New Albums Out Soon:
Normal Bias six-cassette boxset (Ballast, US) – a more than 3.5-hour-long piece of “music” spread across twelve sides of analog tape, recorded to 4-track cassette for maximum hiss/mud impact… heavy stasis moving at geological time… with guest contributions from Ryan Huber and Todd Bowser.
Dawn Songs cassette (No Rent Records, US) – all sounds recorded and music composed between 4am and 7am, summer 2016.
Upcoming talk and performance:
… Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Miami Performance International Festival. Miami, FL.
1pm – artist talk: “Howard Stelzer: Cassette Music 1996 to 2016” at Miami Beach Regional Library.
9pm – performance (with Jason Crumer, City Medicine, more) at Churchill’s Pub.
New Album Out Now
The Case Against CD (Monotype Records, Poland)
Over the course of his new album’s five tracks (presented as a single piece in five parts), composer Howard Stelzer produces an evocative and highly visual piece of obliquely narrative sound theater sculpted from humble cassette tapes in the dead of a New England winter. The cover image of a desolate beached galleon (drawn by renowned comics artist Tony Millionaire) sets the tone for what follows: a steadily enveloping deep-water/deep-space dive into chilling depths/heights. From the gradually enveloping dread that rises from below in the album’s opening minutes to the full-spectrum melodic glory that returns listeners to solid ground an hour later, “The Case Against” is easily Stelzer’s most accessible and accomplished work to date.