January 15, 2013
The new xenharmonic album from Joel Taylor is here! Stream the first half, or download the entire package (name-your-price) at the link below.
The download includes the equivalent of a double album, as well as three music videos and PDF liner notes with photography by Linda Hungerford.
January 13, 2013
Joel Taylor’s Night Stories, a full-length album teeming with moving melodies, subtle textures and xenharmonic wonder comes out on Spectropol January 15.
Night Stories is a suite of nine pieces that concerns itself with our love for, and our fear of, Nature, our closeness to each other and to other animals, and the personal experience of loss, love, and community.
The form of the suite is programmatic and informed by Taylor’s experience with Javanese Gamelan, in particular with the beautiful art form Wayang Kulit, or shadow puppet theater.
A plot synopsis, photographs, videos and bonus tracks will accompany the download.
January 7, 2013
Interesting and positive review of Brendan Byrnes’ Micropangaea in the excellent Igloo Magazine.
…and a nice little take on V/A: Whatcom Weird Vol. 1 from Whatcom County’s own What’s Up! Magazine.
October 21, 2012
The physical version of George Christian + Mehata Sentimental Legend’s scorching new album is out!
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October 1, 2012
Chris Vaisvil has an excellent breakdown of City of the Asleep’s Spectropol release from March.
Read it here.
September 30, 2012
The haunting new collaboration from two emerging artists from Brazil and Japan. Sheets of noisy harmony, shimmering textures, microtonal explorations, and voice drenched in reverb seep in and out of existence. Somewhere between avant/noise rock and experimental electronic, this recording is a strange trip that gets better with each hearing.
more from artist Wilhelm Matthies:
La Géographie sans Regret (George Christian & Mehata Sentimental Legend) is about exploring emotional grounds, exhilarating here, melancholy there, dark and tortured there, but without regret. Each musical piece seems to have originated from an emotional reality which is expressed in written words and transformed with the same intensity and emotional and moral ambiguity into musical language.
As a collaboration, George Christian was able to go beyond language barriers which could trap him into such territories, and was able to communicate it to Mehata Hiroshi. Mehata Hiroshi was able to match it both musically and with his visual artwork. His visual artworks, likewise, have the depth, sparkle, horror, and exhilaration expressed in the music they made.
Two young artists show us what it is like to be young, risk taking, treading on water, mud, solid ground sometimes, but throughout it all, without regret.
August 12, 2012
Check out this interview by Paul Matthis. They discuss Brynes’ Micropangaea, the evolving state of microtonal music & more.
Having sold out the initial CDR edition in just over a week, the album is now in production for a second batch. It’s also available as a name-your-price download. Get a copy at the purchase/download site.
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:
May 8, 2012
Very thoughtful review from the ever interesting Daniel Wolf.