July 17, 2018

Bret Hart’s DubbleThud is out

The multi-talented king-of-collaborators Bret Harold Hart brings his latest experimental collection to life through Spectropol. As with other Hart projects, this is a hybrid, with prog, jazz, rock, ambient, and noise elements worked in with a kind of electroacoustic improv perspective. There’s a playfulness in many of the tracks here, an invitation for things to happen, an attitude of exploration that provides no shortage of great moments!

Get DubbleThud at Bandcamp ($7 download; $12+shipping CD-R + download)

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July 4, 2018

presenting Eidolons – a survey of adventurous electronic music

Eidolons: A Survey of Contemporary Electronic Music

Steve Mueske set out to produce a compilation that reveals some of the complexity, scope, and variety of current electronic music. Spectropol is happy collaborate with him on the release of Eidolons, an album that celebrates non-mainstream music and brings together artists from a variety of places and scenes. The album also includes some longer works, which are often overlooked on compilations.

In organizing the playlist Mueske also wanted pieces that might “converse with each other in a fortuitous way – an excerpt of a larger conversation that extends beyond the boundaries of a “mere” collection. Along those lines Pierre-Luc Senécal’s breathless acousmatic “Urban Gardens” rubs elbows with Busevin’s sound art piece “Three Chants for Computer” and Shane Byrnes’s meticulous deconstruction of a cello performance in “Machinato for Strings.” There are several microtonal pieces by Christopher Bailey, Paul Cousin, and Carlo Serafini, detailed dark ambient work by Fastus, Antonio D’Amato and Bálint Baráth, beautiful and disturbing sound collages, several sonic experiments, and a sublime classical piece by Paul Marquardt.” 

FREE download at Bandcamp.

June 30, 2018

George Christian: Aos Pássaros Outonais available

We’re thrilled to release a collection of 25 mostly-solo guitar tracks (in three parts) from Spectropol veteran George Christian (Brazil).

Aos Pássaros Outonais (To the Autumn Birds) is an intimate exploration of imaginative ideas on Christian’s main instrument, a highly personal and very enjoyable journey through various tunings, techniques, and emotions.

Stream or purchase a $7 download on Bandcamp.back

June 21, 2018

solstice 2: Earth Stepper

The long awaited Earth Stepper debut is finally available on Spectropol.

Dan Stearns has been posting chunks from this collaborative project with Andrew Heathwaite for a few years, but finally the first full-length album is ready for presentation as a whole, with more collections of tracks coming later in the year.

Stream it and download it (for $5) at Bandcamp:

Earth Stepper is a collaborative project by Dan Stearns (instruments) and Andrew Heathwaite (vocals and text), with a handful of contributions from friends, mixed by Stearns into a microtonal and often noisy multidimensional stew. This album, Passport to Magonia, defies easy description. It beguiles, it challenges, and it gets into the back of your brain and under your skin. As with other music by Stearns (see Golden Town, SpecT 03), there is a conviction behind it that betrays an underlying logic, a subliminal flow, despite the chaotic layered surfaces; a sound-art tethered beautifully to Heathwaite’s words and melodies. Step into this trip.

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June 21, 2018

solstice release: Sammons – Lines and Waves

Spectropol is happy to present an intriguing graphic score project from Lanier Sammons with collaborators Giacomo Fiore and Lucie Vítková.

The recordings presented here emerged from an Arts Works Residency at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.  During the residency, I asked visitors to draw an image they’d like to have a musician turn into sound.  I presented the visitors with grids and asked them to fill in a single cell.  Initially, my plan was to combine individual contributions into curated scores, but I was delighted to discover that visitor enthusiasm exceeded my expectations.  Folks almost  always filled up all or most of the sheet with images, and each sheet felt like an independent, complete graphic score without any intervention from me needed.  The contributors ranged from professional artists, like Carmina Eliason whose image is our cover art, to an infant doing his very first drawing on one of my sheets.  Collected here are realizations of selected scores by Lucie Vítková and Giacomo Fiore, who were kind enough to come record in the museum gallery.

