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Christopher Tignor-Thunder Lay Down In The Heart

Yesterday I was running,
running with the clouds I could nearly
touch, out the window. Light sparkling through my face,taste buds
bursting,filled up with pure white cotton candy.
It was the most
beautiful naturalistic memory I was trying to hold on to. Stormily
sunlight came again today with this album flowing through the heart of
my ears.

“The story of Thunder Lay Down in the Heart begins with the poem “A Boy”
written in 1956 by John Ashbery, well before he became the world
renown, Pulitzer Prize winning poet we know him as today. In a rare
collaboration, Tignor recorded Ashbery reading the work in his Chelsea
apartment, surrounding it with his own original musical setting for
strings that opens the record. A line from this poem became the title of
Tignor’s twenty-minute work for string orchestra, electronics, and
drums, featuring eminent Boston-based ensemble A Far Cry. The album’s B
side continues the process of reinterpretation as Tignor electronically
reimagines and remixes the title piece into “The Listening Machines” and
“To Draw a Perfect Circle”, creating spellbinding ambient adventures
derived directly from the tapes of this ensemble’s gut-wrenching
virtuoso performance. Ending as we began with collaboration, the
record’s final remix, “First, Impressions”, was created with composer /
pianist Rachel Grimes (of Rachel’s).

In the 90’s Christopher Tignor immersed himself in minimalism, working
as an assistant for LaMonte Young while learning sound engineering on
the job at a New York contemporary music festival produced by Philip
Glass. He went on to refine his skills mixing live sound for bands at
two of New York’s seminal clubs, CBGB’s and Brownies. During this time
Tignor also studied computer science, developing his unique software
instruments for processing sounds. He released, composed, and produced 3
albums with his band Slow Six, and two albums with his high-energy duo
Wires Under Tension. Tignor has also contributed his skills as violinist
and string arranger both in the studio and on tour to This Will Destroy
, John Congleton’s Nighty Nite, and Lymbyc Systym.

“Thunder Lay Down in the Heart” is Tignor’s second LP released under his
own name following his much acclaimed 2009 Core Memory Unwound. This
album explores the natural link between numerous musical disciplines
including contemporary classical, ranging from John Adams to Aaron
Copland to John Luther Adams, melodic rock, ambient drone music, and
electronic experimental artists such as William Basinski.”


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