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  • micheronfire
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    I'm not signed on any label and never put effort in looking for some, not at this time. So I can't look at the topic from an artist's perspective.

    But I really like the stuff that Glacial Movements put out, they have a strong focus in Ambient music. I also like the Elektrohasch Label, which are specified in Stoner Rock - really good stuff out there. Some of my favourite 70s albums came out on CBS.

    I like when there are small labels which try to give the artist space and time to work on their music, guess that's the reason why a lot of band found their own at some point. But in the end it's the music that counts, so for me digging into labels is more of a "want more of that kind of music" thing, and then go for small labels which are specialized in a certain genre.

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  • Dharma MX
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    I’m both... artist and listener.

    I don’t have any favorite label, it is something I really do not pay attention. I am more interested in the music itself, so I would say I have favorite artists no labels . But I also recognize labels that put effort and passion into the genre like Cryo Chamber

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  • Knoss
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    LABELS:

    eilean rec.
    ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ
    Shimmering Moods Records
    ARCHIVES
    Unline

    ECM
    ultimae

    ARTISTS:

    Carbon Based Lifeforms
    Erik Wollo
    Chihei Hatakeyama
    Uhushuhu
    Fading Language

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  • aoVI
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    Originally posted by HypnoticSounds View Post

    Sorry to just be finding your reply; I've been a bit tangled up with the medical profession for the last 90 days. I listen to your podcasts whenever I can find the time. I once also thought my own music might have a place in one of your episodes; but between the two of us, we decided not yet, if you know what I mean ("Garden Of The Buddha").
    I think you may be confusing two different people with similarly named projects--I do not think John Shanahan's Hypnagogue podcast is the same as our AO member Hypnagogue who produces ambient music.

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  • HypnoticSounds
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    Originally posted by Hypnagogue View Post

    Yes I am what have you listened?
    Sorry to just be finding your reply; I've been a bit tangled up with the medical profession for the last 90 days. I listen to your podcasts whenever I can find the time. I once also thought my own music might have a place in one of your episodes; but between the two of us, we decided not yet, if you know what I mean ("Garden Of The Buddha").

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  • Scoobydoo555
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    Originally posted by DeepWarmth View Post
    As an artist and label owner, I say it is really cool when I get to release on other people's labels who have released artists I have come to love. Getting on Databloem alongside others such as Mick Chillage was really nice. Being on those Nagual comps over on the TXT label was also really cool. The Mick Chillage release from the first Nagual release is one of my favorite albums. As a listener, gotta say Archives, Ultimae, TXT, Projekt and A Strangely Isolated Place are my favorite ambient labels atm. The 3 Warmth albums on Archives are classics!
    Really interesting to hear this I'm going to be released on Nag5 and on TXT as Confluent Phase (Ad Astra). Still looking for a label for my own stuff though

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  • dreamware
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    Generally, I follow artists but there are a number of labels that consistently put out great music. Here are some of my favorite ambient labels, along with notable artists from each one:
    • Kranky: The best of the best. An all-star roster of ambient and experimental artists. Tim Hecker, Grouper, Loscil, Stars of the Lid, Windy & Carl, Steve Hauschildt, and the list goes on and on...
    • Ghostly: Not all ambient but I love nearly every release from this label. Notable artists include Tycho, The Sight Below, Heathered Pearls, Christopher Willits.
    • Warp: Very influential label with lots of heavy hitters. Not all ambient but always good. Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Bibio, Oneohtrix Point Never
    • Projekt: Love their ambient stuff, don't care for their darkwave/gothic music (apparently David Lynch is a fan though). Steve Roach, Erik Wollo, Dirk Serries, Alio Die, Forrest Fang, Jeffrey Koepper
    • ARCHIVES: I recently discovered this label. Check out their bandcamp page, everything is good. Beautiful organic ambient/drone. Hotel Neon, Warmth
    • DataObscura: Another new discovery for me. Very atmospheric ambient for deep listening. Robert Davies, The Circular Ruins
    • Kompakt: Worth noting for their Pop Ambient series and releases from Gas, Vermont, and Kenneth James Gibson.
    • Temporary Residence: Home of William Basinski, Eluvium, and Hauschka
    • 12k: This label seems to specialize in minimal electroacoustic ambient music. Very warm lo-fi sound. Taylor Deupree, Marcus Fischer, Marsen Jules.
    • Room40: Run by the excellent Lawrence English. Rafael Anton Irisarri, Chihei Hatakeyama, Tomasz Bednarczyk
    • Erased Tapes: The best label for neoclassical, avant-garde, and experimental electronic music. Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Rival Consoles, Kiasmos
    • Hypnos: Great catalog, how I wish they had a bandcamp page! They aren't exactly defunct, but they don't seem to put out new releases these days. Robert Rich, vidnaObmana (aka Dirk Serries), Jeff Pearce, Numina, Jeff Greinke, Oophoi
    • Glacial Movements: aptly named, music meant to evoke remote snowy landscapes and icebergs. Bvdub, Netherworld
    There are more labels I'm forgetting, but that's a good overview of my favorites.
    Last edited by dreamware; 12-10-2018, 02:41 AM.

