20.01.2014 - Palmistry "Lil Gem" - 12" Vinyl / DIGITAL - Out now!
Ultra-modern pop diamonds from the forward London producer behind beats for Triad God and Dre Skull's MixPak.
'Lil Gem' is Palmistry's most important release to date, following celebrated productions for other artists and a couple of crucial
mixes via DIS magazine. It finds a very good home among the accelerated ears and minds on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label, sharing
a common taste for air-brushed electronic surfaces whilst furthering his own path of minimalist R&B, filigree ambient, and up-to-the-second
dancehall. They're the sort of pieces we could happily play on repeat, from the airborne baroque elegance of the instrumental title track to
the seductive glow of 'Vapore' - like an adult inversion of SOPHIE's 'Bipp - to the emotional depths of 'In My Hearth II' and the codeine-tempered
'Southhouse Rip'. Big tip for fans of HTDW, James Ferraro, Evian Christ. (Boomkat) /// order your copy here - http://presto.bigcartel.com/
09.12.2013 - Gábor Lázár "ILS" - CD / DIGITAL
Eleven pieces have been composed on one note without transposition focusing on spectral changes and avoiding the traditional
temporal measurementsusing additive synthesis. The interface works with tester algorithms based on simple mathematical operations
which help in the compositional decision-making and trigger different temporal and spectral musical events run by an unique timeline.
Listen Album Preview here - https://soundcloud.com/presto-records/presto022preview
09.12.2013 - PALMISTRY 'Lil Gem' - Pre-Order now available
South London producer Palmistry (aka Benjy Keating) responsable for TRIAD GOD's (Hippos in Tanks) production and music,
fresh from a collaboration with James Ferraro and a single out on MixPak join in with Presto!? on this amazing work tha moves between
hermetic sometimes hyper-minimalistic R&B rips, fine ambient tones and 'dancehall' overtures on low freq domain.
PRE-ORDER NOW and get FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD! - http://presto.bigcartel.com/
11.11.2013 - GATEKEEPER 'Young Chronos' EP - Video Premiere on Dazed Digital
Gatekeeper are open to interpretation. An ultra-masculine voiceover introduces the anxious and agitated, dark and absurd grandiosity
of "Sword of the Gathering Clouds" like it’s a trailer for Armageddon itself. Is it a fabulous story or terrifying reality? It depends on how you look at it.
You could read a fatalistic accelerationist impulse, with the music’s cavernous echo and monstrous growl crashing through simulated choral patches
and hurtling towards self-destruction. It's an interpretation that seems especially true when Aaron David Ross uses words like “compression”, “accelerated” and “speed”...
Alex Gvojic video for "Sword of the Gathering Clouds" here on Dazed Digital - http://www.dazeddigital.com/gatekeeper
22.10.2013 - GATEKEEPER "Young Chronos" USB TOKEN / PIRATE-BAY
After the multi-ecology genesis [and subsequent conflagration] of last year's 'Exo,' Gatekeeper's 'Young Chronos' now escalates to c-limit energy
strata and commits catastrophic time-portal sabotage. The New York City duo's findings will be released in the form of an official Piratebay
torrent and 300 USB tokens on Presto!?.
Time-engineering blasphemies and neo-sapient hominid scenarios including but not limited to: jump platforms in Gothic arcologies.
Profound regolith/crust excavation and mantle extraction. Neogene biomes in low-g terraria. Endo-Templar counterpoint on cycloid viols and
paleo-psaltery. Tertiary-stage flarefusion-equipped Dutch hunting parties engaging titanichthys super-shoals.
Orpheid Witness fleets in godlike hypo-cacolayer suspension. Quantum-solid martyrdom for St. Eligius and trimillennial chorus. Lycanthrope combat
on the plains of Northern Europe. Narcomorph collective events on Phobos forgoing corpoferric insulation. Polymeliac Elizabethan exoscouts
encountering depth charges in asteroid fields. Zen-grunt gnosis performed in hyper-iterative Hadean habitats. Dirac wave-converters outside
of Roanoke. Teutonic-Wallachian ground forces supplied with pulse rifles. Thracian quasar-injection in Jovian atmospheres causing the Sienna effect. Thermographically-enhanced heat-seeking archers in dawn mists. Steampunk-m arias in entropy-null silicate mausolea.
Please be advised: permanent unlimited respawning.
"Young Chronos" will be released November 11th directly in the form of an official Piratebay torrent and 300 USB tokens on Presto!?.
Gatekeeper Official Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gatekeeper-online
"Young Chronos" Piratebay Torrent - http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/9168415
BUY NOW Gatekeeper "Young Chronos" Limited USB TOKEN here - http://presto.bigcartel.com/
15.10.2013 - THE POINT OF NO RETURN "Come & Get It" - Presto!? 5th anniversary / SERIES OF EVENTS 2014
"... A common definition of the simulacrum is a copy of a copy whose relation to the model has become so attenuated that it can no longer properly
be said to be a copy. It stands on its own as a copy without a model. Fredric Jameson cites the example of photorealism.
