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DAVE PHILLIPS “PROCEED WITH INQUIRY” DVD

DAVE PHILLIPS

“PROCEED WITH INQUIRY” DVD
The Epicurean . cure.14

13,- Euro
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Release date: 1 July 2017
Format: DVD, Region free PAL
Playtime: approx. 180 min
Packaging: 190×130 mm size, 6 panel digifile high quality natural paper. Includes stitched patch with dp logo.
Limited edition: 250 copies

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REVIEWS

Dave Phillips’ work is refreshing in its directness, solid conceptual framing and and immediacy of its impact.”
– Noise Receptor

Proceed With Inquiry vermittelt einen außerordentlich abwechslungsreichen und vielschichtigen Überblick über das Werk eines Künstlers, der eine klare  Botschaft hat und mit der Art, wie er sie bisweilen an den Mann und/oder die Frau bringt, durchaus zu polarisieren weiß.
– Nonpop

The contained DVD comprises video works, live performances and collaborations by radical Swiss sound artist DAVE PHILLIPS, sonically active since 1987, part of the notorious SCHIMPFLUCH GRUPPE (with Rudolf Eb.er, Joke Lanz) since 1991, having left his signature in numerous bands, projects and collaborations.

DAVE PHILLIPS uses sound as a means to activate primordial emotions otherwise hidden underneath the debris of civilization. His concept is called “Humanimalism” accordingly, meaning a state of mind that overcomes religious, material und supremacist charges of evolution, acknowledges itself as part of a whole and has grown into an empathic, conscious and connected creature allowing emotion and instinct their equal part in decision-making.

This collection presents his multifaceted work in composition, performance, psycho-acoustics, sonic rituals, voice, video, field recordings, objects and electronics, etc. in a yet unknown complexity and coherence of motion pictures. His performance work is revealed in all its undiluted brutality, the urgency and topicality of his work and his message is clearly evident, captivating and intensely documented.

Along with DAVE PHILLIPS’ video works created between 2014 and 2016, the DVD is a document of unique solo live actions and the notorious Paris 1996 performance of SCHIMPFLUCH-GRUPPE, as well as recent collaborations with G.X. JUPITTER LARSEN, and video artists PAKISE AKIN, JAN VAN HASSELT and REMOTE-CONTROL RECTUM, who in turn created their visual interpretations of PHILLIPS' audio works. It all amounts to a mind-expanding experience, playing with altered perception and throwing back the viewer onto his own vision.

The compilation package is topped off with a 24-page catalogue with a text about the work of DAVE PHILLIPS, as well as a double page each with collages, pictures, drawings and lyrics representing the audio work of every artist featured on the CD.

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ANEMONE TUBE “GOLDEN TEMPLE” Special Japan Edition 12" LP

ANEMONE TUBE

“GOLDEN TEMPLE”

Special Japan edition 12" LP
The Epicurean . cure.12

22,- Euro

36,- Euro (as LP bundle with "In The Vortex" LP)
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Release date: 26 July 2017
Format: 12" LP & download
Playtime: 39 min
Packaging:
“Golden Temple” special Japan edition 12“ LP comes in golden/black cover, printed on 350g image paper with Japanese obi strip, a golden miniature bodhisattva statue, a golden ribbon for refuge in a small red cloth bag and a golden joss paper (“hell money” to be burned at funerals as an offering for the deceased to ensure a fortunate rebirth) with a poem.
Limited edition: 100 copies, hand-numbered. LP version comes with exclusive track ”Ondokusan (The Infinitive Light)”, not included on the CD.

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REVIEWS

“The album is as dark as the large intestine of the devil. Aggressive and fluctuating, mysterious (…).”

Rating: 9,25 of 10

Mentenebre

At this moment you can hardly find anything better in history of industrial/noise.”

Rating: 9,5 of 10
Dark Entries

“Golden Temple is definitely Anemone Tube’s strongest release to date.”

Heathen Harvest

“Certainty one of the most authentic industrial releases in recent decades.

Darkroom

“Anemone Tube have distinctive and individual sound which is essentially without comparison (…an equilibrium of structure & chaos and a balancing of harmony & disharmony). This album has been long awaited and is a veritable feast for the eye, ear and mind (…)”

Noise Receptor

“Zweifellos das stimmigste und reifeste Album des Künstlers – close to perfection!”

