Kenneth Kirschner – Filaments and Voids – 2xCD – 12k

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I am sitting in a room, bathed in the ethereal vespertine light of a freezing November morning..outside, a dusting of snow on the ground renders my surroundings in monochromatic scales, and under high fidelity headphones the enchanting soundtrack to my day.. a perfect accompaniment to the grip of winter’s chill..Kenneth Kirschner’s Filaments and Voids. This is Kirschner at perhaps his most restrained, a duo of CD’s that freeze frames perpetual silences, peppering protracted absence with dashes of colour and life. Kirschner’s world here is one of warm austerity, catalogued in his own inimitable way with a date only..titling becomes insignificant as we are transported into these voids, solitary, meditative spaces of contemplation. At the same time, Kirschner suggests literal space as well..the space of the cosmos, perpetual darkness..vacuums broken with occasional luminance, a blister of activity..a distant hum. Here. Silence is the key compositional focus, and like his friend and contemporary, Richard Chartier, the sonic minutiae, and audible motes take on an almost spiritual significance..like spots of colour on brilliant white ground, Filaments and Voids owes its strength to anticipation and tension. For nearly two hours, and across the two discs, these pin spots of activity lure me into Kirschner’s universe lulling me into silence, ebbing and flowing on swells and crescendo’s of utter sublime brilliance, bleached bare of surplus colour, like the austere cover photo by label maestro, Taylor Deupree, this is sheer magic. There is little that I can add to the extensive liner notes in this wonderful package, other than just take some time out from your hum drum lives, and let Filaments and Voids melt your heart, and enliven your imagination. Sublime.BGN

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