Persistence of Sound

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

This label is a recognition of the place field recordings have found in our culture, both in their raw state and as compositional inspiration. The work of composers Luc Ferrari, Beatriz Ferreyra, Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer are an inspiration to us, along with the sound recordists Chris Watson, Bernie Krause and Jana Winderen.

Persistence of Sound is also a celebration of pan-EU collaboration and cultural exchange, its first release drawing solely on sounds recorded by a partnership of six museums across Europe.

The first three releases explore the power of location sound as a trigger for emotion and memory, the music within the everyday sounds around us, and how musique concrète tape techniques – transforming concrete sounds from the real world – are being used today. These albums are complementary in their modernism – united as products of particular places and times:

Iain Chambers’ The Eccentric Press comprises two symphonies of industrial and domestic technology, composed solely from recordings by the pan-EU Sounds of Changes  project.

Factitious Airs (Electronic Music) is the first solo album by veteran composer & broadcaster Robert Worby: a visceral collection of contemporary electronic music, in which tiny fragments of other musics are fractured, manipulated, combined and rearranged.

Thames is a collection of field recordings by The London Sound Survey  following the river from central London to its estuary, seemingly taking us back in time to a quieter place, where nature reasserts itself over man-made sounds.

Limited edition vinyl pressings are presented in striking graphic designs by Matthew Young , with complementary high quality download audio.

Persistence of Sound was founded by composer Iain Chambers , of the musique concrète ensemble, Langham Research Centre. Future releases will explore key composers in the world of electroacoustic music, contemporary global field recordings, and unclassifiable music spanning these genres.


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