Taylor Deupree (b. 1971) is a sound artist, graphic designer, and photographer residing in Brooklyn, New York. On January 1st, 1997, he founded 12k, music label that focuses on digital minimalism and contemporary forms. In 12k’s 8 years of existance it has released 35 CDs and become one of the most respected experimental electronic labels in the world. In January 1999, Deupree currated a compilation for New York’s Caipirinha Music label that he called “Microscopic Sound.” This release was among the first to gather together artists of this style and helped put a name to a rising genre of electronic music. September, 2000, saw the launch of 12k's sublabel LINE, with collaborator Richard Chartier, exploring conceptual, ultra-minimalist digital sound and the relationship between sound, silence and the art of listening. In September, 2003, Deupree started a 3rd label called Happy to release what he terms as “unconventional japanese pop.” Happy was born from Deupree’s interest in Japanese pop music and the fact that it is quite unknown outside of Japan. He hopes to change that with Happy.