Photo Credits
Cover: Sun Beams Into Grand Central Station By Hal Morey, licenced from Getty Images
Interior: Pennsylvania Station, Samuel Gottscho, Public Domain Library of Congress
Disc: She Leaves by Retro Atellier, licensed from Getty Images

Allen Ravenstine “Nautilus / Rue Du Poisson Noir”

The analog abstraction for which Ravenstine became known remains a significant part of his current sound palette, but recent years have seen him turn increasingly toward outlandish eclecticism as his foundation. 2018’s celebrated Waiting for the Bomb (RER Megacorp) bounded freely between disparate styles and instrumentation, all the while managing to convey a cohesive (albeit off-kilter) identity.

He is now launching his much-anticipated follow-upon Waveshaper—a series of four EPs collectively entitled The Tyranny of Fiction. Materializing as a pair of LPs with one EP per side, or as two double CD sets, these works continue to chronicle the approach unveiled on their predecessor. The cheeky series title hints at a tension that’s fundamental to these recordings. Ravenstine’s use of genre suggests it’s almost a literary device to him.

Limited BONE-WHITE-vinyl, Standard BLACK-vinyl, 2CD Digipack, Digital

Allen Ravenstine “Electron Music / Shore Leave”

Waveshaper Media is thrilled to present Electron Music/Shore Leave, a new LP by former Pere Ubu synthesist and electronic music trailblazer, Allen Ravenstine. The LP is comprised of two EPs (1 per vinyl side), the first two parts in Raventine’s new Tyranny of Fiction series. Waveshaper Media first came into contact with Ravenstine when we interviewed him in 2012 for our modular synthesizer documentary I Dream Of Wires.

Ravenstine played the majority of the sampled instruments on these recordings as well as piano, Moog theremin, a Roland Aerophone and a bevy of synthesizers including a Korg MS20, EML 200, and a Doepfer Dark Energy. Recording virtually over the internet due to the covid pandemic, collaborators from around the world contributed Ondes Martenot, prepared piano, transverse flute, trumpet, saxophone, double bass and percussion.

NOW AVAILABLE!! The album contains 10 songs on vinyl LP – limited to 300 copies, with 100 on orange-vinyl, and 200 on standard-black. The recordings are also available digitally, as well as on two separate CD-EPs: Electron Music (wsm05 CD), and Shore Leave (wsm06 CD).

Allen Ravenstine - waiting for the bomb

Proto-synth innovator Allen Ravenstine released Waiting for the Bomb on fellow Pere Ubu alumnus (and Henry Cow founder), Chris Cutler’s label Recommended Records. Available on vinyl LP, CD and digital download.


Allen Ravenstine