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Since its birth as a shop and record label in Sheffield in 1989, Warp has become one of the World’s most respected creative organisations. Quickly developing into a platform for innovative and boundary-breaking music talent, Warp became synonymous with such artists as LFO, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and most recently Grizzly Bear, Battles and Maximo Park. Running parallel to the music is an equally strong visual identity, famously established through partnerships with graphic design iconoclasts The Designer’s Republic and video auteur Chris Cunningham, placing Warp alongside legendary labels like Factory in British cultural history.
Warp took a logical but ambitious step in 2001 with the launch of Warp Films, winning a BAFTA for the very first production, Brass Eye satirist Chris Morris’ film debut My Wrongs… Since then high-profile features have come courtesy of Shane Meadows, whose masterpieces Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England have enjoyed widespread success, the latter winning ‘Best British Film’ at the 2008 BAFTAs. 2009 sees development on more features with directors Chris Morris, Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd) and Paul King (Mighty Boosh).
In 2004, Warp pioneered the sale of unrestricted mp3s via the launch of award-winning download store Bleep.com. Hosting nearly 500 other independent labels, Bleep has sold over 2 million tracks to date.
Over 20 years, Warp has developed into a multifaceted creative company, able to forge a unique path through a rapidly changing and unpredictable landscape. In 2009, Warp will celebrate by bringing together its roster of artists, directors and associates for a series of multi-platform events, new music and film releases.
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