Thursday, 14 November 2013


Year:  2013
Country:  US
City:  Milwaukee
Label:  Universal reptile rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  4
Time:  46 min.
Genre:  electronic,  acoustic
Style:     Free Improvisation   Noise

Christopher Burns is a composer, improviser, and multimedia artist. His instrumental chamber works weave energetic gestures into densely layered surfaces. Polyphony and multiplicity also feature in his electroacoustic music, embodied in gritty, rough-hewn textures. As an improviser, Christopher combines an idiosyncratic approach to the electric guitar with a wide variety of custom software instruments. Recent projects emphasize multimedia and motion capture, integrating performance, sound, and animation into a unified experience. Across all of these disciplines, his work emphasizes directionality, layering and intercutting a variety of trajectories to create form. Xenoglossia is a custom software environment designed to facilitate the live improvisation of complex, densely layered electronic music. The performer initiates multiple simultaneous generative processes, each with distinct gestural and textural content, then controls their continuation and development. The four tracks in this release feature studio performances with Xenoglossia, each recorded in a single take. Very interesting album of Christopher Burns who doesn´t stop to surprise us with his works, which are always different each from each. This one in particular, is a sort of  "game" with the electronic sounds, acoustic sounds (instruments or objects) and the whole toghether totally improvised. Easy? no at all. I am sure many artists are not capables to do this "Xenoglossia", beacause there is always that "touch" which put the artist, in this case Christopher Burns. I must to confess generally  I don´t like much "free impro" but as always there are exceptions, this album I like very much: there is certain noise, is quite fast and dense. Good work.
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