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Dark Entries is honored to reissue the first 4 full-lengths from Carolyn Fok / CYRNAI, an Asian-American female solo artist from the Bay Area. The 6xLP box set contains all of Carolyn’s officially released music as CYRNAI between 1980-1990, as well as bonus materials. Most of these songs will see their first vinyl appearance ever in a deluxe edition limited boxed set (333 copies). Remastered by George Horn, the set features an exclusive 48-page booklet with photos, quotes, interviews and liner notes written by Carolyn and introduction by Greg Allen (author of ‘Klaus Schulze, Electronic Music Legend’). Over 70 songs, 4 hours of music, spread across six records plus an exclusive bonus 7” of cover songs by The Cure and Gang Of Four all packaged in a black matte wrap box with crimson red foil stamping.

Carolyn’s adventures in sound began with recording stories on a tape recorder at age 9 in 1976. A short time later, exploring the scattering of musical instruments and effects units her father left lying around the family home. She became especially fascinated by his TEAC reel-to-reel recorder that set off a lifelong fascination with sound design. By the age of 16 Carolyn had become inspired by industrial electronic act Cabaret Voltaire, as well as anarcho-punks Crass. Creating the stage name CYRNAI, a rearranging alphabet of Carolyn Fok, she played in several Bay Area bands including Treason, A State Of Mind, Trial and Rhythm & Noise between 1983 and 1991. Her debut release as CYRNAI, 1985’s 12” EP ‘Charred Blossoms’, followed by the cassette albums ‘Parts of The Insomnic Wheel’ in 1986, ‘Hypno-Seizure’ in 1987 and two versions of ‘To Subtle-Drive’ in 1989/1990. 

Despite having been featured in publications including Electronic Musician, Keyboard and with a long term association with Industrial music, Carolyn has remained an intensely private musician, artist and writer until now. However, she has launched an ambitious project that involves releasing her vast archive of music as a ‘memoir’ via her website memoirofsound.com. Having spent extensive time in the studio amassing around 100 albums worth of electronic and experimental music, field recordings, collaborations, band projects and more, these are now being released in one place. “Her time is beyond due to be recognized, represented and attributed for her contributions to experimental analogue culture with sounds still fresher than tomorrow.” Eloise Leigh (New Age Rage, Berlin Community Radio) 

Track Listings:
    Charred Blossoms
    SIDE A
    Phobic In Ruins
    Noct (Mourning Glare)
    Incision Tree

    SIDE B
    Be Happy Or Go Straight
    Waydom (Demo)
    Burnt Shadows
    Progress After Distance
    A Prosaic Afternoon
    Power to Wait
    Kemoflosh 2
    The Day Inside

    Bonus Covers 7”
    SIDE C
    In Your House

    SIDE D
    The Holy Hour
    It’s Her Factory

    Parts Of The Insomnic Wheel ‎
    SIDE A
    Red Carpet Hallways
    Dungeon of Leftovers
    The Pitchfork of Womanhood
    Prison Tree Duet

    SIDE B
    Numb Machinery
    White Sky Moving
    Tibetan Bowls Signaling
    Fluorescent Nerve Endings
    Spirals and Diameters
    Clutching A Pencil

    SIDE C
    Time Has The Humor
    Cinder Theory
    Indoor Lighting
    I Was Over-born
    Dig a hole
    Oh, Sun Come In!

    SIDE D
    A Goodbye Peck
    Storing The Past in Formaldehyde
    Prison Tree
    Dreamer’s Paralysis
    Have You Heard My Life
    Ride Into Your Energy

    Hypno-Seizure ‎
    SIDE A
    Is It Colored Numbers?
    A Thousand Eyes On One Street
    Going Under Hypnotized
    Hallucination, Custom Cut
    Robot State
    I Will Have You

    SIDE B
    A Rainbow of Business
    The Promise of Happiness
    Brushed With Water
    Oh Why
    My Nocturnal Journal
    Everlasting Eye

    To Subtle-Drive
    SIDE A
    To Subtle Drive
    Pocket Zimbabwe

    SIDE B
    It’s a Crazy Fear
    Far Above The Clouds
    Electric Meditation

    SIDE C
    Death Row Lingo
    Climb the Sun
    Lost Your Soul

    SIDE D
    Backbone Beat
    Friction Song
    When The Morning Comes
    The Guidelines of Labor
Artist Name(s):
Carolyn Fok / CYRNAI
Release Year: 2018
Ambient, Classical, Drone, Experimental, Industrial, Minimal, Musique Concrète, Noise, Progressive, Soundtrack
Album Type:
Compilation, Studio
LP 33 1/3
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Dark Entries Records
Catalog Number(s):
San Francisco, CA
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