With no aesthetic prejudices, but with the aim of continuing the Western musical tradition, our goal is to produce and edit reference recordings of living composers as faithfully as possible. 21st century composers are in a unique situation, with an inexhaustible range of technical resources, highly refined musical languages, the aesthetic perspective gained from the cutting edge of the twentieth century, and technological developments that multiply exponentially the ways listeners can access music. The early years of this century are marked by the need of composers to communicate from the most essential aspect of musical experience: listening.
Santi Barguñó is the director of Neu Records and artistic director of N, the production company linked to the label. As a music producer he is devoted to contemporary music projects in close collaboration with composers and performers. His aesthetic approach to sound and his vision of music production as a comprehensive process led him to relate all the aspects of each project to a specific artistic content. Besides his activity as a producer, he is the programmer and artistic director of Sampler Sèries, the new music concert series in l’Auditori de Barcelona.
Hugo Romano is the audio director of N, the production company linked to Neu Records. He combines his activity as a music producer across Europe with the application of his audio research in the field of 3D and surround recording systems. He has developed a 3D microphone array inspired in Michael Williams models. He produces albums and concert recordings of classical and contemporary music for Neu Records, Catalunya Música -the Catalan classical music station, member of the European Broadcasting Union- and several international labels.
Mireia Pacareu is the executive producer of Neu Records and N, the production company linked to the label. Trained in cultural management, business administration, musicology and classical piano performance, her skills as executive producer allows her to manage all kind of complex projects in an extremely organized and productive manner. She also works as a producer and manager of intellectual property rights in Catalunya Música, the Catalan classical music station member of the European Broadcasting Union.
Written music, except for certain kinds of religious music, has always been composed to be played on a stage in front of the audience. Since the first multi-channel recordings were made, almost all producers and sound engineers have been faithful to this “frontal” approach to music, using surround channels only for picking up the room’s reverberation.
However, listening to a surround recording is not like attending a concert; instead, it means placing yourself at the centre of the sound experience, while contemporary music does not need to comply with the spatial concepts of the classical concert. Playback equipment is a tool permitting the creation and reproduction of acoustic spaces, and allows us, in cooperation with composers, to design tridimensional sound spaces.
Most listeners experience their music in stereo, but with the arrival of HD video more and more music and film lovers are installing home theatres with surround sound. Neu Records wants to contribute to the burgeoning multichannel offering, bringing composers, performers and audience into the centre of the musical experience of contemporary creation.
Physical formats are increasingly becoming another complement, an object that should provide some added value. Today, physical discs are no longer necessary to play music in the best possible conditions. With the Internet and new formats of lossless compression (FLAC, ALAC…), it is possible to download and listen to music with a higher quality than on CD – in addition to multi-channel possibilities. However, bearing in mind that many music lovers have not yet adopted the new formats, we also offer a CD version of some of our albums.