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Incredible spectral ambient invocation from hitherto unknown Ariel Guzik, producing the first great drone album of 2017. Huge recommendation if you're into Harry Bertoia, Thomas Köner, Eliane Radigue etc.
A haunting play of space, place and parapsychology, Cordiox was recorded using a custom-made installation displayed at the National Pavillion in Venice back in 2013. The sound sculpture comprised of a main cylinder and 180 strings spaced out like a harp, effectively transmuting its environment and the presence of visitors into the four steeply psychedelic pieces on this record.
Using the church as a huge, unpredictable resonator, Guzik draws us into the church’s symphonic microcosm of frequencies, creating a feedback system that allows the building to speak as though revealing EVP. Most crucially, the sounds captured are impossible to pin down; they could never have been mechanically or digitally produced, instead offering us a glimpse at a fleeting moment in space and time, never to be repeated.
For these hectic, overwhelming days, spending an hour of your un-distracted time locked away with this record is like tonic for the mind; at once soothing, moving and thought provoking - an exceptionally beautiful reminder of the passage of time.