Sunday, July 31, 2011

Modal Renunciation #8

Exiled and injured almost (the chief landowners revolt to 1959 work poetic)...


KSV Sunday Update...

Hi Again,

Back in post-production mode. Lost four days due to the technical breakdown, and I've still a bit of administrative tedium to attend to, but mixdowns proceed. Should be spitting out new discs and completing extant orders soon...

Many thanks, as ever...


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Modal Renunciation #7

Sustenance prey, my brothers! In mother, immortal...


KSV Progress Report

Hello Again,

We're back, with a new laptop and hours of re-installation ahead of us. The sighs are multitracked and elongated, but production should soon resume...


Friday, July 29, 2011

Modal Renunciation #6

Translated imprisonment languages...


Update: Groan...

Hi Again,

Clattering from the CP's rig.

It wasn't only the power adapter - my laptop's power input jack was also struck dumb. This lead the multitude of investigating tekvolk to conclude that a short must have coursed through its system. The battery died before I could recover some recent data, but everything is safe. Just inaccessible, at least until repairs have been completed. In the meantime, I may have to inaugurate KSV Mobile 2. Sighs, etc. I'll keep you p'sted.

Yours Faithfully,


KSV: Temporary Shutdown!

Fug! My laptop's power supply died this morning. Went to a couple of big electronic shops in the city center to find a replacement, but no-one had an exact match. Just ordered one from Amazon, but it may take a week to get here. So, production has ground to a halt. Can't do the work on my iPad, unfortunately, so everyone will have to wait a while longer. As usual when there's been a delay, I'll toss a free catalog entry into everyone's parcels to compensate them for the time they spend tapping their toes in frustration. Only 54 minutes left on the battery, so I need to run.

Very, very sorry for the delay...



Thursday, July 28, 2011

Modal Renunciation #5

Atlanta Norton Forge, intellectual. (Francis He-Manning, He-Davis of Davis' daily...)


Getting to Know Your Recent KSV Releases, Pt. 0...

Hi Again,

Off to work in a tick, so I only have time to provide a teaser. 72 Hours (KSV 115) was an attempt to re-write, divert, deflect, and redirect the "ambient" canon. As indicated by the title, it was a three-day piece, one intended for listeners suffering from an illness. The text wasn't meant to be mollifying, but I hoped that a restorative effect might be conferred through the textual loops and obstacles encoded into a purposely wry narrative, one primarily concerned with fumbling, obsolescent bureaucracies.

Not exactly yr grannie's 2:59 bag of pop thumbtacks.

After the initial flurry were sent out, I deleted the assembly versions (which sprawled over 650 GB of hard drive real estate) and kept only the master vocals, the room tone recordings, etc. Feedback was excellent, job well done.

Then, less than a month ago, two very loyal KSV enthusiasts reported they'd not received their shipments.


I'd had a few things go missing in the mails before, but this was quite a blow. No stress re replacing the lost items - that's my obligation. But, as you might now gather, it meant recreating the laborious process, twice. Once for a customer who'd ordered the 72-disc version, and another for one who'd paid for the two-disc mixdown iteration. The latter has to wait on the former for completion, so these last few weeks have found me slouched over my workdesk on a fairly constant basis.

The more I listen to it, however, the more pleased I am with it.

It's meant to be listened to when one is at his or her weakest.

I recorded all the vocals when I was ill. Two sessions, both in 2010 when suffered from particularly nasty colds. And, after the KD/TS tour, I found myself with bruised vocal cords, so as I recovered, I re-cut a few of the segments for the customers whose orders had apparently tumbled into the Mid-Atlantic Trench.

And, the album comes with a 72-page book of wintry, slightly queasy photographs.

Who loves you, baby?

I'll add a bit more info later.

Off to the Hauptbahnhof.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

(Temporarily) Working (Front)wards from Infinity: ∞ +6

An illustration created and posted by dolts, now repurposed...

Back to Black, Then Fade...

(Amended 24 July 11)

RIP Amy.

Guardian obit. NYT appraisal.

Emika: "Pretend" Live...


With so very few recording artists willing to address the future, I find my pulse barely lopes along when I peruse lists of new releases. No matter the age or attitude or level of mediation, it's almost always the same old same old same old same fucking old.

But, my maggot-infested ticker skips a few weeks' worth of beats when Kryptic Minds drop something new, and now, too, Emika.

