Pictures, by MOTION

Pictures was the debut album from the UK’s Motion. It was originally released in 2000 on his own imprint as a hand-numbered edition of 500 CDs in a clear sleeve with vellum insert.

A copy of the CD was discovered by 12k’s Taylor Deupree and Line’s Richard Chartier at a bookstore in Sheffield, England in 2001. After purchasing the disc Deupree spent a couple of years trying to track down its maker which eventually lead to Chris Coode, the man behind Motion.

Motion went on to record two albums for 12k: Dust, in 2002 and Every Action in 2004 and continues to be a favorite for his signature fractured, yet oddly human sound. This was “glitch” made without the modern day ease of DSP and plug in trickery instead utilizing an analog synth, hardware samplers, and a lot of talent.

12k is happy to be able to re-release this album in a downloadable format and make this little-known and beautiful work available once again. Pictures would have happily existed on 12k back in 2000 and, together with Dust and Every Action remind us of an important time in 12k’s history.

Released January 8, 2013

Fragile, by Focus On The Breath

Release date: 12/08/2020
Format: CD, Digital

Digital download is offered as name-your-price till release date.

“With these tracks I wanted to create overlapping dialogues between lo-fi and hi-fi, human and nature, artist and machines. These attempted dialogues are fragile, they don’t aim for a perfect balance, they just want to be alive and breathe.

Thanks to Andrea Porcu and Enrico Coniglio”

Releases August 12, 2020

Music by: Paolo Brusò
Mastered by: Andrea Porcu
Artwork by: Alessandra Comisso & Mattia Gastaldi
Record label: Lᴏɴᴛᴀɴᴏ Series
Publisher: ROHS! RECORDS
Copyright © 2020 ROHS! RECORDS, All Rights Reserved


evaporation | Experimental/Ambient/Noise/Glitch | 78:21

Happy 2021! Here’s hoping this brand new year brings you to the threshold of your dreams & goals . . . & beyond!

This is a culling of various, vaporous, ambient artifacts, relics & cherished sacrificial aural ceremonies from years gone by and 3 more recent tracks (1, 3 & 11); meshing/mashing experimental derivatives with the vast ambient landscape.

Constructed over this past Thanksgiving break.


  • 01 Nicola Di Croce – Deus Sive Natura (excerpt)
  • 02 Juta Takahashi – Silence
  • 03 Harold Budd – Yellow
  • 04 Jeff Greinke – City Light
  • 05 Tomas Weiss & Anthony Kerby – Vision 4
  • 06 Brian Eno – Written, Forgotten
  • 07 Max Corbacho – One True Light (edit)
  • 08 Steve Roach – Cloud Cover
  • 09 Jacob Newman & Devin Underwood – Tracing Memory
  • 10 Mystified – Earthwaves.3
  • 11 .foundation – Vesper Hymn
  • 12 The Circular Ruins – Perpetuum Mobile

Post-COVID constructular emanations . . .

r O t O

r O t O [rotogravure / roh-tuh-gruh-vyoor]
a photo-mechanical process by which pictures, typeset matter, etc., are printed from an intaglio copper cylinder.

Cover art for a rework (& new opening treatment) of a previous mix.

The new cover speaks to the content, which has a lot of glitch & found-sound tapestries woven in, much better than did the original. Having artwork embedded into the mp3 as it plays on my phone or iPad is something I find enjoyable (I use mp3 Tag). I think that art & music go hand-in-hand in the final deliverable (mixes being, in a manner of speaking, the new albums).

At first I was going to use this image for a new mix . . . but with no new material on the drawing board, and our show schedule nearly complete for 2021, I decided to do a reissue . . . only slightly altered
(heh . . . just like Brian Eno does ;- D )

r O t O (track-listing contained in d/l zip file)

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Downbeat 2020: The Year’s Top-Rated Albums

–from Downbeat Magazine

The list below is a roundup of the 5, 4.5 and 4-star reviews that ran in the print edition of DownBeat during 2020. Before digging into what our critics said about your favorite albums this year, take look back at top-rated recordings from 2019 and 2018. (If a performer was the focus of a major feature, it’s likely their album wasn’t reviewed, and that was a factor in its omission from these lists.) DB


Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, AXIOM (Ropeadope)
“Oftentimes when we come into environments like this to play creative improvised music, someone uses the word ‘jazz,’ and then everyone in the room becomes a fuckin’ Fulbright scholar,” trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah told the audience at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. “And that’s cool, but that has nothing to do with where this music’s power rests.” AXIOM, which was recorded that night, is a testament to that power.

John Beasley, MONK’estra Plays John Beasley (Mack Avenue)
John Beasley has arranged the brass brighter and brasher, the low horns to be more growly and his tasty keyboard parts to be artfully highlighted on his third album with the acclaimed MONK’estra. Extending neatly synchronized section motifs—those indelibly quirky Monk phrases—into swelling backdrops that balance freely impassioned soloists, Beasley as a pianist and composer draws out even more melodic, harmonic and rhythmic implications in music by Monk, Bird and Duke.

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow, Life Goes On (ECM)
Life Goes On is a brilliant expression of the camaraderie developed by Carla Bley’s longtime trio with bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard. It offers three suites highlighting Bley’s deft sense of dramatic development, her gifts as a soloist (often overshadowed by her composing) and the trio’s deadpan minimalism and subtly organic interplay. During Bley’s long career, there have been times when her work has merely seemed smart, but not emotionally resonant. Here, it’s both.

Bill Frisell, Valentine (Blue Note)
“Playing together” is a phrase so commonplace it’s easy to forget what it signifies. Of course, there’s the obvious: making music with others, performing as an ensemble, being creative in a group. But the music guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston offer here suggests a specific spin on the idea, one that emphasizes the togetherness of the playing. Even though the selections on Valentine hail from a range of styles, the performances represent jazz playing at its most sublime. And music seldom gets more “together” than that.

Guillermo Klein Y Los Guachos, Cristal (Sunnyside)
The Argentine pianist, composer and bandleader is working at the top of his game—and so is his 11-piece group, which includes jazz luminaries like alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón. Here, Klein features his own compositions, as well as those of Carlos Gardel, the early 20th-century tango singer whom Klein listened to growing up. But the album isn’t sentimental or even recherché. Cristal is thoroughly modern, with groovy beats, sophisticated horn voicings and a folksy feel that only could have come from Los Gauchos.

the list continues . . . here.