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).
October 2, 2014
Spectropol is pleased to announce the availability of another fine collection
from Polish artist Marcin Tomczak.
An unidentified space; a surreal electroacoustic chamber music full of vibrant color and complex emotion.
–voice in tracks 4 and 6 by Martyna Kołodziej.
–track 7 composed by A. Nowacki and remixed by LIL.
March 19, 2014
‘desolation’ is an album of sonic hauntings, a collection of experimental ambient explorations by two longtime collaborators. This release continues Spectropol’s side project of unearthing older gems from the back catalogs of interesting artists, as these tracks were recorded in 1999. Bennett and Galloway have since collaborated many times, recently in the west coast based psychedelic-electroacoustic band Respectable Citizen. ‘desolation’ has aged wonderfully, with composer Bennett putting his considerable synthesis & keyboarding expertise to use against Galloway’s trademark experimental guitar work. It’s full of force and beauty and beckons new listeners in 2014.
Streaming and name-your-price download available at the bandcamp site:
B & V over the years...
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.
February 12, 2013
andrew young’s new collection of exploratory sound pieces is available for download at the Spectropol shop.
“…a daydream of the chaotic universe outside of human perception.”
artwork by nick lane.
October 29, 2012
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
October 21, 2012
The physical version of George Christian + Mehata Sentimental Legend’s scorching new album is out!
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September 30, 2012
The haunting new collaboration from two emerging artists from Brazil and Japan. Sheets of noisy harmony, shimmering textures, microtonal explorations, and voice drenched in reverb seep in and out of existence. Somewhere between avant/noise rock and experimental electronic, this recording is a strange trip that gets better with each hearing.
more from artist Wilhelm Matthies:
La Géographie sans Regret (George Christian & Mehata Sentimental Legend) is about exploring emotional grounds, exhilarating here, melancholy there, dark and tortured there, but without regret. Each musical piece seems to have originated from an emotional reality which is expressed in written words and transformed with the same intensity and emotional and moral ambiguity into musical language.
As a collaboration, George Christian was able to go beyond language barriers which could trap him into such territories, and was able to communicate it to Mehata Hiroshi. Mehata Hiroshi was able to match it both musically and with his visual artwork. His visual artworks, likewise, have the depth, sparkle, horror, and exhilaration expressed in the music they made.
Two young artists show us what it is like to be young, risk taking, treading on water, mud, solid ground sometimes, but throughout it all, without regret.
February 16, 2012
here’s a psychedelic animation video by Diego Monroy (Spain) for “glibs” (from bruce hamilton & friends’ mash hits vol. 1)!
more of Diego’s work can be found here (visual) and here (sound).
August 10, 2011
daniel stearns’ new and mind-boggling full length is now available.
GOLDEN TOWN by daniel stearns
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.