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Herman Muntzing - DeConstruct: 10 Solo Pieces  

2016-09-03 07:31:55|  分类: Free Improvisati |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Artist: Herman Muntzing
Album: DeConstruct: 10 Solo Pieces
Genre: Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation
Label: Creative Sources
Quality: FLAC
Recording Date: 2006


The flexichord, Herman Muntzing's instrument of choice, as portrayed in the CD leaflet, is a horizontal stringed hybrid (somehow reminiscent of the self-mades that characterized Elliott Sharp's early records) played with various objects and utensils. In "First Construction" and "Second Construction", slow glissandos spotted by scintillating plucked droplets, we enjoy its more pleasing aspects; "Out Of Sand" features Frith-like volume swells and morphing figures, the contact with the strings harsher or less depending on the object used. Occasionally, a sampler freezes and alters a few frames, reshaping the architecture of the improvisations. "Door" sounds like a ping-pong game played on a table full of metal wires, while in "New Times, New Tools" the pickups concentrate the music's energy in selected focal points, the whole becoming more percussive and unstable. "Other Materials" throws out boings and ga-zoings enhanced by short jazzy samples. Although Muntzing is certainly able to conjure up interesting images, the Frith/Sharp connection is apparent throughout the disc, thus limiting the flexichord's potential. A slight degree of tiredness and repetition towards the end doesn't help matters, either. Not a bad album, in spurts. - Massimo Ricci, Paris Transatlantic
Nice exhibit of solo performance for this experimental musician playing a Flexichord a sampler and some objects. A Flexichord is a string instrument Muntzing has built with the help of Martin Kohn, it looks like a weird mixture of a zither and a guzheng, this swedish musician plugs, strikes, scratches the strings with a incredible number of objects remembering the approach of Fred Frith to go beyond traditional guitar playing. "DeConstruCt" is an interesting effort and take for granted it has its moments, for example the opening and the closing tracks simply blew me away, I wish the cd had some more high pitched notes for the sound of the instrument and the taste of the player here get mixed "tres bien!". There are some additional samples to enrich the salad, a drum here, but Flexichord is the real and only protagonist of this work. One of the favorite trick in most of the pieces is to change note with the help of tremolo, improvised slides or who know what else, the electro-acoustic factor is really small and most of the times this music reminds of some minimal, gamelan-alike composition. No, we're quite far from serial composition but repetitions or loops have their importance or at least that's the impression I got. Funny how Muntzing likes to bang the chord to make it sound like some prepared piano emphasizing the percussive aspect of playing a string instrument. If you force me to do a mannerist classification I'd put together definitions like "abstract soundscapes counterpoised to melodic, minimalist tracks" where the voice of the harmony of the instruments becomes central. An interesting work, above all when he goes really close to some traditional way of playing harps. - Andrea Ferraris, Chain DLK

Herman Muntzing: flexichord, sampler, objects

1. First Construction 3:59
2. Out Of Sand 3:24
3. Deconstruct I 2:13
II 2:26
4. Door 4:01
5. New Times, New Tools I 2:13
II 1:10
II 1:28
6. Other Materials 5:52
7. Window 2:07
8. Rebuild I 1:50
II 1:45
III 0:59
9. Roof 4:25
10. Second Construction 3:17
Recorded 14-16 April 2006 at Studio Tjok, Baskemolla

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