Due to a number of emails (both to myself and Ian), we have decided to press another small edition of A Turn of Breath.

This second pressing is limited to 250 pcs, pressed on an infusion of blue and black wax. There is different artwork on the insert than on the first edition, (another beauty from the same series).

You can Pre-order the LP here
(They are being manufactured now, so they should start shipping towards the end of February, if not earlier).

Thanks again for all your support,


I figured I would share a few ‘year-end lists’ from 2014 which feature Recital albums.

Annea Lockwood – Ground of Being
The Wire (Top 50 albums)

Ian William Craig – A Turn of Breath
The New York Times (Top 10 albums)
Tiny Mix Tapes (#6 in the Top 50)
Rolling Stone
(Top 20 “avant” albums)
Drowned in Sound (Finest ambient releases)
Anti-Gravity Bunny (#1 ‘Drone’ album)
MOJO (#38 in Top 50)
Norman Records (#2 in Top albums)
A Closer Listen (Top 20 albums)
Coke-Machine Glow (Top albums)

*Small repress of Ian’s LP is forthcoming, for those who missed it.


Under Recital’s lens, here is a brief schedule for the upcoming months;

R9 – Karla Borecky – Still In Your Pocket LP       (Purchase here)

February, 2015
R10 – Loren Connors - Airs LP    (Pre-Order here)
R11 – Sean McCann – A Castle Popping LP (Short edition)

January of 2015 will see the release of Ten Impressions for Piano & Strings by Sean McCann on the Root Strata label. This LP holds ambient works from 2010 – 2011. A lost album if you will, to act as a bookend to the ambient passage in McCann’s body of work. As you may suspect, it holds ten pieces of electronic and acoustic piano and strings (violin, viola, and even a bit of guitar).

The support for the Ian William Craig LP has been reassuring, many thanks to those of you who have purchased. Expect more from Ian next year.

and goodnight,



Ian William Craig’s beautiful album A Turn of Breath is out today, in both Deluxe & Standard editions.

Purchase here

Below is a video advertisement for the LP;

The Karla Borecky solo piano LP Still In Your Pocket is at the presses now, so that should be out quite soon.
Thank you for all the support,

Kind Regards,
-Sean McCann


I am pleased to announce two new albums for Recital;

R7 – Annea Lockwood – Ground Of Being CD

Collection of works from 1996-2013 from the renowned New Zealand/American sound artist and teacher Annea Lockwood. Beautiful field recordings and sound experiments, along with a prepared piano piece performed by Lois Svard (Lovely Music LTD.)

(Available Now)


R8 – Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath LP

Debut LP by trained opera vocalist Ian William Craig, utilizing reel to reel tape machines and his voice. A heavenly talent that Recital has been honored to work with.
(will be released August 5th, in both standard and deluxe editions)


Performance announcement -
Sean McCann & Matthew Sullivan will be performing new material at The Roxy in Los Angeles on March 18th. We will be sharing the bill with How To Dress Well, and the band Forest Swords. Bottoms up!
In other news, my collaborative album with Maxwell August Croy should be available in April on the Students Of Decay imprint. Maxwell plays koto, and I violin, viola and cello. Andrew Chalk, who I had the pleasure of meeting recently in London, was kind of enough to lend his artwork for the LP jacket.

Ten Impressions for Processed Piano & Strings will be released later this year on Root Strata. It is a collection of ambient pieces of mine from 2010 and 2011. This album works as a follow up to Prelusion.

Two or three other LPs on Recital are in the works for later in 2014, including Karla Borecky’s Still In Your Pocket, and Loren Connors’ Airs album.


More soon,
-Sean McCann


Greetings from Recital,

The 2013 program is now ready for shipment…

R4 – Idea Fire Company - Rags To Riches LP

R5 – Sean McCann – Music For Private Ensemble LP & CDr / LP

R6 – Idea Fire Company & BRRR – The Terrible Comet Salt CS

Purchase Here

Also available:

  • Sean McCann’s Prelusion reissue LP (on Root Strata)
  • A limited supply of Recital coffee mugs, each of which comes with an array of lavender/earl grey/wormwood/mint tea blends. This can be ordered near the bottom of the purchase page.

Expect more LPs and CDs in 2014;  albums from Annea Lockwood, John White, etc.
Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sean McCann


Deluxe Edition of  Music For Private Ensemble by Sean McCann

  • Dark-green marbled wax
  • Compact disk with 45min of additional material
  • Ltd. to 200 pc

Email seantristanmccann@gmail.com to reserve

Will ship July 9th.


Available soon:

R4 – Idea Fire Company – “Rags To Riches” LP

R5 – Sean McCann – “Music For Private Ensemble” LP

R6 – Idea Fire Company & BRRR – “The Terrible Comet Salt” CS

If you wish to reserve any of these editions, please contact seantristanmccann {@} gmail.com



I would like to introduce The Cellar

This section of the website will feature music, videos, photography etc.

I recently gave a quick remaster to Dan Schmidt’s wonderful chamber/gamelan piece “And The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn” from 1978, performed by The San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble. I highly recommend listening to this piece.

I have also included some photo-documents of Dick Higgins and other tape composers I discovered at the UCSB library.

This section will be updated semi-regularly.

In other news, Root Strata’s vinyl reissue of Prelusion has been announced.

The test pressings sounded fantastic, I am really excited to have this slow and simple record available again.
Will be quite easy to throw on and forget about (in the best way possible).

More soon,


A new mix I put together has been posted at The Liminal

Also, incase you missed it – I assembled this mix earlier this year for The Voice Of Cassandre / Dublab…

Idea Fire Company’s “Rags To Riches” LP has been manufactured – the pressing sounds really wonderful.
I am putting the finishing strokes on my own LP… then off to the presses.

Also in the works is a collaborative album by Maxwell August-Croy (of En / Root Strata fame) and myself. Album consists of koto, violin, and cello (largely unprocessed). It is sounding pretty remarkable so far…

Until next year,

-Sean McCann