Founded in 1978, Lovely Music is one of the longest-lived and most distinctive independent labels active in the recording and promotion of new American music. According to label founder
, the label is
'dedicated to releasing the best in avant-garde and experimental music, from electronics and computer music to new opera and extended vocal techniques.'
Placing emphasis on the artist's intent, Lovely Music recordings are always composer-supervised and produced.
Foremost among the artists represented in the Lovely catalog is composer
; almost all of Ashley's most important works have been released by the label, including the monumental electronic opera for television,
(which has been called the
'most influential music/theater/literary work of the 1980s'
). Other composers have released some of their most important achievements on the label as well:
's, "Leapday Night,"
's "Time Curve Preludes,"
's "I am sitting in a room" and "Music on a Long Thin Wire," and
's "Key" all rank among the more exceptional recordings to be found in the Lovely catalog.