Hotham Sound, the geographic locality, is a sidewater of the Jervis Inlet and one of the deepest sounds in British Columbia. It’s frequently used as a testing ground for submersibles and sonar technology. If you’re a passenger on the Earl’s Cove-Saltery Bay ferry route, you can see Hotham Sound if you look directly north approximately 25 minutes into your sailing.
Hotham Sound, the music label, is based out of Vancouver, BC, and focuses on experimental electronic artists from the Cascadia region. We’re interested in lo-fi electronics, tape loops, musique concrete, vertical listening, analog synths, digital synths, plunderphonics, rhythm boxes, drum computers, field recordings, bent circuits, contact mics, geophonics, echo jams, pedal trains, oblique strategies, aleatoric workflows, modular freakouts, homemade aesthetics, musicians, non-musicians.
Submissions on cassette and CD can be mailed or hand delivered to Hotham Sound Recordings, 2721 Hemlock St, Vancouver, BC V6H2V7.
Digital submissions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 3, 2019
We’re extremely pleased to announce the release of WAVE, the 2nd full length release by Vancouver ambient musician Sean Evans. As half of Vancouver multimedia performance duo WAV_FORMS, Evans has been providing evocative analog soundscapes to Vancouver audiences for years. His first solo release, 2018's CATALOG (on Calgary's Deep Sea Mining Syndicate) was a stunning collection of achingly melancholic tone poems that singled him out as an artist to watch in 2019. With WAVE, Evans has crafted an extremely focused and aptly named follow-up; a meditation on the ebb and flow of the worlds vast bodies of oceanic power. Welcome, Sean!
Cassette coming in July. MAY 27, 2019
Alexi Baris, Waters, The Bastion Mews, Magneticring, and a a (AKA Secret Pyramid) will be performing live at the FULL EMPLOYMENT cassette launch on Saturday, June 1st at Static Jupiter, 25 East 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC. Visuals by c130. This one is not to be missed. Doors at 7, show at 8.
MARCH 10, 2019
MARCH 8, 2019
Very happy to welcome local electronic improv ensemble The Bastion Mews to Hotham Sound for the release of their new ep FULL EMPLOYMENT. Currently consisting of Larissa Loyva (AKA Kellarissa) and Samuel Macklin (AKA connect_icut), The Bastion Mews have been quietly operating on the outskirts of the Vancouver electronic improv scene in one form or another since 2005. Past members have included Brady Cranfield and Josh Rose. FULL EMPLOYMENT is now available in digital format for streaming or purchase. Limited cassette release coming next month.
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
PrOphecy Sun, connect_icut, Ross Birdwise, and Ian William Craig will be performing live at THE MONDRIANS cassette launch, Saturday, February 23rd at Toast Collective in Vancouver, BC. Visuals by C130. Doors at 8.
DECEMBER 27, 2018
DECEMBER 11, 2018
THE MONDRIANS is now online, featuring the work of twenty electronic musicians and sound artists from the Pacific Northwest. You can listen to the compilation via the album page, or approach the pieces individually via the grid. Thank you to the many talented artists who contributed their time and creativity to this long running project. We’re very proud of it. Limited edition double cassette will arrive in early 2019.
OCTOBER 28, 2018
OCTOBER 24, 2018
AUGUST 12, 2018
ABRAMELIN, the debut album by Vancouver synthesist Jesse Creed's new project Dimir Standard, is now available in digital format on Hotham Sound. Besides being the first artist to release work on the legendary Vancouver label More Than Human, Jesse is also co-founder of CanMARC Studios, home to one of the largest collections of vintage synths on the west coast, and birthplace of some really incredible albums. ABRAMELIN is an intensely textural ambient experience that rewards close listening, so settle in. Limited edition cassette release to follow in late September.
JULY 21, 2018
We recently talked with Discorder Magazine's Judah Schulte about the connections between nature and electronic music for the Hotham Sound Edition of the Homegrown Labels series. Thanks to Judah, Brit, Duncan and Alicia for a great piece, and congrats to Discorder on their 401st issue!
JUNE 10, 2018
Happy to announce that NINE VARIATIONS, a new album by Vancouver artist Ross Birdwise, is now available in digital format on Hotham Sound. A limited cassette release will follow in late summer. Ross is a deeply experimental artist making truly unorthodox work, and we're proud to be hosting him. Previous releases include Drunk Formalism(s) (on Orange Milk) and Frame Drag (on Los Discos Enfantasmes).
MAY 5, 2018
Mount Maxwell's BLUE HIGHWAYS VOL 1 is now available as a limited edition cassette. You can purchase it here or here. It's also in stock at Red Cat Records, Audiopile, Dandelion, and Neptoon (if you're in Vancouver). BLUE HIGHWAYS VOL 2 and KR75's ONDULAR both arriving on cassette later this month.
MARCH 15, 2018
Very happy to welcome Nelson, BC resident Devon Gestrin to Hotham Sound. Devon's debut EP FROM SONANCE TO SILENCE is our third release of 2018, and we think it's quite beautiful.
FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Mount Maxwell's BLUE HIGHWAYS VOL. 2 is now available for digital download. Limited Cassette release of both volumes coming in April, along with cassettes by KR75 and Khyex. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to us over the last two years, especially the good folks at More Than Human and ADSR.
JANUARY 12, 2018
Very pleased to announce that our first release of 2018 has arrived. Listen here.
DECEMBER 30, 2017
Hotham Sound is currently accepting submissions for a sound compilation based on the paintings of the Dutch artist and theoretician Piet Mondrian. The purpose of this project is to re-imagine Mondrian's paintings as a series of graphic scores, and to then rigorously interpret them. Each participant is encouraged to work with a painting of their choice from the abstract geometric works produced between 1914 and 1944. There are no rules as to what form each interpretation takes, as long as it represents a sincere attempt on the part of the participant to create a one-to-one 'sound-map' of the painting in question. The result may sound like music, or noise, or computer bleeps, or machinery, or total gibberish. It may last ten seconds or ten minutes. All are welcome. But it must trace the forms of the painting in a recognizable way. We're not looking for music 'inspired by', we're looking for direct audio equivalents. If you have any questions, please send us an email. If you'd like to participate, please send us your interpretation, along with the full name of the painting being interpreted, as well as a brief description of the process you came up with for interpreting it. We're very curious to hear from you.
THE MONDRIANS will be released on Hotham Sound in late 2018. Submissions will remain open until 10/18.
DECEMBER 14, 2017
JULY 31, 2017
NOVEMBER 12, 2016
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Mount Maxwell's BLUE HIGHWAYS VOL. 1 has finally arrived. Forty hypnotic minutes of abstract oceanics, 70's string machines, and pulsing PSA arps. Buy it now and skip the Squarespace media player's annoying track gaps.
NOVEMBER 27, 2015
Hotham Sound is online. Digital albums by Mount Maxwell and Khyex are available for purchase for $7.00 CD. The MMR Collective's broadcasts are available for free streaming, but not purchasable due to copyright restrictions. New releases by Erika Richter and TUAM are scheduled for early 2016. Send us your tapes!
NOVEMBER 8, 2015
Hotham Sound will be online in late November, 2015. Inaugural releases by Mount Maxwell, Khyex, and the MMR Collective.