AVAILABLE:

AST076: KENDALL CAHAN - LOSS C20
AST077: MOBILI OPERATIVE SPECIALI AUTONOME - TOXIC C24
AST078: BEAD - INVESTIGATE ATTACK CONNECTION C32
AST079: CHINO - OLD PRACTICES C58
AST080: OIL - CLENCH C24
AST081: MAGNETIZER - TIME MISTS C16

OUT EVENTUALLY:

MIKEY YOUNG CS
LOOSE-Y CRUNCHE CS
OPAL BEAU CS
JOCK CLUB CS
CVN CS
SUICIDE APPARATUS CS
HITOSHI KOJIMA CS
RITA REVELL CS
BEAT DETECTIVES CS
SANSIBAR CS
AKASHA SYSTEM CS
SIMON J. KARIS CS
BRONZE SAVAGE CS
COMPOUND CS
FORM A LOG CS
CUBE - "FADE TO BEIGE / (803) 206-0028" REISSUE 2 X CS


BIGCARTEL | DISCOGS | SOUNDCLOUD | BANDCAMP

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Afternoon Electronics at the BBC / Sunday Feb 11th.




Come down for an afternoon of live electronics at one of Melbourne's best kept secrets, The Brunswick Bowling Club. $5 tinnies, $1 pool, what else do you need.

Jannah Quill
Hemlock Ladder
Match Fixer
Roman Nails
Compound
DJ Laila Sakini

Brunswick Bowling Club 104-106 Victoria St, East Brunswick 4pm / $10

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Flyer by the consistently amazing Molly Dyson.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CB - Plays The Music Of Driekops CS Available On Strange Rules (UK).







Tuesday, January 2, 2018

AST x Pass~Port Present: Lucy Clichè / Orion / Primo / Roman Nails (DJ) at The Toff.





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Altered States Tapes and Pass~Port present a night of eclectic sonics for the benefit of you, the punter.

"Inspired by the murky backstreets of every pub, club, backyard & basement throughout Australia's metropolis"

"After some brief online communication and exchanging of ideas/pleasantries, I for whatever reason decided to make a cooked mix with Pass~Port's sensibilities in mind. Created on a sweltering day with too many tinnies under my belt, the mix is comprised entirely of cassette tapes mixed live. The same approach will be applied live at this event for the first (and probably last) time.

"I grew up skating, never achieving anything of note apart from making myself a social pariah in high school (Newcastle was largely a surf/rugby league town at this point, not the cultural mecca it is known as today). Regardless, my time spent skating exposed me to music and ideas I otherwise wouldn't have been, as well as validating my feelings about being a perennial outsider. What attracted me to Pass~Port was not only their unwavering support for Australian skateboarding/larrikinism, but Trent's open-mindedness to art and music generally. This reminded me of what interested me in skateboarding to begin with, not the industry-driven, Olympic-sport-to-be it currently exists as today (in some capacities), but the pure, good shit". - CB / Roman Nails

Limited copies of the mix will be available on cassette on the night.

Lucy Cliche (LIVE / NSW) is an ever evolving project exploring intersections between techno, industrial and electro. Using an all hardware set-up her music delivers a hard bitten exploration of how physicality and the ethereal can interact in music - heavy bass rhythms lock into pounding drums, washed over with synth chords and acid bleeps.

Orion (NSW) "Through a programmed drum machine, flange-laden guitars and bass hooks as infectious as their vocal melodies, Orion pair restless anxieties with surges of emotion. Songs of insecurity and desperation swing from the celebratory to the tragic with one shift in intonation, and the band connect to those sentiments with vigor" - Max Easton.

Primo are Xanthe Waite, Violetta DelConte Race and Suzanne Walker, plus occasionally Amy Hill plays bass. Their collaboration on guitars, bass, drums and singing have led to a set of rock songs with group vocals and an emphasis on exploring guitar sounds and effects. Their lyrics have subject matter referencing the 40 hour working week, the city, bureaucracy, a mirage and a ghost in NYC, amongst other things.

Roman Nails (DJ) To open proceedings, local hardware-techno luddite, Cooper Bowman will be playing a 'live' DJ set comprised solely of cassettes sourced from years of unnecessary hoarding. This will be the first outing for the concept. In 2017, Roman Nails released his debut 12", All Hardware No Tools on UK-based Beat Concern and contributed to the Butter Sessions / Noise In My Head compilation Domestic Documents Vol. 2 following a string of earlier cassette releases on Where To Now? (UK), Night People (US) + Rhythm Works (AU) amongst others.

Doors 7.00pm. Tickets $20.00 + bf.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

End Of Year Cull.

In order to make room and scrape together some loose change towards the next batch (due early next year). I'm offering all of the remaining tapes from this year + Collector LP's I have left over for a discounted price for a limited time. All available directly from the bigcartel:

http://alteredstatestapes.bigcartel.com/

More news on upcoming releases will be shared as it eventuates...



This is a photo taken by Ren (Container) outside of Unsound in Adelaide a few years ago. For some context: I puked on the steps after a heavy day of drinking and the security guard washed it away leaving this grim looking puddle. This is how this year has left me feeling, help me clean up by buying some of this cheap shit. Thanks.

