one-copy records label
What is it?
The Onement label was created by Sylvain Chauveau in 2006. This imprint is focused on the production of one-off, one-copy original recordings by musicians from the experimental scene. Even the composers do not keep any copy of the recording. These unique records are for sale.
The format is always printed on LP record (on vinyl – no dubplates). And the packaging, different on every release, is made by graphic designer Nicolas Couturier.
The concept of one-copy records is inspired by the painters and their painting. A canvas cannot be duplicated. When it’s sold, only the buyer keeps it and even the painter has usually no access to it. The uniqueness is part of the power of the painting.
Onement wants to do the same with music. Even if the audio recording has always been made for multiple copies, maybe it is time to explore new ways to use it.
The name Onement refers to a series of paintings by Barnett Newman (1905-1970). This series made between 1948 and 1953 (Onement I, II, III, IV, V and VI) is famous for its zips over a monochrome background, which also became Newman’s signature.
The label’s aesthetics goes mainly towards musique concrète, electroacoustic improvisation, modern composition and field recording.
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