Lubomyr Melnyk: Continuous Music

Presented by Nonsequitur & Unseen Worlds Records. Read a preview in The Stranger.

Ukrainian-Canadian composer/pianist Lubomyr Melnyk‘s Continuous Music is based on the principle of a continuous, unbroken line of sound from the piano, created by generating a constant flow of rapid notes, usually with the pedal sustained non-stop. Often classified as Minimalism, Melnyk refutes that term, since he has to generate so many notes to create these “Fourth Dimensions of Sound.” His earlier works devoted much attention to the overtones which the piano generates, but his more recent works are more involved with the melodic potential of this music. His classic 1978 album KMH was reissued in 2007 by Unseen Worlds.