Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Karl Schmidt Verlag: Free Album Available for Download!

Hello All,

I began the Karl Schmidt Verlag label in November 2008, shortly after my move to Hannover, Germany.

Envisioned as a wholly private imprint, KSV does no press, issues no promo materials, and is intended strictly for enthusiasts. KSV caters to the advanced aesthetics of its customers by offering micro-edition releases of artworks that defy, renounce, disrupt and dismember the usual, deadening contemporary tropes and wan "extremes."

We publish music, books, the odd short film collection. Some of you have them all.

(Thank you!)

To show our gratitude, we've prepared a free, album-length mega-mix version of the first 47 albums released on KSV.

KSV 057 Hussey He Sisters - Karl Schmidt Verlag Master Mix Nov 2009

If you want it, take it.

Go here!

Of course, if you didn't realize we existed, and thus didn't know - depending on your inclinations - what you were missing, then we have only been doing our job. I trust you'll forgive us if we adopt a less private stance, at least for this brief moment...


About KSV 057:

Hussey He Sisters - Karl Schmidt Verlag Master Mix Nov 2009 (KSV 057)

Compiled, mixed and produced by Hussey He Sisters at KSV HQ, Hannover, on November 27-28.

01 KSV Master Mix Nov 2009 (52:14)

Artwork by Karl.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Unlimited edition.


Vielen Dank!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

KSV Preview Files: New New New!

Hi Again,

If you like the sweet taste of death, we've got the Maroon 5 appliqué neckerchiefs you crave.

Click here to download the second of KSV's November 2009 preview files, including segments from Crvi's Two Adaptive Behavior Collisions, Tomoko Sauvage's Wholklang: 14. Nov, and Alexei Borisov & Olga Nosova's Salon am Lichtenbergplatz albums.

There's also a message from Karl!

(Click for a larger version.)


Sleep well, lil' droogies,


Hot Off the Teletype from KSV!

Hello Good People!

Very happy to present the latest micro-edition from Karl Schmidt Verlag:

KSV 056 Alexei Borisov & Olga Nosova - Salon am Lichtenbergplatz

This is the complete aktion from Sunday evening, minus ten unnecessarily recorded minutes of random post-performance gab. Those in attendance witnessed a transcendent set from Olga and Alexei, one that evoked the sounds of garbled line readings broadcast from blasted obsidian sets of outer-galactic, multi-species melodramas. Just terrific.

I joined the duo for a short collaborative set afterwards; all has been stitched together, sans the usual interim shuffling and shifting.


Alexei Borisov - voice, electronics
Olga Nosova - voice, electronics, and percussion


Tom Smith - voice and texts

01 Complete Performance (43:31)

Edition of 15.



As usual. € 8.49 EU / € 10.00 elsewhere / €1 for each additional album


Many, many thanks!



Saturday, November 21, 2009

Earlier Worms...

Hello Again,

Those of you who ordered the Crvi (KSV 051) and Wohlklang: 14. Nov (KSV 055) albums haven't long to wait, as the packages shipped just a few minutes ago.

Herr Bruno B's parcel was the first out the coop:

(Click for a larger version...)

Drop us a line when you've received your swag, please. Karl and I value your thirst for blood...

Bis Dann,


Friday, November 20, 2009

Two New Releases on Karl Schmidt Verlag!

(Amended and expanded 24 Nov 09.)

Goodlier Holes!

The CP is listening to "Heart and Soul", the second bottle of red has drained away, Tobi is gesticulating midway through a disquisition on pink pepper chocolate, and I've crawled away from the kitchen just long enough to spill the pintos on the two newest KSV orthostats!

Threaded foray? Sehr gut!


KSV 051 Crvi - Two Adaptive Behavioral Collisions

Crvi document rusted hulks, calcified electrodes, lost opportunities, and lingering doubts. The duo of Zizic and Mihovilovic hail from Split, Croatia, and their machines have achieved a malign sort of independence. We are pleased by the sounds they refuse to make...


Crvi: power/electronics

01 Two Adaptive Behavior Collisions (29:44)
02 Version (TS mix) (29:47)

Edition of 15.


KSV 055 Wohlklang: 14. Nov (Tomoko Sauvage)

Tomoko Sauvage lives in Paris, and sleeps in the welcoming mouth of a manta. She conjures arid vistas with bowls of water.

