Astor is the moniker of Mark Harwood, Australian publisher, event curator and sound artist who is now residing in London, United Kingdom. Under this guise he deploys a wide variety of techniques including field recording, musique concrete, electronics and spatialisation. All of these forms are approached with a sense of bypassing the cliches imbedded within in order to coerce a sound world which is simultaneously contemporary, foreign, beautiful, unsettling and engaging.
He has released two critically acclaimed full length albums Alcor and Inland on the highly regarded American record label Kye. Inland came second in the outer limits category for records of the year in The Wire magazine’s 2014 summary.
Mark also runs the unclassifiable label Penultimate Press which has published releases by Graham Lambkin, Etant Donnes, Henning Christiansen, Jacques Brodier, Księżyc, Matthew.P.Hopkins, etc.