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Wingfield, Mark/Kevin Kastning: I Walked into the Silver Darkness

"Guitarists Kevin Kastning and Mark Wingfield both strive to transcend the traditional limitations of their instruments, albeit in very different ways. Kastning typically plays custom acoustic instruments such as 12-string extended baritone, 12-string alto, and his recently acquired 14-string Contraguitar. Wingfield eschews the typical magnetic pickups and amplifier in favor of digital technology that enables him to alter the attack, sustain, resonance, and other timbral characteristics of his electric, allowing him to, for example, articulate notes and phrases more like a horn or woodwind player than a guitarist" (, 2011).

This is an amazing album of unique guitar sounds. If you're looking forward to hearing something completely different than anything in your record collection, this is the ticket. The two artists do drive their guitars through some incredible digital processes to create sounds unfamiliar to what you normally hear on guitar. They do a great job of balancing out the experimental playing with some traditional guitar playing alongside. The intermingling of the two sides provides a wonderful soundscape from which to relax and at the same time feel challenged to enjoy each element within the pieces. Well composed and engineered from start to finish. The production is brilliant, capturing each note and giving it its own presence. 'The Sharp Crucible of Autumn' was my favorite piece, but all of the tracks have their unique and interesting highlights.

Track Listing:

  1. 'Air Distance Transform'
  2. 'From All the Green Around You'
  3. 'The Sharp Crucible of Autumn'
  4. 'Long Quiet Transform of a Thousand Skies'
  5. 'Secret Density'
  6. 'The Mirror of Here'
  7. 'Scattered rain of Sleep'
  8. 'What When Winter Comes'
  9. 'Intro Equilibrium Hesitation'
  10. 'Arch of Unimagined Bridges'
  11. 'A Dark Unscathed'
  12. 'An Image Seen Through'
  13. 'Things Left Unspoken'

Added: September 5th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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