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Discovering New Labels
« on: January 21, 2009, 07:21:58 PM »
Through the intrepid sonic explorers of this forum, and by my own restless searching of late for interesting music, I have found some curious and wondrous labels that are putting out music that rivals the bigger names (in ambient world terms) in my collection. It's very refreshing to open up a bit more and go off the beaten track. I think early on in my ambient/electronica searching I felt a bit burned by some of the obscurer stuff I was picking up, so retreated for a time in filling out my collection with more well known artists that I could rely on much more easily. But my search for more unique packaging, raw vision, and diverse takes on what ambient means has led me to some of the following great labels.

Diophantine Discs: http://discs.diophantine.net/ They use Stumptown Printers for their packaging, and the music in wonderful from what I have checked out so far (excellent works by Brian Lavelle and 'kirchenkampf')

I believe the releases of this label have been mentioned on this forum. I have just begun checking them out and ordered some up for myslef (Mystified and Bones of Seabirds). Very promising, and I am getting into the mini cd experience: http://www.small-doses.com/

Please share if you have any favorites or new discoveries.






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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 01:01:53 AM »
Here's some cool stuff:

http://etherkreet.com/news.html
(check out the stuff from Bus van Huizen....cool stuff I must say)

http://www.studentsofdecay.com/homepage.htm
(Awesome label with an awesome sound...although I think some would probably disagree with me...check out the new Marble Sky and Area C releases and you'll proabably become an addict)

http://www.moufu-rokuon.net/
(Some Japanese cat making some noise ambient sound experiements...super cheap and when his music is good it really is good.  If you like small doses no reasons why this would'nt be up your alley)

http://deadpilot.bigcartel.com/
(They have had some good stuff and once in a while they will carry something very unique and hard to get in the dist section.  The Eyeballs release is my recent dig)

http://www.wixel.be/slaapwel/
(total sleepy time ambient music although they are sold out on every release keep a bookmark on this page good stuff has crept out of this cottage....Jasper TX and Steinbruchel releases are proof of that)

http://www.installsound.net
(David Tagg curates the label and releases bombshells every other month.  The recent Daizok release is giving me goosebumps)

http://www.thelandof.org/index.html
(Some good enviromental zones and drones on offer from The Green Kingdom and Off The Sky)

http://www.earsnake.com/earsnake/releases.aspx
(I really enjoy the new Ben Fleury-Steiner! on this rather where the hell did they come from label)

http://www.dust-unsettled.com/
(Brian Lavelle releases super limited cd-r through this outlet so keep your eyes peeled because they usually last a few days

http://www.sustain-release.co.uk/catalogue.htm
(Cooler than cool music from a rather amazing musician.  I have all of the releases and I must say each is amazing in it's own speacil way)

http://www.lastvisibledog.com/index.htm
(Cool label with a wonderful dist. section)

http://aphoniarecordings.com/store/index.php
(every now and then something strange and really freaking good appears on this "where the hell is it" label)

http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/catalog.htm
(Cool distro run by the man behind basses frequences.  Usually what you find at Small Doses you will find here as well but they do carry a lot of Wereju)

http://www.shrine.me.uk/
(An artist I discovered earlier in the year...he reminds me a lot of Alio Die and Asmorod.  Good stuff and you can buy his album from his website or pay a few Euros more at...oops I forgot the other distro.  Anyhow check it out and you should also check out his budy Lingua Fungi which apparently sounds like Alio Die and Asmorod as well)

http://helenscarsdale.com/publications.htm
(Cool distro and label who seem to focus on the drone and experiments within)

hope this is enough for know should keep you plenty busy I gather.

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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009, 06:48:55 AM »
Diophantine Discs: http://discs.diophantine.net/ They use Stumptown Printers for their packaging, and the music in wonderful from what I have checked out so far (excellent works by Brian Lavelle and 'kirchenkampf')


Is that the 'kirchenkampf' from the split with Caul on Malignant records ?

