Craig Burk ‘Codes Of Abstract Conduct’

01 Back To The Home Of My Youth (1:05)
02 Curl Up On The Couch (1:08)
03 On A Hot Roll (1:00)
04 Nothing In Particular (1:01)
05 Let It Float (0:40)
06 Let’s Get It All Done Tonight (0:57)
07 Pick A Card (0:53)
08 Grosse Fugue (1:03)
09 I Still Have The Tendency (1:07)
10 There And Now (1:18)
11 Just Go On (1:41)
12 Come To An End (1:22)
13 No More 5-Kleenex Movies (1:49)

Total time: 14:59
Mini-LP released on Alia Records, New York, 1984

Craig Burk is a composer/singer from New York. He released several cassettes before this mini LP on Jack Fetterman’s Alia Records. Burk lived in Paris from 1986-1991 (39 rue de Lisbonne 75008). He eventually met the good people at Illusion Production in the West of France and released an LP ‘The History of Decency’ in 1986. I assume his most reknowned work is ‘Text for Solo Voice’ (1999), a sprechstimme composition devised for his own baritone voice (I was unable to track down Robert Cummings’ article ‘Craig Burk: Text For Solo Voice, Times You Can Tell, Codes of Abstract Conduct’, from Computer Music Journal vol 23 #1, Spring 1999 – if anyone can help). His voice on ‘Codes of Abstract Conduct’ reminds that of David Garland, but the music here is more radical. Some songs have pure concrete music accompaniement, unpredictable electronics thanks Jack Fetterman, or even experimental guitar a la Derek Bailey played by Burk himself. Occasionaly the vocals goes their own way regardless of what the music sounds like, which makes these perfect songs a rather unusual experience.


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‘Shrug’ cassette, Alia Records
‘Six Pieces’ cassette, Alia Records
‘Audio Verité’ cassette, Alia Records
‘Codes of Abstract Conduct’ LP Alia Records 1984
‘The History of Decency/Out to the Various Edges’ LP, Illusion Production 1986
Other works:
‘Times You Can Tell’
‘Text for Song and Voices’
‘Text for Solo Voice’


12 Responses to “Craig Burk ‘Codes Of Abstract Conduct’”

  1. 1 Rich June 1, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Craig now hosts an international music program on Portland Oregon’s KBOO (90.7FM) called Whole Earth Music.

    You can check out any KBOO show via the web at

  2. 2 FreeCT June 3, 2008 at 9:58 am

    thanks, your blog is amazing!

  3. 3 continuo June 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you both for commenting. Very appreciated.

  4. 4 H.C.Earwicker June 7, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Thanks, Continuo, for this great record. Unbelievable, to be true. Do you have more of Mr. Burk?

  5. 5 continuo June 7, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Yes, I have his LP on Illusion Production ‘The History of Decency’. Would you be interested?

  6. 6 H.C.Earwicker June 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Yes, I’m interested.

    By the way – I went through my archives but couldn’t find that Garland 7″ I told you about. Gone. Sorry.

    But I discovered 2 cassettes that you might be interested in:
    Skeleton Crew – “Live im Kulturkeller Wuerzburg 10/82”
    The Work – “live” – bootleg by “Stiile Tanten Produktion Berlin-Munich” (no rec. date given)

    If want to, I can rip these tapes for you.

  7. 7 continuo June 7, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I’d definitely be interested by the Skeleton Crew live recording, if it’s not available elsewhere already. As for The Work, I have the feeling I’ve already seen this somewhere else. I’ll check that out and let you know. I was actually considering some Mick Hobbs posting on Continuo in the following weeks.

  8. 8 H.C.Earwicker June 8, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Mick Hobbs will be most welcome.

    I think the “Live im Kulturkeller” tape was used by the German Recommended Records people as a demo while they were waiting for the first Skeleton Crew LP to be released.

  9. 9 continuo June 8, 2008 at 11:12 am

    The Work Live tape has been posted last year: here. I repost stuff only when I have a good reason to do so: additional information or pictures, for instance.
    I’ll come back to you for the Skeleton Crew. Thanks for the offer, anyway.

  10. 10 craig burk October 22, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Dear Friends,
    This is Craig Burk. I have a CD, released in 1998, that contains three works “Text for Solo Voice,” Times You Can Tell,” and the 1984 recording of “Codes of Abstract Conduct.” Do a search for me on if you want to see it.

    Craig Burk

  11. 11 continuo October 22, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Craig, thanks for the info. I will order the CD soon. Your music is truly unique. Any chance to get hold of the cassettes? Thanks for dropping by.

  12. 12 Barbara Minsky July 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm


    Remember the loft on Beach Street and your friend in another loft on John St.?
    Just came across your record you inscribed to me, and found you here!


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