Another contemporary hard-core avantgardist, Randall Smith hails from Canada and with Sondes gives us a good overview of what one can do by means of extensive tape manipulation and sound processing. The news, here, are that classic instruments such as cello, flute, accordion, double bass crop up in the works, not only dismembered to the bone, but also in bits of unprocessed recordings, although the latter are few and far between. You get a free-jazz kind of feeling of somebody fiddling with microscopic objects, while your CD player appears to be possessed by supernatural forces trying to get your attention. The 15-minute piece Continental Rift is perhaps the most intriguing by virtue of some cello passages of interest, gradually taken over by the sonic manipulation as the piece evolves. I could possibly appreciate this work more, would it be accompanied by some cinematic footage to help stim lating the emotions it aims to.