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KastningSiegfried: Scalar Fields

The music of KastningSiefried is difficult to dissect, let alone describe, so I'll let the artists do it themselves:" We composed the music around one of two concepts:a macrocosmic compositional form and a microcosmic compositional form. The macro pieces illustrate broad structural landscapes, stark directional shifts into distantly related shapes, and may progress through multiple interlacing systems. The micro pieces are narrower in scope ; sketched, not painted, yet are whole compositional molecules. The balance achieved within our two voices in the music is represented in the titles by the Latin word for balance: librae."

Now, what does all this mean for the layman ? I'm not sure. Quite frankly, this musically untrained ear can't really differentiate between the micro and the macro elements of any of the tracks. All I'm hearing are delicate acoustic guitars interlacing in a constant exploration of unchartered musical landscapes. The music never seems to build, or want to coalesce into a structured song.It's almost as if two guitarists were tuning up before the show actually begins. Yet, somehow, it works. After getting a few tracks into the disc, one starts to hear patterns emerging. A synergy is born from what appears to be randomness and a calming effect takes over the listener's mind.

Not an easy disc to digest, but not an abrasive one either. Our catch-phrase here is "music for the new intellectual" so it stands to reason that occasionally we're gonna get called out on this. "Scalar Fields" is one of those times. Best appreciated by the music student who may just make some sense out of this disc.

Track Listing:

  1. microlibrium 1 (3:54)
  2. macrolibrium 1 (3:25)
  3. microlibrium 2 (3:33)
  4. macrolibrium 2 (4:29)
  5. macrolibrium 3 (4:56)
  6. macrolibrium 4 (3:25)
  7. microlibrium 3 (2:33)
  8. microlibrium 4 (0:45)
  9. macrolibrium 5 (6:16)
  10. microlibrium 5 (0:32)
  11. macrolibrium 6 (2:43)
  12. macrolibrium 7 ( 5:07)
  13. microlibrium 6 ( 1:33)
  14. microlibrium 7 (3:38)
  15. microlibrium 8 (5:08)
  16. microlibrium 9 (4:05)
  17. microlibrium 10 (2:08)
  18. macrolibrium 8 (7:19)
  19. macrolibrium 9 (4:15)
  20. macrolibrium 10 (3:17)

Added: November 26th 2005
Reviewer: Yves Dubé
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Related Link: www.kevinkastning.com
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Language: english

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