The painting is a copy not of reality, but of a photograph, which is already a copy of the original. Deleuze, in his article "Plato and the Simulacrum,"
takes a similar definition as his starting point, but emphasizes its inadequacy. For beyond a certain point, the distinction is no longer one of degree.
The simulacrum is less a copy twice removed than a phenomenon of a different nature altogether: it undermines the very distinction between
copy and model. The terms copy and model bind us to the world of representation and objective (re)production.
A copy, no matter how many times removed, authentic or fake, is defined by the presence or absence of internal, essential relations of resemblance
to a model. The simulacrum, on the other hand, bears only an external and deceptive resemblance to a putative model. The process of its production,
its inner dynamism, is entirely different from that of its supposed model; its resemblance to it is merely a surface effect, an illusion.
The production and function of a photograph has no relation to that of the object photographed; and the photorealist painting in turn envelops an essential difference. It is that masked difference, not the manifest resemblance, that produces the effect of uncanniness so often associated with the simulacrum.
A copy is made in order to stand in for its model. A simulacrum has a different agenda, it enters different circuits.
Pop Art is the example Deleuze uses for simulacra that have successfully broken out of the copy mold: the multiplied, stylized images take on a life
of their own. The thrust of the process is not to become an equivalent of the "model" but to turn against it and its world in order to open a new space for
the simulacrum's own mad proliferation. The simulacrum affirms its own difference. It is not an implosion, but a differentiation;
it is an index not of absolute proximity, but of galactic distances..."
full article here - http://www.anu.edu.au/hrc/first_and_last/works/realer.htm
02.10.2013 - Gábor Lázár "ILS" - CD / DIGITAL
Gábor Lázár is a Budapest based artist working with digital sound synthesis and self-developed interfaces.
In his work he attempts to avoid the traditional temporal measurements and composes pieces based on one note with focus on spectral
changes using additive synthesis. His interface works with tester algorithms based on simple mathematical operations which help
in the compositional decesion-making and trigger different temporal and spectral musical events run by an unique timeline.
Gábor studied electronic music and media art at University of Pécs - Faculty of Music and Visual Arts and he is co-founder of a label
called Last Foundation. His first release has been published in April 2013 in collaboration with Russell Haswell including four short
pieces of his works and a full-length composition from Russell on a C46 split cassette limited to100 numbered copies.
"ILS" (Interconnected Logical Systems) will be released late october: cat# P!?022
more info about Gabor Lázár here - www.gaborlazar.com
01.09.2012 - DJ STINGRAY "Psyops For Dummies" - CREDIT CARD SHAPED USB STICK + DIGITAL
The Sadist pt. III - 4:25
Fullbodyscan - 4:19
The Strategy Of Tension - 4:48
Disinformation - 5:08
Sherard Ingram - DJ STINGRAY - has been an active member in Detroit's electronic music community for nearly 25 years now.
Never shy of a collaboration, Ingram spent much of the '90s teaming up with Carl Craig, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir and Kenny Dixon Jr. to create a
rich downtempo sound as Urban Tribe, with culminated in the release of 1998's much-lauded The Collapse of Modern Culture album.
He was then recruited to be the tour DJ for Drexciya in their final days, taking to the decks as DJ Stingray and masking his face from
the audience, something he continues to do for all of his DJ appearances.
In recent years, his production work, as DJ Stingray, Mystic Tribe A.I., and Urban Tribe (released on Rephlex), has focused much more on
his solo talents, and is now grounded in the futuristic electro style that is associated with his DJ sets. His 2011 solo debut record on
Belgium's Mewe label, "Aqua Team", is an international acclaimed double 12" of super-developed strand of hyper-speed deep aquatic electro
techno defined "some seriously special gear in a dance music world populated by clones of clones and replicas of imitations".
Ahead of Stingray's eagerly awaited NRSB-11 album with Heinrich Mueller, Lorenzo Senni's boundary-pushing Presto!? label presents four
precise electro data-bursts by the Detroit legend. Regular readers of these pages will know we hold Stingray productions in very high regard and
it's great to witness his enduring relevance with successive generations of cutting edge electronic futurists.
His 'Psyops For Dummies' session offers four uncompromising biomechanic movers for digital DJs and urban headphone dwellers,
implanting the panoramic sci-fi visions and pinging electro of 'Disinformation' or signature hardstep swerve of 'Fullbodyscan' and
'The Strategy Of Tension''s militant funk into the digital stream, and on a format that really fits the rhetoric. (Boomkat)
DJ STINGRAY fb fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Stingray/182977445069234
28.08.2013 - OUTER SPACE, RADIO PEOPLE, ELON KATZ, J. FISHER, POSITIVE SHADOW, ALEX BARNETT "box" 3XCS30 BOX + DIGITAL
Triple C30 clamshell boxset. Total playing time: 90 minutes - Six of the underground's stranger creators in the first Presto!? cassette box.