Nonpop

“ (…) das immer etwas links klingende Wort Antikapitalismus und das immer etwas rechts klingende Wort Antimodernismus wurden selten so sehr überblendet, wie auf diesem an Andeutungen und Anspielungen reichen Album, das den Geist Pasolinis wie ein Kontrastmittel über die Goldenen Tempel unserer Zeit gießt – und damit selbst die namenlose saufende Schönheit zu Füßen der Kolosses aus Glas und Beton zum Strahlen bringt.”
African Paper

 

Anemone Tube’s third release of the “Suicide Series“ tetralogy is an immersive industrial music album and the most ambitious and complex work yet, a long-term project of no less than 6 years, pursuing a highly sophisticated approach full of cross-cultural and historical references. Painting a sonic landscape, “Golden Temple” is perfectly real and dreamlike at the same time, endorsing archaic, mythological and worldly ideals alike. Beauty and evil, the profane and chaos, apocalypse and hope – Anemone Tube keeps account and observes the antagonist forces of life.

Composed of raw urban field recordings collected in Japan and China, combined with layers of piercing feedback and sinister hovering synth melodies, “Golden Temple” confronts you with an all-embracing atmosphere of aggrieving darkness and glorious harshness, fathoming the possibilities of the genre. To ensure due impact, it has been sharply engineered to perfection by mastermind James Plotkin.

Pursuing radical psychological effects of sound, the 13+ minutes initiation “L`Homme Et Les Sirenes” is a mind-bending journey into the human psyche, a slowly emerging sinister landscape evoking man’s intrinsic imbalance with (its own) nature, followed by the noisy debris and crushing buildup of “Apocalyptic Fantasy” as well as “Tower Of Evil”, which is the central piece of the album, conceptually and musically, multi-layered and sample-heavy, related to Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, which is regarded by natives as a symbol for the uninhibited commercialization of life. “Negation Of Myth” descends into a barren, metallic darkness, radiating an equivocal sense of melancholy, before “Sea Of Lights (Golden Temple)” ascends in sparkling brightness and divinity. The evanescent bleakness of “Anthropocene – The Dark Abyss Of Time” finishes the main part of the album on a perversely promising, almost calm, spiritual note.

After the purely fantastic “Dream Landscape” conjuring up an apocalyptic vision and the dark, brooding landscape of “Death over China” slowly spreading as thick smog (as a consequence for China’s uncompromising economical and societal development creating irreparable environmental harm), the semi-fictional work “Golden Temple” is the series’ logical sequel. It suggests a (meta)physical landscape, here in form of global cities and metropolises proudly and brightly soaring in darkness, and bestowing golden radiance and divine beauty. With its alluring metaphorical world of images, signs and sounds it is the very symbol of our innermost longings, desires and fears and our attempts to escape from a disconcerting reality. The “Golden Temple” is comforting and threatening at the same time: consoling as it promises to reveal the secrets of beauty, threatening as it becomes a mirror of our secret death wish.

Strongly influenced by Pasolini’s cinematic masterpiece “Medea”, which evolves around the subject matters of estrangement from traditional values, the loss of contact with the mythical and the sacred in an increasingly rationalized and consumerist society, Anemone Tube brings matters to a head with an invocation of religiously charged symbolism, with the “Golden Temple” acting as more than a singular viewpoint, but as a meta-sign, functioning in its paramount acknowledgement and acceptance of complex, sometimes contradictory subject matter.

Supported by the use of ancient and contemporary imagery, literary and cinematic references reproduced in the lavish accompanying booklet Anemone Tube creates different narrative levels, juxtaposes contemporary western and long-standing Asian culture, plays with symbolic meanings and values – however, while doing so, never takes an unequivocal stand.

Anemone Tube with his varied interests and approaches always strives to present a holistic work of art, and “Golden Temple” works on many levels accordingly. The considered use of field recordings and samples, the arrangement of old masters’ paintings, contemporary photos and a variety of quotes from literature and movies – nothing is random, everything is part of the big picture. “Golden Temple” is a multi-facetted recording, absorbing and inspiring as well as a complex concept waiting to be discovered. Quality time lies ahead for those who get involved and visit the golden temple!

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ANEMONE TUBE “IN THE VORTEX OF DIONYSIAN REALITY” 12" LP

ANEMONE TUBE

“IN THE VORTEX OF DIONYSIAN REALITY”

12" LP
The Epicurean . cure.13

17,50,- Euro

36,- Euro (as LP bundle with "Golden Temple" LP)
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Release date: 26 July 2017
Format: 12" LP & download
Playtime: 44:57 min
Packaging: Black vinyl, full color cover with 3 mm spine printed on high quality natural paper.
Limited edition: 200 copies. LP comes with different design than CD version and exclusive track “Tower of Evil (Sovereign Over All)”.

