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Announcing Michael Beharie - This One Breath C24

2014-04-29T23:05:40.716-04:00

Very excited to announce the next W+D tape This One Breath from guitar-and-beats master Michael Beharie. Here's what Fader has to say in their preview stream of the release:
As a solo producer and guitarist, he’s also done a bunch of behind-the-scenes tinkering for some of our favorite artists in town…If you didn’t catch Reach, his recent debut album for Shinkoyo, then this 23-minute, grid-defying and globe-trotting beat epic will probably prick up your ears big time.
Check out a stream, below, and then pre-order the tape here!
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Introducing Words+Dreams Presents

2014-04-29T09:38:21.409-04:00

Words+Dreams Presents is a new extension of the W+D label now manifesting at the new venue Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens. We've been honored to host some incredible electronic, experimental, and avant-garde musicians including Luke Wyatt, Maria Minerva, Greg Fox, Daniel Carter, Audrey Chen, and Michael Beharie, and are excited to announce the next 2 W+D Presents shows:Friday, May 2matana roberts presents: EPHEMERAHelado NegroVHVLDJ Michael Beharie8PM | $10 | FB Invite Saturday, May 3Co LaLord RajaTallesenAction Figures8PM | $7 | FB InviteBelow are some posters from past events–Hope to see you at an upcoming show soon![...]



Out Now! Patrick Higgins + Mivos - SQ2/Glacia

2014-04-29T00:36:41.943-04:00

The Patrick Higgins / Mivos Quartet CD/2xLP is now available for order!

Kev Nickells at Freq.org did a nice in-depth write-up of this release, which is well worth your time to read, but for the sake of brevity, here's a summation:
Long and the short is that it’s a seriously well delivered set of ideas, with a lot more emphasis on taste applied to the given thematic material, rather than being programmatic or systematic about breaking established form with juxtapositions. In which sense, much more ‘now’ than the period historically associated with the ‘avant-garde’.
Order your copy from the Releases page now!



Release show for Higgis/Mivos - SQ2/Glacia at (le) Poisson Rouge!

2013-10-04T11:43:07.090-04:00

This Friday, October 4, come out to (le) Poisson Rouge for the release of the new Mivos Quartet / Patrick Higgins record featuring the Higgins-penned String Quartet No.2, and then Glacia, a time-stretched and -warped re-imagining of the Quartet, plus a electronics/violin composition from Higgins and Mivos member Josh Modney.

The official street date for the record isn't until November, so come out, pick up a copy, hear just the third life performance of String Quartet No.2, catch a set from Buke & Gase, and get your weekend started right!

Friday, October 4 | Doors 6pm | Show 7pm
(le) Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleeker Street



Mivos Quartet // Patrick Higgins: String Quartet No. 2 + Glacia CD/LP

2013-09-19T18:59:08.384-04:00

From the same man who brought you the quadraphonic best-of-2012 STEREO comes this very exciting collaboration with the newly-formed ExCathedra Records: Mivos Quartet // Patrick Higgins: String Quartet No. 2 + Glacia, to be released on LP/CD on November 11, 2013. Part one of this beautiful release features Mivos Quartet playing Patrick Higgins' String Quartet No. 2, a seven-movement work that explores the function of memory and recollection as musical forms. Developing across a palindromic movement structure, the quartet moves through a cycle of compositional styles from diatonic tonal material, to atonal, lyrical writing, to twelve-tone, micro-tonal, and indeterminate materials --the work is concerned with the ability of musical form to reconstruct or "remember" across extreme developments in material. Part two sees Higgins reworking Higgins in an experimental re-imagining of SQ2. At moments evoking the spirit of STEREO, Glacia is inspired by the interchange of the perceptual and physical properties of ice fields, music that is at once static, monolithic and integrated, while still fluid, fragile, dynamic, and fleeting.In posting an exclusive preview "Wind Tunnel" from the Glacia disc, Adhoc.fm sez "Patrick Higgins truthfully inhabits the personas of both shredder and composer...shredder in the Yngwie/Satch paradigm...[yet] a legit modern classical entity." Click thru for the preview track! Come out to an exclusive preview show on October 4 at (le) poisson rouge (tix) with Buke & Gase, Mivos Quartet, and Patrick Higgins to hear the material performed live and pick up an advanced copy of the LP! Pre-sale is available below. Format Double Vinyl LP $34.99 USD CD $11.99 USD E-Mail Address[...]



Cassette Store Day!

