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Since the birth of this nation, our leaders have recognized the value of a civil service merit system to the orderly administration of our country's day-to-day affairs. During his Presidency, George Washington set high standards for federal government service based upon the individual's qualifications for the position sought. This concept was eroded in subsequent administrations by preference for veterans, geographical distribution of appointments, and reliance on Congressional recommendations. Culminating in Andrew Jackson's administration the use of patronage and the building of political machines led to low morale, indifferent service and payment for jobs." The excesses of the "spoils" system eventually led to public demand for reform. In 1851, Congress passed a resolution requesting Cabinet officers to draw up a plan for the classification of their subordinates, to equalize salaries and to provide for "'a fair and impartial examination of the qualifications of clerks and for promoting them from one grade to another'. Subsequently, in 1853, Congress passed legislation which carried out those recommendations. At the state and local levels, the evils of the "spoils" system also led to pressure for reform. In 1877, New York be- came the first state to form a Civil Service Reform Association. That system served as a model for reform associations in other states, all dedicated to the regulation and improvement of civil service. Following the movement initiated by the federal and state governments, municipalities and counties began to incorporate civil service systems into their local governments. - Rea T Markin (1974)
Regional Bears, March 2021
Downwardly Mobile Renaissance Man – Seeing The Elephant
Ikuisuus presents Une Rose by Beyt Al Tapes. Layers of dark lightness. Airy sounds combined with a de-constructed organic weaving. A vanishing point in constant extension.
Cassette, March 2021 Edition of 75 copies
Beyt Al Tapes – Une Rose
Belgium's Knotwilg Records delivers a heavy duty dose of DIY and out there bangers in celebration of live events they ran between 2016-2019, showcasing frequent collaborators and close friends. Snippets of live sets from favourite Belgian venues such as Les Atellier Claus and Brasserie Atlas plus some exclusives that weren't recorded.
Mastered by Christophe Albertijn Compiled by DJ Klakke
Soirée Knotwilg I at Les Ateliers Claus 14/05/2016: Tracks 14, 16 & 17 are all exclusive since recordings got lost Soiréé Knotwilg II at Les Ateliers Claus 02/06/2017: tracks 6, 8, 9 and 15 live from that night Knotwilg at Donk: 06/07/2018: Track 3 live that night Knotwilg Festival 2019 at Brasserie Atlas: 13/04/2019: livetracks 2, 7, 10, 11,12, 13 and 18 Réveil Kortemark: 01/11/2019: no recordings were made: 1 & 4 are exclusive tracks K-Group recording (track 5) at Les Ateliers Claus on 9/11/2019 during a short weekend playing Claus and Grambacht.
Released April 4 2020, Knotwilg Records
Knotwilg Records – Fit For Queens Compilation
Nika Son presents a radiophonic submersion into oceanic rasp and heave, meshes of synth tones, and displaced voices that intone a dismembered, claustrophobic sea story. Released as an edition of 50 pro-dubbed cassettes.
Surfacing underneath you sea asu lapis
Trying to imagine being underneath a liquid that we call water while clutching to a metal ledge of a big concrete building with air in my lungs.Sensing water in your ears and eyes. Being split by water. Thoughts astray.Algaic groaning gulping machines touching the liquid surface. Outer voices uttering in displaced languages. Who are you I am? Sinking. Waves floating over and under. Listening to antartic krill that sway to and fro. Emerging. Walking over oceanic noise, turning the page.Your ears on surfaces.
Psykick Dancehall Recordings, 2017
Nika Son – Surfacing underneath
SDF - less a band more a corrupt construction company with synthesisers, hammering against the ruins of the night. SDF is a pulsating orb vibrating in oceanic hyper space.
Alana is the third release in the Wild Pop Series
---Mastering by Joe at Subsequent
Artwork by Cecelia Serafini
Psykick Dancehall Recordings, 2017
SDF – Alana
"Born in 1945, Guo Yongzhang has performed zhuizi - a traditional Chinese style of narrative singing - for half a century. An artform whose history spans over a century, zhuizi originated in Henan province. Its main musical instruments are the zhuihu, a two-stringed bowed lute, and the zhuibang, a wooden percussion played with foot tapping.
