Excruciating Circumstances in the Kingdom of Ends

by Chris Strickland

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    Montréal-based composer Chris Strickland searches not for minimalism, but to minimize: technique, narrative, emotion. All recorded live either at CKUT or Espace Project, both located in Montréal, the compositions on Excruciating Circumstances in the Kingdom of Ends reside on a different expressive axis, fingering the raw edges of his sonic ingredients. Field recordings with the flat haze of surveillance footage or the feeling of gazing from afar are interwoven with wobbly but painstaking drone notes, rarely with more than a handful in a single sequence. Unsentimental and even obstinate, there are hard cuts between sections, and—most intriguingly—a playing technique free of both emotional vibrato and focused flatness. Played notes are shaky but not hesitant. Governed pace-wise by strategies of “deliberate uncertainty,” Strickland’s compositions proceed at a walking pace, moved through like green spaces of remote urbanity.

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Reviews :
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly

Scott Scholz / Tabs Out

Paul Margree / We Need No Swords


released August 15, 2016

Side A

Excruciating Circumstances

Chris Strickland - acoustically filtered broadband noise, sine waves, resonating tin foil

Guido del Fabbro - violin

Recorded live July 25, 2013 at CKUT studios, Montréal, Québec

A Little White Space

Chris Strickland - objects, field recordings, sine waves

Solomiya Moroz - flute

Recorded live July 18th, 2012 at CKUT studios, Montréal, Québec, by Andrea Jane Cornell

Side B

Kingdom of Ends

Chris Strickland - whistles, glass jars, paper, hair, key, sine waves, field recordings

Guido del Fabbro - violin

Recorded live May 23, 2012 at Espace Project, Montréal, Québec, by Patrice Coulombe

Mastered by Branic Howard at Cloud City, Portland
Printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress, New Orleans
Woodcut by Käthe Kollwitz: Erwerbslos (Unemployed), 1925
Layout by E. Lindorff-Ellery


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Notice Recordings started in Chicago in 2009. We are now based in Kingston, NY, and New Orleans, LA. We release experimental and contemporary sound works. Notice Recordings is run by Evan Lindorff-Ellery (NY) and Travis Bird (LA).

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