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Reinhold Friedl performs on one of the last remaining of 150 Neo-Bechstein amplified Grand Pianos, using unusual recording techniques to find unexpected sonic aspects to the instrument, producing a dark ambient and industrial work of great intensity.

Friedl, Reinhold
Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein

Friedl, Reinhold: Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein (Bocian)

Label: Bocian    
Released in: Poland    

"Pianist Reinhold Friedl performs on one of the last remaining Neo-Bechstein amplified Grand Pianos, one of 150 ever produced, for an epic approx. 57 minutes journey in sound.

But Zeitkratzer-founder Reinhold Friedl wouldn't be Reinhold Friedl if things went on easy and predictable, so instead and according to his unique recording techniques he sets out to explore a lot of possibilities of what the slightly enhanced instrument can sound like other than the sound of a Grand Piano. Which, speaking in terms of tiny hammers hitting strings, does not happen very often throughout this composition and if so, only as hypernervous, regularly dissonant background layer appearing within the actual piece.

So what's to expect from this Bocian Records release? One track, with no distractions and a demand for focus in terms of attention which is a challenge in these days so busy but a rewarding one as one can completely get lost in this piece, especially when - approx. halfway through Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein - we experience a slow but still essential change in temper and timbre from busy, buzzing and slightly chaotic, elusory (non)structures meandering around the upper part of the sonic spectrum towards calmer, more bass-focused droning and Dark Ambient, interrupted by metallic, intense alien tones reverberating to a crescendo of like a ripping Metropolis, a humongous machine falling into pieces with the last whizzing echoes of apocalyptic turmoil fading into sweet nothingness, smoldering vagueness and plangent silence over the final eight or ten minutes.

Intense as intense can get and way too complex to review in all its rich detail after one or two listening sessions.", edited by Squidco

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Product Information:

Label: Bocian
Catalog ID: bcRF
Squidco Product Code: 20363

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the Elektronisches Studio der Technischen, University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, by Rashad Becker.


Reinhold Friedl-neo-Bechstein

Sukandar Kartadinata-software, fader-board

David Balzer-piano constructor

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Track Listing:

1. Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein 55:47