024 – The Collapsing Barn Essay No. 1: What Hands Make
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023 – The Collapsing Barn Essays, Intro
The aim of this series of essays is to give insight into the origins of the Wist Rec label whilst also giving context into the state of hand-made music since our inception in 2009. The heel grinding of DIY labels stand as testaments to the importance of albums as physical objects or pieces of art, this despite a sea change in the public’s listening habits. These essays might also be used as a guide for burgeoning artists and labels, looking at the logistics, pitfalls and ethics of running an independent label. This work will also give the first opportunity for my label cohort and designer Manfred Naescher to share his views on the design process.
While my preference would be to produce records as anonymous creators, letting our output speak for its self (and in regards to the musical contributions from our artists, I believe that we don’t have a place in disseminating their work), a nagging feeling has come over me over the last few years in regards to ‘home listening’ and the greater context of sound consumption.
In the last 18 months we’ve slowed down our release output due to various life changes. During our most prolific era of output, producing up to eight releases a year, I was also studying toward a degree in Horticulture and Manfred was working on significant commissions for the Liechtenstein government. Having a string of conceived and commissioned records tends to create a great inertia which pushes production along (perhaps at times to their detriment?). Now, since we’ve both have more breathing space in our careers, we’ve had more time to consider why we produce(d) what we produce(d). As we’ve persisted in this project for 10 years now, it might be time to reflect on what we saw and learned.
Published next week and thereafter monthly, the first essay will delve into the path of our shaky establishment.
022 – Notes from the Long Now
Where has the time gone? After a long summer… autumn… and winter snooze we are finally gearing up for some news and more obtuse releases:
1) “The Temporal Glaze” by Dentistry will be our next release, another long postponed record. This one’s artwork is based on the 19th century photo technique of the Van Dyke Brown Printing process (pictured). Sounds here:
3) After almost 10 years, we’ve decided that it was time to look back at both the origin of Wist Rec and its development over time: its aesthetics, design process and situation in the micro label scene. This will take the form of an ongoing journal featuring discussions with both of the label’s originators: Gary Mentanko and his silent partner Manfred Naescher. Its hoped that this will act as a source for burgeoning artists and labels and create a dialogue on how we can stop drowning from the digital rain. I mean, is the rainfall ever going to end?
021 – The 1902 Syntropic Seasonal
On July 30th we release another odd collaborative calendar boxset featuring interpretations of the cross-quarter days on the perpetual calendar by Elsa Hasselgärde, Christina Carter, Porzellan, Michael Duane Ferrell & Delphine Dora.
020 – Depatterning – The Community Pasture
on Analogue Chat
We’re please to share a release from our label cohort and promising plantsman, Gary Mentanko. “The Community Pasture” by Depatterning is released on cassette by the Analogue Chat, an independent record label based in Spain and The Netherlands which allows artists to interpret their own ‘medio ambiente’ (environment) and tell a personal narrative in the form electronic soundscapes or traditional song structures.
“The Community Pasture” features a collection of 11 songs of pastoral hums and aural traditions with a decidedly synth-ethic with snippets of family voices and field recordings from the past and present. On Side B, there is a 23 minute chat with Gary about the music, his inspirations and the wonder of the early electric age.
1. 48th Annual Ukrainian Festival Flood
2. What Came from Uranium City
3. Land Management Service Ballad
4. Wheat Lifter Her
5. 1928- Yield
6. The Power Commision
7. Canora, SK: Good Lake No. 274
8. Broadcasting Seed
9. 1932- Dust
10. The Power Corporation Act (1949)
11. End of the Programming Day
019 – Glowing Swords –
The Autumn Elegy
We’re back with a botanical compendium to the previous season by Glowing Swords, a collaborative project between Zachary Corsa of Nonconnah & Lost Trail and Scott Cortez of Loveliescrushing.
Prepay available here
018 – 1918 Oncoming
As we adjust to the quiet of the woods, we wanted to let you know about several planned releases for this year, some a long time coming:
• A botanical view of the approaching spring and increasing sunlight with Glowing Swords (Zachary Corsa of Nonconnah, Lost Trail & Scott Cortez of Loveslivescrushing) Available in March.
• The intertwined relationship between our public and natural spaces with Dentistry
• A return of our Jackdaw Series examining psychiatric LSD usage in 1950’s Saskatchewan.
017 – Glowing Swords Fragments
From the forthcoming release “The Autumn Elegy” on Wist Rec by Glowing Swords (Zachary Corsa of Nonconnah, Lost Trail & Scott Cortez of Loveslivescrushing).
016 – Sub Loam The Unfolding Map
We’re off on another orienteering journey of elevations, contours and terrain with Sub Loam. This three disc set is housed in recycled kraft boxes and contains individually cut raised relief maps of these islands for outdoor pursuits you might have one day.
