Halifax-based Soundcarrier Music Network has officially launched its digital distribution channel, dedicated to promoting and supporting independent exploratory art music. It was created by Canadian musicians Norman Adams and Alex Kall, who recognized the need for an online space where live and studio-produced recordings of improvised, experimental, contemporary and “free” music could be made centrally available to a worldwide audience.
Soundcarrier distributes only the world’s finest exploratory music. Here, listeners can find their favourite artists and recordings, and easily discover new or unfamiliar artists — knowing that every recording has been vetted for its creative excellence.
Participating artists can enjoy great freedom in what they distribute to the public – from a recording of a favourite live performance, or an individual piece they’ve just released, to the full digital version of an album that has elsewhere been released in hardcopy form.
Recordings are available for download as lossless FLAC and 320 kbps MP3 files, which include PDFs and high-resolution images files of the recording’s liner notes, often with bonus content. Musicians and sound artists creating exploratory music are welcomed to submit their recordings for distribution.
In addition to music downloads, Soundcarrier connects musicians and listeners through individual artist bio pages and discussion threads where all are welcome to review, recommend and chat about what they hear.
“Creative musicians work each day to discover new musical forms, expressions, sounds, and technologies, often with little or no support,” explains Adams. “Soundcarrier’