New Noise writes that Bruce Licher, the man behind Independent Project Records, “is the little engine that could, still chugging along, hauling some hope for music lovers that digital tracks won’t completely eradicate records. Licher’s staying power is found in his fierce devotion to craft. Automation is taking over, as it is in practically every other industry, but it’s acting like a foil compared to Licher’s personal touch. His hand-numbered music packages are so aesthetically beautiful and intricately designed, they’re destined to be discussed among the friends of whoever bought one.” The site has an interview feature with Licher, whose label has been churning out hand-crafted goodness since 1982, here.
The most recent IPR release – a reissue of A Produce‘s 1994 album Land Of A Thousand Trances – is at radio now. Transcendental at heart, A Produce’s trance language encompasses ambient, industrial, new age, psychedelic, and so-called world music. There is certainly a parallel to be drawn between A Produce’s work here and that of some of his guiding lights like Erik Satie, Terry Riley, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Harold Budd, and Jon Hassell.