Tuesday, December 13, 2011

[DFN019] Raven "Killing Fields" OUT NOW



Up-and-comer Raven hits us with an impromptu MC40 (on an MC60) of anti-fascist harsh noise.

$5 for one microcassette. Comes with custom stickers & four-panel insert.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Sunday, November 27, 2011

[DFN018] Eoforwine "Black Box" OUT NOW



Ambient sound for fans of the Kristian Day and Marax albums I've released previously. 'nuff said.

One MC30 microcassette. Comes with two-panel insert and custom stickers.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

[DFN017] Anonymous Guise Guys "Monophonic Research" OUT NOW



Who are the Anonymous Guise Guys? Well, obviously that's not for you to know. All you need to know is, they're a pair improv artists who make crazy experimental sounds through mail collaboration. For this release, each artist recorded a solo session on microcassette, then used that microcassette in another session, themn mailed that session to the other artists to be used in the other artist's third session, and vice-versa. One side is minimally altered, the other buried in a thrid session's sound, both concluding with positive remarks on the concept of microcassette multi-tracking.

$5 for one MC30 microcassette. First fifty-nine copies have a custom label in place of an insert and nothing else. Later copies will probably be printed paper copies of the labels.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Thursday, October 13, 2011

[DFN016] Marax "Terror Shroud" OUT NOW



A full hour of dark ambient drones the likes of which Dictafawn has never seen before. Unsettling, eeries, yet somehow beautiful.

$5 for one MC60. Comes with three-panel insert and custom stickers.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

[DFN015] Extreme Chafing / Sirotek "split" OUT NOW



Dictafawn's first split release! Extreme Chafing, the "harsh noise freedom" project of the same force behind Hair On My Food Tapes label, presents a half hour moving wall on one side. Then on the flip side, Russian artist Sirotek dishes out three tracks of industrialized harsh noise.

$5 for one MC60. Comes with three-panel insert & custom stickers.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Saturday, September 17, 2011

[DFN014] Kristian Day "Greenwood Park" OUT NOW



Kristian Day is an independent filmmaker whose work in experimental music has been relatively unknown up to this point, which is really a shame because this is some of the best stuff I've ever put on a microcassette. Inspired early on by the works of artists such as Boyd Rice and Merzbow, Day built his own DIY equiptment as a teen and has been recording film soundtracks and the like for ten years, though only recently has he begun to release his work. And I'm very proud to be one of the first labels to do so. Expect eerie, ethereal ambient sounds with clear echoes of Day's work with film soundtracks. Highly reccommended.

$5 for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with custom stickers & three-panel insert. First twelve[+?] copies printed on high quality green cardstock.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

[DFN013] Rejet "metaphysique" OUT NOW



Relative newcomer Rejet, who released the "le culte du néant" CD-R on Smell The Stench earlier this year, hits Dictafawn with three long compositions of ghostly, wall-like harsh noise in the hour-long microcassette "metaphysique." Nuanced yet saturated with 'monolithic' cacophony signature to Rejet's style.

$5 for one MC60. Come with two-panel insert and custom stickers.

*Note the first few copies have slightly smaller stickers on them than standard Dictafawn releases, so apologies in advance.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Thursday, August 25, 2011

[DFN012] Placenta Lyposuction "Wrath of the Womb" OUT NOW



The same man behind the excellent drone/dark ambient project Taklamakan proves he can also dish out some punishing noise walls in the form of Placenta Lyposuction. Two half-hour HNWs from Croatia, in a classical HNW style.

$5 ppd for one MC60 microcassette. Comes with custom labels & 3-panel insert.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[DFN011] zz "i, gorgon (2011)" OUT NOW



Experimental noise artist ZZ returns to Dictafawn with another half-hour composition. This time, he remasters the previous version of his work I, Gorgon for the microcassette format, adding and subtracting to form a notably different entity. Expect ominous yet mournful distorted voices, emergency broadcast signals and glitchy ehoes of ennui.

$5 ppd for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with custom labels and 2-panel insert.

First 20[+/-?] copies also come with a custom sleeve, with "zz" wax seal done by the man himself!

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Sunday, July 31, 2011

[DFN010] Unholy Analog Noise Machine "Pandora" OUT NOW


No stranger to the noise scene, UxAxNx hits us again with a cavalcade of harsh synth sounds. Based in part on the Borderlands video game, "Pandora" is a short but sweet journey through industrial soundscapes and fragments of unnerving samples from the game. Cover art was borrowed from the legendary Stephen Gammell.

