Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we’ve been asked more than a few times. If you can’t find the information you need, please contact us. Just don’t ask us about music industry things: people do, and we don’t have a clue about that stuff! Earthrid is a tiny label which is just here for the music.

What is Earthrid?
Will you release my music? (Short answer: no)
I am a graphic designer. Would you like to hire me? (Short answer: no)
Where does the name ‘Earthrid’ come from?
What does ‘Carya Amara’ mean?

What is Earthrid?

Earthrid releases unusual electronic music, without pursuing any genre. It was established in 2001 to promote the work of selected artists and therefore has an infrequent release schedule. It is not a traditional record label and is not part of the “record industry”. We release downloads in various formats and still have some releases available on CD.

Will you release my music?

No, sorry, Earthrid has limited resources and we are unable to consider releasing music by people who are not already connected with the label in some way.

Can you distribute my music, or promote it?

No, that’s not what we are about at all.

I am a graphic designer. Would you like to hire me?

No thanks. Our CDs are designed to reflect the music, in consultation with the recording artists – and as a non-profit label, this is something we must do in-house .

Where does the name ‘Earthrid’ come from?

Earthrid is a character in David Lindsay’s novel Voyage to Arcturus (published in 1920). This was a strange and powerful work of philosophical science fantasy which influenced a number of writers (most notably C. S. Lewis) but which is not as well-known as it should be. The character Earthrid was a musician whose bizarre music was of such intensity that it was almost invariably fatal. That’s not the effect we’re after, but we admire the uncompromising attitude. 🙂

Here is a short extract, taken from an online copy of the novel:

‘But my music is founded on painful tones; and thus its symmetry is wild, and difficult to discover; its emotion is bitter and terrible.

‘If I had not anticipated its being original, I would not have come here,’ said Maskull. ‘Still, explain–why can’t harsh tones have simple symmetry of form? And why must they necessarily cause more profound emotions in us who listen?’

‘Pleasures may harmonise. Pains must clash; and in the order of their clashing lies the symmetry. The emotions follow the music, which is rough and earnest.’

‘You may call it music,’ remarked Maskull thoughtfully, ‘but to me it bears a closer resemblance to actual life.’

Earthrid’s three-fold theory of the nature of music is reflected in the first letter of our logo. The significance of the rest of the logo is left as an exercise for the reader.

What does ‘Carya Amara’ mean?

As we always say: it means quality electronic music. 😛 (That term since seems to have caught on…).