Corona Borealis

  1. The 11th of 16 tracks commissioned by Constellation for the Corona Borealis Longplay Singles series (2020/21). 100% of proceeds go to the artist.

    This digital single is PWYC on Bandcamp for one week upon release: 28 Jan 2020.

    blkrtz.bandcamp.com/

    Bandcamp digital sales of the artist's previous Constellation titles are also being passed through 100% to the artist until the end of 2020, as part of the label's pandemic support policy.

    Corona Borealis singles are released every Thursday in Oct-Nov 2020 and Jan-Feb 2021.

    Visit cstrecords.com for more info about the Corona Borealis singles series, our pandemic artist support policy, and special offers exclusive to the Constellation webshop (especially if you want to order 4 or more records from the label catalogue and/or are shipping to a destination outside North America).

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    CREDITS:
    Written and produced by Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat and Martin Bakero at Studio Chez Cherie in Berlin 2019.
    Additional guitar by PC Nakt.
    Includes a reading of Gabriela Mistral’s Pequeño mapa audible de Chile
    Video recorded by Scott Monteith in Chile December 2018
    Deadbeat published by Mute Song
    Martin Bakero published by SACEM

    ARTIST STATEMENT:
    Sueños de la Joya is an ongoing collaboration between Berlin based Canadian musician Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat and Paris based Chilean poet and sound artist Martin Bakero. While the first version was released as an album length collection of 4 long form compositions on Monteith’s BLKRTZ label in May 2020, this second version expands the project into the visual realm, re-editing the closing two sections and using them as a soundtrack to Monteith’s own film documentation of a road trip from Santiago to the beginning of the Atacama desert in December 2018. Including a reading of the poem Pequeño mapa audible de Chile by Gabriela Mistral in its second half, the piece continues their explorations of the country’s vast geographical and sociopolitical complexity. – Deadbeat & Martin Bakero

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  2. The 10th of 16 tracks commissioned by Constellation for the Corona Borealis Longplay Singles series (2020/21). 100% of proceeds go to the artist.

    This digital single is PWYC on Bandcamp for one week upon release: 21 Jan 2020.

    ericchenaux.bandcamp.com/

    Corona Borealis singles are released every Thursday in Oct-Nov 2020 and Jan-Feb 2021.

    Visit cstrecords.com for more info about the Corona Borealis singles series, our pandemic artist support policy, and special offers exclusive to the Constellation webshop (especially if you want to order 4 or more records from the label catalogue and/or are shipping to a destination outside North America).

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    CREDITS:
    Recording, mixing, electric guitar, bowed guitar, nylon-string guitar, various electronics, field-recordings: Eric Chenaux

    Video: Eric Cazdyn

    Dance: Angela Schubot

    ARTIST STATEMENTS:
    “3 Stars On Mountain of Doom” was recorded for Richard Youngs’ 50th Birthday (a limited edition of 1 compilation CD entitled 50 Years Of Youngs) curated by Madeleine Hynes. Most of this piece is a reflection upon Richard's Three Handed Star released on his No Fans label in 2008. I cannot count on this being true or not but I believe that he recorded it after acquiring a concertina or melodeon or some such thing, using the recording process to get to know the instrument. I have always had a fondness for this untethered reverie of his. The last section is an instrumental version of Mountain Of Doom, which Richard wrote and recorded with his son Sorely. The lyrics are fried and the song is an oddly touching and beautiful one - one of those songs that seems to just drop into the world without a hitch. Thank you Richard, Madeleine and Sorley for giving me an aberrant place to play around. – Eric Chenaux

    During these COVID days I keep thinking about Buster Keaton. Especially a scene in which he is leaning against a building, minding his own business. Soon, a cop appears to tell him to move along. He does, but at the moment he stops leaning against the building, the building collapses. Today, it is not just time that is out of joint (Hamlet), but space as well (Keaton). And the arbitrariness of both reminds us that there is no permanent state of things--no built and unbuilt, no forwards and backwards. Yes, there is a dominant capitalist logic today that informs reality and is desperate to orient us to its pathetic little desires. But this logic is not stable and can always come crashing down. Eric’s music reminds me that there is no fixed order of things. No natural progress. And when we subtract these false orientations, something clears so that we do not even notice that the whole video was shot in reverse and that the dancer’s every movement is backwards. Or, more to the point, it is not just that we do not notice these things, but that these things (forwards-backwards, movement-stillness) do not exist in the first place. – Eric Cazdyn

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  3. The 9th of 16 tracks commissioned by Constellation for the Corona Borealis Longplay Singles series (2020/21).

