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Workbench Recordings

a New York City netlabel specializing in unusual and experimental music. Tracks are posted on the last Tuesday of the month, with texts and graphic art, and are available as mp3s, and occasionally FLAC files, for free download.(FLAC files from WBR 03 to WBR 27 are available for purchase through

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jason on 07/20/2010 at 04:30PM

Spotlight on Workbench Recordings

NYC's Workbench Recordings offer a steady stream of high-quality Creative Commons tracks on a monthly basis, each accompanied by unique text and visuals. Workbench specializes in "unusual and experimental music," which ranges from cinematic soundscapes and fingerstyle guitar, to abstract pop and psychedelic folk. There is an organic element that defines what I might call "the Workbench sound," favoring acoustic guitars and sparse airy percussion. The consistency of that sound is further enhanced by the label's relationship with a worldclass mastering facility (Masterdisk), which is a rarity in the netaudio world.

James Beadreau is the curator, musician, producer, and graphic artist behind Workbench, and he has compiled a mix to showcases the 'songier' side of the Workbench sound, with some more experimental sounds mixed in. The mix begins with two covers -- a psychedelic take on the public domain lullaby "All the Pretty Little Horses" into a Fahian twist on Deerhoof's Creative Commons composition "Fresh Born" (part of a very cool Cash Music project). The mix includes three tracks by Philip Lynch, a progressive folk artist who writes with a compositional flare that recalls an unleashed Elliot Smith. Then there's the short, haunting Richard Youngs & Andrew Paine soundscape...lots to dig into, and be sure to check out more over at Workbench Recordings

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