Almost completely blind, Guo Yongzhang is known for his peculiar, resounding yet smooth vocal style. He sings with deep feelings and great verve. Lyrics deal with both the hardships and good values of life while always maintaining a sense of humour. Despite being long regarded as a folk master, Guo has continued to play tirelessly among ordinary people, often travelling from village to village and performing for a whole day at a time. As he nears the end of his life, Guo regrets that nowadays, few people wish to learn the art ofzhuizi. He worries that this precious art form may soon be lost.
This release, titled after one of Guo Yongzhang’s most well-known songs, Lao Lai Nan, commemorates his performance at the 5th Tomorrow Festival. Guo co-headlined the last day of the festival with French prog-rock act Gong on May 20, 2018. His performance was recorded live and is due to be released on both CD and LP by the Old Heaven label in November 2019.
Guo Yongzhang / Zhuihu, Zhuibang, Vocals
Recorded in the late-1980s, Released in 2018
Guo Yongzhang – Lao Lai Nan (Old Man’s Blues)
Saxophonist, poet and puppeteer, Ted Milton, brought his band Blurt to the 4th Tomorrow Festival with an unusual musical scene. He has recited 5 of his poems before the performance. The full set of 19 tracks, including poetry readings, are included exclusively in the special edition of the digital album.
Ted Milton / 主唱 vocals, 萨克斯 saxophoneSteve Eagles / 吉他 guitarDavid Aylward / 鼓 drums
录音 Recording: 曾君 Zeng Jun / 罗绿野 Luo Lvye母带处理 Mastering: 刘英 Liu Ying制作人 Producer: 涂飞 Tu Fei摄影 Photography: 陈悦湘 Chan / 许益铭 Bug @ Dafa设计 Design : 尹思卜 Midori Yin
BLURT – Cut it! Live!
Takashi Masubuchi (acoustic guitar) and Staytone (modular synthesizer) are musicians based in Tokyo. Both of them are new generation involvers in post onkyo Japanese improvisation music scene, active in Ftarri, Otooto, Permian and other small, quiet, warm spaces. Takashi Masubuchi is also one of Permian’s runner, which is specially focus on free improvisation music. This duo has deep collaboration for many years. 2527 are some selections from their 2018 recordings in Permian.
Takashi Masubuchi - Acoustic Guitar
Staytone - Synthesiser
Recorded by Keita Asahi in May 2018 at Permian, Tokyo Edit and mastered by Keita Asahi
Released: Zoomin' Night
Released: March 23, 2020
Takashi Masubuchi and Straytone – 2527
Bruno Duplant is a self-taught composer, phonographer, bassist, and altogether 21st century renaissance man from France. Like many others of his generation, he is a relentless audial explorer and documentarian, and over just the past few years has more releases in more genres and on more labels than one can reasonably keep track of. (This impulse to document may bleed over from the other side of his life as a library sciences teacher.) Unlike some of his peers, however, his releases are not just the product of obsessively recording live sessions. Instead, Duplant seems to have a more concerted program. Per his own testimony, even his field recording releases are thoughtfully composed. And, his electro-acoustic and pure acoustic compositions are meticulous and delicate soundscapes, feedback and frayed edges included.
Composed by Bruno Duplant Recorded at "la salle de jeu" Waziers, France. Bruno Duplant: percussion and/with electronics
Released: Zoomin' Night
Released July 1, 2019
Photo by Bruno Duplant Art design by Liu Lu
Bruno Duplant – Au Hasard des Cercles
Jikken Weekend, also known as Experimental Music Concert, is a small artist/composer group based in Tokyo. They mainly hold performance events at l-e, a small venue/art space in Osaka. Two CD compilations of their works have been released on the Taku Sugimoto’s label Slub Music, Experimental Music Concert (2015) and Experimental Music Concert Vol.2 (2017). Early on, many of the members of Jikken Weekend were participants of Sugimoto’s composition workshops. Aside from that, the members are almost unknown, even to Tokyo’s experimental music scene. In recent years, some of the original members have left, and some new names have joined in. It is said that some of their latest compositions are not suited to audio recording. So, this cassette can be seen as a chance to check in on Jikken Weekend’s recent work. Hirohiko Yamada, Toshihisa Hirano, Hisayo Kobayashi and Mamoru Nakajo are original members. Similar to their previous releases, each of them brings their own compositions in for recording, while they also contribute as musicians in other pieces. Besides these four, other musicians in the recording sessions include other members from Jikken Weekend, l-e buddies, and even some Korean mystery guys including Ryu Hankil and lo wie. One piece on this cassette was recorded in Seoul.
