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Other Minds Records produces a select catalog of contemporary music exploring areas seldom touched upon by mainstream institutions. We release new works by contemporary and 20th Century composers. We also re-release selected recordings of exceptional value that are hard to find or otherwise unavailable. Making this music accessible to the public is an integral part of our mission, and the proceeds from the sales are used to further our work as new music archivists and advocates. The Other Minds Records catalog is distributed through The Business, Soundohm, Shame File Music, and AudioMoves.

Our Latest Release

Brian Baumbusch Effigy

Brian Baumbusch Effigy

It’s all too rare that composers of forward-thinking music are granted access to large ensembles, much less those working in the lineage of the American Maverick. Rarer still is for one to handle these performing forces with the grace and delicacy that Brian Baumbusch exhibits throughout Effigy, his new Other Minds Records release. Effigy features performances of two previously unrecorded works by the CSU Fullerton Wind Symphony and Other Minds Ensemble, both conducted by Dustin Barr.

Effigy opens with the piece “Kings,” an homage of sorts to the American Maverick composer Lou Harrison, written for the composer’s centennial in 2017. Both artists share an affinity for gamelan-inspired rhythms, which is on full display in this work. The second piece “Isotropes” takes inspiration from the rhythmic experiments of Henry Cowell and Conlon Nancarrow, realizing his densely layered “polytempo” techniques by providing each player with a click track.

Upcoming Releases

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Cheryl Leonard: Antarctica: Music From the Ice
Release Date: July 8, 2022

Bay Area-based composer and instrument builder Cheryl Leonard journeyed to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2009 to gather raw materials for a set of compositions about environments, ecosystems, and climate change in the region. She has performed these compositions in a series concerts. and graphic scores, musical instruments, and audio recordings from the project have been exhibited in art galleries and science museums. This album of studio recordings of her Antarctic compositions will be released soon on Other Minds records.

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Chacon/Nakatani/Santistevan – Inhale/Exhale
Release Date: August 5, 2022

Inhale/Exhale documents the second meeting of the New Mexico-based trio of guitarist Raven Chacon, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, and bassist Carlos Santistevan. The trio recorded the material that would become the album in North America’s oldest church – the San Miguel Mission of Santa Fe. The two sidelong pieces on Inhale/Exhale are presented as they were performed – unedited and without overdubs. The group takes the notion of the power trio to a new level – each member balancing the others while pushing the music forward.

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