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Continuum - Best Kept Secret
Continuum Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

Chris Conway -
theremin, synthesizers, tin & low whistles, kalimba, voice, effects
Simon Styring -
guitar synthesizer, electric guitar, effects
John Runcie -
percussion, drums





Featuring theremin & synth, guitar, drums trio, this time with added guitar synth. This album focuses on Continuum's more ambient creations.

Chris Conway paints pictures with his theremin, and with the help of mountains of delays and effects he moves from wild screams to subtle chordal soundscapes which blend with his low Irish whsilte and vocal effects to produce a rich deep layered sound. He has worked with a strangely diverse set of musicians including Talvin Singh, Peter Tork (Monkees), improviser Derek Bailey, Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), composer Gavin Bryars, violin masetro Dr L Subramanium, ECM saxman Martin Speake, and Brazilain jazz diva Ithamara Koorax.

Simon Styring's guitar style comes out of Robert Fripp, blending his sustainiac-loaded guitar with guitar synthesizer and effects in intriguing ways. From sustained Frippatronics to splintered Metheny-like free jazz guitar.

John Runcie is a superbly impressionistic jazz drummer in the mould of ECM label regular Jon Christensen. He has worked with Lee Konitz, John Surman and Barbara Thompson to name a few. His restless creativity abounds, and his subtlety is evident, interacting one minute, and driving the band the next.

they create so many sound combinations as they veer from space sounds to ambient electronica, free jazz to minimal patterns. Out on the edge - not always tonal but with atonality on the brink of breaking out. And vice versa…

Vidna Obmana, Eduard Artemiev, Robert Rich, Terry Riley, Simon Stockhausen, Barbara Buchholz, Bernard Xolotl, Lydia Kavina, Robert Fripp, Jon Christensen

Live concert recordings were taken from the Bambu in Leicester.

The trio played quite a varied set but the ones that recorded best were the more ambient pieces so that's what made it here, with 2 short tracks to give examples of the wilder tracks that occured in concert.

At the time it was Chris Conway's 40th CD release and as such was made a free download - he has since re-released back catalogue albums which places this chronologically as number 56.

CC's fave track - Clear

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