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Fluorescent Grey

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Bio

In 2001 after a prolonged psychedelic binge, Martin had a profound revelation. He became enthralled with the provocative – and no doubt, controversial – hypothesis that ancient Tibetan Buddhist mushroom cults controlled the world, acting as a shadow government in collaboration with freemasons, the illuminati, and the DEA (the Drug “Engineering” Agency). He also became convinced that Warp Records had a hand in the conspiracy as well, sending Ata of Sote out to spy on Robbie and report on his musical achievements. Martin’s proclamation of these theories led many to people to believe that Robbie was insane (which he almost certainly was).
The zenith of his psychotic break from reality, fluorescent grey performed a live concert at a large rave at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on. As the performance reached its climax, he overturned two large, cumbersome turntables, dumping the expensive equipment onto the audience, destroying them. This prompted the security guards to eject him from the venue, prohibiting him from ever playing at any corporate organized San Francisco rave in the future (a wise idea on their part).

 

A stint in a psychiatric hospital and a long period of musical writer’s block prompted a hiatus that was to last for over two years.

 

Coming out of this dark and chaotic time fluorescent grey labored on his first (well technically 4th if you count the early noise releases) full length Cd, “Lying on the floor mingling with god in a tijuana motel room near a veterinary supply store.”

 

Long after the Iraq war started and after the first hostage beheading video was released, Robbie teamed up once again with Ben Vanderford. Ben had the idea of putting up homemade fake hostage beheading video and putting it on Kaza and Soulseek to see if people would believe it. They theorized that since the media was guarding their sources, people would be forced to download the real beheading video from the internet to find it. Robbie quickly obliged and directed Ben from behind the camera to pretend like he was under duress and subsequently act like he was being beheaded with a vegetable knife. 3 months later Robbie awoke to a phone call from his mother saying “quick turn on the news, Ben is on TV”. Within hours the fake beheading video had circulated the entire world news circuit thanks to the bumbling Associated Press, who without any fact checking at all, decided that the video was 100% genuine. Even Geraldo (who has a porno star mustache) chimed in on the incident scoffing “if I met these men in real life I would like to give them a good ass kicking”.

 

Robbie later appeared on an ABC 20/20 special , BBC news, the French newspaper La Figaro and in this very fair SF chronicle article recounting the event.
This taught Robbie a very important lesson about the internet, that file sharing networks are extremely powerful and integral to the spread of information in the global community.

 

Using similar techniques Robbie followed up by releasing his own music over soulseek under the guise of the newest Autechre album Untitled, tricking many of Autechre’s fans into thinking his own music was by the great electronic act. This caused Sean Booth to comment about his hoax in an interview where he claimed Robbie’s priorities were “clearly fucked”.

 

Robbie released his 2nd electronic full length album titled ‘Gaseous Opal Orbs’ on Dec 1st 2007. It is the next inevitable step in the evolution of rhythmic sonic density.
 
Most recently Robbie has released a throwback album to his childhood titled ‘Drinking TAB and sucking on a battery’, limited to 50 copies on CD and also availible digitally on itunes and boomkat. Also 2 free albums were released in 2008, Improvised Electronic Music & Molten Ghost (a re-release of an album from 1997) both are availible on this website.

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Fluorescent Grey – Lying On The Floor…

  • 1. Crackly Shell

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  • 2. Purple Gears with Green Bolts of Electricity

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  • 3. Grinding Particles

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  • 4. Cobweb Cave (pt 1 of 3)

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  • 5. Drawer Full of Booster Seasts (pt 2 of 3)

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  • 6. Indian Classical Beat Sliced and Sauteed (pt 3 of 3)

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  • 7. I Am a Photograph of My Old Driveway, The Edges of the Photograph Are Made of Cartoon Cow’s Teeth

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  • 8. A Peruvian Shaman Sits Down to Make IDM On His Laptop

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  • 9. Melting Fiber-Optic Necklace

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  • 10. Liquefied Break-dancing

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  • 11. Study For Live Drums and Piano Quantization (pompous academic generic experimental title)

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It’s a sonic brain dump, a vomitous mass of noise and rhythm and appropriated cultural melodies. You either listen to it or you ignore it; it functions either way. The longer you let Lying On The Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store play, the more you appreciate the cleverness of Martin’s choice of name. Fluorescent Grey is the un-choice (you know, neither black nor white) intruding itself upon your consciousness. By virtue of cont …


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Fluorescent Grey – Gaseous Opal Orbs

  • 1. Chrono-Synclastic Infundibulum

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  • 2. Ayhuascaro Empyreal

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  • 3. Teleological Attractor

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  • 4. Physically Modelled Theme For Children

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  • 5. Palette Swap Dub [With Laurie A.K.]

