CHRIS CONWAY & FRIENDS

featured releases...
1.
Scanning Planet 3 (AMCDR 029) 58'41"
2.
Contact Light (AMCDR 045) 55'36"
3.
The Planet Scanners - Live And Scanning (AMCDR 054) 57'30"
4.
The Planet Scanners - In Orbit (AMCDR 077) 55'46"
5.
Continuum - Neptune (AMCDR 096) 62'27"
6.
Continuum - Best Kept Secret (AMCDR 105) 53'11"
7.
The Planet Scanners - The Third Expedition (AMCDR 117) 60'28"

Chris Conway history, see also: The Scanner Game

Scanning Planet 3 (Auricle AMCDR 029) CDR

Chris Conway - Scanning Planet 3, design by Chris Conway7.00 + p&p

1. SCANNING PLANET 3 58'41"

Composed by Chris Conway (PRS & MCPS © 2003).
Recorded, mastered and produced by Chris Conway at Oblong Studios, Leicester (January-May 2003).

Chris Conway: synthesizer, electric 9-string guitar, theremin, low whistle, voice, samples, effects, zithers, hammer dulcimer, percussion.

Contact Light (Auricle AMCDR 045) CDR

Chris Conway - Contact Light, design by Chris Conway7.00 + p&p

1. WANDERER 1'59"
2. EMERGENCE 5'38"
3. SOLAR FLARE 6'01"
4. CONTACT LIGHT 5'01"
5. FLY BY 1'06"
6. NEBULA 15'25"
7. CELESTIAL BEINGS 4'55"
8. ARE THEY GODS? 6'18"
9. FLY BYE 1'25"
10. SLOW CURVE HOME 7'23"

Recorded live by Chris Conway at Oblong Studios, Leicester (Summer/Autumn 2003).

Chris Conway: Moog Theremin, Korg Triton, Roland SH32, electronics.

The Planet Scanners - Live And Scanning
(Auricle AMCDR 054) CDR

The Planet Scanners - Live And Scanning7.00 + p&p

1. GREEN WALLS 7'53"
2. KNOW 5'16"
3. IOU 6'49"
4. ADOOR 6'33"
5. ANEW 2'51"
6. OCEAN FOUR 2'29"
7. DON'T LOOK DOWN 25'24"

Improvisations by The Planet Scanners.
Recorded live at The Musician and International Arts Centre, 2004.

Chris Conway: synths, organ, theremin, flutes, kalimba, vocals.
Mick Oxtoby: violin, guitar.
Andy Fitzsimons: congas, bodhran, percussion.

The Planet Scanners - In Orbit (Auricle AMCDR 077) CDR

The Planet Scanners - In Orbit7.00 + p&p

1. INVISIBLE 9'48"
2. THE WORLD WAS ENDING 11'22"
3. LIKE DAYLIGHT 10'27"
4. PRELUDE 1'28"
5. ALWAYS THERE 9'56"
6. IN ORBIT 12'55"

Improvisations by The Planet Scanners.
Recorded live at The Musician and International Arts Centre, 2004/5.

Chris Conway: keyboards, theremin, flutes, kalimba, voice.
Mick Oxtoby: electric violin.
Andy Fitzsimons: congas, bodhran, percussion.
The Styring: electric guitar (on track 6).

Continuum - Neptune (AMCDR 096) CDR

7.00 + p&p

1. NEPTUNE 25'55"
2. GEEZENSTACKS 7'21"
3. TURBULENCE 11'34"
4. DISCONTINUUM 17'28"

Improvisations by Continuum.
Recorded live 27 & 28 November at Oblong Studios, and 29 November at Improv Electronic 4 at The Musician, Leicester.

Chris Conway: theremin, synthesizers, whistles, kalimba, voice, effects.
Simon Styring: electric guitar, effects.
John Runcie: drums, percussion.

Chris Conway's new improv trio, Continuum head out in to space (and some) tripping along with Chris's Theremin and Simon's infinite guitar, backed up by John's drums, which are more free-form and scattering. It's timeless but powerful stuff, kind of Rypdal cum Fripp doing a 50's sci-fi soundtrack for ECM!

Continuum - Best Kept Secret (AMCDR 105) CDR

7.00 + p&p

1. WHICHWAY 17'42"
2. SORRY 3'17"
3. MAZE 9'10"
4. LIGHTHOUSE 5'24"
5. BEST KEPT SECRET 2'51"
6. CLEAR 14'34"

Chris Conway: theremin, synthesizers, tin & low whistles, kalimba, voice, effects.
Simon Styring: guitar synthesizer, electric guitar, effects.
John Runcie: percussion, drums.

Less "Continuum" this time, more abstraction and diversity, from sonic gliss through to cutting-edge electronic free-jazz, psychedelic high-paced "bop" and on to lots of other places - all the more unique being fronted by Chris' wailing banshee Theremin!

The Planet Scanners - The Third Expedition (AMCDR 117) CDR

7.00 + p&p

1. THE GREEN MORNING 24'38"
2. WAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AIR 9'56"
3. ROCKET SUMMER 2'15"
4. THE WATCHERS 13'39"
5. THE LONG YEARS 9'51"

Chris Conway: theremin, synthesizers, flutes, effects, kalimba, voice.
Mick Oxtoby: electric violin.
Andy Fitzsimons: congas, bodhran, percussion.
Simon Styring: guitar synthesizer, electric guitar, effects.

The Planet Scanners concoction gets stranger and more unlikely as they go along, and back together after a long hiatus (possibly the last time, as Mick's moving away) this is even richer instrumentally as the trio has become a quartet.

 

Half of the notorious Leicester ethnic cross-culture duo The Rain Garden, occasional cohort of Shapeshifter, and extraordinarily prolific multi-instrumental talent, folk artist, deft and adaptable in jazz, and as singer/songwriter, Chris Conway has to be one of the most talented musicians around!

Chris had been promising us a "cosmic" album for some 10+ years, and at long last, it appeared in the form of SCANNING PLANET 3, a vast CD-long cosmic opus, with synths, Theremin & guitar, lots of electroacoustic elements, melodic yet elusive & thoroughly creative, hints of Terry Riley, The Rain Garden, Terje Rypdal, etc. Chris has "scanned planet 3" i.e. Earth, and come up with a vast cosmic vision, a work that explores new and unexplored territory, and created an album that is unique.

CONTACT LIGHT is far more insular in its sound palette, all focused around the Theremin (a radiophonic electronic instrument played without any physical contact) with other electronics, and is closer to the pioneering electronics of the 1950's and 60's, and would make a real spooky sci-fi soundtrack!

The Planet Scanners were born out of Chris's desire to create a live improvising group, named after his solo SCANNING PLANET 3, strike a unique balance between out-there spaciness and hybrids of jazz and folk musics. The feel is sometimes like that of "Adventure" era Brainticket (think Oregon or Codona territory sans the jazz and lots of cosmic ooze), with many of those unique Rain Garden touches, and the fascinating tones of Mick's electric violin. All 3 musicians have also featured with Shapeshifter, have jammed together with Endgame, and are/were one of the most exciting bands on the Leicester live scene.

Ever expanding his musicial scope, Chris got together the new trio "Continuum" in 2006, with the key focus his big new art-deco Theremin, featuring The Styring with his infinite tonal guitar and jazz drummer John Runcie. The results are kind of like Terje Rypdal taken far out into space, with lots of wobbly sci-fi tones and ultimately the results are unique, and arguably even more out there than The Planet Scanners!

For more info, contact: http://www.chrisconway.org/

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