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Øra Fonogram


Øra Fonogram is the publishing label of Øra Studio in Trondheim. The company boasts over 100 published recordings and possesses efficient digital and physical distribution networks both in Norway and internationally.

The most important thing in a piece of music is to seduce people to the point where they start searching. If the music doesn’t do that, it doesn’t do anything. If it just presents itself and just sits there, if it either declares itself too clearly or is too obscure to even appear to be saying anything, then it seems to me to have failed. Sitting on that line is very interesting.
— Brian Eno



Øra's main focus is on new Norwegian music within the genres of jazz, music for children and contemporary music. We wish to work with artists who aim for high quality in their work. Published recordings from Øra Fonogram are intended to contribute meaningful cultural expressions in a time when the role of music is becoming marginalized and stigmatized. For several consecutive years the studio has been producing and recording albums nominated to and awarded Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian Grammy award.


The label’s recording studio in Trondheim has a retro and genuine feel good factor that makes artist feel at home and free to release their talent and creativity under the professional care of the studio technicians and producers.


The word 'Øra' alludes to the movement of sand and gravel down a river. When the river meets the sea, new land is formed. This newness, created by the movement towards something unknown and greater, is at the heart of the basic idea behind Øra Fonogram and Øra Studio. However, ‘øra’ also means the ears in Norwegian. So in other words, the brand has a double meaning as we both use our ears to the max to make and produce good sounds for the listeners.

Øra is a label that really defines and represents the Scandinavian sound of new music.



Norwegian distribution: Musikkoperatørene

World wide distribution: GoodToGo