all that dust is a new independent record label producing a small number of high-quality contemporary music releases each year. It is run by Newton Armstrong, Juliet Fraser and Mark Knoop who together have a wealth of experience in the recording studio: they have worked together in various configurations (as performer, engineer or producer) on recordings released by labels such as Hat Hut, Kairos, another timbre, NMC and Metier.
all that dust aims to support the artists we work with by providing an inexpensive but high-quality recording experience, and offers our listeners a small but lovingly crafted catalogue of new music. The catalogue seeks to represent a balance of contemporary classics (sometimes recorded in new ways), established living composers and composers of the emerging generation. With the help of 104 Kickstarter supporters, the label released its first batch of five recordings in July 2018.
Newton Armstrong is a composer, electronics performer and occasional builder of electronic musical instruments. Much of his work focuses on forms of music-making that emerge in the composed interactions between people, technologies and their environments. His music has been performed at festivals and events such as Darmstadt, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Festival of Exiles (Berlin), What is Music? (Melbourne), Movement Research Festival (New York), Grønland Kammermusikkfestival (Oslo), Images Sonores (Liège), Ars Musica (Brussels) and Music at Villa Romana (Florence). As an engineer, he has recorded, mixed and mastered recordings for Hat Hut Records, Kairos and Sub Rosa. He teaches at City, University of London.
Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. In new music she has performed as a guest soloist with Klangforum Wien, Remix Ensemble, Talea, ICTUS, Plus-Minus, Asko|Schönberg and Ensemble Modern, and has a duo with pianist Mark Knoop. She is also a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with James Weeks in 2002. Juliet regularly premieres and commissions new works, and has worked particularly closely with Rebecca Saunders, Bernhard Lang, Michael Finnissy, Matthew Shlomowitz, Andrew Hamilton and Cassandra Miller. Recordings of her solo repertoire have been released on Hat Hut Records, Kairos, another timbre and NMC.
Pianist and conductor Mark Knoop is known for his fearless performances and individual interpretations. He has commissioned and premiered countless new works and worked with many respected composers including Joanna Bailie, Bryn Harrison, Bernhard Lang, Matthew Shlomowitz, Jennifer Walshe and Steven Kazuo Takasugi. Mark performs with various ensembles including Plus-Minus, Apartment House, We Spoke: New Music Company, Britten Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta. As a performer he has recorded music by John Cage (another timbre), Richard Beaudoin (New Focus Recordings), Karlheinz Stockhausen (Hat Hut), Matthew Shlomowitz and Peter Ablinger (Sub Rosa) and David Lumsdaine (Tall Poppies); he has also produced and edited recordings released on Kairos, Métier, NMC, Hat Hut and another timbre.