018: Identification - Slinkity Sounds
017: Oliver Blank + James Martin - Karhu ja Tiikerini
016: Andrew Coleman + Defasten - Openland
015: Limmat - Municipal 44
csc 014: David Kristian + Ryosuke Aoike- Ghost
csc 013: Pretty Boy Crossover
+ Julio Soto- We Are All Drifting
csc 012: Andrew Coleman-
Tony Alva's Hair
011: -40 (various
010: Battery Operated- re.Cord
009: Broken Channel (various artists)
008: Battery Operated + Made- Aprotic
007: The Dorkestra- Merry Tales and Fractured Melodies
006: BioChemical Dread (Richard H. Kirk)- Bush Doctrine
005: Parapulse Tuck
004: Scalene (various
003: Identification- Identify
002: Battery Operated- Chases Through Non-Place
001: Battery Operated- Vecuum
Slinkity Sounds (csc 018)
Back after years of sampling in the sonic jungles of free jazz, 80’s electro, spoken word, and Italian horror soundtracks, comes Montreal’s very own Identification with his latest maximalist masterpiece Slinkity Sounds.
This is the second album produced for Cocosolidciti and picks up where the first one left off, foraging for new paths in rhythm construction, documenting ‘off the map’ ways of thinking about aural collage.
Using live instrumentation and recorded material from New Zealand’s free jazz group – The Sandoz Lab Technicians – this seductive sonic journey explores musical territories that few electronic artists venture into. The mix of obscure textures, densely woven beat patterns, and analogue synth lines will delight all those who loved Identification’s first album and will lure in new converts who are willing to walk on the wild side of hyper-edited electronic composition.
Oliver Blank, James Martin & Jonathan Ben-Ami:
Karhu ja Tiikerini + Karhunpeijaiset (csc 016)
Oliver Blank's first album, ‘Karhu ja Tiikerini,’ is an ambitious and cinematic record that shows the full breadth of this promising young composer’s scope. Contemporary classical strings meet swelling guitars, all of which are underpinned by electronic textures and rhythms.
Blank has masterminded an epic debut. Recorded over the course of year and a half, between Finland and England, and featuring a small orchestra of string players, drummers and multi-instrumentalists.
While the album singposts Blank's own musical inspirations along the way - from Sigur Rós to Steve Reich to Sufjan Stevens - he ultimately ensures that the album scores its very own ambience, building melodic worlds that tumble and crash over each other.
Accompanying the album is the DVD ‘Karhunpeijaiset’ by James Martin and Jonathan Ben-Ami, and scored by Oliver Blank; a video which follows a journey through the waterways of Helsinki, entwined with visions of mythical Finnish dreamscapes and a looming Bear God.
Andrew Coleman & Defasten:
Openland (csc 016)
The long awaited collaboration between England’s electronic musicmeister Andrew Coleman (aka Animals on Wheels) and the highly respected Canadian film and video maker Patrick Doan who works under the name ‘Defasten.’
This project has taken a long time coming but was well worth the wait. This is possibly the best synthesis of the Cocosolidciti labels ten years of collaborations between sound and video artists.
Andrew Coleman has come up with a superb mix of elegant piano lines, noise-ridden blow-outs, and haunted sketches of dubstepped landscapes. Defasten used these works to soundtrack his first feature film, which is a beautiful examination of human subjectivity through the harsh realities of urban environments to the fantasy-ridden worlds of Second Life.
Having already been booked for numerous festivals in 2010, this release will be a highly sort after item, the film being more than equal in terms of conceptual quality, interest and technique to its brilliant soundtrack.
Municipal 44 (csc 015)
A new series of releases
kicks off with this collaboration between Ian Heywood and
Graham Clayton-Chance. Working under the collective name
of ‘Limmat’, this project took 3 years of sweat,
toil and tears to complete and the music and video sitting
on the discs bears testament to this.
Ian Heywood who runs the infamous ‘Hippocamp.net’
web label has produced an album of the most sweetly malign
electro you will hear this side of Drexcyia. Tectonic bass
lines roll into crests of beats and bleeps and the melodic
hooks float above, never getting caught in the grounded
structure of the tracks…but always tempting.
