Posts tagged ‘Bellingham’

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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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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September 12, 2013

Gazing at Gazing

J.C. Combs’ recent Spectropol release quickly became the soundtrack for some great choreography by Susan Haines in Bellingham. More performances later this year will include even more music from Combs. Watch the initial performance below.

>>>>>Here’s a review of Gazing from disquiet.

Gazing also has been featured on radio programs including Max Shea’s “Martian Gardens” (WMUA 91.1FM Amherst and online) and Don Campau’s “No Pigeonholes” program (KOWS FM Sonoma and online).

October 30, 2012

Whatcom Weird is out for Halloween

We’re happy to announces the Halloween release of Whatcom Weird Vol. 1, a compilation of adventurous music from artists in Whatcom County.

This diverse collection features improvisation, electronica, experimental pop, noise, electroacoustic, fusion, ambient and bizarre soundtrack music.

October 29, 2012

Whatcom Weird set to come out on Halloween

Spectropol proudly releases its 17th title, a compilation of local (Whatcom County, WA, USA) music pushing boundaries and in some cases flying under the radar.

The stylistically diverse roster includes Kat Bula, Bellingham Improvisatory Ensemble, Shawn Collins, Face Police, Falling Upstairs, Skiks, heatsink, Brandon LaBotz, mindmeld, Pan Pan, Todd Smith, Chris Stainback, Spencer Thun, Alex Wolf and Zach Zinn.

out Wednesday, October 31