$5 for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with custom label & 3-panel insert.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

[DFN009] Abortus Fever (self-titled) OUT NOW


This self-titled release is a single-sided M60 of scratching and spacey harsh noise, with great artwork! AF was even nice enough to provide a short preview of the >25-minute composition:


$5 for one single-sided MC60 microcassette. Comes with custom label & 2-panel insert.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Monday, June 6, 2011

[DFN008] Zenith "Ragnarok" OUT NOW



The OG of VCRHNW returns with two fresh attempts at epic, blackened noise walls; definitely made for 1.2 speed. The setup here is far different from ealier works, relying more on keyboard-generated noise and less on the standard VHS-based tech of Zenith's namesake. With influence from Burzum and Norwegian mythology in general, Ragnarok signifies a coming storm; a harbringer to a much larger event...

$5 for one MC60 microcassette. Comes with custom labels & 2-panel insert.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Thursday, May 26, 2011

[DFN007] zz "the signs that we missed" OUT NOW



For those of you who've heard zz's exceptional opening track on the similarly excellent "Music To Fuck To" compilation (pigdurt productions), or are fimiliar with his own label Witch Sermon, chances are you'll dig his output in this release as well. Two long tracks with distinctive movements within, like a musical score, following a roughly improvisational noise aesthetic. Baby monitors used as theremins and sparse percussion can be heard throughout drones of unidentifiable conversations from beyond and then some.

$5 for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with 2-panel inset & custom labels.

Order via anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

[DFN006] Fear Konstruktor "Secret Spaces" OUT NOW



Four track demo of experimental industrial from Russia! As per NIkita's previous releases, the artwork is excellent. The sounds? Hard to explain. Like... an ancient synth possessed by Aboriginal spirits in the middle of an abandoned factory. Real nice stuff to listen to.

Note: The first few copies of this release had some major spelling errors, which have been identified on small, additional inserts included with such copies. Future copies will have corrected artwork, though for now, the correct insert can be found here:


$5 for one MC30 (about 20-21 minutes of acutal material). Comes with three-panel insert and custom labels.

Contact at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Paypal is accepted, but please confirm your order, mailing address & paypal handle/email BEFORE sending any money.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

[DFN005] Unicorngun "The Last Robot on Earth" OUT NOW



Experimental up-and-comer Unicorngun creates a breathtaking half-hour of guitar drones and ambient noises generated from the eponymous cyborg, who I can only assume is dying and went out with a bang when it found out it was going to be recorded on a format that predated it's existence by a ludicrous number of years. Unicorngun has previous experience with the microcassette format in his highly reccomended folk project The Pasty Proletariat, as well as experimenting with other diverse mediums like VHS tape, as well as organizing the databending noise compilation "Dò+µ•¿‘+È∫W«." All in 2011 alone. One of my favorite releases to produce to date.

$5 for one single-sided MC60. Comes with lush four-panel insert with photography by Unicorngun himself, and a custom label.

Please email at anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com for further details. Please provide mailing address BEFORE sending order.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

[DFN004] Vomir (untitled) OUT NOW



Thirty minutes of superb crushing noise walls from this prolific French artist, on his first ever microcassette release. If you know his work, you know what you're in for: droning, deep, deindividualized. No actual cover art for this release, as each copy comes with a single-edged razor blade in a customized sheath.

$5 ppd for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with razor blade insert and custom tape labels.

Order via anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

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Details are scarce at this time, but there will also be a special mystery release coming soon to a select few customers, likely the first x-amount of orders. The artist has specified his name to not be released until the work is sent, and there will be a limited amount of releases as per his request. Just know that "for some of you," and I quote, "it'll be a blast from the pASSt..."


EDIT: All copies of said secret release are gone.



Monday, May 16, 2011

[DFN003] Gigant "Ave Imperator, Morituri Te Salutant" OUT NOW




Dark cascades of distorted torment await you in this release by Serbian HNW artist Gigant. This is Dictafawn's first release based off of a direct-to-microcassette master tape, as Gigant provides some lo-fi noise walls that actually sound akin to power electronics in some parts. I have no idea what the title translates into: maybe, "buy this so I can eat bacon" ???

$5 ppd for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with 2-panel insert and custom tape labels.

Order via anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Monday, May 2, 2011

[DFN002] Richard Kamerman "I stayed in the apartment for thirty-two days without leaving" OUT NOW



Near-wall noise and random intermissions are the bread and butter of this release by Richard Kamerman. Previously appearing on Bored Bear's Silence = Death queer noise compilation, this release jumps ahead and continues the excerpt from an apparently much larger track of unpredictable glitch noise.

$5 ppd for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with 3-panel insert and custom tape labels.

Order via anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

[DFN001] The Uh... "Thank you for letting us take a dump on your bubblegum noise scene" OUT NOW

First ever release on Dictafawn!



