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Larry Kucharz — Pastels
(International Audiochrome IA41, 2010, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01

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Lights out. Put your headphones on for this one! Expansive sheets of subtle melodic color and points of sparkling light and empty darkness drift and float in and out of a three-dimensional listening space, one layer covering another, dissolving and then revealing something else behind it, in front of and behind the listener, like a mysterious world unto its own. Kucharz’ compositions and titles always refer to colors, shades and hues, and although this is sound we are dealing with, the references to light, dark, color, and hue are entirely appropriate, as the sonic textures and melodic fragments seem to circulate and shimmer within this cinematic soundworld. One can easily imagine much of this to be the soundtrack to the aurora borealis, as it dances and weaves its colorful textures in the northern skies. How this music is made is only of secondary interest compared to the effect it produces. Sensations of coldness and warmth seem to accompany the listener at various points throughout this deep space journey as well. This is experiential listening at its finest. Like many of Kucharz’ releases, the music here was composed over several decades (mostly of recent vintage here), but in all cases re-electro-orchestrated with current instrumentation. Kucharz has close to two dozen releases to his credit now, and this is one of the more engaging ones, and as good a place as any for the uninitiated to begin exploring his works.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Larry Kucharz

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