Dirk had to play a wedding concert for us. Back then, it was just a running joke. Well, finally we ended up with a wedding band consisting of our three favorite artists Dirk Serries, N and Aidan Baker.

Dirk Serries, Aidan Baker and N

“Enomeni” (which is greek and means “connected”) is a document of a very special live performance. Aidan Baker, N and Dirk Serries came together for the first time to play an improvised live session. The result is an one hour session, divided into four tracks, which show up an impressively increasing soundjourney with accentuating moments, ending up in a massive drone with squeaking and buzzing guitars.

The set starts very cautious and you can hear how the three musicians are coming together to build up an epic track, in which they find their perfect roles. Aidan Baker takes over the rhythm section by looping some sweeping sounds, N builds up a valley of ambient and drone sounds with hills, mountains and endless horizons and Dirk Serries rounds up everything by accompanying both or bringing in some accents like bowed guitar sounds.  Like mentioned before everything ends up in an encore which also could bring you in mind, that they were joined by members of Sunn o))) or Earth for a big drone finale.

Tracklist:
A – 17:38 – Ritual I
B – 17:04 – Ritual II
C – 10:14 – Ritual III
D – 13:50 – Ritual IV

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The set was mastered for vinyl by Fear Falls Burning (Dirk Serries), being divided into four tracks, each one hosted on one 12inch side. The artwork is made by N, using photos by Cosima made in Greece during the church wedding vacations.

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The record comes as a double vinyl in an edition of 250 copies, housed in a gatefold sleeve, printed inside out with an incredible hand feel. We have 150 copies on black vinyl and a limited edition of 100 coloured copies.

The limited edition copies are printed colour in colour, bringing you an amazing scene like an island surrounded by fog from the bird’s eye view. Not to mention, that every single copy has it´s own colour gradient.

Release date: 14.10.2016
Preorder starts: 22.09.2016 / 20:00 (german time)

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MD 033: N (45) + [ B O L T ]

After their two unnamed full length albums known under the moniker of „dead rabbit“ and „dead squirrel” N + [ B O L T ] now return with their new unnamed Lathe Cut / CD EP which we lovingly call “dead mouse”.

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The record contains one track by N on side A and one by [ B O L T ] on side B. So, is it a split? Well, YES if you just listen to the lathe cut tracks and NO if you look at the whole concept:

N + [ B O L T ] recorded two blackmetallish drone tracks with the same length, intended to be played simultaneously. To experience the maximum listening pleasure, you have to listen to the lathe cut and to the CD at once and at this point it´s not a split but a surround sound collaboration.

For those of you, who do not have the chance to listen to both tracks simultaneously, we added a mix of both tracks as a bonus track on the CD. But trust us, it´s not the same experience.

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You can stream the mixed version right here:

And just to share our experience with this record, here are nine different ways to listen to it:

  • N “5.23” 33rpm lathe version
  • [ B O L T ] “5.23” 33rpm lathe version
  • N “5.23” 45rpm lathe version
  • [ B O L T ] “5.23” 45rpm lathe version
  • N “5.23” CD version
  • [ B O L T ] CD version
  • N + [ B O L T ] CD version
  • N + [ B O L T ] CD version + N lathe version
  • N + [ B O L T ] CD version + [ B O L T ] lathe version

There is no hint on the lathe cut about side A/B or 33/45 rpm. Experience it for yourself.

The record comes as a wonderful all ultra clear (no labels) 7inch lathe cut, limited to 30 copies, cutted by Peter King (NZ), housed in a heavy sleeve made of 400g chromoduplex grey/white cardboard, printed inside out and handfolded by the band. Additional to this, the package contains a full colour printed CD-R with the tracks in a different mastered version plus a mix of both tracks as a bonus track.

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Please note: Lathe cuts do not have the same sound like vinyl records and need to be cleaned carefully to get the best sound results. We cannot give you a guarantee that you will not hear any scratching noises. But that´s the fascinating thing about records made by cutting the music into a piece of plastic. Anyway, we love the sound of N + [ B O L T ] via a lathe cut record and the result sounds amazing.

Release date: 12. August 2016
Preorder starts 25. July 2016 at 20:33 (german time)

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MD 018: N (37) / [ B O L T ]

n bolt md018N + [ B O L T ] are returning with a second collaboration album. The sophomore untitled album (the only difference is the ongoing N release number) will be released in September 2015 and features four new epic tracks.

