DARKSMITH

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(Mom Costume) CDR $7.50 (Out-of-stock)

A single twenty-two-and-a-half minute track by the master of externalizing the inner maelstrom. Edition of 30.

ALTAR OF FLIES / DARKSMITH

Every Actual Body / Brittle Bones

(Hasten & Korset - 043) 7-inch $10.00 (Out-of-stock)

Concrète mixed with industrial. Darksmith does very little with not much at all -- the sound of movement in an empty, open room captured on cassette tapes crudely and minimally manipulated. At once meditative and unsettling. Sweden's Mattias Gustafsson scrapes and grinds metal like a true demon. Drawings by Tom Darksmith. Artwork by Daniel Fagerström. With a postcard. Clear vinyl. Edition of 100.

DARKSMITH

Everyone Is Welcome In My Room

(Vitrine - VT15) Cassette $8.00 (Out-of-stock)

“Gloriously tattered” is how Tabs Out summarizes the “bizarrely mutated musique concrète by … the beloved [journeyman grindeur] with past releases on Hanson…, Chondritic Sound, and his own Mom Costume imprint. Everyone Is Welcome In My Room plays true to Darksmith’s penchant for listlessly foreboding collages…, massive but desolate scenes of vague despair and almost guaranteed doom. Found sounds seamlessly intermix with … anonymous … instruments … and noisemakers.” C30. Edition of 100

DARKSMITH

Gypsy

(Mom Costume - 016) CDR $6.00 (Out-of-stock)

Cassettes, mics, domestic and field recordings.

DARKSMITH

Hatred Of Sound

(Second Sleep - SS086) LP $15.00

Years away from the previous Darksmith album. Limping sounds not easily identified. Phantom appearances of music, deteriorated, elsewhere. Edition of 200.

DARKSMITH / FOSSILS

Million Year Spree

(Kye - KYE14) split LP $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

No-fi acoustic sewage from Hamilton, Ontario's Fossils, a stream of dire handcut confusion. Darksmith of California combines wilting electronics, floppy turntablism and sun-baked cassette protocols and destroys them in a claustrophobic void. Edition of 400.

DARKSMITH

Moral Injury

(Mom Costume - 017) CDR $6.00 (Out-of-stock)

Metal, piano, tapes, keyboard, records, domestic and field recordings.

DARKSMITH

Poverty Of Will

(Chocolate Monk - choc.435) Magazine + CDR $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

With many Darksmith recordings, one’s imagination doesn’t immediately conjure a person creating or manipulating sound, but rather drifts toward visions of depopulated areas getting damaged by alien weather events — choked by toxic dust, pelted by freeze-dried rocks of ooze, ruptured by shrieking subterranean trauma. Human agency, when its presence is unmistakable, occupies a position of forced abandonment, like cinematic ghosts unwilling to quit the material plane or an individual dehumanized by efficient banality. Through grit-flecked remnants of grainy field recordings from environs luscious and bleak. Weighed down by cackles and croaks blurred by humidity and contact mics. Tangled in rusted-over playgrounds dominated by geese and tumors. Molested by magnetic tape instability, truncated fidelity, and corrupted modulation fur. As the companion book demonstrates, the lad has an eye for evoking from bland and wholesome portraiture the incipient horror unknowingly embedded within. Darksmith’s stark, high-contrast line art dispenses with gradation, a nice echo of the flatness of the subjects’ lives immortalized by disposable time-killing entertainment magazines ubiquitous throughout medical waiting rooms. 44 pages.

DARKSMITH

Regular Man / Good Memory

(Regional Bears) Cassette $9.00

A kind of sequel to Countdown To Man In The Clouds (2010), this time composed of nineties hardcore records destroyed with damaged needles and contact mics. Thick loops collapse into total mud sound on both sides, and attempting to identify deeply buried melodies through the muffled grinding will likely end in narcosis (perhaps a preferred state as the doomsday clock ticks in double-time). c30

DARKSMITH

Total Vacuum

(Hanson - HN208) CD $11.00 (Out-of-stock)

(Hanson - HN208) LP $18.00 (Out-of-stock)

California sound artist Tom Darksmith's crude musique concrète uses tapes, voice, records, radio, guitar, drums, objects, and field recordings. Assembled on cassette four-track in 2008 and 2009, this total mystery of perfectly paced dirt sound -- not harsh, not mellow, just unclean, weird, and confusing -- tests your audio Rohrshach; Hanson hears weedwacking, getting zipped into a suitcase and shipped via train, ghost voices roaming in sewers, riding in a helicopter with mid-grade noise reduction earmuffs on, a shitty metal door locking on a crew of mumbling idiots, and a garbage disposal. Whatever you hear, that’s your problem. Recommended for fans of Yeast Culture, Agog, Joe Colley, Graham Lambkin, Jason Lescalleet, Hands To. LP is an edition of 300, with hand-stamped labels, and heavy-duty two-color silkscreened sleeves with Darksmith’s hilariously macabre artwork. TEDIUM HOUSE BEST OF 2010.

DARKSMITH / DYLAN NYOUKIS

Untitled

(Mom Costume - 015) split CDR $6.00 (Out-of-stock)

Two pieces each to unearth. Darksmith Of California keeps the hiss and confusion to a maximum on “Jumbo On The Floor” and “Jumbo Up The Stairs” while Nyoukis Of West Lothian digs deep with walkman compositions “Midge Down The Hole” and “Midge In The Gutter.” Edition of 60.