Boomkat Product Review:
Poland's Aleksandra Słyż brings acoustic and electronic music together on her sophomore album, using modular synthesizer alongside a quartet of players to create cinematic drones inspired by 20th century spectral composers and just intonation.
A composer and sound designer who's worked on movies, art installations and for ensembles, Aleksandra Słyż is ideally placed to reshape our expectations of classical music. She's inspired by sound's energy, working with acoustic instruments - in this case violin, viola, cello and saxophone - to shift their vibrations to fit her purpose.
Słyż bends her instrumentation into droning dissonant clouds across three lengthy tracks. The most impressive is the 25-minute microtonal finale 'Softness, Flashes, Floating Rage', that illumiates her technique, curling each instrument in and out of subtle synthwork to highlight the power of tonal variation.