Review

Bart Plantenga, wReck thiS MeSS, December 9, 2001

Clair de terre on empreintes DIGITALes is yet another disc in the continuing saga of ED, which is a label devoted to electroacoustic composition of the [generally] most provocative kind. The label’s artists seem devoted to pushing the envelope of what sound can do. There are always dramatic turbulences and breathtaking shifts in timbre, sudden shifts between aural clutter and provocative stillness, complete with organic sounds electronically manipulated and a determined effort to make sense out of the surrounding din. Normandeau is currently pursuing the horizons of acousmatic music: “his compositions employ aesthetic criteria whereby he creates a ‘cinema for the ear’ in which ‘meaning’ as well as ‘sound’ become elements which elaborate his works.”

… dramatic turbulences and breathtaking shifts in timbre, sudden shifts between aural clutter and provocative stillness…

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