Thomas Lehn, an important figure among electro-acoustic improvisers,
differs from many of his contemporaries in that he often uses the synth
as a discrete instrument. Whereas other improvisers tend to intertwine
electronics and acoustics, his instrumental voice stands apart in its
disciplined yet exceptionally expressive articulation.
Thomas Lehn gets incredibly various manifestations from his analogue
EMS synthesizer, resulting maybe in the most creative synthetist in
recent and not so recent years.
Lehn has a prodigious imagination as well as the rigor to keep things
both fascinating and compelling. Feldstarken is a fine, strong document
portraying a talented musician in bold relief. Recommended.
Thomas Lehn's ancient analogue synthesizer is an honestly electronic
sound source, but he plays it with pianistic animation, a responsive
improviser in an ever-shifting, fluid and powerful music.
Thomas Lehn changed the parameters of his apparatus with greater speed
and fluency than I have heard before. His hands almost seeming to burn
with volatility on the keyboard.
Seeing and hearing Thomas Lehn perform can best be described as an
earful. Or perhaps, one should say, it’s very ear-opening. Whatever
the cliché, the experience should probably be called, above all,
provocative and quite stimulating.
The musician at the synthesiser displays the whole spectrum of sound
gestures, timbral effect and atmospheric depth and accompanies these
by his own particular gestures. Concert as an attempt to sensitise the
contemporary listener in a world overflowing with sounds.
Thomas Lehn´s synthesizer, built at an early age of the technology,
and looking more like a physics device than a musical instrument, was
able to bridge the contradiction between technology and nature. Indeed,
there was something extremely natural about the sounds it produced.
Lehn gives his analogue synthesizer the full treatment, untethered,
performing with an impressive range of facial expressions and gestures,
and it is this combination of visual and acoustic impressions that make
up the charm of the music.