Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

Soft Cell | Keychains and Snowstorms Mercury Records/UMC (9xCD + DVD + BK; DL + Streaming) An Exhaustive Survey. And I mean the good kind of exhaustion, the type that comes with an exhilarating batch of unexpected goodies – not the kind that has been seen in similar burnt-out 80’s boxes of late. I realize this may not be something you may expect to find in these pages, however, stay with me here, these guys really were outsiders whose quickly (if short-lived) rising star just happened to coincide with the earliest era of MTV where you may have spied a … Continue reading Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

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Chris Carter Box Set

Chris Carter | Box Set – Miscellany Mute (6xLP/4xCD w/booklet) Just in time for the gift-giving season, out on December 14th is a very unique retrospective look back to the solo work of ex-Throbbing Gristle member Chris Carter. The fat set, Miscellany, includes previously unreleased work dating back to as early as 1973! Check out Variables (1975) here: The box is a collection of three previously released works, remastered (and mastered for the first time) albums in a limited run of only 1000 (LP version). The set includes “a 24-page 12” sized booklet featuring rare and unseen images, hand-drawn synthesiser … Continue reading Chris Carter Box Set

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Illuminated by the Moon by Alvin Lucier

Alvin Lucier | Illuminated by the Moon Black Truffle + ZHdK Records (Box Set: 4xLP + CD + BK) Alvin Lucier hardly needs an introduction as one of the pivotal minimalist composers in the crossover between the 20th + 21st Century. This “Second Edition” of Illuminated by the Moon as printed on back of box, is hand-numbered in 500 copies (on 180 gram vinyl), comes with a gorgeously illustrated 120pp book – the Swiss publisher Züricher Hochschule der Kunste pairing with Oren Ambarchi’s incredible Black Truffle imprint has done a superb job on this set, delivering striking historical content. Since 1952 … Continue reading Illuminated by the Moon by Alvin Lucier

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Radiance by Stephan Mathieu

Stephan Mathieu Radiance (Schwebung; CDx12; DL) Special to Toneshift.net: Review by Darren McClure The Radiance series began with a crowd-funded request by its creator, Stephan Mathieu, the best part of two years ago. From that point, 12 installments were released digitally on a semi-regular basis, and the physical edition has been released this month. 12 CDs housed in a beautifully designed boxset trace Mathieu’s interest in slow-motion drones and electroacoustic atmospheres, each exploring different recording techniques. Sound sources include gramophone 78s, singing bowls, gongs and harpsichord. Elsewhere, entropic systems for piano and loudspeakers feature on one disc, and a similar … Continue reading Radiance by Stephan Mathieu

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NTS Sessions 1-4 by Autechre

Autechre NTS Sessions 1-4 (Warp; Box Sets – 12×LP + 8×CD; DL) DAYSTREAMING: Over several discs/platters and thirty-six tracks Autechre (Sean Booth & Robert Brown) celebrate their 31st year in business with an 8-hour long, epic box set of all new livestream material, from a radio residency broadcast live back in April, however the physical formats are just out a few days ago. The stark b/w graphic design is spectacularly minimal, reminiscent of classic Raster-Noton box sets. And though this is filled with incredible content I will do my best to skim randomly through this lengthy future masterpiece without Pitchfork-type … Continue reading NTS Sessions 1-4 by Autechre

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Music for Installations by Brian Eno

The box set (Deluxe and Standard CD editions, Vinyl set) that some of us have been waiting for, for decades. This is a retrospective of one of modern electronic music’s most significant maestros, here is Brian Eno‘s Music for Installations (Opal Records). And happy birthday to him, a septuagenarian just today in fact. The collection was just released this month, and most of the work included on these half dozen discs is previously unreleased, some new while others have been derived from a/v presentations at the Venice Biennale, St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace, Beijing’s Ritan Park and illuminating the sails of … Continue reading Music for Installations by Brian Eno

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