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Labels with focus on contemporary musique concrete?
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debris
I love musique concrete/acousmatic music. Sadly this kind of stuff seems to be mainly released in context of re-issues/archives. But I do believe that this genre still has value for artisis to explore today.
I was wondering if there are labels out there that focus on or release concrete/acousmatic music from contemporary artists on a regular basis ?
The only on I can think of is editions mego and its sub labels.
Any recommendation would be appreciated!
pixelmechanic
Empreintes DIGITALes - https://www.electrocd.com/en/accueil

Entr'acte - http://entracte.co.uk
debris
pixelmechanic wrote:

Entr'acte - http://entracte.co.uk

is a good call.

pixelmechanic wrote:

Empreintes DIGITALes - https://www.electrocd.com/en/accueil

seems to be limited to a certain aesthetic, as far I can tell.

Thanks though, this is a good start!
Qabeel
I really like what’s been happening over at Dinzu Artefacts

https://dinzuartefacts.bandcamp.com

Lots of folks working with tape, field recordings, etc.
debris
Qabeel wrote:
I really like what’s been happening over at Dinzu Artefacts

https://dinzuartefacts.bandcamp.com

Lots of folks working with tape, field recordings, etc.


never heard of the label. looks interesting. *diving in*
medium Rob
Notice Recordings (on Bandcamp)
https://www.discogs.com/label/98974-Kye

I strongly recommend two albums by Marc Baron, Hidden Tapes and Un Salon Au Fond D'Un Lac - both are *great* works, on Potlatch
Qabeel
thumbs up

Was coming back to recommend Kye

medium Rob wrote:
Notice Recordings (on Bandcamp)
https://www.discogs.com/label/98974-Kye

I strongly recommend two albums by Marc Baron, Hidden Tapes and Un Salon Au Fond D'Un Lac - both are *great* works, on Potlatch
debris
Qabeel wrote:
thumbs up

Was coming back to recommend Kye

medium Rob wrote:
Notice Recordings (on Bandcamp)
https://www.discogs.com/label/98974-Kye

I strongly recommend two albums by Marc Baron, Hidden Tapes and Un Salon Au Fond D'Un Lac - both are *great* works, on Potlatch


Yeah, KYE was pretty amazing. I liked the focus they put on lo-fi concrete music and kinda mysterious sounding field recordings. Sadly, they announced their final release last year sad banana

what would you guys recommend? I have to admit that I've lost track of their output during the last two years...
e-grad
Walter Ulbricht Schallfolien moved pretty much into the acousmatic vein.

Albeit the number of releases is reduced to an extent that many think it is shut down by now. It's not and more to come "soon". Well soon suggests a rush unknown to the person behind Walter Ulbricht Schallfolien.

While I don't dig most of their releases, I highly recommend the following one:
https://www.discogs.com/de/Evapori-Fumes/release/1162201
I admit Evapori is a friend of mine, yet, I recommended it for one reason only: it's truly outstanding.

The above mentioned Entr'acte has released some very good stuff by Helena Gough.
medium Rob
debris wrote:
what would you guys recommend? I have to admit that I've lost track of their output during the last two years...

re: KYE

I'm not familiar with much of the catalog, but I'm assuming you're familiar with Graham Lambkin's work? Salmon Run is fantastic- definitely a classic, or landmark album in this vein. There's some really beautiful / old classical music being played at parts. Much of the album is up on YouTube. I also really dig Full Circle Sounding, the Malcom Goldstein album (solo violin) - it's definitely not concrete music--it sounds improvised, well-spirited / playful, w/frenzied and knotty/percussive parts. Again, it's a (good) recording of Goldstein playing violin.

There's a sampler called Nice Weather for War, which is a decent overview of the more recent activity / artists on the label.

I can't speak for the bulk of the catalog, most of it was exclusively released on LP (don't have a proper turntable setup), but back to Lambkin. Amateur Doubles was recorded in a Honda Civic (on the road), it's an interesting document, w/thick atmosphere - you'll hear (i'm assuming) tapes played on the car stereo, music I don't recognize but it's got a strong 70s / psych (pretty) vibe about it. As well as half-heard movements, gestures, voice(s) inside the cabin of the car, the car itself (motor, windows, interior, etc.), as they're driving. Community, also released on Erstwhile Records, is some of his most recent (and strong) work - I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Softly Softly Copy Copy (Lambkin, again) is a bit more brisk, sharp, crystalline, cold, and detailed.. with water and wind sounds, avian expressions, microphone (feedback?), and many other elements I can't quite recall. It does contain some passages of a stringed instrument (violin?) playing a defined motif.

