Saturday, July 21, 2007

Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic: Chris Pumphrey

Chris Pumphrey @ Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic, Langsdale Auditorium, July 20, 2007, Baltimore, MD

Chris Pumphrey played a short set for prepared electric piano and analog synthesizer. The bell-like percussive timbres and sharp dynamic contour of the Rhodes electric were offset by the sustained swells of the oscillators of the Roland synth. Pumphrey has a great ear for picking intervals that sound incredibly meaty while taking the electric piano into some unique territory. The pulsating, groove-heavy material had all the dance-like charm of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano and his long, lyrical passages for pentatonic scales were particularly well suited for this timbral soundscape. His set seemed to be over far too soon for my taste.

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