Derek Hunter Wilson 'Mammother' cassingle + booklet

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Derek Hunter Wilson 'Mammother' cassingle + booklet

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In November of last year we threw a party (part of the A Happening series) in Berlin and Bijan Berahimi, our designer, created a Risograph poster booklet for the occasion. We carried 50 copies back to Portland in our suitcases (via Beirut, Lebanon!) and decided to package them together with a cassingle featuring a new song, Mammother, by Derek Hunter Wilson. Better yet, we decided to make it free as a way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported the label over the last few years. Just add it to your cart before you check out. Limited to 50 numbered copies; first come, first serve.

Mammother is inspired by the book of the same name by Zachary Schomburg (Featherpress Books, 2017). The B side of the tape features a remix by Apartment Fox. The packaging is manufactured by Stumptown Printers using recycled paper and was letterpressed by Themba Lewis and Emily Riley at Rx Letterpress in Portland. Each cassette includes an insert with a download code for a compilation of tracks by Derek.

Special thanks to Kelly Tivnan for being the muscle behind A Happening; to Josh Ward; to Apartment Fox; to Bijan Berahimi of FISK Projects; and to Themba Lewis and Emily Riley for their letterpress wizardry. 

Both songs are also available digitally via Derek's Bandcamp. Check out the remix on our Soundcloud.

In Derek's words: "Shortly after moving to Portland over 8 years ago I discovered and fell in love with poetry. Over the years the poetry community here in Portland has been very vibrant and inspiring to me. One of the writers whose work I immediately resonated with, and gravitated towards, was Zachary Schomburg. Through his writing Zachary creates strange, beautiful, and at times surreal, worlds that the reader is encouraged to enter into - and we learn more about ourselves through doing so. His creativity and willingness to take chances has always been something I’ve found very inspiring.

Zachary and I first collaborated a couple years ago for a performance piece involving a series of poems he wrote titled “Haircuts” for which I contributed a twelve-and-a-half minute piece for violin and electronics. Last year, to celebrate the release of his debut novel, “Mammother”, Zachary conducted an all-day reading of the entire novel starting at sunrise and lasting into the evening. He invited different musicians to accompany him throughout the day while he read. I came early in the morning and played an improvised viola set. A few days later, plugging my loop pedal back on, I realized that the last loop I had created during the performance was still saved. While letting the loop play out, I started improvising a simple cello progression over it. The performance was still fresh on my mind as was the novel which I was in the middle of reading at the time. The piece naturally bloomed from this."

 

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