Richard Garet – winter – 4.1 DVD – leerraum [ ]

 

Richard Garet was one of the featured sound artists in NVO’s recent EXTRACT book/CD, and claims a place as one of the more accomplished soundworkers of the last few years. With a relatively modest, but highly influential catalogue of CD’s under his belt, this latest piece for leerraum [ ] in glorious 4.1 surround sees his pallette just as reduced, if a little more dense than on his Intrinsic Motion works for NVO.

This slowly shifting piece demonstrably shifts and sways between sequences of higher register sounds, harmonic tonalities that shimmer and pan around the surround field, constantly changing in hue and density. This work calls to mind Ryoji Ikeda’s Music for Anechoic Chamber some years back, using subtle changes of sound pressure and dynamics to activate the senses and create subtle depths and gradations. Garet unashamedly reduces the work to near silence at significant points, and then slowly re-introduces textural activity, perhaps the sound of the surf gently rolling over loose shingles, and maybe dripping water in empty caverns. Certainly , Garet has garnered some attention for his superbly crafted transitions from digital abstraction to snippets of field recordings, as demonstrated here. Perhaps one of Garet’s finer recent moments, I can recommend a quiet room, overlooking dramatic scenery to best appreciate this work, although the 4.1 presentation easily transcends a regular stereophonic offering by a mile. Once again, leerraum [ ] has added a mark of quality and uniqueness to it’s roster in the form of Richard Garet. Absolutely Essential. BGN

 

 

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