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Koen Holtkamp - Motion: Connected Works 2CD (2014)

24-12-2014, 18:24
Music | Electronic | Ambient | FLAC / APE

Koen Holtkamp - Motion: Connected Works 2CD (2014)

Artist: Koen Holtkamp
Title Of Album: Motion: Connected Works
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Thrill Jockey
Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 130:44 min
Total Size: 299 / 764 MB
WebSite: amazon


01. Between Visible Things
02. Vert
03. Crotales
04. Endlessness

+ on extended edition only (Motion - Connected Works)
05. Battenkill
06. Hoosick
07. Hudson Static (Live at Shea Stadium)
08. In the Absence of Gravity Please Note the Position of the Sun
09. Loosely Based on Bees
10. Make Haste
11. Free Birds

Koen Holtkamp creates music that exists simultaneously in large and small scales. His compositions lend themselves to careful examination, with each sound precisely placed. Holtkamp (who is one-half of Mountains) considers every instrument he uses carefully and pays specific attention to the environment, actual or digital, in which that instrument is being recorded and processed. They also expand and evolve gradually, giving a sense of boundlessness that extends not only to a specific song or album, but also to his discography as a whole. On Motion, Holtkamp plays with these ideas of scale and space, using shifting array of analog, digital and acoustic sources to explore the perceived effect of moving from one dynamic space to another. He excels at coaxing the sublime out of the synthetic, writing music that seems as if it has existed in nature for eons, but can only now be uncovered using modern electronic instrumentation.

While Holtkamp traditionally composes based on material developed during live performances, the first three tracks on Motion were written and realized entirely in the studio. This approach gave him the opportunity to really hone in on each separate instrument individually allowing for a deeper sense of focus and less of a reliance on live sampling and looping. Vert features some of the most prominent, even aggressive, use of electric guitar in any of his work. On Crotales Holtkamp juxtaposes iridescent analog synths and virtual acoustic instruments such as computer generated upright bass and crotales, offering a surreal take on his archetypal approach. The entire b-side is occupied by the sprawling Endlessness, a richly textured swell of overlapping drones and chirping synthesizers.

This version is an extended CD release coupled with a second disc of Connected Works, compiling all of Holtkamp s vinyl-only releases digitally for the first time. This includes Liquid Light Forms (Barge, 2013), Gravity/Bees (Thrill Jockey 2010), and Make Haste (A Room Forever, 2008). Listening to these albums all together only serves to reinforce a direct through line in his solo works, his techniques and timbral palate evolving as steadily and gradually as the pieces themselves.

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