The trio consisting of one guitar+effects (N) and two bass-guitars+effects ([ B O L T ]) started playing together in 2013 and all looked like a one time happening, but the three musicians became friends in musical and personal ways. They inspired each other and recorded some great tunes. Back from their second recording session (which happened in 2013/2014), you can hear how their sound swells and grows into something very special that does work completely different compared to there solo releases. It is the perfect walk between tame ambient sounds and usurping doom walls. And inbetween there is so much more to listen. This time they will surprise you with some dark jazz and electronic tunes, for example.

The artwork follows up to the aesthetics of death, like it started with the first record. This time you will figure out a different animal, but we don´t want to spoil you. Make your own sleeve/artwork experience.

Tracklist
(no surprise, we do not have real track names, just the track lengths):

A. 11.37 (feat. ninemiles)
B. 19.22
C. 10:59
D. 22.16 (feat. F.Fritsche, B.Kümper and A.Prost on bass clarinet, tuba, trombone & baritone horn)

N BOLT IIWell, we had to figure out, how we can offer you this great music. The only adequate way was to press the four tracks on a double vinyl release, housed in a gatefold sleeve. The music comes on ultra transparent 12inch vinyl and the sleeves are made of very thick and raw-textured grey cardboard. The artwork is printed without any digital hands on it. Pure oldschool offset print.

The album also includes a download card for the digital version, plus three bonus tracks. Last time we asked some artists to make a remix, this time the three bandmembers made a remix of their own tracks. The results are very astonishing.

Bonus Remix Tracklist:
1. 19.22 by Bordunoise
2. 10.59 by N
3. 22.16 by ninemiles

The album is mixed by Bordunoise and got mastered for vinyl by Fear Falls Burning.

deluxe editionStrictly limited to 100 copies, you have the choice to buy one of 70 regular versions, containing the above mentioned features or you can buy one of 30 deluxe editions containing the following items:

Deluxe Edition (30 copies)

  • double gatefold 12inch album
  • housed in a handmade canvas sleeve (manufactured by the band and family)
  • three double sided 12inch digital prints with impressions of the recording studio
  • Remix CD containing the three band remixes, housed in a thick brown (natural cardboard) digisleeve with handstamped artwork
  • download card for the digital version of the album, including the three remixes
  • download card for the first N + [ B O L T ] album, including 9 remixes (feat. Aidan Baker, Dirk Serries, Andrea Belfi, Oikos etc.)

deluxe edition detailRelease date: 30. October 2015

And because “THIS IS MIDIRA 018”, we will start the Preorder on 1.8.2015 at 18h (german time). Be quick, the first album was sold out very fast.

Here are the links to our Online Store:
Deluxe Version (30 copies)
Regular Version (70 copies)

 

2015 RELEASES

Happy New Year, dear music friends!

2015 is already four days old. Time to tease you with some fine sounds from our forthcoming five releases.

We´ve uploaded a selection of tracks on our soundcloud page. All you need is to take time to listen to 48 minutes of drone, doom, spacerock, dark jazz, ambient and minimal metal by Caudal, Tecumseh, N + [BOLT], Zenjungle and Aidan Baker / N / Dirk Serries.

Listen, love and share…

MD 011: N (30) + [ B O L T ]

131002_N_30_Bolt_Front_EndversionAutumn is right in front of the door, it´s getting colder and the colours of trees are changing… Time for some warm experimental sounds.

Our new release MD 011 is a joint venture between N and [ B O L T ] . N known for his massive drones, made out of on/off guitar effects and [ B O L T ] famous for their raw doom-drones, played on two bass guitars, crossed their ways while playing and meeting at the same venues across germany. We are very glad, that they decided to meet at a recording studio to play together, just to find out if their sounds would fit together. The results are impressive.

The collaboration N (30) + [ B O L T ] does not just sound like N with [ B O L T ], it is a substantial progress of sounds for both acts. They recorded three tracks that show different aspects of their sounds in a new way. The first track is a slowly swelling biest of drones and noises, the second track is a catchy experimental epos and the last track is a little melancholic surprise.

You can listen to “16.33”, the second track, right here:
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N (30) + [ B O L T ] will be released on black vinyl with very raw & thick cardboard covers in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The album also includes a download code with some great remixes of the album tracks.

Here is the tracklist:

Vinyl Tracks:
20.31
16.33
05.17

Download Remixes:
05.17 – Desolation Remix – Dirk Serries
16.33 – ABRMX – Aidan Baker
16.33 – Watcher of the Sties Remix – Aalfang mit Pferdekopf (Mirko Uhlig)
20.31 – Selmamix – Selmatrix
16.33 – MEINEIN Remix – Meinein
20.31 – A Transitory State – Nils Quak
16.33 – Andrea Belfi Remix – Andrea Belfi
16.33 – Biblo RMX – Biblo
05.17 – Oikos Remix – Oikos

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