Review

François Couture, AllMusic, October 11, 2001

Impalpables is a reissue on empreintes DIGITALes of Annette Vande Gorne’s album Le ginkgo; Architecture nuit; Noces noires (SONARt, 1995). Unlike many albums of musique concrète, this one has a theme: the writings of Werner Lambersy, a Belgian poet of international repute. The three works culled here are the result of a collaboration between the poet — who reads his own words — and Vande Gorne who dressed them. The music always remains enslaved to the words. Lambersy’s voice is left mostly untouched. The music is made of sweeps, of moving textures, of an ever-present fabric of sound that is modeled to enhance the emotions conveyed by the words. Lambersy’s writings are highly metaphorical and revolve around the search for the Growth of Man. Thus the general atmosphere of the album is of serenity and introspection: no harsh contrasts or frantic developments. The composer’s intent was clearly to let the listener focus on the voice. Only Architecture nuit includes treated samples of Lambersy’s voice in the sonic fabric, but they don’t get in the way of his narration. All texts are recited in french, with english translations included in the booklet. Impalpables is better approached from a literary perspective.

… made of sweeps, of moving textures, of an ever-present fabric of sound that is modeled to enhance the emotions conveyed by the words.

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