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Things You Already Know / Chris Campbell

Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 860  
Composer:  Christopher Campbell
Performer:  Ben UlleryAndrey TchekmazovErin KeefeAaron Rice,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Works on This Recording

Form = Emptiness by Christopher Campbell
Performer:  Ben Ullery (Viola), Andrey Tchekmazov (Cello), Erin Keefe (Violin),
Aaron Rice (Voice/Percussion), Joe Johnson (Percussion), Mort Swinetooth (Guitar),
Steven Copes (Violin), Christopher Campbell (Voice/Bass Guitar/Keyboard), Claire Tiller (Voice),
Jay Walters (Percussion), Brian Gollnick (Percussion), Holly Hansen (Voice),
Nina Fan (Strings)
Lord Byron by Christopher Campbell
Torso of a Bodhisattva by Christopher Campbell
Things You Already Know by Christopher Campbell
Water Mirror by Christopher Campbell
Water Variations by Christopher Campbell
Emptiness = Form by Christopher Campbell

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Intimate and personal March 17, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Composer Chris Campbell has created an album of deeply personal music. Campbell's carefully constructed soundscapes use a variety of sources -- acoustic instruments, electronics, found objects, and home-made instruments. The result is an intriguing journey for the ear. Campbell's music manages to hover between contemporary classical music and electronica without fully landing in either camp. And that's what keeps it interesting. It's music that almost reminds me of something I've heard before, but I can't quite place it -- so I just have to keep listening." Report Abuse
 Whew! March 9, 2014 By Joe S. See All My Reviews "Whew! I really enjoyed listening to this album. If I were to compare this album to other recognizable artists, I’d say there are some strong resemblances to Son Lux’s music or the instrumental/electronic music of Nico Muhly. Throughout there is careful, thoughtful combination of electronic and acoustic textures- that in theory (and practice on this album!) ends up being something more than the two could be on their own. From the first track being titled “Form-Emptiness” and the last being “Emptiness-Form”, you can tell a lot of thought went into this album’s structure. There are strategically-placed little islands of meditative space, like the last minute of “Torso of a Bodhisattva” or all of “Water Mirror”, that are counteracted by dynamic and weird places, like “Water Variations” and the beginning and end of “Lord Byron”. In general, I wish the weirder, jerkier textures would have jerked me around even MORE, but that’s probably just me. Sometimes in the songs there are these very clear recapitulations of earlier material, while in others, the track ends in an entirely different place from where it starts. I like how this changes up throughout the album. Every once in a while there is a glint of a human voice. Though Campbell states pretty clearly why he didn’t want to make vocal music in this album, I think I would have enjoyed the voices popping out a little bit more here and there. I am going to keep listening after this review is done. Like Campbell says on his website, this album is a demanding, but not challenging listen. It’s very interesting and I hope you’ll give it a shot." Report Abuse
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