Threshold is a collection of new and revisited works with origins, at least in part, as products of collaboration with choreographers, film makers, and writers. If the music that comprises this CD seems like a wildly eclectic assortment of compositions masquerading as an album you are, at least, partially right. While perhaps loosely united under a broad banner of “instrumental music” a wide palette of musical genres are generously woven together within the same piece or sometimes stand in sharp contrast in this CD’s sequence of tracks. This CD, in fact, presents three separate musical sets, three doorways, leading listeners through varied territories. The first four pieces here, or “behind door number one” (because who can resist a cheesy game show reference?) journeys through realms of mood and fantasy weaving together ambient, world, electronic, minimalist, rock and jazz elements. Six Piano Pieces explores concepts of brevity, silence and sustain offset by two works of contrasting characteristics. Particularly given the concept behind my previous CD, PULSE (Laptop Dances 2.0) which was all electronic, single meter and tempo per track oriented, I became interested in shifting to a more intimate, and varied set of works referencing classical and jazz influences, employing occasional lyricism, metric disruptions, and sparse sustained moments. Brave New Age, with its telling title, launches the third and final set’s shift in tone. These pieces travel to stranger, darker or, conversely, more comic worlds where noise, garbled transmissions, machines and even dancing space aliens take center stage.
Music composed, performed, produced and recorded by David Karagianis
Playing Time 73:54