Album Review

Brown, Chris – “Lava” – [Tzadik]

Kai Sync   6/1/2016   A Library, CD



This is a 1995 release by Chris Brown, known work composing music with a combination of acoustic instruments and interactive electronics. The CDs tracks are avant-garde compositions written for a brass section with a tuba, trombone and trumpet, four percussionists and live electronic manipulations. The goal was to construct the physicality of lava coming from a volcano using electro-acoustical means of expression. As such this CD is fascinating, until the musical ideas melt together to a cohesive form moving forward with no solid form or structure within all the repetitions, ultimately devouring the listener along the path. However, just the attempt to compose music with a lava-centric tonality is worth an applaud or two. The music is gritty, dramatic, suspenseful, devouring, unforgiven, outpouring, eruptive, toxic, viscous, bubbly, massive, unrelenting.

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