LR070, LR071, LR072
Laraaji – All In One Peace
Unicorns in Paradise ’81 / Lotus Collage ’78 / Connecting with the Inner Healer Through Music ’83
3-CASSETTE SET & DIGITAL
LR070 runtime: 88min
LR071 runtime: 59min
LR072 runtime: 64min
*Gold-embossed Orange Gratitude Sleeve, written by Laraaji
*JCard art recreated from Laraaji self-released cassettes 1978-1983
Leaving Records is proud to present, with humble gratitude, three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environment of fresh, exploratory, experimental and healing sounds in which to dwell– these are the proper, entire experiences as intended by their creator.
1978’s Lotus Collage was recorded live in a Park Slope, Brooklyn living room during Laraaji’s busker years. The sounds consist of freestyle electric open tuned zither/harp, Ecstatic Rhythmic hammer percussion, and free flow open hand ethereal moods. This recording crucially predates Laraaji’s now mythological “discovery” by Brian Eno, and is significant as one of Laraaji’s first electric zither recordings. This early recording captures a youthfulLaraaji at the outset of his musical journey, still ripe for discovery, exploration, and transcendence. 1981’s Unicorns in Paradise was performed on electric keyboard Casiotone MT-70, and once again featuresLaraaji’s iconic zither in a flowing atmospheric improvisation. Laraaji describes its sonic environs as “an ideal habitat in another dimension of timelessness.” Many years later, this description holds true as its vibrant sounds inspire sensual reflections of the excited imagination. The final re-issue consists of two parts. Its first side,Trance Celestial, is a glowing, amorphous survey of muted and malleable electric sounds. Its uncharacteristically dark atmospheres nevertheless still paint a surreal atmosphere for self-reflection. Much beauty and inner-wisdom can be found in the depths of its inward trajectory. In contrast, the title track is a guided meditation full of light and optimism. Its spoken word segments and patient arrangements illustrate a constructive framework for enjoying the whole of Laraaji’s extensive catalog.
Originally, these releases were hand-made and dubbed to cassette by Laraaji himself. Of the process, he says “I felt like I was distributing artwork. As a matter of fact, for some of the cassettes I actually did some extra handwork on the label, doing a screen print or magic marker to add some color. So there was a sense of how to be an industry homemade artist direct-to-consumer feeling in the early years. People would ask for cassette tapes of an issue that I had not mass produced. So, now and then I’ll run into somebody who has a cassette tape… I’ll look at it and say, Oh Wow, hand-made label, J-card, and HEART.” Available on both cassette and digital, these re-issues offer Laraaji’s early music in both its original form and a form that did not exist at the time of its recording. Regarding this parallel, Laraaji reflects, “Having the music move in dimensions I didn’t predict… It feels like an extended blessing.”
Fowler, J., Unami, T., et al. (2015). Species pluralis [Audio Cassettes and LP Record]. United States: Leaving Records. 060, 063, 066, 069.
060(1):01–04, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 20-III-2015, Equinox
063(2):05–08, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 21-VI-2015, Solstice
066(3):09–12, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 23-IX-2015, Equinox
069(4):13–20, (40:24), 200 LP Records, 22-XII-2015, Solstice
“Species” definitions remain arbitrary, contentious, and vague. Ideally, species are similar groups of locally adapted organisms capable of actual or potential interbreeding; natural populations that share variable genotypic-phenotypic characteristics dependent upon anscestrality-descendrality and environmental conditions or resources. However, these idealizations may lack common unifying features and suspend when applied to asexually reproducing (micro-)organisms, cryptids, hybrids, or isolated yet compatible taxa. Such suspended idealizations occasion the philosophically varied “Species Problem”. For example, realism posits species as extant noumena, while (subjective) pragmatism proposes species as extant instrumental phenomena and nominalism deems species as inexistent phenomena. Pluralism submits eliminative, inter-descriptive, paraconsistent, or trivial definitions contra-yet-pro aforementioned monist approaches. Thereby and overall, any categorical onto-epistemic “species” is already continuous one-multiple or “species pluralis“.
Consequently, “speciesism” or “human supremacism” and associated animal-rights and bioconservatist arguments suspend from skeptical-trivial “species pluralis“. If “species pluralis” is indeterminate, indifferent, and unstable in-the-last-instance, then exclusion-inclusion of non-human “species pluralis” actions, decisions, or intentions through anthropocentric Philosophies of Difference stands undecidable. For example, following naive-monist conceptions of species, animal-rights activists and vegans may protest animal experimentation or consumption based upon treatments with varied moral philosophies, but perform hetero-sentio-centric instrumentalism against immanently amoral and “insentient” autotrophic and heterotrophic (non-)organisms for “sentient” heterotrophs. All the same, such differential nescience of “species pluralis” for “species” suspends from ‘human microbiome’ and correlated ‘sorites paradox’.
