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[Archive 6.11.14 ft. Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

The Upstate Soundscape, 6.11.14

 

1) Wrest, “Live in Toledo”
2) Nick Hennies, “Cast and Work (excerpt)”
3) Michael Pisaro, “Blues Fall” performed by Wooden Cities 10.25.13 at UB Center for the Arts
4) Charles Gordon, “Traum” S/T (House of Alchemy)
5) VWLS, “Got My Second Wind”
6) Nathan McLaughlin, “A-1” Alice Sketches (Digitalis)
7) Joe Houpert, “A2” Alice Sketches (Digitalis)
8) Josh Mason, “B3” Alice Sketches (Digitalis)
9) Cody Yantis, “A3” Line Drawings (Desire Path Recordings)
10) Joe Houpert, “A2” Line Drawings (Desire Path Recordings)
11) Ollie Aarni, “3:19″ Studies 7” (Desire Path Recordings/FET Press)
12) Mary Lattimore, “4:26″ Studies 7” (Desire Path Recordings/FET Press)
13) Sam Salem, “The Sun Warms the Memory”
14) Ian William Craig, “On the Reach of Explanations” A Forgetting Place (Recital)
15) Lawrence English, “The Liquid Casket” Wilderness of Mirrors (Room 40)
16) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Powers of None” Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness (Students of Decay)
17) Federico Durand, “Los ninos izan las estrallas can hilos de plata”El idioma de las luciernagas(Desire Path Recordings)
18) Janek Schaefer, “Radio 103 FM” Lay-by Lullaby (12k)

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[2012 in Review: Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

Michael Vitrano is head of Desire Path Recordings, a label based out of Buffalo that has released music by Kyle Bobby Dunn, Charlamagne Palestine & Janeck Schaefer, and Nite Lite. Here are some releases that he enjoyed from 2012.

High Aura’d, Sanguine Features (Bathetic)

Anxiously awaited this as his Mooncusser cassette was one of my favorites from 2011. Sought out John. Splendid human being. Became car soundtrack. Traveled everywhere with it. Bought LP. Continue to be in awe.

Nathan McLaughlin, The Refrigerator is Emotional (Senufo)

Exchanged some music with Nathan and he sent me some cassettes and his LP. Put it on, walked into other room, stopped, came back, sat down, stayed.

Paul Buchanan, Mid-Air (Newsroom)

Of Blue Nile. Fragile voice with fragile piano for the fragile psyche. “The buttons on your collar/The color of your hair/I think I see you everywhere.” First words, first track.

Coppice, Holes/Tracts (Consumer Waste)

The most original music being done right now. I don’t know how they make the “music” that they do.

Kane Ikin, Sublunar (12k)

Kane is one half of Australian duo Solo Andata. I will listen to anything Kane (or his Solo Andata partner Paul Fiocco) create forever. Sublunar has seemingly little in common with his work in Solo Andata, but there is a mood explored here which bears some resemblance to Ritual, the album Solo Andata put out with our label.

Kyle Bobby Dunn, In Miserum Stercus (Komino) and Bring Me The Head Of (Lowpoint)

An everlasting moment and everything else washes away. To me, Kyle is making some of the most important music of our lifetime.

Andrea Belfi, Wege (Room40)

Blistery. Bric-a-Brac. Belfi.

Grasshopper, The Day America Forgot (SicSic)

How this duo is not well-known is beyond me. House of Alchemy put out an excellent tape of theirs called Miles in the Sky, which was my introduction. This release takes their unique sound even further into the sky.

Hallock Hill, The Union/Hem of Evening  (MIE Music)

One guitar. With care, panache, elegance, poetry.


[2012 in Review: Wrapping It Up and Looking Ahead]

At the end of 2011, we launched our [Reviews] section and to date we have completed over 65 reviews of releases that were put out by artists or labels from the Upstate region. Unfortunately, there were loads more releases that deserved reviews, but due to time constraints and limited resources 65 was what we had to settle with. Still, that’s more than we thought we’d get to when we launched the section. Plus, the reviews we did post expanded the blog’s audience to a size that was truly unexpected.

Despite everyone hating on music reviewers these days (and for good reason sometimes), people apparently still like to read reviews. Case in point: the reviews section has easily become the blog’s most popular section and the amount of visitors that it has brought to the blog, and then to the radio show, was totally unanticipated. So without further ado, a HUGE thanks to the all the writers who contributed their time and talent to this endeavor. You can read about these fine hard-working people on our [Contributors] page. Also, a huge thanks to the labels and artists for providing us with the music when we asked for it or–even better–just sending it in when it was ready for release. Hopefully, in 2013 we can build on the number and quality of reviews.

