Sound Recordings is also a not-for-profit record label, dedicated to documenting culture via analogue instruments.
How does it work?
Sound Recordings cost exactly what they cost to produce (pressing, printing and postage), the label does not gain any capital from the sale of the records themselves (it merely recoups costs). Smaller pressing runs avoid an imbalance of supply/demand whilst ensuring that production costs are returned to the contributors (label and artists) as soon as possible. By selling records at cost – the community funds the pressing process and the music is free! By using this model, Sound Recordings aims to make producing and owning analogue recordings more accessible, affordable and sustainable.
Sound Recordings are made by hand and electricity!
Sound Recordings is a 100% analogue recording label. This means that all the music is recorded, mixed and mastered to magnetic tape, while the vinyl masters (lacquers) are also cut directly from master tapes. No digital processing or computers are used to make Sound Recordings.
Why go to so much effort? Any sound recording is an attempt to capture and represent the sonic phenomena that emanates from a live performance. Using only analogue technology ensures that this process remains a transference of energy at each stage of the production. From moving air to electricity, from electricity to magnetic flux, then back to electricity and, finally, motion. This motion makes an inscription and we are left with a groove (no pun intended). By following this simple formula, Sound Recordings come to you as they were heard by those who made them.
To date, there have been five long playing 12″ records, and one 7″ single play record, released in collaboration with the label. The online cataligue has been removed temporarily while we build a new and improved website. If you’d like to order a record, or enquire about the artists, please contact Alex and we’ll go from there…