Here's the vid for her latest, "Pretend."


Wish she'd smashed the arrayed gear at the end of the song, but, as clued-in readers will note, her (brilliant) 2010 single "Drop the Other" was beginning, so I suppose an amoklaufen wasn't in the offing...



Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

RIP Lucian Freud

Hello All,

Humanity lost another recalcitrant titan today with the death of Lucian Freud. He most certainly did not go gently...

Obits: NYT; Guardian.

Requiescat in pace, Herr F.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

TLASILA, Oceanic Fouler...

Hello Friends,

Fan Death have announced their official release date for the vinyl version of The Cort├Ęge: August 30th.

Songs by yours truly (with the exception of one co-written by Mark Morgan and myself), performed by many members of the 2007 TLASILA collective, associate produced by Graham Moore, Gaybomb, and Rat Bastard, exec produced by Chris Grier, with an essay penned by Nihil Unbound author Ray Brassier, a sleeve photographed by Karl Schmidt, the overall design supervised by Tobi Prinz, original recordings engineered by Matt Azzarto (at Think Tank in Hoboken - cheers to Sonic Youth), and the final mix created and produced by Don Fleming.

Lovingly peruse the front cover below:

So, buy if you desire, or download/steal a digital iteration. You have my permission to act.

The CD version follows later on Thick Syrup. More on that later.

Thanks, as ever,


TLASILA 2011 Hybrids #200

Black Hull White End,

Foam your beach, move black your outward phosphor...

Young misery nothing,




(Click above for a larger version of the image.)

Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, on July 19, 2011.

01 200 (17:27)

Sleeve by Karl.

Vielen Dank!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Working Backwards from Infinity: ∞ -1

Hello Again,

Still here. Super busy with work, life, liebe, and defending high ground as I swim through the latest KSV flood. Everyone doing well?

Respect to the Japanese team for eking out a win in a genuine nail-biter against the understandably disappointed American squad. Insanely high level of play throughout the World Cup final...

More tomorrow,


Saturday, July 09, 2011

TLASILA 2011 Hybrids #190

Volunteer Pigeons,

I park, terrified. Chase jogging in movies - Hollywood movies. Calm, I raised sill by pond and park...




(Click, etc.)

Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, on July 9, 2011.

190 (17:03)

Sleeve by Karl.

Vielen Dank!

Working Backwards from Infinity: ∞ -9

No time to quibble when there's time enough for quarrel...

Friday, July 08, 2011

TLASILA 2011 Hybrids #189


Five's hand, Six Plus Four's high...

Thumb ten index,




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Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, on July 9, 2011.

01 189 (17:45)

Sleeve by Karl.

Vielen Dank!

Working Backwards from Infinity: ∞ -10

Extract the latter point of view...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Working Backwards from Infinity: ∞ -11

I'll watch some telly, if you don't mind...

Under the Wires, the Ladder...

Hi Everyone,

It's been another mad week here at HQ. I received over a dozen emails from KSV enthusiasts who begged me not to launch a second release salvo until they'd had time to receive last week's larder and absorb nutrients from same. I've heeded their requests sans reluctance. Still, a new slate perhaps by Friday next? I don't mean to overwhelm, but I rather enjoy maintaining a pace unbecoming a proper imprint. However, one must be slightly flexible - flaming clods of debris can be lobbed by the diehards at any moment...

Tobias Prinz and Karl recently completed the artwork for the long-delayed Don Fleming version of The Cortege, due in August (on vinyl) via Fan Death Records. Very pleased with it, if I do say so. The redouble Ray Brassier penned an accompanying essay, and a DIN A3 poster will be carefully folded into each jacket's innards. He gets it, as ever.

More hybrids and 99 Eyes installments will appear threaded through the blog at the usual irregular intervals, so keep 'em peeled. And a new "Get to Know Your KSV Releases" segment will probably debut shortly. Sneaks, more info, etc.

Got to run,


Sunday, July 03, 2011

TLASILA 2011 Hybrids #184

Expansive Five speaks:

"If natural in raising thumb, songs shall be our listeners!"

(To lose tongue, pyramid motorcycle in garbled version.)




(Click above for larger image, etc.)

Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, on July 3, 2011.

01 184 (21:50)

Sleeve by Karl.

Vielen Dank!

Working Backwards from Infinity: ∞ -15

The diffusion of founding ornaments...

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