Posts tagged ‘microtonal’

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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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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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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August 8, 2014

new music from Ehsan Saboohi

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.

www.ehsansaboohi.com

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May 21, 2014

physical copies of Septimal have arrived

The Digipaks of Joe Evans’ compelling new Spectropol release are here and ready to ship. Designed by Evans, the CDR packages are very attractive and sell for only $11 plus shipping (includes digital download).

Have a listen below.

 

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May 20, 2014

Possible Worlds Vol. 3 is available

The third installment in Spectropol’s microtonal compilation series, this collection is another highly varied snapshot of current xenharmonic practice from international artists. As with the previous albums in the series, the stylistically diverse tracks here explore just intonation, equal divisions of the octave, mixed tunings, fretless instruments, and extended playing techniques.

The music here ranges from chamber ensemble spectralism to catchy electronica, from surreal soundscapes to strange funk, intimate classical guitar work to electric feedback, and from free improvisation to evolving drones.

With contributions from Taylor Brook, Paulo Chagas, Brendan Byrnes, Susan Ann Brewster, Greg Hooper, Jon Lyle Smith, Agustín Castilla-Ávila/Giacomo Fiore, Elis Czerniak, MonoNeon, Ben Wylie and Peter Nagle.


We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we do; please share widely! 
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May 10, 2014

Joe Evans’ “Septimal” released

Spectropol Records is delighted to announce the release of Septimal by UK composer Joe Evans. A 46-minute album available as a Digipak CDR and high quality download, Septimal features fourteen superlative tracks that explore the sonic and expressive potential of the autoharp.

Joe Evans writes: “While I initially conceived of Septimal as a study of microtonal harmony, it has developed into something far more complex and personal.

The word Septimal, meaning “Pertaining to all things Seven” is not widely used outside of the world of scales and temperaments, where it refers to intervals derived from the 7th harmonic. These intervals are often poor relations of intervals derived from the 3rd & 5th Harmonics, fighting for space on an otherwise occupied keyboard. By removing any notes derived from the 5th harmonic, the space opens up to allow the character of septimal intervals to shine, a coup within the harmonic series, perhaps?

Septimal was created from recordings of improvisations on the autoharp. Each piece attempts to explore the nature of the scale as well as the character of the instrument. Each note (string) is independently tunable, making it ideal for experimental scales. In Addition, the instrument lends itself to other experiments, exploring sonic possibilities such as taps, bumps, string scrapes and other mechanical noises of the instrument that make up so much of its character. This has led to a number of pieces where the tuning is far less relevant or even obscured, although always present. 

From the early stages of this project, a potential narrative became apparent, hinted at in the track titles. While I think this is better left open to interpretation, themes of abuse, tyranny and war are clearly stated.

The tracks “The Front” and “Forget me not” were among the last produced and are reflections on the war time losses of my family during World Wars 1 & 2.”

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Stream or download it now! CDR ships May 20.

more Joe Evans: www.runningonair.com
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April 12, 2014

Rubio out 4/19 + news & reviews

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:

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Here’s a cool piece on Marcus from last summer.
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Meanwhile, here’s a nice review of LiL’s THE SPACE BETWEEN from What’s Up! Magazine.

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And here are some thoughts on the tracks of Possible Worlds Vol. 2 from the esteemed Music Street Journal.

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Get the albums here:

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