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Drau​ß​en ist Feindlich

by Kyle Bruckmann

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Ten (unedited, un-overdubbed) solo improvisations. An audio sketchbook of a month that wasn't.

I essentially swore off the purist "solo improv album" several years ago, unable to imagine I'd ever feel the slightest need to release another, focusing instead on collaboration and composition - dedicating the bulk of my creative practice to carefully crafting "pieces" and bringing to life those by and with others.

But then the strangest thing happened! And among my responses so far has been a practice of practicing - a desperate flailing towards an illusion of productivity and meaning.

The act of compiling and releasing these, in rather a fit of pique, is intended to serve as a counterweight to the gravity and painstaking deliberation inherent to "Triptych (tautological)." Please enjoy accordingly.

On May 1st, it is free if you'd like it to be, with my sincere thanks. You can, of course, also always buy me a (tax deductible) drink (over here: sffcm2.giv.sh/991f ) should you have the means and inclination.

Regardless, I deeply appreciate your ears and your time. Please stay safe.


released May 1, 2020

Kyle Bruckmann: oboe, English horn, electronics.

Recorded-in-place, im FeuerFroschHaus, Oakland, April 2020.
Mastered by Myles Boisen, Headless Buddha Mastering Labs, Oakland.

Thank you for catalyzing: Tim Walters; Adam Vida, Alex Inglizian & all the excellent humans of ESS, Chicago; Grux.

Photo: Naima Bruckmann-Chang, "Fuzzy Kitties" (2020)


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Kyle Bruckmann Oakland, California

Oakland, CA-based composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s work extends from a classical foundation into genre-bending gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. From 1996-2003, he was a fixture in Chicago’s musical underground; long-term affiliations include the electro-acoustic duo EKG, the art-punk monstrosity Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack. ... more

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