electrocd

Review

Tom Sekowski, The WholeNote, no 10:9, 1 juin 2005

I was warned — the music of Montréal duo morceaux_de_machines would be loud. What I wasn’t told was just how unbearably surprising it could be. The duo made up of long-time radio collaborators on Québec’s CKIA, Aimé Dontigny and Érick d’Orion, obviously enjoy their noise with a side of the twitchings. Ever-shifting landscapes permeate their music from beginning of the disc to its’ closing 75 minutes later. Turntables, prepared CDs, live electronics, computers, samplers, drum machines — it’s all here in its most primal glory.

Sampling queen Diane Labrosse appears on two tracks, as do tumtable artists Otomo Yoshihide and Martin Tétreault. I dont think the word noise does this duo proper justice. After all, what is defined as noise by one person is not necessarily noise to others. I found many of the pieces calming in their own bizarre way. The drones and high-pitched squeaks are in some strange way oddly appealing. Weird structure actually exists in this madness if you’re willing to listen. Feedback and ear-piercing sounds need not be your enemy. These can actually be your friends. The question remains, are you willing to take the first step towards cementing this relationship? If your answer is yes, then Estrapade [French word for a cruel form of torture used in medieval times] is waiting for your friendship now.

I was warned — the music of Montréal duo morceaux_de_machines would be loud. What I wasn’t told was just how unbearably surprising it could be.