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Black Mill Tapes (10th Anniversary Box)

    In the beginning, there was just a box of tapes and “Fate’s Gentle Hand.”

    It was the autumn of 2010, and an anonymous figure known only as the Head Technician, an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services (“Magnetically aligning ferrous particles since 1970”), found himself at an auction in the village of Coldred, pop. 110. He was on the hunt for tobacco pipes when he chanced across a trio of boxes listed in the auction catalog, which described their contents only as “archived magnetic recordings.” The sole bidder, he won the lot, and upon receipt of his purchase took possession of an unspecified number of mouldering cassettes and ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The collection contained no identifying information save for a single phrase scrawled on each box: “Black Mill Sessions.” And so, armed with razors, eyedroppers, and a bevy of solid-state circuitry, the Head Technician sat down at his machines and got to work.

    Whether anyone believed it or not, this was the framing device surrounding Pye Corner Audio’s Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards, which took the mysterious tactics of artists like Boards of Canada and Burial and raised them exponentially. Much like the narrator of a 19th century novel, the anonymous Head Technician purported merely to be the messenger of secondhand sounds. These were not compositions, we were told; they were tape transfers—“transcriptions” of an unknown author, slathered with hiss and thick with ambiguity. “Some of the tapes displayed an unusual amount of degradation and …an unsettling amount of background noise, whether electrical in nature, or otherwise,” wrote the Head Technician. “I chose to edit around the worst of the unusual break-ups, but some still remain.”

    TRACK LISTING

    Disc 1 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 1: Avant Shards
    Disc 2 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 2: Do You Synthesize?
    Disc 3 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 3: All Pathways Open
    Disc 4 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 4: Dystopian Vectors
    Disc 5 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 1: The Lost Tapes

    Pye Corner Audio

    Entangled Routes

      Entangled Routes is the fourth Pye Corner Audio album for Ghost Box Records. It’s the third part of a loose trilogy of albums starting with Stasis in 2016 and followed by Hollow Earth in 2019. Each album is a kind of high concept sci-fi epic, the latest instalment of which plays with the idea of mycorrhizal networks and attempts by humans to listen in and communicate.

      As always with Pye Corner Audio and Ghost Box Records generally, narrative is not spelled out. It's only implied in the drama and mood of the music, with the help of careful attention to track titles and sequence and of course Julian House's consistently evocative artwork.

      Martin Jenkins builds up tension with his minimalistic synth sequences and dance floor abstractions. His masterful sound design creates a sense of awe and vast space as he takes us on a fantastic and exciting voyage from peril to redemption.

      Pye Corner Audio specialise in majestic, cinematic electronica that evokes sci-fi soundtracks, dystopian futures and the sound of haunted dance floors. The discography to date includes ten full length albums and many more singles and EPs across several labels. There are also remixes for John Foxx, Mogwai, Ride’s Andy Bell, Mark Lanegan, Alice Hubble, Stealing Sheep, Knightstown and Dolphin Midwives.

      TRACK LISTING

      New Roots
      Synaptic
      Paleolith
      Earthwork
      The Creeper
      Hive Mind
      The Clearing
      Growth Potential
      The Long Now
      Phantom Orchid
      Leaf Mould
      Buried Network
      Symbiosis

      In the beginning, there was just a box of tapes and “Fate’s Gentle Hand”

      It was the autumn of 2010, and an anonymous figure known only as the Head Technician, an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services ('Magnetically aligning ferrous particles since 1970'), found himself at an auction in the village of Coldred, pop. 110. He was on the hunt for tobacco pipes when he chanced across a trio of boxes listed in the auction catalog, which described their contents only as 'archived magnetic recordings'. The sole bidder, he won the lot, and upon receipt of his purchase took possession of an unspecified number of mouldering cassettes and ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The collection contained no identifying information save for a single phrase scrawled on each box: “Black Mill Sessions”. And so, armed with razors, eyedroppers, and a bevy of solid-state circuitry, the Head Technician sat down at his machines and got to work.

      Whether anyone believed it or not, this was the framing device surrounding Pye Corner Audio’s "Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards", which took the mysterious tactics of artists like Boards of Canada and Burial and raised them exponentially. Much like the narrator of a 19th century novel, the anonymous Head Technician purported merely to be the messenger of secondhand sounds. These were not compositions, we were told; they were tape transfers - 'transcriptions' of an unknown author, slathered in electronic voodoo, black majik circuit bends and hinting at that cult-philosophical stance that perhaps the Ancient Egyptians were much more civilized than we initially thought - perhaps harnessing electricity from thin air and colluding with extra-dimensional beings some 10,000 years ago... who knows? but the music contained here is like some embryonically DNA-strand that could well have existed in our (artificial)intelligence since our evolution began. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: The final (!!!) part of PCA's "Black Mill" series. DO NOT SLEEP cultists! Pye Corner Audio is one of the head sorcerers of electro-voodoo and this concluding part of his epic opus cannot be missed!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Became Self Aware
      A2. Exhumed
      A3. Electronic Rhythm Number Thirteen
      A4. Theme Number Five
      B1. Return To Synth Mountain
      B2. Arlonica
      B3. Theme Sixty Eight

      You know us Piccadilly cats are gonna keep it ALFOS 4 LYFE, and this record right here is a total doozy, straddling the ol' Indie-Dance divide like an ad-hoc bridge built out of Bez, copies of Screamadelica and Pollock-patterned bucket hats. For you see, the hazy, Roses-esque jangle of Andy Bell’s debut solo album "The View From Halfway Down" has been radically reworked by synth-wielding maverick Pye Corner Audio. 
      The resulting EP offers squirming acid lines, thunderous 4/4, baggy breaks and hallucinogenic dreamscapes, all topped by the shifting shimmer of Andy's mystic vocals, themselves twisted into a whole new language. If that weren't enough to have you reaching for the glow sticks, Andy's also added an edit in his GLOK alias.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Spectacularly psychedelic dancefloor tackle here as PCA unspools Andy Bell atop a plethora of spangled synthery. Indie Dance in its most essential form and totally recommended for the ALFOS / Baggy brigade. File next to Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Weatherall and Unkle.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
      2. Skywalker (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
      3. Cherry Cola (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
      4. Love Comes In Waves (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
      5. I Was Alone (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
      6. Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix – GLOK Re-edit)


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