Today, exactly 15 years ago, on the 9th of March 2008 I had arranged a concert evening with Nils Frahm and Library Tapes at NBI in Berlin. To help promote the show I made a 3inch CD-R with tracks from both artists in an edition of 77 (which is the year I was born). I wrote sonicpieces 001 on it without the intention to start a record label. However this event triggered a series of coincidences, and I was curious where this path would lead to. It only took a little over a year until I released “Wintermusik” by Nils Frahm – the first CD with the distinct Sonic Pieces book packaging that accompanied the label since then. (Monique / Sonic Pieces)
Cisser Mæhl and I were introduced by Stephan Mathieu in March 2021. After exchanging a few emails it became clear that we both wanted to meet in person. Cisser was living in Copenhagen at that time and instantly agreed to come to Berlin, but in a follow-up email she said, Denmark was now considered a “risk area” and Germany wouldn’t allow her to enter. She did some research and found out about the declaration for absolute necessity business travel that I could fill in and that would enable her to come. So I did, and we spent a couple of nice days together in Berlin in April of 2021, mostly walking around the city as there weren’t many places we could go to.
It was great having her back last weekend for two intimate performances at our Berlin store (where this photo was taken). And after some delays I’m happy that her debut album “Innemuseum” will finally see the light of day in exactly one month, on 3rd of March, 2023. (Monique / Sonic Pieces)
collages by sonic pieces (2022) / textiles. cardboard. paper. 29th of September 2022 — 3rd of February 2023 at mi – so store
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“re-covered” is a series of collages for which Sonic Pieces label owner Monique Recknagel stepped out of her usual routine of crafting packages for CDs and vinyl records. After more than 15 years of working with book binding techniques and materials, it was time to think outside the box and adapt it in a different way.
Using leftover and sample materials from Sonic Pieces covers as well as elements based on the artworks of the records, it is easy to connect these works with the label identity. As with Sonic Pieces releases, colours are a central element. The simple, geometric shapes remind of minimal utility designs taken out of context and resulting in unique, stand-alone pieces.
The collages have been created during spring and summer 2022. It is the first time they are shown in public.
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.