Elon Katz - one of the guys behind Citirax's Streetwalker and HiT's White Car - serves 15 minutes of mulched, queasy-but-sensual modular
electronics coming off like a shroom-high Bruce Haack who finds a wormhole into Edward Artemiev's studio, and shares a shell with Alex Barnett's
quarter hour of mystic, inwardly weaving horror theme synths and funereal, buried drums.
Another ferric regular, Henry Glover - veteran of Agents of Choas, Catholic Tapes and Irma Vep - melts 15 minutes of mercurial modular twinkle
and kosmiche noise on his side, shared with the labyrinthine alien explorations of former Oakeater Jeremiah Fisher. Sam Goldberg of
Radio People invokes classic John Carpenter on the 3rd tape, split with Outer Space's wavering kosmiche drones and radiophonic ambience.
Youtube Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H3AgjJ36gQ
10.08.2012 - ATTILA FARAVELLI - NICOLA MARTINI "s/t" LP / booklet + DIGITAL
Shiftings, displacings. The gap of sensory perception is offsetted on another curve; the gap remains the same, but the scale changes.
Material infiltrates in material itself.
The process is a fulfillment of a rite, needful for finding myself inside of the pores, firctions, interstices and membranes that compose materials.
Osmosis, as a mental concept of porosity that consists of all forms, something comes out from resonant space; added and relocated mass of material
in the space; nothing will be subtracted. Only constant, the impossibility of pore’s filling, none is perfectly isolated from the outside and from within.
The transmigration of matter in the surrounding space is seen as an absolute process and, in the same time, addicted to everything, even from himself;
involutions and constant envelopes, there is no hierarchy, everything is considered mentally on the same level of work,
exploded, low-cut, each thin layer from its nearest neighbor.
A soft sphere try to keep contained inside her the more she can , but some grains come out, the process is constant.
Attila Faravelli and Nicola Martini are two of the most innovative italian artists working in the field between sound art, electro-acoustic music
and raw resonanting materials.
Nicola Martini Official Tumblr + full text - http://nicolamartini.tumblr.com/
20.01.2012 - HECKER "2/8 Bregman 4/8 Deutsch 7/8 Hecker 1/8 Hõller" - 2 x 10"
Presto!? is happy to announce the release of "2/8 Bregman 4/8 Deutsch 7/8 Hecker 1/8 Hõller",
a double 10” vinyl set produced and compiled by
Florian Hecker with a contribution by Carsten Höller.
The title indicates the percental inputs of the eight pieces, intertwines practical, theoretical and conceptual proportions and its audible dramatizations.
6/8 of the pieces are untitled, 2/8 and are titled ‘Gelbgrün’ and ‘UpDown’, 8/8 play on 45 RPM.
Arnheim, Rudolf and Grundham, Uta. 2001. The Intelligence of Vision: An Interview with Rudolf Arnheim. In Cabinet 2: 95-100.
Bregman, Albert S. and McAdams, Stephen. 1979. Hearing Musical Streams. In Computer Music Journal 3, no. 4 (December): 26–43.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
Bregman, Albert S. 1994. Auditory Scene Analysis. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
Deutsch, Diana. 1974. An Auditory Illusion. In Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 55: 18- 19.
1986. An Auditory Paradox. In Journal of the Acoustic Society of America 80: 93.
Moore, Brian C. J.. 1977. Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing. Cambridge: University Press Cambridge.
Florian Hecker Official Blogspot: http://florianhecker.blogspot.it/
16.01.2012 - MARCUS SCHMICKLER "Bari Workshop" - LP
Bari Workshop hosted a group of medieval miniature manuscript painters who were amongst the experts in the recording of the history of science
and who circulated knowledge around the world and across cultures.
Greek texts on Euclidean geometry were translated into Arabic, and medieval Arabic manuscripts on optics and geometry migrated to
Western Europe, where, translated into Latin, they contributed to the development of perspective in Renaissance Italy.
Hand in hand with scholarly interests were the practical demands satisfied by arithmetic.
In Europe, a growing merchant class also demanded practical techniques that applied theoretical mathematics to everyday problems.
Arithmetic primers served the largely commercial needs of medieval and early modern merchants, with advice on calculations forweavers,
masons, and carpenters.
The scientific art of representing the cosmos through astronomy and mathematics provided orientation at the dawn of the Age of Discovery.
