February 11, 2016

Resolute review roundup

The first batch of reviews for Marco Oppedisano’s excellent Spectropol EP are in. Check ’em out!

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MARCO OPPEDISANO – Resolute (EP-CD)

Marco Oppedisano’s a highly imagistically abstract experimental guitarist-composer-noiseur (include piano, voice, and percussion in that, too) in Brooklyn, New York, and Resolute is his latest release after a much too long quietus, his last effort having emerged in 2010. This new affair arrived quite fortuitously to my attention, as I’d at the moment been listening to Escapade’s duetoafaultypremonition, a satisfyingly experimental noisy affair as well, though definitely zoned-hippie as compared to Marco’s neoclassicalism. His 5-track 21+-minute EP demonstrates the marked contrast in myriad differences between a single highly disciplined musician and a very cool mess of on-the-fly players like Escapade, a sextet.

Marco’s work has long been mindful me of an unusual conflation of any number of past influences: Morton Subotnick (who teaches or taught at the same school as Oppedisano), Morphogenesis, Faust, Cluster, PBK, and a collage of others…but also of an obscure 80s cat, John Wiggins, an HBO sound engineer who released a series of extremely three-dimensional, sonically pristine, found-sound/noise/avant-garde issuances. Oppedisano’s masterful control of his recordings immediately harkens back to Wiggins’ equally painstaking documentations, as do the highly variant sounds residing in a spacey quadrant nonetheless redolent with terrene landscapes.

Should you not be quite as zoned as me and other prognacious bastards, be neither esotericized nor daunted by citations of past-master sonic surrealists because there are elements of Fripp & Eno’s groundbreaking duet work present as well, the opening cut, “Breathe”, a kind of cross between later King Crimson and No Pussyfooting, with a good deal of avant-prog continuing as the quintet of songs progresses. A couple decades ago, I coined the term ‘incidentalist’ to embrace this ilk of work, as everything here is episodic amid individual elements of short duration, yet holds together magically, far more so than the term might suggest.

This is not easy art to produce as its qualities are the most esoteric in all sound production, rooting ultimately in John Cage and the 60s Nonesuch electronicist pioneers, not to mention the remarkable ONCE Festivals, and that’s precisely why I cover it: because, goddammit!, there’s nowhere near enough material on this level being produced, and there should be far FAR more. Evolution depends on it!…or at least the hedonistic satieties of sonic omnivores like myself and hopefully you.

Man cannot live by Butch Morris alone.

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best of ’15 list: Perfect Sound Forever

best of ’15 list: AMN

top album of 2015, Randy Branch:

1) Marco Oppedisano – Resolute
A composer that has laid out a huge canvas, then proceeded to weave a sonic landscape that changes its terrain at every twist and turn. Multiple listens are required to truly get a sense of what has been accomplished here.
For me this release represented someone who truly threw caution to the wind and took a chance at reaching forward with both hands and ears.
My sincerest and heartfelt love of this proves that there is great music being made.

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and we’ve had some nice blog/radio play as well.

We’ll post more stuff as it comes in!

 

 

December 27, 2015

Hamilton: Winding

Holiday surprise, as without warning I’m putting out this album featuring some of my own texture-focused ambient electronic tracks. I’d been sitting on it for a while and the time felt right…heck, it’s Spectropol’s 40th album!

Winding is a collection of tracks recorded between 2009 and 2012. Despite marked contrasts between them they comprise a coherent playlist of “ambient” electronic music. Some of the pieces work well for meditation, others are themselves meditations on sounds or ideas. Many of the works employ continuous slow-change forms and drones, others are keyboard-centered and have faster moving harmonies; some employ field recordings and most embrace noise. Microtonal elements are also present throughout, in different forms, including just intonation (this, muuf, window, furse, koni); mixed tunings (hoomz, hae, ronqq), and micro-inflections (elegy, furse, ronqq, dropov). As a whole I think of it as an ambient album realized with an avant-garde electroacoustic aesthetic.

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri.

It’s available now as a name-your-price download. You can also purchase ($10+s/h) an extremely limited edition CD-R (shipping in January).

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November 26, 2015

New Marco Oppedisano is here!

Spectropol Records is pleased to announce a new EP of music by NYC guitarist and composer Marco Oppedisano. This project, titled resolute, is Oppedisano’s first solo release of electroacoustic music since 2010. The EP is composed of five compelling tracks based on electric guitar, electric bass, percussion, voice and piano. As in much of his previous work, the resulting music is a kind of electric-chamber/concrete hybrid rich with timbral, contrapuntal, gestural and harmonic detail. There’s an unwavering energy through these tracks that speaks to the title, a sense of direction and tonal focus even through contrasting sections, making the EP into what feels like a unified statement.

resolute is available as a $7 limited edition CDR and $5 digital download at the Spectropol bandcamp site, where it can be freely streamed.

October 29, 2015

Elemental States is available!

