obsolete machines [w​/​cv313 reshapes]

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    After unpacking all of our current inventory we found a box of these (about 50 left in existence) this was the promotional CD edition of radius's "obsolete machines" [STAGE TWO] vinyl LP set. Used to cover press and radio, we only had 100 of them run and 50 actually made it out to journalist and our PR manager, as featured in the November issue of The Wire, who said:

    "Speaking of concealing brilliance in smoky space, here the principle is taken to far distant limits.....like the beating subterranean heart of a sleeping city; inhuman, incomprehensible, sublime in scale yet paradoxically comforting. Even by the standards of the Deepchord/Echospace axis, it’s a gorgeously enveloping embrace."....
    -The Wire (November Issue)

    This CD features a 13 minute never-before-heard redesign from the coveted cv313 project where fathoms-deep layers and subtle tonalities transform interpolation tape [six] into an ethereal ocean of space and bass, designing and transforming the synthesized harmonics of the original into the ether, it's like a walk in deep space. The CD also features the Vinyl Remasters, engineered in Echospace and re-mastered @ deepgrooves [EU].

    CD (Duplicated @ Disk Makers on their premium Diamond Edition) packaged in eco friendly digipak sleeve with custom artwork, originally designed and screen printed by Al White @ House Of Traps (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) housed in a resealable Japan imported poly sleeve. Only a few of these are in stock, when they're gone, that's it...

    Thanks for the love and support!

    Tracklisting:

    1. Soul Rotation [Unreleased Remix] Vinyl Remaster [ 10:12 ]
    2. Always Dreaming - Vinyl Remaster [ 5:34 ]
    3. Culture - Vinyl Remaster [ 13:15 ]
    4. Interpolation Tape [One] Vinyl Remaster [ 19:06 ]
    5. Interpolation Tape [Six] Vinyl Remaster [ 16:48 ]
    6. Interpolation Tape [Six] cv313 redesign [ 12:33 ]

    CD RUNTIME: 77:36

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The entire album has been painstakingly restored from 20 year old cassette tapes, not an easy task but with alluring sonic results. Remastered using Apogee convertors and analog tape to preserve the integrity of the original masters. 2XCD (Duplicated on Disk Makers Diamond CD) set packaged in eco friendly digipak case with custom metallic artwork, housed in a resealable poly sleeve.

    CD1 Runtime: 78:54
    CD2 Runtime: 78:21

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    In celebration of the forthcoming LP edition (due to arrive in the next 2 weeks) We're proud to announce the variant reworks and redesigns (conducted and compiled over the past 10 years) of Radius's epic debut, "Obsolete Machines" release. These versions build on the very essence of the original, but with fathoms-deep layers and subtle tonalities transforming the originals into an ethereal ocean of space and bass. This is a sonic world all its own.

    Remastered using Apogee convertors and analog tape to preserve the integrity of the original masters. 2XCD set packaged in Eco friendly Digipak case with custom metallic artwork, housed in a resealable poly sleeve.

    Available exclusively on 2XCD set. Digital download available [via Bandcamp's private release with unlimited streaming] you will receive a link within 24 hours of purchase. Shipping Now.

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  • Limited Edition LP set packaged in custom silk screened gatefold sleeve by Al White (House Of Traps)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    After a very long move and constructing a new office/studio/warehouse space, we're finally checking in all inventory, this is our very last copy!

    Limited Edition LP set packaged in custom silk screened gatefold sleeve. This marks the first vinyl release from Echospace [Detroit] this year, lovingly re-mastered by Bazza @ Alchemy Mastering, London. Features custom silk screened artwork (on a customized gatefold sleeve), from the incredibly talented Al White of (www.houseoftraps.com) in Edinburgh, Scotland. These are imported from the UK, (and are quite heavy) we'll only have a small amount of copies label direct, pre-order is advised to ensure fill. Thank you.

    Speaking of concealing brilliance in smoky space, here the principle is taken to far distant limits. Three tracks here are culled from Steve Hitchell’s cassette demos from the early 1990’s, led by the 16 minute “Ethersonic” which manages to be constantly shifting yet changeless, like the beating subterranean heart of a sleeping city; inhuman, incomprehensible, sublime in scale yet paradoxically comforting. Even by the standards of the Deepchord/Echospace axis, it’s a gorgeously enveloping embrace. The pleasure is prolonged by two equally long new remixes of the track by Hitchell and Rod Modell as cv313: they add watery sparkle and electric cracks, making new experiences that, while they can’t match the totalizing wonder of the original, stimulate other synapses. Of the two other old tracks, the distorting “Oscillation Range” in particular can teach supposedly lo-fi producers a thing or two about how much scope can be achieved with bare bones tech. -The Wire (November 2017)

    *Featured on the legendary Steve Barker's "On The Wire" (EchoSpace On The Wire show) on BBC Radio's longest running program.

