and/OAR is an independent record label, based in Seattle, Washington, USA. It was founded by Dale Lloyd in 2001, but officially launched in May 2002. The label focuses on raising awareness about field recordings and experimental sound art that somehow utilizes field recording as part of the creative process. From 2001 to 2005, and/OAR released field recording compilations for Phonography.org a website and international discussion forum pertaining to all aspects of the "art of field recording". As of February 2009, it has issued over 50 releases on CD and CD-R formats. In 2008, free MP3 releases began to also be made available through the website.
In publishing straight field recording work, and/OAR has sought to present sonic phenomena in the world that have rarely been heard or have rarely, if ever, been released on CD, such as the turbulent winds of the Patagonia region of South America, various plumbing apparatuses of countries in south east Asia, singing sand in Japan, booming sand in Mongolia or the usually unheard sounds of Christmas tree twinkle lights.
Some of the many notable artists who have released work on the label include Francisco López, Maggi Payne, Andrew Deutsch, Taku Sugimoto, Kiyoshi Mizutani, Steve Roden, Bernhard Günter, Marc Behrens and Arsenije Jovanović.
and/OAR has three divisions. either/OAR was launched in 2009 to explore instrument-based avant-garde improvised and composed music. mOAR was founded in 2008 to explore genre-blurring electronic music.
- DeLaurenti, Christopher (June 19–25, 2003) "Experimental Music Almanac - Everything You Need to Know (and Would Ever Want to Know) about Experimental Music in Seattle" The Stranger.
- Seven, Richard (September 30, 2007) "Aural Auteurs | The Sonic Artists of the Seattle Phonographers Union" The Seattle Times (Music & Nightlife Section).
- Discography at Discogs.com
- 15 Questions To Dale Lloyd Of and/OAR)
- Dale Lloyd Interview
- allrecordlabel.com listing