Larry Kucharz — Blue Drawings and Text
(International Audiochrome IA40, 2008, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-10-01
Kucharz' latest work is split between seven softer flowing ambient pieces composed or reworked in 2007, most somewhat reminiscent of the work on some of his earlier 'Electrochoral' and 'Unit' releases, and four "text" pieces, utilizing voices as textures in interesting ways, exploring areas that this writer hasn't heard in his work before, but were apparently soundtrack pieces for films and visual works that Kucharz was involved with back in the 1970s and 80s. "Winterfall" uses a series of randomly repeated word cells with different voices amid a simple keyboard backdrop to create some interesting and relatively undecipherable textures. "City Street Scenes II" works a similar vein, not quite as dense, with some unusual rhythmic backing (looped bits of taped found sounds) that imparts it with a different kind of energy and motion. "Soundless" takes plainly spoken discernible words through electronic treatments, triggering washes of reverberating background sounds; it's interesting for a few minutes, but gets a little tedious after seven. "Bar Scenes" overlays some phrases in treated voices over some shifting arrhythmic and somewhat random computer generated sounds, resulting in something that at times is a bit chaotic, but nonetheless interesting. Most of these were done decades ago using equipment far more primitive than what is available today. Just goes to show that advances in technology can't supplant the spark of imagination.
Related artist(s): Larry Kucharz
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more