Krispen Hartung Vincent Miresse: Live at the Kulture Klatsch 

The self-titled Krispen Hartung Vincent Miresse: Live at the Kulture Klatsch is a CD of spontaneous compositions supposedly recorded live at the Kulture Klatsch on two different occasions. "Supposedly" because there is not a trace of audience, not even a spoon falling to the floor, which is a shame because I believe that audience response would heighten the sense of spontaneity. The music here is a soundscape for cosmic travel by two guys who improvise with each other. Krispen Hartung's acoustic guitar is looped (an electronic process by which rhythms and lines repeat themselves), and this repetition threads the astral tapestry while Vincent Miresse adds aural colors with a variety of instruments: didgeridoo, chimes, dumbek, udu and singing bowl. There are no tangible melodies here, and despite the use of ethnic instruments, there are no earth rhythms. This is not meditative or spiritual fare--it is a study in repetition and abstract wandering (not a slur, as I believe that this is their intent). Of the eight titles which clock in at 79:34, I would have chosen "Saga of the Lord Abstractomondo" to define and give the CD a title.

-Larry Conklin

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