Hecker / Okkyung Lee – Statistique Synthétique / Teum (The Silvery Slit)
The GRM cough up a critical split of atom-cracking strings and synthesis by leading figures in their fields, astutely contrasting the artists’ radical approaches and techniques.
It would be no overstatement to deem cellist Okkyung Lee and computer musician Florian Hecker among the pioneering spirits of their generation. Respectively, since the start of this century, they have pushed their chosen forms into utterly bewildering new shapes, and ‘Teum (the Silvery Slit) / Statistique Synthétique’ effectively proves their mettle at the start of a new decade, checking in a fiercely captivating tract of earthly, “telluric” acoustics, and a side of totally unearthly, hallucinatory sound synthesis from the top shelf of contemporary avant garde music.
Following her masterfully dreamlike suite ‘Yeo-Neun’ for Shelter Press, Okkyung Lee occupies the first side with a fascinating demonstration of probing, haptic technique in ‘Teum (the Silvery Slit)’, where she systematically plucks, scrapes, and coaxes an underworld of elemental gestures that resemble electricity crackling thru skin, strings and wood. On his half, Hecker follows from a recent album with Oswald Berthold (Farmers Manual) as CD_slopper with ’Statistique Synthétique’, sprouting 25 minutes of fractal not fractional, asymmetric geometries and unpredictable manoeuvres, from boring noise to filigree dissonant nuance and shatterproof, plastic plongs bound to turn your head to silly putty.
v, v good.