15 May 2008


Bleepfiend is a totally independent net-label, primarily dedicated to releasing lost/forgotten/unreleased electronic music recordings that we feel deserve a wider audience, to the best of our limited abilities.

Why bother?

Because we want to tell a story: the story of a generation's struggle to realise it's ideas under limitations that would be unthinkable for electronic artists today. This is music made at subsistence level, harnessing whatever technology was available or affordable at the time, from analogue synths to cheap home keyboards, extinct micro-computers to domestic tape recorders. It is the sound of struggle - the creative urge pushing against limitations, forcing the artists to develop their own recording strategies.

The music on offer was recorded in a time before the Internet made it possible to upload, share and promote work to a wider audience. This is music that never had a chance to be heard by anyone outside the artist's immediate circle of friends. But still it exists...it's forgotten potential locked in the ferric particles of dusty cassette tapes.

Although committed to the pleasures of hard-formats, Bleepfiend is currently only in a position to offer digital downloads in MP3 format. These downloads are completely free, but if you enjoy the music and wish to make a donation towards our running costs, please click on the Paypal button below...

Bleepfiend operates a strict 'No Soft-Studios' policy.

The above is a draft copy of the blurb I'll be sticking up at the home page of my little net-label that's currently under construction. I'm still in the process of sorting out the 'release schedule' (lol!!) but already got some cracking stuff from a few friends like Ed DMX and Bob from Date 70. If there's anyone out there who thinks they've got anything I might be interested in, please get in touch (I imagine this is something that only people over a certain age will be eligible for). In particular I'm looking for tracks for a compilation that will be a survey of early home demos by electronic artists who started out using Casio and other home keyboards with domestic tape recorders. Obviously tape hiss and degraded audio quality will be intrinsic to the project..the important thing is to show character/creativity in the face of grinding technological poverty.

Contact: bleepfiend[at]gmail[dot]com


  1. Briliiant idea! Looking forward to hearing what you have coming.

    I'm 35, but it seems like a lifetime away thinking about pre-internet times now - the young uns have it so easy!!! :)

  2. that is such a wicked idea nick. really nice :)

  3. super idea! Take a look at the lost tapes on qotile.net (not my stuff)

  4. sounds like my kind of project, i am looking forward to hearing the results!

  5. go for it fella!

    though why not run a 12" vinyl label in parallel? if done right, it can be quite financially managable.