Review

Mark Dery, Keyboard, May 1, 1992

Dhomont, 65, is a musique concrète composer whose influence on the Canadian electroacoustic community is both deeply felt and all-pervasive. This two-CD set, accompanied by a handsome booklet, is impeccably recorded: each piece of the real world — reverberant plish-plashings, children’s voices, a ball rolling with hyperreal presence from one stereo channel to the other — sounds as if it where precision-lathed and polished to a high luster. Dhomont calls his work “acousmatic” — a French coinage, meaning “sound that is seemingly without origin.” It is, he says, “shot and developped in the studio [and] projected in halls, like cinema.” These are movies whose plot changes with every listening.

… each piece of the real world […] sounds as if it where precision-lathed and polished to a high luster.