Terse Greetings 2015 is a seasonal compilation on Tom Ellard’s Terse label (established 1979, now definitely active again). You can download it for free from Bandcamp. It has tracks by Carya Amara, Norah Lorway, Tom Ellard, Lagowski, Cousin Silas and many others (see below!).
We regret that our premiere release of Future World is not currently available from Earthrid since the artist wishes to revise this particular release. You may find a revised or reissued edition in 2016.
Update: the new version of this album is now available!
[Update, 23rd Dec. 2015: a new version of this album is now available]
Future World is Norah’s third album and the second for the Earthrid label. It is a result of numerous aspects of her flourishing work in composition, research and live performance and illustrates the transformation of both sound and musical styles resulting from her adept use of music programming languages.
The atmospheres and rhythms here will mean different things to different listeners, so all that Norah modestly says about this release is that it is “more music from code”. So we leave the final word with Eleanor Roosevelt. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.
These 5 tracks (totalling 41 minutes) are available as a free / pay-what-you-like download from Bandcamp.
So let’s jump on this “Straight Outta…” bandwagon…
You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.
Compton Croquet Club, Eastbourne, UK.
Music by Earthrid artists Norah Lorway and Carya Amara appears alongside 32 other tracks on Oompa Loopma Riot 2015, which is the first release on Tom Ellard’s resurrected ‘Terse’ imprint. It’s a free download.
Daniel Barbiero writes about new Buchla modular synthesiser music by Carya Amara, Benge and Alessandro Cortini in his article The Buchla Electronic Music System & the Aesthetic of Imperfection’.
Sensitivity was built upon the sound of the Buchla modular synthesiser, recorded at EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2014. The album features both raw analogue and digitally transformed sounds which were combined to make music that goes beyond the Buchla’s constraints while still evoking its unique sonic character.
News has reached Earthrid late about this, but it appears that from 1st January European VAT laws will make things a lot more complicated for musicians and labels in the UK that sell music in the form of digital downloads, regardless of how little they sell. Some of the key facts are in a petition at change.org and you can read more at stevelawson.net, at rachelandrew.co.uk and in the mainstream press (which seemed to have latched on to it about a month ago but didn’t yell loud enough for us to hear above all the other noise).
Whilst this is all very bad news for independent music in the UK (please do sign the petition, if only out of principle at this late stage), the changes won’t affect Earthrid much since our downloads are free anyway. We have removed the option of donating from our bandcamp.com pages to be sure we don’t fall foul of the new rules, but almost nobody gave anything anyway, in part because Earthrid has been a mostly dormant art project and certainly not a business! On that note: yes, new releases really will be coming to you from Earthrid soon.
Update, 30th Dec. 2015: users of Bandcamp will be pleased to read their latest announcement.
A new track by Carya Amara appears on the compilation Soft Bodies Never Sleep. It’s a cover version of Quimper’s song ‘Overgrown’. You can find the compilation on Bandcamp.com.
Many congratulations to Norah Lorway on being awarded the Canada Council Robert Flemming Composition Prize! This is awarded to the most outstanding young Canadian composer of the year.