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  • 6. Molten Ghost

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  • 7. Celtic K-Hole

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  • 8. Fibrous Emerald Tendrils

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  • 9. Are You Aware Of The Pink Light Emenating From Your Naval?

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Step into a maze of found sounds, world rythms, organic beats derived from fruit, vegetables, physically modelling and beyond. A new dancefloor booty shaker that blurs the line between sidreal and real. Gaseous Opal Orbs is an unclassifable experiment in sonic density and the next logical progression in musical machinery for Fluorescent Grey.


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Fluorescent Grey – Drinking TAB and Sucking on a Battery

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  • 2. Peapod Larry

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  • 3. Sool Chades

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  • 4. Ciami Meach Car Base

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  • 5. Back2FourTwo

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  • 6. Ermac’s Stage

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  • 7. Play as Reptile in Mk1 ( Hold D + HK + BLK )

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  • 8. Play as Kintaro in Mk2 ( Hold U + Strt + HK + HP )

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  • 9. Memoirs of a Prince of Darkness

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  • 10. Electronic Body Music Pt 1 (live 4_15_08)

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  • 11. Electronic Body Music Pt 2 (live 4_15_08)

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  • 12. Play as Johnny Cage in Mk3 ( Hold 1p Strt + D + 2p Strt on Graveyard stage under his gravestone )

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  • 13. Freeway Ricky Ross

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Collected songs that were being performed at Fluorescent Grey live shows from 2007-2008. Extremely uncharacteristic style for Fluorescent Grey, a 180 from Gaseous Opal Orbs. Bringing together all of Robbie’s favorite musical moments from the 1980s Flourishs of Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, Mortal Kombat FM synthesis arcade music, Harold Faltermeyer, Lee Perry, The Time, Front 242, and Pre-metal Ministry are peppered across the album.Limited edition of 50 copies on purple/purp …


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Fluorescent Grey – Molten Ghost

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  • 57. Bonus Track 1 – bUNNY

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  • 58. Bonus Track 2 – halloween sax

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  • 59. Bonus Track 3 – asssss

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  • 60. Bonus Track 4 – wvee

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  • 61. Bonus Track 5 – bouncy thang

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  • 62. Bonus Track 6 – synthetic feedbackery

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  • 63. Bonus Track 7 – we hear the warning they are coming

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  • 64. Bonus Track 8 – everything gets quiet

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  • 65. Bonus Track 9 – vashna

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  • 66. Bonus Track 10 – whitenoise

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  • 67. Bonus Track 11 – wierd ass

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  • 68. Bonus Track 12 – bababa

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  • 69. Bonus Track 13 – BUZZMEASS

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  • 70. Bonus Track 14 – ———

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58 track LP + 14 track never released EP This was my to be my debut electronic album, previous to this i did about 2-3 noise/experimental releases that were mostly improvised and made in a very quick period of time. Molten Ghost was an LP in the works for over 3 years. Started in 1995 and eventually completed in 1998. Due to external and unforseen circumstances Record Label Records had a lapse of 3 years right upon Molten Ghost’s completion, and it was never officially released. …

