Boomkat Product Review:
Back in stock! This second CD release on 12k offshoot Line for Ralph Steinbruchel documents a number of compositions for the interactive dance performance, Hybridome. Most of the pieces on this disc are based on processed recordings of Tomas Korber's guitar and/or Bernd Schurer's piano. The end result is unmistakeably Steinbruchel's own however. The impossibly warm, effortlessly elongated tones that characterise his work are present throughout, but there's always an accompanying tide of subtle electroacoustic debris secreted away beneath the all-pervasive, monolithic drones. The silken, muffled chimes embedded in the hushed undercurrents of 'scene 6' gradually open up into a quiet breeze of soft static and high frequency oscillations. There's always more going on than meets the ear in Steinbruchel's work - making this a thoroughly engrossing listen.