(CelebrityAccess News Service) – Higher Octave Music has re-launched the CyberOctave sub-label with the leadership of seminal new media producer Michael Gosney to help expand the imprint with a spate of new signings, and plans to acquire titles from indie sources worldwide.
The label was founded 17 years ago by Matt Marshall, making its initial mark pioneering the New Age music genre. Today, CyberOctave's mix of titles encompass dance, electronica, alternative, ambient, trance and more — their avenue for the best in "New Edge" music.
CyberOctave will continue its focus on releases in the dance music/DJ genre, but will also diversify with a varied spectrum of cutting edge recordings. "I think of the label as eclectic-experimental," says Marshall. "We'll work on combining genre-defying new sounds and musical styles. Yes, there will be an emphasis on dance — but intelligent dance music, with a different ethos and mind-set."
"We are establishing a standard of quality," says Gosney, "that is in harmony with the spiritual and aesthetic sensibilities of Higher Octave's catalogue, and that will properly introduce this exciting new music to the U.S. market."
CyberOctave signings include "ethono, tribal trance band" Lost At Last, "cosmic pop band" Foxgluv, and the spiritually driven electronica artist Shakatura, who will be performing extensively on the West Coast this fall with the "Ambient Alchemy" tour.
CyberOctave is also interested in licensing and acquiring innovative and pioneering dance and experimental music from small labels and independent sources throughout Europe and around the world, and providing U.S. distribution through EMI Music/Caroline. "There's a huge lack of knowledge and availability of the music from the leading artists in the electronic genre in the U.S.," says Gosney. "With select licensing deals, new artist development, and marketing initiatives such as the new CyberOctave website launching October 1, viral marketing and events, we plan to catalyze a more sophisticated U.S. market for this exciting music."
CyberOctave's first licensed release on October 21 will be the underground ambient classic Mana Medicine, a multi-artist compilation that originally debuted on the London indie Liquid Sound Design.–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner