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Pete Swanson: Freedom To Spend Label Special

60 minsFirst aired 18 Jul 2018Next Fireside Chat Sun at 12:00pm EDT
Courtesy of Pete Swanson

Recontextualizing synthesizer music from the past, Pete Swanson’s Freedom To Spend label explores rips in time and space.

Pete Swanson is an American producer, DJ and record collector whose tastes are rooted in his youthful days within the punk, hardcore and noise scenes; those tastes have since grown outwards, from harsh electronic noise to techno, dub and jazz, among myriad others. Alongside Jed Bindeman, Swanson runs Freedom To Spend, a sister label of Rvng Ltd that launched in 2009 with the aim of exploring “under-recognized sonic statements” from past eras — they largely focus on ’70s and ’80s synthesizer music, refigured for a contemporary audience. The label has released several records by artists such as Marc Barreca, Pep Llopis, Richard Horowitz and, most recently, an Ursula K. Le Guin and Todd Barton collaborative album titled Music and Poetry of the Kesh.


Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Written and engineered by Tobias Jansen
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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