WC-005 Elodie Lauten "Transform EP" is out now! WC-006 is headed for mastering and pressing soon. Release party in Brooklyn for WC-006 to be announced in early 2015...
Elodie Lauten "Transform EP"
Wilde Calm Records is honored to present new work from the late Elodie Lauten, New York City composer and recipient of the 2014 Robert Rauschenberg Award. Lauten had been exploring microtonality and alternative temperament since working on a Fairlight CMI synthesizer in the early 1980s and up until her untimely death, had been continuing these explorations with the Klio, her custom modular Reaktor software synthesizer.
Many Wilde Calm fans will be familiar with Lauten’s music from her numerous collaborations with fellow downtown luminary Arthur Russell. Lauten and Russell met through their mutual poet friend Allen Ginsberg and shared a similar sensibility of musical openness and possibility as evident in their spiritual club classic “In the Light of the Miracle” and Russell’s appearance on Lauten’s seminal post- minimalist masterwork The Death of Don Juan
Five remastered selections from her most recent album Transform
feature on the EP in addition to a Wilde Calm remix. For fans of Laurie Spiegel and Suzanne Ciani, Lauten’s synth explorations are essential.
Edition of 500 vinyl copies
First 100 copies printed on deluxe Stumptown White/Kraft Duplex jackets
Liner notes by Jayson Greene
Artwork by Joshua Gurrie
Design by Kimmy Laposky
Hand-stamped and numbered with love
Vinyl in stores early November
Digital album to follow
It's with a heavy heart that we share this WNYC show about the life and music of composer Elodie Lauten who passed away earlier this week. Elodie and Wilde Calm had been working on two releases over the last few years. The first release will come out next month on 12" vinyl. Elodie was excited to extend the (much deserved) reach of her music by releasing on Wilde Calm.
The White Light series has always been a Wilde Calm favorite because guest DJs are encouraged to create mixes that go beyond what they might normally play at a gig and/or songs that they listen to after a night out. Neoteric and Matty C, the head honchos over at White Light, have put together a stellar mix to celebrate five years of guest mixes (Pocketknife contributed a mix for White Light 80).
Many of the tracks in the White Light 100 Mix are available for download including an exclusive Pocketknife rework from the upcoming Tambourine Dream 2
release. Here's what the White Light dudes had to say:
“It’s taken over 5 years to get to this point, but the ride has been smooth. What’s a road trip without a good co-pilot though? We have to sincerely thank each and every artist that has committed their time, and a little bit of their soul to the series. We initially had a plan to call it quits at the hundredth mix if we could get Cut Copy to deliver a mix like those that so inspired us to turn this idea into sound. We’re not ready to pull over, however. In fact, we want to keep driving deeper into space. These mood pieces, we hope, are timeless and there are still a great many heroes to contribute, and thousands of records as yet unplayed that need to be shared. Now what is the story of this mix? Well, it’s just music to make you feel. Many of the tracks used are from The Centennial Collection, an album of tracks and edits submitted by past guests of the series, which can be acquired on the website. Huge thanks to all artists who contributed tracks and mixes, and to you, for joining us on this journey!”