Tom Schulte, Outsight, 1 juin 2003… an organic collage of turntables and electronics.
Tom Schulte, Shzine, 3 mars 2003… they draw near only to receded making room for the next site on this post-psychedelic journey.
Tom Schulte, Outsight, 15 décembre 2002
Tom Schulte, Outsight, 15 décembre 2002… unexpected acoustic acrobatics…
A prolific label of fascinating albums, Ambiances Magnétiques is now working a bevy of new and current releases. From the duo of Martin Tétreault and Otomo Yoshihide comes the three-mini-CD box set Studio-Analogique-Numérique. The pair recorded “Studio” live in the studio, with no reprocessing, although the set was edited. Letting in chance and eschewing compositional form, this is an organic collage of turntables and electronics. Like a gathering storm this collection of monstrous sounds is ominous and almost unsettling. Then, each took the tapes “back to the lab” for lone reconstruction without input from the other. Tétreault opted for antique tape equipment on “Analogique,” which adds warmth and even charm to the sounds. Yoshihide went the opposite route and employed state-of-the-art digital reshaping on “an ultramodern computer” and a crisper, sharper piece emerges of low volume, high-pitched drones and alien, cybernetic ruminations… Instead of contrasting styles, personalities merge in the following case.
In the performing trio, Fred Frith plays guitars; Jean Derome is on reeds instruments and more and Pierre Tanguay provides the percussion. The trio extemporaneously creates sound experiments which are so artfully used by recording and mixing engineer Myles Boisen that he is credited as a fourth member. Using real-time processing, this album is a string of sparse and languid improvisations where episodes of sound appear on the horizon to grow in clarity as they draw near only to receded making room for the next site on this post-psychedelic journey.
Stephan Dunkelman presents electroacoustic “acousmatic” compositions not only intended for concerts, but for art exhibitions, fashion shows and dance. As such the swaths of sound and textures imply solid shape moving through space. The sonic constructions on Rhizomes show us a tactile side giving distinct impressions to the ear as how they would feel under hand. There is a distinct visual, motive element to the music that assures this lives not only in the concert hall but walks, dances and poses with us. (4/5)
This is a CD of musical compositions for acoustic guitar and magnetic tape. In 1997 Parra commissioned four electroacoustic performers to create compositions for him. These artists are Francis Dhomont, Gilles Gobeil, Robert Normandeau and Stéphane Roy. Parra took these compositions as a basis for a mixed work by adding his own acoustic guitar parts. These make for international collaboration between the four Canadian artists and the Colombian Parra. A fifth piece is done along the same principles between Parra and a fellow-Colombian composer Mauricio Bejarano. In a style similar to Michael Hedges, Parra performs unexpected acoustic acrobatics on a normal (unprepared) instrument and adds some vocalizations. His additions never overcrowd the work. (4.5/5)