bellows is the duo of giuseppe ielasi and nicola ratti and ‘handcut’ is their second project. originally released on lp on alga marghen / planam, this cd reissue is expanded with 23 minutes of unreleased material recorded one year after the first sessions. for ‘handcut’, bellows used a simple technique of cutting / destroying and amplifying vinyl records with contact microphones, creating new grooves and physical loops while capturing the sounds on a revox tape machine with long tapeloops. no further processing or transformations were applied apart for a couple of effect pedals and sine waves. a sort of atmospheric and modern electronic music recorded at the beginning of the twentieth century on 78rpm shellac records.
letterpressed sleeve printed by Ben Owen / Middle Press. photographic insert by Amedeo Martegani. edition of 220 copies. 10 euro + shipping costs.
the lp version of ‘handcut’ was featured on the ‘wire magazine’ list of the best releases of 2010.