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Maurice Louca
Elephantine

On Elephantine, Maurice Louca and his 12-piece ensemble bring together the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra and a variety of influences from Louca's own Egypt. The result is something majestic and sublime, anchored by Louca's piano and guitar playing, and occasionally loosed into free jazz ecstasy. Released on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV474)

Ami Shavit
Yom Kippur 1973

A wonderful piece of electronic sound magic, recently unearthed from the archives and now released for the first time ever. Yom Kippur 1973 is the work of Israeli artist Ami Shavit, and it's a deep spiritual trip through worlds of vintage synthesisers and shimmering flutes. Reminded me of a few moments from Tarkovsky soundtracks. It’s Sub Rosa who have done us all the favour of releasing this one.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV456)

John Cage
Early Electronic & Tape Music

Sub Rosa continue with the vitally important task of keeping a wide range of John Cage’s extensive works available. Here we have a collection of some of his earlier works with electronic mediums, as newly realised by Langham Research Centre. Quite a good approach I’d say, as the open-ended, indeterminate nature of some of these pieces means that every realisation is different!
  • Vinyl LP (SRV361)

Octavian Nemescu
Gradeatia - Natural 1973-83

How many artists can say they released a record on the only label active in Soviet-era Romania? Not many, that’s how many. But Octavian Nemescu did. 1984’s Gradeatia - Natural (1973-1983) brought together two compositions Nemescu had chipped away at over the preceding decade. The combination of electroacoustic techniques, abrasive concrete and alien electronic drones makes for eerie listening. Now the LP has been reissued by Sub Rosa (Bill Laswell, Merzbow).
  • Vinyl LP (SRV467)

Sylvain Chauveau
Pianisme

Pianisme collects together piano pieces by French-born, Belgium-based musician, Sylvain Chauveau. Many of the pieces were written for films by director Sebastien Betbeder and there one minimal piece written for choreographer Christian Rizzo. Chauveau also plays in 0, avant rock band, Arca and On. LP on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV457)

Univers Zero
Ceux Du Dehors

Ceux Du Dehors was the third album by Belgian prog band Univers Zero. The album is heavily influenced by American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose short story, The Outsider (Ceux Du Dehors translates as Those From Outside) was read by each band member immediately before recording the album. The band’s sound has been likened to a darker version of that produced by classical minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Limited edition clear/red vinyl LP on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV403)
  • Limited edition

Jean C. Roche
Birds Of Venezuela

There’s surely nowt as thrilling, when getting to know the natural soundscape of an unfamiliar place, as the weird tapestry of local birdsong. This 1973 release by legendary bird recordist Jean C. Roché, sampled by Björk and cherished by David Toop, now gets the reissue treatment from the ever-dependable Sub Rosa. The dense, varying birdscapes of Venezuela, from pootoos to cornbirds, are just wonderful.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV411)

Sote
Persian Electronic Music Volume 2 / Sacred Horror In Design

A new one from the most intense and hardcore mixer of all time, Sacred Horror In Design sees Sote follow-up the unbelievable and unprecedented Hardcore Sounds from Tehran. This record comes as a commission for Sote, who is joined by Arash Bolouri and Behrouz Pashaei, the trio bridging juxtapositions of electronics and Iranian classical music in divergent patterns. Sote left many of the instruments played on the record unprocessed against their electronic counterparts.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV454)

Bill Laswell / Nicholas James Bullen
Bass Terror

You know that when Bill Laswell (of Painkiller and a thousand heavy production jobs) and Nicholas James Bullen (of Scorn and bloody Napalm Death) threaten Bass Terror, they are going to deliver on that threat. These two pieces are dense with low-end throb, pulse and thrash, and they have never before been released on vinyl. Out on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV459)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Hastings Of Malawi
Visceral Underskinnings

It’s only been 35 years since their first album Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth, but British dadaist agitators and Nurse With Wound associates Hastings of Malawi are already coming through with the second record. Steady on, lads. As with the 1981 debut, the eclectic, concrète collagism on show here is in complete disregard of all popular music conventions - and all the better for it.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV449)

Bülent Arel
Electronic Music 1960-1973

Bülent Arel is one of those under-appreciate electroacoustic composers that labels like Sub Rosa are so good at unearthing from the dust of history. Arel, who worked on Varése’s piece ‘Déserts’, has an array of his electronic works from the period 1960 to 1973 reissued here in typically neat Sub Rosa style, on CD and vinyl LP.

