electrocd

Billet

Modern Composition

Julian Cowley, The Wire, no 455, 1 janvier 2022
mardi 7 décembre 2021 Presse

Psychologist William James wrote of an oceanic feeling at the heart of religious experience, as the trickling stream of consciousness gives way to a sense of boundlessness. Montréal based electroacoustic composer Dufort prefers to look to the forest as a holistic realm, where human beings may receive intimations of comparably expansive melding with the natural world. Still, extended passages within this 40-minute cycle possess an immersive and potentially overwhelming character, summed up perfectly by that word oceanic. Sepulchral chords and a deep wash of ambient electronics swell the contours of the opening movement. Human voices, or their digitised simulacrum, emerge at the cycle’s close. In between there are crunchy beats and grainy distractions at ground level. Essentially, however, the ear is drawn to the forest’s canopy, with its suggestion of boundlessness beyond.

… a deep wash of ambient electronics swell the contours of the opening movement.