Review

François Couture, AllMusic, 1 septembre 2001

This second CD by Gilles Gobeil develops a more literary theme, with three of the four pieces taking their inspiration in Marcel Proust, HG Wells, and Jules Verne. Yet, the composer’s style changed very little since the late-’80s/early-’90s pieces found on La mécanique des ruptures. If anything, his technique of violent contrasting has been pushed to farther extremes. Therefore … dans le silence de la nuit… (…In the Silence of Night…) sounds like more of the same. But again, the technique has been refined and where there used to be a flooring of textures now the listener often finds complete silence. The closing piece, Nuit cendre, gets very disturbing in this vein. Projet Proust is an electroacoustic interpretation of the first pages from the author’s mammoth cycle, accompanied by a pure (as in “not altered”) narration. Point de passage, an interpretation of Wells’ novel The Time Machine features more abrupt shifts and unexpected bangs. That is the crux of Gobeil’s art — truly a case of love-it-or-hate-it.

… his technique of violent contrasting has been pushed to farther extremes.

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