Ars Moriendi

by Bastarda

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    Did you miss out on this recent, beautiful Bastarda vinyl release? All 3 official editions of the release are sold out as you can see...but we just realized that we had some of the beautifully pressed 180gr records left over, and I am making a series of uniquely special packages for them using modified, vintage record jackets.

    Each will come with the original large, double sided insert corner mounted on the back of the jacket for easy removal and inspection! Each also comes in a protective, outer poly sleeve as well.

    This listing is for the actual copy/copies that are pictured here...I'll be releasing these several at a time...every one handmade and original!

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  • Ars Moriendi "Kraft Board Jacket Version"
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    The beautiful “Kraft Jacket Edition” comes in an edition of 60 copies. Each of these comes in a black and gold, hand silkscreened, heavy weight recycled paper, Kraft board jacket, hand outlined in gold, and hand stamped on the spine and front. The back of each is variously hand stamped and numbered as well, and each also comes with the double sided insert, a vintage east European funeral photograph, the 180gm black record in sleeve...and possibly more!

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  • Ars Moriendi "Vintage Jacket Edition"
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    The “Vintage Jacket Edition”, of only 20 numbered copies, comes in the form of an original, vintage LP cover from the 50’s…each of which has been cautiously hand wiped away immediately upon printing the silk-screen design. The back of each of these jackets is covered in torn and reassembled 100 year old pages from a 90 year old book on the work of the obscure 15th century printer and illustrator Anton Sorg, and each of this small edition is stamped and numbered. Included in each of these is the 180gm record in poly lined sleeve, the large heavy weight double sided insert, a unique and original vintage east European funeral photograph, and as supplies last, a “Memorial Record” form.

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    The deluxe limited “Box Edition” version of 50 copies comes again in absurdly modified, 50+ year old, hinge lidded classical music boxes, as a few of our other recent vinyl releases have done as well. Each box is covered with the logo image hand silk-screened onto sheets of antique Japanese book cloth, and hand outlined in gold oil paint. The edge of each box is hand stamped and titled in gold ink as well. On the back of each box, or inside the box depending on our mood, is a signed and stamped, vintage “Memorial Record” form.

    The inside of the box covers are lined with copies of medieval wood block prints, printed on fine art paper, again “illuminated” in gold details. Attached by archival photo corners to each black poly lined sleeve that holds the 180gm black record is a large 11” square, distressed, double sided printed and numbered insert that has been “bloodied”, burnt and spattered with more gold. It includes the track titles and credits, and on the reverse side a full essay by Antonio Chemotti about the band and the inspiration for the music. Behind the sleeved vinyl is a 8” x 10” vellum envelope containing a large hand made gravestone rubbing combining words and details from a pilgrims cemetery in Santa Cruz, and our local Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland California. Tucked in this envelope is a vintage Novena prayer booklet holding 2 sticks of sanctified Catholic Church incense. Also included in each box is an empty, unique and original antique funeral home/mortuary matchbook cover, an old hand colored Catholic saint postcard, and a uniquely dark and original, vintage east European funeral photograph.

    All in all, this is one of our most labor intensive and dedicatedly appropriate packages yet!

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about

Bastarda are an instrumental Polish trio comprised of clarinet, contrabass clarinet and cello. Their new album, “Ars Moriendi”, released earlier this year in CD format, is a mysteriously minimalist take on certain liturgical compositions and their composers from the medieval ages. It’s time to light the incense, kneel and say your prayers to this appropriately darkly and at times intense soundtrack to the end of life.

We have ended up having three separate vinyl versions this time around…because we couldn’t help ourselves! All the covers feature the image by Polish artist Stachu Szumski, silkscreened in the San Francisco studio of Morrison Productions in black and gold.

All three physical vinyl versions can be found to the left, on this page...

“Music in mourning is like a tale out of time’. Thus state the Holy Scriptures (Ecclesiasticus 22:6), suggesting that we fall silent in the face of death. And yet, this biblical admonishment notwithstanding, the passing of medieval and early modern Christians was constantly accompanied by music, from their dying moments to the last rites over their graves. When a Christian felt he was about to die, he would seek the comfort of the Scriptures. He would read excerpts from the Passion of Christ, symbolised here by the chant Vita in ligno moritur [1]. In Commendatio animae, the soul of the dying man was entrusted to God.

Bastarda transfigures this ancient musical ritual: centuries-old chants are fragmented, and the ever-changing counterpoint of early polyphony implodes into minimalism. What is left, is a twenty-first century meditation on death. The ars moriendi, the art of dying well, instructed Christians how to face death and resist the last temptations of the devil. Bastarda’s Ars moriendi does not teach. It is a journey through the paradoxical emotions of the human being, suspended between desperation and hope.

After the rite, those who are left ask themselves ‘Who will give our eyes a fountain of tears?’ (Quis dabit oculis nostris fontem lacrimarum), remembering what is lost. Mourning marks the end, but Bastarda’s interpretation points also at a new beginning of peace and, finally, silence.”
(comments by Antonio Chemotti)

credits

released October 20, 2019

BASTARDA:

Paweł Szamburski - clarinet
Tomasz Pokrzywiński - cello
Michał Górczyński - contrabass clarinet

Special guest Olga Mysłowska - vocal (10)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Krzysztof Tonn, Maciej Staniecki at Tonn Studio
Cover drawing by Stachu Szumski
Package design by Colin Herrick and Maria Chenut
Screen Printing at Morrison Productions in San Francisco

Special thanks to our master of ceremony
Antonio Chemotti

Vinyl release by Time Released Sound 2019

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