Sep 8, 2016

MOSS 024 / MOSS 025 / MOSS 026

Three new tapes are now available for pre-order at the 

These all come pro-dublicated and pad-printed! J-cards are high-quality recycled matte cardstock. Pro-printed at Moss HQ! 

Please e-mail joebastardo [at] gmail.com for a special batch deal!


Ex-Makenoiser Dash Lewis returns with a new set of deeply-creviced compositions for voice and modular synthesizer. All tracks are performed live, and in this four-song suite, Dash's talent for loop building and deconstruction shines. 
Pieces flourish with a breadth of emotion; constantly building and churning. Heavy waves of bass cascade upon gentle layers of vocal chanting. Lights shimmer from deep within the void. 

The witness is treated to a truly organic experience as vocal layers intertwine with sequenced patterns and thunderous drones. Gardener exemplifies a true "Die Mensch-Maschine" ethos. When coupled with live construction of vocal knots, one can easily appreciate the synthesizer as an actual cyber-entity as well as performative instrument.


"The Enchanter encrypts the buttons it does & does not press. 
After several saturns in the glass domain it returns to the server at the end of the earth. 

It stands parallel to beings coated with white denim shrouds, known as "jackets" draped around their machines. These alchemists have long hair & wear blinders to protect themselves from the sun. The Enchanter picks up the phone & sets the function to record. It travels on the magnetic waves through midnight ruin, through the glow of machine screens at an early morning hour...Eventually found asleep, beneath the digital units & wires. Units Lorelei & Lionel are trained for output of recovered signals. The banshee bass is modeled & yix'd at a later time. 

Foil covers the window & the keyboard & the floor. 
All is surveiled. 
These alien optics are not to be trusted. 
Extruded informations lie. 

The Enchanter has failed & has been captured."


Listening to it now, two months after its initial digital release, this album feels like a travel diary. I was in the tiny fishing village of Shoji when Marcus of OverScan invited me to play a small show with H. Takahashi in Osaka. 

On the bus ride west to Nagoya, the lightbulb went on. To stay busy, I had been editing live practice jams on my laptop, and since I had no merch, I thought I could probably cobble together some kind of "Nippon EP" and give out a download card at the show. I started feverishly working to finish the tracks, peppering in recent field recordings from my travels. I quickly realized that I had enough decent material for a full-length album! 

When I was in Osaka, I met up with OverScan and Joshua Stefane of Endurance. We sat down in a cramped little bar, opened up Photoshop and began to properly translate the liner notes of my album into Japanese. 

The next day, an hour before the show, I frantically ran to a nearby Kinko's, gave my design to the print technician and despite the language barrier, was able to coerce a rush job. After the set at HOPKEN in Osaka, I took my laptop to the back of the room and uploaded the tracks to bandcamp. Thus the Nippon LP was born! 

Now, every time I hear these tracks, I can remember the view out of the bus or train window, as I pieced it together. The pace at which this album was released helps it feel fresh in my mind... pretty much the opposite of my last album! 

Most of these tracks are basically live with very little overdubbing. While in Japan, editing was done and field recordings were added. This album will always have a special place in my heart and I'm excited to share this cassette version with everyone! 

So much of this album came together thanks to the help of amazing friends, new and old. I am so grateful to everyone who was a part of this release! Thanks for listening! -Joe 

Jul 3, 2016


機材: Eurorack Modular System, Roland TR-707, Roland SH-101, Yamaha DX7, Ensoniq ESQ-1, Korg Poly-61, Korg Mono/Poly, and Apple Macbook Pro.


すべてのシンセは2016年にMoss Archive, USAのスタジオに録音されました。すべてのトラックはまだマスターリングされていない状態。 

Special thanks to Joshua Wittig, Marcus Miller and Nick Coffman. 


