Excess of Vision: Unreleased Recordings, 2005​-​2014

by Haptic

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Since the mid-aughts, Chicago trio Haptic (Adam Sonderberg, Joseph Clayton Mills, and Steven Hess—this time around featuring Salvatore Dellaria and The Necks’ Tony Buck) has delivered riveting, meticulously controlled live sets, as well as a handful of releases mainly on the Entr’acte label, all of which reflect the group’s unique attitudes toward collaboration and structure. This release features material sourced from a variety of past recordings; they are without form and yet architectural, and just as uniquely engaging as the group’s previous work.

From the perspective of Notice, Haptic’s mixture of the organic and the industrial has been profoundly influential, and could even be said to define a quintessential Chicago ethos channeled through dark ambience: roiling waves of density, structure, work, beauty, and oppression constantly overtaking each other. However, the final silence will always be present—and is expected—just like the spare, steady late-night call of a single circling black bird.

Reviews:
Bryon Hayes / Secret Decoder (as part of Notice's recent feature)
www.secretdecoder.net/columns/2015/09/08/new-interfaces-7-notice-recordings/ Byron Coley / The Wire
www.noticerecordings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Screen-Shot-2015-07-06-at-7.33.06-PM.png Brian Olewnick / Just Outside
olewnick.blogspot.com/2014/11/three-new-cassette-releases-from-notice.html Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly
vitalweekly.net/957.html Paul Margee / We Need No Swords
weneednoswords.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/a-notice-records-quartet Miguel Isaza / Infinite Grain
infinitegrain.com/haptic-excess-of-vision/ Bill Meyer / Dusted Magazine
dustedmagazine.tumblr.com/post/109223757166/hapticexcess-of-vision-notice-recordings

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released November 5, 2014

Performed by Steven Hess, Joseph Clayton Mills, and Adam Sonderberg with Tony Buck (I) and Salvatore Dellaria (II)

Assembled by Mills/Sonderberg
Mixed by Sonderbeg
Mastered by Tomas Korber

Artwork and layout by E. Lindorff-Ellery
Printed by Fitzgerald Letterpress

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Notice Recordings started in Chicago in 2009. Since then, we have relocated to Portland, OR, and New Orleans, LA, and continue to release experimental and contemporary sound works.

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