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Pye Corner Audio
ReleaseProduct
Black Mill Tapes (10th Anniversary Box)
Label
Lapsus Records
Catalogue Number
LPS-PS06D
Release Date
December 18, 2020
  • Box Set, 5×LP + Booklet

    Pre-order $125.00

    Coloured vinyl

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    • + WAV / FLAC

    LPS-PS06

    • 12-page booklet of photographic material created by Pye Corner Audio

    Available: March 12, 2021
    Estimated shipping: March 11, 2021

  • Box Set, 5×LP + Booklet

    Pre-order $125.00

    Coloured vinyl

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    • + WAV / FLAC

    LPS-PS06B

    • Bleep exclusive
    • Poster
    • Sticker
    • Limited to 150
    • 12-page booklet of photographic material created by Pye Corner Audio

    Estimated shipping: December 17, 2020

Instant download of track: 'Theme Number Five' with all pre-orders.

Full release delivered on release date: 12.18.20

Originally anthologised on Type, Lapsus reissue a remastered edition of the entire Black Mill Tapes collection upon its 10th anniversary, packaged with a 12-page booklet of original photographs and a host of unreleased material.

The history of the Black Mill Tapes series begins in 2010, in the English village of Coldred (population 110). An auction is happening, and an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription named Martin Jenkins — known to some as the Head Technician — happens across a curio in the auction catalogue: three boxes, described as containing “archived magnetic recordings.” The Head Technician makes the only bid, and walks away with numerous decaying cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes bearing no descriptors, save for the phrase “Black Mill Sessions” scrawled on each box.

What he found beneath dense tape hiss were countless remarkable electronic compositions from an indeterminate time (or indeed planet), bearing some hints of BBC Radiophonic Orchestra’s ambient, space-aged innovations, met with the eerie arpeggiated modulations of John Carpenter, rendered woozy and doubly psychedelic from the preceding years of tape degradation. Had this been the work of a group or a singular artist? The original creators, as well as the exact nature of Black Mill, remains a mystery. As if caught under the spell of the enigma, this compelling pseudo-anthropological study, the Head Technician worked some auditory skullduggery with razors and eyedroppers and spliced together Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards. The sole developer of this on-going project, he later came up with three further volumes of fascinating retro-futurist hybridity.

A selection of 1/4” and cassette tapes sourced and transferred by our Head Technician
Written and produced by Martin Jenkins
Mastered by Pedro Pina
Artwork by Basora

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Transmission One: Lonesome Vale 1:50
  2. 2 We Have Visitors 3:50
  3. 3 Folk Festival 1:06
  4. 4 Electronic Rhythm Number Three 5:00
  5. 5 A Dark Door 2:21
  6. 6 Theme Number Four 2:06
  7. 7 Electronic Rhythm Number Eight 5:06
  8. 8 Building Twelve, Room One 1:29
  9. 9 Theme Number Nine 2:34
  10. 10 Transmission Three: Briar Lane 1:53
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