||SAME ACTOR: sharp
"Sharp Edges" uses stringed instruments,
microphones and computers to respond to life on a world where the
news always seems to revert to death tolls and messed up weather.
The plectrum, mizrab and hammer strike taut wires to initiate mournful
waveforms, shaped into thirteen separate situations. Cautious optimism
can be found in the sitar dialogues of "Nothing Yet" and
"Red Yellow Walrus", and the lush voice of Jane Bartholomew
is used to try to convey some of nature's serenity on "Squash",
but Same Actor generally enjoys making miserable music. "Deforestation"
concludes, previous concerns of rhythm and brevity are hacked aside
and only a realtime barbed wilderness remains.
Same Actor is a name used by Chris Cook for music made predominantly
with guitar, sitar and dulcimer, processed into subtle music. The
2003 CDR "Extreme Pumpkin" attracted a fair amount of
interest, with tracks scuplted from sampling acoustic instrumentation,
some of these tracks reappear in altered forms on this, the debut
Same Actor album proper "Sharp Edges" via the BiP_HOp
label. For live performance, Cook likes to carry as many instruments
as possible to venues to incorporate into soundscapes using the
ubiquitous and ever amenable Max MSP, using no prerecorded or presequenced
Aside from Same Actor, Chris is Hot Roddy when indulging himself
in breakbeat sitar abuse for labels local to his current home, Brighton,
UK such as Wrong Music and Heres My Card Records, as well as producing
many CDRs under a variety of guises. He also takes an active role
with Brighton's Spirit of Gravity collective, promoting monthly
nights of live electronic and experimental music. The Spirit of
Gravity internet radio show on Totally Radio is also hosted by Cook,
with Lee Hume from Rashamon every fortnight.