A chronological history of Basses Frequences.

•March 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Time has past, there is no need to pay to keep the website online anymore. Though, the bandcamp page will remain active as long as I can. Releases are also avalable on Discogs.

Basses Fréquences (in french) was created in summer 2007 with the idea of running a small, raw,  CDR label, dedicated to drone in all its variety, with no logo, no catalog references. I have been running Salvation Recordings for a few years already, wich was quite heavy to carry and I wanted some fresh air, something easy and above all, some drones.

You can find an interview on the great QLD webzine from january 2011 here where I talk about the birth of the label, and how I saw things going at that time.
They came back to me to see how things were going, back in 2015, and a new interview came out of a discussion I had with them, about how things went down. You can read it here. This closed the whole thing pretty well.

Following is the discography in chronological order. The label references (because finally, there were some) show the chronology of the projects, not the releases. As shown here, there are quite some differences.

Créature : s/t – 5″CDR in tin box – released January 2008 in an edition of 100 – Later reissued on CDR in carboard sleeve.

Tamagawa : l’Arbre Aux Fées – 3×3″CDR in a DIY mini Tamagawa’s stage lamp replica – released march 2008 in an edition of 200 – Later rissued on 5″ CDR in carboard sleeve.
The Tamagawa 3×3″CDR was supposed to be the very first BF release but was postponed and the Créature, wich was ready, came first.

Culver :  Hand of Ice – 5″CDR in tin box – released march 2008 in an edition of 100 copies – Later reissued on CDR in carboard sleeve.

I Am Seamonster : Nebulum / Constelatrix – 5″CDR in tin box – released may 2008 in an edition of 100 copies – Later reissued on CDR in carboard sleeve.

Wereju : Monuments – 5″CDR in tin box – released june 2008 in an edition of 100 copies – Later reissued on CDR in carboard sleeve.

Fordell Research Unit : Repetition – 5″CDR in tin box – released june 2008 in an edition of 100 copies – Later reissued on CDR in carboard sleeve.

These last two were released together the same day.

Aidan Baker: I Fall Into You – CD – released july 2008 in an edition of 400 copies. The first BF release with a catalog number : BF4. Althrough it appears to be the fourth BF release, it was available as the seventh, because of some delays in the production process.

Alistair Crosbie : Ashenground – 5″CDR in tin box – released september 2008 in an edition of 100 copies.

Bones Of Seabirds : Divinorum – 5″CDR in tin box – released september 2008 in an edition of 100 copies – Later reissued on CDR in carboard sleeve.

These last two were released together the same day.

Aidan Baker : Letters – LP – released november 2008 in an edition of 400 copies, all black vinyl, 180gr.

Nicholas Szczepanik : Mi Otra Mitad – 3″CDR released december 2008 in an edition of 75 copies. First of a series of “special issues”.

Nadja : Corrasion – 2LP – released february 2009 in a edition of 500. 100 in transluciant blue, 400 in black, all 180gr.

Pummeler : Soul Match extraordinaire – 5″CDR in tin box – released february 2009 in an edition of 100 copies – Later reissued on CDR in carboard sleeve.

These last two were released together the same day.

Elementaural Research Project : Elementality – CD – released june 2009 in an edition of 300.

V/A : Elementality Revisited – 5″CDR in tin box – released june 2009 in an edition of 100 – companion release to the ERP Elementality CD featuring remixes by various artists.Later reissued with Elementality as a CD/CDR set in double jewel case.

Yui Onodera & The Beautiful Schizophonic : Radiance – CD – released june 2009 in an edition of 500.

Nicholas Szczepanik : The Chiasmus – CD – released june 2009 in an edition of 500, co-released with Sentient Recognition Archive.

V/A : Drones, Tones and Various Repressed Emotions – 5″CDR – released june 2009 in an edition of 200. Free compilation with exclusive tracks from label artists. Part of the “special issues” series.

These last five were released together the same day.

Andreas Brandal :  A History of Labyrinths – 5″CDR in tin box – released september 2009 in an edition of 100.

Mark Bradley : Absolution – 5″CDR in tin box – released september 2009 in an edition of 100.

These last two were released together the same day.

Locrian : Rain of Ashes – CD – released october 2009 in an edition of 400 copies.

A. R. Ranger :  Variations Over Laura Palmer’s Theme – One sided 12″ vinyl / silkscreened B side – released october 2009 in an edition of 100, part of the special issues series. Co-released with TTT Rds. Released in conjonction with the Black Cat Bones Café’s hexibition “Tribute to Twin Peaks” in Pueblo, Mexico.

Aidan Baker : Blue Figures – CD – released november 2009 in an edition of 300.

Lunar Miasma : Crystal Covered – CD – released februaty 2010 in an edition of 300.

deAnimator : ”Thirty Three and One Third) Degrees) Par Second – 5″CDR in tin box – released march 2010 in an edition of 100. Last CDR in the tin box series.

Locrian : Territories – LP – released  march 2010 in an edition of 500 – co-released with Small Doses, At War With False Noise and Bloodlust.

