New Release! Ruth Wiggins double single Thursday 11th May.
A double 7 inch limited edition single by Ruth Wiggins (Sound design and production by Nik Clifford and Dominique Golden.)
The poems on this recording are read by Ruth Wiggins and are extracts from her lyric history of Barking Abbey, The Lost Book of Barkynge, which was published by Shearsman Books earlier this year. The result is an immersive poetic encounter.
This work has been influenced by the deep listening theory of Pauline Olivera. It is a coming together of numerous elements, and ultimately remains true to the poet’s original voice in its pure form. The tone poem accompaniment supports the spoken word to enhance the emotive drive of the subject and is a mixture of field recordings and synthesized keyboard.
POLEXIA! New 7 inch Single released 30th March! On Bandcamp and Norman Records!
Polexia! are a two piece industrial outfit consisting of Johanna Connolly & Jezebel Halewood-Leagas. Combining spoken word with immersive sampling and noise walls, their signature sound is both esoteric and unnerving. Following the release of their debut EP “Immolation” on SPINE Records, Polexia! s sound has entered new territories, embracing the influences of early experimental pioneers.
New Single by Lou Barnell coming out 26th Jan!
The new single from award-winning sound and performance artist and producer Lou Barnell. Inspired by the hall of mirrors versus reality, shifting self-perceptions, and illusions.
"F***ing cool stuff. It's a proper banger.The energy packed into these tracks is really powerful." Gazelle Twin
limited edition of only 25; on clear vinyl
Only 3 left at Rough Trade!
Mammoth Beat Organ, Graham Dunning and Sam Underwood: Now Sold Out!
Graham and Sam are the original designers, builders and primary operators of this ingenious machine, best described as a cross between an inside-out fairground organ and an acoustic version of a tabletop electronics setup. It is a unique and eccentric instrument.
The Mammoth Beat Organ is always in development. Performances over the summer of 2022, including at Electromagnetic Field in Herefordshire, will showcase a new bellows system, a polyphonic disk siren and a mechanical bass banjo.
Artillery’s mile long street part in Walthamstow on the 5th June
The performance is YOU. Getting the public to come and perform!
Newham Folk Archive fantastic 7 inch with beautiful gate-fold sleeve.
limited edition of 25 lathe cut! listen to the tracks:
Snakes with Nasty little faces
How many in a bowl
Live at Walthamstow Trades Hall and on Repeater Radio. 19th June
Djing from DVD , 1984 Show and Pearl Home Record. And also Mammoth Beat Organ record launch (now sold out!)
3 Electro Knights at Rough Trade sold out!
sold out now on bandcamp, Norman Records and Rough Trade.
3EK I Move in Another Dimension
DVD new single; limited edition of 25.
Daisy by DVD
Sally Child plays the Whalophone
New amazing 7 inch single by Sally Child playing the Whalophone (also known as the aquaphone). Listen below…
Alice in Darkness
New Release! The Neon Vortex
Fantastic 7 inch on clear vinyl. Limited edition of 25. Go to BandCamp for purchase or more info!!
New Release! Dogmatic Ways of Announcement
A Limited Edition Lathe cut 7 inch single. “2525” a cover of Zager and Evans, and their own piece “Orange Pigments”
Which Way Now/My Son is Partly Animal by Dominique Golden
Another fantastic single from Dominique Golden (Silkess Demon)
My Son is Partly Animal
Which Way Now
Waterfalls of the Highlands by Pearl Home Recordings
Beautiful sound recordings on 7inch Vinyl. Limited edition of 10
Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall
Brilliant new Single Ring Weep from Dominique Golden. Limited edition lathecut vinyl
Ring Weep 1
Ring weep 6 part2
Sine by Zep Tepi. Debut single on Polytechnic Youth!
Yes not released by PHR but the brilliant Polytechnic Youth. A 7 inch clear vinyl with fantastic sleeve. Out on 24th November. Zep Tepi Being the solo project of Pearl Home Record’s Nik Clifford.
Salon Salon. An evening of sound art performance at PHR Home. 7th December. Artists included, Ross Holloway, Helen Maurer, IVY NOSTRUM, Shona Handely, Adam Kinsey, Nik Clifford and Dominique Golden.
PEARL HOME RECORDS Record launch
An evening of sound art, spoken word and song:
Dominique Golden, Sally Child, Shona Handley, Adam Kinsey, Kate Squires, Ruby Walsh, Flo, Ella, DWA, Graham Clifford and English Magic
SILKess Demon playing live on Resonance Fm, the Hello Goodbye Show on Saturday 9th March.
SILKess Demon Limited edition lathe cut single is available at NORMAN RECORDS
SILKess Demon EP.
