Boomkat Product Review:
The eighth album from ambient icon Thomas Koner, Daikan (the Japanese word for 'coldest') was originally released in 2002. This digital edition features not only the original, continuous one-hour piece, but also a trio of short edits from the recording. Captured live at the European Media Art Festival in Osnabruck 2001, this long, drifting composition is typical of Thomas Koner's inscrutable, overcast compositions. You'll hear glacial, subtly formed melodic junctions within its imposing superstructure, but predominantly this music is all about texture, dynamics and atmosphere. Different sections of the frequency range fall and rise into prominence as the piece progresses (with recurrent, slow-mo deep bass plunges being particularly recurrent), occasionally dipping into hefty near-silences, and perhaps because of this pattern, the music has a certain ominous lurk to it. Perhaps not the first port of call for Thomas Koner virgins, but regular listeners will be instantly addicted by Daikan's imperious tidal motions.