Discus Music



This label was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer and Mick Beck, and is the CD imprint for releases by their many and various projects. Limited in its scope only by the imagination of the artists, the sounds to be found on the label vary between electronic rock music, free jazz, extended songform, improvised music, and other releases which simply cannot be categorised.  Please do spend some time browsing around our site and listening to the various music examples to be found here.


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News and work in progress


Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer are delighted to announce that, after a six year studio collaboration which has produced four widely praised CDs, an invitation to perform at the 2016 Victoriaville Festival in Canada has led to the formation of the Julie Tippetts / Martin Archer Group.  The duo’s music will be realised on stage for the first time by



Julie Tippetts – voice 

Martin Archer – electronics, saxophones 

Laura Cole – keyboards 

Anton Hunter - guitar 

Seth Bennett – double bass 

Peter Fairclough – drums


Meanwhile, a few initial ideas currently being formulated for the next Julie Tippetts release - early days yet, but as part of this I'm hoping to finally realise an ambitious idea I've had kicking around for a while now.....Recording now in progress.


The mighty antichoir Juxtavoices is taking  a well earned break in the first part of 2016 but will be releasing 2 CD/DVD sets in the next year beginning with Discus 54CD/DVD  Guardian Weekend Remix  which extensively documents three versions of this large scale work - a 90 minute sound installation version for DVD, plus an audio CD containing 45 minute "in concert" version plus a 30 minute "sampler" version with improvising instrumentalists.  A further CD/DVD of miscellaneous shorter works is also in preparation for late 2016 release.


Discus 55CD will be a first CD for Discus by Meson with poetry from the eponymous frontman in an improv rock setting which includes alt musicians Andy McAuley, Chris McMahon, Peter Rophone, Mick Somerset, Martin Archer and others.


Watch out for Story Tellers, Martin Archer's brand new group with Kim Macari (trumpet), Mick Somerset (flutes and shamen instruments), Corey Mwamba (vibraphone), Anton Hunter (guitar) and Peter Fairclough (drums) - an AACM inspired trip with Martin on multiple woodwinds and electronics.  This will probably appear in mid 2016.


Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere have recorded a couple of sessions for their third album - we're currently selecting our favourite sections and planning for release late 2016.


Martin's large scale AACM inspired jazz group Engine Room Favourites will be convening in the studio once more in late 2016 to work on new material for a third CD release on Discus


Discus will shortly be expanding into a new area via a couple of vinyl only releases.  Two planned quartet albums by Martin Archer, Stephen Grew, Graham Clark and Johnny Hunter and by Martin Archer, Corey Mwamba, Seth Bennett and Peter Fairclough are likely to be released in this format.  The concept is to realise each of these works very quickly - one day writing, one day rehearsing, one day recording, one day producing.


As ever, the ultra heavy jazz prog sludge cross Atlantic giant Combat Astronomy continues to produce a steady stream of new material, and for the band's next album core members Jamie Huggett and Martin Archer will be once again joined by drummer Peter Fairclough and by new recruit Nick Robinson on guitar.


Martin Archer is in the very early stages of planning a new solo recording, likely to be vocal based music in a minimalist vein and making extensive use of processed field recordings alongside chamber group type instrumentation.


 So many ideas, so little time.....


Please note there is now an automatic discount for larger orders - if you spend more than £25, any value in excess of £25 is automatically discounted by 30% when you check out.  This gives broadly the same result as our old "buy two at full price and get a third one at a discount" system.  All prices include postage and packing worldwide.