Persistence of Sound

A new independent record label celebrating musique concrète, field recordings and the interplay between these disciplines.

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The London Sound Survey
Thames

Thames presents diverse sound interactions along the River Thames that surprise with their musicality. As we travel from central London to the river’s furthest estuary, it feels like we’re travelling back in time. We hear the sounds of nature and industry in competition, from the pitched, quasi-musical sound of Tower Bridge lifting up, to the marsh frogs of Allhallows. More info

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Iain Chambers
The Eccentric Press

Two musique concrète symphonies of industrial sound, in which musical relationships emerge from sounds more often regarded as noise. All the sounds were recorded by Sounds of Changes, a pan-EU project capturing obsolete and endangered industrial and domestic sounds. More info

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Robert Worby
Factitious Airs

An LP of musique concrète that begins where pioneers like Schaeffer, Cage and Stockhausen left off. Robert Worby, of Langham Research Centre, creates a music of curious, disconnecting patterns, shape-shifting sounds and strange spaces. An album that invites detailed exploration. Repeated listening reveals more and more about these intriguing unseen worlds. More info

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