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Review

Steve Hahn, Option, no. 35, November 1, 1990

Montréal-based electronic composer Calon displays an impressive conceptual range among the three compositions here. Portrait d’un visiteur according to Calon, provides a sonic metaphor for the impossibility of finding connection between what is already familiar and the new. Unrelated fragments of sound vie for sporadic attention without ever cohering into a meaningful fabric. La disparition uses sampling technology to turn source material such as the Beethoven Grosse Fugue and traditional ethnic musics into fragmented particles that are then reassembled into hierarchical families of sounds, weaving a texture somewhat reminiscent of the Ivesian method of quotation, retracted through the digital domain. The principal work, Minuit involves a complex integration of three separate texts by Calon and densely textured electronics. Each text is expressed in a different “staging mode” for the voice — linear narrative, fragment, and cycle — that is related directly to the forms of the accompanying musical material. Though conceptually complex, Calon’s music ultimately ventures far beyond the mental realm to one of visceral engagement.

Calon’s music ultimately ventures far beyond the mental realm to one of visceral engagement.