Fluorescent Grey – Improvised Electronic Music

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  • 39. Mortal Kombat Acid

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  • 41. Drum Machine D&B

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During the latter part of June 2007 I decided to experiment with making electronic songs without a computer. I was always intrigued by the idea of simple improvising with an TR808, TB303, and TR909 but not so excited about the sounds they made. I had been collecting drum machines over the years but never really used them beyond recording bits into the computer and mangling the crap out of them, or triggering clips via MIDI whilst sequencing them in Cubase. Using the computer only as a recording device, I would start the recording to force myself to keep moving forward with the beat structure, layers and melody. Starting with an empty 16 step pattern, I would slowly build up a song template but never stop the clock to evaluate it. Once I had made something that I was satisfied with, I would immediately modify or progress the pattern to the next part. I would take comfort in the knowledge that it had been recorded, and this method eliminated any need to save the part on the drum machine itself. After recordings had piled up I would begin to edit them together. Typically around 30 minutes of raw improvised material would be distilled into a 5 minute song, and care was taken to preserve the natural progression of the original jam. The continuity was maintained by sequencing the parts in the same order that they had been played during the free form session. The only overdubbing or post production effects on these recordings occur when a new raw recording fades in at the end of track. Some jam sessions became three or four tracks, whereas others were narrowed down to just one.

This two week jam session was made entirely at the same tempo of 171 bpm, so the idea struck me to experiment with an auto mash up system to listen to the tracks. Although my scheme required the ability to play two tracks at the same time, I wanted it to be easily accomplished, not a chore that would alienate a casual audience. Most audio players only let you open up one instance of the program at a time, but luckily in Winamp I found a player that allowed for multiple instances to open and run simultaneously. Utilizing Winamps lack of a standard two second gap on shuffle mode allowed for the tracks to play in a seamless and random fashion and always remain on beat. With two Winamps running concurrently on shuffle you will hear over 12,227 mashup combinations. No matter which order they are played in, the rhythm will always be synchronized all of the songs are perfectly loops and precisely timed to progress into one another seamlessly. (scroll down to the bottom of this page for step by step instructions on how to achieve this)”

– Robbie / fluorescent grey

equipment used:
elektron monomachine (master clock)


midi slaved to monomachine:
jomox xbase09 analog drum machine sequencer



yamaha dx200 fm synth step sequencer



elektron machinedrum uw mkII


simmons Sds6 step sequencer



korg electribe ESX1



doepfer maq/16 analog sequencer



nanoloop v1 with gameboy color



midi out from korg electribe & doepfer maq/16 tracks 1 & 2:
doepfer, blacet, plan B, and motm analog modular synthesizer system



trigger out from simmons sds6:
vermona drm1 drum synthesizer unit



all audio sent to
Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Mixer
Aux Sends of Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Mixer sent to sampler input of Korg Electribe ESX1

WINAMP mashup instruction

1) download newest version of winamp free

2) after installing, open winamp, go to preferences, on the main preference screen check the box ‘allow multiple instances’



3) close both, then click on the winamp icon twice until two instances are running
4) now go into preferences, go to ‘hotkeys’ , click ‘enable’ then assign for ‘play’ the hotkey ‘J’
5) on the other winamp do the same thing in the hotkeys but assign for ‘play’ the hotkey ‘K’
6) load up these mp3s in both winamps, both instances set on shuffle mode
7) Hit J + K at the same time, it might take 4-5 tries to get the mp3s synced perfectly (since it is inhumanly possible to hit two keys at the exact same time)
8) You will now be enjoying a seamless playlist of 12,227 + electronic music mashups
9) This only works for Parts 1 & 2 of the series (tracks 1-38)



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Fluorescent Grey – Ambiente

  • 1. Disc1: Acoustic Barber Pole

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  • 2. Disc1: Orange Wash

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  • 3. Disc1: Glass Highway w/Brian English

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  • 4. Disc1: Smearing Tones

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  • 5. Disc1: Vapourware

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  • 6. Disc1: Bird’s Nest

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  • 7. Disc1: Splatterbient

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  • 8. Disc1: Jeweled Flora

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  • 9. Disc1: Ambiente

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  • 10. Disc1: Grand Piano Wind Chime Machine

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  • 11. Disc1: Piezo Electric Swarm

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  • 12. Disc1: Literal Elevator Music

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  • 13. Disc1: Sorcerers w/ DJynnx

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  • 14. Disc1: Ice Berg Marimba

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  • 15. Disc2: Droid Moon

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  • 16. Disc2: Red Gliders / Cloud Cave

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  • 17. Disc2: Skitter Eskalith

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  • 18. Disc2: Carousel

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  • 19. Disc2: Flute Neutrino w/ Black Fuhrer

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  • 20. Disc2: Incidental Chorus

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  • 21. Disc2: Raspberry Armonica

