Before they started publishing their music in 1972 - even before they were "The Residents" - the group created a number of 1/4" reel-to-reel tapes. The Warner Bros. Album was the group's first demo tape. They mailed it anonymously to Warner Brothers. The tape was returned with a rejection addressed to "Residents, 20 Sycamore St., San Francisco." This, of course, gave the group their name. Recorded in 1971, released in 2018.
“Constructed using synthesizer, piano, electronics, and voice, this soft-focus dream world is lush, evocative, and fleeting. It finds two composers tuning their respective styles inward as an ode to mutual inspiration, a celebration of the human spirit and its will to surrender to the currents of life.”
"Soundwalk Collective is the contemporary sonic arts platform of artist Stephan Crasneanscki and producer Simone Merli. Working with a rotating constellation of artists and musicians, they develop site- and context-specific sound projects through which to examine conceptual, literary or artistic themes, addressing ideas of memory, time, love and loss." This album features reworkings from an array of artists, including Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
Villa Manin, an exhibition centre in Friuli, Italy, commissioned the music for three movies of the avant-garde artist and filmmaker Man Ray. The album was inspired from “La Retour à la Raison” (1923), “Emak Bakia” (1926), and “L'etoile de Mer” (1928).
“The whole album is the audio equivalent to a visual mosaic. Each track consists of “crushed” (chopped up), fragments of original music and the spoken word—with no silences between tracks—to create the concept of wholeness or one track, like unto a visual mosaic, which is one image.”
+ PSA: For Freedoms, a US-based artist collective, teamed up with Iranian artists to create EYES ON IRAN, which opened on Nov 29, 2022. The artists activated New York’s FDR Four Freedoms State Park with a provocative multi-day and multi-media art installation facing the United Nations, timed for the U.N.’s initiative titled 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. + BONUS PSA: For Freedoms artist Autumn Breon offers you a secret, quiet place to dump all the racist, sexist shit you deal with.
“A collection of recordings from Floral Image featuring experimental originals and remixes which were created when the band could not be together. Similar to a game of Consequences, the idea of Tapes of Topology was for a band member to individually create a piece of music and then to pass it onto the next, which would be inspired by what came before, and to keep doing so until we saw a natural end.”
“"It's a godawful mess of misplayed piano garbage. Either that, or it's brilliant conceptual sound art! You decide!' When Buttress discovered that certain online mp3-to-midi converters create the vocal part out of weird atonal harmonics, turning pop into avant-garde at the touch of a button, of course her path was clear - shove a whole buncha pop into it and release it all as Compop 24.0: DadaMidiPop."