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Larry Kucharz — Electro Engravings
(International Audiochrome IA39, 2006, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01
Up until now, most of the works we’ve reviewed by Kucharz have fallen into a few categories: those of pure floating ambient tonal color that evolve slowly in three-dimensional sound (Ambient Green Washes, Unit 25 Dark Red, etc), those that evolve more actively and use synthetic choral effects (Metachoral Visions, Electrochoral Dreams, etc) and then those that apply similar effects over techno-beats (Bridge Mix 37, Unit 30 Audiochrome, etc.). With Electro Engravings it seems we’re in a whole new area of explorative tonal bursts and avant-garde electronics that seems to build on his previous work (though there are no beats here), especially the -choral series. Many of the sounds here seem to be the result of heavily processed samples of bells, gongs and other percussives at the source. The sounds evolve, blossom and collapse in the same sort of three dimensional sonic space that hosted some of the aforementioned floating ambient works, creating richly layered atmospheres that offer the listener something new and unexpected at each new turn. Got headphones? You’ll definitely have a use for them here. The program features sixteen tracks, six of which are the “Engravings,” written and recorded in 2006. The remaining cuts are unreleased ‘compatible’ pieces from previous years but reorchestrated to utilize newly available sounds. All taken, this is a welcome step forward into lesser explored terrain.
Related artist(s): Larry Kucharz
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