STAR'S END Update 09.19.21

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Chuck van Zyl

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Sep 17, 2021, 2:37:53 PM9/17/21
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Lyonel Bauchet's collection of electronic implements seem to carry the weight of ceremonial objects, that is until he starts operating them. Working off the energy of his imagination, he delves into a singular sonic cosmos of relentlessly synthetic sound. His THE DIVER (52'38") teems with weightless sonorities and blended timbres. Issuing from a well-managed system of modular synthesizer components and keyboards we might guess that this work belongs as much to the musician as it does to his instruments. But while this studiously constructed album exalts the modulation possibilities of the studio equipment, Bauchet's music delivers a substantial revealing experience. From intense droning depths to lighter harmonic progressions, the five tracks on THE DIVER are continually contracting and expanding. Drifting in a cool blackness, then rising into orbit, the sound field shifts shape and scale - swinging gently between contemplation and dynamism. Further in rhythms rise in sonic celebration. A space motor spins out its sequence of notes. Echoing in unguarded patterns the aural energy expands, as we revel in how beautifully electricity may be rendered into music. Part of a genre with no limiting principles the wordless structures found here provide many inviting and reassuring textures - countered well by moments of experimental introversion and metaphysical mood. On this journey into the materiality of sound we may certainly notice the connection of imagination and creativity to technique and technology, but the most thrilling moment in listening to THE DIVER comes finally when we listeners claim what we are hearing as our own.

Please tune in to the 09.19.21 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio for music by Lyonel Bauchet from his new release by THE DIVER

For more on THE DIVER, please access: http://www.din.org.uk

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Chuck van Zyl
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