The Blind Deaf Stone

by Orla Wren

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    This is the listing for the very limited CD version in an edition of just 100 copies. In a lovely 4 panel digipak, featuring vintage photos of fellow animals of bygone days.

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  • Limited Edition double 10" lathe cut record version
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    This is the listing for the very special deluxe edition of only 55 copies. It comes in the form of a double, 10” lathe cut record version, in modified, recycled 10” kraftboard, gatefold jackets. On the front and back of each of these heavyweight jackets are mounted uniquely different, 100 year old, beautifully printed duotone photographs from a German book cataloguing the obviously much admired farm animals of the day…sheep, hogs, cattle and horses of various breeds. The cover and spine of each is hand stamped. On both sides of the inside of each jacket are hand holed sheets of quite rare, multicolored, mid century hand screenprinted Spanish cork wallpapers, each copy different. Strung by thread and hanging from the inside is a vintage views of “Beautiful Scotland” tobacco card. Also included in each is a uniquely different, antique 7”x9” floral print, which is self printed on the back with the album credit info, hand stamped and numbered, and has attached to it a singularly lovely, 1930’s pastoral photo from the British Isles. Within each copy, both of the two meticulously hand cut, 10”, clear lathe cut records come in heavyweight, vintage 78rpm record style, chipboard inner sleeves. Each record has high quality printed label as well. Finally, each of these fat, heavy, elegant creatures comes in a custom, tight fitting outer poly sleeve.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Blind Deaf Stone via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Our first release of year 2021 sees the return of much beloved English musician Orla Wren. Recorded in, inspired and infused by his home in the wilds of the Scottish countryside, his first album in 5 years is entitled “The Blind Deaf Stone”, and is a paean to a certain pastoralism, and to the life of this somewhat secluded artist. What makes this record of particular interest is that it was made entirely with one monophonic synthesizer, an analog study in radical reductionism!

The four longform tracks are distinct excursions into a personal landscape of organic and broken melodic meanderings…the slapping spokes of a bicycle ridden through the tall grass, the swish of the walking stick, the buzz of the fly on the manure and the mysteriously subtle drone like chattering and burbling of the deepest countryside. Plaintive…melancholic…beatific…this is the loveliest of soundtracks to a simple life well lived away from the maddening crowd, and without regret.

As with most TRS releases, TRS096 is available in two distinct physical versions. This first very special edition of only 57 copies comes in the form of a double, 10” lathe cut record version, in modified, recycled 10” kraftboard, gatefold jackets. On the front and back of each of these heavyweight jackets are mounted uniquely different, 100 year old, beautifully printed duotone photographs of obviously much admired farm animals of the day…sheep, hogs, cattle and horses of various breeds. The cover and spine of each is hand stamped. On both sides of the inside of each jacket are hand holed sheets of quite rare, mid century Spanish cork wallpapers, each copy different. Strung by thread and hanging from the inside is a vintage “Views of Scotland” tobacco cards. Included in each is a uniquely different, antique 8”x10” floral print, which is self printed on the back with the credit info, hand stamped and numbered, and has an attached to it a singularly lovely, 1930’s pastoral photo from the British Isles. Within each copy, both of the two meticulously hand cut, 10”, clear lathe cut records come in heavyweight, vintage 78rpm record style, chipboard inner sleeves. Each record had a high quality printed label as well. Finally, each of these fat, heavy, elegant creatures comes in a custom, tight fitting outer poly sleeve.

Lathe cut records by Bladud Flies in Wales, UK.

There is also a very limited CD version in an edition of just 100 copies. In a lovely 4 panel digipak, featuring vintage photos of fellow animals long gone. Of course it is also available digitally to those that prefer it so.

credits

released January 10, 2021

Tui - monophonic synthesizer, Zoom H1 recorder with Audiotalaia binaural mics, software and processing.

Artwork/design by Colin Herrick.

Thanks to Colin and Maria at Time Released Sound, and to Michael at Bladud Flies.
A very special thank you to Gill.

Time Released Sound 2020

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Time Released Sound, founded in 2011, is a lovingly hand made, limited edition release music label that is as much an art project as it is a musical outlet. Focusing on modern classical, ambient electronic and electroacoustic sounds, we produce visuals and packaging that are as uniquely beautiful as the music itself.

Time Sensitive Materials is our new sister label.
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