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Catalytic Sound

creative music cooperative

Catalytic Sound is a music based co-operative designed to help create economic sustainability for its artists through patron support.
Put simply, one half of all album purchases and subscription fees will always go directly to the musicians of the collective.

New AdditionsAlbum: Cut by Stirrup

Stirrup

Cut

Released 2016

"Rumback’s fluid, bouncing drums against Macri’s rich, anchoring bass—fashions an ideal stage for Lonberg-Holm, who drifts and wheels in an almost pastoral mode before virtually welding the notes down with the help of the effects pedal. While the next track, “Rodney’s Last Ride,” takes [...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: A Man Can’t Ride On One by Stirrup

Stirrup

A Man Can’t Ride On One

Released 2015

“Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm puts his effects pedals through a workout to produce a sometimes lush, sometimes strident sound that celebrates churning melody… The group is propelled by bassist Nick Macri and drummer Charles Rumback, who embroider brisk rhythms with endless displacements and sidewa[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Cecil’s Dance by Ab Baars, Joost Buis & Berlinde Deman

Ab Baars, Joost Buis & Berlinde Deman

Cecil’s Dance

Released 2023

The trio plays compositions by Ab Baars - whimsical, lyrical, crazy and unruly - as well as spontaneous open improvisations. The result is a slightly askew kind of chamber jazz, revelling in the free and spontaneous, while avoiding the heavy-handed and predictable. Instead, it might resemble a humo[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Picks Up The Thread by Stirrup

Stirrup

Picks Up The Thread

Released 2026

“…Lonberg-Holm takes the lead for the most part, providing tunefulness enriched with gritty textures…Nick Macri’s bass is the unsung hero of this mix, rubber-banding throughout the low registers in a complementary fashion… Charles Rumback’s contributions are those of a veteran… Picks [...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Japan 2019 by Paal Nilssen-Love & Ken Vandermark

Paal Nilssen-Love & Ken Vandermark

Japan 2019

Released 2024

PNL Records and Audiographic Records are thrilled to announce the release of the seven CD boxset, Paal Nilssen-Love & Ken Vandermark: Japan 2019. This co-production includes live recordings by this long-standing duo from their 16-date concert tour of Japan, as well as new collaborations with le[...]
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Album: Four Experiments by Nate Wooley

Nate Wooley

Four Experiments

Released 2023

Four Experiments stemmed from a pandemic fascination with an early book of poetry by Stephen Spender and a desire to explore new ways of viewing my relationship to instrumental, compositional, and improvisatory technique. Each piece here was written to be played by any number of players with any le[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Instants by Terrie Hessels & Han Bennink

Terrie Hessels & Han Bennink

Instants

Released 2023

”Han and Terrie share a giddy playfulness and the feeling of performing a crazy little dance next to a ravine. That old school drum kit and irreparable guitar are not just instruments, but tools to kick-start your imagination and they rattle, scrape, howl, screech, squeak and rumble incessantly. [...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Hidros 9 Mirrors by Mats Gustafsson

Mats Gustafsson

Hidros 9 Mirrors

Released 2020

Conducted work by Mats Gustafsson for two identical nine-piece chamber ensembles, four soloists, tape machine, turntable, and conductor. Soloists featured: Anders Nyqvist (trumpets, slide and piccolo); Colin Stetson (amplified bass saxophone); Hedvig Mollestad (guitar); Per-Åke Holmlander (tuba); [...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Begin, Again by Jeb Bishop, Tim Daisy & Mark Feldman

Jeb Bishop, Tim Daisy & Mark Feldman

Begin, Again

Released 2023

"Begin, Again" documents a set of new compositions realized by three veterans from the creative improvised music scene: trombonist Jeb Bishop, violinist Mark Feldman and percussionist Tim Daisy. Inspired by Jeb and Mark's recent relocation back to the windy city, Tim Daisy seized on the opportunity[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Nisse Sandstr​ö​m Group by Nisse Sandstr​ö​m Group

Nisse Sandstr​ö​m Group

Nisse Sandstr​ö​m Group

Released 2023

In collaboration with musician Mats Gustafsson and Roger Bergner of the Center for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research, Caprice Records starts a new series of records in the autumn of 2023 – Öppet! Öppet focuses on creative and experimental music from Sweden, 1965-75. First out are recordin[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Slight Return by Håvard Wiik & Tim Daisy

Håvard Wiik & Tim Daisy

Slight Return

Released 2023

Slight Return documents two sets of inspired sound making between Berlin based pianist Håvard Wiik (Atomic, Element, Free Fall) and Chicago drummer Tim Daisy (Vox 4, Rempis Percussion Quartet.) Reconnecting a decade after their 2013 release "A Fine Day in Berlin" (relay 006) which included bassist[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Better A Rook Than a Pawn by Edition Redux

Edition Redux

Better A Rook Than a Pawn

Released 2023

Audiographic Records presents the first album by Ken Vandermark’s newest ensemble, Edition Redux, which adds to the MacArthur Prize winner's internationally and critically acclaimed series of bands he has composed for: The Vandermark 5, FME, The Territory Band, The Resonance Ensemble, E[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Exhale – Vol 2 by LUFT

LUFT

Exhale – Vol 2

Released 2023

”The debut record of LUFT – is a two volume album of exceptional explorations within the bagpipe and reed universe —— unknown music of poetic beauty and high energy cascades. Fast moving changes in texture and layers vs static repetitions and alternatives densities and melody treatments! [...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: EE Opus One by Mats Gustafsson & Ensemble E

