On the label’s website, Greenwood explains that Octatonic is a way to “start documenting the musicians I encounter in the contemporary classical world”. As well as showcasing “some of (his) own small ideas that have never been recorded”, the label will support young, classically trained UK musicians with the aim of encouraging “more people to see live classical music, and to take an interest in the featured artists”.
Octatonic’s first releases will include violinist Daniel Pioro playing Bach, a track by composer Michael Gordon, and Greenwood’s own “Three Miniatures From Water”. The records are already available for pre-order, with downloads arriving on September 24, and vinyls coming October 21.
Multi-instrumentalist Greenwood has long worked in the classical and soundtrack realms of music, having scored acclaimed films such as There Will Be Blood and Phantom Thread, and more recently premiering his 27-minute composition “Horror vacui” during his curated evening at the BBC Proms earlier this month.