Call of the birds
A woman with pockets
When I next see you we will both be dead
Lathe cut limited edition of 20, each in a unique sleeve by artist Dominique Golden. Former Jesus Licks band mates Dominique and Nik serve up 5 tracks of lo fi garage folk rock that explore primeval urges and untamed emotions via the guise of snakes and witches. Flutes like you haven’t heard since Jethro Tull went all folk rock. Songs from Epping Forest maybe? Lathe cut by Nik Clifford at home in Walthamstow.
Ross Holloway 2019
Round Sound by Helen Maurer
new 7inch single. Lathe cut limited edition of 20.
side a: Round Sound
side b: The Singing Pool/Pins Make Me Breathe
I have been slightly involved in ‘Sound Art’ for a little while now and like Helen Maurer have attended Graham Dunning’s Sound Art courses at the Mary Ward Centre near Russell Square. It’s easy to mistake Sound Art for simply being experimental music, and there are certainly fuzzy edges between the two. When the group Einstürzende Neubauten mic-ed up singer’s Blixa Bargelt’s chest and pounded on it to make a rhythm track on early track Durstiges Tier was that Sound Art or just an unusual way of making music? But Einstürzende Neubauten were in the business of making songs, however unconventionally constructed. Similarly there have been noise musicians who have musically left behind musicality in way of melody and recognisable rhythm, such as Merzbow.
Merzbow are a good case in point, being in conception inspired by artist Kurt Kurt Schwitters, and specifically in creating music from ‘junk’. In this way experimental music is intimately tied up with Pop Art. Popular music’s relationship with Pop Art is exemplified by the Velvet Underground, coming out of Andy Warhol’s Factory, and Roxy Music, whose Bryan Ferry not only visited the Factory, but also studied under British Pop Artist Richard Hamilton in Newcastle.
Similarly Sound Art resembles Pop Art in utilising materials not usually associated with aural art-forms like music to create sound that is novel, surprising, interesting, even enchanting or simply enjoyable from what are thought of as generally non-musical sources, from rubber bands and other bric-a-brac, to found sounds or street recordings, over to some things more in the general musical domain such as turntables or old cassettes repurposed to make loops.
The Sound Art made in Graham Dunning’s classes by his students – I wonder whether one day they will be called his followers – is a long way from the ‘noise’ of Einstürzende Neubauten or Merzbow, and tends towards the quirky and playful, mellow and often quite bucolic. Helen Maurer’s work I would place in this category.
Helen Maurer is an artist, as opposed to a musician in her background. There is a sense that she is creating aural sculptures or pictures in sound.
On ‘Round Sound’ she starts with a sound approaching like a motor running, a steam train approaching and then a metal hit. Echoes of a reverb-y room and toys falling and twirling. It’s a bit like a lot less menacing Einstürzende Neubauten (to my ears, although I’m pretty sure that Helen is not familiar with EN), or a dream of a haunted toyshop. I liked it.
On ‘The Singing Pool/Pins Make Me Breathe’ she starts with the a sound evocative of the station-master blowing his whistle, and they’re off with what sounds like a bubble bath choir, with a brief bit exploratory rubber band soloing, and afterwards more pleasant gurgling. Pins takes us down to the basement where strange things are quaking.
It’s all quite enchanting. Is it music in the generally understood sense? Probably not, but it’s rewarding to listen to.
Ross Holloway 2019
Poems from Well by Graham Clifford
A new 7 inch double b side vinyl; limited edition of 20. Graham Clifford reads 6 poems from his latest book “Well”.
side b: Resusci Anne, Nearly Normal Dream, Looking is a Full-Time Job
side b: Poem with Nothing in It, Sinking, Still Not Ready Yet
£10 including postage please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
you can buy at NORMAN RECORDS
listen to the tracks:
side a: Wet Woman
side b: Sidney/She Still Thinks that She Can Still Go Dancing
Lovely review from Norman Records:
Proper DIY business from the intriguingly named SILKess Demon here. The band put a hell of a lot of work to bring Wet Woman into existence – and not just when it comes to writing the tunes, though the mix of Specialist Subject Records-esque home-punk and idiosyncratic spoken word pieces here is a winner. But we’re talking elbow grease, man. Singer Dominique Golden has come up with the artwork and made the sleeves and inserts for Wet Woman, while her bandmate Nicholas Clifford spent years restoring and learning to operate a vinyl lathe so that they could cut the records themselves. This EP is a real labour of love.
Cutting vinyl with our MSS record lathe and a diamond stylus. Each “Lathe Cut” disc is individually recorded from the audio track.