    Thoughts:

    "Echospace nuzzle your cochlea with a painstakingly restored demo of Steve Hitchell’s work as Radius, initially recorded live to tape between 1995-2000, now restored to gauzy bliss and repackaged with a bonus disc of CV313 reworks. Oceanic, intergalactic, timeless; total manna for dub house ambient fiends!" -Boomkat

    The good folk at Echospace have combed through the vaults and unearthed a gem here. Prior to Stephen Hitchell’s releases under monikers including Soultek and Intrusion, he spent the second half of the ‘90s crafting off-the-cuff analog dreamscapes as Radius. Obsolete Machines never quite made it to the pressing plant back in 2001, and has spent the past 16 years gathering dust. Why we’ll never know, but what’s for certain is that Hitchell has crafted music of considerable beauty here. The richly realised Detroit techno that has been the backbone of Hitchell’s other projects here comes as if beamed in from the bottom of the sea, with just as much space given to murky ambiences and cavernous reverberating space. Comes with a bunch of contemporary reworkings by Hitchell and Echospace boss Rod Modell under their cv313 banner. -Bleep

    Here’s a beauty - a real keeper and a treat for echospace [detroit] fans. Five cuts (arguably the highlights) lifted from the epic Radius ‘Obsolete Machines’ 2CD, luxuriously spread across two pieces of vinyl, and presented in lush screen-printed sleeves in an edition of 500 copies.

    Radius is of course one of Stephen Hitchell’s many handles which include Intrusion, Phase90, Variant, Soultek and half of cv313 alongside Rod Modell. For me, this music can just play on forever and never demands any effort or very much attention - it just does its thing so elegantly. ‘ethersonic’ is like once the sounds have left the machines it just lives in the skies and won’t come back down, delicately twinkling and fluttering somewhere in the ionosphere. Or like entering a room after an echospace track was played in there and its ghost is loitering there, still playing once you hit stop - as though once released into the air it were a gas rather than a set of vibrations. ‘etherscapes’ slivers along, powered by sparse percussion with a blisfully stoned momentum while ‘Oscillation Range’ is like submerging into an endless deep blue ocean where rays of sunlight refract on a coral bed made of silver.

    On the second slab of vinyl we get the cv313 reshape of ‘ethersonic’ that sounds so delicate and brittle it feels like it’s literally dissolving and rebuilding itself as it plays for almost twenty minutes. The cv313 reprise resides over on the flipside, building from its sparse beginning into a gently rippling and slow bubbling cut that shuffles and trickles out of the speakers.

    Across all tracks there’s an eerie sense of presence and that sense of the familiar which I’m sure some critics may find to be a negative, but within the parameters Hitchell sets himself, there really feels like there’s infinite space with which to become immersed, lost and explore. If you dig those old Scion Versions 12”s and the more ambient house leaning side of dubby techno then you know what to do. Most tranquil. -Norman Records

    Widescreen, panoramic dub-techno deepness from Chicago based producer Stephen Hitchell, aka Radius. More killer wares on Echospace! -Sounds Of The Universe

    It's been a quiet year vinyl wise from the Echospace camp, but they've just managed to squeeze out a killer release in time for the festive season and the cold dark nights. An unreleased EP from the Radius project, lovingly re-shaped by cv313 and given some extensive mastering at Alchemy London. Culled from cassette tapes and recorded live between 1995-2000, this is the purist inception of the Radius project, featuring solely hardware and sequenced with the cult Commodore C64 midi hub. This project was initially sent to Rod Modell & Mike Schommer shortly after they launched their brilliant Deepchord label in 2001. They were incredibly kind in saying it was the best demo they had ever heard and passed it on to Octal records for release, which sadly didn't materialize and since then these masters have been collecting dust for nearly 20 years now. After spending months restoring the tapes from their Tascam 688 the release, thankfully stands up, truly impressive even by modern standards (that is of course, if you can get past the tape hiss). Immersive and ambient in places, giving way to crushing walls of echo and flux, with plenty of electrostatic discharge littered amongst the dub-techno roots and humongous reverb chambers. For fans of Deepchord and Echospace, this will be a treasured release, and newcomers to this vast world harbored by Rod Modell can too revel in the undiluted goodness of this restored relic. A masterpiece! -Piccadilly

    Includes unlimited streaming of obsolete machines [w/cv313 reshapes] via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Limited Edition Repress | Double Vinyl LP + Unreleased CD (Packaged in custom silk screened gatefold sleeve (now with custom black matte finish inner) by Al White @ House Of Traps.
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Repress just landed today! With this edition it also includes a very limited CD run (100 copies) made for press and radio promotion (features the first time on CD, the vinyl remasters and a 12 minute immersive redesign by cv313) of which only 50 or so remain in our inventory. The re-press was also done with the inner gate-fold in a black matte finish, they look and sound beautiful!

