Kucz, Konrad

Konrad Kucz is a polish electronic musician, who also writes soundtrack music.
Kucz, Konrad
Konrad Kucz - Air

Artist: Konrad Kucz
P: 2015

Some time ago Konrad Kucz told that it would be hard to him to go back to berlin school moods in his artistic creation. The reasons he mentioned are formal, sound and ideological exploitation of this genre. But finally he has just went back. The new album is not like hundreds or even thousands berlin school albums releasing each year - sequence, rythm, solo part and hope to become an EM master. It is not so easy. Becoming recognizable needs talent (that's obvious), hard work and patience. Kucz by years spent at keyboards and sequencers developed his unique style. The new album confirms his position as one of the leading composers and performers of classical electronic music of our time. His music is full of space, you feel an omnipresent air (hence the title), listen to pathetic mellotrones in various combinations of sound and of course the analog fat sequences, exquisitely modulated by the synthetic filters. All is very illustrative, perfect for an evening meditation and reflection from the perspective of a comfortable chair. Polish electronic music has been enriched by another export album that will satisfy every music lover around the world.

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Konrad Kucz - Litania

Artist: Konrad Kucz
P: 2008
Mournful, enchanting chords seem to fill completely the dimly lit room: majestic electronic contemplation is the mood conjured up by Konrad Kucz already with the first sighs of his fascinating, thoughtful, indeed intimate record.
Wonderful alternations of elevated, but not at all exaggerated chords, arranged for electronic organ and choir, leave no doubt that Kucz's work is an impressing, sequential Stabat Mater of the XXI. century. If one would like to try to describe this music, one would perhaps say: Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki meets Wolfram Spyra's "Meditationen" - but it is a mere schematic analogy. Nevertheless, the listener has to agree, that, as far as the formal side is concerned, with "Vita Contemplativa Litania" Kucz writes the next chapter to contemporary symphonic music, whilst, as for the instruments used, he shows, in such an original way one can arrange larger musical forms, whereby nothing really new seems to have been said. The whole composition makes a huge impression, it is awesome and moving - and it also gives courage and hope. There is definitely enough room for all emotions which we define as great or important. If (and this is by Kucz indeed the case) the whole album is not elevated in an exaggerated way, then, one might say, the artist managed to achieve a very good effect.
Sequencer lovers will also not be disappointed - let us pay special attention to the marvellous (unfortunately, not really long) "Litania 8"...


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Konrad Kucz - Railroad Paths

Artist: Konrad Kucz
P: 2008
The optimistic opening of the album reminds me somehow of Kraftwerk's "Trans Europa Express" introduction - perhaps it is just a suggestion awoken by the title "Railroad Paths". Soon there comes the leading voice, weaving its layers upon the electronic meanders of the introduction theme - the mood changes into rainy sadness. The music becomes very suggestive here: the Listener observes, what happens on the screen of his train window, now there are familiar objects there, painted with the rising voice of the leading sequencer, then there are shapes turning to abstract stains, marked with some loose pulsations in the sixth minute of the track.
Along with the second part of the suite, we experience a slight increase of speed, the weather outside is getting worse, it still grows darker, and in the end of this marvellous composition we find ourselves in a crossroad soundscape covered with grey dust of the lamentation of "Mellotron choirs", which make as great an impression as an instrumental ambient track "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats" by Genesis. The Listener expects some change, although she is not sure, what comes next - there it is, a ferreous ostinato of the third piece, intermingling with a sort of an electronic coloratura, bringing a very nice yet nostalgic motif. Not even four minutes have elapsed, and we can hear the percussion line and some advanced key changes. Apart from that, we now have a new companion in our journey, a nice vocoder part.
"Path 4" is the longest composition of the set, and somehow the plot point of Kucz's concept album.
The "Path 3"-sequence comes back with its mature structures, but this time we will reach the tune coming from some other direction and by slightly different weather.
The final path is no doubt in close relationship with its Berlin predecessors, it appeals with dreamy soundscapes reminding of the foggy "Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares" by Tangerine Dream. At the end, there appears a filtered sound of train wheels rolling, which makes us go into trance.
The last two minutes of "Path 5" bring sunlight and optimism at long last.
The "bonus track" embodied by "Robotic Missions" would be an ideal A-side to the single promoting "Railroad Paths". It is a short, dynamic piece of music, filled up with percussive sweeps and grooves, vocoder vocal line, stereophonic tricks throughout the metallic sequences. Last but not least, what we can hear here is a hit-like melody sounding as if it was dedicated especially to devoted Kraftwerk fans!
"Railroad Paths" is a fantastic album, the other face of Konrad Kucz after the quiet and meditative "Vita Contemplativa Litania".

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