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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009, 04:14:48 PM »
Diophantine Discs: http://discs.diophantine.net/ They use Stumptown Printers for their packaging, and the music in wonderful from what I have checked out so far (excellent works by Brian Lavelle and 'kirchenkampf')


Is that the 'kirchenkampf' from the split with Caul on Malignant records ?


One and the same, yes. The Caul collaboration is a great album as well. The 'kirchenkampf'  on Diophantine is a double album called Babel, amazing work of imagination. He also has a project called  Oratory of Divine Love which is quite good, from the same label.

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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009, 04:15:40 PM »
Thanks for the list Fern, am looking forward to checking those out!

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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2009, 09:12:14 PM »
Currently checking out Intransitive Recordings .http://www.brainwashed.com/intransitive/pages/catalog.html Things are looking good. Nerve Net Noise "Dark Garden", Lionel Marchetti & Seijiro Murayama "Hatali Atseli", and Seht and Stelzer "Exactly What You Lost" are albums that I've got my eye on. Anyone who owns these and has an opinion, I would much appreciate.

Also getting into and/Oar http://www.and-oar.org/ recently. Found Yui Onodero's Suisei at the record store the other day, and it led me to order up Kiyoshi Mizutani's "Scenery Of The Border: Environment And Folklore Of The Tanzawa Mountains", which took me straight to the very place the other night. Felt like I was really there, was imagining I could feel the spray of the rushing water.

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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009, 09:09:17 PM »
I am curious to know what forum members think about the idea of deliberately annoying music, as in those releases that seem to be striving to be avant-garde or different, but think that the way to this goal is just to be insanely annoying. I would start a separate thread, but I've encountered this concept in some recently discovered new labels (which will remain unnamed until further assessment), so it fits in this thread. Do you think there are fools out there just taking the piss out of us listeners? I have heard some stuff recently that just straight up angers me in its pretentious annoyingness.

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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2009, 11:51:17 PM »
I am curious to know what forum members think about the idea of deliberately annoying music, as in those releases that seem to be striving to be avant-garde or different, but think that the way to this goal is just to be insanely annoying. I would start a separate thread, but I've encountered this concept in some recently discovered new labels (which will remain unnamed until further assessment), so it fits in this thread. Do you think there are fools out there just taking the piss out of us listeners? I have heard some stuff recently that just straight up angers me in its pretentious annoyingness.

An interesting question:  The idea of poseurs out there being deliberately annoying is something that makes me want to pick up a big stick and beat them around the head with it, but really people can do whatever they want with music- that's one of the great things about something not bound by the same rules as many other things in our society.

If music wasn't one of those big wild-west kind of places where you could do whatever takes your fancy, then i'd feel a bit depressed and I don't really think any musicians are being deliberately annoying, I think they may be making a statement about what we accept and what we don't accept in society, like death metal bands etc   They probably still enjoy what they do, even though it may be offensive and foul to the uninitiated.  Avant-garde on the other hand, I would say, is more of an artistic decision to test out ideas, experiments.  These people get away with a lot, because of the big word Art, but some of it can be very thought provoking, if not always listenable.

hmmm....I'd still call them wankers though.

