Two new Sonic Pieces records are officially out and streaming as of today. Otto A Totland´s new album Companion is now available (LTD LP / LTD CD and Standard LP edition). Though beware, low stock on LTD LPs. سایه [sāje] by Oliver Doerell (Dictaphone, Swod) and Iranian percussionist Jawad Salkhordeh is also available in an edition of 300x. This record comes packaged in a full-coloured, spot varnished sleeve as part of the next chapter of our PATTERN series. Our Berlin store is also currently hosting an exhibition with collages by Helga Raimondi connected to this release.
Oliver Doerell & Jawad Salkhordeh –سایه [sāje]
It finds its home in the unknown, unexplored areas of sound, in the liberal, sprawling paths within; areas not yet mapped out. Spellbinding rhythms slip into the fabric of its sound with ease, and the music seems to be well-balanced. – Fluid Radio on Saje
Immersive, richly textured cross-fertilization of Persian traditional music & Ambient Electronics. – Hardwax
Otto A Totland – Companion
From the delicate melodies to his beautiful playing, from the tastefully somber storytelling to the technical attention put in each recording, and finally from the overall delivery to the completely absorbing transfer of his mind to mine, through the keys and the fingers, that is what makes this Norwegian composer stand out among the rest. – Headphone Commute on Companion
Totland’s music implies that we have a choice: to return to the rat race, the relentless pace of industry and commerce, the numbing extravagance of mindless entertainment; or to pause, not because we have to, but because we want to – A Closer Listen on Companion
The Sonic Pieces PATTERN series has reached its first 10 releases in laser cut sleeves. From catalogue no. 011 on the packaging will change. With this in mind, we are presenting the first 10 artworks in an exhibition at our small Berlin store / gallery. During the exhibition period, we are offering all the PATTERN vinyl for reduced prices. The covers will be on display from July 15th until October 2nd. More info at mi — so store.
We´re excited to announce the opening of our new showroom for Sonic Pieces + Miasmah in our beautiful spot here in Berlin Schöneberg. The space will also act as a gallery and record shop for our labels and related items. The opening will be during the weekend of August 14+15th, coinciding with an exhibition of F.S.Blumm´s artwork and pre-release of his new album “In Sight”. RESERVATION only(!), spread over 4 time frames. Book your slot here : https://www.mi-so-store.com/products
Due to our move it´s been quiet around Sonic Pieces lately, and while we´re working on upcoming releases, another sort of release just came out in form of a book about independent record labels that features Sonic Pieces along many other great labels. The book is available via OMNIBUS PRESS.
Sonic Pieces is currently undergoing a big re-locating process, which is both exciting and nostalgic. Here you see Monique and her custom made work-bench. Since the start of the label in 2009 almost all the handmade CDs and vinyl went over this bench somehow. Some days ago it left for new adventures with new people. Sometimes it can be good with a new start. So we embrace change with everything that comes with it. And more change is to come. Keep watching this space through the year, as new pieces will fall into place.
We´re happy to finally be able to offer two beautiful new releases. Coincidentally they are both connected to the art world and were recorded at museums variously in Copenhagen and Leuven.
We like We return to the Pattern series, this time together with Jacob Kirkegaard. Time is Local is based around a 12h live performance / installation at the Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen. The record can be seen as a study of time and space and is one of the most minimal sounding works in our discography.
After a 6 years hiatus we finally continue our 7″ series Seven Pieces. It was not our intention to keep that long gap between releases, but the 7″ is a challenging format to find the right music for. However it´s with great pleasure that we can offer Piece Five in form of Christina Vantzou´s composition Six Cellos for Sol LeWitt, performed at the M-Museum in Leuven, Belgium 2012.
Deaf Center spotted in Copenhagen this August, a rare chance to see them in bright colors. The guys will soon be on the road playing a few shows through Europe. Their new album “Low Distance” was out earlier this year.
Sept 15. Santiago De Compostela, ES – Wos Festival
Oct 17. Dordrecht, NL – Fluister
Oct 24. Hasselt, BE – Nordic Nights
Oct 26. Braga, PT – Semibreve Festival
Nov 1. Nantes, FR – Soy Festival
Nov 24. Wroclav, PL – Festival Ambientalny
After our 10 year celebration in Berlin, we head to Brussels to attend the BRDCST festival in April. Here it will be a Sonic Pieces exhibition hanging at the Ancienne Belgique Café during the month of April. Then on the 4th, a label night will take place in the unique environment of the superbly restored art nouveau Foyer Hamesse, in arthouse-cinema Palace (opposite AB) where Deaf Center, We like We and Rauelsson will perform. More info and tickets for this > here
Erik K Skodvin and Otto A Totland have been a big part of Sonic Pieces over the years, and we are very happy to see them re-unite as Deaf Center for a new full-length album. The record is called “Low Distance” and will be released in March. More on this soon. Meanwhile, a first track of the album entitled “Movements / The Ascent” is already available digitally on all platforms : Bandcamp – Boomkat – Spotify – Itunes