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26 December 2012

We suggest you check out Revue & corrigée #94 by Various artists, the latest addition to our shop.

24 December 2012
By Roberto Mandolini in Onda Rock (Italy), December 24, 2012

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“Nelle sue mani il suono acquista qualità microscopiche, calibrando le orecchie su dettagli apparentemente impercettibili.”

Dopo il meraviglioso strings.lines, il canadese Nicolas Bernier ha pubblicato un altrettanto suggestivo album per la tedesca Hronir (usure.paysage) e un doppio cd per l’etichetta specializzata in ambient music, Home Normal (Music for a Piano; Music for a Book). Sempre del 2012 è Travaux mécaniques, presentato dalla Empreintes Digitales nella solita elegante veste di DVD-Audio custodito in un bel box di cartone. Al suo interno cinque nuove tracce di Bernier presentate in surround 3.1/5.1, stereo, mp3 e aac (320kbps).

 

Dans le ventre de la machine è la personale “battaglia” del compositore canadese contro la “macchina”. Nel senso letterario del termine: Nicolas entra nel corpo di un dispositivo meccanico costruito da un amico carpentiere e ne descrive la natura con l’aiuto di un sensore piezoelettrico e un microfono a contatto. Sul finale si sentono le parole del celebre discorso di Mario Savio tenuto nel 1964 davanti agli attivisti di Berkeley.

 

Cresciuto in pieno evo digitale, Bernier sente nostalgia per quei dispositivi che gli ricordano l’infanzia: cineprese, videoregistratori o semplicemente vecchi giocattoli. Liaisons mécaniques è una descrizione acustica di tali oggetti, un racconto per suoni di superfici ricche di particolari.

 

Le suggestioni spaziali di Les chambres de l’atelier sono più evidenti ascoltate nella versione surround 5.1, ma anche nel più canonico formato stereo rendono bene la capacità di Bernier di descrivere spazi utilizzando solo gli “effetti”, creando forti dinamiche e giocando sulle profondità. Nelle sue mani il suono acquista qualità microscopiche, calibrando le orecchie su dettagli apparentemente impercettibili.

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12 December 2012

The Concert international presented by Musiques & Recherches on February 27, 2013 at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium) will feature works by Elizabeth Anderson, Adrian Moore, Robert Normandeau, Zuriñe F Gerenabarrena, and Irene Pacini. There will be a pre-concert talk with Elizabeth Anderson about her new 8-track work Solar Winds which premiered in October 2012 in Mexico.

  • Visit the Concert international event web site — Elizabeth Anderson, Adrian Moore, Robert Normandeau, Zuriñe F Gerenabarrena, Irene Pacini: February 27, 2013, Brussels, Belgium
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11 December 2012
By François Couture in CFLX: Délire actuel (Québec), December 11, 2012

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“… crème de la crème in demanding music…”

The demanding music radio show Délire actuel (CFLX-FM 95.5, Sherbrooke, Quebec) unveiled today its top 30 experimental music albums you shouldn’t have missed in 2012. This list culls 30 titles, the 2012 crème de la crème in demanding music, i.e. the avant-gardist or experimental fringe in every music genre (contemporary, avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, avant-rock, electronica, etc.). […]

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10 December 2012

Musiques & Recherches continues its pioneers concert series with a portrait concert of composer Beatriz Ferreyra on January 23, 2013 at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium).

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10 December 2012
By Frans de Waard in Vital #860 (Netherlands), December 10, 2012

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“… a fascinating release…”

If you add up the timing of all nine pieces, you may wonder why it is on three CDs and not two? Perhaps because we have three pieces on each CD? Music by poet Fortner Anderson has been reviewed before (Vital Weekly 521, 560, 812), and about the last one I noted that I perhaps rather read the book and hear some music along, and maybe Anderson took notice of that, and he mailed nine of his poetry pieces to nine composers/musicians with the request to put music to it, or simply use the voice, such as Christian Calon does, who uses a simple process to manipulate the voice but it’s still audible and understandable, which can not be said of Christian Kesten, who only uses the sounds before and after the words, and glues them together. But most of them don’t do much with the voice and use it as is, but build around it a soundscape. Alessandro Bosetti for instance does a nice piece along the lines of Gregory Whitehead, which include singing and guitars, or the orchestral work of John Berndt. Much of the music add drama to the spoken word and make it, and I know this is all highly subjective, into music by itself, rather than poetry and a bit of music. Now, this is something I like obviously very much. This is more like a fine radio play material, I should think. There is enough variation in here to make a fascinating release, although I keep thinking: why not all together on two CDs, in stead of three?

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