Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 552, November 14, 2006

[…] this DVD has no images or film. The sole reason for putting it on a DVD is to make sure it can have 24-bit versions, instead of the regular 16-bit found on a regular CD. Tremblay is a Canadian composer who moved to Britain, where he is a composer at the University of Huddersfield. He is also a member of [iks], a contemporary jazz ensemble, which he formed in 1996. On this DVD there are five pieces, the oldest from 1997 and the most recent from 2004. He certainly has a diverse style: in Binary (Virtual Rapper Remix) he adds the processed of a rapper to a crazy blend of chopped up rhythms. That might be something new for the lovers of empreintes DIGITALes! In his other pieces he offers more ‘regular’ music that we find usually on the releases of this label. Acousmatic music of processed sounds all sort, and normally I do not find this always to be highly interesting, because it’s all rather academic in approach and it moves very much along strict patterns, but Tremblay seems to be adding something of his own, a bit more humor (as in the aforementioned ‘Binary’), but also in his other pieces. It’s hard to define what that is, exactly, but I very much enjoyed this release, as it all sounded quite fresh in an otherwise rigid world of its own.

… I very much enjoyed this release, as it all sounded quite fresh in an otherwise rigid world of its own.

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