Improvisation and Experimentation

Recordings

Primordial Drum
Primordial Drum from Death in the Maze album Accidental Ritual, 2007
Improvisation with Eaton and Neidhardt #1
Samuel Burt, John Eaton, and Paul Neidhardt at 2640 Space, April 26, 2011 (Track 1)
Improvisation with Eaton and Neidhardt #2
Samuel Burt, John Eaton, and Paul Neidhardt at 2640 Space, April 26, 2011 (Track 2)
Daxophone, solo
Samuel Burt, solo daxophone, October 3, 2011
High Zero 2006, Excerpt 1
Samuel Burt, Leonel Kaplan, Paul Neidhardt, and Christine Sehnaoui at the High Zero Festival, September 16th, 2006 (Excerpt 1)
High Zero 2006, Excerpt 2
Samuel Burt, Leonel Kaplan, Paul Neidhardt, and Christine Sehnaoui at the High Zero Festival, September 16th, 2006 (Excerpt 2)
Manus Vocem
Samuel Burt improvising with the P5 Glove and custom software built in Pure Data, 2005

Bands

Death in the Maze was a long running quartet with John Berndt, Rose Hammer Burt, and Paul Neidhardt. The music focused heavily on ritualistic soundscapes composed of microtonal, often very quiet flutters, gurgles, scratches, and squawks. The quartet played almost as one mind, creating accessibly alien textures that could turn suddenly into completely different soundscapes.

Second Nature was another long running project. John Berndt led a large ensemble of some of Baltimore's most versatile improvisors, teaching them rehearsal techniques for making large group improvisation transparent and dynamic.

Geodesic Gnome was a conceptual performance troupe seeking to explore dissociative compositions. Diverse shows included performing in complete darkness with mirrors and lazers, a play celebrating the essence of the first season of Dark Shadows, and performing under the influence of placebo placebos.

Compact Discs

Samuel Burt's music can be found on several compact discs from the Recorded label.


Impact

Improvisation has impacted many composers. For Burt, it has given him more trust to give performers opportunities to create interesting material in a composition. It has increased his ability to think of performance as dynamic conversation. Above all else, it has introduced him to worlds of sounds often ignored by composers. Instruments are capable of so much more color, if you are willing to take them apart, bow them the wrong way, stop them up, or change embouchure.

Samuel Burt has worked with some of the finest experimental musicians in the world. Co-curating the High Zero Festival and the Red Room series has given him access to a diverse menagerie of outside-the-box thinkers.

Here's a list of a few:
Susan Alcorn
Liz Allbee
John Berndt
Jac Berrocal
Tom Boram
Shelly Blake-Plock
John Dierker
Neil Feather
Michael Formanek
Katt Hernandez
Robert van Heumen
Thomas Lehn
Phil Minton
Scott Moore
Dafna Naphtali
Paul Neidhardt
Tom Nunn
Christine Sehnaoui
Dorothea Schürch
Liz Tonne
Birgit Ulher
Christofer Varner