[If Homo sapiens (Linnaeus, 1758) may be indeterminate, indifferent, and unstable from Achromobacter spp., Acinetobacter spp., Actinomyces spp., Aeromonas spp., Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Klinger, 1912), Alcaligenes faecalis Castellani and Chalmers 1919, Anaerobiospirillum spp., Bacillus spp., Bacteroides spp., Bifidobacterium spp., Burkholderia cepacia complex (Palleroni and Holmes 1981) Yabuuchi et al. 1993, Campylobacter spp., Candida spp., Capnocytophaga spp., Cardiobacterium spp., Chlamydia trachomatis (Busacca 1935) Rake 1957 emend. Everett et al. 1999, Chlamydophila pneumoniae comb. nov., Clostridium spp., Corynebacterium spp., Demodex brevis Akbukatova, 1963, Demodex folliculorum Simon, 1842, Enterobacter cloacae (Jordan 1890) Hormaeche and Edwards 1960, Enterococcus spp., Epidermophyton floccosum (Harz) Langeron and Miloch., Escherichia coli (Migula 1895) Castellani and Chalmers 1919, Eubacterium spp., Flavobacterium spp., Fusobacterium necrophorum (Flügge 1886) Moore and Holdeman 1969, Gardnerella vaginalis (Gardner and Dukes 1955) Greenwood and Pickett 1980, Haemophilus spp., Kingella spp., Lactobacillus spp., Leptotrichia buccalis Trevisan 1879, Malassezia spp., Methanobrevibacter smithii Balch and Wolfe 1981, Microbacterium spp., Micrococcus spp., Mobiluncus spp., Moraxella spp., Morganella morganii Winslow (Winslow et al. 1919) Brenner et al. 1978, Mycobacteria spp., Mycoplasma spp., Neisseria spp., Peptococcus spp., Peptostreptococcus spp., Plesiomonas shigelloides corrig. (Bader 1954) Habs and Schubert 1962, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Coykendall et al. 1980) Shah and Collins 1988, Propionibacterium spp., Providencia spp., Pseudomonas spp., Ruminococcus spp., Sarcina spp., Staphylococcus spp., Trichophyton spp., Veillonella spp., Vibrio spp., Yersinia enterocolitica (Schleifstein and Coleman 1939), etc., then no more “species” than “species pluralis“.]
Species pluralis asks: What are Trans-species Soundscapes? (Non-)Hypothesis: If species-species pluralis, then no more species than species pluralis; then no more species than non-species; then no more species pluralis than non-species pluralis. Performance-research proceeds according to suspended concepts and methods, i.e. “Species Problem” and Ecology-Music. Materials include compositions and samples of indifferent anthropic-biophonic-geophonic sounds, such as musical instruments, natural objects, and audio recordings (for-from) one-multiple “species pluralis“. Pseudo-replicated praxis results in non-directional listening untethered from “anthro-hetero-sentio-centric” ends. Alternative-neutral-null discussions may investigate topics including, but not limited to Art-Science, Bio-Eco-Natural Horror, Conservation Biocontrol, etc.
White Magic – I’m Hiding My Nightingale
10″ VINYL $12.00
total runtime: 16min
10” vinyl w. lyrics art insert
ltd 300 cassettes w. “Chameleon” OCard + insert
cover art: Astral Eyes & Mira Billotte
White Magic is artist, vocalist, pianist, percussionist and composer Mira Billotte. Performing with accompaniment or solo with hand drum, shruti box, and an array of a cappella songs, White Magic has a wide range of sound, from loud psychedelia to meditative trance, the focus is on the voice with folk, soul and mystic music at its roots.
Title track is a cover of “I’m Hiding My Nightingale” by The Inner Space, which features Ariel Pink on electric guitar.
Special thanks to dublab, Jake Viator, Ariel Pink, Rune Kielsgaard, Nis Bysted, Lars Rex, James Astral Eyes, Matthewdavid, Diva Dompe, Rachel Pony Cassells, Marcel Mindlin, Stones Throw Records, Bukka White the cat and the Dahlia Echo cat colony, In Memorium Orange Guy.
Fowler, J., Unami, T., et al. (21-June, 2015). Species pluralis [Audio Cassette]. United States: Leaving Records. 063(2):05–08
Ltd. 100 Chrome Plus Cassettes in Recycled Chipboard O-Cards
Graphic design by D/P/I
Screen-printing by HIT+RUN
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(2012) 168:1161–1171; -22.0 db; 33.794914, -80.754698; (7:06); 844503000262, 9781606730263; Antrostomus vociferus Wilson, 1812; C9H10ClN5O2; Hephaestus parmitera Parmiter, 1973; KD; LD50; XII-2012
140516347X; -16.0 db; (1979) 4: 177–222; 1/f noise; 2.718281828; (3:00); 978087893318; Bombus spp.; C21H20Cl2O3; Conopidae; Musca domestica L., 1758; Oestridae; Syrphidae; Tachinidae; “…”; […]
060(1):01–04, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 20-III-2015, Equinox; 063(2):05–08, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 21-VI-2015, Solstice; 066(3):09–12, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 23-IX-2015, Equinox; 069(4):13–20, (40:24), 200 LP Records, 22-XII-2015, Solstice; …