Friday, 28 February 2014

GATES 'THROUGH THE HOWLING INFINITE' 2XLP + DIGITAL VERSIONS




Show above is the piece created by Reuben Sawyer / Rainbath Visual for 'Through the Howling Infinite'. This project took far too long to complete due to a train of non-stop delays at every step of the process, from preparation and planning to all the stages of production

MOTHS HAVE EATEN THE CORE - Digital version
- Includes bonus track 'Absence (Choral)' and 8 page booklet.

THE PREVAILING WIND - digital version
Includes bonus track 'Frost (coda)' and 8 page booklet.

'Through the Howling Infinite' is a double LP package in an edition of 50 which includes both Moths Have Eaten the Core and The Prevailing Wind on 180gram black vinyl. Also included is a commissioned piece created by Rainbath Visual (Reuben Sawyer) and printed by Broken Press (Seattle). Said piece is the album image. The LP's come in the same sleeves with the same inserts from the individual editions on each respective label. Those are then housed together in a foil stamped, wrap around package along with the art print, a numbered insert and sealed with a large 'obi' debossed with the Gates logo. The packaging was produced by Standard Form (Toronto). This is a collaborative release between Anti-Matter and Ivory Antler. Please visit their respective sites for more info, anti-matterrecords.com ivoryantler.com

Friday, 15 November 2013

GATES / NORTHUMBRIA / THISQUIETARMY - DECEMBER SHOWS



Gates will be playing three shows in December with thisquietarmy and Northumbria

Dec 5th - Toronto - The Music Gallery
Dec 6th - Guelph - Silence
Dec 16th - Montreal - Casa del Popolo

http://www.musicgallery.org
http://silencesounds.ca
http://www.casadelpopolo.com

Friday, 22 February 2013

THROUGH THE HOWLING INFINITE


A long silence since the last update here but Astral Ra is reaching its end as new developments start to grow. Lots to announce in the coming days and months.

Above: a piece of undisclosed art for something very special

upcoming releases/

Moths Have Eaten the Core
LP + digital - remastered by James Plotkin, details in posts below

The Prevailing Wind
LP + digital - remastered by James Plotkin, details in posts below

Eintraum
CD + digital - Storm As He Walks - details to come, also searching for a label for an LP version

Palace of Mirrors
2XCD + LP - Handmade Birds & Hypaethral Records
This is the new Gates album, featuring the whole band.  

Friday, 30 November 2012

THE PREVAILING WIND LP / IVORY ANTLER RECORDS


Cover image above for the LP version of The Prevailing Wind, to be released by Ivory Antler Records early 2013 in conjunction with the Moths Have Eaten the Core LP on Anti-Matter Records. This was originally released by Astral Ra May 2011 in an edition of 50 cassettes. This is also the only Gates album thus far that has not appeared online for download due to the fact that I never released a digital version via bandcamp or otherwise. So this will come to light again in the analog domain.

Remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Photos and art by A.E. Csaky and myself. Her photos grace the insert and vinyl labels. Rest of the layout, photos and illustration are adapted from the art of the cassette edition.

Both this and the Moths Have Eaten the Core LP's are entering production. All details pertaining to both along with the special dual edition forthcoming. Expect an announcement in December.

http://ivoryantler.com/
http://aecsaky.tumblr.com/

Thursday, 8 November 2012

MOTHS HAVE EATEN THE CORE LP / ANTI-MATTER RECORDS



Cover image for the LP version of Gates debut album Moths Have Eaten the Core, coming soon from Anti-Matter Records. Originally released by Astral Ra late 2010 in a edition of 100 CD's and then reissued by Ivory Antler at the end of 2011 in another edition of 100 CD's with altered artwork. This edition is radically different visually, featuring the stunning photography of A.E. Csaky. The music has been remastered for vinyl and digital by James Plotkin.

Along with this, the second Gates album 'The Prevailing Wind', will be released as an LP by Ivory Antler records which also will feature A.E. Csaky's photography and audio mastered by James Plotkin.

