Another Timbre and Apartment House Labels Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Over the course of the last decade or so, the Sheffield, England label Another Timbre—operated by Simon Reynell—has established itself as one of the most reliably adventurous and exploratory forces in contemporary music. When the label dropped its first release in 2007, a trio recording with trumpeter Axel Dörner, clarinetist Xavier Charles, and saxophonist John Butcher, it was focused largely on improvised music. Over time, it’s drifted toward composed work, albeit with an emphasis on open scores. While they’ve presented work by canonical composers like John Cage, Terry Riley, and Morton Feldman, the imprint’s main thrust overwhelmingly focuses on the music of living composers, including many associated with the post-Cagean Wandelweiser Collective. Most of the music features some combination of quietude, sustained tones, and performer input. It’s contemporary classical for the future, invested in collective creation and close listening rather than athletic virtuosity.