Délire actuel: Review

François Couture, CFLX 95.5 FM, January 28, 1999

Ned Bouhalassa is an electroacoustician from Montréal. When Aérosol was released, he was a fan of techno music and a DJ at a college radio station, but also teached at Concordia University and was president of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). This double-sided “serious/less serious” pattern can also be found in his works. Aérosol (referring to the paint cans used by graffitists) is a collection of five pieces composed between 1990 and 1998. One finds on this record a refreshing inspiration coupled with a poetic sense not unlike his mentor Francis Dhomont. Bouhalassa uses the same sonic forms, he has Dhomont’s talent for evocation and his sense of sound syntax, reaching a high level of quality in the art of the “cinema for the ear.” But he also adds a breeze of youth, particularly through the use of techno music elements. Jets and Move 1 are impeccably constructed, but Constamment (autoportrait), a selfportrait, suffers a bit from over-fragmentation, making it hard for the listener to follow.

… une inspiration rafraîchissante qui cotoie la poésie des sons…

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