Graham Clayton-Chance is a respected and recognised video
and animation artist who has worked on a wide range of projects
from R.E.M. video’s to large scale installations in
galleries. The animation he produced for this DVD is nothing
short of wonderous and is a definite highlight of C0C0S0LIDCITI’s
catalogue of releases. Based on 1970s ‘Brutalist’
architecture and our interaction with it, the animation
work is at the forefront of 3D modelling and 2D attitude
Kristian + Ryosuke Aoike:
Ghost Storeys (csc
Ghost Storeys is the much
anticipated ‘last studio’ CD+DVD from Canadian
electronic music legend David Kristian in collaboration
with the celebrated Manga animator from Japan – Ryosuke
Aoike. Kristian will move onto working solely on soundtracks
for films after this release. Aoike, the creator of the
Catman and Perestroika cartoons worked in full collaboration
with Kristian to produce 5 animations based on Japanese
Ghost Stories. The spacious textural compositions on Ghost
Storeys together with the CD + DVD and 8-page booklet packaging
make this a fitting conduit for Kristian’s 20-year
electronic music studio career into a soundtrack producer
for feature film, documentary and video.
Forever at the forefront of recording possibilities and
impossibilities, Kristian again travels the route of the
sonic pioneer by composing, recording and producing the
sound for CD and DVD in 5.1 Surround Sound. This will be
the last time we hear Kristian under his own name producing
a studio CD + DVD project, so grab it whilst you can.
Boy Crossover + Julio Soto:
We Are All Drifting (csc
We Are All Drifting is a first time collaboration
between Australian based masters of melancholic electronica
– Pretty Boy Crossover and the award winning Spanish
video artist and documentary maker – Julio Soto. This
is a stunning release of the most beautifully crafted melodies
winding around samples from urban field recordings and guitar
that you are likely to here this or that side of Manual
This is the first full-length release for Pretty Boy Crossover
in 3-years and the wait has been well worth it. Having previously
released on the highly respected Surgery and Sensory labels
from Australia, We Are All Drifting takes up where their
previous 2 albums left off with gritty electro-tinged beats
floating through the gorgeous swells of melody and melancholy.
There are few musical electronic artists working today who
can produce such eloquent and emotionally wrought digital
The DVD has two video works on it (scored by Pretty Boy
Crossover) which draw on Soto’s experience of fusing
video footage, photographs and 3D Digital effects to render
amazing fictional cityscapes. Having worked a day job tuning
his craft, working on videos for artists such as Macy Gray,
the Invisible Cities video piece on the DVD has gone onto
win awards at Film Festivals in Toronto, Rio, Brooklyn and
Pasadena amongst others.
Coleman: Tony Alva's Hair
With the albums
title nodding a head to the original 70’s skateboard
legend, Tony Alva’s Hair is trucked up and ready to
roll. Now recording under his own name rather than the ‘Animals
on Wheels’ moniker, Coleman’s last release called
Demons was released through the UK label –
‘Tripel’. It is this album, however, that sees
him back to his best form with beautifully crafted melodies
and intricate snapfunk breakbeats throughout. With vocals
from ‘Dose One’ of ‘Anticon’ outfit
‘cLOUDDEAD’ on track 3’s not a speculation,
this album once again places Coleman at the forefront of
the crossroads where hip-hop and electronica meet. This
new outing sits happily between the drill n’ bass
records of his previous album release on ‘Ninja Tune’
– Design and Mistakes and the gliding melancholy
of the Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt
album released on Chicago, post-rock label ‘Thrill
Based in Cambridge, UK , Andrew Coleman initially burst
into the electronica scene with an EP released on the home-grown
‘Bovinyl records’ under the moniker ‘Animals
on Wheels’. From there, along with a number of EPs,
Coleman released two albums under this name for the London-based,
beats label 'Ninja Tune', and in 2001 joined the 'Thrill
Jockey' stable for an album.
