Compilations

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During the past weeks some tracks I did got released on these compilations:

Released on November 25th, the third Rental Yields compilation by Front & Follow is now available. All songs are remixes, one artist ’steals‘ from another to generate ‚yields‘. The project raises money to tackle homelessness in Manchester. My contribution is a remix of the song Silent Night by Manchesters Opium Harlot, now titled Houses in Slow Motion.

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Out on Econore is Flag, featuring the song Fin du Monde, Fin du Mois (previously self released on the ‡ ‡ ‡ tape in 2021).

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Machina ad Noctem has released Landscapes and Emptiness: A Tribute to J. G. Ballard. 35 tracks by different artists, all inspired by the short stories and novels by the legendary Sci-Fi writer. My contribution draws on the 1974 novel Concrete Island. Using a recently acquired old Yamaha organ, I tried to evoke the feeling of being stranded on a median strip surrounded by motorways with only a stash of wine for sustenance.

New releases on Default Standard Records & Syrphe

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A field recording I made of bats in a park in Hamburg (pitched down several octaves so that the animals become audible) has made it on the compilation DSR#170 | Sound Imagery by Default Standard Records from Greece. Lots of other great recordings from various locations around the world to explore there.

Also, my track Stuck In The VIP Lounge is included on Syrphe’s compilation Sri Lanka – ශ්‍රී ලංකාව among songs by Cedrik Fermont, Isuru Kumarasinghe and many more.

This is the statement by Cedrik Fermont who compiled and mastered this release:

„A compilation dedicated to the Sri Lankan people, all benefits will be given to Raise Sri Lanka, an organisation that collects money in order to supply medicines to those in need.

Sri Lanka is one more country that faces a huge crisis due to political, economic and agronomic mismanagement and corruption.
For the first time in its history, the country is facing famine. This is not due to climate change and bad weather conditions but to corrupted politicians whose noble ambition to entirely ban pesticides was implemented from one day to another without prior knowledge of the dreadful consequences of such badly planned action.
A switch to organic agriculture is important but it is obvious that such change should be done slowly and carefully. There is no need to be a genius to understand that organic agriculture produces less than the current agricultural model, especially if farmers have not been taught how to deal with organic farming.

Some people never learn.

History has showed us what kind of disaster politicians with little understanding of agriculture and land management can trigger, even when they come from a farmer family (I think about Chinese leader Mao Zedong and its attempt to eradicate sparrows that led to a booming locust population that ate everything in its path, therefore, grain production in most rural areas collapsed and a massive famine began but I also think about the Khmer Rouge policies in Cambodia that had foreseeable and avoidable consequence and that despite the regime’s leaders awareness of their catastrophic effects continued to be strictly enforce and led to a famine too).

In the Khmer language, two words exist to define „famine“, one is „turaphik“ (when starvation is due to natural causes), the other one is „bong-ot“, that implies human causality.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his clan brought an entire nation to its knees by misguided ambitions that are unfortunately leading to „bong-ot“.

Money will be sent to this campaign :
www.gofundme.com/f/h9sax-help-sri-lanka-with-medical-needs

Нет Войне on Brachliegen Tapes

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My new tape is now available on the great British label Brachliegen Tapes.

„David Wallraf’s Нет Войне is 20-minutes of insistent anarchist noise-dub, with the release’s title transliterating from Cyrillic to English as “NO WAR”. Opener ‚I Hate My Government and I Hate Your Government‘ presses go on drum machines that beat out a Kingston-by-way-of-Sheffield pulse, a steady march which wobbles through buzzing oscillator tones that mass overhead. From the Iron Works there emerges a loping bass groove, which is swallowed up in a haze of static; on the other side of the clag, it continues its march, careening unto the void. ‚Congagement‘ takes a step back from the brink and subsumes the steady metronomic pace of the assembly line, a waning crepuscular crescent in which radiophonics dance and a tidal force of noise wash ebbs against the mix at low water. In ‚Everything is Going According to Plan’ the emphasis shifts to consider the ideological absurdities of nationalistic fantasy which keep the war machine in motion. A dubbed-out groove emerges from a shrouded woodland; nocturnal reverberations, dewy synthesisers and stuttering echoes lead the glowering bassline back to the factory floor and the trance of machine rhythm. Insistent bleeps and discordant signals build themselves into uneven steeples of tone — multi-layered sonic ecologies, leaden with the necropolitics of the imperial war machine — before erupting in a spew of industrial clatter and buzz.

