Planet Origo (retail)
|Country of origin||Norway|
Origo Sound is a Norwegian independent record label formed in 1990 in Norway by Harald Lervik. The initiative to start the label was taken after Tormod Opedal, an employee in Lervik's software company, in 1989 had decided to close his own label Cicada which had released two albums by the Norwegian composer Erik Wøllo. Wøllo had a new album ready to be released, and Origo Sound was formed the year after, with two albums launched in the autumn 1990, of which one was the new Wøllo album
Origo Sound's major successes were the two albums by Biosphere, Microgravity and Patashnik. Hailed by Norwegian and international press for setting the standard for what was to become known as ambient techno, the albums were followed by two more albums on the label, Substrata and the movie soundtrack Insomnia.
Up until 2007, all but one of the albums released were by Norwegian bands and artists. The one exception was the Finnish duo Dystopia's album The Second Dawn in 1998, but Harald Lervik says this was purely coincidental. In 2010, the label released its first CD of original music since 2004.
Over the years, Origo Sound has released albums in a variety of styles, all founded in various electronic music subgenres. The first few years were dominated by a mix of styles ranging from new-age music to ethnic and techno. The mid 1990s saw some techno influenced albums, while in the recent past the label has moved in the direction of ambient and experimental music. The melodic approach is also covered in the catalogue.
In 2007, Origo Sound was merged into Planet Origo, an Estonian company owned by Norwegian investors, including Harald Lervik. In October that year, the label released its first CD since 2004, the sampler Planet Origo, as a warm-up to future releases. In 2013, Origo Sound was re-established as an independent, Norwegian record label.
This list is organized by release year. Titles are full length albums unless otherwise mentioned.
|1990||Erik Wøllo||Images of Light|
|Green Isac||Strings and pottery|
|Biosphere||The fairy tale||12" vinyl single|
|Langsomt Mot Nord||Hildring|
|1992||Green Isac||Happy endings|
|Karsten Brustad||Cape West|
|Sverre Knut Johansen||Distant Shore|
|1995||Eyeman Reel||Bird Colony|
|Erik Wøllo||Fossegrimen||Book + CD, joint release with Cappelen|
|Biosphere||Novelty waves||CD single|
|Eyeman Reel||Cyber Delhi||CD single|
|1997||Current||Enter the Dream|
|Exile||Dimension D||Exile = Erik Wøllo|
|Various artists||Future Proof||Label sampler/compilation|
|1998||Dystopia||The second dawn|
|1999||Sverre Knut Johansen||The source of energy|
|2002||Living Dreamtime||Exploring the Water Element|
|Current||Ghost trip||CD single|
|2007||Various artists||Planet Origo||Label sampler/compilation|
|2012||Sverre Knut Johansen||Planets|
|2013||SynthX||Noxia||The label's first ever 2CD|
|2013||Super Fata||Structural Tendency|
- Electronic music
- Progressive electronic music
- Computer music
- Dance music
- Electronic art music
- Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music
- Electronic dance music