eXcitations: Sampler

Various artists

eXcitations does a good, if not fantastic job. AllMusic, USA

… the extracts presented can seduce beginners… Ici Montréal, Québec

Music “concrète” is over 50 years old; the label empreintes DIGITALes celebrates its 10th year, and offers more than 50 titles. eXcitations, our first sampler disc, browses through the collection, picking up here and there 22 excerpts of works by as many composers from North America & Europe. Sampling through. This sound-journey reflects the wide spectrum of electroacoustic music realities—acousmatic, concrète, electronic, experimental…—focused on by empreintes DIGITALes. Music to be listened into.

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  • Label: empreintes DIGITALes
  • IMED 0050
  • 2000
  • UCC 771028005024
  • Total duration: 46:21
  • OGpak
  • 125 mm × 125 mm × 10 mm
  • 50 g

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François Couture, AllMusic, September 1, 2001

In 2000, crossing the psychological barrier of 50 titles in its catalogue, the Montréal electroacoustic label empreintes DIGITALes felt it was time to put together a sampler. eXcitations contains 22 excerpts of longer pieces. Now, tape music is a genre hard to approach from a newcomer point of view. The idea of providing a handful of examples that may lead the listener to some of the complete works is nice, but presenting short excerpts (none over three minutes) without any contextual notes, while staying true to the artist’s intent is another thing. eXcitations does a good, if not fantastic job. Key artists include: Robert Normandeau, Paul Dolden, Gilles Gobeil, Yves Daoust (Canada), Christian Calon, Michel Chion (France), Jonty Harrison, and Adrian Moore (UK). Some snippets are too short to give a meaningful idea of the composer’s style and interest (even Gobeil’s 3-minute long Associations libres has been cut back to 1:48) and one can only stare in disbelief at the selection of an excerpt from Espace/Escape to represent Francis Dhomont, while something from Forêt profonde would have been a lot catchier for the (more) general public. The total duration was kept barely over 45 minutes, which makes this sampler heavy in contents but easy to digest. A final 50 second cut presents flash images from every track, just to remind the listener of the wide variety of sounds he has absorbed.

eXcitations does a good, if not fantastic job.


Anatoly Motkin, Vesty, no. 3, January 1, 2001


Catherine Perrey, Ici Montréal, no. 4:7, November 2, 2000

You sought a means for better knowing the electroacoustic music? To celebrate its 10 years and to also celebrate the 50 years of the musique concrète, the Montréal-based label empreintes DIGITALes, specialized in electroacoustics, has just published an enticing compilation. They are samples drawn from the general collection, expressing the diversity of style, esthetics and matter (acousmatic, concrète, electronic, experimental) of 22 composers from Europe and North America. Moreover, the extracts presented can seduce beginners, which deserves points amply. Discover, amongst others, the pearls of Dhomont, Chion, or Normandeau, most important figures of the field. Deploy your ears and you will better understand the slogan of empreintes DIGITALes: music to be listened into. (9/10)

… the extracts presented can seduce beginners…

More texts

  • Gianluigi Gasparetti, Deep Listenings, no. 21, May 1, 2001