gasps & fissures

by Kyle Bruckmann

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This is one of two watershed albums in my discography now made available on bandcamp for the first time with permission from 482 Music, the intrepid and prescient label that did so much around the turn of the millenium for the Creative Music scene in Chicago and beyond (thank you, Mike Lintner!).

"...shocking intriguing, enthralling …and just damn interesting." — All About Jazz

" ...aesthetic pleasure in design and discovery." — The Wire

"Kyle Bruckmann has never been content to sit still and concentrate on just one genre - witness his bloodcurdling performances as lead singer of the post-punk power group Lozenge - and the stochastic accumulation of overdubs in "Exponential" sounds more like Xenakis than it does "standard" improv. Similarly the minute pitch fluctuations of "Gaps & Fictions" and the cavernous drone of "Elsewhere" belong more to the world of Alvin Lucier and Phill Niblock. Whichever bag you want to put it in though, gasps & fissures is a worthy addition to your record collection, however you choose to organise it" — Paris Transatlantic


released May 1, 2004

Kyle Bruckmann: oboe, English horn, suona, mijwiz
Kurt Johnson: double bass on track 6
Engineered by Pete Wenger at ESS between January and September 2001
Additional manipulations courtesy of Olivia Block
Mastering by Malachi Ritscher, Savage Sound Syndicate

This project was completed through the Artists Residency Program at Experimental Sound Studio, and was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

Dedicated to Keith Rozendal, Professor of Genetic Memory

Photography: Barbara Herman
Design: Sheila Sachs


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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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