Anti-Matter and Ivory Antler will be working together to create a special limited edition package that will house both LP's along with some extras. Final word on those and other details along with more pictures of art & layouts to come soon as everything is entering production shortly.
http://aecsaky.tumblr.com/
http://www.anti-matterrecords.com/

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Eintraum flyer II



Copies are available from Land of Decay. The last word was that they are getting low, probably less than 20 remain. Visit http://www.landofdecay.bigcartel.com/ to grab one.

here are some reviews for the album
Anti-Gravity Bunny
Meat Mead Metal
Black Magazine

Friday, 20 July 2012

MTD


Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD): An animal / human experiment to find the highest dose of a chemical that, when administered to a group of test subjects in a clinical trial, does not result in a fatality due to short-term toxicity. This dose is then used for longer-term safety studies of the same species, lasting anywhere from two years to a lifetime. The MTD test is controversial, however, in part because of difficulties in extrapolating findings to more realistic doses, and in extrapolating results from animals to humans.

Maximum Tolerated Dose is the first feature-length documentary by Decipher Films. Equal parts found-footage mash-up, verité investigation, and artful meditation, the film charts the lives of both humans and non-humans who have experienced animal testing first-hand, with hauntingly honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians whose ethics demanded they choose a different path, as well as the simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of animals who have seen both sides of the cage. MTD aims to re-ignite the debate about animal testing by bringing these rarely-heard perspectives to the fore.

Directed by Karol Orzechowski
Edited by Karol Orzechowski & Jonathan Eagan
Produced by Jonathan Hodgson, Jennifer Bundock & Karol Orzechowski
Additional Filming by Jo-Anne McArthur & Guna Subramaniam
With Selected Archival Footage from The BUAV & Igualdad Animal
Music by Wyrd Visions and Bryan W. Bray

on tour now. here are the next batch of dates. Full info at maximumtolerateddose.org

RENO, NV  
July 21st, 7 pm: MTD screening @ 2233 w Dickerson road
PORTLAND, OR  
July 24th, 7 PM – MTD screening @ The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
SEATTLE, WA 
July 27th, 7 PM - Screening of MTD and Q&A @ The Wildcat, 1105 23rd Ave. 
VICTORIA, BC 
July 31st, 7 pm: MTD screening @ Camas Books, 2590 Quadra Street
VANCOUVER, BC 
Aug 3rd, 7 PM - MTD screening @ Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Flyer for Eintraum cassette / Land Of Decay

Monday, 7 May 2012

CETACEA 'Glyphs'


The first release for Cetacea entitled Glyphs is now available on cassette from Ivory Antler Records. Along with five other excellent albums which you can find some info about in the post previous to this one.

Cetacea is a new vehicle for psychedelic exploration. Attempting to reach farther into some of the sounds and territory I've been exploring the past several years. The land has been traveled by Gardenia and partly by Gates but this one goes deeper into the microscopic, into the caves, cracks and crevices. The Glyphs here represent the significance of musical forms as symbolic movements that I return to time and time again. Incorporating a variety of instruments on this: electric and acoustic guitars (some 'prepared'), bass, voice, Hammond Organ, Korg Monotron, various effects/pedal manipulation and field recordings. All recorded/mixed/mastered in a whirlwind three weeks back in February/March.

Excerpts below and you can find the tape for purchase via the IA webstore found here: IVORY ANTLER




Above/below: Art for Glyphs cassette and the front of a CD design I did after finishing off the cassette layout. No plans for that as of yet but I was pleased with the result and thought it worth sharing.


A second cassette release is already planned with another label which will consist of the remaining recordings from the same sessions for Gyphs along with some older pieces going back to 2008; which have been floating around waiting for a proper home. More on that once details are solidified.

Thank you for listening/reading.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

IVORY ANTLER: RSD 2012 6xCS set


First release for new project CETACEA is part of this set and will also be available on its own after the sets are sold out.