015 – Wist Rec Interview on Resonance FM
014 – Sub Loam Fragments
Forthcoming release on Wist Rec, “The Unfolding Map” is an orienteering journey of elevations, contours and terrain of these islands with Sub Loam.
013- The Tape Loop Orchestra LP
Celebrating the opening launch of the Panama Canal and the conclusion of last year’s Intenational Exposition in California this release presents commissioned music for the Panama Pacific Expo Autumn Music Festival in 1915.
Alongside the Tape Loop Orchestra these pieces were performed with members of the Exposition Orchestra and features the dulcet tones of the Opus 500 organ as performed by Edwin H Lemare.
Mastered by Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare)
Each copy of the 1915-16 Panama Pacific Expo contains:
– 10″ vinyl housed in matt board
– 3″ CDr, hand stamped
– Souvenir Guide to the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco
– Postcard of Festival Hall and Avenue of Palms
– Extensive Expo Grounds Map
– Cyanography image of the Scintillator
Limited to 200 copies.
The 4th release in our ongoing biographical series features a menagerie of lilting dark folk from Clara Engel based on the writings and paintings of the renowned Surrealist, Leonora Carrington.
“Songs for Leonora Carrington” is housed in a handsome booklet featuring text from Carrington and watercolour interpretations of her work by artist Manfred Naescher. More information here.
Limited to 120 copies on black CDR.
On the first release of the new year Wist Rec brings you a unique 4 disc set which examines seasonal day length and the off-kilter solstice and equinoxical events of 1922 with Loscil, Talk West, Lost Trail & April Larson.
This release is available now. More details here.
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010 – The 1910 Rabbit Cull
A selection of past, future, imagined and failed releases on Wist Rec as originally given away as a limited promo disc in early 2016 (Wist Rec Negative 001). Alternatively referred to as “The 1901 Rabbit Cull” and “The 1911 Rabbit Cull”. Compiled at Indian Head Experimental Farm and Forest Nursery Station, SK.
Cryptic liner notes state:
“Please tell Harry Smith that we found the Celestial Omnichord on our last venture but it is functioning erratically.”
009 – Delay: “The Atlantic Cable”
by Being & the Humble Bee
Due to personal illness the shipping of this jackdaw set has unfortunately been delayed until Nov 28th. As this release is now sold out (our fastest selling release yet) we hope the anticipation will colour the music even more once it arrives.
With sincere apologies, the Wist Label Staff.
008 – Wist Rec 022
This autumn, Wist Rec is pleased to bring you a long waited release from Being & the Humble Bee (Russell Burden & Craig Tattersall).
“The Atlantic Cable” is a 3 disc jackdaw release detailing the first pulsing signals from Valentia Island, Ireland to Trinity Bay, Newfoundland in 1858. Including actual depth sounding maps and morse to note translation each artist interprets the electrical direction on separate 3″ discs while a third cd of muddled, brackish interpretations is handled by Andrew Hargreaves (Tape Loop Orchestra).
007 – Wist Rec Mix – Exiting Music
We were so very pleased to be asked by the radio program Its Just Music Baby and the likeminded label Shimmering Moods to come up with a mix of music which influenced us. There are traces of the themes and sound fidelity in here which can be found throughout our records. Oddly, there appears to be a niggling hint of thematic closure in there for some reason but no serious need to worry. Music from Rhue, Clara Rockmore, Slowdive, Grouper, Hood and others.
Bonus obscurity note: The image is likely the oldest surviving photograph by Nicéphore Niépce, taken in the late 1820s.
006 – Depatterning returns, or stumbles home?
After a belated journey north, Depatterning returns to find the ancestral home quiet. “The Dimmed Homestead” is a 2 disc release (5″ & 3″CDr) featuring geneological trails of electricity, farm liminality and Ukrainian heritage in an isolated region of central canada (lowercase).
Initial copies include a microfiche of Massey Ferguson/John Deere part cataloges for reference. Things repeat into a second cycle (50-60 Hz).
005 – Week Long Jackdaw Promotion ENDED
Purchase all four jackdaw style editions for a discounted price. Includes the long out-of-print “Folkestone Lighthouse” by Being and featuring Craig Tattersall, Danny Norbury and Jez riley French. Sale ends midnight May 6th. More details on the various jackdaws here.
004 – “The Dimmed Homestead” Fragments
Researching the lost culture of Canadian pioneering, some fragments from our next release by Depatterning. Includes vital tractor schematics.
Available in June 1916.
003 – The Crossley Heritage Preorder
Wist Rec 020: The Crossley Heritage by the Sly & Unseen is now available for pre-order here.
002 – Wist Rec 020
This February, we release the Sly & Unseen’s “The Crossley Heritage”, a contrasting examination of Victorian industrialism and a separated nature. Available in a limited jackdaw edition. Details to follow.