"Multifarious Visions from the Sonic Margins"

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Frans de Waard observes Space Capsule

SPACE CAPSULE (CDR by Dissolving Records)
This is, I believe, the first time that Dissolving Records sends information along with the release, and it puts a few things in perspective. Dissolving Records is run by Thomas Shrubsole, who also works as Sub Loam, Jesus On Mars (both of them reviewed before), In The Field and 'various other pseudonyms, sometimes anonymously'. Here he acts as Space Capsule, an odd project of free jazz music. He plays 'acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments (soprano saxophone, piano, electric piano) aided by rudimentary electronics', and I assume not all at the same time, but taped to a form of multi-track recordings (analogue or digital) and that leads, I think, to some intentional randomness in the music. In an odd way it sounds very jazz like, even when it's all a bit more electronic, such as in 'Space Capsule 2'. Shrubsole plays loosely connected notes and improvises along with that and then on the next track he throws some other, similar and dissimilar notes, and then mixes them together, perhaps adding a bit more electronics in the process. Of the two pieces I liked the second better, but also to be honest, I think both pieces were a bit long and could have been edited down a bit, even when I understand that the length of this is necessary for this kind of spacious free jazz. Not yet entirely Sun Ra like I think. Great package! (FdW)

from Vital Weekly number 902

Space Capsule is also included in the podcast: here 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Kosmiche Space[d] Mix part 2 - Featuring music from Space Capsule


The Kosmiche Club have put together this heady blend of spaced out sounds including Dissolving favourites Sun Ra, Holger Czukay, Amon Duul II, Chrome and many more estimable out-sounds. Space Capsule features near the end of this suitably cosmic 2 hour trip. Enjoy!

Space Capsule @ Boomkat

"Thomas Shrubsole lends his own name to a slowly expanding constellation of aliases - In The Field, Jesus On Mars, Sub Loam, The Dissolving Orchestra - on his latest for Dissolving Records. Taking cues from Sun Ra and the European avant-garde, 'his 'Space Capsule' is a multi-planar improvisation meshing acoustic afternoon ambience, streaking cosmic jazz and free electric sound with "underground domestic production methods" (read: recorded in his house onto tape). Like much of Thomas' output, these two tracks beautifully capture a sense of space and time and meditative state-of-mind, or, as he poetically puts it, "intuitive thought, multiplied on a vertical time axis". Using Piano, Electric Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Devices, Tape he patiently conducts a fluidly abstract, intra-galactic dialogue of darting sax comtrails, dubbed-out clusters of keys and pinging electronics that feels beautifully unimpeded, free in a manner that only comes with hands-on, physical music, and yet it's instinctively disciplined, organised with a quietly chaotic logic."

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013


New Release


Space Capsule is the new work of Thomas Shrubsole on his own Dissolving imprint. Space Capsule sees the initiation of a series which will continue with collaborations and contributions from different friends and colleagues from the UK (and beyond) sub-underground.   

With acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments (soprano saxophone, piano, electric piano) aided by rudimentary electronics Space Capsule holds a diurnal séance montaging the domestic and the cosmic in a surprising and free blend. Meshes of the afternoon diffusing a clear light and cubic languor alert acoustic mediation, free electric sound.

Underground domestic production methods, cosmo-alien meditational multi-planar observation input multiplied with outdated technology and printed to tape. A wooden figure viewed through a prism. The windows of the room open to the afternoon light. Alternate probability paths viewed together from further down the time stream, physical fidelities and hands-on electro-acoustic free playing.

Intuitive thought, multiplied on a vertical time axis. Above, an acoustic spacecraft is suspended, silent, permeable, diaphanous, held up by breath and expansive thought.

Space Capsule is limited to 50 hand numbered copies. It comes with a card booklet and an A3 poster riso-printed with an original artwork by Thomas.

Space Capsule (Henge 009)
Released: 10/10/2013

Tracklisting: Space Capsule 1 - 16.13
Space Capsule 2 - 19.11

 Copies are £11 each, P&P in the UK is £2.50, Europe £3.50, R.O.W. £4.50
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Sounds of the Space Capsule

Sound clips now uploaded to Soundcloud from the upcoming Dissolving release 'Space Capsule'

Listen here Space Capsule album preview

Available very soon!