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« on: January 16, 2017, 02:10:30 AM »

After almost 2 years of general dissatisfaction, creative slump and re-orientation, I have decided to kill my previous label-effort and start fresh with a smaller, more focused approach. The new imprint is called Lead Lozenges and will focus on noise and experimental sound art as well as graphic art in print, animated video and multi-media explorations. Releases will be curated differently, artwork will be handled differently and communication will look different as well.
A mailing list will be set up for people interested in the output. No separate website will be created, no bandcamp will be set up, no web-store will exist. I want to get to a point where I can connect with people in a more direct fashion - therefore releases will be distributed differently as well. I will focus on trades and exchange of material rather than creating paypal-buttons. More information on this will follow as time progresses.

2 new cassette tapes are out and have been out for about a month:



LL1

K.M. Toepfer - Coerce I

C20 Cassette Tape (Cobalt)
Mixer feedback, cassette recorder feedback, pedal effects. Noise.
Edition of 24.



LL2

K.M. Toepfer - Coerce II

C20 Cassette Tape (Cobalt)
Mixer feedback, cassette recorder feedback, pedal effects. Noise.
Edition of 24.

Excerpts from both releases are here: www.soundcloud.com/kmtoepfer
Questions, comments, concerns, offers, suggestions, proposals can be directed here: lead.lozenges@gmail.com

Forthcoming:

LL-Print-1 - Derivatives I - art zine

Thanks for your time.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2017, 07:35:55 PM »

The first Lead Lozenges Print Edition (Zine) has now also been completed and is available.

Derivatives I

24 pieces of controlled glitch art
B/W print (Xerox)
All artwork by K.M. Toepfer 2015/16

LL-Print-1

January 2017



Once again, and particularly for this item, I encourage trades of all sorts. Email lead.lozenges@gmail.com for further information.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2017, 04:29:32 AM »

Deutsche Asphalt will be stocking a few copies of Coerce II for distribution in Europe.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2017, 05:42:20 AM »

Lead Lozenges is proud to present 3 new cassette-releases and another zine that are now officially out and available:

Please note: Initially there was not supposed to be a website for the label - there is now - link can be found in the signature.

LL3 - Yoosin Kim - Ss4K - C16 Cassette Tape - Edition of 24



Yoosin Kim currently lives and works in Seoul and Sokcho, South Korea. Kim creates sound works inspired by irregular nature sounds and showcases the sublimity of these captured snippets of the environment he lives in. He creates audio-visual performances with quartz composer and unity engine. Aside from his visual art practice Kim is currently producing the documentary "The draft line" in Sokcho. He utilizes the sounds and videos from this documentary for his live performance. After two digital-only releases through South Korean imprint and arts collective Dingndents, Kim now delivers 4 tracks of dense, serrated musique concrète that hover on the doorstep into noise at all times. Over the course of Ss4K, Kim manages to construct eroding sonic patterns that stream forward from the darkness and loop around digital debris like a moth around a source of light that only serves to burn its wings.
Artist copies will be on their way to Yoosin shortly.

SAMPLE: https://archive.org/details/Sps1s

LL4 - SkruntSkrunt - Clipped Bus - C20 Cassette Tape - Edition of 24



SkruntSkrunt is Abram Hindle from Edmonton, AB, Canada who told me the following when questioned about the tracks he delivered for his contribution to Lead Lozenges: "I was looking at the wave forms of tracks from all sorts of noise-releases and I noticed that they're all clipping. So I figured, I would do the same." Delivering 20 minutes of harsh noise straight from a live coding environment, Hindle continuously pushes the boundaries of what noise and experimental sound art can be. In this case it is garbled voices, cut ups, sheets of processed white noise, pet sounds, mumbling, screams and other wizardry. SkruntSkrunt has managed to consistently alienate audiences in western Canada and the United States by involving them directly into his performances of inclusive nerd-hullabaloo - Clipped Bus is just that - on a tape.
Abram is currently traveling but will have copies upon his return.

SAMPLE: https://archive.org/details/clipped-bus-sample

LL5 - K.M. Toepfer - Rohverschnitt A - C20 Cassette Tape - Edition of 24



Rohverschnitt A is a result of K.M. Toepfer's recent experiments with the manipulation of image data, conversion of image files into raw data and subsequently into audio data. An attempt is made to explore concepts of symmetry and asymmetry when abstract imagery morphs into sound. Semi-predictable rhythmic noise patterns are in essence directly derived from graphical abstractions and the application of glitching-methods in a semi-controlled environment. Only minimal editing and mastering of the resulting sound files has been performed. Tape saturation adds a welcome layer of grit to these recordings which can serve as an illustration of slightly compromised regularity - listen for artifacts and anomalies within that which suggests predictability.

SAMPLE: https://soundcloud.com/kmtoepfer

ZINE: LL-Print-2 - Derivatives II - Edition Size tbd

24 pieces of controlled glitch art
B/W print (Xerox)
All artwork by K.M. Toepfer
2017

http://lead-lozenges.format.com/derivatives-ii

Anybody interested in distributing any of these titles, please get in touch via email - lead.lozenges@gmail.com
I am open to trades for any and all of these.
ALL PURCHASES CAN BE ARRANGED BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS.

