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).
May 20, 2014
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!
SpecT 32, May 2014
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:
January 3, 2014
Polish artist Marcin Tomczak has been producing music and sound art for well over 15 years. His early work involved audio collage, as well as programming early drum machines and the Commodore computer. His BRUIT project (late 1990s) mixed spoken word poetry with sound collages. He then began mixing and composing with various sound sources under the alias LIL. The hypnotic, ambient music on THE SPACE BETWEEN was completed in 2013 and combines field recordings with subtle electronic textures and processed voices. LIL frequently collaborates with other artists and has an upcoming solo release on Tom Flesh Records/Sirona Records in the first quarter of 2014.
Stream, download (name your price), or purchase the CDR from the bandcamp link.
December 26, 2013
Here’s a round-up of some recent reviews.
Andrea Borghi – Musica per Nastro in Wonderful Wooden Reasons and in Kathodik (Italian)
C Dufallo/P Derivaz – Bass Violin, & Vincent Bergeron – Il y a seulement des apparitions in Monsieur Délire
J.C. Combs – Gazing, Andrew Young – Inkplaces, & Joel Taylor – Night Stories in Vital Weekly
Get the albums:
October 31, 2013
As promised earlier, there are three more microtonal compilations on the way. The first will be ready on 11/15 and is packed with xen/micro/JI wonderment! Have a look at the playlist:
More information will be available leading up to the release, and before long the next two playlists will be made public as well (for December and early 2014 release).
And if you haven’t heard Vol. 1 from 2011, check it here:
October 22, 2013
Spectropol is pleased to announce the re-release of this excellent collaborative album. Stream, download, or purchase it at the link below.
“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 21, 2013
James Wyness always has interesting things to write about. In this case, it’s our lovely label and some recent releases. Check it out here.
October 11, 2013
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.
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
Here is a sample track from the album: