18 September 2012

Obscure Records (1975-78)



"Obscure Records was a U.K. record label which existed from 1975 to 1978. It was created and run by Brian Eno, who also produced the albums. Ten albums were issued in the series. Most have detailed liner notes on their back covers, analyzing the compositions and providing a biography of the composer, in a format typical of classical music albums, and much of the material can be regarded as 20th century classical music. The label provided a venue for experimental music, and its association with Eno gave increased public exposure to its composers and musicians." more

Avant-garde archive Ubuweb shares selections from the entire Obscure catalog of classics.

Obscure No. 1: The Sinking of the Titanic – Gavin Bryars (1975)
Obscure No. 2: Ensemble Pieces – Christopher Hobbs, John Adams, Gavin Bryars (1975)
Obscure No. 3: Discreet Music – Brian Eno (1975)
Obscure No. 4: New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments – Max Eastley, David Toop (1975)
Obscure No. 5: Voices and Instruments – Jan Steele, John Cage (1976)
Obscure No. 6: Decay Music – Michael Nyman (1976)
Obscure No. 7: Music from the Penguin Café – Members of the Penguin Café Orchestra (1976)
Obscure No. 8: Machine Music – John White, Gavin Bryars (1978)
Obscure No. 9: Irma – an opera by Tom Phillips, music by Gavin Bryars, libretto by Fred Orton (1978)
Obscure No. 10: The Pavilion of Dreams – Harold Budd (1978)