2013-09-09T22:28:02.413-04:00

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Cassette Store Day event today at Silent Barn! Was great to talk to enthusiastic tape fans, meet some other labels (including Mirror Universe Tapes, who sold me my first new music tape in 2009), preview some tapes, and generally celebrate the medium. Speaking of celebrating:W+D Cassette Store Day Exclusive: Patrick Higgins - OƎЯƎTƧ 2xc48To celebrate Cassette Store Day, we've put together a super-limited inverted edition of last year's Impose favorite, the quardaphonic double-tape STEREO from Patrick Higgins. What does inverted mean? It means we flipped the red tapes with white text to white tapes with red text, inverted the album art, and hooked up the W+D mastering system with channels 3-4 to tracks 1-2, and channels 1-2 to tracks 3-4, resulting in a recording that plays the original STEREO program from end-to-beginning. Most music played backwards sounds like just that: a song, being played in reverse. The droning, metallic sounds of Higgins' uncompromising composition, on the other hand, take on a quality all their own when played in reverse, matching the original's deftness and agility but taking on a newly alien, haunting quality.Edition of 15 hand-assembled tapes. Purchase link below!15 red-on-white double-tapes || Inverted STEREO cover artLocation US $8.50 USD World $19.00 USD [...]



Chonus - KI C44 tapes & digital on sale now!

2013-09-09T19:00:46.490-04:00


The latest W+D tape Chonus - KI is available now, shipped to your door or downloaded straight to yr HD via the new-ish Words+Dreams Bandcamp in FLAC or in the mp3 format of your choice. Click through to the Releases page to pick up your copy now!



Announcing Chonus - KI C44

2013-09-09T19:02:55.541-04:00

Very excited to announce the release of our 12th cassette, KI from Brooklyn's CHONUS (aka Tony Gedrich) in his first solo electronic outing. KI will be available in a limited edition of 100 emerald green C44s loaded with cobalt tape (known for its low noise floor, silky highs, and exceptionally warm and punchy bass), and in a first for W+D, digitally via Bandcamp on the same day as the physical release — Saturday, August 10.

Preview the lead single "Western Thoughts" below:
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Follow W+D on Tumblr / New website coming soon!

2013-09-09T17:20:55.494-04:00

The W+D presence on the web will be relaunching soon with a brand-new, excitingly-non-Blogger layout, and with it will come a new release, several limited edition re-releases, and a whole spate of tapes coming for the second half of 2013. In the meantime, check out the new W+D Tumblr, spin some of your other W+D tapes, enjoy the weather, and sit tight for the big re-launch announcement!



Patrick Higgins' STEREO on Impose Best Cassettes of 2012 list

2012-12-18T18:10:12.283-05:00

We are honored to find that the most-recent W+D tape, Patrick Higgins' ambitious 4-channel double-tape STEREO, was listed among Impose Magazine's The Best Cassette Releases of 2012 list. Here's the blurb:
(image) The phrase “quadraphonic recording” tends to set expectations of something so purposefully erudite and abstract that you’d probably have a better time having your friend who is really into Stockhausen explain the record to you, rather than actually listening. Even the idea of a quadraphonic tape release is inherently a bit exclusive, what with the need to sync up two stereo tape decks or actually own a quadraphonic mixer. Enter: NYC composer and Zs/Bachanalia member Patrick Higgins’ STEREO. The level of ambition and execution in this three-part, 40 minute long composition are powerfully matched, and the level of technique and the sheer amount of polyphony in this piece are actually stunning. This release pushes the conventions of the tape medium and the ear of the listener. The manic energy and uncanny appeal can’t be denied as this fever dream brain puzzle rips itself open again and again.

Copies of the tape are still available — click through to Releases to pick up one of 2012's best!



Patrick Higgins 'STEREO' release show + pre-sale

2013-09-09T19:03:38.668-04:00

Patrick Higgins, Mas Ysa, Lea Bertucci + DJ Choette and The Oracle DJs
Thursday, Nov 8 | Death By Audio, 49 S. 2nd Street, BK | 8PM | $8

Block off your Thursday night next week (and cross your fingers for Subway access by then!) cuz you're not going to want to miss the tape release show for the quadraphonic double-tape STEREO. Taking place in the intimate Death By Audio confines, the release show will feature a special one-night-only 4-channel setup to give those of you without such an unreasonable overabundance of stereo gear at home the opportunity to hear this stunning material in its full, confounding glory.. Described by TinyMixTapes as "WAY weird in a WAY-WAY good WAY," STEREO is "a total juxtaposition of Patrick’s Bachanalia suites. Yet...catchier, in a feverish sort of way. Weirdly, it almost sounds modular driven, as if he tried to cover a M. Geddes jam."