    The first time ever on wax, featuring unreleased and remastered content from Radius's Obsolete Machines and Interpolation Tapes projects. This marks the first new vinyl release from Echospace [Detroit] this year, lovingly and painstakingly remastered to ensure the most dynamic listening experience. Obsolete Machines (Edition 2) is packaged in a custom silk screened gatefold sleeve designed by the incredibly talented Al White of (www.houseoftraps.com) in Edinburgh, Scotland. These are imported from the UK, (and are quite heavy) we'll only have a small amount of copies label direct (only 50 on hand), pre-order is advised to ensure fill. Test presses arrived and approved, this project never sounded more analog or alive, a truly breathtaking sonic experience! Thank you all for your support!

    RADIUS "Obsolete Machines" (Edition 2)
    Tracklisting:

    A1) SOUL ROTATION (UNRELEASED MIX)
    A2) ALWAYS DREAMING (REMASTERED)
    B) CULTURE (REMASTERED)
    C) INTERPOLATION [ONE] (REMASTERED)
    D) INTERPOLATION [SIX] (REMASTERED)

    Reviews and thoughts on the Radius project:

    "...Remembering that the basic recordings from the first album "Obsolete Machine" were made in the years 1996 - 1999, it is hard not to wonder how modern they sounded against the background of what was then created on the electronic stage. Yes, inspiration was the performance of Basic Channel and Chain Reaction, but Stephen Hitchell developed these influences in a unique way, giving his works a completely different character. This unique combination of rough sounds with muffled background and meditative atmosphere distinguishes his work from European colleagues to a large extent. No wonder that in the following decades Echospace and DeepChord became the most important bastions of this kind of music." -Nowamuzyka Magazine (2018)

    *Featured on the legendary Steve Barker's "On The Wire" (EchoSpace On The Wire show) on BBC Radio's longest running program.

    Thoughts:

    "Echospace nuzzle your cochlea with a painstakingly restored demo of Steve Hitchell’s work as Radius, initially recorded live to tape between 1995-2000, now restored to gauzy bliss and repackaged with a bonus disc of CV313 reworks. Oceanic, intergalactic, timeless; total manna for dub house ambient fiends!" -Boomkat

    The good folk at Echospace have combed through the vaults and unearthed a gem here. Prior to Stephen Hitchell’s releases under monikers including Soultek and Intrusion, he spent the second half of the ‘90s crafting off-the-cuff analog dreamscapes as Radius. Obsolete Machines never quite made it to the pressing plant back in 2001, and has spent the past 16 years gathering dust. Why we’ll never know, but what’s for certain is that Hitchell has crafted music of considerable beauty here. The richly realised Detroit techno that has been the backbone of Hitchell’s other projects here comes as if beamed in from the bottom of the sea, with just as much space given to murky ambiences and cavernous reverberating space. Comes with a bunch of contemporary reworkings by Hitchell and Echospace boss Rod Modell under their cv313 banner. -Bleep

    Here’s a beauty - a real keeper and a treat for echospace [detroit] fans. Five cuts (arguably the highlights) lifted from the epic Radius ‘Obsolete Machines’ 2CD, luxuriously spread across two pieces of vinyl, and presented in lush screen-printed sleeves in an edition of 500 copies.

    Radius is of course one of Stephen Hitchell’s many handles which include Intrusion, Phase90, Variant, Soultek and half of cv313 alongside Rod Modell. For me, this music can just play on forever and never demands any effort or very much attention - it just does its thing so elegantly. ‘ethersonic’ is like once the sounds have left the machines it just lives in the skies and won’t come back down, delicately twinkling and fluttering somewhere in the ionosphere. Or like entering a room after an echospace track was played in there and its ghost is loitering there, still playing once you hit stop - as though once released into the air it were a gas rather than a set of vibrations. ‘etherscapes’ slivers along, powered by sparse percussion with a blisfully stoned momentum while ‘Oscillation Range’ is like submerging into an endless deep blue ocean where rays of sunlight refract on a coral bed made of silver.

    On the second slab of vinyl we get the cv313 reshape of ‘ethersonic’ that sounds so delicate and brittle it feels like it’s literally dissolving and rebuilding itself as it plays for almost twenty minutes. The cv313 reprise resides over on the flipside, building from its sparse beginning into a gently rippling and slow bubbling cut that shuffles and trickles out of the speakers.