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March 3, 2018

Ehsan Saboohi’s theatrical production of Yushij’s “The Legend” is available for streaming

Spectropol is happy to once again bring the work of Iranian composer Ehsan Saboohi to our listeners…and in this case viewers, as the large work here, a dramatic concerto for solo actress, is ideally experienced as an audio/visual event. Saboohi brings Iranian poet Nima Yushij’s classic “The Legend” to life in this probing, challenging, and ultimately moving theatrical piece.

VIDEO: https://skiks-bh.wistia.com/medias/sjacahtxg6 (stream only)

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BANDCAMP (audio only, stream or free download – comes with PDF liner notes):  https://spectropolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/concerto-for-solo-actress-the-legend-of-yushs-poet

INSTAGRAM (Farsi): https://www.instagram.com/p/BftV6wmHtu2/

DESKGRAM (Farsi): https://deskgram.org/thelegendofyushspoet

A translation is given below the video for non-Persian speakers (sorry, no subtitles), but the work…which is often declamatory and feels more like a play than music…can still draw one in with its own cadences and dramatic curve.

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“The structure of this “concerto” is a combination of contemporary Naghali (recounting stories), spoken word, and contemporary performance art. The actress here creates musical events with voice, body, and movement; a bit like a piano concerto that does not have an orchestra. For me, the Mise-en-scène functions like the orchestration of a piece.

Naqqāli (or Naghali) is the oldest form of dramatic performance in Iran. Historically, it has adapted itself to socio-political circumstances. Before the Sassanid (651 AD), Naqqāls were poets and musicians simultaneously: they recited stories while playing instruments. Bārbad was the most renowned Naqqāl of the Sassanid. During Ghaznavids (10th-12th AD), the Court banned musical Naqqāli, but the tradition survived in remote areas.

The performer – the Naqqāl – recounts stories in verse or prose accompanied by gestures and movements, and sometimes instrumental music and painted scrolls. Naqqāls function both as entertainers and as bearers of Persian literature and culture, and need to be acquainted with local cultural expressions, languages and dialects, and traditional music.

The Concerto for Solo Actress is a faithful narration based on the poem “Afsaneh” (The Legend) by Nima Yushij. I left Tehran for two years in order to write “The Legend of Yush’s Poet”. For this purpose, what place could be better than the homeland of Nima, the father of modern Iranian poetry and whose poem “The Legend” poem charmed me?

I took up residence in the village of Khesht Sar, in the Central District of Mahmudabad County, Mazan- daran Province, Iran, and in close proximity to the birthplace of Nima – Yush. Whenever I was going to the city, I saw a large board at the entrance of the city that had been written on it: “Welcome to Nima Yushij’s Birthplace”. Indeed, Yush and Mazandaran are Nima, and Nima is the pristine nature of the North of Iran. My new home was near the Caspian Sea, which Nima describes it like this: “Your lips were smiling in that wave”. The only music that filled my mind in those two years were the sounds of nature and silence. In this silence, I had the opportunity to think about one thing every day and every hour! Who is the legend? What shape is she? How is her singing? How bitter is her bitterness? And how long is her way? The performance of this work certainly has the result of cooperating with a sympathetic and committed group that I should be very grateful to all of them. Those who were with me at eleven nights’ live perfor- mance of this work and then at all stages of recording, producing, and preparing the audio and video version.

As far as I know, The Legend of Yush’s Poet is the first concerto written for an actress. However, I am responsible for all the errors ahead. But at the same time, I present the premiere of this work to all members of the group and Ghazal Naeemi, who practiced hardly and tirelessly for almost seven months. I am grateful to my sophisticated and kind-hearted friend, Ramin Dargahi, who translated all the texts into English. I am grateful to my dear wife, Lena Koocheri, who has strongly supported me all this time. Also, I thank Mohammad Mousavi and Bruce Hamilton, who helped me to produce this work.

My greatest hope and desire during the making of this project and upon the release of its audio and video albums is that Nima Yushij, a well-known poet of Iran, is watching our work and smiling on what we have done – like a wave that smiles on the sea and caresses us slowly!” – Ehsan Saboohi Tehran 2017

December 13, 2017

Lanes is out.

