Re: "small" audiences

Subject: Re: "small" audiences
From: Anomalous Records Eric (
Date: Mon Aug 02 1999 - 18:16:23 EDT

Regarding the recording side of things, who is actually getting a record
contract anyway? Even most of the people outside of academia doing
experimental electronic works are largely self releasing things. Which
means that largely what is available and can be heard repeatedly are the
composers with the most contacts and charm, the best grant and letter
writers. While this does this not account for everything by any means, one
does see a slight imbalance here as a lot of great work remains unissued.
Consider the period during the 60's which is documented in Hugh Davies
book. Maybe one composition on each page made it to a record. Thirty
years later, the amount of things being produced has only increased. If
someone spends more time making than worrying about getting their things
out, than it's likely their material will go largely unheard. There are
few labels out there looking to put out electronic artists (and I'm
speaking of the non-beat variety here, because I don't know the other side
so well). Some other interesting omissions to point out (as far as being
able to obtain the recordings at the present time) would be such 'classics'
as Xenakis' "Persepolis", Cage's own recordings of his electronic music,
practically any musique concrete aside from Pierre Schaeffer, the
influential Richard Maxfield, anything by Gordon Mumma, Trevor Wishart's
"Journey Into Space" and "Machines", etc, etc only to name a few historical
examples, let alone what currently produced jems we are not even aware of.

Despite all this, there is a lot of wonderful material available, and more
readily so than in the past. This material stand the potential to reach
more people (although just as likely to collect dust in a warehouse or some
completist's collection, and the reduction to two channels via 44.1k
sampling rate is still more promising than lossy compression, mono audio
files downloaded from the web to be played by by cheap build in monitor

Eric Lanzillotta

Anomalous Records
P.O. Box 22195, Seattle, WA 98122-0195, USA
telephone: (206) 328-9339 fax: (206) 328-9408
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