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February 11, 2016

Resolute review roundup

The first batch of reviews for Marco Oppedisano’s excellent Spectropol EP are in. Check ’em out!

Avant Music News

The Stash Dauber

Touching Extremes

 

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A VERITAS VAMPIRUS CD REVIEW:

MARCO OPPEDISANO – Resolute (EP-CD)

Marco Oppedisano’s a highly imagistically abstract experimental guitarist-composer-noiseur (include piano, voice, and percussion in that, too) in Brooklyn, New York, and Resolute is his latest release after a much too long quietus, his last effort having emerged in 2010. This new affair arrived quite fortuitously to my attention, as I’d at the moment been listening to Escapade’s duetoafaultypremonition, a satisfyingly experimental noisy affair as well, though definitely zoned-hippie as compared to Marco’s neoclassicalism. His 5-track 21+-minute EP demonstrates the marked contrast in myriad differences between a single highly disciplined musician and a very cool mess of on-the-fly players like Escapade, a sextet.

Marco’s work has long been mindful me of an unusual conflation of any number of past influences: Morton Subotnick (who teaches or taught at the same school as Oppedisano), Morphogenesis, Faust, Cluster, PBK, and a collage of others…but also of an obscure 80s cat, John Wiggins, an HBO sound engineer who released a series of extremely three-dimensional, sonically pristine, found-sound/noise/avant-garde issuances. Oppedisano’s masterful control of his recordings immediately harkens back to Wiggins’ equally painstaking documentations, as do the highly variant sounds residing in a spacey quadrant nonetheless redolent with terrene landscapes.

Should you not be quite as zoned as me and other prognacious bastards, be neither esotericized nor daunted by citations of past-master sonic surrealists because there are elements of Fripp & Eno’s groundbreaking duet work present as well, the opening cut, “Breathe”, a kind of cross between later King Crimson and No Pussyfooting, with a good deal of avant-prog continuing as the quintet of songs progresses. A couple decades ago, I coined the term ‘incidentalist’ to embrace this ilk of work, as everything here is episodic amid individual elements of short duration, yet holds together magically, far more so than the term might suggest.

This is not easy art to produce as its qualities are the most esoteric in all sound production, rooting ultimately in John Cage and the 60s Nonesuch electronicist pioneers, not to mention the remarkable ONCE Festivals, and that’s precisely why I cover it: because, goddammit!, there’s nowhere near enough material on this level being produced, and there should be far FAR more. Evolution depends on it!…or at least the hedonistic satieties of sonic omnivores like myself and hopefully you.

Man cannot live by Butch Morris alone.

-Mark S. Tucker

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best of ’15 list: Perfect Sound Forever

best of ’15 list: AMN

top album of 2015, Randy Branch:

1) Marco Oppedisano – Resolute
A composer that has laid out a huge canvas, then proceeded to weave a sonic landscape that changes its terrain at every twist and turn. Multiple listens are required to truly get a sense of what has been accomplished here.
For me this release represented someone who truly threw caution to the wind and took a chance at reaching forward with both hands and ears.
My sincerest and heartfelt love of this proves that there is great music being made.

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and we’ve had some nice blog/radio play as well.

We’ll post more stuff as it comes in!

 

 

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.

January 16, 2014

new Paul Rubenstein

Soundtrack to Travels With H:  a series of short films by Raeshma Razvi

 

A beautiful collection of tracks from instrument maker and microtonalist composer Paul Rubenstein.

Stream the album or purchase the download or CDR from the bandcamp release page.

Check out the films here.

“I was very excited to work with Raeshma on this project. We had worked together some years before on her documentary film, “Home”. “Travels with H” is about the continuing influence of the medieval Persian Sufi poet, Hafiz. It is less a portrait of Hafiz and his work directly than it is about contemporary people and how his work resonates through their lives today. I attempt to mirror this in the music by drawing on Persian scales and technique and filtering it through a modern lens through the choice of instruments, use of electronic effects and drawing on other musical styles.

This project gave me the opportunity to re-visit musical ideas from my time in Bakshish, my collaboration with Viren Kamdar in the 1990s in Seattle. “The Garden Still Sleeps” is a look back at one of our pieces from that time, “Sleeping Garden”. “Alice’s Journey” is a tribute to Alice Coltrane, especially the work she did in the 1970s with Pharoah Sanders, particularly “Journey in Satchidananda”, one of my favorite albums of all time.

