Two new elsewhere CDs are officially released today!
Anastassis Philippakopoulos / Jürg Frey - wind and light (elsewhere 015)
Melaine Dalibert - night blossoms (elsewhere 016)
CDs and digital albums are availavle at:
*For European customers, Soundohm will have the new CDs in stock by the end of June or early July.
Happy to announce three of the upcoming releases to be out in autumn 2021.
Michael Pisaro-Liu - Tombstones (performed by Barbara Dang and Muzzix - Peter Orins, Raphaël Godeau, Maryline Pruvost, Yoann Bellefont, Ivann Cruz, Christian Pruvost) (elsewhere 017)
Tombstones is a collection of 11 songs composed by American composer Michael Pisaro between 2006 and 2009. The Lille-based pianist Barbara Dang and the other six members of the Muzzix collective recorded the pieces in June 2020.
Jordan Dykstra / Koen Nutters - In Better Shape Than You Found Me (elsewhere 018)
In Better Shape Than You Found Me is a one-hour-long piece co-composed by American composer/violist Jordan Dykstra and Dutch composer/musician Koen Nutters in 2020, performed and recorded by both musicians (Dykstra on viola, percussion, and field recordings, and Nutters on piano and field recordings), and edited by Dykstra.
Bruno Duplant - l'infini des possibles (12 études pour piano) (piano by Guy Vandromme) (elsewhere 019-2)
l'infini des possibles is a set of twelve studies for piano written by French composer Bruno Duplant as a score that consists of lowercase letters (a, b, c, d, e, f, g) with spaces and punctuation marks, which leaves the pianist an openness for interpretation and artistic determinations. The Belgian pianist/conductor Guy Vandromme realized the score into this recording in collaboration with Duplant in 2020-2021. It will be released as a double CD.
Happy to reveal the final cover design of Melaine Dalibert - night blossoms (elsewhere 016) to be released in mid-June.
'night blossoms' consists of French composer/pianist Melaine Dalibert's six new algorithmic compositions from 2019-2021, including two pieces 'Yin' and 'Yang' to which David Sylvian contributed his sound work as well as his artwork on the cover.
CD preorders are available on Bandcamp and the elsewhere site.
Happy to reveal the final cover design of Anastassis Philippakopoulos / Jürg Frey - wind and light (elsewhere 015) to be released in mid-June.
‘wind and light’ is Greek composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos' second album on elsewhere music, consisting of his four solo clarinet pieces and three solo piano pieces. The clarinet pieces were performed by Swiss composer/clarinetist Jürg Frey, and the piano pieces were performed by Philippakopoulos himself, both recorded in Athens. Cover painting by Maria Filippakopoulou.
'wind and light' is dedicated to Antoine Beuger.
CD preorders are available on Bandcamp and the elsewhere site.
Michael Pisaro-Liu talked about his composition 'Barricades' (elsewhere 009) written for Shira Legmann (piano), in his interview with Håkon Stene in the Episode 6 of Soundmaking Podcast.
After having my label elsewhere's catalog on streaming platforms for one year, I decided to pull the entire catalog (except a few exceptions) from streaming.
I put the elsewhere catalog onto streaming platforms last year since some of the musicians on my label wanted that. They thought that this visibility was crucial for them to be invited to festivals or to get grants or awards, etc. I wanted to support these musicians and also I myself was rather optimistic about streaming then, which I thought could bring positive effects on my label and musicians through wider recognition. It might actually be true in some ways, but I think that the reality was much more harmful to a small (and relatively new) label like ours than I expected.
The CD/digital sales of my label's catalog drastically dropped as soon as they appeared on streaming (especially the recent releases in 2020 which went streaming right after the release time.) Meanwhile, we've been getting a good amount of CD/digital orders for the latest two elsewhere releases (which are not on streaming) as well as our Erstwhile CDs (which are also not on streaming) throughout the year, so I don't think the drop in the CD sales was so connected to the pandemic time.
I've been observing this phenomenon over the year, and it was quite depressing for me to see how streaming hurts a small label, especially since we pour our intense effort and time into each production to pursue the best possible results both in music and packaging. If my label had a much longer history with a more established fan base with over 100 titles on the catalog, probably streaming might not have hurt us as much as it did. I should've predicted this outcome from the very beginning.
Thankfully, most of the musicians on my label have similar views as mine regarding streaming and are happy with this decision. Each release is different, though, and I may keep a few titles on streaming. Everything else has been pulled from all the streaming platforms this week except Bandcamp. Bandcamp is the only sincere platform that I feel truly cares about artists and labels instead of exploiting them (like Spotify), so I am happy that I can support Bandcamp as the sole streaming platform for my label from now on.
For me, it is pretty depressing to know that festival organizers and grant committees these days are depending on such a shallow criterion to judge artists' values, casually checking out the artist's popularity on Spotify to decide who they want to invite or give grants, without caring about the poor sound quality of Spotify which is like watered-down cheap drinks rather than real music, instead of trying to check out more serious media like CDs or lossless digital at least. Maybe they are just too busy, but it's just laziness to me, lack of respect for music and art, giving priority to their own convenience without fully realizing that they are supporting a vicious cycle. Such a system is mainly based on strategy and politics on both organizer's and musician's ends, which to me doesn't feel so genuine from an artistic viewpoint. But sadly, this must be the reality that many musicians have to inhabit these days if they seek recognition. Jon and I may live in a different world from the majority, but we are proud of caring about the value of physical products that we can hold in our hands, which give us great satisfaction both visually and sonically.
I am sorry if you are a streaming fan who enjoyed the elsewhere titles on streaming. But I had to make this decision to save my label's future, to keep elsewhere afloat without going out of business. I hope you will be able to understand that.
In the meantime, the positive news is that we are now working on some exciting new projects for upcoming releases. They will not appear on streaming but hope you will enjoy them as CDs or digital albums.
Thanks so much for reading this, and for your kind support for my label.
Take care and stay safe to you all.
Just published my Q&A interview with Jürg Frey, in which we talked about his compositions, mainly about his two-piano pieces on 'l'air, l'instant - deux pianos'. Deep thanks to Jürg for sharing his profound thoughts in this in-depth dialogue.
For European customers:
Soundohm listed the latest elsewhere CDs at their online shop, as well as our Erstwhile CDs and Gravity Wave CDs.
go to > https://www.soundohm.com/label/elsewhere
CD preorder and digital album are now available on Bandcamp and here on this website. (CD release date: November 10, 2020)
Melaine Dalibert - Infinite Ascent (elsewhere 012)
Shira Legmann - Giacinto Scelsi: Suite No.9 / Quattro illustrazioni / Un Adieu (elsewhere 013)
Jürg Frey - l'air, l'instant - deux pianos (elsewhere 014)