LINE_014 | CD | Edition of 500 (sold out/out of print) | May 2003

LINE is proud to present Hyalin, the debut full length cd release by Montreal duo Skoltz_Kolgen.

For projekt no.10 [ hyalin ] Skoltz_Kolgen developed various acoustic combinations from a series of macro-photographs of forms of glass. Transposing certain optical attributes of the photographs (transparency / opacity / density) onto audio sources and assembling them in multiple layers, the results are a micro-system of isomorphic tones. From stratified fluid tones to dried out agglomerates, we go through the different states of a translucent body.

Skoltz_Kolgen is the Montreal based plurimedia duo of Dominique [T] Skoltz and Herman W. Kolgen. Their artistic thought essentially focuses on the immediate relationship between sonic systems and visual material. Using digital platforms, they intuitively create a dynamic dialogue of fusion between the particularity of each medium. By injecting digital audio data into the images, and vice-versa, an optic influx into the sound, they construct what they like to call acoustic pigments. Their multipolar work includes, among others, pictorial, sonic, and kinetic objects, installations, as well as performances. They are currently working on a 90 minutes film-poem entitled [ silent room ]. They have performed their audio visual work [ ovskii ] at the 2002 edition of Montreal1s lauded Mutek Festival and were featured on the festival1s compilation cd.

h y a l i n = // / : / :: / semi-conductor / ; / ephemeral change-over // infinite additive reflections /.. anamorphic degeneration / in-silicate geography // fragile :: / crystalline / the movement of sound rather than the sound itself // echo // resonance / / blown between two surfaces / muted hiss / / distance / space traveled / ; ; / persistence / resistance.


Dominique Skoltz and Herman W. Kolgen hail from Montreal and are both musicians and visual artists. Their work is usually a cross-over between sound into image and image into sound. For this, their debut full length CD, they are "transposing certain optical attributes of the photographs onto audio sources and assembling them in multiple layers, the results are a micro-system of isomorphic tones" - that is certainly a mouthful. There is one long piece of music, which certainly in the opening part (say the first fifteen minutes) result in quite some feedback like sounds, and cover a harsher territory then we are usually common from the world of 12K/Line. After that the sound sinks for a while below the audible range. Later on the balance between the high end and the low end is restored and even a sense of rhythm may occur. It's hard to tell what the pair uses soundwise or what their input might - field recordings, just laptop doodlings? - I think it's mainly just the latter. This CD covers many territories where others were before, and in that respect there might not be too much new things going on. But as a whole and by itself it is quite a decent CD. Austere sounds from an interesting concept.
(Vital Weekly, NL)


Or in my own words, Montreal's Dominique [T] Skoltz and Herman W. Kolgen make unusual music together, through unusual processes... an evolutionary duet of spacious abstractions.The single piece (56:38) opens on thinly wavering tonedrones of a keening feedback-ish nature... levitating highs and lows occasionally stutter and pulse as they cross a vast expanse, evoking an appealingly forlorn sense. A slowly evolving rise/fall extends through unspecific space, whatever you want to imagine it to be really.A rumble-and-squeal (though subtle in each flavor) vista arises then fades into a multilevel series of shimmery warbles and skewed currents of blurry almost-music. Around the half-hour mark, sizzling particles seep into the flow, fading away soon thereafter to later return in an insectile buzz against thin twirls of radiance (and then again as gritty interference).In its final moments, the vapors throb in gleaming metallic wisps before slipping back into the deep unknown from whence they came... Glacially evolving enigmascapes wend their ways through Hyalin, simply hovering over (and forming) cool isolationist territories. Regardless of of how this piece was created (an interesting naturalistic exploration though it is), Skoltz and Kolgen discover much with this minimalistic sonic experience... B+
(Ambientrance, US)