    This digital single is PWYC on Bandcamp for one week upon release: 14 Jan 2021.

    tgriffin.bandcamp.com/

    Corona Borealis singles are released every Thursday in Oct-Nov 2020 and Jan-Feb 2021.

    Visit cstrecords.com for more info about the Corona Borealis singles series, our pandemic artist support policy, and special offers exclusive to the Constellation webshop (especially if you want to order 4 or more records from the label catalogue and/or are shipping to a destination outside North America).

    Subscribe to our newsletter and get 20% off your first order.

    cstrecords.com/

    CREDITS:
    Directed by: Jill Magid
    Edited by: Hannah Buck
    Cinematography by: Jarred Alterman

    Music by T. Griffin

    Jason Ajemian: Bass
    Matana Roberts: Alto Saxophone
    Jim White: Drums
    T. Griffin: Banjo, Mexico City Field Recordings, Guitar, Synthesizers

    ARTIST STATEMENT:
    “The Smell of Wet Clay” is a collaboration with the conceptual artist, writer and filmmaker Jill Magid, and film editor Hannah Buck that stems from our work together on Jill’s 2018 film The Proposal. Constellation will be releasing the soundtrack album for The Proposal this summer.

    An extraordinary hybrid documentary, The Proposal follows Jill’s deep and sly artistic engagement with the work of architect Luis Barragán. I’ll let that film speak for itself when you seek it out (please do) but for now the important thing to know is that The Proposal is, in its way, a thriller, and a thriller has no time to pause.

    So, when the idea of making "The Smell of Wet Clay" for this Longplay series surfaced this summer, in the middle of a pandemic which has put everything on pause, it offered the chance to revisit a collaborative connection that was built in proximity and under pressure, this time at a distance, but with a new spirit of contemplation.

    The music itself was made in a tiny cabin I had rented on the Massachusetts coast this August while exiled from my Brooklyn studio due to a virus-cursed construction project. I couldn’t invite musicians to join me physically, but I had the original recording sessions for The Proposal, which were a loose and collaborative affair, to build from.

    Among those recordings were some spare, humid basic tracks I had made with Jim White on Drums, Jason Ajemian on Bass and Matana Roberts on saxophone that resonated both with the lovely footage that Jill and Hannah were sending me, and also with the weird state of solitude and dislocation that the Coronavirus has birthed. In deconstructing those tracks and rebuilding them to create the music for this project, I layered a choir of bowed banjo, electronics, field recordings and guitar over Jim, Jason and Matana, and in the process got to bring some collaborators that I love into that small cabin with me. – T. Griffin

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  4. The 8th of 16 tracks commissioned by Constellation for the Corona Borealis Longplay Singles series (2020/21). 100% of proceeds go to the artist.

    This digital single is PWYC on Bandcamp for one week upon release: 19 Nov 2020.

    jonivoid.bandcamp.com/

    Bandcamp digital sales of the artist's previous Constellation titles are also being passed through 100% to the artist until the end of 2020, as part of the label's pandemic support policy.

    Corona Borealis singles are released every Thursday in Oct-Nov 2020 and Jan-Feb 2021.

    Visit cstrecords.com for more info about the Corona Borealis singles series, our pandemic artist support policy, and special offers exclusive to the Constellation webshop (especially if you want to order 4 or more records from the label catalogue and/or are shipping to a destination outside North America).

    Subscribe to our newsletter and get 20% off your first order.

    cstrecords.com/

    CREDITS:
    Music by Joni Void + N NAO
    Flute by Eddie Wagner
    Video by Sonya Stefan

    ARTIST STATEMENT:
    “Je Vois / Non-Dit” consists of live recordings from two different Montréal concerts in 2019, reflecting several years of non-linear work and serving as a testament to collaboration. The music combines Joni Void + N NAO performing “Je Vois” at the Mise En Abyme album launch at Casa del Popolo on October 5th 2019 and “La Plus Belle Chose + Non-Dit” performed at Église St-Édouard on June 16th 2019 during the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival (with special guest Eddie Wagner on flute).

