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Cylinders by Chris Zabriskie

Album Description

Album photography by Patrick Scott Bell
Released:January 2nd, 2014

Zabriskie’s move toward the likes of Cage, Riley, and Glass grows with his latest free offering, Cylinders. Nine delicate pieces that build upon each other, frozen in time and space. This is not the first time this path has been traversed; 2012’s excellent Undercover Vampire Policeman an equally stunning, albeit more traditional compositional, flirted with his growing piano repertoire. But with Cylinders, Zabriskie enters the land of Sean McCann, Matthew Sullivan and recent contemporaries that have moved toward minimalism and neo-classicism rather than the rad, broad strokes of 60s and 70s futurism.

But Cylinders is not beholden to any place or time. In a time when breaking new musical ground is an obstacle all its own, Zabriskie manages to poke his head through the formidable ceiling. Though its inspiration is cherry picked from the many names dropped upon this page, there’s still a uniqueness to the glassy melodies of Cylinders. It expands like modern drone but isn’t concerned with elongated breaths; it gives from for silence but doesn’t not seek it as musical companion; it is Baroque but not at the cost of current listening habits. There’s always a bit of borrowing in music to achieve progress; where many outright copy, Zabriskie avoids it where he can and adapts where he must.

The only bad perpetuated by Cylinders is that it is truly free. Without money, art can’t be promoted. It’s why Zabriskie has continued to exist shrouded from his peers rather than recognized beside them. Maybe that’s his goal – to be separate rather than to be corrupted. Cylinders has no mark or pox by which it is scarred; free from the constraints of expectation. Free of money; free of sin; free with conscious. -- KEXP



01. Cylinder One (02:56)
02. Cylinder Two (03:48)
03. Cylinder Three (02:46)
04. Cylinder Four (02:56)
05. Cylinder Five (02:53)
06. Cylinder Six (01:45)
07. Cylinder Seven (08:52)
08. Cylinder Eight (05:39)
09. Cylinder Nine (05:23)

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So far 16 comments about this album. Add your 10 cents!


Ehecatl on 03/24/14 at 05:33AM
Excellent music, keep sharing this art.
sielleke on 06/01/14 at 05:55PM
hey, love the work. just letting you know that i used cylinder two and nine for my student short story. If you like to see it here is the link! thanks for sharing!
sielleke on 06/01/14 at 05:56PM
LeoSSom on 02/14/15 at 08:35PM
Very very goo music . Add a new mood for my project, a Web Série called "Cartas Para Palavra, ( Letters to Word ), here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, made with my own resources, finacial , spiritual , a very low budjet project, coted with some veru good firnds I jave.
Maybe in the future i will manage to sell to a web series portal .
Who knows ?
BTW i have to thank you very mutch.
I use 4 musics . Very good work Congratulations .
Later whem the serie will be posted in some site, I will return here and inform the link.
05 on 02/20/15 at 04:56AM
Powerful, eloquent, inspiring, poignant. Incredible work, very glad you've created this album.
Darcylolz on 03/05/15 at 06:27PM
Great music. Enjoyed listening to it.
jeffwagg on 08/10/15 at 10:56PM
Your generosity overwhelms. Using it in a podcast about the sea, and drowning. Will link back and mention in the episode.
thesaraexperiment on 08/20/15 at 10:38AM
This is such a neat collection of sounds. I've been playing them while I work. Thank you for making these available.
sunsetindustries on 06/29/16 at 03:59AM
It's like I'm living in a dream, so beautiful!
LeoSSom on 07/01/16 at 04:46AM
Now Cartas para palavra (letters to word ) is posted on youtube, since we do not sell for any web serie channel. it is on . Browse the titles , and will find
KeithBryce on 07/30/16 at 07:08PM
Hi Chris. I used one of your tracks on a simple video on my Face Book page. Your credits are at the end. Video is called, Welcome to Castlewood.
milorush on 04/22/17 at 03:00PM
I used tracks from this album in a high school production of Gao Xingjian's "The Other Shore" I directed in 2016.
Heksal on 09/26/17 at 12:58PM
I would like to use some of the songs on this album for my video game Dream shepherd.
Jhosscryte on 12/30/17 at 04:02PM
Grettings! I've used some Cilynders for my videos on a Youtube channel to educate about science in spanish. Indeed, the Cylinder Nine is carrying my video, instead the other way around. I love the atmosphere you make with the sounds so much I decided to make it that way.

I wanted to come back and thank you for this marvelous album. All of it's songs are wonderful. Hope you're fine and wish you the best on the artist's road ^-^
THRL on 01/24/18 at 08:45PM
Hello Chris. I used one of your tracks from this superb album on a personal project in tribute to my most respected movie director, Stanley Kubrick.
This is a mixed interpretation of the book and the movie version of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's neoclassical hotel suite from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Thank You for this masterpiece!
Akela on 03/13/19 at 07:13AM
Thanks for this great music! I really love it and decided to use Cylinder 1 in one of my personal videos:
Hope you like it.
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