Molecular Turbulence, Iconoclastic Rumblings

Bad Alchemy, no. 65, March 1, 2010

Enthusiastic proponent of high-tech and author of authoritative texts [on mastering], sound engineer Dominique Bassal (*1955) has released this late début Ubiquité (IMED 09101), which offers four fantastic Sonic Fictions. Rites d’oiseaux pensants integrates “oriental delirium”, “biological clutter and mathematic cruelty” into a disappointing time journey inspired by Olaf Stapleton’s Star Maker. Noyade en magma submerges the listener in star magma, as if one were to sink into Solaris’ interactive “ocean”. L’inénarrable Nout, at once dream and meditation, takes the black body of the Egyptian goddess of the sky Nut as a sight for sore eyes. Mont des borgnes suggests a pilgrimage through counterfeit mysticism, illusions, corruption and disillusion, resembling Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, in which the deluded prisoners are simply not interested in enlightenment. This, at least, is what the liner notes say. Eyes closed, I hear Action Painting à la Pollock, dramatic splintering of crystals, molecular turbulence, iconoclastic rumblings. [Translation shirling & neueweise, May 2010]

Eyes closed, I hear Action Painting à la Pollock, dramatic splintering of crystals, molecular turbulence, iconoclastic rumblings.

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