Exciting times for Wolfgang Voigt fans, as the German ambient-techno overlord harks back to his Gas days… Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park is an hour-long, single track, improvised from processed orchestral instruments as an installation for a newly opened national park. Gorgeous work, as you’d expect. On Profan.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 20 May 2015
To sum up - this sounds like the cover. It seems that when presented as natural a setting as a national park, German stargazer Wolfgang Voigt turns to the lush timbres of the orchestra to create pastoral scenes much like Beethoven did 207 years ago. My apologies to Mr Gas if that seemed like a dig, because this is pure loveliness.
Commissioned for an actual national park and apparently all improvised, Ruckverzauberung… chronicles Voigt’s electronic playtime with recordings of these traditional instruments, resulting mostly in a smudged sonicscape, soft and lulling. The chords sustain for so long that you get lost in the gradual progress, and you stray from the path only to find another arrangement of the very same leaves. I would say that this is a green wonderland, but the office trolls will jump on the chance to make a 420 joke. All Ian could do to help me with this one was say “it’s well cosmic”.
Near the end, there’s an elongated swell of lush hiss that’s like a fine spray of cold water, proper Amazonian shit. It doesn’t steer very far away from consonance and never touches the techno that made Voigt who he is, but as a soundwalk through a forest of hidden speakers (as was the installation) it must have been great. And no doubt you can try it at (or outside) home too.
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