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YEAST CULTURE - Shit on a Shingle

Format: 3 x MC-album / object
Label & Cat.Number: Petri Supply SOAS
Release Year: 2013
Note: unreleased studio recordings from 1991 => obscure re-workings of older tape-material, fastened found-sounds, an amalgam of beautiful (noisy) weirdness... ultra handmade cover art in the typical PETRI SUPPLY style: three tapes mounted on a cedar sheet, with 12 p booklet of collages, texts, etc.. all screenprinted & sticked together in an incredible way! Lim. 100 - we got the last copies
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"Shit-on-a-Shingle. Originally produced February 1991 as untitled studio working tapes over two hours in length. Unlike the Yeast Culture vinyl that's out there (earlier records predating these sessions), this material is free form studio experimentation with a whole lot of odd tapes of all kinds what we recorded during 1987-early 91. The sounds are from the earliest years, done much in a collective experimental spirit with no precise goal. The mixdown glues these together in a way that's a pastiche of primitive recordings, mostly at playback speeds unlike the original material. Sounds vary from an almost power electronics intensity in parts to progressing collages with tinny rhythms, or tiny voices and background electronics. It's the juxtaposition of the different styles that forms the abstraction.
None of these long tracks have been released before now. These tapes are a good sample of the wackiness or intensity of Incubator circa 1990, during the time that we had the retail shop and mail order operating on a daily basis. The 7" single by Yeast Culture in the Circusirus compilation was made originally from these same tapes by several levels of extreme processing Roughly 2.5 hours of studio material here, had been reduced to merely 4 minutes of compressed sound in Circusirus. Now the full expanded sounds may be heard here. Mastered 2013." [label info]


"One of the more mysterious 'bands' around is Yeast Culture and come to think of it, the label they run, Petri Supply, is likewise mysterious. When connected, in the late 80s, to a shop and mail order called Incubator, up North West in Seattle, they were most prolific, but later on releases got more sparse and sometimes band and label seemed to have disappeared. The release of a Hands To LP took about ten years to be complete, but turned out to be a great art-ifact: a totally wild package of many layers of silkscreen on card board and on the record itself. With the release of these tapes by Yeast Culture, nothing much changed. Still there is loads and loads of screen printing used in this 7" package that holds no 7" but close to two and half hours of music on three cassettes, all housed in another great package. The 7" originally intended to be part of this was released in 1996 as part of 'Circusirus', but then extremely layered and condensed. This release has all of the music from the original project, which is an overview of the early years, 1987-1991, remastered earlier this year. All of the sounds here come from multiple sources and are played at the same time, in various speed configurations, thus building a very close knitted sound pattern. It has it's roots in noise music, surely, but these manipulations are all created on ancient reel-to-reel machines; ancient even by the time of the creating. It adds a nice layer of electro-acoustic history to it, but remains also firmly in the land of noise. A steady stream of sounds passes the listener by, and it's hard to say what is what. There are sound sources used from Bakra Bata (steeldrums on one side), Kapotte Muziek and Dada Action Group, but you have to know if you want to spot them. There is perhaps a sense of naivety about these recordings: we have no clue what we are doing but see us, we are doing it. Thus capturing the spirit of independently released music of the late 80s. Not locked into strict power electronics, but aware of the historical precedents of musique concrete, but not yet with the full notion to work them into real compositions. And sometimes Yeast Culture pulls back gear and is more quiet, more spacious and who knows even psychedelic, in a vacant industrial lot somewhere. it's two hours of some great old music and you can stare at this totally crazy package. Some 130 copies were made so far. Instant collectors items, I'd say." (FdW)