Produced in solidarity with the LGBTQ people of Ukraine, all proceeds from Нет Войне will be donated to Nash Svit, an organisation who for more than twenty years has documented violations of LGBTQ people in Ukraine and advocated for the protection of the rights and interests of the Ukrainian LGBTQ community. Just before the war, Nash Svit advocated for the criminalisation of hate crimes on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and the adoption of legislation on same-sex civil partnership. At the time of writing, Nash Svit note that the Ukrainian LGBTQ community is experiencing many of the same problems as the rest of the nation due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, though the organisation highlights that there are a number of specific and pressing issues affecting trans*people: “They may have problems with necessary medications and discrepancy of their documents to their appearance, especially when crossing the state border. In addition, Ukrainian society still remains quite homophobic and even more transphobic. In the current grave situation, many Ukrainian LGBTQ organisations are experiencing shortage of funding necessary to work and help the community”. Further information on the organisation and donations available here:

gay.org.ua/en/donation/.“

Two new releases to end 2021

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My tape album Subsongs is now out on Econore: 10 tracks in 38 minutes as a soundtrack for a movie that was never made. The post-dramatic plot revolves around the lucid-dark, a forged mythology of the Anthropocene, birds, unemployed negativity, and the ghosts of capitalism. Go here for a PDF with extended liner notes.

https://econore.bandcamp.com/album/subsongs


Also now available now on my own Bandcamp account is the EP The Endless Torture of Hans Zimmer b/w Entropy Come Play with Me (C20 tape, limited edition, custom covers).

https://davidwallraf.bandcamp.com/album/–5

Matt Nauseous has written a review for these releases over at Clean Nice Quiet. “ […] 10 tracks of fascinating noise textures, complete with field recordings of birds. Very impressive and inspiring.“

„There’s something very peculiar about this album that goes beyond just haunting or unsettling. The best way I can describe it is that it sounds, un-human. Not as though it is attempting to be aggressive and boisterous, just subtly yet very consciously alien.“ (Subsongs review by Lars Haur – On The Fringes Of Sound)

New Release: ‡ ‡ ‡

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‡‡‡ – limited edition of 5 C60 tapes is now available on bandcamp

Making use of the last remaining C60 tapes in my stock of used cassettes, this release combines six tracks with a stylistic range from almost metal to almost ambient with noise as the combining element. All tracks reflect on the general atmosphere of 2021 so far. Contains my first recorded bass playing in years, some appropriated song titles, the longest song I ever recorded (23 minutes and two seconds) and the general goal of turning unpleasant experiences into something more or less listenable.

New Release: Rauschmelder zubehoeren Split Album

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Rauschmelder zubehören
was originally planned as a concert performance by Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, David Wallraf, PAAK and The Oval Language during the blurred edges festival at MS Stubnitz (4.6.2021, Hamburg / Germany). Due to the pandemic the event had to be cancelled and we decided to put some new pieces – created for this occasion – on bandcamp as a simulation of the live performances. The interludes are accidental excerpts from radio waves, produced by anonymous people and swirling around the globe (Radio Commune).

The term zubehören is a hybrid combined out of the german words „Zubehör“ (equipment/accessories) and „hören“ (listen).

This virtual concert is part of blurred edges 2021, festival for contemporary music in Hamburg and is supported by the Culture Office of the City of Hamburg.

Get this free album here.

New Release: Use Value

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Use Value – limited edition of 10 tapeloops now available.

If you consider buying one of these items, please note that it is not a standard tape. Each of these 10 cassettes contains an individual tapeloop of approx. 5 seconds (or potentially infinite, depending on your perspective) playing time, cut randomly from a mastertape of a 45 minutes noise session. This Non Fungible Tape is of questionable use value and its exchange value is debateable. Here it is set to 7,- Euros per tape and only one per customer.