Thursday, December 19, 2019

Roland Bucher - Viaje [Hallow Ground Promo]

Put on the circuit via the Switzerland-based imprint Hallow Ground on November 8th, 2k19 is "Viaje", the debut album by Swiss artist and composer Roland Bucher who is performing and exploring his sonic art on a self-developed and -built instrument referred to as the noise table in combination with Max/MSP and granular synthesis techniques. The quite complex technical approach towards sound generation through the noise table results in a total of five tracks with a total runtime of approx. 37 minutes, covering sonic grounds spanning a range from seemingly random, improvised electrical buzzing, quivering hisses to layers and layers of Noize building towards a climaxing crescendo in "Acamar" and implemented Field Recordings in "Curinanco" to polyrhythmic, multilayered, partially thundering and brutal drum sequences accompanied by various background textures in "Ircan", ritual instrumentation alongside spiralling, siren'esque midrange distortions and deep, spatial, reverberating low end pulses in "Pracipua" whereas "Cau-Cau" presents the most melodic, Ambient-oriented take on this album. Yet, without the context of Roland Bucher actually performing on his unique instrument the sole listening experience might be only half as interesting as an actual live show would possibly turn out. Therefore not neccessarily the strongest, most essential release on Hallow Ground ever.


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