Posts tagged ‘invented instruments’

January 16, 2014

new Paul Rubenstein

Soundtrack to Travels With H:  a series of short films by Raeshma Razvi

 

A beautiful collection of tracks from instrument maker and microtonalist composer Paul Rubenstein.

Stream the album or purchase the download or CDR from the bandcamp release page.

Check out the films here.

“I was very excited to work with Raeshma on this project. We had worked together some years before on her documentary film, “Home”. “Travels with H” is about the continuing influence of the medieval Persian Sufi poet, Hafiz. It is less a portrait of Hafiz and his work directly than it is about contemporary people and how his work resonates through their lives today. I attempt to mirror this in the music by drawing on Persian scales and technique and filtering it through a modern lens through the choice of instruments, use of electronic effects and drawing on other musical styles.

This project gave me the opportunity to re-visit musical ideas from my time in Bakshish, my collaboration with Viren Kamdar in the 1990s in Seattle. “The Garden Still Sleeps” is a look back at one of our pieces from that time, “Sleeping Garden”. “Alice’s Journey” is a tribute to Alice Coltrane, especially the work she did in the 1970s with Pharoah Sanders, particularly “Journey in Satchidananda”, one of my favorite albums of all time.

I am very grateful to Raeshma for the opportunity to create this music, and for her generous hospitality, and thanks to her husband Raj as well. “

-P.R.

Check out his earlier Spectropol release (Solo Trios) here.

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July 11, 2012

Lark [markings] now available!

Lark [markings] is an album of exploratory duos from woodwind player Paulo Chagas (Portugal) and ‘mosesa 2′ inventor/performer Wilhelm Matthies (USA). Each artist composed a graphic score for multiple recorded interpretations; these tracks are complimented by free improvisations.

The mosesa 2 (shown below) is a one-stringed instrument with variable bows & resonators, providing Matthies with a surprisingly large palette to paint sound with…a good thing given Chagas’ expansive and virtuosic instrumental range. The collaborative result is a playful, violent, warm, haunting, humorous, menacing, and surreal. It’s a musical funhouse. Available as a name-your-price download from the Spectropol Bandcamp site.

June 28, 2012

Lark [markings] out on 7/11/12

an album of free improvisation and graphic score interpretation from Paulo Chagas (Portugal) and Wilhelm Matthies (USA).

 

October 18, 2011

Solo Trios is available!

Exotic. Hand-made. Microtonal. Floating polyrhythms. Intoxicating.

Paul Rubenstein performs trios on his invented instruments, each piece showcasing a different tuning/scale. Loosely pulsed, the music transports one into a hypnotic ritual in a land seldom seen.

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