8/10 Ant Staff review, 10 September 2015
‘Inburst’ is the inaugural release on promising fledgling label Cusp, based at Salford creative hub Islington Mill and curated by modular synthesizer wizard Sam Weaver (Exquisite Corpse/ Anonymous Bash).
La Katavist is the handle of Luka Höfler, who here presents seven tracks, created with the approach of ‘blurring the lines between creating and listening’. The acousmatic nature of the material really does just that. The artist has done half of the work, the other half is entirely put down to the listener to use these sounds as a tool to create their own world. So where one listener could visualize standing atop a mountain on a distant planet another could be propelled into an insect world or become a cell in the human body. The only limitations are the listeners imagination. I find this lack of narrative to be liberating and so I’m hesitant to explicitly relay my interpretation. If I did the men in white coats would probably be banging down my door.
In a nutshell ‘Inburst’ is a record of mostly abstract synthesizer music, although at times it’s difficult to tell if all sounds are purely synthetic, for example there are wonderful brassy and flute like sounds which could be ‘organic’ but really who knows. It’s best not to wonder and just become immersed in the sounds, often making great use of the stereo field and generally speaking pretty tranquil. Utilizing non-Western xenharmonic scales it’s far from your ten a penny abstract synth noodling record-- the improvised non-virtuoso approach sometimes dynamically shifting in unexpected and fresh directions and at others slowly morphing into new shapes.
There’s pretty much zero reference points I can think of to compare it to, although some very brief moments made me think of Teresa Rampazzi's 'Musica Endoscopica', Mika Vainio’s ‘Black Telephone of Matter’ and moments of Catherine Christer Hennix but even those comparisons I would say were misleading.
Closing track ‘Fingerzeugung: The Coagulated Sea’ momentarily destroyed the force of gravity, leaving me weightless, levitating, in a state primarily only achievable through meditation. That’s the power of sound right there. And let’s face it, we all need to leave this mortal shell once in a while.
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