There is important news regarding the digital distribution of trente oiseaux's releases: we have entered a business partnership with Echopolite.com. Echopolite offer trente oiseaux's catalog of net albums, both single tracks and full albums, in form of streaming and downloads in mp3 and FLAC format. In the near future ordering CDs via Echopolite's website will be possible, too. Trente oiseaux will continue to offer full albums only, for download in wave format and as CDs, so that albums downloaded from trente oiseaux can be written to CDR and/or converted to any other format without any detour. 18 albums previously only available on CD have been added to trente oiseaux's digital catalog and 37 albums are currently available via Echopolite, whith more to come.
We hope that the partnership with Echopolite will make trente oiseaux's releases known to a new and larger audience, and we are pleased that the option of streaming our albums is now available to listeners world-wide.
According to best practice, label and distributor have agreed to adopt equal pricing: Echopolite charges € 7.99 for a full album in mp3 format and € 9.99 in FLAC format ( which is less than their standard pricing ), trente oiseaux charges € 9.99 for an album as either download or CD. For Echopolite's pricing for single track and streaming subscriptions, please visit their website:
about trente oiseaux
Trente oiseaux was founded by Bernhard Günter in November 1995 and began releasing ground-breaking work by artists like Francisco Lopez, Steve Roden, Reynols, Matt Shoemaker, Richard Chartier, Japanese Duo Kuwayama/Kijima, Tomas Phillips, Keith Berry, Bernhard himself, and quite a few more. Bernhard never hesitated releasing a first CD by an hitherto unknown artist when he considered their work worthwhile. The label built a solid reputation among listeners of contemporary electro-acoustic and improvised music and was arguably an artistic success.
In spite of a world wide net of distributors and good reviews in numerous publications, it wasn't, however, as successful economically. So when it became clear that sales weren't covering cost any longer ( invoices not paid by distributors didn't exactly help ), the label stopped releasing CDs by the end of 2005 after a short period of releasing CDRs. Bernhard reluctantly decided to sell out the remaining stock of CDs and call it a day for trente oiseaux.
Now, 13 years after it was founded, trente oiseaux has returned as a web label distributing music by download exclusively. The technological means nowadays available make it possible to return to releasing music without the immense financial risk a label selling physical sound carriers can incur, and Bernhard is more than pleased to see his label become active again.
The first web releases on trente oiseaux comprised a couple of Bernhard's albums no longer available on CD, Bernhard first album released only on the web, and the CDR releases mentioned above are also coming back as web releases distributed by download. Simon Whetham's 'Understory' was trente oiseaux's first new web album.
On 14 July 2009 trente oiseaux released 'Tori no Kaigi', a compilation presenting a selection of contemporary electro-acoustic and improvised music by fine artists from all over the world. Tori no Kaigi consists of four individual albums and ca. 50 pages pdf booklet available for download from trente oiseaux's website – don't miss it!
In 2012, Bernhard designed a new website for trente oiseaux, installed a new online shop and added his new personal website.