Roel Funcken and Cor Bolten’ Legiac project paints places with ambient sonic textures, field samples and modular synthesis. Sounding at times like a great hall or religious/historic place, you’re taken somewhere akin to Jacaszek or Deaf Center, swamped in reverb until a deep, organ like tone appears.
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- The Voynich Manuscript by Legiac
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 05 October 2016
For those who don’t know (or waste hours reading puzzling Wikipedia pages), The Voynich Manuscript is an ancient bunch of text from the 15th century that is written in a language that no one has managed to translate and hasn’t been seen in any other written work. This makes the author of the Voynich Manuscript the biggest and most successful prankster to have ever lived. Whoever they were.
How does this link to Legiac? I’m not sure really, I’m sure every textural ambient sound artist whatever invokes a sense of mystery, so they’ve got that in common at least. I guess these unsolved mysteries are an endless well of inspiration. Whatever the case, Roel Funcken and Cor Bolten have been making tunes together since ‘07, initially in the more IDM-ey styles of labels like Skam, Arcola and Sending Orbs, but there’s only background hints of the glitch here. Much more wispy and atmospheric is this, as you’d expect from the Dronarivm label; basically, dronier. And with track titles like ‘Transcendental Sea’, you’d hope so too.
IF YOU DONT WANT TO READ ME RAMBLE JUMP TO THIS BIT. It’s where I talk about the music. Basically they combine sort of electroacoustic abstractions of real-world sounds, like a jumbled or muted sloshing of water, with dubbed-out and VERY patient melodies, slowly unfurling like the ambient of old. I think I prefer their use of non-melodic sound, which is a bit less cliche and immensely detailed, with bristling crumbly stuff that could be rain or car tires on gravel or whatever you like - the fact is, they’re ear candy for overly salty ears. Luckily, the melodic synthy aspects are pretty low-key so they couldn’t possibly ruin this great CD.
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