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    Burtner, Matthew – “NOISE Plays Burtner” – [Innova/American Composers]

    Filing this under Matthew Burtner, the composer…fearing that if
    we file this under “NOISE” KFJC is bound to erupt into a flame
    war…”you call this noise, THIS is noise.” NOISE here is a
    chamber sextet out of San Diego, and while they cover the
    intricacies and peculiarities of Burtner’s work, at most they
    push a sweet dissonance or a fragrant tension. The first suite,
    Polyrhythmicana comes from a Burtner designed computer instrument
    of the same name, inspired no less than by Henry Cowell and
    Leonid Theremin and the 1920’s creation, the Rhythmicon. Pieces
    are short and sharp, with punctation coming from flute, Partch-like
    wooden xylophone (I guess synth’d), a violin/flute Psycho shower
    staccato line, a slack drunk guitar, and finally on the Melody
    Triangles, a place that feels like Tortoise goes to college.
    Pretty… Next up Burtner’s homeland Alaska is etched out in
    icy “Snowprints” digital and acoustic drone whiten the environs
    while piano, violin, flute and more computerized shards play
    that blood testing game from “The Thing.” The dis(Sensus) suite
    closes things, crossbreeding jazz and glitch, interspersing
    short cartoon breaks (I saw Daffy Duck during #11), quite a mix
    of locomotion (#13 and #10 on the computer loops on a broken Broca
    sample before a theremin/violin are scraped away by hyper wipers)
    and more frozen moments (#12). Nice work.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm
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