neural goldberg - Still Life With Juggling Brick

New electronic mayhem from the duo of J. Soliday (Chicago) and Christopher Burns (Philadelphia). In their work as neural goldberg, Soliday and Burns emphasize instrument-building - the assemblage of modular synthesis hardware and digital software - alongside improvised performance. The two artists design semi-autonomous constructs that deploy complex feedback paths alongside a variety of algorithmic techniques, to generate kaleidoscopic and ever-changing electronic music. Burns and Soliday run their systems in parallel, listening, recording, and occasionally nudging, guiding, and directing the machines as they deem necessary.

The result is an intense, idiosyncratic dialogue, reflecting the merged aesthetics of the two musicians. Laden with twists and turns, these electronic improvisations build on previous neural goldberg releases Flash Fouls (2020), doppler dopplegänger (2021), and strange and marvelous turtles of happiness (2021), and further establish the duo’s distinctive voice: noisy, playful, dissonant, layered, unpredictable, energetic, and with a keen sense of humor.

neural goldberg is:
Christopher Burns (software)
J.Soliday (hardware)

Mastered by Andrew Weathers

released August 20, 2022
on FTAM Productions