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Robert Davies

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The Label

DataObscura was originally created by APK (Anthony Paul Kerby, Canada) as a CDr sister label to the Databloem label started back in 2002 with Dennis Knopper (Netherlands). They existed side by side until the beginning of 2008, when each went their separate ways.

DataObscura releases were moved over to Bandcamp in 2014. In 2015 the Fictions and Poetics site was added to Bandcamp. We used to offer CD versions of our releases, but now we only release albums as quality digital downloads.


The label is based in Ontario, Canada. 

The Music

We release what could be called thoughtful contemporary electro-ambient and related music. This varies from minimal drone and fascinating noise-based works, up to the melodic and mildly rhythmic. Always musical. We don't release dance music, or excessively darker or industrial forms of ambient. We do, however, like to stretch boundaries ... and we do release some very serious, quality music that rewards multiple listening! Quality is what we are about.

In recent years the label has concentrated on releasing albums by APK and by the excellent American ambient musician, Robert Davies.

The Who

The driving force behind DataObscura is Anthony Paul Kerby (APK), who composes highly acclaimed music under the names of The Circular Ruins, Nunc Stans, Fictions and Poetics, Lammergeyer, and some collaborations. He does most of the graphic work and the mastering of the releases.

Anthony was born in Ashingdon, Essex, England back in the mists of time, and somehow managed to end up in Ontario, Canada. He grew up playing classical guitar ... classically and in a folk vein. He now loves keyboards and synths, as should be clear.

The other driving force of the DataObscura label is Robert Davies, an electronic ambient musician and visual artist from Trumansburg, New York state, USA. Robert has developed a unique pastoral form of highly listenable ambient. Music deeply attuned to nature and full of rich sonic nuances. Robert and Anthony also record together as The Winterhouse.


Please note : We are currently only accepting demos from artists we have already released.

Please contact us if you are experiencing any problems with ordering, or if you have any other questions. We will get back to you as fast as we can.

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