April 19, 2014
A fascinating collection of de/re-constructed experimental pop tracks from Marcus Rubio.
SpecT 30 – I don’t think I see a difference
“Last year, I became fascinated with the acoustic possibilities of the banjo in conjunction with various electronics and pedals and created a number of works that utilized these alien sounds while still warping them into folk songs of sorts. However, as I delved further into the instrument’s extended technique, I realized that there were ways to create a kind of polyphony with just the acoustics of the instrument itself and set off working on many of the pieces heard here. With these particular songs, I wanted to both play with the instrumental specificity of the banjo but also try to reduce those sounds and the formal elements of pop songs to their most basic elements. These pieces are equally indebted to the work of reductionist composers/improvisers like Tetuzi Akiyama and Taku Sugimoto as they are to the folk music of Washington Phillips and Abner Jay. As such, most of these works were built off of the raw banjo/voice material and feature minimal overdubs save for some vocal harmonies and organ on a few tracks. The banjo material on the album (tracks 1-5) is very concerned with how much of a song/sound you can remove yet still have it resemble that thing and the remaining two pieces are further non-banjo explorations of this idea. “the war on christmas” places a cynical pop song into a minimalist/modular situation notationally while the bagatelles take extremely small melodic song fragments and spreads them out very quietly over an extended period of time.”
July 28, 2013
It’s been one year since the release of Brendan Byrnes’ Micropangaea, an album that made Igloo Magazine’s top releases list for 2012.
Read the Igloo review.
We’re celebrating by releasing a bonus track! Glacial Reef was part of Byrnes’ original playlist but was only recently completed. It’s now available as part of the album download as well as a single free download for those that already have the album.
More about the album (and the new track) at Kerstin Hovland’s HTML 5 Micropangaea site.
Also, join us with the ‘Can this even be called Music?’ blog crew for a Micropangaea listening party (via Grooveshark) August 4 at 4PM EST!
Here’s CTEBCM?’s review of the album.
February 12, 2013
andrew young’s new collection of exploratory sound pieces is available for download at the Spectropol shop.
“…a daydream of the chaotic universe outside of human perception.”
artwork by nick lane.
February 6, 2013
inkplaces explores sounds; the way they reflect us and the way we reflect on them.
Preview the first two tracks now!
July 28, 2012
Brendan Byrnes has crafted an alluring concept album of prog/avant/electronica exploring tuning systems and imaginary terrain. Check it out via the animated site at micropangaea.com.
Or download/purchase it directly from bandcamp.
July 21, 2012
An arresting collection of microtonal electronica and avant-rock by Los Angeles-based composer/instrumentalist/producer Brendan Byrnes. The eight tracks each explore a different tuning system and are based on imaginary locations or features of Micropangaea, a fictional continent that will form on earth in the distant future. Byrnes, with the help of Michael Day, Brian Saia, Mike Horick, and a microtonal guitar ensemble, pulls the listener through instantly compelling song structures while pushing sonic boundaries. Liner notes for the album will presented uniquely in an animated website designed by Kerstin Hovland (TBA). —–brendanbyrnes.com—–
listen to a sampler here: