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12/1/13 – Piotr-Heslin

Piotr-Heslin, my collaborative EP with Paul Heslin
is available now as a free download. click for project site
…first review by Stray Landings: “I remain completely captivated by every bizarre move they make”

11/22/13 – Raj updates

a new review is up for Raj over at Bearded Gentleman Music
it is also now stocked in the Norman Records store. enjoy!

11/11/13 – Stray Landings feature & mix


a new interview is up at Stray Landings
which features an exclusive mix
led by the vocal stem of one of the tracks
on my upcoming solo record… more soon

mix tracklist:

derek piotr / yogyakarta (a capella)
afghanistan va / nuristani women’s song
m.i.a. / y.a.l.a.
omar souleyman / nahy
ono / hold me
agf / the generations 1 (eila kivikk’aho, 1961)
gregor samsa / abutting, dismantling
stephen scott / music three for bowed strings
forest swords / an hour
choeur gregorien de paris / deus, deus meus

10/21/13 – Live on WHUS

some new tracks and live improvisations …

10/16/13 – Quietus glow

some wonderful unexpected glow for Raj in The Quietus. thanks John !!!

10/5/13 – exceptional new design mix

new mix up for exceptional new design

tracklist:

derek piotr / open
benzos / sore eyes
no pomo / ⟨⟨lergy
oval / episonik
m.i.a. / attention
geeta dutt & talat mahmood / dekho dekho ji balam
euis komariah w. jugala orchestra / bardin
cfcf / camera
thom yorke / honey pot

9/14/13 – Open video

the Open video was directed by jeremy bailey
it is the third and final music video from my album Raj

also available for download is a new version of Open:

9/1/13 – Dust-Hum

a new, all-vocal work of mine is available for stream at Radio Papesse
I composed this track for their Süden Radio call

8/20/13 – work update

quick update! i have completed my work with countertenor mikah meyer
weather patterns” will be released late 13 or early 14 as a boxed set

i also completed work on an EP with paul heslin
details on that release shortly

now i am in the midst of scoring a documentary called “here”
still in production, more details soon

7/11/13 – summer updates

jeremy bailey is in the process of working on a music video
for track “open” with me expect flowers soon … ❀

in other news, I stopped by downtown venue Spectrum last week
and was very fortunate to finally meet maja ratkje and watch her perform!

there is more soon to come in the way of interviews & reviews
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6/21/13 – amendola (live)

also please read this interview with Sam Tarakajian

6/4/13 – summer 13 mix for experimedia

☼ tracklist ☼

1. mu / my name is tommi
2. laub / morgen
3. david byrne & st. vincent / weekend in the dust
4. m.i.a. / hussel
5. derek piotr / hutan
6. gold panda / thailand chord droner
7. gyan dutt / dekho dekho ji
8. mirah / jerusalem (chopped & screwed by y.a.c.h.t.)
9. haja el hamdaouia / el kahla
10. sublime frequencies / radio thailand
11. photek / slowburn
12. hercules & love affair / iris
13. st. vincent / the strangers
14. oval + hana kobayashi / koral
15. derek piotr / flow through light
16. maja ratkje / softly as i leave you

5/13/13 – recent interviews

with nowamuzyka.pl & gumshoe

4/27/13 – Deliver (2013 Version)

2/28/13 – slctdby

small thought piece on Head Slash Bauch for slctdby

2/26/13 – Raj

Raj is released today!

distribution options:

· buy retail cd 12usd at artist shop
· · donate & download whole album + bonus
· · · all tracks on soundcloud

recent reviews:

critical masses · inyourspeakers · attn:magazine

2/3/13 – Raj preorder

Raj is available for preorder over at bandcamp

or email me

the record is released February 26th

also enjoy the video for the track sand defacing all surfaces

directed by sam tarakajian

1/9/13 – Grave video

the first video from Raj

was directed by ben cannan

for the track grave

watch here

1/4/13 – interview/feature in the mercurial

on Raj & more

read here

1/3/13 – Hutan

the first track to drop from Raj, “Hutan”

is available free, over at XLR8R

12/17/12 – more Raj details

more details on Raj, including tracklist

can be found over at Resident Advisor

12/12/12 – Air: Live Cuts from Airing

Air, a collection of live performances of Airing tracks

on blondena music now, CD/DL

12/4/12 – Experimedia Mix 2012

I have completed a mix for Experimedia’s new series

1. andy stott / numb
2. dntel / dustmites
3. gudrun gut / frei sein
4. agf / stœrung (kiteki rmx)
5. derek piotr / amendola
6. rafael toral / ii.iv
7. dirty projectors / while you’re here
8. fennesz / fa (mark fell remix)
9. buda musique du monde / chants & narrative – oktjabrina vladimirovna & svetlana naumova
10. mohamed al ali / mili alay (sway to me)
11. missy elliot / 9th inning
12. derek piotr / deliver (pinkcourtesyphone ‘out of area’ mix)

