by Gerry Mak in New Music on Thursday 19 February 2009

Taiwan-born, Cincinnati-based improv musician C. Spencer Yeh builds abstract but cohesive compositions using violin, electronics, vocals, and various other means of sound manipulation. Establishing himself through his solo project, Burning Star Core, Yeh also frequently collaborates with noise bigwigs such as John Wiese, Carlos Giffoni, Tony Conrad, Thurston Moore, Double Leopards, and many others. Taking a modernist approach to his pieces, Yeh strives to create an audio vocabulary that is self-contained within his body of work, but as heady as that sounds, his atmospheric pieces have an obvious order to them, which makes them more engaging than your run-of-the-mill avant-noise. Check out his remix of Cryptacize’s track, Mini-Mythomania.