Fringe Biology Recordings is a Seattle-based record label of outsider recording artists specializing in experimental rock, avant electronic music, sci-fi soundtracks, krautrock, and science music (direct application of scientific concepts into music creation – see an example here from the Hypermutator album by Rubber Band Banjo of a series of biological mutations in DNA that were converted into audio mutations). Our primary instrument is the recording studio, we practice DIY aesthestics, and we may or may not know how to play our instruments the “correct” way. Subcategories include space rock, post punk, jazz, avant rock, early industrial, black and avant-garde metal, progressive rock, psychedelic, cut-ups, soundscapes, pop, and dub. The music is inspired by diverse and esoteric topics such as ancient technology, wave genetics, synthetic and evolutionary biology, urban decay, space travel, science run amok, the films of David Cronenberg, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, Fritz Lang, and the literature of William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Brion Gysin, and Jorge Luis Borges. Music videos are also released on DVD. We still believe in the full-length album with artwork that should be heard and felt as an entire work of art and not fragmented into individual downloads. But we do offer the latter option for convenience.
Current FB Recordings artists include Von Sleight, Rubber Band Banjo, Revolutionary Cells, Machines For Hire, Borg and the Ultimate Seeds, Bocinas, and Mutant Microbes. Older recordings from Rubber Band Banjo, Bocinas, and Brickburner are also available at the FBR website. Tracks from FBR artists have been played on WFMU, KEXP, Warren Ellis mixtapes, Hollow Earth Radio, Don Campau’s No Pigeonholes show and Weirdsville! Web Radio, made into Ninja videos, and have been the theme song for the sci-fi podcast Billibub Baddings. Several FBR releases are available on CD Baby, iTunes, Napster, eMusic, Amazon, and other digital distribution sites. Selected releases are available at Wall of Sound, Dissonant Plane, and Sonic Boom record shops in Seattle, WA.
Currently we are looking to expand our audio and video releases from like-minded artists. We will help you release your CD here, get it out to the masses through digital distributors such as iTunes, and market your release for review and radio play. See the demo policy if interested.
Some of our influences include Neu!, Can, Faust, Cluster, Kraftwerk, Heldon, Hawkwind, Keuhkot, Circle, Cleaning Women, Einsturzende Neubauten, Coil, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Residents, Idiot Flesh, Moe!kestra, Secret Chiefs 3, Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, Sir Millard Mulch, David Bowie, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Tuxedomoon, Wire, Gang of Four, Devo, Joy Division, Pere Ubu, La Dusseldorf, Bogus Blimp, When, Ulver, Arcturus, Solefald, Shining, Magyar Posse, Alamaailman Vasarat, Aavikko, Messer Chups, Henry Cow, Art Bears, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, King Crimson, Brian Eno, DNA, Der Plan, Palais Schaumburg, and many more.