Insulation Kit

by Altered Axiom

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While you may stream or download Insulation Kit for free, please recognize that I have spent many hundreds of hours creating the album, and I would appreciate your support if you enjoyed listening. In order to keep devoting time to making music like this, I need to make some income on the album. Makes sense, right? I'm using Bandcamp as my sales platform because it allows listeners to pay what they want for the music based on what they feel it's worth. So, even if you find streaming on Spotify convenient, please consider also pitching in on my Bandcamp page.

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1) Distribution: You can help recoup my out-of-pocket costs to distribute the music to Spotify, iTunes, and other vendors.

2) Equipment: I no longer have access to the equipment that was available at school, so I'll need to purchase instruments and software in order to continue making this kind of music independently.

3) Physical media: Even today, it's important. CDs, not digital downloads, are what sell at events, but the up-front cost of ordering CDs is high.

If you enjoyed Insulation Kit and want to hear more music like it, please consider helping out by purchasing the music for whatever price you feel it's worth.



Altered Axiom's debut album, Insulation Kit, introduces the sound of frozen jazz: fixed and electronic—yet alive, conversational, and kaleidoscopic. This is a new kind of music that shares some of the DNA of jazz, art rock, and electronic music but maintains its own, individual sense of aesthetics. With eight tracks featuring contributions from Elena Hodges, Keren Abreu, and Hans Bilger, the album immerses listeners in spaces of introspection, loneliness, wonder, and elation. Insulation Kit demands full concentration as it navigates a vision of the American landscape, at times bleak but not without hope.

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released June 9, 2017

All pieces written, recorded, and mixed by Jacob Taswell

Vocals on "Kamaji and the Many Little Stars" - Elena Hodges
Vocals on "Insulation Kit," "Slip Into Your Overflowing Self," and "Channel Comfort" - Keren Abreu
Double bass on "From Seeds" - Hans Bilger
Clarinet, toy piano, and other instruments on "On a Far-Off Shore" and "Slip Into Your Overflowing Self" - the class of Composition Seminar III, Yale College, Fall 2015

Album art by Jacob Taswell and Elena Hodges
Liner note design by Jacob Taswell

Mastered for digital release by Alchemy Mastering, London



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Altered Axiom New Haven, Connecticut

Jacob Taswell

making deep
heartbeat music
in a genre called
frozen jazz

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