Mats Gustafsson & Ensemble E

EE Opus One

Released 2023

The initial idea behind Ensemble E was to combine traditions of Contemporary Music, deeper folkmusic, Improvised music, Free Jazz and other experimental music fields and traditions with the deeper music traditions. This is deeper research of traditional and non-traditional ways of expressing folk m[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Gush 30 – Krakow 2018 by Gush

Gush

Gush 30 – Krakow 2018

Released 2023

3-CDs box-set documents Gush residency at Alchemia club in Krakow in November 2018 celebrating band's 30th aniversary. Gush performs precisely as one might anticipate from a trio of seasoned musicians who have collaborated for three decades. Gustafsson's saxophone emulates the qualities of the h[...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Vind​​​ö​​​gæ by Mats Gustafsson & Andreas Røysum

Mats Gustafsson & Andreas Røysum

Vind​​​ö​​​gæ

Released 2023

Reed players Mats Gustafsson and Andreas Røysum bonded over common understandings of the physical and political dimensions of music. Across generations and other accountant-like statistics (zzz...), they decided in 2021 to start playing together as a duo, and thus VINDÖGÆ was unleashed on the No[...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Why Is The Sea So Blue by Margareth Kammerer

Margareth Kammerer

Why Is The Sea So Blue

Released 2013

In Why Is The Sea So Blue Margareth Kammerer continues to explore songs in experimental music contexts, elaborately interweaving lyrics into nine wistful soundscapes. Originally recorded in 2006, with the band consisting of Christof Kurzmann (voice, saxophone), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Burkhard Stan[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Smash & Grab by Ballister

Ballister

Smash & Grab

Released 2023

When Ballister hit the stage at the Catalytic Sound Festival in Chicago in December 2022, no one in the band was quite sure what to expect. Although they’d done a two-week tour of the US in April of that year, their first reunion following an almost three-year break due to the pandemic, you never[...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Casa Corp by Leonel Kaplan, Christof Kurzmann & Edén Carrasco

Leonel Kaplan, Christof Kurzmann & Edén Carrasco

Casa Corp

Released 2012

Second release for the accomplished trio of Leonel Kaplan, Christof Kurzmann and Edén Carrasco on the follow of last years brilliant Una Casa/Observatorio. Recorded in Buenos Aires, roughly a year after the two pieces that compose the first release, Casa Corp reveals both a continuity and a pro[...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Graceful Collision by BI BA BOOM

BI BA BOOM

Graceful Collision

Released 2022

"The material was recorded at the Chamber of Comerce in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn and features contributions from Chris Pitsiokos on alto sax and electronics, Luke Stewart on electric bass, double bass and electronics and Jason Nazary on drums and electronics." [...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Palmar Zähler by Alan Courtis, Jaime Genovart, Christof Kurzmann & Pablo Reche

Alan Courtis, Jaime Genovart, Christof Kurzmann & Pablo Reche

Palmar Zähler

Released 2009

"It is now 5 years that I travel to Latin America. My home base in Buenos Aires; and from there to almost all the other countries. When I arrived there first, I did not know much about the music scene, especially about any scene committed to “New Music” or “Improvisation”, but with the time[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Missa Amissa by Malcolm Goldstein & Fred Lonberg-Holm

Malcolm Goldstein & Fred Lonberg-Holm

Missa Amissa

Released 2023

"It is with great honor, then, that we present a document of a 2003 live improvised duo set with Fred Lonberg-Holm recorded at 3030 in Chicago. With ample room-tone, sounds of people shuffling into place, atmospheric sounds from the occasional interior/exterior crossover, Lonberg-Holm’s cello and[...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: B​ö​rsenkrach by Christof Kurzmann

Christof Kurzmann

B​ö​rsenkrach

Released 2009

Recorded at WORM Studios/Rotterdam 3-9/08/2009Comes in a plastic bag with insert. [...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Tilbury / Wishart by Werner Dafeldecker / Christof Kurzmann / John Tilbury / Stevie Wishart

Werner Dafeldecker / Christof Kurzmann / John Tilbury / Stevie Wishart

Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Tilbury / Wishart

Released 2009

Werner Dafeldecker and Christof Kurzmann are two distinguished and original voices of Austrian modern music.Dafeldecker, a bassist, is known as a founder of improv group Polwechsel, which has released this summer a long awaited album “Field” on Hat Hut featuring pianist John Tilbury, an integra[...]
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New ReleasesAlbum: Clap. An Anatomy of Applause by Various Artists

Various Artists

Clap. An Anatomy of Applause

Released 2023

Clap. An Anatomy of Applause is a compilation of original works by a group of musicians and composers brought together by Andrea Stillacci and Unsounds. The project goal is to highlight the radically different forms and meanings that the sound of applause can take according to its context. The prin[...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Shortening Distance by John Butcher, Leonel Kaplan & Christof Kurzmann

John Butcher, Leonel Kaplan & Christof Kurzmann

Shortening Distance

Released 2013

A 2012 live concert, about a half hour's worth, from the 2012 Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon Festival, Butcher on saxophones and feedback, Kaplan on trumpet and Kurzmann manipulating ppooll software. The set begins in an almost pastoral fashion, restrained and offhandedly lyrical, and remains withdrawn[...]
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New AdditionsAlbum: Ice In A Hot World by Thermal

Thermal

Ice In A Hot World

Released 2023

"THERMAL (John Butcher / Andy Moor / Thomas Lehn) formed in 2001, three musicians from different musical backgrounds, evolving along their personal routes to meet in free improvisations. For twenty years they’ve been taking their subtle and explosive music throughout Europe. Unsounds released the[...]
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