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The story of Vision, pre-Praxis Records

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Praxis Records, founder Christoph Fringeli shares the story of Vision the DIY label and publisher who preceded Praxis

Without a doubt Praxis Records is one of the most important labels in the history of European electronic music history of the past two+ decades. It was founded in 1992 by Christoph Fringeli in London and since then having been operated from Zurich and Berlin, the latter being where it’s based now. Recently Fringeli posted a translation of a very interesting piece in the Praxis website. It tells the story of Vision – a label and DIY publisher for not only cassettes and records but also fanzines, posters and t-shirts.

Image courtesy of Vision (1986-1992)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Praxis Records. A huge piece about the story of the label will be published in the upcoming Almanac for Noise & Politics 2017. So let’s take a look at what lead Christoph Fringeli to creating the predecessor of one of the most important underground European labels for radical electronic music.

Vision was a label project that I founded in 1986 and finished in 1992. The publications of Vision were not limited to cassettes and records but also included printed materials and visuals. These – fanzines, posters, t-shirts – like the recordings, received catalogue numbers. Vision 1 was a zine and appeared in November 1986. While there was a subjectivist/romantic feel to it, there were also the first signs of a critical approach which later became prevalent in the label.  ~ The Sound of Vision (1986-1992)

Read the full story here.