You may have noticed that there has been some very recent changes/additions to the site and the radio show, such as the [Events] page (which will be updated weekly and can be heard read on the air during each show), a master Upstate Soundscape Spotify playlist in the side column, and a FAQ that has been added to our [About] page for artists, labels, and other interested parties on how to get your recordings on the radio show and/or reviewed by the blog, etc. There are even more additions coming in 2013. Below are some of the new wrinkles we have in store for The Upstate Soundscape radio show and blog in the upcoming year.

Guest Hosts: We’ve already had Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings on to guest host back in November, while Adam Richards of House of Alchemy is coming in for the December 26th show, and Adrian Bertelone aka Ay Fast is scheduled for the January 30th show. These guest host slots are intended to–on one hand–give Needles a break and–on the other hand–get more people into the WBNY studio to share the music and sound that they’re either personally involved with or just digging at the moment. We’re shooting for one guest host per month, so stay tuned to see who else we get into the studio. Interested in being a guest host? Spots are limited, but send us an email and we’ll see.

Batch reviews: One change we’re making in an attempt to cover more ground with the reviews is to begin reviewing batches of release that labels like House of Alchemy and cae-sur-a put out, instead of trying to review each individual release within the batches. These batches of cassettes are artistic statements in themselves like curated exhibitions and perhaps should be reviewed as such. We’ll continue to do individual reviews as well of artists and releases that aren’t necessarily released in batch form. Are you a label or artist who has something you think we might want to review and/or play on the radio? Check out the new [FAQ] page for details on how to get us your sounds and what our review policies are.

Mixes: Recently both Soundcloud and Spotify made it easier to share and embed mixes on various platforms, so we will begin posting mixes on a regular basis from both of those sites, which both contain a plethora of sounds by experimental artists at work in or associated with the Upstate region. These mixes will be curated mostly by the Upstate Soundscape, but will also be curated from time to time by artists, label heads, DJs, and other people from around the region. We will also continue to post regular mixes by Upstate artists when they arise. Interested in making a mix for us or curating one on Spotify or Soundcloud? Get in touch.

Spotlights: We’ve done several [Spotlights] in the past on Upstate labels, but the [Spotlight] series is going to get ramped up a bit in early to mid 2013. The goal is to now use the [Spotlight] posts to cover other things like organizations, venues, radio shows, artists, etc. The hope is to provide a more in depth view on these other entities through an interview and/or profile. Look for the first one to be published early in 2013. Know of an artists, organization, or other entity of an experimental nature from Upstate that you think deserves a [Spotlight]? Get in touch.

Compilation Series: The first one is in the can and it is fucking awesome and we can’t wait for you to hear it. HUGE thanks to the artists that contributed a recording. It will be posted for free download in early January via Bandcamp and Soundcloud. As of now, the plan is to do quarterly compilations. Eventually, we may decide to focus an entire compilation on a specific genre, or city, or something else along those lines, but for now the comps will serve as samplers of the sounds being created of all kinds throughout the Golden Horseshoe, from Toronto to Albany, and all points in between. Interested in submitting a recording to be considered for the next compilation (or radio play in the meantime)? Check out our Soundcloud group or our [FAQ] page for more details on how to get us your sounds.

All of these new components will launch once 2012 is in the rear-view mirror. In 2013 you will also see a continuation of our other regular posts, including [Free Music Friday], [Beyond the Upstate Soundscape], and [Soundmarks]. These have been going strong all year and will continue to do so in 2013.

For the remainder of 2012, however, we will begin posting Year-End lists by various people from around the region including radio DJs, label heads, and artists every couple of days starting tomorrow (Saturday, 12/15). These lists are intended to offer a different take on the critical posturing that has proliferated since the inception of music blogs. The lists you will see here are not intended to be any sort of “Best of 2012” lists, nor are they ranked. Instead, they’re lists compiled by sound enthusiast from around the region and feature very simply what they personally liked from the past year. Kind of a like a literary mixtape one friend makes for another. By no means are these lists intended to be the final word on music and sound from 2012. Instead they are intended to be a starting point to encourage dialogue within the region among people who are committed to and making experimental music and sound of all kinds.

