TQN-aut label




TQN-aut
David and Andy launched the TQN-aut label mid 2019 with the aim of supporting artists in the no-audience underground scene to get their work out to as many curious listeners as possible. The venture is non-profit making with any income going to the artists or to finance releases by artists that don’t have the means to do so themselves.

All releases can be viewed at The Old Police House @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle


TQ zine
Was founded mid-2018 by Andy Wood and covers the more left of centre DIY, experimental and improvised music. The zine has 175 subscribers across 16 countries. TQHQ is based in rural Northumberland.

Copies of TQ can be viewed at The Old Police House @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle and from TQ27 is available to borrow from Sherwood Forest zine library, Austin, Texas, USA


N-aut (no-audience underground tapes)
Was founded mid-2018 by David Howcroft to record and archive the DIY and experimental music scene in the North East. He has a catalogue of over 100 cassette tapes which he gives away upon request and mails out to many countries. David is based in Northumberland. 

The complete archive can be viewed at The Old Police House @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

Performing as Tesco Blockader and Morrison Blockader, David has appeared at ;
Tusk Festival (Sage Gateshead;2018), Punk Scholars Network (Newcastle University; 2019), Tusk Fringe Festival Cup and Rings (Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle; 2019) and outside an art space in Blyth Northumberland; 2018.

He also curated the Nurse with Wound Mail Art Action (2017 – 2018) which culminated in an exhibition at Sage Gateshead in 2018.

Howcroft.d58@gmail.com


TQN-aut releases
TQN-aut CATALOGUE








CAT. NO.
ARTIST
TITLE
MEDIA
RELEASE DATE
COMMENT
0

TQHQ
Property

Andy's address
1
St. James Infirmary
Agency
CDr
01.07.19



2
SINNEN
FIN
CDr
17.07.19



3
Shunyata Improvisation Group
Balances
CDr
03.09.19
Debut release
4
1727
Cherry Chalice
CDr
13.09.19



5
Sheer Zed
Junk by Patience Worth (Sheer Zed's Phantom Spirit Remix)
CDr
06.12.10
Double disc with button badge
6
Matt Atkins
The Shelter Object
CDr
03.09.19



7
Steve Ball
Abstract Vectorl Landscapes
CDr
11.11.19



8
St. James Infirmary
Andante
CDr
03.09.19
Limited ed. of 14. Being variations on a theme by Jean-Joseph De Mpndonville (1711 - 1772). Hand numbered 3" CDr in hand-cut cover with minature candalabra & presented in a tied silver mesh bag
9
Stephen Woolley
Car Parks of Midsomer Norton (a illustrated guide)
Zine
01.09.19



10
Whalt Thisney
EARTHIS
CDr
17.02.20



11
Reynols 
Home Tapes Vol 1
CDr
20.03.20
Comes with button badge and 12-pg zine
12
Warped Freqs & St. James Infirmary
Star & Shadow, Newcastle gig
Gig
23.11.19



12a
Warped Freqs 
Interweave 18-19
CDr
23.11.19
Released to coincide with gig
12b
Warped Freqs & St. James Infirmary
Live at Star & Shadow
CDr




13
Pinnel
Animal Wife
CDr
17.02.20
Standard and Art Cover editions. Debut release
14
Stuart Chalmers
The Heart of Instinct
CDr
17.02.20



15
Carniverous Plants
Coloquial Embers
CDr
17.02.20



16
Alan Morse Davies
Junk Shop Radio
CDr
20.03.20



17
David Howcroft & Swarm Front
Cup n Rings
CDr
TBC
Live at Tusk Fringe 2019
18
TQN-aut
Bandcamp Postcard
Postcard
2019
Postcard of TQN-aut income of £00.01 for bandcamp sales. Postcard is mailed to deserving recipients 
19
Sweet Benfica
Ever Colour of the Dark
CDr
08.05.19



MMX1X
TQN-aut
Christmas Card
Card
25.12.2019
Hand made by D Howcroft and based on release covers and sent to artist on the label
20
Robert Weis
Cassette Assembles Scores for Dance: 1991-1993
CDr
27.03.20