AVAILABLE HERE

details from IA:

We are very proud to present this very limited series of cassettes, each with exclusive aural and visual material created by the respective artist in conjunction with Ivory Antler for Record Store Day 2012. Each cassette is hand-numbered and strictly limited to 50 copies worldwide. All tapes professionally dubbed and mastered for this unique series.

Fermentæ (Kevin Gan Yuen of Sutekh Hexen) - Allusions CS
Terence Hannum (of Locrian) - Crown of Immortality CS
Demian Johnston (of Great Falls) - Untitled CS
Cetacea (Bryan W Bray of Gates) - Glyphs CS
Reuben Sawyer (of Rainbath Visual) - Untitled CS
Njiqahdda - To Escape the Tide CS

Several copies of each cassette will be made available for pre-order.*

This is the only way to ensure a copy of each cassette (There are currently only 3 full sets still available).

When pre-orders end, the remaining copies will become available for individual purchase in the shop on a first-come-first-serve basis.

*Expected to ship on 4/21

Monday, 30 January 2012

GATES 'Eintraum'


New Gates album to be released by Chicago based Land of Decay. For those not familiar, it's run by André Foisy & Terence Hannum of Locrian and they specialize in small limited edition releases, currently focusing on cassettes. Art and layout is underway. This is tentatively set for a March release.

Recorded this past December and partially back in June 2011. Eintraum is based in the realm between sleeping and waking. Attempting to formulate a journey unguided by mere words, driven by the unconscious through the depths of images that reside in the shadows of the mind. Drawing on an initial and straight forward concept to create an unremitting sonic wall of synths and guitars utilizing the vocabularies of noise, black metal and ambient music while focusing on a purely textural layering of each element.

listen to "Forest Passageway, Hallway to the Void"

Gates - Forest Passageway, Hallway to the Void by BWBray

Friday, 30 December 2011

ORCA // GRAVITATIONAL SINGULARITY


Over two full years since it's inception, the ORCA remix album Gravitational Singularity is finally available. Dwyer Records will be handling a special edition release that will include both Collapse & Decay and Gravitational Singularity together as a duel cassette release in a limited edition. Following that I will have a small edition of Gravitational Singularity available in special packaging. But you can get it right now as a PWYC download from bandcamp. ANY money made will go straight towards the Dwyer Records/Astral Ra editions. Physical editions planned for February/March 2012. As a further incentive if you pay for a download and want a copy of the cassette, I will subtract whatever amount you pay from the cost of a copy once it's out. This will work as a pre-order of sorts and help me raise the money needed to produce them. Please note this will only apply to the Astral Ra release and not to the dual limited edition version from Dwyer.

About the album: Artists were given complete freedom to work with the tracks however they wanted with the only guide being that it retain some thematic similarity to the original music. Contributions for this album come from Kevin Gan Yuen (Sutekh Hexen, Fermentæ, Viraloptic), Pau Torres (Etude Records, Lngtché, Gates), Aidan Baker (Nadja), Warren Bray (Grand Analog, ORCA), Piège (Nick Storring), John Kameel Farah and Gardenia.

The source album Collapse & Decay consists of three tracks, two long songs and a shorter interlude. The songs presented here are completely new pieces using the tracks of those as foundational pieces. Some of the remixes are based on a single song while others use parts from two or more, weaving separate tracks into a consistent whole.

I've listened to this album many times over and it plays out as something entirely new and almost seamless and consistent track by track. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and effort in creating this. I'm honored to be able to present a collection of music from some of my favorite fellow musicians. If you enjoy this album please take some time to explore the links below and delve into each artists personal work, musical and otherwise.

Cover art is from a piece by Artie Wosko (HRSLVR, ORCA)

Download HERE

Thank you.

further listening,

Kevin Gan Yuen - soundcloud / Viraloptic
Pau Torres - lngtche / Etude Records
Aidan Baker - Broken Spine Productions
Warren Bray - Grand Analog
Piège - Piège bandcamp / Nick Storring bandcamp
John Kameel Farah - Johnfarah.com / myspace
Gardenia - bandcamp