Archive for June, 2018

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

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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.

-Lanier

Graphic Scores Project - Carmina's Kitchen