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Chaos Theory: Songs Cycles for Prepared Saxophone

by Sam Newsome

A solo saxophone recording showcasing innovative, experimental techniques on the soprano saxophone.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chaos Theory, No. 1: Brewing
2:00 $0.99
2. Tel Aviv
1:15 $0.99
3. Sonic Polarity
3:19 $0.99
4. Marching Towards Insanity
3:04 $0.99
5. Chaos Theory, No. 2: Hiss-Ology
1:21 $0.99
6. Urban Location
2:06 $0.99
7. Boiler Room Aesthetics
4:49 $0.99
8. Solo, No. 1: Naked Truth
2:22 $0.99
9. Seven Points of Reference
2:39 $0.99
10. Chaos Theory, No. 3: Entrapment
2:20 $0.99
11. Bubble Mute Boogie
3:30 $0.99
12. Solo, No. 2: From Down Under
2:50 $0.99
13. Solo, No. 3: Flutter-Effect
1:51 $0.99
14. Chaos Theory, No. 4: Measured Mayhem
3:01 $0.99
15. Solo, No. 4: Chiming In
3:04 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome is proud to announce the release of Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone. This 15-track collection of original tunes appeals to anyone willing to immerse him or herself in what’s before them: Newsome’s innovative approach to the soprano saxophone and contributions to the solo saxophone canon.

While the album is quite obviously a result of Newsome’s unapologetic desire to delve into the sonic potential of his instrument, the saxophonist’s primary concern, first and foremost, is listenability. Actively in search of creating music that is both fresh and relatable, Newsome’s sound palette coddles the ear as it challenges the mind.
“There’s noise, grooves, pretty melodies, and sometimes straight up craziness. But at the end of the day, what I hope you hear is music.”

Some of the tracks on Chaos Theory feature sounds familiar from previous Newsome records—layered tracks, chimes hung from the horn, altered brass mutes fitted into its bell, multi-phonics, flutter and percussive slap tonguing, micro-tones, air sounds and hisses, and various forms of acoustic sound manipulation. However, for this new record, Newsome has augmented his soprano with plastic tubes extending the expanse between neck and mouthpiece – elongating the sound waves emitting from the horn and deepening its range by two or more octaves.

The seemingly effortless interplay between appeal and avant garde, evident in Sam Newsome’s compositions, is a rare combination. While instrument preparations and extended techniques have become the lingua franca of improvised music, Newsome does it with an uncanny level of control – his music never sounds chaotic. Aware of the fine line that exists between stating one’s piece and self-indulging, Newsome believes “that musicians can push the envelope as far as their imaginations will allow and, consequently, their creative endeavors will maintain a lot of its interest, as long as it does not linger too long”. Upon heading into the studio, Newsome’s approach is simple: quit while ahead – concision is key.

Sam Newsome sees himself as a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music,” says Newsome, “is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity. While many who play experimental music consider themselves avant gardist, I consider myself an avant traditionalist.”

While Newsome’s approach is unorthodox, it has proven very fruitful, both musically and critically. Steve Lacy once said that the “potential of the saxophone is unlimited.” Newsome’s Chaos Theory proves this time and time again.



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