It’s very hard to choose ten tracks from the Subradar site — there is so much great and important music there. I ended up finding things I knew and a few I didn’t. All the tracks are compositions in a profound sense — there is a shock to hearing the audio, because it is genuinely unique — something new has been created. Many of the 10 tracks resist genres, obvious methodologies or meaning.
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|Reunion: Live At Cafe Otto||Evan Parker, John Russell, Ian Brighton, Philipp Wachsmann, Marcio Mattos, Trevor Taylor|
|Athenaeum, Homebush, Quay and Raab||The Necks|
|The Fairly Young Bean||John Russell / Maarten Altena / Terry Day|
|Tandem (remastered)||John Carter & Bobby Bradford|
|First Duo Concert||Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey|
Not long ago this year Norway’s biggest independent digital distributor Phonofile got merged with The Orchard a Sony owned company. This marks the end of their 11 years as an Norway’s leading indie distributor. This is also not particularly good news for people dealing narrow genres, and can it can be seen in a pattern of recent mergers of small independent distributors that are being bought by a few major companies. Charles Caldas, the head of MERLIN (independent rights company) swiftly shared his concerns: «We’re concerned that the majors, via their faux-indie imprints, are land-grabbing... read more
Due to travels with bad internet connections and illness, Aprils label of the month is long overdue, we apologize for the inconvenience!
Established in 2000 and based in Oslo, Sofa is one of Norway’s longest running and most credible labels for improvised and experimental music. With a long rooster including several of the most known names on the international improvisation circuit SOFA is still one of the most important outlets for improvised and experimental music in Europe. SOFA is currently run by musicians Martin Taxt, Kim Myhr and Ingar Zach. We had a little chat with Kim... read more
We are glad to say that we finally got the first of the new Clean Feed published this week, and more are on the way! We hope to have a steady supply of new releases from Portugal during the summer months.
And finally the first curator for new series of playlists is confirmed. We are thrilled to announce that Swedish improvisor and guitar ace David Stackenäs will be the first one to give you his recommendations:
"My playlist was chosen both out of old favourite albums that I’ve heard many times (Nude on Sands, Booklet, Great Waitress, S. Lacy), out of... read more
Finally after a long time of going back and forth we are ready to start presenting more music from the vast Clean Feed catalogue. With almost 500 published albums they are one of the most productive outlets of high quality creative creative music in Europe. So we are thrilled that its finally happening!
We are also starting with a new series of curated playlists where we invite different profiles from the improvised music scene to present ten of their favourite tracks as s one month free streaming playlist. The curators will be announced shortly, and will include... read more
The Subradar staff would just like to thank all followers, music lovers and connoisseurs for their interest and support in 2016. We are looking forward to 2017 with plenty of enthusiasm and we hope to spread the word about improvised and experimental music even further. For those of you seeking the christmas spirit, please refer to our Subradar Superdeal campaign when shopping, and we will charge you an additional 20%:) (the staff needs their christmas dinner) Finally we would like to wish everyone a merry christmas!
The Necks 4-disc live box set "Athenaeum, Homebush", will soon be available. As the only digital outlet for their music, subradar is very happy to present this.
Also Norwegian Label Nakama Records’ are publishing their fifth release. Featuring the violin duo Jinchūriki consisting of young Norwegian wonder boys Håkon Aase and Adrian Løseth Waade is set for release August 29th.
The vast FMR catalogue is now almost complete, but there are still a number of new arrivals still to come, keep an eye out for new albums!
The latest addition to the subradar label rooster is... read more
It might not be a well known fact, but there is a substantial amount of contemporary composed music at subradar. This weekend we try and put the spotlight on some of the labels and composers of the genre. We are especially happy to be working with the Austrian Kairos label, and great Norwegian labels Simax, Aurora and +3b to name a few.
Helen Petts is an artist film-maker who often works with musicians. Since 2007 she has helped guitarist John Russell run his Mopomoso series of free improvisation evenings at London’s Vortex. Her YouTube channel “helentonic” (see link below) is a fabulous resource, featuring films of performances by many improvisers including Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Sylvia Hallett, Gino Robair, Akio Suzuki, Roger Turner and Adam Bohman.
“I’m interested in exploring the moment when a sound is created,” says artist film-maker Helen Petts. “I started filming musicians... read more
Just a brief hello from us at subradar before the christmas season and the new year. We just want to thank all our old and costumers for support and enthusiasm over the last year. We will have even more great new releases lined up for 2016 so please stay tunes.
For those seeking the christmas spirit we can warmly recommend this brand new album by Sheriffs of Nothingness:
Silent night at the crooked forest