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Illusion of Safety

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IMPRESSION
Illusion Of Safety intrepidly charts the terra incognita where sound, silence, noise and music intersect. Using
conventional instruments, sound generating devices and random objects, IOS hews sonic sculptures that
deliberately provoke, mesmerize and even affront listeners.

OVERVIEW
Illusion Of Safety has been the ongoing project of Daniel Burke since 1983, working with numerous individuals in various combinations of one to 10 members. Their work has been continually evolving, never settling into an easy niche. Each collaborator has brought their own unique perspective to the project. Since 1991 IOS have released 20 CDs on labels such as Die Stadt, Silent, OddSize, Staalplaat, Soleilmoon, Manifold, Tesco, Ossosnossos, and Complacency. At times their work has been called ambient, post-industrial, electro-acoustic, electronica, noise, sound collage, improvisation, and power electronics. Unable to categorize their work into one style, each release, live performance, and sometimes individual piece often shifts abruptly from one atmosphere to another.

CURRENT POSITION
Daniel Burke is currently working with electronic synthesis, computer composition, and manipulation of historical musical references and highly amplified handled objects. Burke uses semi-recognizable preexisting structural elements and rearrangements of the “language of error” to convey external stimuli and personal internal context. The results are destroyed music, broken sound, disturbed ambience and the quest for the sublime.

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