Newly released on the label, Le luxe de la réflexion! by French composer Laurent Grappe is an electroacoustic fresco centered on arabic dialects. Reflexions about distance and intimity are fueled by thoughts around identity and language, heritage and rupture. Initially conceived for tape and voice, Le luxe de la réflexion! is presented here in an acousmatic version.
“No Type should need no introduction — it is (to my mind) the best web music label” (Ampersand Etcetera, Australia) Thirty-five young sound artists from Canada, the United States, France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom propose new sound worlds to discover in this incredible double CD compilation! Since 1998, No Type is a virtual label where these young electronic musicians presents their work completely free in MP3 format. The constant quality of these recordings brought No Type to team up with DIFFUSION i MéDIA in producing this compilation an make the world notice these new voices. Offered at the price of a single CD, The Freest of Radicals is essential to anyone interested in new experimental electronics.
“… one of the most touching, enjoyable and rewarding piece of electroacoustic music this reviewer has heard in a few years.” (All Music Guide, USA) A musical excursion in the daily life of Yves Beaupré, Humeur de facteur (The Maker’s Humour) is based upon recordings made by this world renowned harpsichord maker in his workshop. All these sounds of tools, wood and strings of a harpsichord-to-be becomes source material for surprising aural universes. A first album, maybe, but tinted by the experience of more than thirty professionnal harpsichord recordings where he was employed as a technical assistant for these delicate instruments.
“Clair de Terre is fundamentally entertaining, a rare comment for electroacoustic music.” (All Music Guide, USA) Just after releasing a compilation of his major works on the Rephlex label (UK), Robert Normandeau presents his 4th album, an homage to the 20th century and the two art forms born out of it, cinema and musique concrète. An intimate work, dealing with his acoustic preoccupations since the late 80’s, Clair de terre transposes film techniques into acousmatic mouvements and uses the very personnal sound bank constituted by the composer throughout the years. The other two tracks lights a new aspect of Normandeau’s work. Indeed, even if he composed soundtracks for numerous plays, it is the first time one of them appears on CD.
“… he dramatically takes the listener through an experience that is both terrifying and serene.” (The WholeNote, Canada, 2002) In Francis Dhomont’s own words, Cycle du son (Cycle of Sound), his 5th empreintes DIGITALes album is a “… homage to the inventiveness of Pierre Schaeffer, who clearly created an upheaval in the world of music that has had no precedent.” Still at the forefront of theorists and practitioners in this “Ars Nova” that is acousmatic music, Dhomont delivers here three new works which completes, with the classic Novars, this cycle dedicated to musique concrète. Using excerpts from both Schaeffer’s Étude aux objets, the composers own very personnal sound bank and, as usual, delicious quotations from other composers, this “cycle of sound” establish itself as one of Dhomont’s major works, the fermata of the past century.
An historic CD gathering the complete work for tape by composer Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, Impulsion is the musical testimony of a pionner in electroacoustic music in Québec. Influenced by Iannis Xenakis, met during Expo ’67 in Montréal, she studies in modern mathematics and leaves for the GRM in Paris to work with director Pierre Schaeffer. In the 70’s, she was the only woman to teach musical composition in the Montréal area and her efforts lead to the construction of the first electroacoustic studio at Montréal’s music conservatory. Based on voice as a fragile instrument and unfolding larges sonic motions, Coulombe Saint-Marcoux’s compositions reveals a unique ear and sensibility, preoccupied by the involvement of women in modern music.