C. Spencer Yeh is a chameleon. No, I mean literally. Dude is a little green creature of the class reptilia and the order squamata that can change his appearance based on his environment. Apparently he got transformed some time back around the year 2000 after dabbling in a little bit of unsupervised hedge magic. Ever since, he’s been all like, “Hey, music writers, gimme a hand in transforming back into my human form,” and music writers have been all like, “No way dude, this is the first time we’ve gotten to use a cliché and have it actually mean what we mean. Make a bunch of different kinds of music, then maybe we’ll help you.”
As a result, Yeh’s done pretty much everything from collaborative improvisational drone, to solo and slightly less-improvisational electro-acoustic composition, brain blasting cacophony, and heck, he’s even released some pretty straight-up indie rock. Because music writers have not yet made good on their promise to undo the magic that has been done, Yeh is yet again planning to try something new. According to the Primary Information site, some time next February or March Yeh will offer his first recorded work focused entirely on the voice. Entitled Solo Voice I-X, the LP seeks to combine Yeh’s past work into something that uses the concréte reference points of Henri Chopin, Sten Hanson, and Bernard Heidsieck to pushes things into an entirely new direction. Details are pretty thin at present, but we’ll keep you up to date as more info trickles forth.
As for whether Yeh will ever return to his human form, I’m not really in any position to speculate. I did just learn that chameleons’ eyes can move independently of one another, and that they can get as big as two feet long, so I think that maybe Yeh might do well to think a while on how good he’s got it, since those are some pretty cool science facts.