Who we are
I'm Tommy McCutchon and I started Unseen Worlds with my good friend Neil Fauerso in Austin, Texas in 2006. We created the Unseen Worlds label under the guiding principle that deeply-affecting, worldview-altering avant-garde music can come in the form of highly accessible records. These records transform the fabric of our every day lives in a way that is benevolent and non-escapist, allowing them to be easily overlooked while they deserve to be treated with the same care and attention as commercial, canonical, and popular favorites.
Nearing the end of our tenth year releasing music, I'm extremely thankful for all the great artists and records Unseen Worlds has had the honor of working with over these years, and how we have been able to work alongside the artists together to establish ourselves as a label that has and continues to encourage and inspire other distinctive, creative viewpoints and outlets.
If you're not yet familiar with our work, there have been a few recent features on Unseen Worlds as a label in the past year:
"the label’s divergent releases, which can be engaging, strange, fiercely experimental, devotedly classicist—the list of modifiers goes on. Each release has a distinctive sound and a distinguished history, many of them unknown." - Andy Battaglia, from Bandcamp Daily
"[Unseen Worlds] trades in environmental music of the highest order; music that benefits substantially from considered listens, a critical arsenal, and an understanding of historical context" - Nicholas Zurko, from Zurkonic
"Their reissues and archival releases occupy the present with such grace, that you forget they are works of the past." - Bradford Bailey, from The Hum
What is our goal?
Our $10K goal represents approximately the cost of doing a single full-scale release from Unseen Worlds from start to finish. In the case of a bigger project like the Carl Stone Electronic Works from the Seventies and Eighties 3LP set, or our Laurie Spiegel The Expanding Universe collection, it's just a portion. As Unseen Worlds has grown as a record label, so has our need for a greater investment of time and resources into each project. We are also still in the process of incorporating vinyl pressings into our new projects and back catalog, which are generally two to three times as expensive as CD pressings to produce. Typically, running the label strictly from our own profits, the occasional grant, and whatever we can scrape together from our modest day jobs makes this transition extremely slow, even though we keep an extremely lean overhead. The funds raised with this Kickstarter will help us gain momentum going into the new year, helping us make progress on the curve of our release schedule and growing production times and vinyl manufacturing costs. Any additional funds raised in this campaign beyond our goal will make it that much more possible for us to get more projects into motion and more back catalog titles back into print on vinyl.
In 2018 you can expect from Unseen Worlds:
- Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom J. Jasmine: My New Music re-released on LP and digital formats:
- A repress of of our 2012 reissue of Maria Monti's Il Bestiario on LP + CD:
- Electronic Music from the Eighties and Nineties, a second collection of Carl Stone early electronic works on 2LP. Our previous collection, Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties was voted the #1 Archival Release of 2016 by Wire Magazine
- Unseen Worlds by Laurie Spiegel, a reissue of her Music Mouse magnum opus
- Trust in Rock, a collection of previously unreleased recordings from 1976, with never before heard songs from "Blue" Gene Tyranny and Peter Gordon:
- More vinyl represses and digital-only releases to be announced...
We hope that you can help support our efforts at this time, and please help spread the word if you have the opportunity.
A sampling of our offered rewards:
- KICKSTARTER-ONLY 12" vinyl single:
Side A) Laurie Spiegel & Don Christensen (The Contortions, impLOG) "Donnie + Laurie" (recorded circa late 1970s, Spiegel on Electrocomp 101, Christensen on drums)
Side B) Laurie Spiegel "Patchwork" (Alternate Version)
- Unseen Worlds Shoulder Tote Bag:
- Unseen Worlds T-Shirt:
- Unseen Worlds "Mystery Logo" Hat:
- Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom – J. Jasmine: My New Music LP + "J. Jasmine Songbook"
"Wild About The Lady"
Laurie Spiegel for providing us with two very special tracks to include on a Kickster-only 12" record, to David Rosenboom for the vintage J. Jasmine songbooks, to Land Boys for our wonderful new logo redesign, and to all of the individuals who have contributed to make Unseen Worlds what it is today.
Risks and challenges
Everything is in place to make this campaign and the rewards possible on our stated timeline. These rewards are either already manufactured by us, or already process. Once we have the project fully funded, the 12" Laurie Spiegel single will go right into production and, barring any unforeseeable manufacturing plant delays, should be ready by or before February.
If for some reason any of our stated 2018 releases is delayed, please trust that you will not lose value on any subscription pledges. We will extend any subscriptions as long as necessary to make sure you get a good value for your money.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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