-40 is a unique CD and DVD
project that gathers
together artists like Akufen, Deadbeat, Venetian Snares,
Knifehandchop, Secret Mommy, Lowfish, and DMC World Champion
DJ Dopey to reconfigure old school propaganda films with
new school digital tools. The internationally renowned National
Film Board of Canada opened its vaults to 20 Canadian artists,
10 audio and 10 video, who were given the challenge to re-interpret
either the audio or visual element of 1940s era Canadian
propaganda films produced in the early years of the NFB.
Using digital means, the artists rework the textured analogue
source material to create some daringly original works.
The audio artists are featured on the CD as well as their
tracks appearing on the DVD as new soundtracks to accompany
unadulterated portions of their chosen source film. Like
propaganda itself, this project straddles art and popular
culture. With world war once again on the international
agenda, these works are timely reflections upon nationalism,
the evolving political art of propaganda and social manipulation,
racism and the economics of war.
Check out some sample
trax from the download
section of our site.
For the ‘re: cord’
CD/DVD project, Battery Operated had a black box’
from an aircraft replicated and split into 10 sections.
10 music artists were then chosen from around the world
and the ‘black box’ was couriered to them one
after the other. Each artist was asked to submit his or
her favourite conspiracy theory in sonic, visual and written
form. When the box had reached Australia and its final destination,
it was sent back to Battery Operated to start remixing the
music and video/image tracks. Using all the original tracks
as a large sound bank, Battery Operated constructed a 50-minute
remix album of melodic and experimental electro tinged beats
for the CD. An 8-page booklet and 50-minute video on DVD,
suggesting an overall conspiracy theory makes up this singular
package. The 10 artists who submitted tracks also have their
original compositions placed on the DVD. The following artists,
amongst others, have original tracks on the DVD and have
subsequently been remixed by Battery Operated:-Richard.
H.Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire), Mathias Delplanque (Lena, Quartermass),
Sachiko.M, Freiband (Goem), Kurt Ralske (Ultra Vivid Scene,
242 Pilots), Identification (C0C0S0L1DC1T1), Michael Morley
(The Dead C, Gate), Pretty Boy Crossover (Surgery).
Check out some sample
trax from the download
section of our site.
Broken Channel presents sound
and video interpertations on DVD and CD of the contemporary
experience of surveillance, from a range of leading international
artists working in sound and video. Featuring newly comissioned
musical and video works exploring noises of dissent and
visions through the shattered lens of CCTV and surveillance:
Coldcut(Ninjatune) with assistance from Outerabongolia look
at the police's monitoring of protest and protestors; Kampuchea
(aka. Phonem, Morr Music) uses sound from an immigration
office to construct a soundtrack with; Ultra Red (Mille
Plateaux/Fat Cat) look at the protest at Quebec and on the
USA/Mexico border from a participants perspective; Kaffe
Matthews & Riz Maslen (aka - Noetropic-ntone) create
discordant sound and image from the mute medium of CCTV;
and Made (Gescom, Skam) & Battery Operated (C0C0S0L1DC1T1)
look at how the control spaces of surveillance can be subverted
to create radical new architectures and environments.
Check out some sample
trax from the download
section of our site.
+ Made: Aprotic
The third full-length album by Battery
Operated sees them team up with fellow Mancunian maestro
of all things electro ñ ëmadeí. Fresh from his stint at
ëAll Tomorrowís Partiesí which was curated by his old workmates
Autechre (ëmadeí being part of the ëGescomí crew), ëmadeí
now shows what he can do over a collaborative full - length.
It's the first time he has done an album, having previously
released 12ís on the Skam label. Battery Operated have produced
two albums (both sold out) before on C0C0S0L1DC1T1 in the
shape of ëVecuumí and ëChases
Through Non-Placeí and the marriage of bastardized electro
with wide ranging influences from hip hop to musique concrete
to lounge music is again evident here. If Andy Weatherall
and Hildegard Westerkamp had ever gotten it onÖ.this is
what the soundtrack might have been to the birthing of their
Check out some sample trax from the download
section of our site.
Merry Tales and Fractured Melodies (csc 007)
And so it came
to be that The Dorkestra released their first album; where
the many splintered personalities of Ninja Tune drone, Dj
Luv, convened in the recording studio to lay down this beatsophrenic
masterpiece. The album title hints at the sample-based ethos
of this prolific artist whose first release was a solid
experimental downtempo album under the guise of Identification.
