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Non-DRM Distributors (digital and otherwise)

  • Bookmat is not only the home of the dubby Modern Love dance label, but also houses a huge selection of experimental / electronic label releases, physical and digital alike.
  • eMusic
  • Downtown Music Gallery in NYC now has a decent web presence and a way to order securely by email, and is probably one of the best alternative record stores I’ve ever visited (multiple times!).
  • Bleep – for all intents and purposes, Bleep picked up where EFA left off, distributing not only Warp artists but a great many other European labels; in fact WarpMart has now merged into Bleep.
  • Kompakt is not only a great label with many sublabels, they also do a lot of European distribution as well, and is a great place for getting vinyl.
  • Forced Exposure is my go-to for experimental releases on vinyl, though they carry CDs as well. No digital distribution, but they do carry Buddha Machines!
  • Hard Wax
  • Juno

Sound (and other) Art

  • UbuWeb features free downloads of many well known fringe artists, including both sound and video.
  • SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography.

Free Samples and Loops

  • The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, etc. released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.
  • Soundsnap is another free sound sample and loop library.
  • OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) features “Over 10GB of FREE Samples – for The Children of the World”

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