Marcus Schmickler official website: piethopraxis.org/
01.09.2011 - MATTIN "Object Of Thought" LP
"Object of Thought" is a stunning must have release by one of the most deep thinking artist in the field of noise and improvised music;
Mattin's voice is crushed and modulated by feedbacks and distortions and reassembled into a stream of multilayered thoughts
and abrasive/ harsh sounds. This is the Mattin's newest work since "Noise & Capitalism", the critically acclaimed book that explores the relationship
of experimental music with the economic system that we are living in.
"... Is it possible to take self-reflexivity to the point of positive feedback while making a commodity out of my intellect?
Can this process help me to understand how I am objectified by capitalism? This is a very difficult question, as I am using English which firstly,
is not my mother tongue, and secondly is the language more aligned
with capitalism. To what extent does the use of English language shape my thoughts and actions? If our general intellect is appropriated by capitalism,
can we get it back through a process of improvisation with our thoughts? Can my unconscious be my instrument for improvisation?
Can we produce our subjectivity through the language that we are improvising with? ... "
"... During the first week of February 2010, from Monday to Friday, I appropriated the usual working times (9 to 5pm) in order to set up a framework
and impose some discipline. I went to Alpha Electro-acoustic Studio, Visby, I recorded my thoughts and then began to cut, edit, distort ...
as a way of making a montage of my own subjectivity, as a way to dismantle myself. If noise can be everything it can also be my lack of articulation.
By using my thought processes as material for improvisation, I tried to explore the limitation of the given situation, understanding that at the same time
i am objectitfying my thoughts in the vinyl that you are holding in your hands." (taken from the "Object of Thought" LP front cover)
The Stranger The Greater: http://www.mattin.org/
02.08.2011 - LORENZO SENNI "Dunno" CD
Produced, edited, mixed by Lorenzo Senni and mastered by Marcus Schmickler, "Dunno" is the very first official release from founder of Presto!?.
His previous release "early works" (2007) is a collection of old re-edited tracks mainly influenced by early laptop heroes mego style.
Now with "dunno" we have a pure computer music record where digital psychedelia meets brutal pulasr synthesis trains and sharp fm streams.
built up with a double approach, "dunno", is something between vintage experimentalism of the computer music pioneers and the new digital
brutality of fat, acid glissandos and shepard tones in rave style. using a large palette of computer synthesized sounds and a sophisticated
musical awareness he creates ten tracks of beautiful artificial energies and abstract pleasure.
Lorenzo Senni official website: www.lorenzosenni.com
23.05.2011 - CM VON HAUSSWOLFF / JUAN PEDRO FABRA / JAN HAFSTROM "Graf Spee" LP
The music of "Graf Spee" was composed and recorded at the Castle by CM von Hausswolff in 2007 and 2009.
Two tracks of incredible beauty from one of the masters of contemporary electronic music.
Deep & Epic drone massages from The King.
"Graf Spee" is a collaboration between artists CM von Hausswolff, Jan Håfström and Juan Pedro Fabra.
Graf Spee I is a collaborative audio-visual work permanently installed at Wanås, Sweden on May 13 2007.
Graf Spee II is a collaborative audio-visual work installed at Momentum, 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art in Moss, Norway, between Aug 29 - Oct 18 2009.
"Francisco Tito Guemberena woke up early. It was Friday the 15th of December and another beautiful and sunny day in the Uruguayan capital. On his usual morning walk down to the city center he witnessed something extraordinary... " (excerpt taken from front cover text of Graf Spee LP).
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff official website - http://www.cmvonhausswolff.net/
23.05.2011 - EVOL "Fart Synthesis"C30
"Fart Synthesis" is the 8th episode in EVOL's ongoing Punani series, and was edited from live recordings in Osaka, Kiev
and Toulouse between 2008 and 2009. All sounds were synthesized on the fly on various computers.
The final tracks were assembled in Barcelona in the spring of 2009 using generative
algorithms to splice and rearrange a large amount of sound files.
The title of this cassette comes from a series of chats and discussions on digital synthesis techniques by Rubén Patiño (aka Pato)
and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros.
EVOL official website http://vivapunani.org/
23.05.2011 - JOHN WIESE "Zombie" LP
A very unusual album by John Wiese, almost the furthest perimeter of what we’ve come to expect.
For years Wiese has developed a highly personal approach to sound, steering clear of nearly every convention of musical language
— repetition, melody, instrumentation, in exchange for a totally amorphous yet hyper tight compositional style.
For this album, what started as a personal experiment out of love for the band Drunks With Guns, Wiese works against his own
grain with three new LP-specific compositions of rigid loop music, referencing Drunks With Guns, Sissy Spacek and debuting his
first composition for piano, performed by Mac Mann (Get Hustle, Antioch Arrow). Includes linear notes by John Wiese. Edition of 300 with sheet music.
Offiial John Wiese Website: http://www.john-wiese.com/
PRESTO!? ARCHIVE on DISCOGS - http://www.discogs.com/label/Presto!%3F