>>> LISTEN <<<

11/26/12 – IMPULS Interview

IMPULS Magazine interviewed me

about my upcoming third solo record

the title is Raj, the artwork is below

to be released in 2013, with more details crawling out soon

11/1/12 – Radio Mantras EP

Radio Mantras

3 extended forms of track “Radimantra

& remixes by Paul Heslin & Safety Scissors

9/27/12 – Deliver CDs + more reviews

Deliver CDs are available

buy from experimedia · artist shop

also more reviews, this time from inyourspeakers, pirtlegimp & experimedia

8/24/12 – recent reviews

reviews of Deliver at Critical Masses & Beach Sloth, a review of Airing at PopMatters

7/23/12 – Deliver is out !

Deliver remixes are released today !!!

buy from bandcamp · amazon · itunes · juno

7/11/12 – Deliver

Deliver will be released as a single on the 23rd

remixes from Best Fwends, C. Spencer Yeh, Pinkcourtesyphone

Paul Heslin, Backyard Gypsy, and a cover version by Ivan Cheng

listen to the album version:

a snippet of the Pinkcourtesyphone mix is here

6/29/12 – new interview

there is a new interview with me up at today I conversed with. enjoy!

5/15/12 – Airing is out!

Airing is released today !!!

buy cd/digital at:

bandcamp · experimedia · juno · itunes · amazon

for promo copies, write me !

5/13/12 – Deliver (Backyard Gypsy Remix)

Deliver will be a single in july

remixes from Richard Chartier/Pinkcourtesyphone, Best Fwends, Paul Heslin +++

write me for promo copies

5/1/12 – Ilse : soundtracks vol. 4

an unreleased track of mine “overpass” appears in this compilation by Ilse music

download it for free here

4/21/12 – Colossus music video

music video for my track colossus, directed by jeremy bailey

4/16/12 – Airing pre-order

Airing is available for pre-order today,

the pre-order will be up for a month until it is released May 15th

I have decided to go with “pay what you will” for the pre-order only!

head over to bandcamp to purchase

4/14/12 – WGXC visit

I was the visiting artist at WGXC’s studios today

to discuss Airing and my upcoming EP Radio Mantras

I also played a short dj set of 10 songs by other artists i’m enjoying at the moment

download mp3 of the show here [176 MB]

dj set tracklist:

Spirits – Dendrite
Hand – AGF
Thailand Chord Droner – Gold Panda
Rain Rhythm – Mikah Meyer / Derek Piotr
Focus (edit) – Derek Piotr
Lungs (demo) – Zach Thorpe
Leikau – Gabriel Ananda
Icarus – Santogold
I’ll Come When I Can – Black Pus
Sanctus – Alfred Schnittke

4/12/12 – Deliver video, remixes & AGF at EMPAC

today was amazing !

I filmed the rest of the footage for the deliver music video with carahanni:

deliver will be a single in July, expect remixes from best fwends & pinkcourtesyphone

also visited EMPAC to see AGF & Sue.C perform “infinite jest” & finally met antye in reality!

4/3/12 – Airing medley at sLow Audycja – miniature007

an interesting medley of Airing tracks is part of this week’s mixtape

at sLow Audycja as part of their miniatures series. 14/15 tracks were used!

mp3 here [34.2mb]

tracklist:

1. Marsz Ducha
2. Vehicle
3. Insects
4. Guides
5. Święty Marsz
6. Radimantra
7. Sixmonth
8. Clandestine Spread
9. Marsz Żalu
10. Nineweek
11. Will Rise (Will Love)
12. Deliver
13. Islets
14. Glass Broadcast

3/26/12 – interview & review with everythingischemical.com

a new interview with me & a glowing review for AGORA

have just been posted at everythingischemical.com

enjoy!