If you just can't wait to put your order in (or have the misfortune of not being able to attend the show), pre-order is now available via the Releases page. Check it!



Announcing Patrick Higgins - Stereo C48

2013-09-11T14:43:12.475-04:00

Words+Dreams is pleased to announce that downtown composer/guitarist Patrick Higgins (ZS, Bachanalia) will release a new record of works for solo guitar and laptop electronics. STEREO is a three-part composition written and recorded in quadraphonic four-channel stereo, to be released as a special-edition double cassette this November 8th. Making use of extended techniques, time-shift and phase manipulations, as well as a custom-designed digital delay interface, Higgins’ STEREO is a work that both celebrates and disfigures the tradition of solo guitar performance.  STEREO is a must for fans of drone, post-minimalism, avant-garde, and uncompromising instrumental works. STEREO will be released on two stereophonic cassettes designed to be played simultaneously on two independent stereo systems or through a single quadraphonic receiver connected to two tape decks. In the tradition of four channel stereo gear of the 70s (hyped in marketing materials as the next logical step after stereo dominated mono) and presaging the later dominance of home theater and multi-channel setups, quadraphony — the forefather of surround sound — is lovingly resurrected for this ambitious and unusual release. In addition to the double cassette, each tape will include a download code to collect a standard stereo downmix, plus the option of a digital 4-channel encode to be played back on your home theater or surround sound system.Preview part 2 of STEREO, "Pointillist," below: frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F62474434&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true&color=daf7fd" width="100%">[...]



W+D has a Bandcamp!

2013-09-09T19:07:26.182-04:00

In celebration of the custom W+D digital download code redemption interface (launched along with YouAreHere: The Maze Mixtape) I finally put together a W+D Bandcamp. If you're interested in the Maze Mixtape, you can now stream the whole thing, track-by-track, on the BC page, and buy a Digital Download postcard for just $4; that's just 18¢ a song, or 4¢ per minute of music, aka CHEAP! More past W+D content will be filtering on to the Bandcamp page soon, too, but in the mean time, check out the embedded app below, the new tab on Facebook, and buy a download postcard. The actual tapes will be available for web sales very soon!

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Introducing Physical Filesharing Download Postcards

2013-09-09T19:08:56.544-04:00

Since all of the Maze art is transparent, we had to fit the the tracklist and download code somewhere else. From this need was borne the idea of the Physical Filesharing Download Postcard: a limited edition Maze print on heavy gloss stock with the tracklist, release notes, and your download code on the reverse. There are four prints from inside this year's Maze; you can preview them all below, and pick a postcard of your choice when you buy a copy of the tape or a standalone download from Bandcamp.Why a "Physical Filesharing Download Postcard"? Because each download code can be redeemed by 2 different users! After you download of the release, write the address on the address block provided, and physically share some files with a friend! Postcard stamps are only 32¢, and everyone loves getting mail that's not bills — why not surprise someone with some killer art & music?Photo credit: Alexander Perrelli/perrelliphotography.com[...]



W+D010 YouAreHere: The Maze Mixtape - Full tracklist and tape art revealed + release show this Friday!

2013-09-09T19:10:50.665-04:00

Excited to finally reveal the full tracklist and tape art for the Maze compilation, the 10th W+D release! Come out to the fifth night of the You Are Here Festival this Friday, July 20 at Secret Project Robot, and pick up a copy while you see tape contributors Dustin Wong and Marty McSorley + La Big Vic, Loud Objects, and a new special guest to be announced shortly!

A1 Jantar - Holes for Eyes *
A2 Hieroglyph Thesaurus - Lights Camera Action
A3 C. Spencer Yeh - Solo Violin 6-12-11 *
A4 Fuckton - Fucking Around (Live at Shea Stadium) *
A5 Rainstick - Nite Train (Slang Edit) *
A6 NYMPH - Bird Song *
A7 Psychic Reality - Yr Light *
A8 Larkin Grimm - Liquid Gold *
A9 Manorexia - Vika
A10 Phone Tag - Cue (Yellow Magic Orchestra Cover) *
A11 Marty McSorley - The Beat Is Mine (edit) *

B1 VAZ - Mistake Lake
B2 dubknowdub - Assholes and Oxtails *
B3 Hubble - Hubble Potatoes *
B4 Patrick Higgins - Bourée, Lute Suite No.1 BWV 996
B5 Black Jeans - Mini Maxwell (edit) *
B6 MV Carbon - MAZEPIEC *
B7 Lucky Dragons - Between Attention and Attention *
B8 GDFX - Mackswell #4 *
B9 Wish - Redemption *
B10 Kel Valhaal - Vitriol *
B11 Dustin Wong - Water on Face *

* Maze Mixtape exclusive!



