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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Craig Scott’s Lobotomy – “Technicolour Yawn” single review
A brief glance over the influences at
work here will have left field music devotees salivating to hear more; Aphex Twin, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa,
Debussy, Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Thelonious Monk and Meshuggah. Craig Scott is a Leeds based
improviser/composer/guitarist and affiliate of Ikestra and Shatner’s Bassoon.
With a CV like that the music here cannot fail to spark interest, and
thankfully it does just that. “Technicolour Yawn” teases the listener with a
fairly straightforward broken beat opening before turning the music inside out
and manipulating the sound using fragments of electronic dissonance woven
together with more “traditional” sounding jazz and classical chamber instrumentation.
As Craig himself explains,
“The initial idea of the
project was invert the relationship of
improvisation in my music, instead of the composition
improvisation, freely improvised material was recorded and
The above description may cause the
casual listener alarm, but the end result is by no means incongruous. The tune
meanders amicably over its duration and should please lovers of experimental
music and circuit bending alike. The project as a whole is a fascinating
deconstruction of the relationship between composer and improviser and demands
four minutes of your time.