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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2009, 08:12:50 PM »
Here's something to consider...  How many people out there don't "get" ambient music in general?  They say it's pointless... where's the melody, etc.  You could say the same thing about us not "getting" the really avant-garde stuff.  Just playing devil's advocate here.   ;)
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Re: Discovering New Labels
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2009, 11:18:43 PM »
I am aware that sometimes I don't understand the intent of an album or style. I've also felt at times that a certain album is good in what it is trying to do, but it just isn't the style of music that appeals to me. Sometimes though - and this usually happens with music that could be or wants to be considered "avante-garde" - I just get the feeling that there is no honesty behind it, no real experience, just a low-grade urge to be completely innovative or (and this word is such a double edged sword) "challenging". I hate that, but I buy enough of this type of music (I beat my head against the mostly abominable Tzadik label for long enough) to get a sense when the music makers are full of shit, or are actually living what they are creating. Well, I think I was just pissed off at a current crop of releases I picked up...maybe being a fan of ambient does play into it though. It can be really irritating to put some music on that is chaotic and shrieking and has that sense of "pay attention to me or else!" when you are trying to do some work or focus on something that you really want to immerse yourself in. So hearing a recording of a small dog constantly barking and what sounds like someone urinating on a sidewalk looped for minutes on end can catch one off guard and start the questions coming :-\
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2009, 05:17:25 AM »
hearing a recording of a small dog constantly barking and what sounds like someone urinating on a sidewalk looped for minutes on end can catch one off guard and start the questions coming :-\
Haha!  Wow, that does sound irritating.  I understand completely your thoughts on whether the artist is trying to express something important to them, or just trying so hard to be different that they fall flat on their face because it's horrible music that nobody could enjoy.   ::)
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2009, 08:36:22 AM »
............ hearing a recording of a small dog constantly barking and what sounds like someone urinating on a sidewalk looped for minutes on end can catch one off guard and start the questions coming :-\
so, you've obviously heard my latest cd. and i hadn't even sent out promo's! did you hack my web site?
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2009, 05:00:01 PM »
Yui Onodera's Entropy just retrieved from the mailbox. Looking good. Trumn creates a simple, easy to access, and clean package. Good printing and design, photos, color sceme. The package is a triple fold thick card stock with the disc mounted on a foam button. Excellent, good to see a label that takes so much care, yet keeps it utilitarian and practical. Excited about the music, Suisei is the only other Onodera album I have so far, and it is great...

Been getting into the Aural Hypnox label recently, the only really good Occult style ambient label that comes to mind lately. Although their earlier releases were rough and not the most interesting, the most recent three are winning me over with a combo of kick-ass (in a quiet ambient way) music and unique packaging. They have some kind of wallet shape, and the cds are in a mylar windowed paper envelope. Good graphics and design, but it is easy to access and encloses upon itself. Quite an efficient package, and the consistency between releases is cool. The graphics on the outside are primitive stamps, which I like, and which fits the characters of the releases. If you like your ambient on the animistic or occult side (I often do) check them out. Am Kha Astrie of Halo Manash is a winner, as is his Language of Red Goats. I await Aural Holograms vol. 1 in the mail...

On the packaging front, I also want to shamelessly admit I have been admiring the two relatively recent Alio Die reissues that bear my artwork. Check them out, they are available from Projekt:Sit Tibi Terra Levis/Introspective http://www.projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?dept%5Fid=20&sku=HSL00049 and Hidden Springhttp://www.projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?dept%5Fid=20&sku=HSL00050. The music is phenomenal, some of my favorite work from Alio Die (and not just because of the cover!). The covers are printed in elegant silver and black, on a specially coated paper that somehow completely resists fingerprints, a nice feature for the collector.

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2009, 05:39:46 AM »
Interesting questions here - when does experimenting and challenging become dissapearing up ones own back passage and taking the piss?

I remember when ambient (as in Irrlicht etc) was considered all the above.

IMO whatever I say is only based on my own preferences and contradictions....

I remember a london punk band - Flux of Pink Indians - who had their own label and wanted to release an album not constrained by 'punk genre' and it was quite experimental.....went down like a lead balloon with their fans.

My own listening enjoyment is dependent upon what I think of the context, creativity and skill - this usually includes the idea, the music, the cover and the information..... When younger I tried to get hold of a french LP made up entirely of door squeeks - apparently it was very good....