3/22/12 – Airing 5.15.12

3/19/12 – Airing reviews are in

two pre-release reviews have been posted for my second record, Airing.

one is at a future in noise and the other at beach sloth‘s blog

to request review copies email me

3/13/12 – music videos & more

I am pleased to announce Jeremy Bailey is working on a music video for Colossus, out soon

another track, Deliver, will be out as a single in July along with remixes

and here is the front cover of Airing, pre-order will begin April 16th, for review copies email me

2/22/12 – Radio Mantras on Mantra Radio

UPDATE: listen to the mantras here

tune in 3pm eastern time on monday, Feb 27 to Mantra Radio

to catch the premiere of new works of mine, Radio Mantras

Radio Mantras or रेडियो मंत्र will be released as an EP in Spring

alongside my second solo record, Airing

they are extended forms of a track on Airing called Radimantra

there will also be remixes

stream Radio Mantra III:

2/14/12 – Airing is coming…

photo by meire todao

my second solo record, Airing, will be out in three months.

some of the pieces on the record were performed in october. you can listen to them here

stream the first track of the record, Colossus:

1/23/12 – Overtaker (Twenty Knives Remix) video

dir. Ivan Cheng, from my remix album AGORA Regathered

download this remix over at XLR8R

Ivan and I have a project called gobs

1/20/12 – Glass Broadcast video

dir. Pierre-Henri Ramboz, from my upcoming full-length Airing, due in spring

1/18/12

12/29/11 – countertenor work & radio mantras

I have been working with countertenor Mikah Meyer on a project to be released soon

we recorded in a cathedral earlier this month

I also am at work on an EP based around a track on my upcoming album Airing (due spring 2012).

the EP will be called Radio Mantras or रेडियो मंत्र and will feature two remixes

12/5/11 – AGORA Regathered

AGORA Regathered is released!

photos from the release party are here

buy here OR here OR here [physical]

many of the tracks have been featured in this Polish radio show

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some reviews

by the needle drop

“a consistently perplexing remix album”

by xlr8r

“experimentation and otherworldly vocal manipulation…stimulating”

by beach sloth

“a solidly strange remix album”

by caliper music

“such a sense of musical community…impressive gathering of experimental people”

gobs

 gobs is a new collaboration between myself and ivan cheng

vocal only. improvisation. raw production. impulse filesharing.

an excercise in purity

we have a release out already

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Dustin O’Halloran interview

Dustin’s fantastic album Vorleben was just released, and I was given me the opportunity to interview him. I emailed some questions, and to my delight he responded with some wonderful answers. who would have guessed us both Simeon Ten Holt fans?

Derek Piotr: who were your influences growing up? of those, which have stayed with you most?

Dustin O’Halloran: I have had a lot of influences at different times..my first experience with music when I started playing the piano was Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy.. but then later I listened to a lot of english bands like Cocteau Twins, Brian Eno, Joy Division..and song writers as well like Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash… but also some African stuff too, and also early Jazz records..Miles, Charlie Parker… I don’t know, its hard to list everything.

DP: who are your influences now?

DO: Lately I have been listening to a lot more contemporary composers..and experimental stuff. Alva Noto, Fennesz, and Tim Hecker who I Iike a lot…and also Hans Otte, Simeon Ten Holt, Schostakovitch, John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars.

DP: do you strive to create instrumental pieces with their own individual “voices”, or do you view your work as a whole, unified “voice” ?

DO: I think I try to give each piece something unique to it, but I think when you write everything in a certain period it does come together as a whole.. its just natural as im always looking for different qualities at different times. Right now I am really into string quartets and this specific sound of four players.

DP: Arvo Pärt is an influence on your work. what have you taken away from listening to his music?

DO: I think Arvo Pärt showed how powerful music can be with the most minimal notes, but I think in a much different way than the ” minimalists”. It has an emotional weight and also something very spiritual and this has definitely influenced my approach.

DP: Lumiere and Vorleben both seem very conceptual, in the sense that they are very tool- and site-specific. Do you think you are open to more experimental forms of developing concept; ie working with other instruments (prepared piano ? harpsichord ?) or possibly other forms of creating sound (electronic ?)

DO: Yes definitely..I actually have recorded and experimented with a lot of things… including prepared piano, harpsichord and more textural electronics… it just has not been released yet! Im usually always kind of experimenting in my studio with things…it just takes time for them to come out..and with ‘Lumiere’ I really wanted to explore piano and quartet with some electronics. I like to digest things for a while as sometimes when experimenting it take a while to get to your own voice. But I do have a more electronic and experimental record coming out in the fall, its a new project with Stars Of the Lid member Adam Wiltzie. The project is called “A Winged Victory For The Sullen“.

