soleilmoon review

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Burkhard Stangl and Christof Kurzmann are both internationally known musicians from the Vienna scene. Stangl is best known for being a member of the seminal improv group Polwechsel, for his superb solo record Recital, and for his five part, work-in-progress opera Venusmond. Kurzmann is a co-leader of Orchester 33 1/3 with Christian Fennesz, runs Charhizma Records, and appears on the self-titled improv document CD on Charhizma, along with Fennesz and Werner Dafeldecker, with guest appearances by Kevin Drumm, Jim O'Rourke, and Martin Siewert. "Schnee" is not about freezing, it is about snow. Therefore anything 'liquid' is gone, and has been transferred into a malleable body - its grainy patterns and particles are what Kurzmann creates circular asymmetrical patterns within. Stangl's guitar is brittle, dissolving like icicle drops. This record's beauty is in the critical fact that it explores the differences in computer generated and acoustic music, unlike a forced marriage or a systematic clash.