Music Department releases first CD under Auris Tigris Records label

The first compact disc has been released under the label Auris Tigris Records, the record label for the Department of Music at Fort Hays State University.

"I wanted a suitably large project for my recording practicum courses, and a lot of university music technology programs have started their own labels as a means of promoting the music of their programs," said Dr. Tim Crowley, professor of music. "So I did some research last year, looked at some model programs, discussed it with my students, and we decided to go for it this year."

The mission of Auris Tigris is to distribute recordings produced in univeristy studios and provide audio recording services to the community. The label name is Latin for "Tiger's Ear."

"The disc is a sampler disc that features jazz, rhythm and blues, classical, and techno recordings made in the recording studios of the music technology program in the Department of Music in the fall 2006 semester," said Crowley.

The disc features performances by Aaron Rockers & Friends, HAYS senior; Brass n' Grass; Emily Cline, LYONS senior; Chris Aust, HAYS senior; and Alex Toepfer & Friends, HAYS senior.

FHSU students in the music technology program served as the recording engineers. Crowley said fans can look forward to two CDs per year from Auris Tigris Records and "maybe a special release now and then if there is occasion to do one."

The CDs sell for $10 dollars plus tax. Proceeds go to equipment for the music technology area of the Department of Music.

CDs can be purchased by going to the Auris Tigris Records website at or by contacting Crowley at 785-628-5327.

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