Two major pieces scored for tuning forks, each piece recorded three times and multi-tracked. Burt, a minimalist in the Phil Niblock Alvin Lucier vein, designed special tuning forks, and set them at different pitches. This creates distinct and random environments, making each piece seem both programmed and organic. The results, sharp and dissonant, ringing and sublime, depend on the listener as much as the room and the musician for its success. There is in the repetition an opportunity for deep listening, attention to the music, to the room you are listening to it in, attention to yourself listening. Or, the repetition may lead to boredom, drifting, frustration. That is part of the ethos of minimal music, that constant choice to engage or dismiss.
We rarely approach music this fragile for entertainment, or think of the sounds in our environment as music. Minimalism offers us that opportunity. So these two pieces are similar or not, evocative or not, monotonous or not. You have to engage it to make the choice. 7/10 -- Mike Wood (24 July, 2006)