    Across all tracks there’s an eerie sense of presence and that sense of the familiar which I’m sure some critics may find to be a negative, but within the parameters Hitchell sets himself, there really feels like there’s infinite space with which to become immersed, lost and explore. If you dig those old Scion Versions 12”s and the more ambient house leaning side of dubby techno then you know what to do. Most tranquil. -Norman Records

    Widescreen, panoramic dub-techno deepness from Chicago based producer Stephen Hitchell, aka Radius. More killer wares on Echospace! -Sounds Of The Universe

    It's been a quiet year vinyl wise from the Echospace camp, but they've just managed to squeeze out a killer release in time for the festive season and the cold dark nights. An unreleased EP from the Radius project, lovingly re-shaped by cv313 and given some extensive mastering at Alchemy London. Culled from cassette tapes and recorded live between 1995-2000, this is the purist inception of the Radius project, featuring solely hardware and sequenced with the cult Commodore C64 midi hub. This project was initially sent to Rod Modell & Mike Schommer shortly after they launched their brilliant Deepchord label in 2001. They were incredibly kind in saying it was the best demo they had ever heard and passed it on to Octal records for release, which sadly didn't materialize and since then these masters have been collecting dust for nearly 20 years now. After spending months restoring the tapes from their Tascam 688 the release, thankfully stands up, truly impressive even by modern standards (that is of course, if you can get past the tape hiss). Immersive and ambient in places, giving way to crushing walls of echo and flux, with plenty of electrostatic discharge littered amongst the dub-techno roots and humongous reverb chambers. For fans of Deepchord and Echospace, this will be a treasured release, and newcomers to this vast world harbored by Rod Modell can too revel in the undiluted goodness of this restored relic. A masterpiece! -Piccadilly

    Includes unlimited streaming of obsolete machines [w/cv313 reshapes] via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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An unreleased classic from the vaults emerges with beautiful reshapes by cv313 (recorded and reshaped from 2007-2016) This is where the sound of cv313 was realized, culled from cassette tapes recorded live (1995-2000) with nothing but analog/digital hardware, no computer in sight (excluding our Commodore 64 midi sequencer, which is still alive and well today). The radius project has been absent since the final release in 2001, the first 12" appearing in 1996 (limited white label run of 100 copies pressed at Acme pressing in Canada) after revisiting these works we realized there was truly some magic here. This project was initially sent to Rod Modell & Mike Schommer shortly after they launched their brilliant deepchord label in 2001. They were incredibly kind in saying it was the best demo they had ever heard and passed it on to Octal records for release, sadly, that didn't materialize and since then these masters have been collecting dust in our cassette rack for nearly 20 years now. We've spent months doing our best to restore the old tapes from our Tascam 688, an 8 track cassette recorder purchased and abused since 1992 and to our ears still sounds quite impressive even by modern standards. (that is of course, if you can get past the tape hiss) We've had nearly every component replaced and re-calibrated to bring this obsolete machine back to life, it's been a truly nostalgic experience re-visiting these masters.

We truly hope you enjoy reliving these magical times of music, very inspired by all that was happening in those years, there was just something in the air, an undeniable energy, long may it live on...

Review:

Radius
Obsolete Machines
Echospace 2X12”

Speaking of concealing brilliance in smoky space, here the principle is taken to far distant limits. Three tracks here are culled from Steve Hitchell’s cassette demos from the early 1990’s, led by the 16 minute “Ethersonic” which manages to be constantly shifting yet changeless, like the beating subterranean heart of a sleeping city; inhuman, incomprehensible, sublime in scale yet paradoxically comforting. Even by the standards of the Deepchord/Echospace axis, it’s a gorgeously enveloping embrace. The pleasure is prolonged by two equally long new remixes of the track by Hitchell and Rod Modell as cv313: they add watery sparkle and electric cracks, making new experiences that, while they can’t match the totalizing wonder of the original, stimulate other synapses. Of the two other old tracks, the distorting “Oscillation Range” in particular can teach supposedly lo-fi producers a thing or two about how much scope can be achieved with bare bones tech.

The Wire – November 2017

Echospace nuzzle your cochlea with a painstakingly restored demo of Steve Hitchell’s work as Radius, initially recorded live to tape between 1995-2000, now restored to gauzy bliss and repackaged with a bonus disc of CV313 reworks. Oceanic, intergalactic, timeless; total manna for dub house ambient fiends! -Boomkat

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released April 4, 2017

written and produced by radius [1994-1999] restored from analog tape. reworked and reshaped by cv313 [2006-2016] mastered in echospace.

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