continuum I – reissue
As blogged by the official Continuum myspace page:
We’re bowing to popular demand and releasing a second edition of 1000 copies of the first Continuum CD. This pressing will bring it in line with the second Continuum CD, which was issued in an edition of 2000 copies.
Multi-talented and eclectic musician Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield) and internationally renowned experimental artist Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning) have joined together to bring you Continuum: A multi-layered synonym for their collective ambition and vision, motivated by their immense passion for a wide-range of musical styles. Continuum 1 is the first in a series of limited edition albums being produced for Soleilmoon Recordings.
Each CD is presented in a beautiful oversized digipack with breathtaking design and artwork by Lasse Hoile. The first release, naturally titled “Volume 1″, encapsulates both artist’s love for desolate, minimal music, and features three 20 minute pieces of richly melancholic textural music. It’s a CD that will be appreciated by fans of microscopic ambient music, and the start of a project that will unleash Continuum’s willful vision of music that transcends the barriers of genre and style. 1000 copies were pressed in 2005, but sold out in a matter of weeks, so following the 2000 copies of Continuum II (and a pirate edition of Continuum 1 released in Czech Republic), another 1000 copies of the first CD are being issued.
A new edition of Bass Communion’s Dronework CD EP is now available from Headphone Dust. This 20 minute drone piece was originally issued as an on demand CDR, and it’s now available as a full factory pressed CD in a beautiful Japanese style mini LP card sleeve, with brand new Carl Glover designed artwork.
Also finally in stock after some manufacturing delays is the reissue of the first Continuum CD.
The new Bass Communion CD “Molotov and Haze” is issued by Important Records on Tuesday, and Headphone Dust will have it on sale for £8 from next week (no pre-ordering this time, but note that this release is not limited). The CD comes in a beautiful Carl Glover designed gatefold mini-LP jacket. The companion vinyl release Bass Communion / Pig “Live in Mexico City” has unfortunately been delayed due to production issues, and will now be released later in the summer – more news on that when we have it. Also in stock at Headphone Dust from next week will be the repress of the first Continuum album (Continuum being the collaboration between SW and Dirk Serries of Fear Falls Burning / VidnaObmana).
Please note that although Pacific Codex by Bass Communion is limited and has sold out from this site, it is still currently easily available at very reasonable prices from both Solielmoon and Beta-Lactam Ring in the US. Certainly noone should be paying over the odds for it on eBay at this stage. Also news from Soleilmoon is that the first Continuum CD will be repressed shortly – originally limited to 1,000 copies, another 1,000 will be repressed to bring it in line with the edition of 2,000 pressed of Continuum II (of which only a handful remain).
Having been on the road for almost the entirety of 2007, Steven is now busy in the studio working on 2 brand new albums. One of these is his first ever song based solo project, something which will reveal a darker musical side of SW not hitherto heard in any of his other projects. The solo album is a work in progress with no set release date, but material is coming thick and fast, so a release sometime towards the end of this year seems likely.
Also well underway and expected to be issued in May is the first album by No-Man in 5 years. It’s current working title is “Schoolyard Ghosts”. You can find more information on the no-man MySpace page.
Other new releases in the pipeline include the much delayed release of Bass Communion’s “Pacific Codex” box set, as well as a repress of the 2 CD version of “Ghosts on Magnetic Tape”, both in February. Meanwhile the 2008 edition of Porcupine Tree’s “Lightbulb Sun” album is expected in April as a CD/DVDA double disc set, and another new PT related release should be available from March on the band’s Transmission mail order imprint (details on the PT site soon).
Finally, due to demand Soleilmoon will press another 1,000 copies of the first album by Continuum, SW’s collaboration with Dirk Serries, bringing it up to par with the 2,000 copy edition of Continuum II. Scheduled for June release. Meanwhile after the first Continuum album was successfully reconstructed by Dirk himself on the Continuum Recyclings Volume One double LP, a highly talented and known musician from the experimental underground will recycle Continuum II for another double LP. More news on this soon – in the meantime check out the Continuum MySpace page for audio samples and updates.
Due to the increasing demand for Continuum 1 and the continuing risk of being bootlegged, Soleilmoon Recordings will run another 1000 copies of the first Continuum album. Bringing it up to par with the 2000 copies edition of Continuum 2. Scheduled for release in June 2008.
Meanwhile plans are being made for a 2nd Continuum Recyclings as well, Steven Wilson and Dirk Serries were able to attract a highly talented musician to recycle Continuum 2. More on this when the recordings draw near completion.
The second (and final) pressing of Continuum II is now in stock at Headphone Dust Mail Order. The CD comes in a beautiful oversized digipack with 3 postcards, all designed by Lasse Hoile.
Available to order now from Headphone Dust Mail Order.
Continuum represents a multi-layered synonym for the collective ambition and vision of Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield), motivated by their immense passion for a wide-range of musical styles. Continuum II is the second release in a series of limited edition albums being issued by Soleilmoon Recordings. Each CD is presented in a beautiful oversized digipack with breathtaking design and artwork by Lasse Hoile.
“Continuum 1″, the first release, captured both artists’ love of desolate, minimal music, and featured three 20 minute pieces of richly melancholic textural music. It sold out within a few weeks of its release, and was subsequently pirated in the Czech Republic. Fast-forward two years, and Serries and Wilson are back with Continuum 2. The new album again has three long pieces, but breaks from its predecessor by enriching its electronic soundscapes with a variety of crushing electric guitars. The album defies easy categorization as it willfully and relentlessly crosses boundaries and genres, breaking every rule it meets and tearing down fences and expections along the way. Is it ambient? Is it metal? It is neither, and yet, it is both. But it’s so much more. Think of a Sci-Fi horror film shot on the surface of an abandoned, ghost-ridden planet, or the soundtrack to a slow motion apocalypse in which all life is extinguished beneath rock, dust and convulsing earth.
Continuum II is released on 16th July (please refer to the mail order page for information on shipping) in a limited edition of 2,000 copies in a tall DVD style digipack with a set of postcards.