Isolation Studies #2: The Hypermodern

by Night's Bright Colors

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Opening 03:08
Pawn 00:36
Bishop 00:51
Knight 00:57
Rook 01:05
Queen 01:31
King 01:18
Endgame 02:13


Hypermodernism is a school of chess that challenges chess ideologies such as the approach to the center and dogmatic rules in the opening. Isolation Studies #2 presents one particular opening in the order the pieces move, combining textures from strings, percussion, electronic sounds and solo piano

"The longest tracks are “Opening” and “Endgame,” which bookend the album. The first, sweeping, expansive and unhurried, breathes into the long and resonant sounds of strings. It’s a sunrise over a still pond, a first flush of color that shouldn’t seem miraculous yet scores the very sigh it elicits. The latter may well be the slow sinking of the sun below the horizon. It’s a tender drift through muted shades of blue and grey, imparting more about synesthesia than any board game." -Alli Marshall


released November 16, 2013

music: Jason Smith


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Night's Bright Colors Asheville, North Carolina

Night’s Bright Colors is the recording project of Asheville musician Jason Smith. Active since 2003, NBC has released 8 albums and 3 EPs of original music that combine elements of pop, electronic, folk, classical, and experimental music. Palette, a career retrospective containing 12 newly remastered tracks from previous albums, was released in the Fall of 2017. ... more

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