I am very grateful to Raeshma for the opportunity to create this music, and for her generous hospitality, and thanks to her husband Raj as well. ”

-P.R.

Check out his earlier Spectropol release (Solo Trios) here.

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October 22, 2013

‘Bass Violin’ is available!

Spectropol is pleased to announce the re-release of this excellent collaborative album. Stream, download, or purchase it at the link below.
Cornelius Dufallo:
“Patrick Derivaz and I started recording Bass Violin in January of 2011. Patrick’s concept was to experiment with pairing two instruments of extremely different registers using digital effects and loops. Our process was highly spontaneous: using composed material that we each brought to the sessions as a point of departure, we improvised freely and record all of our improvisations. After this we assembled each composition from the recorded material. Each of the pieces is a truly collaborative combination of composition, improvisation, and post-production.Our creative meeting ground turned out to be a meditative, quasi-hypnotic aesthetic in which variation is slowed to a nearly imperceptible rate. Within this sound world, the combination of registral extremes and a rich palette of digital tone colors created music that we hope is deeply engaging on both an emotional and psychological level.”

released 22 October 2013
Music by Derivaz-Dufallo.
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7: PAD Publishing, ASCAP.
Tracks 2, 5: CBD Music, Inc., ASCAP.
All tracks recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Patrick Derivaz at PAD Productions.
Art and Graphics by Nana Deleplanque.
2013 Spectropol Records | SpecT 24

October 11, 2013

‘Bass Violin’ (Patrick Derivaz / Cornelius Dufallo) set for Spectropol re-release 10/22

We are excited to present ‘Bass Violin’ for wider release on October 22. Originally produced in 2012, this project documents an intriguing electroacoustic collaboration between violinist/composer Dufallo (FLUX, ETHEL, Ne(x)tworks, VisionIntoArt) and bassist/composer/producer Derivaz (John Cale, Tom Verlaine, Joe Zawinul).

‘Bass Violin’ comprises seven hypnotic tracks, each a carefully crafted combination of improvisation, composition and post-production. The album will be available for streaming and purchase (digital and CD) on the Spectropol Bandcamp site.

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There will also be a live CD release show at Spectrum in NYC on that day.

$15 admission includes a copy of the CD to take home.                         

7:30 PM @ SPECTRUM
121 Ludlow Street, Second Floor 
New York, NY 
Subway: F, M, J & Z trains to Essex/Delancey station

www.spectrumnyc.com/blog

Here is a sample track from the album:

http://www.corneliusdufallo.com/

http://www.patrickderivaz.com/

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August 23, 2012

goldenbats review in Igloo magazine

Smart write-up of GOLDENBATS II over in Igloo.

March 18, 2012

GOLDENBATS II is out

In Farouche Voidness,

ZANTH!

Ferrum Catastrophae 

Tethered To “All Seed”,

Strata And Raad,

Quanta Eyes Wings Grow,

Off The Backs Of Golden Bats!


GOLDENBATS II is a twenty-six minute musical journey. Vast, lovely and large, it transitions from a bleak, dark and brooding stormy night into a new dawn of contentedly chorusing whippoorwills.

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Living in a megalopolis can be daunting to say the least. GOLDENBATS II is about time, healing, channeling creative energies and giving birth. The work was composed as a means for personal self-healing and empowerment both by the act of its creation and by the subtle memeplex it introduces upon repeated listening. The package design, etc. are all extensions of these ideas. The work was never intended to be released to the public though now through some fortunate external interest you’re reading these words and hearing these sounds.

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Geoff Duncanson and Dennis Meade have been performing and recording music together for the better part of a decade. They’ve been friends ever since their public school days in Yonkers, NY. Dennis has recorded music for the Imminent Frequencies label along side Asa Osbourne, Spencer Yeh, Jon Wesseltoft, and Jacob Long. Geoff was a member of the long standing New York experimental sextet Blue Velvet. That ensemble has performed along side Octis (Mick Barr), Mary Timony, Growing, Aloha, Medications, Child Abuse, Beauty Pill, Behold… The Arctopus, and many others. Geoff has performed most recently banging “resonant rocks” together in an impromptu performance on the streets of Kingston, NY with Pauline Oliveros during the 2011 O Positive festival. Both Geoff and Dennis have played in Sun Son Sun with James Zandoli and Victor “Poison Tete” (Rat At Rat R).