Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Jon Balke: Warp

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Jon Balke is probably best known for his Magnetic North Orchestra, a project dedicated to exploring (or erasing) the boundaries between form and freedom in large-ensemble jazz. Warp is a solo piano record that continues Balke’s interest in extending formats.

It is not quite a solo piano record though. Balke’s instrumentation is listed as “piano, sound images.” He first laid down 16 piano tracks at Rainbow Studio in Oslo. Then he gathered some “field recordings.” They come from “sounds of city life” like schoolyards and braking trams, and also from the huge ambient space of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. These “sound images” were “processed” and, along with unspecified electronic enhancements, blended into the final mix.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published