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Larry Kucharz — Ambient Green Washes
(International Audiochrome IA38, 2005, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

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This is the latest in Kucharz’ Ambient Washes series (following Ambient Blue Washes and Ambient Red Washes, reviewed in issues 27 and 29 respectively), and presents a series of related electronic pieces that are more placid and emotionally neutral than the previous two, at once merging impressionism, minimalism and introspection. There are menacing and disorienting moments to stir up the emotions, as well as stirring, uplifting elements as well, to be sure, but the general tone of the set pursues that warm and gentle blanket of sound that flows and evolves with passion and grace over the duration, making excellent use of sonic textures and overlapping, shifting chordal purity in a three dimensional space. The mechanics of how Kucharz achieves these ends are no longer of concern to me – he is a magician, one must accept that fact! What is most fascinating about Kucharz’ floating ambient works (applying to this series, Harmonic Luminosity, Electrochoral Dreams, Unit 23 and 25, and other non-techno works) is his complete mastery of the stereo listening space, and his ability to make different chords and tonal clusters float in front of, or behind others in what can best be described as a multi-dimensional sound sphere. One needs a good set of headphones to capture that full effect, but it’s clearly evident when listening on properly positioned speakers as well. Another gem in Kucharz’ ever-expanding catalog.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Larry Kucharz

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