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For four decades, Thomas Steenland has produced compelling recordings of alternative classical, experimental, and avant-garde music. Thomas Steenland founded Starkland in 1991 to reissue recordings of legendary works by the electronic music pioneer Tod Dockstader. In 2016, Starkland celebrates its silver anniversary with a CD of Dockstader pieces which were discovered after his death in 2015.


Starkland composers include Charles Amirkhanian, Phillip Bimstein, Martin Bresnick, Tim Brady, Phyllis Chen, Mary Ellen Childs, Nathan Davis, Tod Dockstader, Paul Dolden, Paul Dresher, William Duckworth, Robert Een, Fred Frith, Aaron Jay Kernis, Phil Kline, Guy Klucevsek, Lukas Ligeti, Keeril Makan, Ingram Marshall, Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Vincent Persichetti, Somei Satoh, Carl Stone, Lois V Vierk, Pamela Z, and John Zorn.


The International Contemporary Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ethel Quartet, Todd Reynolds, Either/Or, Todd Reynolds, Lisa Moore, Ashley Bathgate, Jenny Lin, and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra are some of the musicians on Starkland’s CDs.


Starkland’s recordings have been praised in The New York Times, Gramophone, The New Yorker, Stereophile, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Fanfare, Washington Post, American Record Guide, New York Magazine, Sequenza21, Boston Globe, Sound & Vision, New York Magazine, UK’s The Wire, and Canada’s Musicworks. Starkland’s releases have also been featured on such national radio programs as NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.


Thomas Steenland has also commissioned over two hours of surround-sound music, from thirteen prominent new-music composers, that premiered on two Starkland DVDs, an accomplishment unmatched by any other label in the world.

 

Posted: Aug-19-2016
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Houston Public Media

Tom Steenland is the one-man-DIY-band behind the most punk rock of classical music labels, Starkland Records. Hear the story of Starkland, plus some incredible music.

Posted: Mar-15-2017
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Vital Weekly

"a great end to a life inside electronic music by one of the best composers in the field. May the future bring even more recognition to his unique talent in working with electronic sounds."

— Vital Weekly
Posted: Oct-26-2016
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Tod Dockstader: From the Archives - Cover Art

From the Archives features never-before heard compositions discovered on Tod Dockstader's computer after his death in 2015. Thomas Steenland, who had promoted Dockstader's music for 35 years, worked with archivist Justin H. Brierley to hand-select 15 tracks from over 4,200 sound files Tod had created between 2000 and 2008.

The resulting CD "sounds radical and new, as fresh as if it was made today," writes noted music journalist Geeta Dayal in the recording's introduction.

The music ranges from the powerfully pulsating Super Choral, to the lulling rhythms of First Target, to Anat Loop's spasmodic juxtapositions, shifting from electric arcing to a xylophone trapped in a hurricane.

Posted: Nov-18-2016
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Posted: Nov-9-2016