December 27, 2015
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).
October 29, 2015
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.
If you like it as much as we do, check out Evans’ 2014 Spectropol release, Septimal.
October 25, 2015
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.
March 2, 2015
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.”
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.
Free streaming, name-your-price download and $12 CDR.
February 7, 2015
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
October 2, 2014
Spectropol is pleased to announce the availability of another fine collection
from Polish artist Marcin Tomczak.
An unidentified space; a surreal electroacoustic chamber music full of vibrant color and complex emotion.
–voice in tracks 4 and 6 by Martyna Kołodziej.
–track 7 composed by A. Nowacki and remixed by LIL.
August 8, 2014
We are delighted to provide the wider international release of Iranian composer/electronic musician Ehsan Saboohi’s Chaos in the Cosmos. The album is available as a digital download and comprises two fascinating experimental tracks, microtonal and hypnotic, weaving tapestries of sculpted sound.
From Mr. Saboohi: “Chaos in the Cosmos” (Shahr-âshub in Persian) is an experimental music inspired by the well-known components of Iranian culture such as literature, miniatures, calligraphies and the art of carpet. Being aware that meta narratives have no place in today’s world, it is aimed to be a micro narrative of the Persian traditional poetry and music.
Chaos (Âshub) is a metaphor for the invention and discovering the new disciplines and Cosmos (Shahr) is a metaphor for the established disciplines.
We respect other nations’ music and believe that what constitutes the future of the music is a dialogue between the contemporary and traditional music. Thus, we look at the western music from the second half of 20th century (from1950 onward) and consciously bracket all the appeal of tonal music in order to rediscover the harmonics and non-harmonics of the music by itself.
April 12, 2014
Spectropol is excited about the release of Marcus Rubio’s “I don’t think I see a difference” next Saturday (April 19). It’s a compelling album of banjo/voice-centered deconstructed pop songs that’s as pleasing as it is challenging.
Here’s a tiny teaser:
Here’s a cool piece on Marcus from last summer.
Meanwhile, here’s a nice review of LiL’s THE SPACE BETWEEN from What’s Up! Magazine.
And here are some thoughts on the tracks of Possible Worlds Vol. 2 from the esteemed Music Street Journal.
Get the albums here:
March 19, 2014
‘desolation’ is an album of sonic hauntings, a collection of experimental ambient explorations by two longtime collaborators. This release continues Spectropol’s side project of unearthing older gems from the back catalogs of interesting artists, as these tracks were recorded in 1999. Bennett and Galloway have since collaborated many times, recently in the west coast based psychedelic-electroacoustic band Respectable Citizen. ‘desolation’ has aged wonderfully, with composer Bennett putting his considerable synthesis & keyboarding expertise to use against Galloway’s trademark experimental guitar work. It’s full of force and beauty and beckons new listeners in 2014.
Streaming and name-your-price download available at the bandcamp site:
B & V over the years...
February 27, 2014
This collection of acousmatic pieces from Saint-Petersburg’s Ilia Belorukov melds electroacoustic, ambient-chill, and free improvisation into a unified whole. Granular soundscapes fuse with hypnotic pads, providing shifting moods and often a calm repose. Processed saxophone enters the picture, weaving insistent loops and beautiful lines through forests of gentle noise.
Check out the album on the bandcamp site where you can stream & download I Did What Was Possible to Quiet Us.
more about Ilia: http://www.belorukov.blogspot.com