Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, no 454, 22 décembre 2004

If I am not mistaken (and usually I am) this might be the third CD by Canada’s noise duo morceaux_de_machines, aka Erick d’Orion and A_dontigny, but here they are guested by Diane Labrosse (with whom Dontigny already made a CD), Otomo Yoshihide and Martin Tétreault. They play on some of the live tracks on this album. morceaux_de_machines are, I think, best described as a live-improv musique concrete noise outfit. They use records, cds, electronics and computers and cook up a steamy mix of cut ‘n paste sounds, taking apart the exisiting sounds (of vinyl, of cds) and putting them in this huge blender called mixing board and effects and rather go for the louder and nastier elements, than say, something smooth and soft. It was hard to tell that there were live tracks on this CD (I read the liner notes usually afterwards), but in hindsight, I think the studio pieces are a bit concetrated and denser and the live pieces something more loosely structured. There is a certain Merzbow influence to be detected here, but than of the Batztoutai with Memorial Gadgets period (late 80s Merzbow). Overall a nice work, but at over seventy-five minutes also a lenghty experience. More = more seems to be their point. Nice one anyway.

The same Otomo Yoshihide and the same Martin Tétreault toured Europe in the springtime 2003, playing fifteen concerts in sixteen days, under which one I saw at Extrapool. Of course every concert was recorded and the results are thematically organised for release. 1. Grrr contains the noise aspects of the concerts, and to be released are 2. Tok with the more fragmented stuff and 3. Ahhh with the more smoother moments. Both Yoshihide and Tétreault play turntable and objects. As indicated this is indeed a disc full (very full at seventy four minutes) of noise. Yet, I am altogether not very sure if this was a good idea. In a concert situation the two go in one concert from loud to fragmented to soft and back again. That makes the concert by Tétreault and Yoshihide a breathtaking experience. But when they cut out, say all the noise elements of all concerts and isolate them on one CD, it’s a different thing. It may appeal to noise-fans alike, but for me (not always a noise fan) it was simply too much. I rather had one CD documentating all the various aspects of duo, the best moments of every concert.

More = more seems to be their point.

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