Review

Adverse Effect Fanzine, no 2:4, 24 octobre 2000

Award winner of 1996’s Golden Nica of the Ars Electronica, Normandeau has for a number of years both studied electroacoustic music and translated them into his own acousmatic compositions; gaining a few degrees’ worth of intemational recognition in the process. Figures clearly demonstrates why this French-Canadian has generated several ripples, too. The third work in a cycle that commenced in 1991 with the release of Tangram (also on empreintes DIGITALes), it’s based on voice ‘sounds’ (as opposed to speech) & magnetic tape construrtions and knitted piano or guitar compositions thematically related to the voice. And, as with the other releases so far encountered on this Canadian label, a high calibre soundbed of intricately woven shimmers, shards & tinkling is spun to an absorbing scale at once dramatic & disciplined. Without coming from such an academic background in music, I have to ‘fess that it’s kinda hard to place such works outside the same instinctive reactions one might also apply to a Ceramic Hobs disc or whatever but, on the other hand, what’s so wrong with that, anyway? Especially when such instincts inform you that you’re actually listening to some pretty good stuff. Which, ladies & gentlemen, is precisely the case here. I welcome some Normandeau additions to the collection. And so should you…

… a high calibre soundbed of intricately woven shimmers, shards & tinkling is spun to an absorbing scale at once dramatic & disciplined.

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