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  • Hypnagogue
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    Originally posted by HypnoticSounds View Post
    Hypnagogue

    Please correct me if I am wrong; but aren't you yourself a producer in the area of webradio broadcasting (podcast)?
    Yes I am what have you listened?

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  • HypnoticSounds
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    Hypnagogue

    Please correct me if I am wrong; but aren't you yourself a producer in the area of webradio broadcasting (podcast)?

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  • Hypnagogue
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    As a listener I think that producers are more important than labels: Autechre (they're not human), Kevin Drumm, Thomas Koner (the King of Drones) & Monolake (messrs. Ableton) teached me how to listen and to understand music. As a producer labels like Edition Mago and Pan records allowed me to stay informed about technical and production news.

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  • Renascence
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    Originally posted by annode View Post
    Great List! I always loved 4AD artists back in the 90's.

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  • Aïma Dust
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    As a listener I was impressed in my youth by the Swan Song Label (Led Zeppelin), Brain (Klaus Schulze), early Virgin (Mike Oldfield, early TD), ...
    and by the label L'oiseau Lyre (now a part of Decca), a compagny that specialises in baroque music.
    I'm still a fan of the sound from Decca, but also so many others in classical and baroque style.
    It's not a label, but I'd like to mention DGM-live by Robert Fripp.
    Electroacoustic music : L'empreinte Digitale (web : electrocd.com)

    As an artist, I was on Black Dingo Records but the owner closed his label for new stuff.
    Now, I'd be happy to find another label, but I don't know how to do it or if I'm worthy

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  • DeepWarmth
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    As an artist and label owner, I say it is really cool when I get to release on other people's labels who have released artists I have come to love. Getting on Databloem alongside others such as Mick Chillage was really nice. Being on those Nagual comps over on the TXT label was also really cool. The Mick Chillage release from the first Nagual release is one of my favorite albums. As a listener, gotta say Archives, Ultimae, TXT, Projekt and A Strangely Isolated Place are my favorite ambient labels atm. The 3 Warmth albums on Archives are classics!

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  • GregH
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    labels can be useful with spotify as they have playlists - I follow Miasmah records on Spotify

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  • Jan Roos
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    Originally posted by synkrotron View Post
    Hi Peeps,

    I am both a listener and an artist, so there are two sides to this coin, for me.


    As a listener I think that the artist is more important than the label.

    Led Zeppelin, one of my all time favourite bands, was on Atlantic Records for some time, until they started their own. Did that mean that Atlantic were my favourite label?

    Truth be told, I couldn't have cared less back then and I rarely, if ever, considered what labels my artists were on.

    Lately, however, now that I am making a lot of online digital purchases, it sometimes matters to me how a website sells/bills for albums. So, if a label is not on Bandcamp, for instance, I will probably not bother making that purchase.

    Paypal is a big factor in that. I have kind of put my online purchasing eggs in one basket, so to speak, so if a seller does not allow Paypal then I will more than likely put off. Not all the time, but most of the time.

    By far my most favourite seller of digital downloads is Bandcamp. So easy to use and you can invariably listen to full albums before buying, and create a "wishlist" of stuff you are interested in. Plus, you can, if you want, pay more for something if you wish, which I think is nice. I also think that the way Bandcamp presents your collection is the best out there. I have the Bandcamp app on my Android smart phone and I will often power that up and listen to my collection on that... So handy, as long as I have a connection to the interwebs.

    Other web based sellers just want to sell you downloads and don't even give you a great way of looking at your past orders or streaming online. So I try to avoid those sites, unless there is an artist there that is not on Bandcamp, and I really want the album.


    As an artist, well, I've never been a part of a label so I guess I cannot comment further. But I would be interested in hearing the opinions of other artists here on this.


    cheers

    andy
    As an artist I´ve released under a label, my debut album "Structural Tendency" was released under Origo Sound. At the time I thought highly of that, Origo Sound being behind artists like Biosphere, Circular, Erik Wøllo and many more. However, this was 2013 and the music industry had changed a lot since the 90s. The label did´nt do anything I couldn´t have done myself, less if truth be told. Giving away your rights to a label in exchange for it printing 300 CDs is what I call a terrible deal. I´ve self released since then, not having much, if any, time for promo work and such. So things are more or less the same, but at least I own everything.
    I hear this a lot these days; smaller labels expecting the artist to do most of the work that traditionally were the labels area of responsibility. I don´t see why most small artists would do that, sign away their rights and get little or nothing in return. I´m also sure there are smarter ways to do promotional work through networks of similar artists instead of single promotions.

    There are still some labels around who are truly dedicated to the genres, though. Project, Ultimae, Cryo Chamber and many more. But in general I follow artists more than record labels

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