I'd be interested to hear the Joe McPhee albums, I just haven't searched for them yet.

Oh yeah, Matthew Revert - Not You - this is some pretty well-involving personal material, with spoken voice, singing, elements of acoustic guitar playing (rake-age and fondling), fumbling microphone, background percussion, electro-acoustic bits. It sort of reminded me of Sebadoh.

https://youtu.be/orh_3Z8vjnY

Quote:
Kye is proud to present the first fully authorized collection of sound work by esteemed Australian novelist Matthew Revert. ‘Not You’ takes Revert’s diaristic/voyeuristic narrations and casts them against a loose-footing of home-recorded 4-track scrabble, iPhone overload, and migratory acoustic dreamsong.


https://www.discogs.com/Matthew-Revert-Not-You/release/6496718
NU
medium Rob wrote:
tapes played on the car stereo, music I don't recognize but it's got a strong 70s / psych (pretty) vibe about it.


It's this and this. Two Pôle classics.

My favorite Lambkin release from the past few years is the "Chance Meeting" EP with McPhee, but we're quite some distance from musique concrète or acousmatic music now.
acou
I suggest you to check some of the acousmatic releases of the russian Obs (Observatoire), although I could be accused of some conflict of interests... the website is horrible, I suggest you to check it out on Bandcamp first.

Another one is the experimental music label El Muelle Records. The french label 'Broccoli' is also releasing some acousmatics, although their catalogue is plenty of stuff that has nothing to do with that.

Unfortunately acousmatic/concrète music got stuck into a self-referential loop which I believe has a lot to do with the academic involvement of many of the todays composers.. there aren't many labels totally dedicated to this genre, surely they're far less than a decade ago.
acou
I forgot to suggest to check individual artists' Bandcamp pages.. e.g. Lionel Marchetti is releasing all his stuff on his own page and many things are just great..
debris
medium Rob wrote:
debris wrote:
what would you guys recommend? I have to admit that I've lost track of their output during the last two years...

re: KYE

I'm not familiar with much of the catalog, but I'm assuming you're familiar with Graham Lambkin's work? Salmon Run is fantastic- definitely a classic, or landmark album in this vein.


Yeah, I now Lambkin and I agree, Salmon Run is a very special release (due for a reissue, I'd say). It's a peculiar record, where it's impossible for me to pinpoint what makes it work so well. I also love the collaboration Labkin did with Jason Lescalleet. Outstanding and unique music (same goes for Amateur Doubles).

medium Rob wrote:
Full Circle Sounding, the Malcom Goldstein album (solo violin) - it's definitely not concrete music--it sounds improvised, well-spirited / playful, w/frenzied and knotty/percussive parts. Again, it's a (good) recording of Goldstein playing violin.


Don't know that one. Will check it out - thanks!

medium Rob wrote:
Community, also released on Erstwhile Records, is some of his most recent (and strong) work - I wholeheartedly recommend it.


Aaah, that's good to know. I somehow lost track of him, although I deeply admire his music.


medium Rob wrote:

Oh yeah, Matthew Revert - Not You - this is some pretty well-involving personal material, with spoken voice, singing, elements of acoustic guitar playing (rake-age and fondling), fumbling microphone, background percussion, electro-acoustic bits. It sort of reminded me of Sebadoh.


This one sounds also intriguing, similar to Lambkins own releases, from your description. I'll check it out when I find the time. Thanks for your extensive write up, I appreciate it.
debris
acou wrote:

Unfortunately acousmatic/concrète music got stuck into a self-referential loop which I believe has a lot to do with the academic involvement of many of the todays composers.. there aren't many labels totally dedicated to this genre, surely they're far less than a decade ago.


Yeah, very well put. I find it so frustrating that this music became its own cliche. It has so much potential (sonically and conceptually), but it feels often (mostly, yeah) stale and self-referential, as you put it. I'll make sure to check out your recommendations - thanks!
medium Rob
https://vimeo.com/116017034

^for debris.. this video is a good approximation of the Goldstein album.


EDIT: Graham Lambkin is now up on Bandcamp:

https://grahamlambkin.bandcamp.com/releases
debris
medium Rob wrote:
https://vimeo.com/116017034

^for debris.. this video is a good approximation of the Goldstein album.


looks/sounds intriguing - thanks!

medium Rob wrote:

EDIT: Graham Lambkin is now up on Bandcamp:

https://grahamlambkin.bandcamp.com/releases


wow, never thought he would go digital. I'll keep an eye on it.
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