Wednesday, May 20, 2009

core memory unwound by christopher tignor

Instrumental albums are notoriously difficult to write about. It's the proverbial dancing about architecture. So, until you can listen to Christopher Tignor's (also of Slow Six) new album Core Memory Unwound (out now) for yourself, just pretend I'm enthusiastically humming in your ear as you read this. Wait, strike that...I'm tone deaf.

Consisting of violin and piano, each composition is played twice -- first in its organic form, and then looped, sampled, and otherwise twisted. And like a memory falling apart (or rather, being unwound), the process happens so gradually it's difficult to track the subtle changes, until you realize the the slow musical journey has taken you someplace new. 

Like a samples-based Dustin O'Halloran or a Philip Glass-inspired Dntel, Tignor's work contains an undeniable minimalist sensitivity. More about tonality than melody, the listener lead through a sea of sound and auditory textures. Awash in a near seamless outing, the gestalt is clear: this is a gentle ambient album, not for the reviewer or listener spoil with words, but to enhance with dreams and memories of their own.

mp3: "Meeting in a Colored Shadow (excerpt)" by Christopher Tignor
mp3: "Cathedral (pt 1) (excerpt)" by Christopher Tignor

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