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KNER, THOMAS - Tiento de la Luz

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Denovali DEN249
Release Year: 2016
Note: second release in the "Tiento" series, now with additional piano, percussion and viola gamba instrumentation; lim. vinyl (500 copies) version w. gatefold cover
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"A tiento is a form of keyboard music that originated in Spain in the mid-15th century. "Tiento de la Luz" is Kner's second tiento, succeeds "Tiento de las Nieves" (2014) and precedes the upcoming "Tiento de la Oscuridad". While "Tiento de las Nieves" is a work for solo performer and live electronics, the instrumentation of "Tiento de la Luz" is expanded: in addition to Kner's distinct live electronics, there are two piano parts, percussion, and viola da gamba.

At the core of Kner's works is always a sense of place (topos) and tone colour. He often travels around the world and record sounds and images. Kner experiences the place and tone as unique voices of these locations, but he is aware that these associations are purely personal. His creative process and work evolve from an understanding of this sense of place and tone, the awareness of its radiance and his distinction of what it is not: it is not a realization that could be accomplished by the practice known as field recording. Similarly, the place, the seed around which Kner's creative process unfolds, can be neither a geographical, nor a temporal one. In fact, according to Kner, the eternal present (commonly associated with music or its experience) is a myth and simply does not exist, because the present never appears without a timeline. In the liner notes to this album, Kner even goes as far as to claim that "Music does not exist".

The only element that is independent and able to communicate itself according to Kner is tone colour. In the finishing words of the album liner notes, Kner states: "The textbook definition of tone colour can only describe what it is not: qualities of sound that are not related to pitch, volume, or duration. Tone colour is therefore the absence and yet the total presence. For example, a mother reading a fairy tale to her child is reading words made of letters - but the child hears the mother's I love you in her voice. This is resonance. [...] Appearing as tone colour, sound has the potential to become its own resonance, effortless and luminous." [label info]

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