Tag Archives: Lo-Fi Music

Zebra Mu “Record 2 Mouth” C9

QCS_135 Zebra Mu “Record 2 Mouth” C9 (edition of 10)

No-fi microcassette experiments and tomfoolery aplenty, minimal gear used for satisfying results!

Art work is printed in either red or cyan ink onto purple card. Dubbed onto modified and stickered white NEAL police interview tapes, these are packaged in a black backed library case.

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Norfolk Trotter “Nodule” reel-to-reel loop

QCS_124 Norfolk Trotter “Nodule” reel-to-reel loop (edition of 15)

Experimental and lo-fi Harsh Noise Wall reel-to-reel loops from my side-project Norfolk Trotter. Nodule comprises of an 8 second loop documenting two live recording sessions, both captured utilising a 1960’s Stellaphone ST470 portable open reel tape recorder. The first Wall is crafted from amplifying and distorting the vibrations generated from grinding two flint nodules together. The second is a sparser and more exploratory piece, focusing on the texture of the flint cortex with minimal distortion used.

Front cover artwork is printed in red, whilst the inside cover is printed in black onto light blue paper. Each loop is packaged in a black backed library cassette case. Upon purchase you can also be sent via WeTransfer two 19 minute recordings from my own loop being played back.

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Zebra Mu “Warm Up / Trash” 3″CDr Out NOW!

QCS_111 Zebra Mu “Warm Up / Trash” 3″CDr (edition of 11)

Two live semi-improvised recordings captured in February of stripped back experimental noise, sourced primarily from mic’d up broken gramophone records and my voice.

A rubber stamped 3”CDr is packaged in a slim line DVD case. Each copy features cyan and black artwork printed onto peach coloured paper, an additional insert is printed in red onto yellow paper.

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“Dove Street Loops” C1 Out Now!

QCS_DS-01 Michael Ridge “Dove Street Loops” C1 (edition of 10)
All ten cassettes were exhibited during my recent artist residency Stretch & Burn hosted by Dyad Creative at Dove Street Studios, Norwich. Each copy features unique recordings documenting numerous live experiments with extended reel-to-reel tape loops. The primary sound sources for every loop were contact microphones attached to an empty gas canister and fire escape just outside the studio space, check out the video below for a preview.

Minimal black and white artwork is printed onto clear acetate, small white stickers are affixed onto the tape shell.

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Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau 3.5″ Floppy Disk Out Now!

QCS_106 Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau “The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Live at the Shiphorst Avantgarde Festival (excerpt)” 3.5″ Floppy Disk (edition of 44)

Live recording from the Shiphorst Avantgarde Festival; abstract feedback-soaked freak out performance from the ever creative and brilliant Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer!

Black and red artwork is printed on light blue paper and mounted onto a square brown envelope. Each copy features a labelled floppy disk and folded yellow paper insert printed in black and magenta ink, with additional rubber-stamped details.

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GX Jupitter-Larsen / Zebra Mu “Split” 1″ Lathe Cut Pre-Order

AT LAST!!! It has taken over a year of planning but FINALLY I’m now accepting pre-orders for GX Jupitter-Larsen / Zebra Mu “Split” 1″ lathe cut record!!

This is the smallest lathe cut QCS will ever release, possibly one of the smallest in the world too. 110 will be made, ironically it is the most copies I’ve ever put out as well. This dinky split will feature an exclusive (and very short) track from GX and myself. Expect a spoken word piece from GX and experimental noise/drone type composition from yours truly. Each 1” will be nestled in fold-out artwork and other packaging delights….

Pre-orders are now closed.

Estimated time of release upon writing this post is about 6-7 weeks, they will be dispatched to you on the day of release.

**PLEASE BE AWARE** This is (obviously) a handmade and extremely experimental lathe cut record (33⅓ RPM), monstrously lo-fi and stupidly challenging to play…. HELL YES!!

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Zebra Mu “Plastic Warp Junk” Recycled Lathe Cut Record Out Now!

QCS_104 Zebra Mu “Plastic Warp Junk” 5.5″ s/sided square recycled plastic lathe cut record 33⅓ RPM (edition of 11)

Just over a minute of focused Harsh Noise and squawking electronics cut onto sections of recycled clear plastic used to package venetian blinds! This is an extremely experimental and (very) lo-fi lathe cut record, expect surface noise and sound quality comparable to a picnic plate lathe or old 78.

Every copy features B&W artwork/information printed onto pearlescent bronze paper. Each lathe cut is housed in a white paper sleeve with artwork printed in green ink.

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Saturn Form Essence “Cluster Abell 2052” 3.5″ Floppy Disk Out Now!

QCS_105 Saturn Form Essence “Cluster Abell 2052” 3.5″ Floppy Disk (edition of 24)

Saturn Form Essence makes a very welcome return to QCS with three exquisitely constructed lo-fi space drone/noise freak-outs! Total running time is just over 22 minutes! Please note: these are encoded as WMA files.

A black stickered disk and card insert is housed inside a 5”x5″ black envelope, colour artwork is mounted onto the front of each envelope.

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Duplo Chat / Zebra Mu “Split” s/sided recycled C88 OUT NOW!

QCS_103 Duplo Chat / Zebra Mu “Split” s/sided recycled C88 (edition of 16)
Gritty, sparse and lo-fi HNW from Duplo Chat, extended noise/drone session assaulted onto a faulty and very old Walkman from Zebra Mu. Just under 40 minutes running time. Lo-fi is King.

Each copy comes with a recycled light grey cassette and colour label, side B has the original content which is a talk on growing in holiness if you fancy something different. Colour/B&W artwork is printed onto white paper and packed in a green backed library case.

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Norfolk Trotter “Monumental” Microcassette Out Now!

QCS_102 Norfolk Trotter “Monumental” Microcassette MC60 (edition of 6)
The first microcassette release on QCS!! Monumental features two slabs of brutal lo-fi mono harsh noise wall, it can be played at either 2.4 cm/s (60 minutes total running time) or double the duration by playing at 1.2 cm/s.

Folded artwork is printed in red ink onto black paper, an additional insert is printed in black ink onto red card. Each labelled microcassette is tied up with black ribbon and packaged in a black and silver zip lock bag.

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