Other things to keep an eye out for over the next couple of weeks. . .

-The Annual Year in Review radio program scheduled for this Sunday at 9pm. Tune in to 91.3FM WBNY or stream at WBNY.org

-Catch host Needles Numark DJing at the End of the World Party at Nietzsches (12/20) and at the Vinyl Monday’s X-Mas Eve Party at Essex (12/24).

-House of Alchemy label head Adam Richards guest hosts The Upstate Soundscape on Wed., 12/26.

-The first release in our brand new compilation series, The Upstate Soundscape: Vol. 1 (Winter 2013). Coming in very early January. And its so fucking good, its not even funny.

. . . other than that, it looks like 2012 is a wrap. Here’s to hoping to an even better 2013 for the radio show, the blog, and the Upstate experimental community. Cheers!


[Archive 11.21.12: ft. guest host Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

 

1) Kane Ikin, “In the Shadow of the Vanishing Night” Sublunar (12k) 15
2) Loud & Sad, “Track 5” Unknown Species (GreenUp Industries)
3) Akira Rabelais, “Gymnopedie 3” Eisotrophobia (Returnal)
4) Charlemagne Palestine, “Part 2,” Four Manifestations on Six Elements (Sonabend Gallery)
5) Ben Bennett, “I’ll Call You When I Get Creamed by a Motorist,” Spoilage (Experimedia)
6)) Andrea Belfi, “D,” Wedge (Room 40)
7) Prayer, “Night Vigil,” Sequence 5 (Future Sequence)
8) Nite Lite, “Mythopoeic Imagination,” Megretz (Desire Path Recordings)
9) Grasshopper, “Side A,” The Day America Forgot (SicSic Tapes)
10) Jon Mueller, “Impatience,” Death Blues (Home Tapes)
11) Nathan McLaughlin, “Unknown,” The Refrigerator is Emotional (Senufo)
12) High Aura’d, “Sleep Like the Dead,” Sanguine Futures (Bathetic)
13) Rust Worship, “Side A,” Terrestrial Society (House of Alchemy)
14) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “In Praise of Tears,” In Miserum Stercus (Komino)
15) Virginia Astley, “From Gardens Where We Feel Secure,” From Gardens Where We Feel Secure (Rough Trade)
16) Leafcutter John, “A Slowly Growing Beautiful,” Tunis (Tsukoboshi)
18) Alfred Brown, “Drawn To a Withered Hand,” Music for Moving in Slow Motion (Asthmatic Kitty)

[Preview: Guest Host Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

Tonight’s show will feature guest host Michael Vitrano, head of Buffalo-based label Desire Path Recordings.

Vitrano will take over the programming tonigh so can’t tell you as of now what we’ll be in store for, but I’m willing to bet you’ll hear a preview of his label’s upcoming release, Megrez by Nite Lite, plus some other stuff from the label’s excellent back catalog.

Show starts at 8pm on 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.


[Archive 11.23.11: Desire Path Recordings Special]

1) Bob Ohrum, “The Mess (You Left),” All Around Me (Relaxed Machinery)

2) SIGHUP, “City Passage,” City Passage (Feedback Loop)

3) Jacob Gotlib, “Slow Splintering”

4) Charlemagne Palestine and Janek Schaeffer, “Side 1,” Day of the Demons (Desire Path Recordings)

5) Benoît Pioulard, ” Autochoral,” Benoît Pioulard Plays Themla  (Desire Path Recordings)

6) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Statuit,” Ways of Meaning (Desire Path Recordings)

7) Solo Andata, “Aggregate,” Ritual (Desire Path Recordings)

8) High Aura’d, Side B,” Mooncusser  (Ydlmier)

9) Cory Allen, “Shutter Echo,” Still (Quiet Design)

10) Nite Lite “Corvid,” Marlene (Stunned)

11) Shiflet, “(Sufferers),” Sufferers (Type)


[Label Spotlight: Desire Path Recordings]

This week on the Upstate Soundscape, Michael Vitrano, head of Buffalo-based record label Desire Path Recordings, is stopping by to discuss his label, experimental music, and some upcoming releases on the DPR imprint.

Its only been a little over a year since DPR emerged on the international experimental scene with the release of Ritual by Solo Andata, a well-respected Australian duo known for interweaving inventive field recordings with stark neo-classical, ambient soundscapes.

