Starting off the New Year with a great live hardware set from Bristol, UK’s Epistrophe Smith! A jazz double-bassist by trade, Smith brings a breadth and depth of knowledge to his work we can really appreciate. Very happy to have him record a live set for our traveling musical spaceship.
"Inspired by the tape splicing masterpieces Teo Macero successfully achieved with Miles Davis’ work (albums such as In A Silent Way.) The aim for these live sets is to explore real time tape slicing, intricately melding jazz and techno using a granular sampler. The approach offers glimpses of jittering samples taken from previous work. The idea is to keep sculpting the boundaries of jazz and techno until the two worlds finally feel truly comfortable together.
The sets are all fully improvised, with only an initial idea to work from. There is no editing post production except for a little mastering simply used to allow the music to sit comfortably alongside other work.
The journey will be an interesting one, stay locked and we’ll see where it goes."
Epistrophe has been busy, with production on Soundcog Records, Traum Schalplatten, and Aila Records. Lots of great material here, and he’s got two upcoming releases early this year, so check out his catalog and stay tuned!