21
TQN-aut
Letter to The Wire mag
Letter
Mar-20
Letter printed in March issue of The Wire
22
SINNEN
MUR
CDr
27.03.20



22a
SINNEN
HREAM
CDr
27.03.20
Given away to first 20 purchasers of TQN-aut 22
23

De Merley Road
Property

David's address
24
Cowboy Flying Saucer
Live in Leyton
CDr
20.03.20



25
Sawak
Renunciant
DVD
TBC
TQ zine give away
26
St. James Infirmary
Annoyances No. 6
CDr
20.03.20



27
Pinnel & Shunyata Improvisation Group
Glass Centre, Sunderland gig
Gig
08.03.20



28
Matt Atkins & Paul May
New Ends
CDr
TBC



29
Gregg Nieuswsa
Travel Log Radio
CDr
08.06.20



30
TQN-aut
Posset & Shit Creek gig flyer
Gig Flyer
25.04.20
Flyer design by Shit Creek (aka Lewis Duffy). Gig cancelled due to Covid-19
31
Karl M V Waugh
Concepts of Information
CDr
TBC

32
TQN-aut
Venue Menu
Menu
On-going
Menu of N East gig venues
33
Darren J Holloway
Salt Heart
CDr
08.05.20



34
Red Team
TBC
CDr
TBC



35
Chris Whitehead / TQN-aut
No-Audience Underground Board Game
Game
TBC
Board Game devised and designed by Chris Whitehead. Re-packaged by David Howcroft with counters and dice 
36
Pettaluck
STEM
CDr
TBC
Comes with badge
37
Ian Joice
If We Believe In Nothing
CDr
TBC



38
Mwng, Howcroft, Wood
Perforation function
CDr / DVD
TBC
Presented as double CDr and single DVD - Live at Tusk Festival 2019
39
The Wyndham Research Institute
Articles 1-1V
CDr
TBC



40
Kate Halsall
Breathe in Me
CDr
TBC



41
Tapes & Tubes
sugar bushey
CDr
TBC



42
Drooping Finger
TBD
CDr
TBC



42a
TQN-aut
Painted stone
Stone
May-20
Stone painted (by David Howcroft) with label logo and sent to a label artist as a token of condolence following a bereavement

TQN-aut Artists feedback 

“I would be very happy to work with TQN-aut again as it was a very good experience and they were prompt with the payment which isn’t always the case”
Gary Lang - ‘Agency’ by st james infirmary TQN-aut 1 released 01.07.19

“What can you expect if you sign up to do an album with TQN-aut? A passion for your music, they have approached you because they think what you're doing is quality and want to bring it to a wider audience. 
Very easy communication, they are punctual and get back to you quickly and the whole project is centred round you as the artist with complete honesty to the penny on money and complete transparency around the ‘business’. They were relentless friendly from beginning to end and generous with time and money. 
Every effort is made for the finished product to realise your vision. In other words Total Quality from beginning to end. 
Andy, Dave and Ash are great guys to work with. I would recommend TQN-aut unreservedly”. 
Martin Donkin – ‘Balances’ by Shunyata Improvisation Group TQN-aut 3 released 03.09.19. 

“Since discovering TQ Zine, I've found it a real source of inspiration and have been excited to discover a swathe of interesting underground music in its pages. When the opportunity to work with them via their new label arose I was more than happy to get involved.
The experience has been an excellent one. Andy and David have been really supportive and clear and the deal was simple and fair. The turnaround was quick and the CDs look great. TQ and the 
N-aut tape label are both important documenters of the no audience underground and it's been a total pleasure to be involved and work with them”
Matt Atkins – ‘The Shelter Object’ TQN-aut 6 released 03.09.19

“Working with Andy, David and Ash has mostly been a pleasure. After the initial enthusiasm for releasing my album (which at that point I hadn’t even recorded) Andy was very good at working out how the project would proceed, the number of physical discs to be made, downloads, TQ subscriber freebies, the split of costs and income (I don’t think the word ‘profit’ is really relevant, although we live in hope!), were all discussed extremely agreeably and equitably.

When I say ‘mostly’ a pleasure, what I’m referring to is the one event that leaves a small stain on the experience. I mailed a CD of the finished album to Ash for duplication, after which I didn’t hear anything for some time. It transpired that the disc seemed to have got lost in the post to the duplicator. The loss itself was quickly remedied by transferring the files, but as far as I can tell this probably added a few weeks to the production time and the release date of the CD, which could possibly have been avoided with better communication.
*

As things turned out the quality of the disc itself, and the Bandcamp are as perfect as I’m likely to expect. I’m particularly pleased with the way the sleeve turned out. I always worry a bit about how a digital file will print, particularly when the image has vibrant colours, sometime it gets dulled in the transfer from Photoshop to card, and I really wanted this to stand out. I need not have worried about this, it looks great. Of course the music’s not too bad, but I only have myself to blame for that!

