Asher – Untitled Composition For B – 5.1 DVD/R – leerraum [ ]

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www.leerraum.ch

Released, September 13th 2007

This latest offering from the small, (but perfectly formed) Swiss based leerraum [ ] imprint is a showcase for sound artist, Asher. Housed in leerraum’s [ ] stark white cover with logotype debossing on the exterior, and the elegantly diffuse landscape photography of Rolf Siegenthaler contained like a precious artefact within, a highly refined and reduced aesthetic permeates this and every other leerraum [ ]  release. “Untitled composition for b” is a 24 minute composition rendered in 5.1 surround sound, this,and the whole “5.1” series is an examination of sound installation, investigating and working with spaciality. Asher’s work here is liberally dusted with waves of prickly static that gently ebb and flow, scattering shards of frequency that shimmer and burst amidst drifting and ethereal instrumentation. Crippled as I am with a lack of surround sound hi-fi equipment, I can only surmise the cumulative effect of these waves of frequency upon a suitably receptive listener, but as a former isolationist, I can recommend darkness, silence and enhanced attention to this exquisite work. For the full benefit of course, a 5.1 system would be the requisite listening mode, and for those like myself who are not so technologically well endowed, a good quality hi-fi system is a poor cousin, and will reduce the overall spatial effects considerably.At once ultra minimal, yet replete with pin-prick detail, this work will doubtless invite comparisons to Chartier or early Bernhard Gunther, yet Asher’s material maintains itself in the higher frequency register, rarely moving into Chartier’s often used sub-bass territory, or Gunther’s near-silent early works. This could be the hiss and swell of a de-tuned shortwave radio, or a finely sculpted soundscape, alive with sparkling and crackling static blooms, and a hypnotic, vaporous tonescape nagging at it’s periphery. At 24 minutes, an extremely short, but essential introduction to the work of Asher. BGN

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