Mystery & Wonder Records

Mystery & Wonder is a small label started in 2017. It is run by Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pedersen.

Many of our releases focus on sound art, improvisation and compositional works that give attention to the musical possibilities inherent in combining or superimposing closely amplified elements with acoustic elements.  We are interested in work that takes care with sound and timbre, structure and form, is close, direct and in high-definition. But most off all, we are interested in work that defies our understanding of all this and moves us in ways we don’t expect, work that stands on its own.

We are lovers of the album as physical object. We custom cut the majority of our sleeves with high-quality paper using an industrial die-cut machine.  Our latest releases include some combination of obi strips, hand printed covers, scores, photographs, and liner notes. With the exception of a few, releases are hand-assembled.

We also actively organize concerts in Montreal and elsewhere.  You can read more about our events here.  To stay actively updated about our releases, concerts and tours, please consider signing our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/cMOzLr

We are grateful for the help of friends who have supported us and helped shape our work for the better: Mark Molnar, Bennett Bedoukian, Anne-F Jacques, Kiva Stimac, Suoni Per Il Popolo, The “Ritz” P.D.B, Thierry Amar, Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse, and many, many others.

Upcoming releases: more details to come…

Out October 9, 2019

MW008
Sound of the Mountain with Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura
amplified clarinet & trumpet, guitars, nimb

There is a clear affinity amongst the members of this quartet for mixing acoustic and electric elements and extending the physical possibilities of their instruments.  Sound of the Mountain met Japanese improvising musicians Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) in Tokyo in August 2017. Several concerts and a recording session at the legendary GOK studio in Kichijoji were the foundation for this collaborative effort in creating sound together, putting focus on the musical possibilities of form and interaction inherent in improvised music. In October 2019 they embark on a Canadian tour for the release of their recording amplified clarinet & trumpet, guitars, nimb on Mystery & Wonder Records.


CD | mp3 | flac


Out September  1, 2019 – preorder CD’s today

MW007 – Click here to PREORDER TODAY – ships in September
Rippleganger – Tour Michi
Maya Kuroki, voice; Rainer Wiens, kalimbas, prepared guitar

“…even with the non-tempered prepared guitar, and kalimbas tuned to scales of my making, measured in hertz, Maya was able to sing in a natural, and original voice, with a great deal of imagination…” – Rainer Wiens

CDR | mp3 | flac

MW006 – Click here to PREORDER TODAY – Ships in September
Brandon Auger , when sails fold.
Brandon Auger, modular synthesizer, field recordings

A unique set of recordings made by Halifax sound artist and structural builder Brandon Auger.

With special access to remote concrete structures on building sites, Auger recorded  in a variety of these vast environments, capturing, amplifying and drawing out their acoustic idiosyncrasies.

CDR | mp3 | flac


Recent releases:

MW005: E Millar – no instrument machine, air
CD | mp3 | flac

MW004: PCP Trio – internal/external/focused/broad
CDR | mp3 | flac


Past releases:

MW003: Craig Pedersen Quartet – Approaching the Absence of Doing
LP | CD | mp3 | flac

MW002: Craig Pedersen – Solo Trumpet (2016)
7-inch | mp3 | flac

MW001: Sound of the Mountain – amplified clarinet & trumpet
LP | CD | mp3 | flac