David Toop + Paul Burwell
Suttle Sculpture

David Toop has been investigating free improvised music through writing and performance for many years now: this release documents his work with Paul Burwell in the form of a 1977 session in Brussels. Suttle Sculpture has never previously been released in any form, and they offer an insight into the creation and development of music that still sounds cutting edge. Vinyl from Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SUBLOGOS03)

Otto Sidharta
Indonesian Electronic Music 1979-1992

It's with no diminished excitement that the world's pioneering musicians and sound sculptors are time and time again unearthed and presented on celebrated archival labels. Here Indonesia's contribution to electronic music is explored through the eclectic and endlessly inventive sounds of Otto Sidharta.
  • CD (SR452)

Otto Sidharta
Four Indonesian Electronic Pieces 1979-1984

Extremely rare sounds from Otto Sidharta, an electronic composer from Indonesia. This release, which puts to vinyl four pieces from the double disc CD edition, were recorded between 1979 and 1992, and make for astonishing listening. Pure electronics are merged with environmental recordings to create vivid pieces of sound. LP release as part of Sub Rosa’s excellent Early Electronic series.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV452)

Sylvain Chauveau & Chant 1450 Renaissance Ensemble
Echoes of Harmony - Early Music Reworked

Tireless, archive-fevered Belgian juggernauts Sub Rosa are up to their neat old tricks again. This time, seldom-heard Spanish Renaissance works of the manuscripts of Cancionero de Colombina and Cancionero de Palacio are reinterpreted by minimalist electronic heavyweight Sylvain Chauveau and Chant 1450 Renaissance Ensemble. Direction, curation, additional sound design and mixing come courtesy of Swiss tenor Daniel Manhart. The digipak includes a 12-page booklet.
  • CD (SR447)

Cristian Vogel
Classics Remastered 1993-1998

A very fine retrospective of important Chilean / UK producer Cristian Vogel’s forward-looking 90’s techno tracks. Classics Remastered 1993-1998 has wide-eyed high-energy club vibes for days, and each track is newly remastered for extra kick. Out on Sub Rosa in differently-tracklisted 2CD and 2LP versions.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SRV388)

Luc Ferrari
Tinguely 1967

Wow! This amazing musique concrete material from maestro Luc Ferrari has never previously been released! Tinguely 1967 and Dernier Matin d’Edgar-Allan Poe were composed for film and TV pieces, and show what Ferrari could do when working to a moving image. These two pieces will feature in a forthcoming 3CD compilation, but this is your chance to hear them on vinyl. From Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV429)

Various (Seefeel, Scorn, Timothy Leary, Yanomami)
Ancient Lights And The Black Core

Utopian Diaries was a short lived series that acted as a sub label under Sub Rosa in the mid 90s which featured unreleased material focused around the faded idea of utopia. Featured artists included DJ Spooky, Coil, Laibach, Scanner, Oval. Here we have the third in the series, released in 1995, with tracks from Seefeel, Scorn, Timothy Leary & DJ Cheb I Sabbah. First time this has been made available on vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV078)
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • Sub Rosa

Francisco Lopez
La Selva: Sound Environments From A Neotropical Rain Forest

Francisco Lopez is a real pro at recording and sequencing field recordings, and rainforests are a particular favourite of his. La Selva: Sound Environments From A Neotropical Rain Forest is a continuous 70-minute piece of amazing scale and detail. Presented on a USB memory stick accompanied, for some unfathomable reason, by a blank LP. On Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV346)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Metaphors: Selected Soundworks from the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Metaphors: Selected Soundworks from the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul brings together 14 tracks from the 7 feature films of Apichatpong. The filmmaker from Bangkok is best known for films such as Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives, Syndromes and a Century and Cemetery Splendour. The tracks meander from slow piano to atmospheric orchestral pieces.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SRV448)
  • CD (SR448)

Radionics Radio
An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies

Radionics is an ‘alternative’ branch of medicine that believes that radio waves can alter your energy frequencies and make you well! We here at Norman make no endorsements of the healing properties of this record from Radionics Radio, but the microtonal electronic experimentalism on An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies may well give you listening pleasure. CD with booklet on Sub Rosa.

Univers Zero
Heresie

The whole record reminds me of a dream I once had about 1800’s London: dark, smokey and avant-garde. Univers Zero’s album Heresie was originally released in 1979, but was reissued not so long ago in 2010. A medley of woodwind, brass and percussion brings the record together so nicely. Available on limited edition orange vinyl LP.

