Bass Communion

Starting in 1994, Steven began solo recordings described as “experiments in texture,” resulting in his work under the name Bass Communion. Eschewing synths and keyboards, Steven, in this guise, works with sampled live performances of a variety of instruments, sometimes with the help of other musicians like Robert Fripp, to create a series of fine ambient/electronic pieces.

Two self-titled albums appeared by the end of the ’90s, the second of which featured a bonus EP including further work and experiments, while a third, collecting various recordings over the years, appeared in 2001. The latest release under the Bass Communion name ‘Cenotaph’ was released in November 2011, on both CD and double vinyl.

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April 1998 – Bass Communion (I)

(Third Stone CD – STONE 036CD) DELETED
(Reissued in Dec 2001 on Hidden Art – HIART9)

1. Shopping (1.24)
2. Drugged (13.35)
3. Sleep Etc (13.29)
4. Orphan Coal (10.02)
5. Drugged (24.55)

July 1999 – Bass Communion (II)

(Hidden Art double CD – HIART4) DELETED
(Single CD reissue in Sept 2002 drops “Snakebird” – Headphone Dust CD – BCCD3) DELETED

CD ONE

1. Advert (0.56)
2. 16 Second Swarm (10.58)
3. Grammatic Oil (10.11)
4. Drugged 3 (17.00)
5. Dwarf Artillery (7.14) »
6. Wide Open Killingfeld (13.01)

CD TWO

1. A Grapefruit in the World of Park (12.10)
2. Snakebird (10.59)

CD 2 track 1 is based on soundscape material provided by Robert Fripp.
CD 2 track 2 is a remix by The Square Root of Sub.

March 2001 – Bass Communion (III)

(Burning Shed CDR) DELETED
Made to order CDR in card sleeve with printed insert.

1. Amphead (13.14)

Three Pieces for Television:

2. Sonar (2.15)
3. Lina Romay (2.40)
4. Grammatic Fog (2.08)

5. Slut 2.1 (9.54)
6. 43553E99.01 (14.06)
7. Sickness (11.12)
8. Reformat Spiders (7.50)

Leftover pieces, TV music, and failed experiments recorded between 1995-99.

February 2004 – Ghosts on Magnetic Tape

(Headphone Dust CD – HDBCCD9)
In vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve. Later pressings also include the Andrew Liles reconstruction disc (see below).

1. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape I (12.45)
2. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape II (7.02)
3. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape III (10.15)
4. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape IV (8.17)
5. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape V (18.48)

The fourth Bass Communion album, created primarily from processing 78rpm records and piano sources.

March 2005 – Dronework

(Headphone Dust CDR – HDBCCD14) DELETED
New CD edition released August 2008 (Headphone Dust CD – HDBCCD14X).

1. Dronework (20.16)

Originally released as an on demand CDR. Later edition is factory pressed CD with new mini LP sleeve artwork.

October 2005 – Indicates Void

(ToneFloat “C” 12 inch LP – TFC102)
Limited to 300 copies in hand made sleeves – 100 copies in a silver sleeve, 100 copies in a gold sleeve, and 100 copies as part of a box set of the first 5 “C” releases.

1. guitar (10.40)
2. clarinet (8.21)
3. voice / musical box (11.16)
4. piano / soprano saxophone (9.18)

The fifth Bass Communion album consists of 2005 recordings based primarily on one instrument source each, except for track 4 which was recorded with Theo Travis in 1998.

January 2006 – Loss

(Loss -  CD/DVD)
Two disc set containing both stereo CD and 5.1 / high resolution stereo DVDA. Packaged in a beautiful thick card gatefold sleeve, with an additional 8 page booklet containing the images from the original vinyl.

1. Loss part 1 (19.34)
2. Loss part 2 (18.52)

The sixth Bass Communion album. Recorded 2004-05.

October 2006 – bcvsmgcd

(Soleilmoon CD – SOL146CD)
Reissue of both the Bass Communion / Muslimgauze collaborations on a single disc in 6 panel digipack cover.

1. One (8.33)
2. Two (7.23)
3. Three (13.04)
4. Four(4.57)
5. Five (10.38)
6. Six (9.29)
7. Seven (9.03)

February 2008 – Pacific Codex

(Equation E=-mc16)
Deluxe CD and 5.1 surround sound DVD-A set housed in a heavy slipcase/box containing gatefold sleeve and perfect bound book with insert card. Limited to 975 copies.

CD : Pacific Codex – stereo mix (40.21)
DVDA : Pacific Codex – 5.1 surround sound mix (40.21)

The seventh Bass Communion album. All sounds generated from recordings of Steve Hubback’s metal sculptures, played by SW and Theo Travis.

June 2008 – Bass Communion/Freiband – Haze Shrapnel

(MOLL 3 inch CDR – MOLL22)
Track 1 is an out-take from the Molotov and Haze sessions, track 2 is a remix of the same piece by Freiband. Available as an on-demand CDR from My Own Little Label.

1. Haze Shrapnel (12.49)
2. Scherven (8.00)

July 2008 – Molotov and Haze

(Important Records CD – Imprec193)

1. Molotov 1502 (15.30)
2. Glacial 1602 (13.10)
3. Corrosive 1702 (12.26)
4. Haze 1402 (23.10)

The eighth Bass Communion album. Multi-layered (and sometimes very noisy) pieces generated from guitar.

August 2008 – Bass Communion / Pig – Live in Mexico City

(Important Records LP – Imprec194)
Limited edition of 500 copies in screen printed covers. 5 different colour cover/vinyl combinations, 100 of each.

SIDE A
1. (2.29)
2. (17.12)
SIDE B
3. (18.54)

Live recording of a performance with Mexican noise/improv group Pig, in Laboratorio De Arte Alameda, Mexico City on 27th Feb 2008.

July 2009 – Chiaroscuro

(Headphone Dust CD – HDBCCD19)
Title track was recorded live in Antwerp in November 2008. Fusilier taken from the split 7 inch given away to attendees of the concert. Packaged in mini LP gatefold sleeve edition of 1,000 copies.

1. Chiaroscuro (37.50)
2. Fusilier (7.55)

August 2009 – Litany

(ToneFloat 12 inch EP – TF71)
1000 copies on black vinyl, 250 copies on coloured vinyl

SIDE A – litany 1-403-1204 (6.23)
SIDE B – litany 2-923-0402 (15.25)

September 2009 – Freiband/Bass Communion – Headwind/Tailwind

(MOLL 3 inch CD – MOLL30)
Companion release to “Haze Shrapnel” on which Freiband remixed Bass Communion, this time the roles reversed. Track 1 recorded by Freiband June 2009. Track 2 created on 15th July 2009 by Bass Communion using the Freiband track as the only source material.

1. Headwind (10.30)
2. Tailwind (10.26)

November 2011 – Cenotaph

(Tone Float – TF114)
CD + 2LP (vinyl edition contains alternate mix and is limited to 700 copies)

1. Citadel (q) (19.09)
2. Carrion (u) (21.19)
3. Cenotaph (r) (19.01)
4. Conflux (n) (17.49)

The ninth Bass Communion album.