Kyle Gann – “Hyperchromatica” (Other Minds, 2018)

“Hyperchromatica” was released on March 23 by “Other Minds Records”. Album compositions were written by Kyle Gann. Kyle Gann is an American composer and music critic. His music is based on microtonal and chromatic structures, which are organically synthesized together with various specific timbres, electronic music elements and polychromatic forms. The synthesis between various music styles and expressions is heard in his compositions. Academic avant-garde, electronic and spectral music, concrete music, mikrochromatic and polychromatic music elements, modified tonal system and various elements of contemporary academical music – all these elements are the basics of Kyle Gann compositions. This composer had been experimenting in various fields and sections of musical language. Kyle Gann is dedicated to create new, original and innovative sound, which is full of colorful and interesting timbres, evocative musical decisions and modern musical language. Kyle Gann compositions have difficult musical language and usually are based on polyphonic musical patterns. Special sound effects, huge variety of different sounds and timbres, expressions of different moods and electronic music playing techniques. His music has dynamic and interesting sound – sometimes it’s harsh, metallic, aggressive, cold, provocative and depressive, when it’s suddenly grows to expressive, vivacious, soft, melancholic, elegic, nostalgic and relaxing mood. All different kinds of feelings, moods, timbres, expressions and other elements of musical language are used in Kyle Gann improvisations.

The newest album “Hypochromatica” is based on compositions for modified piano, which has 243 keys and has much bigger abilities than ordinary mechanic piano. All the compositions of this album are full of interesting timbres, inventive musical decisions and modern musical language. The modified piano has much bigger technical abilities – composer is able to use in his music polychromatics and polyrhythms, highly expands the abilities of sounds. This music is based on chromatic and hypochromatic sounds, polychromatics and polyrhythms – all these elements are organically and effectively combined together with other playing techniques. The compositions have difficult and rich musical language, where microtones and hypochromatics are gently combined together with polyphonic musical pattern, independent melodic and rhythmic elements, unusual timbres, specific electronic music techniques, strange noises and electronic devices sounds. Huge and rich variety of various modern and experimental ways of playing highly effects whole sound of the compositions. The compositions are full of dynamic stylistic waves and musical expressions – after sharp, harsh, aggressive, provocative, synthetic and electronic sound there comes gorgeous, relaxing, peaceful and evocative pieces. Expressive melodies, vivacious and striking music elements, nostalgic and relaxing episodes, spontaneous and evocative musical decisions, musical experiments, special sounds effects and different kinds of moods are synthesized together. Composer masterfully reveals his own and unique manner and composing style. He creates gorgeous, interesting, dynamic and innovative sound by using expanded tonal system, mikrotones, mikrochromatics, all different kinds of polychromatics and polyrhythms, the sounds of electronic devices and other elements of experimental music and academic avant-garde. His music gives us an opportunity to hear fresh, evocative, different and innovative sound.

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