A1, B1, and B2: Recorded at l-e, Tokyo, December 21, 2019 A2: Recorded at namsan/flat, Seoul, October 13, 2018 A1 combs Composed by Hirohiko Yamada Mamoru Nakajo, Reiko Shioda and Hirohiko Yamada: Melodion A2 Don’t Look Away Composed by Toshihisa Hirano Ryu Hankil, lo wie, Yijinkee, Inkyung Kim, Takuya Sakamoto, Mamoru Nakajo, Reiko Shioda and Guests: Humming Toshihisa Hirano: Conductor B1 from the faucet Composed by Hisayo Kobayashi Hisayo Kobayashi: Water jug, LED light B2 DJ (Digest Jockey) Reiko Shioda, Hirohiko Yamada, lo wie and Ryu Hankil: Speaking about 2019 news Toshihisa Hirano, Hisayo Kobayashi and Takuya Sakamoto: Reading about 2019 topics Mamoru Nakajo: Conductor
Released: Zoomin' Night
Released: April 29, 2020 Recorded by Hirohiko Yamada and Toshihisa Hirano Mastered by Toshihisa Hirano
Hirohiko Yamada, Toshihisa Hirano, Hisayo Kobayashi, Mamoru Nakajo – 山田寛彦, 平野敏久, 小林寿代, 中条護 Jikken Weekend
A new project from Zhu Wenbo, of Zoomin' Night Records, where he instructed 8 musicians to record in an outdoor location for 30 minutes. After collecting all of the recordings, he took all the material and layered the tracks together to produce a single 30 minute track.
Music by Zhu Wenbo Andrew Fedorovitch - alto saxophone Craig Pedersen - trumpet Kevin Corcoran - cymbal Paolo Gàiba Riva - clarinet mouthpiece Yoko Ikeda - viola Zhu Songjie - radio Fangyi Liu - musical saw Li Song - computer
Released: Zoomin' Night
Text by Zhu Wenbo English translation by John Wilton Mastered by Hiroyuki Ura Design by Liu Lu
Zhu Wenbo – 30 minutes on earth
A collaboration made in the the throws of the Cocid-19 pandemic between Parisian duo, CIA Debutante (Nathan Roche and Paul Bonnet) and Zoomin' Night head and multi instrumentalistn Zhu Wenbo.
'I first got in contact with Zhu Wenbo through my friend Toni. Nathan and I wanted to contact Chinese musicians to organize a CIA Debutante tour in China. Zhu Wenbo kindly answered me, and when I proposed releasing a cassette of our material on Zoomin' Night in preparation for our tour, he instead suggested that we collaborate on a new release. Zhu Wenbo quickly sent me a collection of recordings. The first phase of our collaboration consisted in Nathan and I recording live on top of these sounds. I had a few books laying around my bed, an edition of Marx's "1844 manuscripts" and HP Lovecraft's collected works. Nathan started recording himself reading these texts, but quickly began to improvise and parody the material, while I was playing simple sounds on a Korg MS20 going through a tape echo. The boundaries between serious music and amusement started getting blurry, and we fashioned ourselves as fancy actors performing a pretentious stage play. When Covid-19 hit France and we couldn't play together anymore, I transfered these recordings to a 4 tracks tape machine and tried to piece together these various materials. Nathan and Zhu Wenbo kept on sending me new materials, sometimes by my request, sometimes out of the blue. The amount of sounds was overwhelming, and I'm still not sure if these recordings are finished or in a constant state of shifting. It was the first time I used a computer to edit and compose a sound piece. I tried to use the recordings from the 4 tracks as raw material, and arranged our various contribution into something that could feel satisfactory to me. Sometimes it felt like I was merely using the music as an illustration to Nathan's voice, like those corny radio plays you can hear at 2 AM while driving on the highway. At other times, the combination of voice and sound seemed like something really special. In any way, I hope people can enjoy these recordings made in strange circumstances, and that we will have the opportunity to play all together in China.' Paul Bonnet, April 202
Instruments, voices and field recordings by Paul Bonnet, Nathan Roche and Zhu Wenbo, with guest Zhao Cong and Shi Leqi. Mixed by Paul Bonnet Mastering by Benoit de Villeneuve Painting by Paul Bonnet Design by Liu Lu
Released May 27, 2020
Released: Zoomin' Night
CIA Debutante, Zhu Wenbo – 老耗子 小老鼠
This set of improvised pieces is made up of Montréalers Raphaël Foisy-Couture (bass), Vicky Mettler (guitar), and Vancouverite Lisa Cay Miller (piano). There's a relaxed atmosphere among the trio, despite seemingly disparate elements that swing and play with a tight cohesion; networked fistulas convey and receive.
