The completely singular drone and ambient pioneer Thomas Köner is back on Denovali. Köner’s Tiento de la Luz is a unique release for the artist as it subtly blends classical instrumentation and live electronics in homage to a 15th century musical form. This deep and graceful drone album comes on heavyweight vinyl in a variety of colours and includes a download code and extra thick sleeve.
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- Tiento de la Luz by Thomas Koner
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 09 March 2016
It was over a year ago now that one Thomas Koner provided his first Tiento with Tiento de las Nieves, a sparse, snowy wasteland in which the only object for thousands of miles is a piano. The rest of the (sonic) landscape was filled with the purest of nothing, letting the silence sing. Well, Denovali are curating the next movement, where Koner begins to emerge onto warmer shores.
Despite the slow, gradual unfolding of sound present on Tiento de la Luz, the record encompasses richer instrumentation than its predecessor. The majestic, bell-like tones of the piano (played by Ivana Neimarevic) make the bed for synth and viola to sleep in, as if they’ve been buddies for years. Check out the 2nd part for some serious dribbles of sparkly synthesiser and see if you can spot the moments where Koner hits the triangle. Spot The Triangle - the new game for ambient enthusiasts. There’s a general feeling of comfort and peace on this one which completely replaces the secluded mood of Nieves, though I suppose this one does translate as ‘touch of the light’ so it figures. A decrease in the silent periods also helps, though when it is just the piano going on its own like at the end of part 4, you’re almost breaking down. It’s so damn emotive that I might just throw away the upcoming Tim Hecker album (do not follow my lead, that album is also amazing).
Each momentary tone becomes its own little mini drone, spreading out through some tape/reverb-y means or another at a pace that is really making me salivate for the next sound. I think that’s when you know you listen to too much music, actual mouth watering. Not only that, but this is only the 2nd in a line of 3 Tientos, all inspired by the 15th century musical form of the same name. There is more to come and I, am, excited.
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