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released December 6, 2015

For everyone who secretly thinks that contemporary music is not emotional enough, composer Martin Rach offers some relief with this four-part composition, however ironically. “My heart” contains lots of heart indeed, quite literally in the form of the words “my heart” spoken by Lynn Wails, which serve as key ingredients of the electronic sounds created by Rach.

The music that Rach extracts from “my heart” makes a point of being determinedly abstract, with high-frequency shifts strongly reminiscent of CM von Hausswolff, for example. The contextualisation of these sparse textures, beautiful in their clarity, does however invest them with new emotional content. It’s not romanticism, as might be expected when “heart” is the issue, but rather the humour sparked by Rach’s unexpectedly leaving the ‘serious abstract composer’ pigeonhole by making such a clear conceptual gesture.

File under: drone, ambient, sound art



This release from Martin Rach is a single piece in four part called "my heart". The whole releases seems mimicking an heart failure with his final resolution in a restart and it uses a loop with the words "my heart" repeated to simulate the heartbeat. The process uses this sample as the single source which is progressively reworking towards abstractness.
The loop of Lynn Wails' voice opens "my heart (is no more)" and is repeated until a small glitch starts to modify the loop and this process increases until the loop is completely disrupted. Almost a minute of silence opens "(scatter) my heart" and introduces the listener into a section of small pieces interleaved with elements of silence to construct an irregular rhythmic structure. The noise of "(a part of) my heart (longs forever)" is continuos but varying in intensity until the final silence evolves into "(reclaim) my heart" where the initial loop is increasingly reconstructed.
While the process is sometimes a little too predictable, it's so clear to request few word to describe it and this is a true merit. Even if the casual listener could be upset, every fan of minimalism will love this release.




the spoken words "My Heart" by LYANN WAILS are processed, fragmented and / or looped by MARTIN RACH, setting the emotional words against pure frequency noises or transforming them completely into sound.. for fans of: BLACKHUMOUR, ERIC LUNDE, and other sound poetry (though this sounds very clear and focused, not low-fi at all..)....




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