01/06: Drone Records, Have a Nice Life, Human Bell and Other Abstract Sounds

Drone Records Drone Records as label-project works un-commercially and fights:

  • against the capitalistic CD-industry
  • for the preservation of vinyl
  • against mass-production and for creative individuality
  • for the preservation of an independently working Networking-scene to express new thoughts and ideas, society-criticism, and unprejudiced art

Drone Records has been around since 1993 and was founded by Maeror Tri and Troum member Stefan Knappe.  They release nothing but high quality 7″ vinyl from musicians just getting off the ground and from musicians who have labored independently and proven themselves thoughtful artists dedicated to abstract sound. I first heard Cisfinitum and Aidan Baker through Drone Records and many new acts have come to my attention because of their dedication to experimental music. A number of years ago I wrote a series of reviews covering an onslaught of records they graciously sent to Brainwashed, including music from Solielkraast, Herbst9, Cisfinitum, and Aidan Baker. Those reviews are too embarassing to reproduce without serious editing, but the point is that the label impressed me with their consistently excellent output and kindness; the promotional material sent to Brainwashed was not on a CD-R (at least not always), but on vinyl, with full artwork, inserts, and all the extras. Several months later Brainwashed received more promotional material, and more, and more, until a few of the releases became lost and were never given the attention they deserved.

I played a few of those lost 7″ records, today and I plan on giving them coverage over the course of this week. Drone Records provides a standard by which I often measure other labels and bands, especially those units producing exceedingly difficult or abstract music. From their dedication to experimental music, to their aesthetic, to their love for the, weird, the introverted, and the introspective, Drone Records is a superlative label from top to bottom. Many of their releases go out of print quickly and for good reason; I’ve never heard anything bad come from the label. Some of what I played today has been made available again on Drone’s website. I encourage everyone to visit them and peruse their discography.

Expect a couple of reviews (posted exclusively to this site) over the next couple of days, as well as a more in-depth look at the label, a small write-up on Have a Nice Life and Enemies List, and just a bit of info on Human Bell. For now, you can visit Drone’s site (linked to the right and above) and find a number of interesting reads and an enormous catalog to browse.

Thanks for stopping by – talk to you all, soon.

DOWNLOAD: Laughter, 01/06/09

01. Nahvalr “Chorus of the Blasphemes” from Nahvalr (2008) on Enemies List Home Recordings

02. Mare Internum “Regina Solitaria” from In Medtarivm (2005) on Drone

03. Grouper “Tidal Wave” from Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (2008) on Type

04. Tho-So-Aa “The Undefined” from Dying Reveal (2005) on Drone

05. Jacob Kirkegaard “Church” from 4 Rooms (2006) on Touch

06. Ryoji Ikeda “Test Pattern #1001” from Test Pattern (2008) on Raster-Noton

07. Shalabi Effect “Mr. Titz (The Revelator)” from The Trial of Saint Orange (2002) on Alien8

08. Agalloch “Sowilo Rune” from The White EP (2008) on Vendlus Records

09. Lunar Abyss Deum Organum “Zveri Vse (Animals All Have Fallen Asleep)” from Brusnika (2005) on Drone

10. Human Bell “Hanging from the Rafters” from Human Bell (2008) on Thrill Jockey

11. Steven R. Smith “Caprock and Shelf” from Tableland (2001) on Emperor Jones

12. Songs:Ohia “No Limits on the Words” from Ghost Tropic (2000) on Secretly Canadian

13. Swans “Empathy” from Soundtracks for The Blind (1996) on Young God

14. Have a Nice Life “Hunter” from Deathconsciousness (2008) on Enemies List Home Recordings

15. A Silver Mt. Zion “Sit in the Middle of Three Galloping Dogs / Stumble Then Rise on Some Awkward Morning” from He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms (2000) on Constellation

16. Fennesz “A Shadow Passes By” from Transition (2007) on Touch

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