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Reinhold Friedl’s preeminent avant-garde ensemble, Zeitkratzer pay homage to the glistening, sonic hyper-structures of French-Greek composer Iannis Xennakis over 50 minutes of perception-baiting acoustic wonder.
In pursuit of an elemental, textural density and timbral complexity that has remained key to his and the ensemble’s oeuvre since their inception, Kore is presented as “a natural development of” Reinhold Friedl’s earlier composition Xenakis[a]live! (2007); locating a vast, roaring, yet microscopically detailed swelter of sound from canny microphone placement allowing them to render wholly unique sounds from a traditional instrumental array of clarinet, french horn, trombone, piano, guitar, violin, violoncello and doublebass.
Famed for their daring, acoustic takes on challenging avant-garde masterpieces, including work by Whitehouse, Stockhausen and Lou Reed, the Zeitkratzer ensemble are here directed by Friedl to an often ecstatic flux of instrumentation, creating vaulted, discordant clangour and rabbling metallic rhythms which distinctly reference the jaw-dropping scale and scope of Xenakis’ visionary masterpiece Persepolis as well as the roiling pulse of La Legende D’Eer.
Proper ear candy for noise fiends and avant searchers alike.