Arbitrary

Established by musician Mads Emil Nielsen in 2014, Arbitrary has published graphic scores (Framework) and visual notations, audio and music on various formats (vinyl, CD) as well as a collection of experimental mixtapes and audio collages (Arbitrary assemblage series) with contributions from German, American and Russian artists.
Arbitrary presented its "Live + Listening Room" concert series in Copenhagen, combining live performances with listening sessions. Mainly dedicated to the output of Nielsen's own work and collaborations, the imprint has released sound pieces & graphic score interpretations as part of the Framework series by various artists including Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek and Nicola Ratti, as well as music by Berlin-based projects Denseland and The Pitch.
 
Copenhagen
 
12 titles
 
Richard Scott - Delirious Cartographies (vinyl LP)
2022
Part of the Arbitrary's Framework editions, Delirious Cartographies by composer, improviser and synthesist Richard Scott includes three pieces on 12" vinyl and six printed drawings—as well as a text by Scott—published as a limited edition portfolio folder.
Richard Scott - Delirious Cartographies (CD)
2022
Part of the Arbitrary's Framework editions, Delirious Cartographies by composer, improviser and synthesist Richard Scott includes three pieces and six printed drawings—as well as a text by Scott—published as a limited edition portfolio folder.
Mads Emil Nielsen - Constellation (10\
2022
A remix collaboration by Mads Emil Nielsen and Chromacolor, a project from the German sound artist and producer Hanno Leichtmann.
Mads Emil Nielsen - PM016 (vinyl LP)
2021
The 2020 remaster & vinyl reissue of PM016 by Danish musician Mads Emil Nielsen, re-mastered and cut by Kassian Troyer, with cover artwork by visual artist Dane Patterson.
Mads Emil Nielsen - PM016 (CD)
2021
The 2020 remaster & CD reissue of PM016 by Danish musician Mads Emil Nielsen, re-mastered by Kassian Troyer, with cover artwork by visual artist Dane Patterson.
Nicola Ratti - Framework 3 (vinyl EP + CD)
2020
The latest instalment in Mads Emil Nielsen's sequence of graphic scores and recordings, including the Danish composer's own subjective translations of visual materials and sound pieces accompanied by visual notations: published as a limited edition art print folder, Framework 3 consists of risographed scores and recordings on 10" vinyl and CD—with recordings by Nielsen, along with graphic scores by Katja Gretzinger and contributions by Nicola Ratti.
Mads Emil Nielsen - Framework 2 (2 vinyl EP)
2020
Mads Emil Nielsen continues his Framework series, a collection of open, hand-drawn graphic scores and recordings. The series includes Nielsen's own subjective translations of the visual material and sound pieces accompanied by visual notations, and collaborations—in this case with Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek and Hideki Umezawa.
Mads Emil Nielsen - Refound (10\
2018
A collaboration between Andrea Neumann (composer, inside piano, mixer) and Mads Emil Nielsen (composer, electronics).
Mads Emil Nielsen - SoundTales Collage (CD)
2016
An audio collage based on an archive of carpentry and hardware recordings from Mads Emil Nielsen's "SoundTales" project, released on limited edition CD with three printed drawings by French, Amsterdam-based visual artist Julie Dassaud.
Mads Emil Nielsen - Percussion Loops (7\
2015
Four pieces based on drum/cymbal + synthesizer recordings by Mads Emil Nielsen.
Mads Emil Nielsen - Framework 1 (book + CD)
2014
Framework is a series of graphic scores and recordings by Copenhagen-based musician Mads Emil Nielsen. Framework 1 consists of 14 hand-drawn graphic scores, printed in risograph, with simple instructions and a recording for each score.
Mads Emil Nielsen - Black Box 1 (7\
2018
currently out of stock
A 7" vinyl based on an music/audio made by Mads Emil Nielsen made for a dance performance.
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