DP: lastly: please explain what “minimalism” means to you and why it is (or isn’t) important in your work

DO: I think this had always been important for me. Minimalist pieces are about getting to the essence of a piece of music with the least amount of notes. And I suppose not being a virtuoso player also gives you some boundaries you have to work with…which I like. A lot of times I will try to limit the elements I use just so I can try to be more creative with what I have. More is not always better.

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Dustin left me both excited for his coming projects and satisfied with his views on composition. Vorleben is available now through the FatCat imprint. be sure to check Dustin’s website for more news on Winged Victory.

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review repository

AGORA has been reviewed:

by the needle drop

“an eerie series of sonic explorations…some are noisy, some are surprisingly accessible

by vital weekly

“like the ancient Agora, the meeting place, Piotr samples together voices from various cultures…altogether a most promising start”

by everythingischemical

“extremely playful…(quite possibly) way ahead of it’s time.”

by violet currents

“the blueprint of AGORA is a beauty: rigid in form, but rife with variation”

by steve roggenbuck

“vocals are cut up and used like any other instrument”

by lisa marie ackerly

“every sound is precise and deliberately placed…will evoke thought from all who hear it”

by pennyblackmusic

“minimal beauty…industrial, yet compositional and melodic”

by beach sloth

“this isn’t some ambient recording; it’s a living, breathing, moving album that refuses to sit still”

by completely fictional

“well-made sound art…makes good use of symbols and leitmotif”

by broken chip

“an album that is wonderfully well crafted…well worth checking it out.”

by a future in noise

“an impressive series of sound collages”

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AGORA Regathered has been reviewed:

by the needle drop

“a consistently perplexing remix album”

by xlr8r

“experimentation and otherworldly vocal manipulation…stimulating”

by beach sloth

“a solidly strange remix album”

by caliper music

“such a sense of musical community…impressive gathering of experimental people”

by vital weekly

“original voice matter can be detected…with extra ornaments”

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Paul Lansky interview

When I compose, my main area of interest and exploration is the human voice. Likewise, I am drawn to other composers who focus on this element, so I was incredibly fortunate to conduct a brief interview with Paul Lansky. Lansky is one of the first electroacoustic composers who worked directly with the voice.

Paul Lansky (born 1944) is widely considered one of the original electronic music or computer music composers, and has been producing works from the 1970s up to the present day. He is currently a professor of music composition at Princeton University. He was a pioneer in the development of computer music languages for algorithmic composition, and is a former student of Milton Babbitt and Edward Cone.

Derek Piotr: My first question concerns your first involvement with sound. How did that begin? Do you come from a musical background?

Paul Lansky: I do come from a musical background. My first interest in “sound” as opposed to “music” came in the mid 1970’s when I first worked with speech synthesis.

DP: My next question is directed at your concern with the human voice. It’s a unique sound to work with, being literally the most personal sound on the planet, the most emotional. Words and language are also an important element in human vocalizations, colloquialisms of speech etc. Which aspect is more relevant to you – the language aspect or the emotional impact/directness the voice can convey?

PL: I became interested in the voice because of its expressive qualities within an electronic context. It added something nothing else could.

DP: Now I’d like to ask you for some history on Idle Chatter – it seems very much rooted in aspects of colloquial speech. Am I correct in this? How did the piece come about?

PL: Idle Chatter was directly influenced by my first experiences with rap music in the early 1980’s.

DP: On UbuWeb’s archive there is another vocal piece of yours called Artifice (on Ferdinand’s Reflection). It reminded me very much of the speech experiments of Charles Dodge – was this something you were both using at the time, this speech synthesis?

PL: The piece on the ubu website is my first speech piece and it uses Linear Predictive Coding, as do my Campion Fantasies and the first three of the idle chatter set. I abandoned this technique in pieces like Smalltalk, Now and Then, Things She Carried etc, since it works best at low sampling rates and basically sounds crummy.

DP: Who has had the greatest influence on your work?

PL: Mozart.

DP: Lastly, what works have you yet to complete/accomplish that you hope to in the future? Where do your compositions move from here?

PL: I’ve been working on orchestral music recently. I haven’t done any electronic music since 2005 and probably won’t come back to it any time soon.

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