Coil
Another Brown World / Baby Food

Two very rare tracks by Coil now released on special black or limited marble vinyl. Side 1 was completed in 1989 with John Balance & Peter Christopherson. Vocals were recorded at the summit of Mount Popa. On the flip we get an unreleased piece from 1993 which also featured Danny Hyde. This time the track was recorded in a storm.   
  • Vinyl LP (SRV443)

Luc Ferrari
Complete Music For Films 1960-1984

A collection of French composer Luc Ferrari’s work for film. All incredibly rare pieces, and most have never been released. Setting his pioneering musique concrète and electroacoustic music to film, Sub Rosa have collated all seven of his soundtracks onto this 3CD collection. Comes with notes from Ferrari, extra writings and photos from the films.

Oiseaux-Tempete
AL-'AN!

Oiseaux-Tempete is Stéphane Pigneul and Frédéric D. Oberland, conjuring up a dense and complex storm of electro-acoustic post-rock, with influences drawn from free improvisation, travel, multiple world languages and much more. The resulting record AL-’AN!, which completes a trilogy of sorts, is released by Sub Rosa.

Andre Stordeur
Analog And Digital Electronic Music #2 1980-2000

Previously unreleased sound-works from Belgian synth composer Andre Stordeur. Arguably Stordeur, who was using exclusively Serge synthesisers for the period covered by this compilation, hasn’t received his fair dues as a sonic innovator, but Analog And Digital Electronic Music #2 1980 - 2000 aims to adjust that by putting this wild stuff into circulation. LP release on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV427)

Harold Budd & Eraldo Bernocchi
Music For Fragments From The Inside

On 'Music For Fragments From The Inside', two legendary artists meet eachother in the middle. Harold Budd, whose weightless neo-classical has intoxicated many an ambient artist through the years, shrugs off his ethereal bedroom and comes downstairs, bumping into beat-maker Eraldo Bernocchi on the landing. Together they make a record that combines the best of their disciplines, with the deep and firmly rooted bass of Bernocchi subtly rippling the still waters of Budd's drone soundscapes and piano work.

Hastings Of Malawi
Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth

Three strange characters who had appeared on the first Nurse With Wound album spent precisely one night in a studio making Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth, using whatever ideas, instruments and objects they could get their hands on, including telephones. The results are actually genuinely deranged-sounding, which is to say excellent. This vintage 1981 weirdness is reissued by Sub Rosa.

Keiji Haino / Jozef Dumoulin / Teun Verbruggen
The Miracles Of Only One Thing

Keiji Haino just can’t stop pouring music out of himself: on this occasion the sonic flow erupted in the presence of Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen, two Belgian musicians on a tour of Japan. The Miracles Of Only One Thing is a strong meeting of minds, with the trio working themselves into some deep and tasty territory. CD / vinyl release on Sub Rosa.
  • CD (SR439)

Michel Redolfi
Desert Tracks

Spell-binding minimal electronic composition from 1987 here. Michel Redolfi did indeed travel into the desert for Desert Tracks, extracting certain tones from the atmosphere and building them into these impressively spacious pieces. Originally released by the authoritative INA-GRM, now reissued by Sub Rosa.
  • CD (SR418)

Francisco Lopez
Anima Ardens

Francisco Lopez, usually spotted these days releasing long-form field recording epics, has been enlisted to provide the soundtrack to a dance piece for naked men by the Compagnie Thor ensemble. Lopez has turned to ritualistic recordings and jungle ambiences, mixed up into a very vivid whole. Anima Ardens is released by Sub Rosa.
  • CD (SR425)

Various
Inuit: 55 Historical Recordings Of Traditional Music From Greenland 1905-87

Well, the title of the record has kind of done my job for me here.. This IS 55 Historical Recordings Of Traditional Music From Greenland 1905-87 by Various artists. Compiled by ethnomusicologist Michael Hauser, with recordings done directly onto wax cylinders it documents the storytelling of people who live in one of the harshest and coldest environments in the world. Sometimes warming, sometimes haunting.
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Pauline Oliveros + Musiques Nouvelles
Four Meditations / Sound Geometrics

Major new work from experimental legend Pauline Oliveros, here working with orchestral ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. Four Meditations and Sound Geometrics are pieces that involve recording and relocation of the orchestras’ sounds while they perform, using Oliveros’ ‘Expanded Instrument System’: the orchestra then responds to its transformed self. On Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV422)
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  • CD (SR422)

Henri Pousseur
Early Experimental Electronic Music 1954-72

Sub Rosa release the definitive survey of Henri Pousseur’s early experiments with electronic music. Pousseur developed these in the legendary Cologne studios and they show his avant-garde classical training and innovative approach to electronics, in a time when synths were the size of living rooms. The double vinyl Early Experimental Electronic Music 1954-72 finally makes this incredible material available.

