The Sound Of Herbal

by Digital Daylight Distribution

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The sample of the releases from herbal, each track is selected parts collage from an album, more details please visit herbalinternational.blogspot.com

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releases May 19, 2037

Herbal is a audio CD label, the direction was simple and clear, from the beginning. But when I'm asked to define what is CD beyond just common understanding of compact disc (just another 'container' for sound / music), the answer become the title of the major series: Concrete Disc. Why concrete? it is refer to "Musique concrète", sound in the concrete format.

An audio CD is not only a document of studio recording or live recording, it can be more, it can be question / challenge everytime a CD being made. Why must this studio recording or live recording being mass produced and make available worldwide? I see CD as a convenience format for home listening (before mostly just digital format now-a-day), the audience find out about the contents at home. My definition of home is a place with 'more focus and concentrate listening envelopment' as well as 'open for philosophical challenge'.

Herbal releases are file under either field recording (and related), or abstract / noise, or simply unclassified. It might not see the connection from the genre aspect, but for Herbal, they meet the home listening standard, and challenge the common understanding of compact disc.

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Digital Daylight Distribution Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Digital Daylight Distribution is the online side of Herbal Records. Herbal is an experimental music label founded in 2003 by Goh Lee Kwang in Malaysia.

The label issued regular compact-discs Concrete Disc; as well as Why Not Ltd (2005-2009), Theme Park (2009-) both series release on CDR; a collection for live recordings named Live Actions. Visit us: herbalinternational.blogspot.com
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Track Name: 2 (Beequeens), 7" (Limited edition with Beequeens LP Ownliness on MOLOKO+), 2002
Koken Met Sneeuw
No doubt it is sheer coincidence that the release of this CD coincides with the 25th year of Korm Plastics existence. When I started the label, I had no clear idea of what its aim should be. No doubt if you would have asked me back then, I would have said: to release good music. Maybe if you would ask me today I would give the same answer. What motivation should one need to run a record label? Change the world, save the environment, fight for your rights? I never comprehensively studied the various social and political backgrounds of everybody whose music I released and I never will either, but no doubt the vast majority of them does not have a strong political idea or social motivation behind whatever they do in music. Sit back and listen. Roel Meelkop's installation at the first sound art exhibition he organised in 1998, 'just about now', summed this up perfectly: two speakers, a couch, a vase with flowers and an ashtray. Sit back and listen. And maybe most of all: enjoy!
I think I first met Roel in 1986, when we were preparing a concert of his band THU20, my band Kapotte Muziek and the odd loner Odal. Bumping into each other after that, at concerts usually, grew steadily into a friendship. When Mailcop became Meelkop, following a hiatus of some years of non-recording (mainly out of lack of good equipment), Roel returned with a great CD for Trente Oiseaux, to be followed by more great works. I invited him to do a 10" in the Korg Plastics series of music solely made with Korg machines. It was the third and final episode in the series, and the most 'composed' one. Later on he asked me wether he could release a series of 7"s, in which each new 7" was a rework (recycle remix) of the previous one, but for whatever reason now forgotten, it became only a series of two. The final record on Korm Plastics displayed his interest in concepts: taking Jos Smolders' 'Music For CD Player' as the starting point, he recorded two pieces of 99 seconds each (analog to the 99 tracks on the CD) which was pressed on a 5" lathe cut (the size of a CD) with silver foil in the middle (again like a CD, but made as a picture disc). A small work of art. Four great records and because of the fragile character of the music, it deserves to be released on CD. Another fine mark of quality and a great 25th anniversary item.
Frans de Waard, 17-XI-2009
Track Name: Roel Meelkop - 1003 Roel Meelkop Oude Koeien
Koken Met Sneeuw
No doubt it is sheer coincidence that the release of this CD coincides with the 25th year of Korm Plastics existence. When I started the label, I had no clear idea of what its aim should be. No doubt if you would have asked me back then, I would have said: to release good music. Maybe if you would ask me today I would give the same answer. What motivation should one need to run a record label? Change the world, save the environment, fight for your rights? I never comprehensively studied the various social and political backgrounds of everybody whose music I released and I never will either, but no doubt the vast majority of them does not have a strong political idea or social motivation behind whatever they do in music. Sit back and listen. Roel Meelkop's installation at the first sound art exhibition he organised in 1998, 'just about now', summed this up perfectly: two speakers, a couch, a vase with flowers and an ashtray. Sit back and listen. And maybe most of all: enjoy!
I think I first met Roel in 1986, when we were preparing a concert of his band THU20, my band Kapotte Muziek and the odd loner Odal. Bumping into each other after that, at concerts usually, grew steadily into a friendship. When Mailcop became Meelkop, following a hiatus of some years of non-recording (mainly out of lack of good equipment), Roel returned with a great CD for Trente Oiseaux, to be followed by more great works. I invited him to do a 10" in the Korg Plastics series of music solely made with Korg machines. It was the third and final episode in the series, and the most 'composed' one. Later on he asked me wether he could release a series of 7"s, in which each new 7" was a rework (recycle remix) of the previous one, but for whatever reason now forgotten, it became only a series of two. The final record on Korm Plastics displayed his interest in concepts: taking Jos Smolders' 'Music For CD Player' as the starting point, he recorded two pieces of 99 seconds each (analog to the 99 tracks on the CD) which was pressed on a 5" lathe cut (the size of a CD) with silver foil in the middle (again like a CD, but made as a picture disc). A small work of art. Four great records and because of the fragile character of the music, it deserves to be released on CD. Another fine mark of quality and a great 25th anniversary item.
Frans de Waard, 17-XI-2009