Auris-Apothecary

William Basinski - Shortwavemusic [Auris Apothecary; 2013]

Pleasantries first: Auris Apothecary and Cerberus entered the world the same day in the same year. I consider this no coincidence, for we are all particles connected to one another by hippie bullshit that doesn’t matter in the end because we’re all screwed up. AA transmits that and we report it. And for more than a decade, William Basinski has had to be swallowed by the same damning press all because his masterwork happened to find its completion as the twin towers of the World Trade Center sadly crumbled on the same day. Irony isn’t always fun , but AA’s twisted smirks and Basinski’s fragile compositions can make it so.Shortwavemusic’s latest reissue (of many from the 1982 composition) came in the midst of New Year’s in the guise of a ¼-inch tape on a 7-inch reel. Without purpose, I hunted eBay to find a working reel-to-reel player for which to listen. I read, I studied, and I coveted. And here it is a pile of tape on the floor after heart and soul has been poured into such a centerpiece. But music isn’t for show, it’s for hearing. But AA does not heed such consequences, for it embraces both (always for the better). They knew what a clumsy but adventurous shell would do armed with 7-inches of reel. I’m sure many have framed and hung theirs by the chimney with care, but I sledgehammered it down to obtain the precious and put it through its paces. And it sounds good–oh so good. I’ve wrapped myself like a mummy in its discards, trying to contemplate where AA begins, Basinski takes over, and Cerberus ends. It all comes out too Donnie Darko for my tastes, so I try to ignore the coincidences. I try to focus on what each of us does and in that, I find solace. Shortwavemusic is an empowering piece, triumphant in a time where shows of aggression or talking loudest win fights. AA and Basinski take no such course. We shall oblige.

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BLACK MASS XXIV - 09.19.13 - Locrian

Bloomington, IN

Review: Little Orpheus and the Rogue Lyons

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By Sonam Parikh

A few weeks ago, we received a very interesting package from Auris Apothecary, a one-of-a-kind label based out of Bloomington, IN that focuses on unusual and innovative design and delivery of its fairly limited catalog. According to them, “We exist because fuck you.” Now that’s a sentiment we at GET BENT! can get behind.

Within the cardboard box was a package of limited edition Hot Pockets. Unfortunately, the contents of the box were not Hot Pockets but something even better! It turned out to be a cassette tape wrapped in vinyl. We felt bad for breaking the vinyl to get to the tape, but apparently the vinyl is supposed to be broken–it serves to tell us that we are the first people to ever touch the tape. Kind of cool, no? We grabbed the tape (7th Grade is a Drag, and yes, the lead singer was actually in 7th grade at the time)and went on a drive to listen to it. Little Orpheus and the Rogue Lyons are fantastic. A mix of psychdelic garage and some plucky funk, the sound is intensely catchy, and I found myself quite bereft after realizing there were only two songs to listen to. While the music was released in November of 2006, the tape was released in January of 2011, and it turns out two of the members of this band (Doug and Rachel) are now in MMOSS!

DREKKA’s BEST OF 2015

For the month of January, we will be posting some of our favourite releases of 2015, in chronological order…

JANUARY 2015

v/a - “Centum” (Auris Apothecary)

More than simply a release… more like an artifact…

“Auris Apothecary’s 100th release, issued as 8GB microSD cards contained inside 300ml glass bottles with the destroyed remains of all 99 previous releases.

This track is 100 seconds of each release overlaid on top of each other, forming a distinctly dense composition of abrasive atmosphere.”

To see the massive 618 tracklist… (yes, 618 tracks!)…
http://www.discogs.com/Various-Centum/release/6512284


Unholy Triforce
Sandin’ Yr Vagina
Auris Apothecary

Black version of cassette filled with black sand wrapped in black emery paper with wax seal. Cassettes sealed with Scotch tape. Produced in an edition of 99: 9 unfilled, and 30 each filled with black, white and brown sand. 

hilarious art antics http://www.thewire.co.uk/themire/2011/10/analog-alchemy-auris-apothecary-and-the-anti-cassette

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Sitar Outreach Ministry
Spring Of 1970
Auris Apothecary

Cassette and sunflower seeds swaddled in dried sunflower leaf. Auris Apothecary describe it thus: “Eco-friendly brown paper sleeves with three color inkjet printing, inside sunflower leaf wrap tied with twine. Miniature manila envelope with black printing containing one black and one white magical sunflower seed. Tapes labelled from factory with "1970” on spine.“

DREKKA’s BEST OF 2015

For the month of January, we will be posting some of our favourite releases of 2015, in chronological order…

AUGUST 2015

ARIADNE - “Tsalal” (Auris Apothecary)

Ben and Christina’s previous project, Pantree Owl, is a bit of a legendary cult favorite here in Bloomington… and after moving around the country for a few years, the couple have released the first album by Ariadne… a multi-media exploration of the sadness of the sacred and the worship of the glitch

danteaugustusscarlatti.bandcamp.com
AAX-076 : Ameritheism, by Dante Augustus Scarlatti

13 track album

On the one hand, it’s really annoying to be bombarded with anti-American posts on Facebook and Tumblr all day when you’re just trying to enjoy the holiday, but on the other, this is some pretty good anti-nationalist/-patriot music from a local artist that was just released. I own another one of his albums (Worship at the Throne of the Oscillator, drone/noise) and he’s definitely not a boring listen. Give it a listen and download it. Physical copies soon.

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Unholy Triforce
Sandin’ Yr Vagina
Auris Apothecary

First in a series of posts on Indiana-based label Auris Apothecary. Read a blog post on the label here

Black version of cassette filled with black sand wrapped in black emery paper with wax seal. Cassettes sealed with Scotch tape. Produced in an edition of 99: 9 unfilled, and 30 each filled with black, white and brown sand.