About

Founded in 2010, Polyphasic Recordings is devoted to releasing, archiving and distributing visionary sonic exploration. Our catalogue documents what we feel are unique and fascinating examples of radical sound from musical pioneers across the global spectrum of modern culture. With a special focus on electronic and experimental music we are particularly interested in where these boundaries overlap and intersect with environment, dance, pop and psychedelia. We are firm believers in Michael Karoli’s definition of psychedelic music as music that transports the listener to another mental space and as such we aim to promote this kind of travel in everything we do, creating inimitable experiences based around audio, visual and even aromatic stimulation.

Having a strong interest in the history and development of electronic music Polyphasic Recordings is also committed to archival projects and re-releases that document this development. These projects have a special focus on Canada, which we feel has an incredibly rich history that has been criminally under-documented.

Currently Polyphasic Recordings is based in a converted machine parts garage in Toronto, Canada and in a very old rural schoolhouse outside of Sheffield, UK. Both locations have studios devoted to the research and development of electronic and experimental music.

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Featured Releases
  • Kanada 70 – Meagre Means
    May 8, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Mysterious CD-Rs have been appearing in records stores across Toronto for the last few years, all housed in photocopied Letraset sleeves with a $0.00 price sticker on the front, all under the moniker Kanada 70, the nom-de-plume of Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro 70, Max Gross). Culling from several of these releases between 2006 and 2010, all […]


  • May 1, 2011 | 11:26 am

    Named after the Brian De Palma film about the intimacy and invasive nature of sound recording (in his case a metaphor for filmmaking), this EP finds Toronto’s VOWLS eavesdropping on Pop music. The a-side Burlap swaggers around a drum machine beat that sounds like a New Order 45 played at 33rpm, with thick psychedelic layers […]

  • VOWLS Plays Monterey Pop (Remastered)
    March 25, 2011 | 11:27 am

      About the Film Inspired by Ron Hardy’s disco re-edits, Michael Marranda’s revised literary texts and Richard Prince’s appropriated photographs, this video is composed entirely from footage taken from D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary on the 1967 Monterey Pop music festival. Instead of using the iconic footage of the performances, VOWLS chose to focus on the audience, […]

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