Various
An Anthology Of Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014

Sub Rosa continue their sterling work unearthing little-known electroacoustic and other experimental works, this time from Turkey. So much of this brilliant material has never been released at all, and over a wide variety of music (contemporary compositions, noise, electronics) the listener will be wowed and delighted. An Anthology Of Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014 is presented as a 2LP or 2CD set.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SRV390)
  • CD (SR390)

Univers Zero
Univers Zero

The first album from adventurous 70’s Belgians Univers Zero. It’s a remarkable thing, laden with sinister bassoon, jagged time signatures and all round dissonance. But the band play with great technical skill: you know that this is precisely as strange a listening experience as they wanted it to be. Reissued as a double LP (with a bonus track!) on Sub Rosa.

David Toop
Life On The Inside

New work from sound artist, sound writer, and Flying Lizard member David Toop. Life On The Inside was originally designed as part of the Pierre Besson exhibition, and sounds like its sonic structures would fit very comfortably into a gallery space. The LP is released on the Sub Rosa label, and is limited to just 300 copies.

Cabaret Contemporain
Moondog

The music of Moondog is rarely separated from his persona by commentators and listeners alike, but Cabaret Contemporain are out to show why that is an oversight. The French group, working with guest vocalists Linda Oláh and Isabel Sörling, have adapted his material for acoustic ensemble. Out on Sub Rosa.

Milan Knizak
Broken Music

The first time that Milan Knizak’s album Broken Music has been reissued since it first appeared in 1979. This is a remarkable early example of extreme turntablism, Knizak scratching, smashing, warping and generally mis-treating records to form excellent cut-up compositions. Amazing stuff on Sub Rosa.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV400)

Max Eastley / Derek Bailey / Coum / Feminist Improvising Group
Another Evening At Logos 1974/79/81

Max Eastley (sonic sculptor), Derek Bailey (non-idiomatic guitar improviser extraordinare) and Coum (the pre-Throbbing Gristle group of aggro-experimentalists) are grouped alongside the underrated Feminist Improvising Group for this set of recordings made in the same Logos studio in Belgium. Wonderful improv on Sub Rosa.

Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham
Youuu + Mee = Weee

Here is the third collaboration record from Sub Rosa. Charlemagne Palestine (studied under Morton Subotnick/La Monte Young) and Rhys Chatham (The Dream Syndicate) merge their heads together. 166 minutes of two musical explorers going at it and breaking through. Previous collaborations from Sub Rosa involved Palestine and Tony Conrad. Get involved and get experienced. Out on CD.

David Toop
Lost Shadows: In Defence Of The Soul Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978

‘Lost Shadows: In Defence Of The Soul’ is a document of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies and rainforest sounds recorded by David Toop in 1978. The album comes with a 40 page booklet with photography and text documenting Toops’ journey through the jungles of the Amazon to meet the last Yanomami shaman.

Andre Stordeur
Complete Analog And Digital Electronic Music 1978-2000

This is quite the anthology, and we’re happy to help you get in on it. A warning is at hand, however: this is not easy listening. Andre Stordeur was part of the avant-garde and used synthesizers before people even knew how they worked: you can listen to musical exploration become reality. The Complete Analog and Digital Electronic Music 1978-2000 features mostly tracks from 1978-80 as well as the year 2000.

Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham
Youuu + Mee = Weee (First)

Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham are two avant-garde performers from the 1970s who tried to break out of genre and the idea of meaning and beauty in music. They have come together for the first time on a recording here. Influences from minimalism to punk rock, with myriad instruments as well as the pervading scent of clove cigarettes almost trapped in the groove of the vinyl LP.

Andre Stordeur
Analog And Digital Electronic Music 1978-80

This is quite the anthology, and we’re happy to help you get in on it. A warning is at hand, however: this is not easy listening. Andre Stordeur was part of the avant-garde and used synthesizers before people even knew how they worked. This is your chance to hear musical exploration come to fruition. 