Order YouAreHere: The Maze Mixtape - only online until Sunday!

2012-07-11T15:22:45.341-04:00

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Starting today, you can order the 10th W+D release, the 90-minute YouAreHere: The Maze Mixtape compilation, through the You Are Here Festival Kickstarter (see promo video above). The tape features exclusive tracks from a wide array of artists and musicians performing in the Maze, the only way to order online is with a $15 (US shipping)/$20 (Int'l shipping) donation to the Maze Kickstarter, where all proceeds will support the NYC Maze, as well as a similar installation coming to Berlin, Germany in the fall. The Kickstarter has a deadline of this coming Sunday, July 15 at 9:14 AM, so if you want a copy, make your moves soon!



YouAreHere: The Maze Mixtape

2013-09-11T14:49:09.833-04:00

(image) Coming in just over two weeks, YouAreHere: The Maze Mixtape is a 20-track cross section of musicians and bands playing in this year's You Are Here Festival aka The Maze. The Maze Mixtape is an incredible collection music from the constantly intersecting and sub-dividing worlds of avant-garde, hip-hop, experimental, indie, electronic, and noise. With many never-previously-released tracks and a prodigious, diverse list of contributors, this unique release stands as a sonic extension of the physical and aural experience of the Maze.

Like the Maze itself, The Maze Mixtape's design is a disorienting combination of closed and open spaces created from multiple layers of overlapping line art, a celebration of the possible positive qualities of negative space when carried into the third dimension. The design will be composed of three separate components in addition to the all-clear tape shell: the insert, the A-side label, and the B-side label, all color-printed on transparency material.

The tape will be available for purchase two ways: starting tomorrow, half of the tapes will be listed as a new reward for a $15 US-shipping/$20 Int'l-shipping on the You Are Here Festival Kickstarter, which help supports both the New York incarnation of the festival, and a Berlin installation coming in the fall. Please note this will the only way to order the tapes online! The other half of the run will, of course, be for sale in the Maze.

Contributors
Black Jeans // C. Spencer Yeh // DUBKNOWDUB // Dustin Wong // Fuckton // GDFX
Hieroglyph Thesaurus // Higgins // Hiro Kone // Hubble // Jantar // Kel Valhall
Larkin Grimm // Lucky Dragons // Manorexia // Marty McSorley // MV Carbon
NYMPH // Phonetag // Psychic Reality // Rainstick // Wish


Be on the look out for track streams and new details about The Maze Mixtape in the coming weeks!



Limited Edition Maze Compilation Coming in July!

2013-09-09T19:11:55.683-04:00

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This coming July, the art duo Trouble, comprised of Sam Hillmer aka the Diamond Terrifier, and his wife, sculptor Laura Paris, will be putting on a month-long exhibition called the YOU ARE HERE Festival at Secret Project Robot in Bushwick. The festival will feature some 50+ musicians and performers, and will take place in giant maze that fills up and subdivides the entire performance space, disrupting typical concert expectations by putting the performers and the viewers in the same confined, confusing space. The festival has already received glowing coverage from Impose, TinyMixTapes, and AdHoc.

As part of the festival, W+D will be releasing a limited-edition Maze Compilation tape featuring exclusive tracks from many of the artists who will be playing. We're working on something really exciting for the art, but the details aren't quite finalized yet, so check back for more on that soon.

In the meantime, swing by Vice's Noisey to read an interview with Hillmer about the maze, see the full lineup/schedule, and to stream the 30-minute MAZE MIX I put together for the festival.

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Guilty Ghosts' Veils on sale today!