I would happily release with them again, if they’d have me!”
Steven Ball - ‘Abstract Vectoral Landscapes’ TQN-aut 7 released 11.11.19

*TQN-aut comment; With a heavy release schedule we lost track of this matter. This is clearly not good enough. We have now introduced a Release Tracker so every step of the process is managed in a timely manner, and if there’s a delay during any stage it can be followed up and rectified without protracted delay.

“The TQN-aut team are a group of highly dedicated, redoubtable and open-minded music lovers that take seemingly hair-raising release choice chances with impossible odds and deliver real and tangible results that will ultimately surprise and delight you. When all comes to naught you can rely on TQN-aut.”
Sheer Zed – ‘Junk by Patience Worth (Sheer Zed’s Phantom Spirit Remix)’ TQN-aut 5 
released 06.12.19 


“The whole experience was a pleasure, as the label communicated clearly and simply what the plan was before starting. From past experience getting a plan and sticking to it has not always happened with some labels and it doesn’t always feel like they put much thought into things. So thanks for working together in making this happen. I’m happy to have this out on TQ N-aut”. 

Stuart Chalmers - ‘Heart of Instinct’ TQN-aut 14 released 17.02.20

I am very happy with how things went. There was plenty of lead time which I really appreciated and that allowed us to get it as right as possible. That includes preparation for marketing which I started on Twitter and LinkedIn at the end of January with posts every weekend until the CD was officially released (paralleled with posts on LinkedIn).

I really appreciated Andy’s marketing and I think we coordinated and supported each other’s Tweets. Andy was able to say stuff about my work that I’d never dare say, but by retweeting Andy I was able to get his opinions to my followers.

It was also good that I was able to personally prepare CDs in advance for promotion. Though The Wire mag didn’t review it, I was able to get a copy to them ahead of their print deadlines. I was also able to send advance copies to my contacts. As big as Twitter and Bandcamp are, there are so many other kinds of outlets that, in my opinion, really require advance copies to make one’s best impression.  I’ve done my own research over the years to build a list. I don’t know how the label would do that since they are producing CDs immediately before their release but it might be something to consider.

You guys might also consider establishing a marketing distribution list of your own... radio djs, magazines, blogs, podcasts, reviewing sites, etc., and make that available to your artists. They could determine which outlets might be a good shot for their work. Somehow my work got on “Culture as a Dare” radio programme due to Andy liaising with the presenter. It’s an example of what I’d hoped for... that you’d be looking for opportunities for me and acting to make it happen. I’ve always tried to reach outlets outside the US but it’s hard to know which ones. I had never heard of ‘A Ship Full of Bombs’ or ‘Radio Free Midwich’. If I contact them in the future, I know they will pay attention.

The production of CDs by the label seemed to go fine (despite the COVID – 19 pandemic) and I like the graphic identity of TQN-aut. It looks very hip and that’s the world I want my stuff to be in.

So, to sum it up this way: My hopes for having a label were to have an ally speaking up for me, supporting me, getting the word out for me, expanding my audience and the outlets that present my work. I feel TQN-aut made all of that happen. Though my interactions with David and Ash were fewer than with Andy, I always knew it was a team effort on TQN-aut’s side.

R Weis - ‘Cassette Assembled Scores for Dance 1991-1993’ TQN-aut 20 released 27.03.20

“It’s very difficult to find anything negative to report! The label offers a no pressure approach that is really supportive creatively. Creating is what keeps me ticking over so the support and new audience I can reach is fantastic. 

Everyone is so relaxed, and it didn’t matter when there was a delay due to COVID - 19 pandemic as it was all communicated and we were patient. I’ve nearly had a few releases on vinyl / 7” put out by smallish labels in the past for it to always fall apart at the final hurdle, so working with a no pressure and relaxed bunch of folks is wonderful, just letting the music be the focal point which is what’s important. 

The DIY ethic of the label is what Sweet Benfica is all about, so it goes hand in hand in what we do. Putting this album out with TQN-aut has been the easiest thing ever, and that’s perfect for any artist. 

Stefan James of Sweet Benfica - ‘Every Colour of the Dark’ TQN-aut 19 released 08.05.20