Boomkat Product Review:
Back in stock! In addition to running the Nonvisual Objects label, sound artist and lowercase electroacoustics composer Heribert Friedl has released a series of studies into the sonic timbral potential of the cymbalon as a sound source. Friedl has worked in collaboration with composers as formidable as Bernhard Gunter, whose meticulous genre-defining minimalism clearly serves as inspiration on this excellent disc. Friedl's working process incorporates a variety of different methodologies, nurturing a great breadth of material from this apparently limited source. Working both as an instrumental performer and as a digital artist Friedl carefully sculpts delicate metallic textures, coaxing beautiful sonorous tones from his instrument. The fact that he's been able to forge such a consistently engrossing back-catalogue of material from the cymbalon pays testament to Friedl's skill as a composer, and this album shows no break from that form. From the electronic displacement of '0.1' to the comparatively raw performance of '0.2.1' there's a disciplined sense of exploration that maintains a dignified low volume throughout. '0.3.1' is especially conspicuous in this regard: it's a piece that's all about texture and the smallest, silence-rupturing gestures yielding the greatest results. Beautiful, expertly crafted modern minimalism.