Zephyrus

by Squim

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OESB-11
Released August 2007

Squim, a.k.a. Chris Phillips, is an obsessive recordist living in Portland, Oregon. In the 90's he was very active in the underground mail art and tape trading scene - running the "Circle X" label out of Salt Lake City and releasing several well received cassettes on the Bobby J. label. This album will be his debut on the vinyl format and was chosen as being the standout from among a half dozen other unreleased albums of recent recordings. On Zephyrus, Squim blends repeating melodic motifs with his meticulously collaged noise/dronescapes. This is a limited edition release of 350 copies - each cover is a unique color monoprint hand printed by Squim and spraymounted, back covers are a photocopy paste-on.

more about the album Zephyrus - in Squim's own words:

"lets see, recorded most of it in the spring of 2003... it's constructed from a combination of field recordings and 'studio sessions' where i would bounce the tracks, pan them, speed them up, slow them down and add filters and reverb. they were also run through a feedback loop in the mixer with various effects on a first-generation korg kaos pad. for instruments i played an electric guitar, a harmony acoustic guitar, a casio cz-101 and a casio sk1.

for the field recordings I used a minidisk (that fell apart during the sessions) with a stereo mic... a fisher price tape recorder, and a hand held tape recorder... while doing the studio sessions i would also record what I was playing on the tape decks then later position them around the room for playback... i would ping pong these sounds back and forth several times. I was also experimenting with the feedback that occurred from layering the same sound over itself multiple times.

during the recording i was reading a lot of weird sci-fi, horror and ghost stories. particularly Algernon Blackwood, Clark Ashton Smith, Arthur Machen, M.R. James and William Hope Hodgson. these influenced me to try and capture a sense of cosmic dread contrasted by everyday surroundings. "Trial by Cobra" and "Doppelganger" are references to 'The Blind Owl', a Persian novel by Sadegh Hedayat."

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released August 1, 2007

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