    Sonya Stefan's visuals consist of rehearsal recordings shot at the microcinéma La Lumière Collective for our 2019 MUTEK multi-media performance. The video combines our respective visual techniques and practices, consisting mostly of a 16mm projector light shining through water, glass, and color gels that is captured and replayed on a video-line. This creates a literal 'mise-en-abyme' through feedback.

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    Our story begins in 2016, when I witnessed N NAO (Naomie de Lorimier) recite a poem through effect pedals during an erotica-themed art event at Montréal loft venue La Plante. Despite it technically not being a "musical" set, it resonated with me deeply on that level and got me instantly curious about her own music and performances. I would shortly discover these had the same lasting effect – whether the sets were solo, duo or with a band, in a church, a packed house show or a barely attended venue. Longing for that same mesmerizing experience, I began booking her regularly for my own events and suggesting her for friends’ lineups.

    At the end of 2017, conceptualizing what would become Mise En Abyme, I figured it was the right time to muster the courage to ask Naomie if she would be interested in contributing a vocal-based piece for the album. We completed an extensive vocal recording session during my last night in an empty apartment, with a section that evolved into the collaborative track “Non-Dit” that appears on Mise En Abyme.

    During an Everyday Ago event in September 2018, I ended up with an a cappella soundboard recording of Naomie's set from one of my Everyday Ago events – which I used as a starting point, cutting four distinct loops of her “Je Vois” lyrics and running them through a series of effects. The resulting 'micro-remix' would serve as the opening music for almost all my solo performances over the next two years. We came full circle during the two live performances featured in this single, when we had the chance to perform “Je Vois” and “Non-Dit” together.

    In March 2020, we performed another collaborative set at Rocket Science Room at the final Everyday Ago show, only a week before lockdown was implemented. My only other performance since then was another collaborative show with N NAO at an outdoor event in September.

    Throughout the summer of 2020 we held sessions at La Lumière and in my home studio that resulted in four albums’ worth of collaborative material, as well as the development of N NAO’s 12” La Plus Belle Chose. This 12” will be released on Everyday Ago. Our first duo album Nature Morte, inspired by the style and sound of “Non-Dit”, came out earlier this fall on the French label Laaps Records. – Joni Void

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  5. The 7th of 16 tracks commissioned by Constellation for the Corona Borealis Longplay Singles series (2020/21). 100% of proceeds go to the artist.

    This digital single is PWYC on Bandcamp for one week upon release: 12 Nov 2020.

    joyfultalk.bandcamp.com/

    Bandcamp digital sales of the artist's previous Constellation titles are also being passed through 100% to the artist until the end of 2020, as part of the label's pandemic support policy.

    Corona Borealis singles are released every Thursday in Oct-Nov 2020 and Jan-Feb 2021.

    Visit cstrecords.com for more info about the Corona Borealis singles series, our pandemic artist support policy, and special offers exclusive to the Constellation webshop (especially if you want to order 4 or more records from the label catalogue and/or are shipping to a destination outside North America).

    Subscribe to our newsletter and get 20% off your first order.

    cstrecords.com/

    CREDITS:
    Music and video by JOYFULTALK

    ARTIST STATEMENT:
    “NEW BIOLOGY” is an extended improvised piece with a focus on the exploration of “free” electronics. For the past decade my practice has been working towards the construction of a portable electronic music system completely based on the principles of immediacy. I have tried to design a system where I can explore improvisations without ever being “cornered” by the system itself. A system that can be played and manipulated as easily as a guitar, saxophone, drums etc. I wanted to be able to play in time or with the absence of time to perform manipulations of stored sounds or constant recycling and reimagining of new sounds with no dead ends and only the limitation of creativity as an obstacle.

    The visual aspect of the piece works along the same lines of improvisation. It is a meditation in smudging, painting, glitching and pulsing analogue and digital strains into endless video streams of trans-configured consciousness. NEW BIOLOGY follows a loose narrative of moving from this physical manifestation of being to another. Bypassing linear time to be recast as something new. – JOYFULTALK

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Corona Borealis

Constellation Records PRO

The Corona Borealis Longplay Singles Series. 16 tracks commissioned by Constellation. Exclusive to Bandcamp and Vimeo. 100% of proceeds direct to the artists. PWYC during first week of release. cstrecords.com/coronoaborealis

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