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    Dahinden, Roland (Klangforum Wien String Quartet) – “Flying White ” – [Mode Records]

    Four separate pieces, that feel cut from the same cloth…from the same
    cloudy cloth. Dahinden, a Swiss trombonist, has asked the Klangforum
    Wien String Quartet to slowly build ladders, with rungs that slide like
    breaths. Ice is melting on the strings, a lot of space is empty between
    the bows sliding, your ears have to patiently wait for the notes and
    harmonics to align. The glacial pace recalled Gavin Bryar’s “Titanic”
    but this is a much colder sliceberg. Evidently he’s inspired by visual
    artists’ work and these pieces do come across as four still lives. The
    mic’d up light bowing before the sound is almost a study in sonic
    brushstrokes? “Mond See” for Inge Dick ends up being the most emotional
    and the least austere, but by the time I’ve hit that, the technique of
    discrete single note slowscrapes has left me pretty cold. But maybe
    being lost in the microntonal is the response Dahinden wants to offer
    to us trapped in the macroworld. Serve chilled…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 5, 2006 at 10:28 pm
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