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Horst Quartet
Edged Timbre

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CD, digisleeve, insert / edition of 200
18 September 2017

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Финский коллектив Horst Quartet существует с 2010-го года, успел выпустить несколько кассет и два компакт-диска. В последние годы группа не издавалась, а изначальный свободный импров ныне смешался с электроакустическими экспериментами и работой с пространством. Новый альбом Edged Timbre, который выпущен на Intonema, как раз и отмечает эти новые тенденции в работе финских музыкантов. Это музыка, граничащая с саунд-артом; это звуковые конструкции, строящиеся квартетом в реальном времени; это саунд, сосредоточенный на себе; это акустические инструменты, препарирования и электроника.

Horst Quartet is a Finnish band formed in 2010 which has released several cassettes and two CDs. In the recent years though, their latest work has not been published. Now their original free improvisation is mixed with electro-acoustic experiments and working with the space. Their new album Edged Timbre, released by Intonema label, states exactly these new trends in the work of these Finnish musicians. The result is on the edge of music and sound art; sound structures built in real time; sound concentrated on itself; acoustic instruments, preparations and electronics.

Tuukka Haapakorpi: electronics
Lauri Hyvärinen: electric guitar, objects
Taneli Viitahuhta: alto saxophone, objects, piano
Hermanni Yli-Tepsa: violin, objects

Рецензии / Reviews:
"There is no one named Horst in the Horst Quartet, which is however indeed a four-person group from Finland and consists of Luukka Haapakorpi (electronics), Lauri Hyvärinen (electric guitar, objects), Taneli Viithuhta (alto saxophone, objects, piano) and Hermannu Yli-Tepsa (violin, objects). They were formed in 2010 and released a bunch of cassettes and two CDs, but not much in recent years. According to the label the music changed from pure free improvisation towards a combination of that with electro-acoustic experiments, and that is surely something that can be found in the five pieces on this CD they recorded in 2016. Apparently the space in which they record also plays an important role in their music, which however is something I may not hear too well in this; or maybe it is the fact that some of this seems to be played closer to the microphone than other bits. Despite the fact that there is electronics used, and an electric guitar, the whole thing sounds sound rather acoustic, but maybe that has to be attributed to the fact that this was picked up with a pair of microphones, in a space, rather than a direct input recording. The music is quite dense and intense. Sounds stay close together and operate all, so it seems, or a similar dynamic level. It makes it less easy to identify individual sources or players, save perhaps for the three real instruments, as occasionally one recognizes a saxophone, violin or guitar. There is a fair amount of scraping, hitting and scratching going on here, and one needs to give it some attention; superficial hearing might not work very well."
(Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly)