Thomas Köner

Unerforschtes Gebiet

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This is a beautiful solo album by Kontakt der Jünglinge's Thomas Köner. Unerforschtes Gebiet translates to "uncharted territory," the expression found on old maps to designate areas that were still unexplored. It could apply to any region or terrain, but the two-part title piece is strongly evocative of vast, cold, icy areas. That is due to the main sound source Köner used: a dusty piece of blank 16mm film played in a film projector. Not quite wind, not quite white noise, this sound provides the foundations upon which Köner builds an imaginary landscape powerful despite its rather arid nature. Eventful at its own pace, the piece is immersive and gains in attraction with every listen. Deeper is the relation between the icy world of "Unerforschtes Gebiet" and the interstellar vacuum of "Les Soeurs Lumière." The cavernous sounds are few and far between but they resonate for long stretches of time, moving around like gusts of solar wind. They provide a backdrop for the reading (by Vanderborght, presumably) of letters between two pen pals, Stella and Lucia. We follow them from childhood through adulthood, as Stella completes her dream of becoming an astronaut.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
21:49
2
21:54
3
27:28
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