Jorg Koch – 10 Guitar Classics – leeraum [ ]

Rarely has the guitar been taken to such extremes as it has on this release on leerraum [ ]..not extremes of noise, but a diversity of usage..Koch takes the instrument and beats it, scrapes it, plucks it, to create a humming, thrumming magnificently creative, and positively charged collection of pieces. The five pieces, “Blues”, “Rock & Roll”, “Heavy Metal”, “Fusion”, and “Funk”, bear little or no resemblance to the titles..Koch, I think is using the titles to skew our anticipation, parodying the off- the- shelf alternatives at local record shops, and making light and humorous comment on the typical “Guitar Classics” type collections. Koch, instead offer us a unique insight into his world..using the physical elements of the guitar – other than strings – to make his soundscapes..tapping the body, scraping and rasping the strings, and generating a sustained low-end hum over which to render the more corporeal elements, sub-microscopic sonics, and tainted atmospherica. These are gaseous, evanescent pieces that actively resist any convenient categorisation, suspended somewhere between “glitch-tronics”, and distorted ambience, creating worlds within worlds..a kind of aural fractalism that takes the guitar as a source of sound, rather than pure usage as an instrument with which to create tunes and harmonies, Koch effortlessly manages to conjur novel sounds, and obtuse textures. A truly unique colleciton indeed, that I for one can highly recommend. BGN




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