Now he comes sidling up to the table with dirty thoughts,
scabby legs, and a tickle trunk full of electro breaks and
freak funk gems for another original outing. Snatching from
soul, jazz, rock, spoken word, soundtracks, and anything
else that will sit on vinyl long enough to press it. This
album is a post-summer hummer for anyone who loves space
Dread (Richard H. Kirk):
Bush Doctrine (csc 006)
Bush Doctrine is
an incendiary sonic polemic against oily greed mongering
and cultural ignorance from richard h. kirk, under the name
BioChemical Dread. He spent much of the 90s travelling through
the Middle East, India, West Africa, Haiti and Jamaica gathering
field recordings. Bush Doctrine is the antithesis of the
grinding sound of the industrial military simplex of the
deaf and dumb war machine rumbling over ancient cultures.
It is an audiophonic journey through time and space where
the ancient language of rhythm meets digital communication
to meld the organic and the technological. It is the propaganda
machine's diet of fear and loathing subverted, synthesized
and made subservient to the liberating process of creative
expression and cross cultural contamination.
Artwork: Designer's Republic
Release two from the Tensile
For this project, C0C0S0L1DC1T1
commissioned a sound and video artist from Manchester, Melbourne,
Montreal, Rennes and Mexico City. Each city's artists collaborated
to produce a 4 to 6 minute sound and video work for projection
at the Montreal festival Champs Libre and for release on
CD. The artists were asked to take sound and video footage
from a bridge of their choice in the city in which they
lived. They used the sound and video footage as the source
material for their final work, as well as found sound and
imagery. This release is a double CD, one CD holds the sound
works and the other the video works.
Sound and Video Artists
Montreal, Canada: Atoll Noise + beewoo;
Melbourne, Australia: Private
McRae; Manchester, UK: Remote Viewer + Graham Clayton
Chance; Mexico City, Mexico: Duo Panda Mix + Renato Ornelas/Luis
Miguel Charry; Rennes, France: Mils + Gerald Groult.
Release one from the Tensile
Three equals trouble
this is why it's the only number that matters. 3 artists
each from 3 countries - a sound, video and graphic artist
from Melbourne, Manchester and Montreal produce 3 x 3 minutes
of original sound and video. All of the original material
is then digitally deflowered in a 3-way to create 9, 6-minute
remixes. The result is an earthquake site of broken rhythms,
scratched concrete beats and twisted melodies, laid onto
a double CD of sound and video.
For more info on
this project, visit the Scalene
The navvies include
+ Emma McRae
from Melbourne, Identification
Akiyama from Montreal, and Battery
Operated + beewoo
When not slinging hash for his Ninja Tune bosses
or slinging disks as luv, Identification
practices the fine art of point-and-click perversion, digitally
deflowering, decomposing, and reconstructing samples from
the weirdest records you never wanted to know. Letting only
a privileged few freaks descend the basement stairs to listen
to his output, we managed to persuade him to come up for
air and give us a master of his 12 favourite trax produced
over the past 3 years. The result is a stutter beat freak's
dream of angular melodies that collide over slipped-disc
Chases Through Non-Place (csc
Back by popular demand,
we have re-released Battery
Operated's first album originally released through Mixer
Records (Amsterdam) in 2000.
This time around it's
a double CD. One CD with sound, the other with the entire
project video, which was shown at places like SONAR, The
Anchorage, Invideo festival and a ton of other places with
This is release was supported by SOIL.
Rooftops are the overground that provide Battery
Operated with the source material for this click- ridden,
messed-up, beats-driven sound elevator that shoots through
the ceiling. The dark side of Willi Wonka's chocolate factory
is a good analogy of the way technology is employed on this
record, akin to the Wonkad elevator which breaks out of
the structure that holds it in limbo. The lift is the vecuum
that takes us through manga style sound manipulations to
sickly sweet strings in between floors. Jazz and industrial
traditions along with breakbeat, music concrete and electro
acoustic experiments are all picked up and dropped at will
on this sonic lift surf.