Lovely Music Ltd

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Founded in 1978, Lovely Music is one of the longest-lived and most distinctive independent labels active in the recording and promotion of new American music. According to label founder Mimi Johnson, the label is “dedicated to releasing the best in avant-garde and experimental music, from electronics and computer music to new opera and extended vocal techniques.” Placing emphasis on the artist’s intent, Lovely Music recordings are always composer-supervised and produced.

The record label was founded by Ms. Johnson as an adjunct to the activities of her Performing Artservices, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the management and administration of American avant-garde artists working in the fields of music, dance and theater. When these artists were not able to get their music out to the record-buying public, Lovely was put forth as a solution. “Lovely Music represents many of the great innovators and interpreters of the last three decades, the men and women who have defined ‘American Music,’” says Johnson, “artists who nevertheless find it difficult or impossible to release their music through more conventional channels.”

Foremost among the artists represented in the Lovely catalog is composer Robert Ashley; almost all of Ashley’s most important works have been released by the label, including the monumental electronic opera for television, Perfect Lives (which has been called the “most influential music/theater/literary work of the 1980s”).

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  • gertietheduck

    I wish labels had streamable Last FM radios...

    November 2010
  • kaisamar

    nice

    November 2010
  • insomniacme

    Interesting label!

    October 2009
  • lovelymusicltd

    Thanks! We'll keep an eye out for it... cheers, harris

    August 2007
  • Glukoz

    Totally ordering Now Eleanor's Idea in late August =)

    June 2007
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