reid karris – creatio ex nihilo


reid karris

“creatio ex nihilo”

reid karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist and improviser hailing from chicago, illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. after spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music reid shifted his focus towards improvisation and noise. his primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics. he performs with various groups with guitar including set self on fire, hkm guitar trio and the chicago scratch orchestra. he also plays drums in the experimental duo step slow.

his first album for pan y rosas, creatio ex nihilo, is a series of percussion improvisations that reid created using his drum kit, little instruments and a guitar. he manipulated the drums with electronics in the moment as he improvised. the sound is: sub thunder radio explosion. psyché-bell tone. pitter patter. reverse. emergent rhythm. sonar search guitar fragment in the white room.

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