Christopher Tignor loves to experiment with sound, trying to take different routes rather than your obvious conventional ones. If you are a musician, I bet you have felt the limitations of your technical and musical abilities more than once. If you are a guitar player, for instance, the first thing you do while picking up your axe, is go to familiar places, even if subconsciously, playing notes, chords, tricks, that are the easiest for you as a player. But if you tune the guitar to a different tuning, unfamiliar one, then you got a new instrument in your hands, which allows you total freedom as a musician. Some say it might be frustrating at first, other are skeptical and claim that it turns the guitar to a different animal, so why learn an instrument if you completely turn it around….I would say, go with it…. experiment. That`s not quite what Violinist/ composer Christopher Tignor is doing with Wires Under Tension, but he is really reaching out for more He is trying to humanize electronic music`s limitations. While using home made software he has invented,he found a way to performatively transform live sound as it streams into your computer from microphones or otherwise using commercially available Midi controllers you can get good at with practice.
A way to be a performer whose performance is intimately and tangibly connected to your surrounding band-mates’ performances.
This is an effort toward keeping electronic music truly live. Wires Under Tension are based in The South Bronx. Multi-instrumentalist Christopher Tignor switches dexterously between violin and the rest of the arsenal while Theo Metz sits behind the kit. On ‘Cказал, Cказала’ Christopher is using Fender Rhodes Mark I through Stream Sequencer software instrument he has invented.