Archive for ‘experimental’

December 27, 2015

Hamilton: Winding

Holiday surprise, as without warning I’m putting out this album featuring some of my own texture-focused ambient electronic tracks. I’d been sitting on it for a while and the time felt right…heck, it’s Spectropol’s 40th album!

Winding is a collection of tracks recorded between 2009 and 2012. Despite marked contrasts between them they comprise a coherent playlist of “ambient” electronic music. Some of the pieces work well for meditation, others are themselves meditations on sounds or ideas. Many of the works employ continuous slow-change forms and drones, others are keyboard-centered and have faster moving harmonies; some employ field recordings and most embrace noise. Microtonal elements are also present throughout, in different forms, including just intonation (this, muuf, window, furse, koni); mixed tunings (hoomz, hae, ronqq), and micro-inflections (elegy, furse, ronqq, dropov). As a whole I think of it as an ambient album realized with an avant-garde electroacoustic aesthetic.

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri.

It’s available now as a name-your-price download. You can also purchase ($10+s/h) an extremely limited edition CD-R (shipping in January).

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November 26, 2015

New Marco Oppedisano is here!

Spectropol Records is pleased to announce a new EP of music by NYC guitarist and composer Marco Oppedisano. This project, titled resolute, is Oppedisano’s first solo release of electroacoustic music since 2010. The EP is composed of five compelling tracks based on electric guitar, electric bass, percussion, voice and piano. As in much of his previous work, the resulting music is a kind of electric-chamber/concrete hybrid rich with timbral, contrapuntal, gestural and harmonic detail. There’s an unwavering energy through these tracks that speaks to the title, a sense of direction and tonal focus even through contrasting sections, making the EP into what feels like a unified statement.

resolute is available as a $7 limited edition CDR and $5 digital download at the Spectropol bandcamp site, where it can be freely streamed.

October 29, 2015

Elemental States is available!

Hypnotic new music from UK composer Joe Evans. Stream it from the bandcamp site, where you can also purchase a download or limited edition CDR+DL.

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If you like it as much as we do, check out Evans’ 2014 Spectropol release, Septimal.

October 25, 2015

new Joe Evans out 10/29

Spectropol is pleased to announce the October 29 release of Elemental States, a new album by UK composer/sound artist Joe Evans.

As with his 2014 release on Spectropol (“Septimal”), Evans merges poetic and scientific ideas into compelling music that transcends its extramusical guides. In this case the “classical elements” are paired with the states of matter and prime numbers, the music realized with metallic pitch sources and juxtaposed field recordings for the first four tracks, and with synthesis in the fifth.

Elemental States is a mostly meditative experience, sonically rich and gently paced, yet full of surprises to the attentive listener. We’ve been blasting it nonstop at Spectropol headquarters! It will be available as a $7 download or $11 CDR (w/download) on 10/29. You can stream the first track at the bandcamp site or at soundcloud.

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September 18, 2015

Phonemes Requiem is available for download!

Spectropol is happy to help bring another significant work by Iranian artist Ehsan Saboohi to the west and beyond, this time with the help of a superb group of singers and instrumentalists.

Phonemes Requiem is a large-scale multi-movement work that explores the inner world of speech and vocalized sound, temporally expanded and sonically enhanced, each small section a zone to get lost in while serving the long flow of the piece. It’s rich with detail and gets better with each hearing.

Download Phonemes Requiem (2014-2015) (For four Soloists, mixed Chorus, Didgeridoo, prepared Tombak, Electronics, Computer) below (name your price). And if you like, pre-order the limited edition CDR!

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Check out his earlier release on Spectropol here.

March 2, 2015

double release from Christian+Mehata (+Chagas)

Now out: Love without Wings (SpecT 36), a haunting collaboration containing two extended ambient/noise/improvisation pieces from Paulo Chagas (Portugal), George Christian (Brazil) and Mehata Hiroshi (Japan).

“A free-improvisation prayer and scream for survival and freedom, for those who want to be part of the Earth and the Universe, more than associating with a nationality, outside any political constraint.”
–G.C.

Free streaming and $5 download.

Also out today: the newly revised, remixed and mastered version of Christian + Mehata’s La Géographie sans Regret (SpecT 15; orig. 2012). More bass, more sonic expansion, and ultimately a better sounding version of a blistering experimental album that had already earned high praise from critics, including The Sound Projector.
http://www.thesoundprojector.com/2014/02/15/people-in-the-ceiling/

Free streaming, name-your-price download and $12 CDR.

February 7, 2015

TERRA-A-TERRA (video)

The new video by AXIAL for Terra-a-Terra, a haunting collaboration from Paulo Chagas (Portugal), George Christian (Brazil) and Mehata Hiroshi (Japan). This is excerpted from a stunning thirty-one minute ambient/noise/improvisation piece that serves as one of two tracks on Love Without Wings, a new title on Spectropol that will be released alongside the newly revised, remixed and mastered version of Christian + Mehata’s La Géographie sans Regret on March 1. [More details on these releases in the coming weeks.]

George Christian Vilela Pereira: soundcloud.com/georgechristian
Mehata Hiroshi: soundcloud.com/mehata-sentimental-legend
Paulo Chagas: soundcloud.com/pauloxagas

AXIAL: http://www.kaosart.org/axial/menu.html