Papercuts is a collaborative work between two American percussionists turned composers, Jason Kahn and Jon Mueller. For the project, whose title puns on the name of Kahn's own Cut label, the two musicians exchanged short compositions all sourced exclusively in the sounds of paper. These were reworked and extended before Kahn compiled the final 18-minute mix. The resulting music is dense and demands concentration, but contains numerous surprises -- best appreciated on headphones, perhaps. Kahn and Mueller remain mindful throughout of the original source of the concept -- paper -- and use software to enhance its inherent properties by inverting background and foreground, bringing very quiet sounds forward and placing louder shredding and crumbling sounds further back in the mix. At just over 18 minutes it's not exactly long, but the beauty of the music and the elegance of the Crouton packaging more than make up for that fact.
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