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November 08, 2008

New & reissued

SpectreThe first three in a series of audio CD releases of material by yours truly are out and available to order; expect more to arrive before the end of the year.

First of all, there's Spectre, a spooky drone for two bass guitars and voice that I performed already a couple of years back, now available on CD-R in a limited edition of 50 copies. Hypnotic, and not the kind of music you'd want to listen to if you're stuck in a deserted house and it's late at night.

Bass for PeaceGeorge W. Bush will be gone soon, but other politicians all over the world are still waging wars. Therefore, even though it was initially conceived as a statement against the Iraq war, Bass for Peace is as up-to-date as ever and is receiving a reissue in a limited edition of 50 copies, each of them wrapped in a papersleeve made from printouts of my "Things I Learned from Watching TV After Midnight" series. No two covers are the same, and as with the original release from 2003, all proceeds from this release will also go to UNICEF.

The Yelling PianoFinally, there's a reissue of my 1987 recording of The Yelling Piano, the free jazz/noise workout during which we seriously mistreated a grand piano, an alto sax, a guitar and an empty salad dressing bucket. This reissue on CD-R has been remastered for a less booming bass on "Raspberry Jam". The piano-less synth blubbering of "Frames and Pictures" was left off this release. Yelling Piano Redux comes in a limited edition of 25 copies, all of them in handmade, hand-painted papersleeves, with no two copies looking the same.

Forthcoming, due in early to mid December: A complete collection of my Jazz Poems; also Croakpot, a selection of sound poems, and probably more ambient drones. If you're thinking about getting any of these as Christmas presents for your friends, drop me a note, and I'll keep you informed.

All orders can be placed through my Books and CDs page. Prices include shipping (please select the correct country).

Posted by Horst on November 8, 2008 04:31 PM to books & bookkeeping | Tell-a-friend
Jann said on November 18, 2008 02:59 AM:

I received "Bass for Peace" today, and listened to it this afternoon, (it's still Monday in California). I'm not good at describing music, but haunting and memorable are words that come to mind. Listening to your music prompted me to remember that I had promised money to Doctors Without Borders, but had not yet gotten around to sending it. Instead of writing a check, I added them as a payee on my online banking, and sent twice the amount I had promised.

dieter said on November 18, 2008 08:44 AM:

Jann, if I get you right, Horst must be working with subliminal messages triggering your sense of guilt. Is that about it?

Jann said on November 18, 2008 09:53 PM:

I don't know about subliminal messages, dieter; I would think brain waves - alpha vs beta. Three of these selections make me feel very relaxed and peaceful, the others have a different effect, harder to describe. But after listening to this CD in its entirety, I am left feeling simultaneously more relaxed and energized, able to focus in a positive and productive way; similar to the way I would feel after a massage, but without the expense. ;-)

Horst said on November 19, 2008 11:56 AM:

Thanks for the feedback. Glad you like it. It has different effects on different people, and I also think it depends very much on the time of day and state of mind when you listen to it. Some of it can be very annoying in the wrong circumstances.

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