Larry Kucharz - "Ambient Red Washes"
(International Audiochrome 2003, IA36)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: January 2004

Larry Kucharz is a prolific electronic music guy: heís already released 15 cdís on his own International Audiochrome label. He describes himself as a classical minimalist composer (read SERIOUS musician). Larry has been playing music since he was a small child, and has been seriously studying music at the college level and above for years. Heís very serious about music.

Ambient Red Washes accurately describes the music. I donít know if I can see how they would all be a description of red, but then Iím not a classical minimalist composer. The tracks are all nice and long and run in the 4-9 minute range with one topping out at 12 min. They are truly beautiful washes of synthesized sounds (mostly buzzy). A nice slow build-up, gradually expanding, and then fading out. Itís very well done, lotís of subtleties, great chord structure, and quite interesting.

Some people might call this ambient. I would call it Classical Minimalism (but then I read the webpage). My cynicism about ďserious composersĒ aside, Ambient Red Washes is a nice listen. It can be ambient and space-filling, but if you actually listen to it, it also has some nice depth.

For more information you can visit the Larry Kucharz web site at:
Email at:
Contact via snail mail c/o International Audiochrome; PO Box 1068; Rye, NY 10580.

Reviewed by Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter

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