While Ritual may have flown slightly under the radar after its initial release in the fall of 2010, the album, which was beautifully packaged by DPR Art Director Chris Koelle, has since been critically hailed around the web as a mesmerizing record  with a disquieting, even nightmarish quality.

Anti-Gravity Bunny aptly describing Ritual  as “eerie as fuck,” claiming the album contained sounds that “If I were to hear alone in the woods, regardless if the sun was up, I would immediately call the cops and start walking in the opposite direction.”

With its masterfully crafted sound and its meticulously designed vinyl packaging, including a special $60 special art edition (sold out, unfortunately), Ritual would set a high bar for DPR’s future releases. And with two more well-received releases under its belt, Kyle Bobby Dunn’s Ways of Meaning and Benoît Honoré Pioulard Plays Thelma, DPR has begun to solidify its reputation within the hierarchy of experimental labels alongside 12k, Experimedia, Under the Spire, and Type.

Things have moved fast in the past year for Vitrano and DPR so make sure to tune in Wednesday night at 10pm to hear more about it, along with some choice cuts from the Desire Path Recordings catalog.

We’ll also get an exclusive preview of some yet-to-be released material from Charlemagne Palestine and Janek Schaefer. For now, check out the interview below that Vitrano was kind enough to provide.

The Upstate Soundscape: What is the story behind Desire Path Recordings? How/when did it get started? What was the motivation behind the label’s creation?

Michael Vitrano: Ever since I can remember I’ve always had a passion for music, in some genre or another, and yet I never got involved as a musician or artist. Whether this stems from an innate feeling that I want to be removed from the creation of music yet embrace the result, I am unsure.

The only way I saw to contribute to the experimental music community was to release music that is singular and unique on a format that I love dearly.

Desire Path Recordings was borne out of the need to help further the home listening experience, where vinyl is the ideal format, to allow listeners to become absorbed in the music without the constraints and distractions of listening to music outside of a homogenized personal space.

It started, in theory, in early 2009, when I decided I could no longer sit idly by and not get great music out into the world.

Is there anyone else involved in running the label or is this essentially a ‘solo project’?

While I am the owner and curator of the label, Desire Path Recordings wouldn’t exist without the art direction and guidance of Chris Koelle. I consider this endeavor his as much as it is mine.

Are there any labels out there that you patterned DPR after or strove to emulate? What labels, past or present, do you admire? 

Well, this could prove to be a very long list but I admire labels that strive to release unique music and are not beholden to one particular genre. When I first started the label, I wanted to focus on modern classical works, field recordings, and microambience, but I’ve since evolved in my thinking and created the vague description of “distinct pathways” to cover what we’re after.

At the top of the list are ExperimediaTypeKranky as well as Stunned RecordsECM, and Miasmah.

What’s your take on the current state of experimental music? Is this a good or bad time to be an experimental artist/fan?

This is absolutely a great time for experimental music and the only problem is that there’s just so much of it. It’s never-ending.

Any releases from the past year that really stand out to you?

Plenty. The Peregrine by Lawrence English on ExperimediaMooncusser by High Aura’d on YldmierLanguage by Ekin-Fil on Root Strata, and Haeligewielle by Petrels on Tartaruga.

Tell us about some of DPR’s upcoming releases.

DPR’s next release is a collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Janek Schaefer called Day of the Demons. I imagine this will appear in the New Year. After that, I don’t think I’d like to say too much.

Tell us about some past DPR releases that you think deserve some special attention.

Well, the first release by Solo Andata, Ritual, seemed to be overlooked quite a bit. I think that given the fact it’s very dark and scary, it seemed to only appeal to a niche audience. I think, though, if people get past the uneasy exterior, they’d find an intricate world in there ready to be explored.

Any advice for aspiring label owners?

Just go ahead and do it. I knew absolutely nothing and I’ve had to piece things together on my own. Also, you have to expect to lose a lot of money at first. In fact, depending on the music you’d like to release, this is not a profitable endeavor. It’s a break-even endeavor.

Any Upstate artists/labels you are really into at the moment? Any one we should look out for?

House of Alchemy, which I see you’ve featured recently.

How does somebody get a hold of DPR’s stuff?

I keep some stock at Spiral Scratch Records, so locally that’s an option. Our website, of course, and ExperimediaForced ExposureBoomkat, etc. for all mail-order inquiries.

Michael Vitrano will be an in-studio guest on the Upstate Soundscape this Wednesday night (11/23) at 10pm. Tune in to 91.3FM WBNY or stream at WBNY.org.