The Newness of the sounds
Orthlorng Musork is one of the hottest
experimental electronic labels at the moment. They release records of
such artists as Timeblind, Blectum From Blechdom, Gold Chains,
Eight Frozen Modules, Secret Mummy, AGF, Alejandra And Aeron, Akira
Rabelais, Stephan Mathieu and Ekkehard Ehlers. We are talking with
Sue Constabile, a label
- What are
your musical basis? Have you ever been into classical music, jazz, pop or
- I grew up listening to pop music and my father’s Beatles
records. I listen to all kinds of music now but went through some periods
where I was heavily into dub/reggae, academic electonics, experimental
vocalists and jazz.
- Have you ever played any kind of music?
played piano, violin and clarinet as a child and now I sing in a band with
- When did you start to be interested in electronic and
- In college I went to a lot of raves and got
interested in electronic dance music.Then in San Francisco I met some
intersting musicians making much stranger electronic music and it really
fascinated and challenged me.
- What is fascinating for you in these
- The newness of the sounds, composition and arrangement…and
the overall creativity.
- Why did you decide to run a record label?
- We heard Timeblind and Blectum from Blechdom’s music and were blown
away by it. Nobody was interested in releasing any of it so we decided we
had to do it.
- You menage Orthlorng Musork with Kit Clayton. What are
your roles in label?
- When we started we both shared all the work but
for the past year or two I do almost everything. We always decide on what
music we are releasing together, and often Kit does some mastering but
then I handle all the production, promotion coordination, distribution,
accounting, online store etc etc. It is far too much work for one person
and it makes very little money.
- Is there any philosophy behind
- To release quality music that is different from
almost everything else.
- What does the name of the label mean?
It is a translation of “Earthling Music” into a made up language called
“Ornglorsh”. There is a translator on our website in the extras
- What are criterions of selection of artists recording for
- There aren’t any formal criteria. We release things
that we love.
- Which release is your favourite and why?
Blectum from Blechdom release is my favorite because it has so many great
memories attached to it. It was the beginning of the label and people were
so unreceptive to it when we sent it to the press and I just loved the
music and Kristen and Bevin, the artists.
- What do your artists have
- A passion for uncommon music.
- Why did Gold Chains
release for Orthlorng Musork only a brilliant debut MLP, but their full
length album for PIAS?
- Because he got offered a lot of money from
PIAS and we couldn’t offer either the money or the network that PIAS
could. It was a natural next step for him.
- AGF seems to be the most
important artist from Ortlorng Musork at the moment after artistic success
of her last album – “Westernization Completed”. How did you start to
cooperate? What is so special in her music?
- We met her at SONAR in
Barcelona one year, she knew Kit’s music and the three of us got along
really well from the first time we met. She sent us demos of her first
record, "Head Slash Bauch" and we loved it. I think she respected us and
the label and wanted to work with someone who understood what she was
doing. Her music is so unique and personal and she is very good at
communicating emotion through sound.
- Orthlorng Musork is based in San
Francisco. Does really exist a strong electronic/experimental scene there?
What is your opinion about this one?
- It comes and goes. There is a
strong community of artists and musicians of all kinds who are
experimenting, not only in electronic music. A few years ago there was
more of a focus on electronics than there is now, it seems to have shifted
back to punk rock.
- Is financial motivation important for you in label
- We aim to make enough money to pay the artists and keep
the labe going but never expected to make siginificant amounts of
- Did you have any problems with money during Orthlorng Musork`s
- Not so much recently but in the beginning we did. The
payment cycles are long from distributors so you need to have money to
invest in new things before you get paid from previous ones. It isn’t that
hard to figure out, you just need to be practical.
- Are you satisfied
with distribution of Ortlorng Musork`s records?
- No. I spent a lot of
time working on our distribution network but it still has a lot of holes.
There is so much music that distributors are overwhelmed and uninterested.
I don’t think they even have time to listen to music hardly. We have the
online store though so anyone can find our releases if they want to. I’m
sure you can find them all online for free as well if you are unwilling to
- Do you have any advice for people who want to run independent
- Yes, a lot. Too much to write here. Mainly you need to do it
for the love of music, but you also must have a business sense.
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