Larry Kucharz

Metachoral Visions

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This collection of ten electronic compositions are unique in that they feature voices as the source for most, if not all, all tones. Okay, so the lyrics begin and end with "Ah," but Kucharz's use of abstract vocal tones give the album an appeal, almost a tug. Kucharz creates vast plains of sound with no meter, save perhaps the rhythm of breath. Small accents make the pieces interesting; on "Ars Nova," electronic echoes mimic the chords at higher ranges and sound almost like crickets. On "Organa," echoes again play a major role, but this time the effect creates tall walls of a labyrinth. In "Ars Antiqua," Kucharz pulses voices like a racing pulse while the choir layers note upon note to monumental heights. Heard one way, you can experience Zenlike excursions into the abstraction pure tones; heard another, you can languish in the rich tapestry of the chords. Not groundbreaking, by any means, but a satisfying listening experience, with a nod to the choral sounds of Palestrina and other early choral composers.

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