SNAKECHARMER (ART 1001, 1989)

by Chris Brown

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The five pieces on this recording are all solo performances which were recorded live in one take without overdubbing. In each piece a different acoustic (or amplified acoustic) instrument is played through an electronic system that responds automatically to the sounds and actions of the performer. The electronic sounds result from live processing applied to the acoustic sounds, and the ways that they respond are controlled in part by information sampled from the performance. The pieces are interactions between the performer and the electronics, so the details of each perfromcance change while the structure, defined both by a musical score and an electronic response environment, remains the same. I want electronic sound that is alive to the nuances of human gesture and spontaneous musical thought. And I want it to enhance our experience of acoustics and of playing instruments, extending what we already do instead of trying to imitate, improve upon, or replace it.

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released July 1, 1989

LIVE ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC
Composed and performed by Chris Brown, piano, keyboards, voice, and electronics. With William Winant, percussion.
Produced by Chris Brown
Cover art by Johanna Poethig
Design by Michael Sumner
ART1001

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ARTIFACT RECORDINGS is a project of Ubu, Incorporated, an artist-run, non-profit organization supporting experimental and electronic music and performance based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our compact disk series is dedicated to representing an independent experimental music tradition that continues to thrive in the cracks between the commercial, academic and classical music establishments. ... more

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