Along with their industriousness, this keeps their music light and exploratory, appealingly collectively-minded throughout. Miller only occasionally breaks out into fitful knots of block chords, her and Foisy's slyly executed extended techniques keep flowing a steady variety of sounds, and Mettler's crafty instrumental resourcefulness (as in the prismatic folk of her project Kee Avil) results in a deeply pleasing group improvisation that often feels wonderfully domestic.
Lisa Cay Miller/Vicky Mettler/Raphaël Foisy-Couture – Grind Halts
Another howler from one of Australia’s best, with both sides acting as ostensible opposites. My favorites of Gulbenkoglu’s work involves austere sounds that, in the course of their prolonged existence, take on a subtle yet bewitching peculiarity. The B-side does that well, though it’s in the overtly sci-fi A-side that we’re primed for receiving it as such. - Joshua Minsoo Kim
Arek Gulbenkoglu – Life Choices / Portrait Of The Dutchman
Ten pieces of LOUD POETRY CHANSON with voice and piano based on Michael Bakunin’s reaction on the circumstance of 22-years old Russian student Sergei G. Netschajev and his actions.„In autumn 1869 Netschajev returned to Moscow with the already printed document of Bakunin’s „Words to the Youth - Principles of the Revolution“ and with a kind of identity card from the „International”, Russian section. This ID gave him „Full powers...“ Netchajev began with great skill and tireless zeal, but also with cunning and ruthlessness, to organise his „Groups of Five“, the extent of which was difficult to assess because of their secrecy.“An acoustic and poetic inquiry into authority and power in human relationships.„VOLLMACHT“ was recorded from March-May 2020 at Kunstverein Röderhof. The four page cover is using the prologue of Michael Bakunin’s book „Words to the Youth - Principles of the Revolution“.Michael Barthel, born 1977, growing up in East-Berlin, is living in Leipzig and works with language in writing, sound and visual arts.
Michael Barthel – Vollmacht
Mind bending spoken word from the weird brain of Eric Schmid.
Released 2020 by Regional Bears
Eric Schmid – Technology & Mythology (What Is Structure's Ontology)
Originally recorded analog between June 1983 and May 1984 in West-Berlin by Graf Haufen. First released on cassette in June 1984 (Graf Haufen Tapes 31) and simultaneously by various other labels around the world.The original master tape was carefully transferred to digital and painstalkingly remastered in 2017.
released October 2, 2020Composed, performed, recorded and mixed by Graf Haufen.Transferred to Digital from the original master tape by Thomas Pargmann.Remastered by Lily Vice at Sacred Lust Studios, Japan in 2017.
FâLX çèrêbRi – Rite 64
Alec Livaditis is an improvising cellist, currently residing in Athens (Greece), where he regularly performs in solo and duo settings. Using the cello as a sound object, his music is concerned with space, pattern, timbre, and texture.
He first appeared on the scene with Clear and Cloud, an LP released on Kye Records
This is his second solo release on the formidable Regional Bears.
Alec Livaditis – Not Even A Hint Of Darkness