Thanks for your time.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2018, 04:00:22 AM »

A new batch of releases is now available from Lead Lozenges - released Monday, March 26/2018:

LL6 - Worth - Neanderthal Camera - C28 Cassette Tape - Edition of 40



Worth is William Van Gorder from Providence, Rhode Island, USA. With his Neanderthal Camera, he ventures deep into the ancient caves of harsh noise creativity. He drags out boulders with carved figures on them, he captures shaky camera footage of flickering flames at the bottom of a dark hole, he loops the primitive howls that emerge from the depths, he plucks strings and pulls wires from unidentifiable machines. It hisses, shakes, moans, screams and stumbles forward, trampling preconceived notions of what we have come to expect our daily dose of noise to be. After recent Worth-tapes on Lost In The Flood and New Forces as well as the "Blinder" LP on his own Prose Nagge imprint, Neanderthal Camera once more showcases the depth of exploration this project is capable of. If you thought you had Worth pinned down, think again.

SAMPLE: https://archive.org/details/worth-sample-web

LL7 - Hemant Sreekumar - Divided By Zero - C63 Cassette Tape - Edition of 24



Hemant Sreekumar from Bangalore, India got involved with noise in 1986 when he started self-hypnosis using television and radio static. He embroiders coded computational processes to create sonic situations. His compositions deal with notions of measurement, decay, data sonification and stochastic emergence. On "Divided By Zero", he dives head first into a dark, brooding sonic vision for a desperate future society. Ritualistic, churning rhythmic noise envelops the listener and paints vivid pictures of a colorful, dangerous maze of endless disorienting repetition, digital dependency, over-analysis and empty technology-worship. Radical minimalist reduction is the foundation of these 3 tracks, spiraling patterns and hypnotic stomping building blocks that are rounded out by mysterious chants - those of the machine and the end user. Hemant Srekumar is also responsible for the art on this release - each cover image is different - take your pick.

There is a separate webpage (with samples, videos and pictures) available for this release - created by the artist:

www.dividedbyzero.in

LL8 - K.M. Toepfer - Rohverschnitt B - C20 Cassette Tape - Edition of 24



Rohverschnitt B is the second part of K.M. Toepfer's ongoing exploration of image data sonification. Similar to Rohverschnitt A from 2017, the material on this tape is constructed from image data which is converted into raw data and from there into sound files. This time around the focus is on stacking multiples of the same image and through this process creating loops of glitched rhythmic patterns and cyclical waves across the stereo field. Multiple movements are contained within each of the 2 tracks on this tape to keep you guessing. Rohverschnitt B is unpolished process music based on fluid repetition, sharp cuts and odd pops - what's in the damn picture?

SAMPLES: www.soundcloud.com/kmtoepfer

Anybody interested in distributing any of these titles, please get in touch via email - lead.lozenges@gmail.com
All tapes are 7 $ CAD.
I am open to trades for any and all of these.
ALL PURCHASES CAN BE ARRANGED BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS.

Here's hoping winter treated all of you well.
Thanks for looking.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2018, 04:01:34 AM »

Artist copies are en route to the artists as well - consider picking up your copy from these fine folks.
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2018, 06:15:06 PM »

A selection of Lead Lozenges releases (LL5, LL6, LL7, LL8) has been mailed to the Skeleton Dust Records store in Dayton, OH - a few copies from the new batch will also go to Scream & Writhe in Montreal, QC.
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2019, 05:47:08 AM »

As a long winter comes to an end, Lead Lozenges breaks the silence and is proud to present:

LL9 - Damno Te - Inferno Lust Machine - C40 Cassette Tape

Edition of 30.

Damno Te is Mark Meloche from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Over the course of the last 15 years, this project has provided an insight into the mind and the varied interests of the artist. Damno Te has morphed, dressed up, unmasked itself, grown, disappeared, struggled, learned, resurfaced and to this day channels a unique energy - a deeper understanding of the power source that noise music truly is.This newest release - Inferno Lust Machine - is inspired by the imaginative, epic poems of Dante and Ovid. The Divine Comedy and Art of Love coming together in an audio amalgamation of sexual desires, sin, and the evils of the flesh. The recordings on this release reflect Damno Te's recent exploration of minimal effects pedal setups, creating churning, detailed, psychedelic industrial noise loops with an almost meditative quality. Dizzying layers of pseudo-rhythmic textures form and disintegrate, wheels and cogs grind uncomfortably, relays melt in a hissy fit, pulsing vessels carry venom, bitter lubricant pours out of the broken arrays of imbalanced pumps and the machine of desires thrusts forward until the point of exhaustion. Billows of acrid smoke emerge from burned out breakers. Captivating material - delicate yet complex, alien yet familiar, passionate yet cold - an immersion into something beautiful and destructive.

You can purchase the tape by sending an email to lead.lozenges@gmail.com - all tapes are 7$ CAD.
As usual trades are welcome.
Anybody interested in distributing this release - email at above address.
Artist copies are out.

LISTEN TO A SAMPLE

 
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