S.P.I.N.-affiliated noise unit The Uh... presents a cacophonous half hour of measured chaos. There's a rumor that c.u.m. came in after Varg and recorded himself playing the banjo with Euronymous' vokill chords, saving that nasty little recording for nearly twenty years to use exclusively for this release. Could it be true?... probably not, but worth a listen regardless, if Gacy's artwork didn't already tip you off.

$5 ppd for one MC30 microcassette. Comes with 2-panel insert and custom tape labels.

Order via anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Friday, April 29, 2011

Label Discography

- [DFN001] The Uh..., Thank you for letting us take a dump on your bubblegum noise scene, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN002] Richard Kamerman, I stayed in the apartment for thirty-two days without leaving, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN003] Gigant, Ave Imperator, Morituri Te Salutant, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN004] Vomir, (untitled), MC30, 2011.
- [DFNWTF] ???, ???, MC??, 2011. (secret release)*
*Dick Move, Grim and Nekro PeniSSucking, MC00, 2011.
- [DFN005] Unicorngun, The Last Robot on Earth, single-sided MC60, 2011.
- [DFN006] Fear Konstruktor, Secret Spaces, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN007] zz, the signs that we missed, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN008] Zenith, Ragnarok, MC60, 2011.
- [DFN009] Abortus Fever, Abortus Fever, single-sided MC60, 2011.
- [DFN010] Unholy Analog Noise Machine, Pandora, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN011] zz, i, gorgon (2011), MC30, 2011.
- [DFN012] Placenta Lyposuction, Wrath of the Womb, MC60, 2011.
- [DFN013] Rejet, metaphysique, MC60, 2011.
- [DFN014] Kristian Day, Greenwood Park, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN015] Extreme Chafing / Sirotek, split, MC60, 2011.
- [DFN016] Marax, Terror Shroud, MC60, 2011.
- [DFN017] Anonymous Guise Guys, Monophonic Research, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN018] Eoforwine, Black Box, MC30, 2011.
- [DFN019] Raven, Killing Fields, MC40* (*on MC60), 2011.
- [DFN020] Carl Kruger, Wild Music III, MC30, 2012.
- [DFN021] Sindre Bjerga, Possibly False, MC60, 2012.
- [DFN022] Churner, Monowall, MC30, 2012.
- [DFN023] Mansfield Deathtrap Rerecordings, untitled, MC60, 2012.




Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Templates

This is a template for a microcassette j-card insert with 3 panels:http://www.mediafire.com/i/?f6igyd18bxdi5c4

This is a template for a microcassette j-card insert with 4 panels:

http://www.mediafire.com/i/?rurdti4crbgli2l

Personally, I would not go over 4 panels with normal printer/copier paper (15-20lb.) because the insert becomes too thick and the case doesn't close all the way.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Submission Guidelines (no longer applicable) & Label History

THE SKINNY:

-Dictafawn is an underground music/noise label that releases microcassettes (which are awesome).

-Dictafawn accepts all genres and styles.
-I will try my best to produce a high fidelity transfer of your release, but given limitations of the format and of my equiptment, the final product will sound different from the original no matter what.
-I accept masters in microcassette, regular tape, mp3, wav and aiff. No FLACs please.
-Don't send masters in stereo sound. MONO MASTERS ONLY.
-Releases will be unlimited so long as I can afford the materials to produce them (unless the artist prefers a limitation)
-Inserts/j-cards will only be printed in black & [insert color of paper here], though specific visual appearance can be negotiated.
-You are responsible for pitching your release to me; I will NOT follow up on your progress or your proposal of your release unless it's already well into development. If you want to release something, get me your masters/art and I'll ladly update you as soon as I can for any relevant updates; it is YOUR responsiblity to see that I get those files, in your best interest to have your work released.

-Contact at
anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com
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Dictafawn is an underground music/noise label producing releases exclusively in the microcassette format, with a potential internet archive page for discontinued or net-only releases in the future.

First of all, Dictafawn will do it's best to produce a product that looks and sounds professional, given the limitations of the format. Dictafawn is also dedicated to matching the artist's intended aesthetic(s) as closely as possible, and as such I expect submissions to reflect an adequate amount of effort and a reasonable sense of satisfaction on the artist's part in releasing his/her material on my label. Due to the increasing scarcity and costliness of microcassettes, it wouldn't make sense to keep on producing the same lackluster passive cutup curiousities as is the apparent tendency of many noise artists today.

Please only submit original works for the label, or re-releases of discontinued or exceptionally rare works (preferably updated or altered from the original in some way, though I'll do my best to work within the artist's visions). If I scratch your back, please scratch mine.

