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Ash 8.8 | Thomas Ankersmit "Live in Utrecht"

CD in Jewel Case – one track, 39:18
Photography by Alexandra Leykauf

Track listing
1: Live in Utrecht, 39:18

Recorded on November 17th 2007 at Rumor, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Thomas Ankersmit: Serge analogue modular synthesizer, computer, alto saxophone. Pre-recorded saxophone and reel-to-reel parts composed by Valerio Tricoli, with source material by Ankersmit.

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye.

We are proud to announce the release by Thomas Ankersmit of his concert performed in Utrecht late in 2007. Here is some info about Thomas, who has no other solo CDs available at this time… in fact, Live in Utrecht is his first official CD album release.

Thomas Ankersmit is a 30 year old saxophonist, electronic musician and installation artist born and raised in the Netherlands and now primarily based in Berlin who combines abstract, intensely focused saxophone playing with hyper-kinetic analogue synth and computer improvisation. He also creates installation pieces that use sound, infrasound and "modifications to the acoustic characters of spaces" that disrupt the viewer/listener's perception of the exhibition space and their presence within it. He frequently works together with New York minimalist Phill Niblock and Sicilian electroacoustic improviser Valerio Tricoli, and other collaborators, mostly for live performances, have included Tony Conrad, Maryanne Amacher, Jim O'Rourke, Kevin Drumm and Borbetomagus.

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Ash 8.9 | Joachim Nordwall "Ignition"

Ash International # Ash 8.9

Cassette only, in an edition of 500 copies.
This release will appear as a compact disc later in 2010.

Track listing
1: I am the Beginning of Every End
2: Slow Motion Broadcast
3: My Skull is a Breathing Fire
4: Dead Air
5: My Face Appeared on a Black Screen (Then Disappeared)

Received and recorded in Brooklyn, Chicago, Gothenberg and Stockholm between 2006 and 2010. Equipment used: analogue synthesizers, effects and computer. Programme repeats on both sides. This cassette was mastered by BJNilsen. Joachim Nordwall runs iDEAL Recordings and is a member of Skull Defekts and Alvars Orkester.

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Ash 9.1 | BJ Nilsen "Draught #1"

Ash International # Ash 9.1

Cassette only, in an edition of 500 copies.

Cover: ‘Dead Flowerz One’
The first in a series of six by SAVX.

Track listing
A: Live at the ICA, London, 17th May 2008 - 40:07
Recorded by Charlie Poulet

B: Live at Puzzle, Caen, 26th November 2008 - 31:50
Recorded by Anna Cruise

"Arrive early. Dress appropriately. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Tune up before and during the performance. Don’t be a statue. Avoid “dead air”. Be flexible. Learn to play through bad stage sound. Never stop part way through a song, no matter how badly you’ve screwed up. Be prepared to socialise and mingle with the audience members. Have fun."

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Robert Sandall

It is with sadness we read of the death of Robert Sandall. Robert presented Mixing It on BBC3 with Mark Russell until it was axed in 2007 and transferred to ResonanceFM.

Robert interviewed all the members of Spire for the special broadcast of Spire: Live at Leeds in May 2006.

He will be remembered for his enthusiasm, obvious love for the work and his professionalism. You can read more about him here on the BBC Radio 3 website.

On 2nd August 2010, the Guardian printed a full obituary, which can be read here.

Fennesz announces rare North American tour

Fennesz embarks on a rare North American tour this Autumn. Kicking off in New York on September 4, the tour takes in most major cities, including Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as one date in Canada. Further details can be read on and

4th September 2010
@ Le Poisson Rouge, New York City - double bill with Soap&skin

5th September 2010
@ The International House, Philadelphia

20th September 2010
@ Middle East, Cambridge, Boston

21st September 2010
@ Sonic Circuits Festival, Washington

22nd September 2010
@ Littlefield, New York

23rd September 2010
@ Empty Bottle, Chicago

25th September 2010
@ Decibel Festival, Seattle

26th September 2010
@ Western Front, Vancouver

28th September 2010
@ Swedish American Hall, San Francisco

29th September 2010
@ Center of the Arts - Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

30th September 2010
@ Emo's, Austin

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