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Året der gik – De 50 bedste genudgivelser i 2018

December 23 2018

Årets bedste genoptryk, antologier og nyfundne, fortabte optagelser i 2018 – udvalgt af Mikkel A. Kongstad. Billede af Robert Cox aka. Rimarimba.

“It’s hard to know if it’s some sort of large trend that will eventually die down, or if more people than ever (undoubtedly with the help of the internet and social media) are just starting to discover these many hidden worlds of music, and decide to crawl down the rabbit hole with the rest of us freaks.”

Sådan sagde Jed Bindeman fra Freedom To Spend om genudgivelseskulturen i et interview med P/A’s Alexander Julin tidligere på året. Midt i mellem tiltag som Record Store Day og malingplettede deluxe edition-vinylgenoptryk af den gamle rockkanon, som virker til at være den etablerede, kommercielle branches mest sikre vej til fastholde magtandele på musikudgivelsesfronten (og dermed historiefortællingen), dér er et selskab som Bindemans eget Freedom To Spend et af mange vægtige eksempler på små selskaber, der har valgt at tage kampen op mod den klassiske og ikoniserende musikformidling. De står til gengæld for en mere dybdegående, horisontudvidende fortælling om alle de glemte mini-revolutioner og forsømte musiske eksperimenter fra den nærmeste fortid, der i høj grad synes at gå i forhandling med nutidens musik. Det handler om at opdyrke musikkens g(l)emte verdener og bringe dem ind i en meningsfuld relation til såvel nutidens som fremtidens historieskrivning.

På Passive/Aggressives top 50 over de bedste genoptryk, antologier og nyfundne, fortabte optagelser finder du nogle bud på de mest overraskende, nysgerrige og komplet egenrådige lydverdner, der i år blev bragt ind i den store fortælling om musikkens mange små revolutioner. Her kan man med begejstring notere sig, at to danske selskaber har etableret sig som indflydelsesrige aktører på området for genudgivelser og vægtig, historieudvidende lydarkæologi. Læs resten

Freedom To Spend – “Right now is the best time to be a fan of strange and forgotten music”

English November 26 2018

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Interview by Alexander Julin

Freedom To Spend started in 2017 as a sub-label to RVNG (Visible Cloaks, Oliver Coates, etc). While several other people contribute to the label, some of the primary forces behind are Matt Werth from RVNG as well as Jed Bindeman and Pete Swanson (who, on a note, also produced some phenomenal solo records in 2010-2013 and was a member of the noise duo Yellow Swans).

Freedom to Spend has had an enormously diversive and qualitatively impressive output since its launch, reissuing both raw and minimalistic syntheseizer music and more compositionally experimental works as well. Beginning with “Eye Candy” by Michele Mercure, the label has since also reissued records such as “Eros In Arabia” by Richard Horowitz and “Polemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes” by Pep Llopis, among others.

Contributing to what feels like an ever-expanding amount of labels specializing in what might be termed as “niche” reissues, Freedom To Spend have presented some of the most mesmerising and – partly – forgotten works to a new and to a larger audience in the past two years. They have, as Swanson puts it in a comment on musical reissue culture, been “(…) making sure erased histories are not forgotten.”

In the light of the label’s latest releases, “The Rimarimba Collection” and Michele Mercure’s “Beside Herself”, Passive/Aggressive has interviewed Swanson and Bindeman on the label, their releases so far and their reflections on contemporary trends in reissue culture. Læs resten