2013-09-09T19:13:50.761-04:00


Today is the official release date of Guilty Ghosts' beautiful debut full length, Veils. Here are some of the reactions Veils (and it's web-edition predecessor) has seen around the web:
  • "Guerre’s croon fits flawlessly into the slow-burning backdrop, gliding over swaths of noise and heart-tugging strings. Perfection." - Boy Attractions
  • "The variety of material is a strength of this release...powerfully resonant." - The DaDaDa
  • "Capturing New Order on the way into a transcendental meditation." - Skogsgospel (via Google Translate)
  • "Veils [is an] understated triumph. A beautiful listen from start to end." - Sonic Masala
  • "The epitome of late-night-headphones-and-gin music." - Polaroids of Androids
  • "Ridiculously pretty ambient drone." - Clouds In Yr Coffee
  • "A chill, well-written collection of tunes." - A Big City Died
  • Web edition named a "Best Dream Pop Release of 2011" - Sounds Better With Reverb
As explained in the last post, each tape will come in a deluxe bundle with stickers and a bonus mix CD, packed in a hand-screened cotton bag. This is a very limited edition and nearly half of the W+D stock is already on its way into the mail! Click through to the Releases page to order your copy today!



Guilty Ghosts' Veils Deluxe Bundle – Available for presale now

2013-09-09T19:14:16.665-04:00

(image) On May 29, Words+Dreams will release Guilty Ghosts' debut full length, Veils. To celebrate coming back together for this tape on the 2-year anniversary of W+D's debut release, Guilty Ghosts' very own Enigma Variations, we've packed each 60-minute tape in a deluxe bundle with stickers, a bonus mix CD, and a hand-screened cotton bags to hold it all together.

For more information and to pre-order your copy today, click through to the Releases page. This is a very limited issue, with only 100 copies being made, and only 50 available for web sales through W+D — don't miss grabbing a copy!



Diamond Terrifier/Patrick Higgins spring mini-tours

2012-03-27T17:28:53.802-04:00

(image) This coming April, Diamond Terrifier and Patrick Higgins are hitting the road for 2 mini-tours, first carving a path across the the Midwest, then looping the mid-Atlantic. Diamond Terrifier will continue to vibrate into existence the ever-growing tendrils of Shrine Flu, while Patrick Higgins will be working out his Bachanalia project of quasi-live-remixed Bach arrangements on classical guitar.

TinyMixTapes recently said Shrine Flu is "already one of [our] favorites of 2012," and the music really shines in the inescapable, stalking presence of its creator, Sam Hillmer. Check out the full schedule below:

Midwest Loop – Week 1
04.03.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.04.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
04.05.12 - Oberlin, OH - The Chapel, Oberlin College
04.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Soap Box Music
04.07.12 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s
04.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)

Mid-Atlantic Loop – Week 2
04.17.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.19.12 - Boston, MA - Arc-En-Ciel Studios
04.20.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda
04.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
04.22.12 - Washington, DC - Back Alley Theater
04.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)



Now shipping - Diamond Terrifier's Shrine Flu C22

2013-09-09T19:15:06.684-04:00

(image) "...a 22-minute droned-out sax-and-outmoded-electronics masterpiece."
- Vice's Noisey.com

"Shrine Flu [is] a droning, cavernous, and fairly magnificent work inspired by the fierce black Buddhist deity Vajrabhairava, he of the nine faces, 34 hands, and 16 legs."
- Richard Gehr, The Village Voice

"Shrine Flu finds Hillmer at his most structurally meditative to date, with the solo saxophonist allowing a reflective atmosphere to resonate while channeling one of his trademark skills: not rushing toward climax while enjoying the process of the journey."
- The Esoterrorist

Click thru to Releases to get your copy!



USPS Rate Change

2012-03-01T23:12:36.415-05:00

(image) On January 22, a postage rate increase went into effect at the USPS. Domestic rates were minimally effected, but the shipping rate for sending one tape internationally went up over 30%. As a result, all international tapes are now $9.50 shipped

Go to SaveAmericasPostalService.org to learn more about why this is happening. It sucks.



Now Available – Slow Magic - ▲

2012-03-01T21:03:14.160-05:00

(image) Slow Magic's debut release
Limited edition tour C-28
Smokey tapes with gold foil labels
Buy from him on tour, thru March 26
Very limited copies available to buy here
$6.50 US/$9.50 World (shipping included)
Includes high-quality digital-download code
Click thru to Releases to get yours!



Slow Magic Releaes Party 2/21/12

2013-09-09T19:15:48.182-04:00

(image) Come buy Slow Magic's "▲" tape at the release show and launch
to the mysterious beatmaker's 5-week European tour.

Slow Magic | Selebrities | Mala Strana | DJ Emilie FriedlanderTues., Feb. 21 | Public Assembly (70 N. 6th St, Bklyn) |$12

Go to the Releases page for more info about the Slow Magic tape.