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REVIEWS

“Anemone Tube has been synonymous with the very highest quality of conceptually hyper charged drone ambient. ‘In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality’ only adds more to this setting high of the bar to new standards of intensity and passionate processing of sound in supremely and astutely philosophical realms.”
– Vital Weekly

“Some of Anemone Tube’s strongest work to date.”
– Noise Receptor

“Shoegaziges Rauschen und melancholische Schönheit.”
– African Paper

“It is built with so many different tonal changes and distortions that no matter what you choose to get out of it (…), you will be able to experience something unique.”
– Resounding Footsteps

Related to Nietzsche`s notion of the Wagnerian music drama as a revelation of the abysmal truth about man, “In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality” allures us into the Dionysian dreamland, where tragedy reigns, in pursuit of the ultimate oneness. With its washes of noise and layers of piercing feedback on a subbase of wavering synths, it is a maelstrom of sound generating a hallucinatory reality. The atmosphere oscillates between destructiveness and aggravating frenzy, between the archaic and the sacral, between frenzied passion and abyssal melancholy, serving the mythical experience of music in a world where language has failed as a method of communication and music figures as the primordial form of expression.

As he considers humanities to have reached their limit, young Nietzsche hopes to find ultimate spiritualization and idealization in the reborn myth. Music alone (“our German masters”), as the primeval form of poetry and revelation of true Dionysian wisdom, may achieve triumph over the Apollonian shallow world of apparition.

With his timely musical rendition of mythical experience as “In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality”, Anemone Tube conveys an emotionally and mentally charged album which reveals his soft spot for progressive post rock metal acts like O.L.D. /JAMES PLOTKIN, AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE or BLUT AUS NORD. Their special approach of dreamy melodies vs. atonal, discordant sounds is skillfully recreated through polyphonic synths lines, which are then modulated into feedback and added for good measure.

Carrying the same title as the 2015 cassette EP release on The Epicurean, this CD with its 40+ minutes total length and five all new, yet unreleased tracks is less a mere re-release, but rather a full stand-alone album, featuring Ukrainian dark ambient artist MONOCUBE on one track, as well as including sounds by Russian avantgardists POST SCRIPTVM and sound processing by French sound artist PACIFIC 231.

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ANEMONE TUBE “IN THE VORTEX OF DIONYSIAN REALITY” CD

ANEMONE TUBE “IN THE VORTEX OF DIONYSIAN REALITY” CD
Blossoming Fern . FERN#001

Format: CD
Playtime: 44:47 min
Packaging:
6-panel digi-file, full color high quality natural paper.
Limited edition: 200 copies

13,- Euro
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The Epicurean t-shirts

THE EPICUREAN “DER TOD UND DAS MÄDCHEN” t-shirt

ANEMONE TUBE “GOLDEN TEMPLE” t-shirt

T-shirt: Gold silkscreen on black "Gildan Ultra Cotton" t-shirt. Limited edition.
Available sizes: S (AT only), M, L and XL

17,- Euro
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ANEMONE TUBE & POST SCRIPTVM “LITANAE MORTUORUM DISCORDANTES” CD / LP / LP+CD

ANEMONE TUBE & POST SCRIPTVM

“LITANAE MORTUORUM DISCORDANTES”

CD / LP / LP+CD
The Epicurean . cure.11

La Esencia . NER015/2016

CD: 13,- Euro

LP: 21,- Euro

LP+CD: 25,- Euro
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Release date: 16 December 2016
Format: CD / 12" LP & download / 12" LP + CD
Playtime: 37:17 min

CD: CD comes in full color cardboard sleeve and white offset paper cardboard slipcase with golden typography, including a 4-page booklet. Limited edition of 144 copies, hand-numbered.

LP: Regular vinyl edition comes with golden vinyl, full color cover with spine, printed paper inner sleeve and high-quality PVC sleeve with silkscreen printed golden typography. Limited edition of 200 copies.

LP+CD: Special vinyl edition comes with black vinyl, full color cover with spine, printed paper inner sleeve and high-quality PVC sleeve with silkscreen printed golden typography, additionally incl. CD, a Thai prayer flag to keep away evil spirits and a hand numbered certificate card. Limited edition of 99 copies.

 

Under the headline “Litaniæ Mortuorum Discordantes” Anemone Tube and Post Scriptvm present a collaborative album with a truly unique concept: Originally applied to a particular style of ancient ritual music, in the Classical era the term Litaniae Mortuorum Discordantes attained a negative connotation and was used to criticize those compositions – which, instead of instilling listeners with the desired pious euphoria, incriminated them with a sense of dread, existential anxiety, feelings of death and decay. Finding this aesthetic choice to be most appropriate for the present era, the two post-industrial projects attempted to create their own “Discordant Death Litanies” for the XXI century.

The idea is culled from a semi-fictional biography of Johann Sebastian Bach, written by a 19th century