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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2009, 08:11:04 AM »
http://www.glassthroatrecordings.com is a very interesting label that might appeal to some of you, not exactly ambient or not even exactly new whatsoever, but they only recently started to get a bit known. Their own description about their music is "Progressive, Mournful Drone, Ambient, Soundscape, Pagan Folk, Somber Classical, Ritual/Healing, Environmental, Noise and Funeral Doom". I'd say it's a kind of a mix-up of styles all bound by a kind of naturalistic spirituality, if you get what I mean. Kind of close to the Aural Hypnox guys but without all this ritualistic stuff. I'd recommend some projects like Ruhr Hunter, At the Head of the Woods, The Elemental Chrysalis for a start. All of their releases also come in excellent, home made looking packaging. 

Regarding some other labels that were mentioned, I'm a lot into Students of Decay and all of Richard Skelton's projects (Release-Sustain and music) lately. That guy here http://www.murkhouserecordings.com is also planning to release Lps of Library Tapes, Elegi, and Selaxon Lutberg in the future and has been doing a good job with rock/metal related material until now.

 

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« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2009, 12:54:15 AM »
There is something maniacally fun emanating from the spirit of this label. I have two albums from them, and they are great. Packaging quite nice, delicious graphics and weird type treatments. The music is very good, makes you wake up and see some new things...

http://www.recordlabelrecords.org/releases.html

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« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2009, 12:02:10 AM »
Thanks to the post Alan put up mentioning a new release on the Digitalis label, I am checking back into them. Joe mentioned Darwin's Bitch previously, and that is when I first found out about them. Was curious about their Barn Owl release as well, and also liked the excellent packaging, and printing by Stumptown (at least on the Arts and Crafts Editions). These are the records I have been checking out. Anybody heard these, and have advice?

darwinsbitch "Ore"
Barn Owl "From Our Mouths a Perpetual Light"
ilyas ahmed 2CD
Super Minerals "MULTITUDES"


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« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2009, 07:41:22 PM »
The only thing I should point out is that each release is unique and functions within it's particualr genre:

Darwinsbitch: I believe you would like this release the most among the three.  At times we have a bit of free improv think going on as the cello buzzes around rather freely with no restraint.  The first time I listened to this release I never expected the piano to even make an appearance but when it did it truly complimented the album.  What you expect on this release is A+ drones submerged with otherworldly noises.....why not the Conern?  The Concern is magnificent!

Super Minerals: I have every single release from this duo...if free improve drones and psychedelic is your thing....go for it.  What I mean is not psychedelic in the 60's sense but in the guitar wails let loose with effects all over the place.  I really dig it but not really ambient or drone...the music they play is in a whole different category...personally the best i've heard is the cassette called the "The Thaw" if you really want to experience them at their best

Barn Owl: here's another artist of which I own every release.  This group I would locate on the Folk Dirge spectrum...however some of the music they create has an ambient ethereal quality..while others skit the doomy side...and others the folksy hemisphere.  I would rank this release second to "Raft Of Serpents" on Root Strata (out of print last time I checked)...but you should really search for Elm(Jon Porras 1/2 of Barn Owl) - Woven Light - Blackest Rainbow and Elm - Bxogonoas ....I love these two CD-R's)

As for Ilyas Ahmed: I own a 12" on Time Lag Recs "Vertigo Of Dawn"...i've played it twice since I purchased it last year...neve really snapped with me..but i've kept it in hopes that one day his music might make sense to me.  Sometimes i'm slow in getting some music

Hope this helps

Fern
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« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2009, 01:57:06 PM »
Some bookmarks of mine not seen here:

Soundscaping - http://www.soundscaping.net/label/ only one release so far: Christophe Bailleau - Air Resort

Fluid Audio - http://www.fluidaudio.co.uk/  again only one release so far but looks promising

Duckbay - http://www.duckbay.net/  Segue's label where you can buy the brilliant "listen" comp



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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2009, 02:11:11 PM »
Also Heat Death records - http://www.heatdeathrecords.co.uk/  although their first release is more post rock orientated they have some great stuff (North Hero, finneyerkes, automobile, swift & Cylon) lined up that'll hopefully release soon.