I need to thank all who have supported Recital over the past year. It has been a grand one.

2016 is lined up to have the busiest release schedule yet for Recital, ranging from books to CDs to LPs.
And wine glasses.

The first set of releases (in January) are two books:

R14- Sean McCann – “Pacifics” Book & CDr
R16- Enzo Minarelli – “Romanzi nelle i” Book, CD, & DVD

Those are available now for Pre-order, and will ship in the first two weeks of January.

Following further in the year… a Loren Connors reissue LP (a sister to Airs), archival Italian sound poetry LPs, an American gamelan LP/CD, and at long last my own Music for Public Ensemble 2xLP (amongst many others).

Would like to extend thanks to Mark Harwood, Graham Lambkin, Scott Foust, Allen Mozek, Jordan Spencer, Nick Storring, Ian William Craig, Enzo Minarelli, Andrew Chalk, Tom Scott, Zach Schwartz, Cameron Stallones, Rob Magill, Matthew Sullivan, Alex Gray, & Maxwell Croy for their correspondence and support for Recital.
Additionally, to Tiny Mix Tapes, The Wire, Mojo, & A Closer Listen (amongst many other press outlets).

Enjoy this holiday season, listen to some Ben Webster and some Gerhard Rühm by the hearth with a glass of port.

-Sean McCann, December 2015




If interested in picking up a copy of Ian’s new LP, Cradle for the Wanting, you can Purchase one through Recital, or through one of our Distributors (who are receiving their copies very soon.) The Deluxe edition has sold out, and many of the remaining copies have been spoken for.

And here is some visual-fanfare to welcome Ian’s new LP.

*Note that the soundtrack is not just one piece, but an overview that cleverly stitches together three works from Cradle.

In other Recital news, Sean McCann’s book, Pacifics, will be made available in late November.  Followed by a fascinating new work, Romanzi nelle i (Book + cd/dvd) by Italian sound poet Enzo Minarelli.


In time for Halloween and the fall winds, we are pleased to publish Idea Fire Company’s lovely new LP, Lost at Sea.
I can already imagine it: a cold evening, candles, syrupy glass of red wine, and this LP. What more could you ask for?

You can purchase it here

Also, this advertisement came to shore, give it a squint.


Two LPs left for 2015. There will be a book or two later in the year, but that is a different story. For now, feast your eyes on these two albums. You can Pre-order the Deluxe edition of Ian William Craig’s LP now.

R13 – Idea Fire Company – “Lost at Sea” LP


R15 – Ian William Craig – “Cradle for the Wanting” LP

Pre-order Deluxe edition


There are two Recital-related nights of music in Los Angeles this August.

Firstly, Ian William Craig’s first live performance in California (perhaps in all of America, too?)
Below is the flyer; I will be pouring some lavish drinks to help raise funds for Ian’s travels…
if you are in the area please do consider attending.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1600821383529630/


SECONDLY, I will be performing live for the first time (publicly) in two years’ time on August 9th. Come hear drafts from Music for Public Ensemble and excerpts from the book I am working on.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467964663367129/



Greetings again,

Here we have a new LP.
R11 – Sean McCann – A Castle Popping LP & Tub of Deep Green Ink CDr


A collection of recordings from 2013 & 2014. This is the first solo release by Sean since Music for Private Ensemble. A display of six recent pieces, not to be taken as a formal ‘album,’ but whatever floats your boat!

The first side holds abstract vocal-based work. Recorded in hotel rooms during business trips in Las Vegas and Spain, and later manipulated on tape.

The second side is serene; featuring a recording of McCann’s first formal composition for quartet, Victorian Wind, performed by the Thin Edge New Music Collective. The LP concludes with two works for piano, recorded and edited at home in Pasadena, CA.

Also included is a sister CDr, Tub of Deep Green Ink, which compliments the nature of the LP. It presents ten tracks from 2011-2014. Ranging from layered string recordings, like the pastoral 2012 piece Inverness String Variations, to computerized-vocal experiments, as with ADR Aria & The Wind Sick (both from 2014). Human voice is dissected and stitched back together; examined under odd light. 2011’s Rooms of Night explores the interior of Sean’s old house in Highland Park (Los Angeles); rain ambience, a cocktail, babel. The album is bookended with digitally notated pieces (for fake oboe & piano, respectively).

Together, these two collections sum up the body of McCann’s musical experimentation and rumination from 2011 to 2014.


Edition of 150 hand-numbered LPs

 3 inserts (program notes, score excerpts, & photographs)
-Supplemental full-length CDr “Tub of Deep Green Ink” – housed in a 6-panel wallet


Voooxing Poooêtre sound sample and excerpt from booklet… (available June 9th)
Order here



Well hello,

At long last,  the second pressing of Ian William Craig’s  A Turn of Breath has arrived.  Here is a photo:

LPs will begin shipping this weekend. You can order a remaining copy HERE.

Ian’s next album is currently being edited, and so far… it is sounding quite nice. It will be released on Recital later this year.

There are two upcoming releases on Recital in the near future…
R11 – Sean McCann – A Castle Popping LP & Tub of Deep Green Ink CDr
R12 – V/A – Voooxing Poooêtre CD

The first is a collection of my recordings from 2011 and 2014, ranging from abstract vocal works, to solo piano pieces, to my first composition for a quartet. It is a limited pressing, and comes with many inserts, scores, photos etc.
The second is a CD reissue of an international sound poetry compilation LP released in 1982, curated by Enzo Minarelli (who has also curated releases on Slowscan and Baobab, in addition to running the 3Vitre imprint). Voooxing Poooêtre features a 24 page booklet reproducing the original texts and graphics, along with a new foreword written by Minarelli in 2015. Comprised of tape works by text-sound staples Bernard Heidsieck, Rod Summers, Klaus Groh, along with more unknown sound recordings from artists Giovanni Bignone, Grupo Texto Poetico, and Agostino Contò, in addition to works by Minarelli himself.

-Sean McCann, March 5th, 2015


*Update: Airs is now sold out from Recital, try one of our distributors for a remaining copy

Good morning,

Loren Connors’ Airs LP is now officially available.

We have already moved though half the copies, so thank you for the overwhelming support. A testament to the beauty of Airs.














Many more LPs ‘in the oven’ this year on Recital, keep your eyes out.



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,