Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
2CD – Col Legno
Quadrat:sch are a chamber music ensemble that includes Barbara Romen, Christof Dienz, Gunter Schneider, Alexandra Dienz, Zeena Parkins, Herbert Pirker and Kassian Erhart. The band plays many instruments; some conventional (various guitars, contrabass, electric harp and jazz drums), some less so (chromatic dulcimer, zither)thea wooden room, or, more exactly, to a room inside a farmhouse where people can rest, have parties or play music. The combo takes its inspiration from the traditional instrumentation of the alpine chamber groups of the eighteenth century, but influences also stretch to contemporary areas, including traditional folk, jazz and ragtime, touching grounds that also relate to the classical tradition and free form music. Kassian Erhart contributes sound sculptures that are iterated quietly and always nicely calibrated. On the first CD the scores are more melodic, with constant fast rhythms reminiscent of honky-tonk. The tempos become even faster and the music more percussive, though the record remains grounded in a moderate, choral sensibility. On the second CD the interweavings become quite more complex and free; it seems that the emphasis moves from the structures to the quality of sound, realized even more carefully, inserted and spread with an extreme sensitivity and devotion.