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A NOTE ON AVAILABILITY, LIMITATION AND TIME LIMITS:

Frankly, microcassettes are getting more and more expensive, and less and less common. I'm always hunting for deals and I can't always find a product consistent in quality or even space. Thus, unless the artist specifies a limitation, I will likely make copies based on demand, unlimited, until either the artist would like to upload his/her work for free or I run out of the appropriate materials for the release.

In regards to the comment on space, I can ONLY do 30 minute or 60 minute microcassettes. Please keep this in mind when sending in a master.


When recording under a specific time limit, please keep recordings down to the alloted time for each side minus a few. For example, if you want to release a 30 minute microcassette and don't want any of your material cut off by accident, please keep each side no more than fifteen minutes apiece. This ensures I can cue up the master so nothing is lost on the copy.

I can record in two speeds: 2.4 and 1.2. The standard is 2.4 though if the artist choses (and if there is enough capacity) I can record a release in 1.2. In essence, 1.2 doubles the time capacity of a microcassette, but the  dynamic range is less than a 2.4 recording.
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GENERAL DIRECTIONS:

Dictafawn accepts and
encourages a variety of genres: noise, experimental, black metal, folk, hip-hop, post rock, pop... if I like it and/or you put your honest effort into it, chances are I won't turn it down. Of course, don't expect to become the next Justin Beiber using this label as a launchpad. This is a place for independents, for home tapers, for people with a genuine interest in the underutilized microcassette format.
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ARTWORK:

If you plan on making your own artwork or even packaging, please let me know. I can provide a digital template for a standard microcassette insert and up to three additional panels (think of how compact cassettes sometimes have multi-paneled j-cards for additonal info). If this isn't necessary, then please send artwork electronically, either by email, photobucket or a file-sharing service,
in print ready form.

Basically, print ready means I can print it off my computer without it looking like shit (unless you want it to look like shit). Technically, this means images should be
300 dpi minimum resolution. I can only accept JPG files; if you need to transfer a gif or other format to jpg, there's several free websites that should allow you to do so.

Please leave room for me to add relevant label information, or I'll dictate to you via email what to type. Otherwise I can type or add text/pictures myself; in which case, please tell me the font(s) you used.
There's only three colors I print in: black, gray, and whatever color the paper is. I mention grays because your artwork doesn't have to be threshold i.e. midtones are okay.If you want a certain color paper, I'll do my best to find what you're looking for. If you can provide the materials yourself, see me for further info.

I can make art for your release aswell, if you're so inclined, but this will slow down the process.

All Dictafawn releases, unless otherwise noted, will have custom stickers applied to the actual microcassette tape, bearing the name of the artist, release, the Dictafawn logo and/or any other relevant information. The labels will be plain black-on-white text to save money, though I could use non-printing mateials to color them i.e. markers, crayons, blood, etc.
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SOUND QUALITY REQUIREMENTS:

Dictafawn accepts master recordings in the following formats:

-Microcassette
-compact cassette ("regular" tape)
-CD/CD-R/CD-RW
-WAV
-AIFF
-MP3
Mono sounds ONLY: do NOT send recordings in stereo or recordings with stereo effects (panning, etc.) as one of the two channels will be lost when recording to the mono microcassette format.

I do NOT accept FLAC.

Microcassette and tape masters will be directly transferred to microcassette copies.


CDs and all digital files will be copied to my computer with a second master disc burned at 20x speed.

While microcassettes are inherently lo-fidelity, covering roughly the human vocal range, I do my best to retain high fidelity recordings with the advent of a direct box and a low-voltage power source for master players.
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YOUR INFORMATION:

With some exceptions, again pending the artist's vision, I will require minimal, general info for each release. Namely,
-Artist/band name
-Name of release
-Nationality
-A brief description of your sounds/genres
-Web address/Website (if applicable)
-Date(s)/year(s) recorded (NOT when released)
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ON THE DICTAFAWN NAME & LOGO:

The Dictafawn name was coined by Irish noise artist Bipolar Joe.

Because this is bound to come up, the [current] Dictafawn logo uses the Futura typeface (in homage to a later Dictaphone company logo) and a cropped public domain clipart image from FunDraw.com (http://www.fundraw.com/clipart/clip-art/3661/Fawn---Line-Drawing/).
According to the site,

"This drawing is public domain artwork or was derived from public domain artwork, and to the best of our knowledge and research, there are no copyright restrictions on usage."

Thus, Dictafawn is not in violation of any copyright infringement in regards to it's current logo... not that anyone would want to sue a label that'll likely lose less money than it makes.

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Please make out any questions, comments, concerns and/or inquiries to:

anotherarbitraryalias@gmail.com

Best regards,

-My Lovely Figment