Dec 28, 2015


Tapes I dug this year: 
Foodman "Couldwork" + "Hot Rice" Orange Milk & Patient Sounds
Drawing Trees & Ant'lrd "Balanced Breakfast" BARO
Ant'lrd "Clouding Indefinitely" Inner Islands
Eric Lanham "Intercepted Ruins" A.H.E.M. Editions
SMAX ...?... Hear Now Records
Fah "We Were Cool Ones" Occult Research
ISA X "Nonsense Consequence" Ayurvedic
Three Legged Race "Rope Commercial Vol. 2" Vitrine
LEAN (w/ Abdul Sherzai) Untitled - Various Live Sets Ayurvedic
Synth Bard "Gold Box Renditions" Ephem Aural
Iasos Reissues on Rotifer Cassettes!!
Max Tundra "Selected Amiga / BBC Micro Works 85-92" Marvelous Tone
Dept. of Harmonic Integrity "In Deck and Depth, A Whim, A Weft" Tymbal Tapes
2A0X "data 3000" Dig Dug DIY
W00DY "RNBW" Self Released
Roger Tellier Craig "Visites Possibles and Sightings: Music for the Videos of Sabrina Ratté" Where to Now
Pulse Emitter "Digital Rainforest" Beer On the Rug
Childermass "Quick Highs" GNS / FOMJ
Laraaji Box Set!! Stones Throw Records
Kyle Landstra "Unshared Properties Vol I-IV" Sacred Phrases
Noyzelab "16x16 Cell Meditations" MEDS
Lorenzo Senni "Evolver CS" Alku
David Burraston & Russell Haswell "Wired Lab CV Session #1" Alku
BANK XIV "VIII Circuli Putrida" Occult Research
Volitune "Overloards" Occult Research
Three Fourths Tigers "Indoor Voice" Field Hymns

a few LPs that come to mind...
American Cassette Culture 1971-1983 - Vinyl On Demand
Kurt Stenzel "Jodorowsky's Dune OST" Light In the Attic
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma "We Know Each Other Somehow" RVNG Intl.
ReRVNG / REGRM Reissues!!
Oneohtrix Point Never "Garden of Delete" Warp
AFX "Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08" Warp

Good Times:
Autechre Live @ 3S Artspace, Manchester

David Russell & arm + Mickey O'Hara @ X Fest

Dust Witch on Halloween @ Coolidge Corner


Gnar Burger in LA with Sam Gas Can

Looks Realistic live with Telescopes

Seamus R Williams @ The Traphaus

Gay Shapes Live @ Sam & Liz's wedding!

Sam Gas Can live somewhere on tour in CA

Life Changing Ministry in Oakland. With Nate Tusco, Headboggle, Glochids, Raub Roy
... Amazing Night!

Creelpones picked up @ The Mimaroglu Open House

Jan Balsam & Hermon Cone on New Year's Day 2015

Evergreen's Buchla

Big Sur with Sam Gas Can

Moss HQ circa 2015

Output - 2015

Out on Jan 1st
MOSS 022 - föld "erdő hang"
Deep foliage meditation. Submerged in moss. Forest of sound.

Nov 30, 2015


A new split from Bastian Void and Kyle Landstra is now available on Lillerne Tapes!

Limited to 75 Order Here

"It’d be hard for me to pick a better combo of rippers to wind down 2015 with than the two on this tape. Joseph Bastardo’s Bastian Void project has been blowing me away for quite some time, and these new compositions are some of my favorites to date. His contribution to the split is an energetic and immersive world of hypnotic synth lines and beautifully arranged rhythms. It’s rare to hear music that is as transcendent as it is present and demanding of one’s attention. Real otherworldly areas—the perfect exercise playlist for a workout in space or some true headphone therapy. Landstra’s ability to be a prolific performer and recorder without sacrificing quality or emotional impact is what’s drawn me to his work. His side is the perfect comedown after the flight. Warm melodies and pulsating layers of synthesizer come and go, meeting together and dissipating, creating a satisfying sense of cathartic movement. Truly human and emotional work translated through electronics. This tape is a knockout! Edition of 75 homedubbed Type II/Chrome cassettes. Artwork and printing by Joseph Bastardo." - Lillerne Tapes

released December 1, 2015

Sep 27, 2015


MOSS 021


There was a hole here, it’s gone now.

Mysterious House is James Mercer, a Brooklyn-based composer, programmer, artist and sound archivist. Maze of Wooden Surfaces is a double album of meticulously-programmed audio spillage, an epic undertaking for the listener. Two discs, almost two hours of intense spiraling texture and timbre, punctuated by moments of clarity. Even in its harshest moments, beauty and attention to detail shine though.


Physical Version of this album is available in deluxe double CDr packaging. Two gatefold sleeves with vellum overlay, housed in poly bag.

2xCD-R. Designed, printed, assembled, duplicated and stamped at Moss Archive 2015.


MOSS 020


Dorosoto is a solo project of the extremely prolific Mr. Warren Kroll, a member of High Tides, who just released an excellent LP on Rad Cult. Warren is a synth master and steward of electronic music knowledge.

Odd Matters is a suite of distanced and paranoid hallucinations. They linger around in your periphery, yet are beholden to intense detail if the listener chooses to invest. Motion-blur reverberations smear the dread-laden, yet vaguely funky sequences. Made entirely on a circuit-bent Yamaha keyboard. Squelches call out from another dimension. There are vague hints of color in the sepia-tinged fog.

 c32. Designed, printed, assembled, dubbed and stamped at Moss Archive 2015.