I have also finally gotten around to uploading my single solo release on AST this year, Six Loops For Gregorian Sweepstakes:





Used as a continuously looped installation at my Gregorian Sweepstakes exhibition at Bus Projects in Collingwood, Victoria earlier in the year. Comprising six hastily assembled synthesiser-based vignettes, DX (TC / SJN) describes this release and it's relation to the exhibition; "repetitive loops correspond with the repetitive minimal patterns, and as tape loops offer subtle aural disintegration one can view the visual chorus of copy after copy upon copy after copy disintegrating coherent lines and shapes into rot and decay, or refashioning them into patterns with exquisite detail".

Limited copies of publication still available here:

http://alteredstatestapes.bigcartel.com/product/gregorian-sweepstakes-photocopy-zine

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New AST Tapes / Digital Available Now.


Tapes available direct from BIGCARTEL + Lulu's, Polyester and Repressed Records / digital available from BANDCAMP


AST076: KENDALL CAHAN - LOSS C20



Following two releases on high-quality US label New Body tapes, Kendall Cahan has his first international release for AST. Loss is four tracks of raw, pummelling techno from the North Carolina native. Obviously, in this field, Container is going to be a reference point, but that is a high compliment right?


AST077: MOBILI OPERATIVE SPECIALI AUTONOME - TOXIC C25


Another one that slipped into my inbox and found its way to tape. MOSA are a Russian duo dealing in industrial techno and , oftentimes, heavier themes. Some of the tracks bang with rhythmic aplomb, others just menacingly crackle. This is their first release and the first by a Russian project on AST, please tell ASIO not to tap my emails…


AST078: BEAD - INVESTIGATE ATTACK CONNECTION C32


Bead is a relatively new duo comprised of brothers Jacob and Tom and hailing from Canberra. Although only existing for a short period, during this time they have released an excellent tape on Berlin’s Instruments Of Discipline, have supported Croatian Amor / Helm and are readying a release for LA label, Chondritic Sound. At times purely harsh and at others more floor-ready, Bead perfectly execute the industrial sound.



AST079: CHINO - OLD PRACTICES C58


Chino is Krakow, Poland’s Artur Oles. Following a series of impeccable records, this is Chino’s debut on cassette. Eight tracks of perfectly studied techno with edges of the abstract. Between Chino, Lutto Lento and Kosel, I would perhaps suggest that there is a distinctly “Polish” electronic sound being created at the moment and it sounds sweet to my ears.



AST080 - OIL - CLENCH C24



A new release from one of my favourite Aussie projects currently operating. Following up his Untitled cassette last year on AST, Mat Spisbah’s Oil returns with a dare I say more considered release of club-ready techno delivered with an immutable talent. Ambient passages precede and litter the tracks, but this is all about the drum programming. If you weren’t aware of Oil previously, now is the time to get slick.

AST081: MAGNETIZER - TIME MISTS C16

An enigmatic presence crash-landed in Oakland and has since spat out two otherworldly releases on AST faves Goaty Tapes and Not Not Fun. Expect the (completely cooked) unexpected to occur with Magnetizer.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sunday Afternoon Bowls Club Show w/ Sleep D / Trevor / Roman Nails / Oil / Fia Fiell.




Come down for an afternoon of live electronics at one of Melbourne's best kept secrets, The Brunswick Bowling Club. $5 tinnies, $1 pool, what else do you need.

SLEEP D (DJ Set)
Fresh from a stint in Europe, Frankston's favourite sons grace the Bowls Club with a set of choice cuts. As well as operating the consistently excellent Butter Sessions imprint, Sleep D are themselves masters of crafting floor-ready bangers and are imminently releasing a new 12" on BSR.

TREVOR
James Vinciguerra is Trevor. "The Trevor Chest", a collection of four wonky, cooked cuts was released recently on Sydney label Paradise Daily. Live, Trevor disassembles and reassembles beats on the fly, not allowing room for complacency. Divisive, surely, but one of the greatest electronic spectacles to witness live.

ROMAN NAILS (12" launch)
CV techno luddite Roman Nails plays a rare set to launch his first 12" on UK label, Beat Concern, "All Hardware No Tools".

OIL (Sydney)
As Oil, Mat Spisbah blends the ambient with undoubtedly club-ready tracks. Soon to be dropping his second tape on Altered States Tapes, Clench, Oil is for my money one of the most underrated electronic musicians operating at the moment.

FIA FIELL
Carolyn Schofield's ambient works as Fia Fiell are mesmering. Having released the "A Hair, A Heap" cassette on Nice Music last year, Schofield continues to evolve her craft through live sets, having played at Freedom Time in June amongst others.

DJ Noem Obliv in-between sets.

Brunswick Bowling Club 104-106 Victoria St, East Brunswick 4pm / $10

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Roman Nails 'All Hardware No Tools' 12" / Beat Concern UK / Pre-Order.






Pre-orders available directly from new UK label, Beat Concern. Available in Australia soon, released officially on September 4th. Distribution through Rubadub.