Posts tagged ‘microtonal’

May 8, 2012

Golden Town on Renewable Music

Very thoughtful review from the ever interesting Daniel Wolf.

April 17, 2012

“Axe” electric guitar compilation now available

This long-awaited collection of experimental tracks featuring electric guitar is finally out for download and purchase.

Prepared guitar, computer processed, fretless, alternate tunings, noisy ambient, composed layers, unplugged-electric, controlled feedback, free improvisation, interlocking loops, virtuosic lines, shimmering drones, haunting melodies.

With Kavin Allenson, Tigress and the U-Fraidees, Bruce Hamilton, Mark Hamilton, Bill Horist, Neil Haverstick, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Steve Moyes, Marco Oppedisano, James Ross, Roger Sundstrom, Chris Vaisvil, the Michael Vick Trip, and Jordan Watson.

This compilation celebrates the electric guitar and its creative use with a collection of varied tracks that provide a small snapshot of what some artists and composers have been doing in 2010-2012.

Despite only eighty odd years of use (and even less as a widespread instrument), the electric guitar has been a major force of musical invention, forging new genres of music and new sonic territories to explore. Musicians today have a rich history to draw upon: Les Paul and other early masters, the various and celebrated icons of blues, rock, jazz and fusion; and several decades of guitarists extending their instruments through preparation and modification, processing, new playing techniques, and different tuning systems.

The music on this album is informed by the aesthetic, timbral, compositional and conceptual innovations of Derek Bailey, Adrian Belew, Glenn Branca, Robert Fripp, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Rowe, and Elliott Sharp, to name but a few. Yet there are always more things to say, more avenues to explore, and more artists popping up to advance down these paths.

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March 23, 2012

out now: city of the asleep – winter in tumultua

The long-awaited twelfth release from COTA and the first on Spectropol [SpecT 10], winter in tumultua is a scattered narrative depicting a world in chronic upheaval. It is told through a patchwork of sonic textures–glitchy noise wrapped around meandering ragas, atonal piano jazz decaying into industrial film scores, acid-washed ambiance being rudely displaced by chugging kraut-rock. Through these disparate tableaux, the unifying thread of a mathematician’s sensibility is woven, in the form of unusual time-signatures and the microtonal scales found within the unusual 17-tone equal temperament (a natural but unconventional alternative to the usual 12-tone equal temperament). Extensive liner notes are included in the download.

city of the asleep is the pseudonym of Oakland-based musician Igliashon Jones.

cityoftheasleep.bandcamp.com

www.cityoftheasleep.com

October 18, 2011

Solo Trios is available!

Exotic. Hand-made. Microtonal. Floating polyrhythms. Intoxicating.

Paul Rubenstein performs trios on his invented instruments, each piece showcasing a different tuning/scale. Loosely pulsed, the music transports one into a hypnotic ritual in a land seldom seen.

August 10, 2011

GOLDEN TOWN is out!

daniel stearns’ new and mind-boggling full length is now available.

GOLDEN TOWN by daniel stearns

[SpecT 03]

Download comes with 7-page PDF with text and pics highlighting the psychological context for the album’s creation.

Physical CD version will ship in October.

August 8, 2011

new Stearns video for “he went that way”

Daniel Stearns has created the first video for the upcoming Golden Town album (out Aug. 10), a rather psychedelic expansion of the 5th track: hE wENT ThaT wAY. Enjoy!!

July 10, 2011

“Possible Worlds” now available

Various Artists: Possible Worlds (recent xenharmonic explorations)

A free 15-track download from Spectropol records.

This compilation captures some of the excitement and unique beauty in recent xenharmonic music.