Dufort has avoided the Stockhausen Trap by being more interesting in reality that in theory. And rarely does new music swing so subtly. While few electronic compositions have managed to charm us the way Ligeti’s Artikulation did, Dufort’s 2008 disc has a rare meta-rhythmic feel that uplifts the listener. Using all the well-travelled blips and bleeps we expect from this genre, there is a brilliant undercurrent of movement happening in all this disc’s seven enthralling tracks. Though the composer chose to release this formidable recording in DVD format (which means it may not work on your stereo), it’s worth the trouble of hooking up your laptop to your best speakers. Dufort knows how to wrangle certain unrefined electronic timbres effectively, and the listener is never forced to wade through periods of moribund portent. The flow of the recording and its occasional bits of instrumental work have an unquantifiable beat that operates on a semi-unconscious level.
Pervading the larger canvas is an eerie humanity that does not become boring or repetitious. Small episodes of bloopy electronic material seem to be talking directly to the audience. Verbal defenses of Matériaux composés do not seem to suffice when we confront its visceral communicativeness. This disc may be likened to sacred soundscapes for the Information Age.