Boomkat Product Review:
Cologne ambient veterans Klangwart take their 2008 album Stadtlandfluss on the road with this new live long-player, offering two separate sets, one from a performance in Vienna, the other from a show in Beijing. The Viennese set spends its first few minutes making very little noise indeed, subtly spinning wispy drones right up until a glitchy network of stuttering clacks fires up, sounding like some sort of misfiring telecommunications equipment. As the sonic density heightens, fragments of speech and radio broadcast jolt around and gamelan-like percussion starts to sound off. It's in the piece's final ten minutes or so that things start to become more turbulent, with what sounds like speeded-up string samples dissolving into motorised, buzzing drone before a few loose signals dissipate to reveal a whispered female voice. Although the Beijing version would seem to be based on the same material the tone tends to be noisier and less guarded. Here the processed vocals come to the forefront more readily and the processed string crescendo towards the end takes on a frenzied, ecstatic quality. Good stuff.
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