TAL is an internationally operating record label conceptualized and established in 2016 by Stefan Schneider in Düsseldorf. Concurrent with a continuous and carefully curated selection of releases, TAL has also become a home for multidisciplinary artistic activities, research, archival projects, public talks and live events.
With an emphasis on contemporary sound culture the label presents a wide ranging musical panorama, from Kenyan folk music of OGOYA NENGO AND THE DODO WOMEN’s GROUP, to Japanese producers like TENTENKO, KOPY, REIKO KUDO and Miki Yui. TAL releases run the gamut from modern compositions by Brian Parks and Phillip Schulze to archival recordings of Venzuelan Folk music from the 1970’s/80’s, from seminal reissues of the Tokyo post punk trio NON BAND to Düsseldorf’s early 80’s mutant funk of ROTER STERN BELGRAD and KONRAD KRAFT and beyond.
The label has also proven to be a fertile playground when it comes to instigating new collaborations such as HINOSCH (Koshiro Hino (YPY/GOAT) and Stefan Schneider ) or the duo works of SAM PREKOP & JOHN MCENTIRE (both The Sea and Cake and Tortoise) and MIKI YUI & ASMUS TIETCHENS.
As the label is based in Düsseldorf it reflects, assimilates and amplifies the city’s unique and rich electronic musical heritage from the late 1960’s to the present.
TAL supplies a forum for collaborations and conversations and constantly seeks to examine and redefine what a label in the quickly changing music culture of today could look like. Therefore the label strives to work with an international cast of engineers and designers to ascertain the highest possible quality of all physical and digital editions.
TAL does not regard its activities as “alternative”, “boutique” or “niche”, but very much as a forward thinking public space amongst many others in a plural society of multiple possibilities.