These last three were released together the same day.

Aidan Baker :  I will always and forever hold you in my heart and mind – CD – released april 2010 in an edition of 300, co-released with Small Doses.

Nicholas Szczepanik : Dear Dad – CD – released may 2010 in an edition of 200 copies, co-released with Goat Eater Arts.

ThisQuietArmy : Aftermath – CD – released may 2010 in an edition of 500. Some copies have been sold in april with a misprinted digipack, prior to the definitive release date with correctly printed digipacks. The misprinted digipacks were sold together with Aidan Baker’s “I Will Always…” CD and have been deleted as soon as the corrected digipacks have been avbailable.

Celer : Panoramic Dreams Bathed In Seldomness – CD – released september 2010 in an edition of 500.

Celer : Weavings of Rapid Disenchantment – 10″ vinyl –  released october 2010 in an edition of 350. Companion release to Celer’s Panoramic Dreams CD.

Pleq : Good Night – CD single –  released october 2010 in an edition of 200. Includes a track from the forthcoming Ballet Mechanic full lenth CD and 3 exclusive remixes.

These last two were released together the same day.

ThisQuietArmy + Yellow6 : Death – LP – released december 2010 – 400 gold vinyl / 80 black vinyl. All 180 gr. First part of the Death Valley full lenth, but was not advertised that way.

V/A Winter Leads To Spring – 5″CDR + DVDR – released december 2010 in an edition of 50. Contains tracks or samples from the label’s 2011 line-up on the CD, two videos on the DVDR. Came free with label’s releases purchase as a christmas gift.

These last two were released together the same day.

Pleq : Ballet Mechanic – CD – released january 2011 in an edition of 400.

MesseBasse: III Ame – CD – released January 2011 in an edition of 200.

These last two were released together the same day.

Jeremy Mathes : Gjöll – CD in tin box – released march 2011 in an edition of 100. First of a series of CDs (to replace CDRs) in tin box. Sadly I would not be able to go any further in the series.

Hoor-Paar-Kraat : the Eureka Tapes – 2CD – released march 2011 in an edition of 500. Co-released with Small Doses. A very special “art” edition, limited to 50 copies, has been released prior to the regular 2CD edition, containing unique hand paintings by Anthony Mangicapra.

Peter Wright : Let’s Hide Under The House Until They’ve Gone – LP – released march 2011 in an edition of 300. 180 gr black vinyl only, with download code for an extended digital version. Peter produced a very limited CD edition of the extended version, wich was not for sale. The packaging contained debris from the heartquake that striked New Zealand during at the end of the recording sessions.

These last two were released together the same day.

ThisQuietArmy +  Yellow6 – Valley – LP – released june 2011 in an edition of 400, 320 silver vinyl / 80 black vinyl, all 180 gr. Second part of the Death Valley full lenth, now completed.

Aidan Baker with Kevin Micka : Green Figures – CD – released in september 2011 in an edition of 300.

Larkian & Yellow6 : Offtempo – CD – released october 2011 in a endition of 500. Co-released with Three:Four.

Duane Pitre : ED09 Live at The Stone – LP – released november 2011 in an edition of 350, 280 blacl vinyl / 70 clear vinyl, all 180 gr.

Julien Demoulin & IA : The Bay – CD – released ferbruary 2012 in an edition of 300. Co-released with Ronda.

V/A : Particule Arises – 5″CDR released february 2012 in an edition of 100. Third compilation that came for free with purchase of the labels releases. Part of the “special issues” series.

Tamagawa : Live (vol.2) – 5″CDR – released february 2012 in an edition of 300. Released as merchandise for Tamagawa’s US tour 2012. Vol.1 was released on tape by Tamaga himself.

These last three were released together the same day.

Wastelanders : Cosmic Despair – CD – released february 2012 in an edition of 300. Co-released with Calls & Correspondance.

ThisQuietArmy + Yellow6 : Death Valley – 2CD – released march 2012 in an edition of 300. Includes all tracks from the LPs and 3 bonus tracks.

Stratosphere : Dreamscape – CD – released april 2012 in an edition of 300.

Asva with Philippe Petit : Empires should burn… – CD / LP – released july 2012 in an edition of 1000 and 500 respectively. Co-released with Small Doses. LP on 140 gr black vinyl only.

Maninkari : Cointinuum Sonore – CD – released july 2012 in an edition of 300.

These last two were released together the same day.
They were the label’s last releases.

 

Brian McKenna (courtesy of deAnimator & Medium Rds) provided the background images of the website during all the label’s lifetime. These beautiful images gave the label a strong visual identity. Thank you Brian.

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Renewed BandCamp page

•May 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I have totally renewed the BandCamp page, with everything that is still physically available and some that are not (more OOP-releases-now-available-digitally may appear in the near future). You can also listen to everything now ! 

The BandCamp page looks a bit more like the definitive Basses Frequences online shop now. Hope you’ll enjoy it ! 
The Big Cartel shop will be shut down in the coming days.

Cheers.

 

Closed casket ceremony.