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  • 22. Disc2: Uncanny Valley

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  • 23. Disc2: Dragger Zamak

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  • 24. Disc2: Nectarine Nightmare 2

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  • 25. Disc2: The Fog w/ Benjamin Vanderford

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  • 26. Disc2: Glow Worms Hailing w/ Steven Frenda & Mike Dunkley

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  • 29. Disc2: Ambient Arab Spring

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  • 30. Disc2: Physmod Pt 1

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  • 31. Disc2: Animatronic Stockhausen

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  • 33. Disc2: Canyon Ritual

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  • 34. Disc2: Fireworks Prelude To Landscapes Of A Poisoned Future

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  • 35. Disc3: Are You Pregnant Fly? Or You Have Died

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  • 36. Disc3: Templar Sulfur Pool

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  • 37. Disc3: Virtual Black Mass

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  • 38. Disc3: Eirual

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  • 39. Disc3: Static Pipes

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  • 40. Disc3: Greydropped

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  • 41. Disc3: Farewell Arp2600

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  • 42. Disc3: Yoshi’s Ambient 2 w/ Steven Frenda

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  • 45. Disc3: Ritual At The Super Volcano

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  • 46. Disc3: Coon VS Coon

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  • 47. Disc3: Ritual At Oscar Grant Plaza

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Ambiente 3 X CD in a custom made wooden box with sliding lid. Includes 20+ art cards with original photography, drawings and paintings by Abby and Robbie Martin. This is strictly limited to 100 copies. An extra limited edition comes with an original painting by Abby Martin, only 10 have been produced. You can choose which painting you would like out of the ones that are still availible. Important: when you place an order for the special limited edition with painting please state in your order notes which painting you want (identified by #).
Update: All paintings have been sold, sorry for all of those waiting to order one they sold very quickly.
but we do have about 20 of the normal edition box left as of 2/1/13.

All sounds by Robbie Martin w/ guests: Steven Frenda, Djynxx, Sean Dimentia, Ben Vanderford, Laurie Kirchner, Brian English, Mike Dunkley & Unknown Alien Species

Disc 1: The Harmoniums Reside in the Caverns of Mercury : 2005-2008 15 Tracks, 68:14
Disc 2: Uncanny Valley : 2009-2011 25 Tracks, 79:35
Disc 3: Ritual at the Super Volcano : 2012 13 Tracks, 79:39

Early Reviews:

“Taken as a whole, one might be overwhelmed by the textured data sparks emitted from this sound sculptor—broken layers of electronics and microscopic mutations of ambience all tend to converge. Disc #1, while buried in fuzzy analog-to-digital sheets, tends to break the ice quite literally; its cold slivers of detail feel disjointed and oddly therapeutic. Atmospheric pressure balanced with a few chilled beats ease the blow to the brain. ” Read More

Limited edition of 10 original paintings by Abby Martin which includes regular edition ie: 3xcd + box + art cards



35 art cards contained inside normal limited edition of 100 with wooden box



Preview of only Disc 1 & 2


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Fluorescent Grey – Antique Electronic/Synthesizer Greats Pt 2

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update: 11/16/13: All tape binders on our end have been sold out, the rest of our tape binders have been sent to UK. We will provide purchasing details of the last few remaining binders shortly

A first time collaboration with Acroplane Records out of the UK! ‘Antique Electronic/Synthesizer Greats 1955-1984 Pt 1’ made quite a splash two years ago. After a long wait we not only get a Pt 2, but also a Pt 3 two months later as free downloadable LPs.

This time we’re also presenting a physical version, the first cassette on RecordLabelRecords and first physical release for Acroplane.

Pt 3 cassette will be availible to order immediatly along with Pt 2 cassette either in a bundled discounted pair, individually, or in a special limited edition of 10 in a classic tape binder with extra new artwork by Justin Bergstrom.
note: Part 3 will not be availible on any format besides cassette until the end of the year.
The cassettes are a transclucent purple and blue stock. The tape binders also include square cards of the web album art.

Pt 2 is availible to stream/download *now* for free in mp3/flac/wave formats

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Shipments of binders, bundles and individual purchases of Pt 2 or Pt 3 start going out this Monday, November 11th

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