Review

Paul Bijlsma, Phosphor, no. 116, January 1, 2005

The first part of a live trilogy has been released by Dame, a label from Montréal. The album focuses on the noisiest material during the European tour (spring 2003) of this duo. Glas splinters can hurt. Some people need this pain to feel something. Some people use glas spilnters to create something painful and beautiful. Martin Tétreault and Otomo Yoshihide are already known from releases such as 21 situations and the 3 Mini CD Box Studio — Analogique — Numérique (Ambiances Magnétiques). They use comparable short sound fragments, which are interrupted from time to time. There are some rhythmic moments to be found on their album 1. Grrr, but in general the sounds seem to come coincidentally and with precision. The two turntabilists delivered a cacaphonic mixture of noise fragments. The music is layered, extreme, harsh and loud. Sound snippets are catapulized with high speed into the musical orbit. Peeps and bass fragments keep the soundstructure together, while at the same time terrorizing your ears. Except in between tracks, the listener has no time to recover from this sound battle. Despite the inaccessibillty of the music one notices the quallty of the music. Both artists know exactly what they are doing. Let’s hope the next output in these series will be just as good.

Except in between tracks, the listener has no time to recover from this sound battle.

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