What unifies much of the music released on the Amsterdam label UNSOUNDS is a combination of a strong conceptual attitude with the desire to promote some of the great music that exists outside the mainstream music industry. The reputation of the label has grown in the last 12 years to one of the most respected imprints in the experimental music circuit.
Unsounds was founded in 2001 by guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex), composer/sound artist Yannis Kyriakides, and designer/visual artist Isabelle Vigier. Their aim was to create a platform that would present the breadth of their musical and artistic interest reflected by their diverse backgrounds. Music journalist Sven Schlijper-Karssenberg has joined the team in the quality of writer in 2017.
As well as releasing some of their own projects the label has ranged from contemporary composition, improvisation, and sound art by artists such as Robert Ashley, Francisco Lopez, John Butcher, Kaffe Matthews, Anne-James Chaton, Justin Bennett, Calliope Tsoupaki, Alvin Lucier, Arturas Bumšteinas, Sarah Peebles and many more.
The label has developed into producing complex products that expands the music into other media. The Book/CD/eBook Things That a Mutant Needs to Know by Reinaldo Laddaga, and co-curated by Unsounds, brings together many of the favourite sound artists of the label in a project that reflects the label’s interest in exploring different ways of presenting music. Next to this, the label has a digital collection that allows for more excellent releases reflecting the label’s vision. Unsounds is joining forces with London based Discrepant, for the release of vinyl editions, starting with A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats in February 2015. One of our most recent projects is a collection of Stories, where text, image and sound combine in unique pieces available online on our website.