Charlemagne Palestine + Z'ev
Rubhitbangklanghear


  • Vinyl LP (SRV340)
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  • CD (SR340)

Trevor Wishart
Red Bird: A Political Prisoner's Dream

In case you didn’t get the memo in the past year after the Tour de France, Yorkshire is the best at everything. A fine example of this is Trevor Wishart, who holds a PhD in vocal sounds, speech and computer technologies from the University of York. This record captures some of his work from the 1970s where he studied the interpolation of human sounds and nature sounds.

Roberto Gerhard
Electronic Explorations From His Studio

Electronic Explorations From His Studio is the new compilation from Spanish avant-grade big dog Robeto Gerhard. The folks at Sub Rosa have assiduously pulled together a series of his works on vinyl and CD. Gerhard is rumored to be the first person in the UK taking electronic music seriously, and EEFHS are the fruits of his labor. Foreshadowing figures such as Tristram Cary, Peter Zinovieff at EMS and Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This is what modernity sounded like in the 50's & 60's - totally bonkers.

Oiseaux-Tempete
Re-Works

Greyscale post-rockers Oiseaux-Tempête recently released their debut, but now they need help reconfiguring it: 'Re-works' takes their original compositions and invites a roster of talented, differently disciplined friends to twist it around their own vision. There are some electronic innovators as well as other post-rock professionals at hand, such as Do Make Say Think's Justin Small. Not your average remix record.

Digital Dance
Total Erasement

Digital Dance are a supergroup of cold-hearted post-punks from a variety of chilly coat-wearing acts including Kid Montana, The Revenge and Marine. They know what they're doing, basically, and the dissonance, despondency and general dourness of 'Total Erasement' can speak to their wisdom and experience. This collection of their singles and demos paints a pretty picture of a gloomy band who will not be forgotten. 
  • Vinyl LP (SRV366)
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Angus Maclise
New York Electronic, 1965

A lesser heard musician of the New York 1960s avant-garde, Angus MacLise didn’t release much of his work on record during his lifetime, and several of the pieces on this Sub Rosa collection are being released for the first time. Mysterious percussive electronics, thick drones, and manipulated tape music: a real insight into MacLise’s mid-60s mind.

Francisco Lopez
La Selva

Deep in the jungles of Costa Rica, we see a man. He is Francisco Lopez, and he is burdened by studio recording equipment, on the prowl for the sound of crickets and bees, mammals or trees, the wind, rain and even the sun drying leaves. The culmination of his hard work and recording has become known to us mortals simply as La Selva, but it is an immortalization of the infinitude of jungle life.

Leo Kupper
Electronic Works & Voices 1961-1979

The ratio of instruments Leo Kupper has made to compositions he's made is pretty close, and Electronic Works & Voices is a showcase of the man's innovative experimental triumphs. These recordings had a stringent setting, each reverent to the Sound Domes he made, which were spaces surrounded by loudspeakers. The sound was spacey and ever-changing and these recordings capture a minuscule version of such intensity. 

Xopher Davidson + Zbigniew Karkowski
Processor


Luc + Brunhild Ferrari
Programme Commun


Scanner
Colofon & Compendium 1991-1994


  • Vinyl Double LP (SRV341)
  • CD (SR341)

John Cage
Song Books

John Cage’s Song Books is comprised of 90 individual solo vocal pieces, all of which are present on this new recording. But how are a full 90 pieces (totalling over six hours worth of music) fit onto 2 CDs? Why through a very Cageian trick of course: some of the tracks overlay multiple pieces on top of each other.
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  • Sub Rosa

Celestin Deliège
Ecce Homo - A Portrait Of Celestin Deliege/The Last Master of the Modernists


  • DVD (OME15)
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Dat Politics
Blitz Gazer


  • CD (SR342)
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  • Sub Rosa
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Mikhail Karikis + Uriel Orlow
Sounds from Beneath


  • DVD (SR314)
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Jac Berrocal/David Fenech/Ghedalia Tazartes
Superdisque


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  • Sub Rosa

Various
An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 3

Sub Rosa’s authoritative big-deal seven-part series An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music is being pressed to vinyl for the first time. The contents are impressive, surveying a huge amount of electroacoustic, musique concrete and noise works from the 20th Century: Merzbow, Faust, Michael Rother and Zbigniew Karkowski all get a look in. Triple LP set.

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