Christopher Tignor feeds his experiences of computer music (a masters and a PhD) and instrumental music (Wires Under Tension) into the kind of melodic minimalism experimentalism that we hear on Along A Vanishing Plane, which uses a system for live solo electric performance that seems to reap great rewards. Released on CD and double LP by Western Vinyl.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 13 September 2016
On Along A Vanishing Plane, Christopher Tignor focuses foremost on instrumental music as a means to introspection, personal analysis and reflection. Wordless elegies seem to be entry point into a world of exploration which will hopefully bring about a catharsis. Tignor has been working like this both solo and in bands (Slow Six, Wires Under Tension) for some years now, so you’d expect him to have honed his craft; on the evidence of this disc, he certainly has. In his attempts to rise above the noise of public living, he can be said to have been largely successful. I barely even registered the noise of the giant electric fan labouring in the office this sweltering day, nor even the pained strains of Nick Cave on the stereo next door.
So Christopher’s approach is purist, but it works: ‘no overdubs, backing tracks, looping, click tracks or other fixed-time media were used’. Just good old-fashioned cello and electroacoustic bits and bobs. Searching, weaving, melancholic cello. Yes, the music on this CD is sad, deliciously sad. It’ll sound even more bittersweet as the leaves begin to fall, en masse. Oh, did I mention that he also builds software, for Google? No? Well, he does. The pleasant vibrations of tracks like ‘Shapeshifting’ and ‘Dead Letter Library’ are taking me a world away from the world of the electronic, as strings soar gracefully and collide dramatically. Not a thousand miles away from Stars of The Lid. And not bad for a code monkey. Nice one Chris.
10/10 Peter Customer review, 30th September 2016
This is a beauty. It's an LP that totally rewards repeated listening, mind boggling to think that there are no overdubs and that the record was played by one person, tuning folk in hand, violin under chin and computer at their feet. It reminds me in feel of so much but it is utterly unique, I cannot recommend this highly enough. I know who will like this, I hope you are reading this fans of; Rachels, Erased tapes, Phillip Glass, Julia Kent, Arvo Part, Johann Johannsson, Astrid, Peter Broderick, Craig Leon, Steve Reich, .. this one is for you.
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