Years in the making, Bruce Hamilton’s Lanes is finally available.

This album collects new recordings of works composed between 2013 and 2015, as well as a live recording from 1996. The music covers much ground, by turns pulse-driven, ambient, microtonal, polyrhythmic, lyrical, and texture-based.
Stream it or purchase on Bandcamp ($7 DL, $12 CD).

munk punq tezilo (2014) for clarinet, sax, accordion, piano and percussion [Ensemble Kompulz]

Attractors (2013) for vibraphone, piano, and recorded sounds
[Iktus Piano & Percussion Duo]

Still Life (1994) for solo clarinet
[Tasha Warren]

osbatt (2015) [processed keyboard improvisation; Bruce Hamilton]

Four Pieces (2015) for flute, bassoon, violin, double bass, and electric piano [Bellingham Chamber Music Society]

released December 14, 2017

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July 21, 2017

Frets Of Yore released!

It’s out. Thanks to everyone who waited so patiently! Pick up a copy (digital, CD-R + digital, or special expanded CD-Rx2 + digital) at our Bandcamp site.

More about this ambitious project here.

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July 6, 2017

Frets Of Yore pre-order!

The Frets Of Yore compilation is finally ready for release on July 21 and the Bandcamp site is open for pre-orders!

Read more about the project here.

The expanded handmade versions will ship in early August.

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March 21, 2017

Frets of Yore out soon!

Spectropol is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Frets of Yore: A collection of guitART Pieces for the Immediate Past.

This compilation features musical responses to 26 graphic art works, each interpreted or reacted to twice, resulting in 52 guitar-based tracks spanning a wide range of styles. The graphic submissions included paintings, drawings, collage, digital manipulation, photography, and even a paper-cutting. Quirky acoustic compositions, European free improvisation, textural soundscapes, minimalism, noise, avant/RIO rock, Canterbury music and songs are among the approaches from the musicians, who include several major figures of the guitar world.

Spectropol will release Frets of Yore in late spring 2017 as a limited edition CDR and digital download. Spectropol and Guerrilla Graphics will also release a very limited edition with handmade cover, art print, and bonus disc.

Frets of Yore, the musicians: Luciano Margorani, Shawn Persinger, Amy Denio, Henry Kaiser, Elliott Sharp, Fred Frith, Ron Anderson, Dave Newhouse, Wadi Gysi, Kalahari Surfers (Warrick Sony), Elliot Knapp, Mike Cooper, Nick Didkovsky, Billy Swann, Bun Itakura, Dereck Higgins, RenÈ Lussier, Jerry King, Karl Blake, Chris Cochrane, John Jasnoch, Frank Pahl, NoÎl AkchotÈ, Brian Woodbury, Miroslav Wanek (Uz Jsme Doma), Jeremy Jacobsen (The Lonesome Organist), Leandro KalÈn, Shankara Andy Bole, Carla Diratz, Bret Harold Hart, Janet Feder, Marc Edwards, Ian Brighton, Mark Stanley, Mark Hewins, John Russell, Anthony Donovan, Dennis Gonzalez, The Songraiders (Dustin Villarino Frias/Irvin Jose Villarino Frias), Raul Valverde, Intage Taluure (Jean-Marie Mievis/Kim DuChateau), Tomoaki Soma, Dario D’Alessandro (aka Doriano Budella), Paul Morris, Michel Kristof, AndrÈ Duchesne, Chris Bywater, Nick Prol, Inesa Navarro, Dan Stearns and project founder Gonzalo Fuentes.

Frets of Yore, the visual artists: Danielle Dax, Cal Schenkel, Matt Howarth, Jad Fair, Little Annie Anxiety, Joey Mars, Kinki Texas, Nick Prol, Garry Gilchrist, Heike Liss, Frederi Lipczinsky, Ria Lenaerts, Iris Terdjman, Carla Diratz, Bret Harold Hart, Paul Morris, Noel Akchote, Chris Bywater, Celine Ka, Dam Ja’Rock, Ayako Kanda, Mark Stanley, Dennis Gonzalez, Dan Stearns, Bernard Khoo and Gonzalo Fuentes.

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