Heribert Friedl – TRAC(K)_T – CD – L-NE



 Heribert Friedl concludes his exhaustive series of cymbalon explorations with TRAC(K)T on the USA’s influential L-NE imprint. Here we see him taking a more introspective approach, releasing the source material from its organic origins, peeling away any excessive layers, reducing, processing and re-forming the cymbalon with a sculptural delicacy. What remains is a filtered distillation of sonic fragments. Being a struck instrument lends the source material certain rhythmic possibilities that Friedl engages with only fleetingly, and then, heavily drenched with reverb and various other filters, and heavily side-stepping anything that resembles linearity, or serialism. TRAC(K)T is a collection that makes great use of light and space, and sonic “events” become minute punctuation points that inhabit silence. At times, Friedl closes in on the source material, sharpening the focus, and using the raw instrument to it’s greatest effect, at other times, more subtle elements and effects are added, granular, digital gestures, shards and overspills that drift in the middle ground, utilising spaciality and expansiveness to create washy, luminous tracts. This is neither dreamy ambience, nor stark sonic intervention, but something that occupies a space somewhere between the two, a compelling and intelligently constructed work that transcends categories. BGN


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