This week, we focus on links to interesting independent labels thatspecialize in the more experimental side of electronic music.
Artifact Recordings (www.artifact.com) features the workof the computer-music ensemble the Hub and composers James Tenney,Chris Brown, Tim Perkis, Mark Trayle, and Larry Polansky.
From the members of England's Stock, Hausen and Walkman comes theHot Air label (www.simplesampling.com),which produces works that test the boundaries of copyright infringementwhile pointing out the ironies of the modern world.
Also in the UK is Paradigm (www.stalk.net/paradigm), whichhas reissued the early electronic works of Pauline Oliveros as well ascompilations covering London's electronic scene.
The Electronic Music Foundation (www.cdemusic.org) has its ownimprint, EMF Media, which has released CDs by Canadian electronic-musicpioneer Hugh Le Caine, American composer George Antheil, and France'sPierre Schaeffer, among others.
The Netherlands brings us to the very edges of music and noise withthe X-OR label (www.xs4all.nl/~xorluc), curatedby saxophonist Luc Houtkamp and percussionist Gert Jan Prins.
French label Sonore (www.sonore.com) offers a roster ofartists that includes noisemaker kk null, electronic violinist JonRose, and post-prog rockers the Ruins.