Burning Star Core

Brighter Summer Day

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Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Burning Star Core has been releasing a flurry of semi-private documents on its own CD-R label Drone Disco. Brighter Summer Day is the first widely available full-length release by C Spencer Yeh's project and comes in the form of a luxurious heavy-duty LP from Thin Wrist. It features two side-long studio tracks, each focusing on a different aspect of BXC's music. "A Brighter Summer Day" is a rich multi-layered drone taking its source from Yeh's electronically-altered violin. Sawing at it in a trance-like state, he stacked up microtonic layers and the resulting overtones mesh up with the electronics to produce a convincing tapestry. Engineer Chris Rosing is credited for "additional climax electronics," which leaves the free-form drumming faintly heard under the violin soundscape near the end unaccounted for. Side B is filled by "Baybe It Wasn't Meant to Me." The spelling inversion can be explained by the fact that the piece results from "sleep deprivation experiments." The weapon of choice is the computer and the form of the attack is a suite. Sections of seemingly random sounds from a broken organ alternate with longer sections of digitally "stretched" drones and "stuttering CD player" derailments. The "sleep deprivation" tag can excuse the lack of coherence but that's just too easy. The piece is only mildly interesting (at times reminiscent of Koji Asano's computer works) and not half as good as the drone pressed on the other side.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
16:42
2
16:27
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