Kyle Bruckmann

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Technological Music Vol 1 (2013), 7/10
Technological Music Vol 2 (2015), 6.5/10
Dear Everyone (2017), 6.5/10
Triptych Tautological (2020), 6.5/10

Kyle Bruckmann, a free-improvising oboist, formed several bands while he lived in Chicago.

The punk-jazz band Lozenge, originally formed in Texas but reformed in Chicago, is documented on Plenum (1995), Doozy (december 1998), Mishap (live recorded between february and march 2002), and Undone (mostly recorded in june 2003).

His first solo album was Entymology (april 1999), 13 improvisations for oboe, English horn, or the Chinese horn "suona". And (march 2000) contains 14 duets of oboe and cello (Fredrick Lonberg-Holm), percussion (Michael Zerang or Weasel Walter), bass clarinet (Gene Coleman or Scott Rosenberg), synth (Jim Baker) and trombone (Jeb Bishop). Six Synaptics (june 2001) was a collaboration with Scott Rosenberg and Michael Zerang.

EKG, an electroacoustic duo with electronic musician Ernst Karel, released Object 2, that collects live performances recorded between june 2000 and february 2002, No Sign (recorded between 2002 and 2004), a collaboration with Giuseppe Ielasi titled Group (mostly recorded in april 2005), and Electricals (composed and recorded between 2007 and 2008), continued much later on 200 Years of Electricals (recorded between august and september 2013).

Wrack, another punk-jazz project started in Chicago, was a quintet when it debuted with Wrack (may and june 2003): Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kyle Bruckmann on oboe and English horn, Tim Daisy on percussion, Kurt Johnson on bass, and Jen Paulson on viola. Bruckmann continued the project without Bishop and adding Jason Stein on bass clarinet for Intents & Purposes (april 2005).

In 2003 Bruckmann had moved to the Bay Area and started playing in the San Francisco Symphony.

Gasps & Fissures (january and september 2001) featured double bassist Kurt Johnson.

Two Electronic Ephemera for Fidelity-Constrained Playback Medium (2006) collects 2006 compositions.

Kyle Bruckmann played analog synthesizers and double reeds on Pink Mountain (2006), a new project featuring Sam Coomes on keyboards and guitars, Gino Robair on drums, keyboards and violin, Scott Rosenberg on saxophones and contrabass clarinet, and John Shiurba on guitar, bass and violin. Further recordings of the quintet surfaced on the double-LP Pink Mountain (recorded between 2006 and 2008).

Bleaks, i.e. the trio of Bruckmann (analog electronics, oboe, English horn, percussions) guitarist Steve Silverstein and and electronic musician Jeremy Lemos, released Haste (october 2007). Teem (january 2008) documents a collaboration between Bruckmann (on oboe, English horn, accordion, field recordings) and Olivia Block (on field recordings, piano, reed organ).

Cube of Force, a collaboration between Bruckmann (on oboe, English horn, analog electronics, digital editing) and David Rothbaum (contralto clarinet, analog electronics, prepared piano), yielded Book of Vile Darkness (2010).

Psychotic Redaction (march 2006) was a collaboration with Baker and Zerang.

On Procedural Grounds (recorded between 2009 and 2010) documents improvisations for electroacoustic ensembles.

After a six-year hiatus, Wrack recorded Cracked Refraction (october 2010). Wrack was expanded to a septet (with Darren Johnston on trumpet and Jeb Bishop on trombone) for Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (july 2013), inspired by Thomas Pynchon's first three novels.

Technological Music Vol 1 (2013) contains 13 electroacoustic vignettes for oboe, English horn, analogue synthesis and "malfunctioning electric organs and piano". The result is glitchy, neurotic and mock disco-music, notably the four Four Investigations of a Dubious Premise while the three Deterioration Maximization Etudes are abstract electronic poems. The seven-minute Knobs B is a throwback to the early years of computer music.

Mottle (2013) was credited to Addleds, the acoustic quartet of Kyle Bruckmann (oboe and English horn), Tony Dryer (contrabass), Jacob Heule (percussion), and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto).

Mchtnchts, a collaboration with electronic musician Lance Grabmiller (on analog electronics), is documented on A..I.. (2012) and the cassette The Spoiled West and its Freshly Minted Infants (2014). The Interactions Quartet (november 2009) featured Andrew Raffo Dewar, Gino Robair and John Shiurba. Technological Music Vol 2 (2015) is another solo album on which he plays oboe, English horn, heckelphone, baritone oboe, microphones, and analogue synthesis.

Stunp was his dancefloor project, documented on the EP Uncle Monkey (2015) and the album Gebrauch (2015).

Bruckmann formed Degradient with Jordan Glenn on percussion, Jason Hoopes on electric bass, and Weston Olencki on trombone, and Aram Shelton on alto saxophone and clarinets. They debuted with the double-disc Dear Everyone (2016), that includes texts from Matt Shears's eponymous book of 2015. Triptych Tautological (2020) contains three compositions for vintage synthesizer, dedicated to a writer, a musician and a visual artist: A Spurious Autobiography for John Barth (also re-played for solo horn), An Extruded Introversion for Blixa Bargeld and A Fuzzy Monolith for James Turrell. Loop Language (october 2019) contains improvisations between Bruckmann (on oboe, English horn and electronics) and percussionist Tim Daisy.

Draussen Ist Feindlich (april 2020) was another solo album on which he played oboe, English horn and/or analog electronics.

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