COMPACT DISCS OF UNADULTERATED NEW MUSIC
FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE NEW MUSIC UNADULTERATED

NEWS --- MAIN INDEX --- NUMERICAL CD CATALOGUE
DETAILED MUSICIAN & GROUP INDEX --- DETAILED DISCOGRAPHY
MAIL ORDER --- DOWNLOADS
Early History --- Label Comments --- Label Report
About Improvised Music --- About Martin Davidson

All releases on Emanem and psi are CDs, not CDRs.

Please note that this has nothing to do with rap!

 

The Emanem label was founded in 1974 by Martin Davidson in order to publish music too good and too adventurous to be considered by most other labels. In particular, it seemed (and still seems) vitally important to document improvised music that does not use the vagaries of notation as a (somewhat imperfect) means of preservation. After sporadically releasing LPs on three continents, the label returned to London and has been releasing CDs since 1995, extending the Emanem tradition of undiluted exploratory excellence.

The EMANEM COMPACT DISC SERIES features improvised music at its very best - unadulterated new music for people who like new music unadulterated. Every CD is a labour of love - every one an important masterpiece - too good to discontinue. (Why waste time, effort and resources on anything less?) Most feature total improvisation, but some use partly composed material. The presentation of each CD and this web site concentrates on clarity (as does the music) - there is no desire to emulate the current fashion of obscuring and/or omitting vital information. But then, Emanem is not about fashion, it is about substance.

It was tempting to call the Emanem label, Radical Atheist Culture, since very few of the performers have any interest in religion. But then, the areas of music involved transcend factors such as colour, ethnicity, gender and nationality as well as religion.

 

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