electrocd

Electronica

Chris Sharp, The Wire, no. 285, November 1, 2007

As you might guess from the quotation from Guy Debord’s La Sociéte du spectacle which proudly adorns the sleeve of Geisteswissenschaften, Aimé Dontigny revels in a refusenik sensibility. A founder member of free noise collective Napalm Jazz and a dedicated servant of the Canadian New Music Network, his first fully fledged solo CD defies easy assimilation. These constructions take standard tropes such as hiphop drum breaks, saccharine sax solos and swooning romantic film scores, and disfigure them with flurries of disruptive sound. But as the violence is generally held in check, the end results are curiously ambivalent; sometimes it’s hard to work out whether you’re being offered the farthest reaches of sound art or just a particularly cerebral dose of triphop. Somehow Dontigny manages to conjure a strange, splenetic grace from his unruly source material and Geisteswissenschaften remains an intriguing if frequently bemusing listen throughout.

Somehow Dontigny manages to conjure a strange, splenetic grace from his unruly source material…