About Karma Music
Karma Music 36 years from 1976 to 2012
About when and why Karma Music was started.
After the explosion of art, music, creativity and rebellion came the antiklimax: late 70'es the record industry closed in on itself . Newspapers, television, radio and international labels together, were totally autocratic and controlled the supply, demand and prices. The Bogcafe's closed and the major record companies went together on a common distribution system which excluded all small entities . Hippie Time stood for diversity and anttikommercialisme, but no one protested . Flowerpower time had passed. Mainstream media , power, and manipulation got a new and frightening meaning.
Karma Music was founded in 1976, partly in protest against the development. Karma worked both as a recording studio, record label and publishing company. We produced casettetapes , records, books and Tarot cards . And posters, too, in serigraph, - and we put them up everywhere in Copenhagen. At night, our posters were plastered completely - large posters with Tina Turner . But we came back and the great company, that plastered our posters, was beaten and began to stay away from our sites.
From time to time we went to the Ministry of Culture and painted " FIMS " at their door.
It was a "culture war", but in a different context than the "culture war" the so-called liberals stood for and which you can read about in the school newspaper information .
Enough about that. - But it was the beginning. Most concepts like hippie time stood for, which was so beautifully expressed in songs and music in the years 1965-1975, are Karma Music still to this day. Hippieyears' amazing music in all its diversity, an explosion of innovation, with common denominators: we and us, instead of I and me ... Yes - it 's been a while ...
We both re-releases and releases old rock and folk treasures from the past -sometimes newer music, that is worn by the zeitgeist as hippie time represented. Our hole to the outside world, the Internet is where we sell wholesale distribution and retail to individuals. In addition we have a large export to foreign wholesalers. We are never announcing and in general we don't join the promotional bandwagon. Our publications sells quietly, year in and year out . That's how we like it, and how it will be! ... Amen ....
Karma Music started in 1976. At that time the studio consisted of 2 Tapedecks, 2 microphones, an old HH 5 - channel song amplifier / mixer with reverb, a guitar construction and various instruments. This gear was set up in a backyard at Gasværksvej in Copenhagen. (We lived at "Dyssen" at Christiania, but there was no electricity). And here we made the first tape "Snydt". It was casette tapes and they were sold for 25 kr. We made 400 pieces in the first edition. Later followed other experimental editions like "The Kiss og Space" with texts made of, among others, Andre Breton.
To the left you can see, how the studio looked in 1978, as it was located at Landskronagade and had become a "major" 8 track studio.
In my catalog are many publications available only here. Karma Music are publishing music that stores do not have on the shelves. I collect the old Danish rock music and Irepublish old forgotten things if they are worth listening to - and that's the lot. Many new old stuff is coming, so drop by Karma Music. This is where it snows .
My store sells a special committee of CDs that I and many others love. This selection represents both a taste and a time . It's called a niche that I do a lot of. There are so much great music that does not exist in the so-called record stores and that is where Karma Music enter the picture. Our prices are reasonable. So low that you can aford them, and so high that we, too, are here next year.
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