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Boomkat Product Review:
Menche's 'Marriage Of Metals' is a visceral and captivating investigation of the Indonesian Gamelan's harmonic properties.
Given full access to The Venerable Showers Of Beauty ensemble's rare and ancient gongs at Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon, Menche made recordings of their rich acoustic basses and resonant clangour which were subsequently processed into these two giant slabs of elemental din. The original source tones radiant at the centre of both pieces but their pealing wave emissions are transformed into dense, fuggy squall at an illusory distance creating a chimeric psychoacoustic detachment between organic background and the rendered fuzz of the foreground.
The first piece in particular really draws us in with its elegant ecology of chiming internal harmonics and bitter metallic noise violence unique to Menche's canon, whilst the 2nd part is more subtle, tactile and glacial, recalling the sensitive spirit of Philip Corner's like-minded Gamelan inquisitions released on Alga Marghen.