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Established by musician Mads Emil Nielsen in 2014, arbitrary has published graphic scores (Framework) and visual notations, audio and music on various formats (vinyl, CD) as well as a collection of experimental mixtapes and audio collages (arbitrary assemblage series) with contributions from German, American and Russian artists.
arbitrary presented its "Live + Listening Room" concert series in Copenhagen, combining live performances with listening sessions. Mainly dedicated to the output of Nielsen’s own work and collaborations, the imprint has released sound pieces & graphic score interpretations as part of the Framework series by various artists including Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek and Nicola Ratti, as well as music by Berlin-based projects Denseland and The Pitch.


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arbitrary10, 11 & 03RE: available via Forced Exposure (US)
May / July 2021

arbitrary12: TBA, 2021

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PM016 (arbitrary03RE)
2020 Remaster & Vinyl / CD reissue
LP / CD + DL, January 2021

Percussion Loops (arbitrary04)
7”, 2021 Repress

Published in 2020:
Mads Emil Nielsen + Katja Gretzinger + Nicola Ratti: Framework 3 (arbitrary11)

Mads Emil Nielsen + Various Artists: Framework 2 (arbitrary10)
with Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek and Hideki Umezawa


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