•November 20, 2012 • 1 Comment

I’m just pointing the obvious here, but it is quite the time to formalize that I’m shutting down Basses Frequences, and so for a non predefined period of time. I can’t keep going the way the label went the last couple of years, and I need to redefine my goals and ambitions.

Like any other label that called it quite this year, it’s all about MONEY. Money pays for the releases, not passion. And money is not coming in anymore, like never before and at a level you wouldn’t imagine. Early September, for example, I was at a point of sales that if I had previous scheduled releases, I wouldn’t have been able to produce anyone of them. I’ve spend around 2000 euros per years to keep the label going on. And I think that, at this point, with this kind of sales, it has become useless, vain, to keep spending such money, for not selling the records at the end. That money should better now go to my kids.

The label was just who I am, it reflected an important part of my tastes in music, at least, the kind of music I wanted to work on and the artists I wanted to work with.
I am not blaming the “system”, the downloads and obviously not the people for it’s deliquescence. I HAVE FAILED, period.
I have failed keeping the label interesting, intriguing or maybe different – at least above other labels.
I have not been able (or I just didn’t wanted to) to adapt to the new ways of promoting music – as I have no interest at all in the current almighty social networks and the consumption of digital music.
I have failed to adapt and play a game I didn’t really wanted to play. And for this, I apologize to the artists I’ve worked with and those with whom I was supposed to, in the future.

Basses Frequences has been an awesome experience. Big THANKS to all the supporters and artists who trusted me along the way. That meant a lot.

That said, I will keep the online shop open as long as I can (as it is not free), keeping the not-already-OOP releases as available as possible; here – at a discounted price, by the way ! -, on discogs (with what’s left of the mailorder) and through the usual supporting distributors.

You will hear from me again in the coming weeks/months though, with the release (on another label) of a full lenth documentary directed by Gilles Patté, about the actual drone “scene” (featuring interviews with SunnO))), Earth, Aidan Baker/Nadja, Yann Gourdon, Luc Larmor and yours truly). I’ll keep you updated about the production process. The feature is finished, but there are quite some things to fix before this can be physically released. Though, it already appeared on several french music or film festivals.

Thanks for reading all the posts, thanks for your support along the way and once again, excuse my english !

The Dream House in Lyon, France.

•November 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I had the chance to visit La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela’s Dream House at the Muséum d’Art Contemporain of Lyon, France. It was an amazing experience, as artistic as physical. Very loud harmonic drones, very immersive yet dissonant enough to keep you fully aware. It was actually improving to walk slowly throughout the room to hear and feel countless variations in the sound. Unforgettable.

And the winners are….

•July 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The draw took place yesterday, monday the 16th of July. My kids, Charlotte and Jules, took two names totally randomly out of one of Jules’ cap.

Congratulations guys ! You just won an approved test pressing and an unapproved test pressing (respectively) of Asva & Philippe Petit’s “Empires should burn…” LP !

Thanks you all for preordering the record and/or the CD. Packages will start shipping thuesday the 19th of July. Have a nice summer !

Preorders, contest and sales !

•June 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Asva and Philippe Petit “Empires should burn…” CD/LP and Maninkari “Continuum sonore” CD are now available for preorder on the Basses Frequences and Small Doses online shops ! Shipping date: July 16th.

To cellebrate the Asva with Philippe Petit release, anyone who preorders the vinyl (alone or as a CD/LP bundle) before July 15th will be entered to win a test pressing (2 from a total of 8, one from each label). Both labels will do a drawing at the end of the preorder period, the first name to be randomly pulled out of the hat will be our winner for an approved test pressing; the second name will win a rejected test pressing* (2 from a total of 8, one from each label).
Good luck then !

* Those rejected test pressings sound as good as the approved ones but by a mistake of the pressing plant, a short additional sound, not on the original master, as been added at the end of side A.

Also, Basses Frequences is offering a 50% discount on the whole mailorder catalog this summer ! Use code SUMMERSALE !

Have a nice summer !

Maninkari on Basses Frequences !

•June 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It kind of comes from out of nowhere, but I’ve been in touch with the french duo for more than a year now, talking and following the evolution of this special album they have created “for” me. The creative process has now come to an end and the album, called “Continuum Sonore” is ready to go to the pressing plant.

You’ll get in “Continuum Sonore” in well-known territories: deep alto with ethnic percussions. You’re in a Maninkari record, no doubts.
But that’s where the french duo will left the obviousness. After a handfull of critically acclaimed records on labels such as Conspiracy, Three:Four and Neuropa to name a few, Maninkari offered to Basses Frequences the chance to release something different: a drone album. If the band already used deep, continuous sounds in its previous works it never handle them with such extended, pure approach. They didn’t used drums nor percussions apart on the intro, but their usual kind of traditional instruments (cymbalom, alto, bodhran) and manipulated fields recordings, to create solar or nightmarish drones. The band totally reached its goal and offered us a majestic piece of drone that I’m really proud of.

CD digipack, edition of 300, out mid july.
Listen to a sample of part2 and part4