Furthernoise Review. September 2005. Reviewed by Simon Hamson
Tristan Burfield is a Bristol based musician who is interested in exploring the similarities between the recording process and the principles of photography (artist's bio). He captures this perfectly by working in the subtle lowercase sound field. Burfield produces works composed from high pitch tones, atmospheric squeals and drones. The CD brings together some tapes that he had previously released on his Anti Digital imprint but still blends together nicely. In my opinion, the key to good lowercase works is transitions. Burfield has organised the flow of the cd well whilst maintaining a sense of there being individual tracks. The first track [Absolute Zero] presents 2 minutes of a high-pitch tone and hiss. It slowly builds and then subsides at the last minute, pulling the listener into the presence of the next track entitled Balance Theory. This piece contains barely there tones – think the Japanese onkyo sound and you're close. This opens into a peice called Gradualism which, as its title suggests, opens the move towards louder sounds. Tracks 6 and 7 subdue proceedings again and the cd finishes with some louder, noisier pieces. I suspect seeing Tristan Burfield live would be more rewarding than his recorded output. Although the sounds are well mixed and the cd is nicely mastered, his intention of investigating noise and its effects in space naturally lend itself to live context. However, this is a good work from an artist who appreciates subtlety and context.