As (my Three Resurrected Drunkards partner) Pit Noack noted after Sauvage's performance, she could have turned the master gain of her mixer much louder, but she wisely demurred.

Nature is slow, quiet, and incredibly destructive, one drop at a time...


Tomoko Sauvage - water, bowls, hydrophones and microphones, cups, flexible poles

01 Complete Performance (33:50)
02 Version (TS mix) (33:50)

Edition of 15.


We're going out to Faust now, so I'll have to fill in the details (and upload sound/audio files) on the morrow. If you trust our obscenely high quality, don't require further info, and chose to order now, your panting parcels will go out in the morning's post!

Prices as always: € 8.49 each for the EU, and €10.00 everywhere else.

Gotta run!


Tom (Karl says Hallo too!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Likening New KSV Release Volleys to Ungovernable Forces of Nature Pt. 660...

Greetings from KSV Zentrum!

Karl and stooped insiders are preparing a month-long new release fiesta set to begin Friday. Gird exposed loins and open the moth-ridden vaults, because you'll want more than an arthritic handful.

On October 30th we'll be re-releasing our document of late September's sterling Silke Arp Bricht performances by frequent Caroliner contributor Core of the Coalman and Hannover improvisor Pit Noack (it sold out so quickly that even our regulars were unable to obtain it, so we're issuing a one-time-only second edition of five); at the weekend we'll also be offering the debut Atelier Grammophon performance by superb Hannoverian avant-concrète duo Generator 2 (KSV 049).

These releases will follow, accompanied by the usual nervous tics and defeaning borborygmi:

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Die Fehde des Gemischs (KSV 030). Three discs. We know you've been waiting...

TS - To Which Clotted Horrors Do You Fail to Refer? (KSV 041). Ninety miniatures, sung and performed by our initialled resident hierophant. Many moons in the making.

Withered Runes - Unworthy Censer (KSV 047). Relics of the late 60s Cambridge scene, fondly dismembered.

40 Berlin Versions (KSV 050). A five-hour birthday party is cross-sectioned. Consider this as a warning.

Crvi - 2 Adaptive Behaviors (KSV 051). New sounds from Split, Croatia's wormiest overlords!

And a still-unnamed album from our Romanian mastering prodigies Linda, Viola & Uwe (KSV 052)!

Plus: Tom Smith - Naturally Occuring Black Metal λόγος (KSV 044). An 80-page photobook with accompanying CD. Strictly limited edition of ten. 45 Euro, postpaid. Once they're gone, they're gone to Norway.

And, at the beginning of December, What's a qNadsat Word for Tank Jazz?, a hulking 10-month anniversary box containing the first 50 KSV releases, a bonus CD, two bonus DVDs, and a gigantic color poster. Limited edition of 10. 160 Euro, postpaid. Each takes a week to assemble, so if you've an interest, reserve your place in queue now!

You know where to ask and what not to wear. Avanti!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

New New New New from Karl Schmidt Verlag!

Good Morning,

We have a new compendium ready on the pad for immediate launch...

KSV 048 Silke Arp Bricht: 29. Sep (Core of the Coalman vs. Pit Noack)

An exciting, intimate evening of full-bore instrumental (and concrète) improvisation. Jorge Boehringer (aka Core of the Coalman) soared, and Herr Noack (my partner in the duo Three Resurrected Drunkards) played what was perhaps his best solo set ever. Exceptional musicians, and two superb sets of immersive, forward-thinking sound.

01 Pit Noack - Untitled (17:19)

(PN: tape decks, prepared cassettes, speaker array)

02 Core of the Coalman - Untitled (39:29)

(Jorge Boehringer: viola and treatments, voice)

03 Version (18:08)

(Mixed by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, 6 Oct 09)


Recorded live by Karl on the H2 Zoom.
Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Here's info cribbed from Core of the Coalman's Facebook profile:

"We are influenced by many things we read, and also people that we talk to. Also we are influenced by our environments, both actively and passively. By actively I mean I practice an attentiveness to landscapes I move through both "urban" and "rural" and am influenced by many things entering my senses and mind in these environments, not to mention the environments encountered while dreaming. I learned this other artists and philosophers and their work. So its original."


Edition of 15.


€ 8.49 EU / € 10 Elsewhere

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