Hypnotic new music from UK composer Joe Evans. Stream it from the bandcamp site, where you can also purchase a download or limited edition CDR+DL.

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If you like it as much as we do, check out Evans’ 2014 Spectropol release, Septimal.

October 25, 2015

new Joe Evans out 10/29

Spectropol is pleased to announce the October 29 release of Elemental States, a new album by UK composer/sound artist Joe Evans.

As with his 2014 release on Spectropol (“Septimal”), Evans merges poetic and scientific ideas into compelling music that transcends its extramusical guides. In this case the “classical elements” are paired with the states of matter and prime numbers, the music realized with metallic pitch sources and juxtaposed field recordings for the first four tracks, and with synthesis in the fifth.

Elemental States is a mostly meditative experience, sonically rich and gently paced, yet full of surprises to the attentive listener. We’ve been blasting it nonstop at Spectropol headquarters! It will be available as a $7 download or $11 CDR (w/download) on 10/29. You can stream the first track at the bandcamp site or at soundcloud.

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September 18, 2015

Phonemes Requiem is available for download!

Spectropol is happy to help bring another significant work by Iranian artist Ehsan Saboohi to the west and beyond, this time with the help of a superb group of singers and instrumentalists.

Phonemes Requiem is a large-scale multi-movement work that explores the inner world of speech and vocalized sound, temporally expanded and sonically enhanced, each small section a zone to get lost in while serving the long flow of the piece. It’s rich with detail and gets better with each hearing.

Download Phonemes Requiem (2014-2015) (For four Soloists, mixed Chorus, Didgeridoo, prepared Tombak, Electronics, Computer) below (name your price). And if you like, pre-order the limited edition CDR!

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Check out his earlier release on Spectropol here.

March 2, 2015

double release from Christian+Mehata (+Chagas)

Now out: Love without Wings (SpecT 36), a haunting collaboration containing two extended ambient/noise/improvisation pieces from Paulo Chagas (Portugal), George Christian (Brazil) and Mehata Hiroshi (Japan).

“A free-improvisation prayer and scream for survival and freedom, for those who want to be part of the Earth and the Universe, more than associating with a nationality, outside any political constraint.”
–G.C.

Free streaming and $5 download.

Also out today: the newly revised, remixed and mastered version of Christian + Mehata’s La Géographie sans Regret (SpecT 15; orig. 2012). More bass, more sonic expansion, and ultimately a better sounding version of a blistering experimental album that had already earned high praise from critics, including The Sound Projector.
http://www.thesoundprojector.com/2014/02/15/people-in-the-ceiling/

Free streaming, name-your-price download and $12 CDR.

February 7, 2015

TERRA-A-TERRA (video)

The new video by AXIAL for Terra-a-Terra, a haunting collaboration from Paulo Chagas (Portugal), George Christian (Brazil) and Mehata Hiroshi (Japan). This is excerpted from a stunning thirty-one minute ambient/noise/improvisation piece that serves as one of two tracks on Love Without Wings, a new title on Spectropol that will be released alongside the newly revised, remixed and mastered version of Christian + Mehata’s La Géographie sans Regret on March 1. [More details on these releases in the coming weeks.]

George Christian Vilela Pereira: soundcloud.com/georgechristian
Mehata Hiroshi: soundcloud.com/mehata-sentimental-legend
Paulo Chagas: soundcloud.com/pauloxagas

AXIAL: http://www.kaosart.org/axial/menu.html

October 2, 2014

LIL: “unidentified” out today

Spectropol is pleased to announce the availability of another fine collection from Polish artist Marcin Tomczak.
An unidentified space; a surreal electroacoustic chamber music full of vibrant color and complex emotion.
Very limited edition of 10 beautiful CD-Rs; and unlimited digital download (name your price).

–voice in tracks 4 and 6 by Martyna Kołodziej.
–track 7 composed by A. Nowacki and remixed by LIL.

August 8, 2014

new music from Ehsan Saboohi

We are delighted to provide the wider international release of Iranian composer/electronic musician Ehsan Saboohi’s Chaos in the Cosmos. The album is available as a digital download and comprises two fascinating experimental tracks, microtonal and hypnotic, weaving tapestries of sculpted sound.

From Mr. Saboohi: “Chaos in the Cosmos” (Shahr-âshub in Persian) is an experimental music inspired by the well-known components of Iranian culture such as literature, miniatures, calligraphies and the art of carpet. Being aware that meta narratives have no place in today’s world, it is aimed to be a micro narrative of the Persian traditional poetry and music.

Chaos (Âshub) is a metaphor for the invention and discovering the new disciplines and Cosmos (Shahr) is a metaphor for the established disciplines.

We respect other nations’ music and believe that what constitutes the future of the music is a dialogue between the contemporary and traditional music. Thus, we look at the western music from the second half of 20th century (from1950 onward) and consciously bracket all the appeal of tonal music in order to rediscover the harmonics and non-harmonics of the music by itself.

www.ehsansaboohi.com

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