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Visible Cloaks – S/T LP 0


New full length Visible Cloaks album, LP/digital issue of the 2014 Visible tape for Sun Ark, remastered with additional tracks and new artwork by Ryan Boyle. Available HERE direct from new Portland-based label/shop Musique Plastique. Digital here.



SK KAKRABA – “BENEKPONGBILE” from forthcoming YONYE LP (2015) on Sun Ark Records.

Q&A – TINT 0


1: Analog or Digital?
I think both is the dream team. Phone voice memo to cassette, cassette to Ableton, Ableton to 2″ tape, tape to digital master, whatever’s clever.

2: What time did you wake up today?
9 AM. The maintenance man in my building arrived unannounced to paint over the repair to the gaping hole that appeared in my ceiling after some severe storms. The repeated rings of the dinky bell at my door woke me up and had me jumping into my pants like a frantic feline. Comedy.

3: Last thing you read?
I enjoy reading many books in tandem. Right now I’m reading Morton Feldman Says, Architectural Representation and the Perspective Hinge, Looking For Bruce Conner, Adhocism and Der Klang der Familie. I should also say it has been an equally horrifying and inspiring time to read the news lately.

4: Whats your first memory?
I can’t recall what came first, but it’s either an enormous black spider coming out of the faucet at the start of my bath or my mom’s smiling face hovering over me, singing “You Are My Sunshine”.

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Coffee. Whole milk, no sugar. Cardboard color.

6: Last thing you cooked?
Fancy lad faux sausages with mushroom, zucchini, bell peppers, and red onion with dollops of a black pepper, french mustard and sesame ginger dressing concoction for myself and my auntie Brigid.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
A tree. While I’d happily sway for years and years, I’d be content to become a piece of paper, furniture, a house or firewood. Even a stump makes an excellent resting spot.

8: What inspires you?
The moment after the present one. It is in that moment I’m offered the chance to say or do what I’ve only thought.

9: Last record you played?
Kim Jung Mi, “Now”. I’ve also been enjoying the James Holden NTS radio sessions.

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
My Ampeg Dan Armstrong “Smoke” guitar. I took the name Tint in honor of the body of my guitar, in reference specifically to the dark transparent shade of the lucite it’s crafted from.

11: Last movie you saw?
In the theater: Inside Out. At home: What Happened, Miss Simone?

12: Who do you love?
Her. I’m not certain who she is though. So by default, Bo Diddley.

13: Do you have any pets?
Not right now, though I like to say “Hi” to most street cats.

14: Are you useful?
Depends what I’m doing. I tend to unconsciously avoid tasks I feel I struggle with, but strive to transform my fear into motivation. That being said, I hope to never master anything. My friend said to me recently that every day she says to herself “ingenuity over virtuosity”. Upon hearing that I realized I’ve always felt that way but never had the words.

15: Biggest fear?
To put it lightly, it would have to be that if I was to be buried up to my neck in the sands of time with the ashes of my dreams blowing into my face, while being forced to observe the reels of my delusions.

16: What do you value the most?
It’s a tie for my hands and my tongue.

17: Famous last words?
Thank you.

TINT is Brooklyn transplant Zane Morris. His new 12″ EP ‘My New Murex’ is out this week on True Panther. Scope the vid.

Collapsible Landscapes & Diamond Variations: Sabrina Ratté and Le Révélateur – Toronto – Tonight and Tomorrow 0

PD July Poster FINAL

Collapsible Landscapes: The Work of Sabrina Ratté and Le Révélateur

Monday, July 6, 7:30 PM $12/ $8 Members & Students
@ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. West
Co-presentation with The Drake Hotel
with DJ set by Anti Hero (Jokers of the Scene)
(Joint price for July 6th + 7th: $25/ $20 Members & Students)

More info here.

Diamond Variations: Artist Talk and Workshop with Sabrina Ratté

Tuesday, July 7, 7 PM door/ 7:30 PM
$20/ $15 Members & Students
Tickets available at the door, Soundscapes, or contacting
(Joint price for July 6th + 7th: $25/ $20 Members & Students)
@ CineCycle,129 Spadina Ave.

More info here.

Q&A – Vision Heat 1


1: Analog or Digital?
The combo. I’m infatuated with poly synths of the mid 80’s as well as the old samplers which were all in the digital realm. Also I use a computer to create everything so… But then of course there’s nothing like tape. Nothing. Everything I do has to hit tape before it hits the ears.

2: What time did you wake up today?
6:20 when my kid woke up. Then back down till 7:43

3: Last thing you read?
Maybe the latest Tape Op and i’m currently getting through the David Byrne’s How Music Works

4: Whats your first memory?
My parent’s apartment -nothing particular just the main room

5: Tea Or Coffee?

6: Last thing you cooked?
Tomato Salad with feta, cucumber, and mint for a picnic

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
A musician in the 60’s.

8: What inspires you?
My quest to challenge myself to make better music…To be able to listen to something I did and really like it.

9: Last record you played?
The Haxan Cloak-Excavation followed by Pomegranates- the Persian rock comp from Finder’s Keepers

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
My computer or APH Library of Congress Tape Player

11: Last movie you saw?
Inherent Vice

12: Who do you love?
My family, dogs and the couple of friends I have

13: Do you have any pets?
Yes had 2 dogs now only 1

14: Are you useful?
Depends; sometimes I let other’s be in charge. I usually don’t care enough. But most of the time it’s me trying to be the motivator

15: Biggest fear?
Not having any legacy or not leaving a trace

16: What do you value the most?
Humor and companionship

17: Famous last words?

Vision Heat is Bay Area based Jared Blum. Along with running the Gigante Sound label, he has been involved in countless solo and collaborative projects over the years including Blanketship, The Talking Book, Vulcanus 68, etc. Jared’s first release as Vision Heat is available now from Root Strata.

Portland: Visible Cloaks & Matt Carlson this Sunday 0


Visible Cloaks
Matt Carlson

at Xhurch (4550 NE 20th Ave. Portland, OR)
Sunday, June 14th


East Berlin 1985 0

Hypnosis Display – Grouper & Paul Clipson – Victoria Theatre, SF – Tonight! 0


Spencer D – Mixtape for The Lake Radio 2

An international mix of fluid ambient and concreté sounds and textures from Spencer Doran (Visible Cloaks).

Tsukasa Suzuki – Telephone Singer
Lury Lech – Ukraïna
Unknown Burundi Singers – Duo De Jeunes Filles / Solo De Femme
Patricia Escudero – Valse du chocolat aux amandes (Erik Satie, 1891)
Michel Chion – La machine á passer le temps
Other Music – MN.2
Ricardo Mandolini – Cancion De Madera Y Agua
Raviv Gazit – One
Lena Platonos ‎– Γκάλοπ
Pep Llopis – El Vell Rey de la Serp
Clannad – Ocean of Light
Suso Saiz – Nada de lo que Sucede
Hiroshi Yoshimura ‎– Soft Wave For Automatic Music Box
Lino Capra Vaccina – Vocis
Todd Barton – The River Song
Nóirín Ní Riain – An Caoineadh
Inoyama Land – Tide
Nuno Canavarro – Antica/Burun

Sr Dagar Brothers – Raga Todi, Paris 1964 0

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