Mastered by Adi Flück at Centraldubs Bern. Edition of 125 in silk screened covers on beautiful vat paper with artwork by Simon Walter. Includes download code for WAV & mp3. Due to some unforeseen circumstances this one is pretty pricey. We’re sorry but also confident that you will really like this deluxe item once you hold it in your hands and give it a spin.
Recorded at Zurich’s Helsinki Klub, it’s a fragmentary snap shot, a rampant audio(visual) trip through Japan’s largest cities, that Bit-Tuner visited in spring 2013. The swiss producer captures these cities via field recordings to then transform the found sound into his characteristic dark beats and minimalistic sounds.
The latent humming of Osaka, rumbling old train cars, threatening sounds of police helicopters and ravens on their low flying rounds over the parks of Tokyo. These are the sounds Bit-Tuner elaborately stacks to a slowly and heavyly resonating sound counstruct. Doing this, he picks up a chapter of the emergence of electronic music and simultaneously demonstrates how organic the body of his music is, despite its absolute digital composition.
«The Japan Syndrome» pulls the listener through the gloomy alcoves of a country that seems to be well known to us. Still, Bit-Tuner creates the sinister feeling that arises when one stands at the deep cliffs between cultures.
In June 2013, Bit-Tuner recorded «The Japan Syndrome» live at Zurich’s Helsinki Klub, where he works on new material regularly within his residency. Accordingly, this album is influenced by a singular Swiss musical institution. The album’s live synthesizers and minimal beats give it an athmospheric denseness, that works just as well in a club at 3am, as also on the following early evening in the shaded bedroom.
The album «The Japan Syndrome» was mastered by Marcel Gschwend and will be released on October 23rd, 2013, as digital download via hulahoneys.net, and the label’s Bandcamp, Beatport, iTunes, etc. channels.
Bit-Tuner Soundtrack for the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection of RS HADER at Mode Suisse Edition IIII 2013
This track is part of “Counter Future – A Sound Exposure Vol. 3″ Released 18th May 2013 on Equinox Records, Berlin
The upcoming release “The China Syndrome” by Bit-Tuner is a premiere in two ways: First of all, it’s the first release on Hula Bytes and therefore sets a high standard for the future output.
Secondly, The China Syndrome is Bit-Tuner’s first live album: recorded in the intimate setting of the Helsinki Klub, Bit-Tuner unfolds a sound trip over almost 75 minutes – in his demanding style, he combines rhythmical elements with field recordings.
Equipped with a recorder, Bit-Tuner had gone hunting for sounds, rhythms and tones in distant China. Between the noisy cities of Beijing and Shanghai, he found well known and outlandish sounds: within the humming traffic, in parks and in backyards. Gas cookers in restaurants, old mopeds and squeaking bicycles in the narrow alleys, and people singing in the park.
Bit-Tuner layers the captured sounds one by one – many samples remain raw. He combines and loops fragments, scraps of conversations, rattling snap-shots of sound. Minimal beats are added upon and deep bass lines form the base. The billowing synthesizers are played live, phrase by phrase. Over the whole duration of the live-set, Bit-Tuner develops a irresistible gravity and leads us into a distant, but well known city.
Bit-Tuner: The China Syndrome
Release Feb. 8th, 2013 – more infos: http://www.hulahoneys.net