Richard's studio. Photo: David Mattingly

Luminous Accidents

Lainhart has always been a great proponent of purposefully keeping the palette restricted to nothing but the most essential of colours and even immersed himself in a "One Sound" philosophy for a long time.

All those who have ever witnessed him introducing one of his uncountable live performances will also know that the majesty and tranquility of his compositions perfectly mirror his calm and articulate personality — notions of music being a valve and release for cropped-up feelings or of constituting a counterpoint to one's inexpressible character traits simply do not apply here.

Contrary to his volubly expressed thoughts on anything from music software to analog synthesis and musical history, his pieces do not appear to contain any palpable statements. Resting within itself and sublimating into pure timbre, it is always the music that's the message. Careful observation rather than excruciating decryption seems appropriate here.

Consequentially, "The Luminous Air" comes across as an object made of pure light. Its construction is simple: Harmonically related oscillations are swelling and decaying slightly out of sync with each other, creating a resonant field of changing baricentres. Delicately, Lainhart adds streaks of consonant tones, which gradually melt into chord-like choirs. As the piece gains in density, it sheds some of its breathing dynamics, turning into focused beam building up towards a composedly triumphing climax. Carefully upholding the symmetry, the music retreats into its shell in the second half of the piece in what could be taken for a very long fade-out.

Hakobune's contribution is, if anything, even more fragile and quiet, like a distant echo. It is almost as though he were performing Lainhart's piece by ear after having listened to it in whispers, always preferring to say a little less rather than adding too much.
— Tobias Fischer, Tokafi


Discography:  These Last DaysTen Thousand Shades of BlueI, Mute Hummings (compilation)White NightLuxLuminous AccidentsCranes Fly WestThe Wave Sounding Sea/The Course of the RiverPolychromatic IntegersAn Abandoned GardenNEW! – Modulisme Session 101

Luminous Accidents (2009)

Richard Lainhart
The Luminous Air 12:00
electric guitar
with computer processing

A Thousand Delicate Accidents 11:48
acoustic guitar with pedals

Performed and recorded in real time without overdubs.
Limited edition vinyl release.

This album no longer available.  

Lainhart's crystalline notes drift without attacks, with a hint of Frippertronic-style melodies and occasional rhythmic implications from flowing oscillations. The clarity of each individual note belies the tendency to get lost trying to follow the circulating harmony, as it slips out of reach into chords impossible to name. — Caleb Duepree, Furthernoise