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Roland Torres, SilenceAndSound, October 11, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Press

Guitariste, violoniste et violoncelliste, Paul Dolden est un compositeur touche à tout qui a su depuis ses débuts, combiner l’héritage musical de notre passé, au sens global du terme, et modernité, via l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies pour tisser des liens étroits entre racines disparues et imaginaire mondialiste.

Toujours à la recherche de ce que nos ancêtres ont composé et dont la plupart des œuvres ont complètement disparu, ne laissant pour toute trace que des systèmes de notations musicales au déchiffrage souvent approximatif, Paul Dolden invente un langage qui lui est propre, mixant sonorités du monde et approche contemporaine, dessinant de nouvelles contrées aux géographies abstraites, où l’on peut croiser harmonies moyen-orientales, free jazz, rythmiques tribales et expérimentations électro-acoustiques, le tout formant un conglomérat impressionnant, aux images cinématographiques puissantes.

Regroupant trois pièces créées entre 2012 et 2013, Histoires d’histoire manipule les temps et les astres pour nous faire voler sur des tapis volants au dessus de déserts magnifiés par les désaccords et les fuites en avant, plongée abyssale dans un chaudron magique aux vertus rafraichissantes, jonction entre les frasques de l’humanité et ses points communs, rapprochement des mondes et des modes, à coups de narrations sublimées par la richesse des vocabulaires employés, écourtant les distances entre l’histoire et l’infini. Sublime.

Sublime.

Review

Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector, September 30, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Press

Enjoying Broken Ground by Christian Bouchard … this award-winning Montréal composer studied under Yves Daoust and has been involved in a number of cinema and installation projects. Matter of fact, this present album could be one of them. It’s the soundtrack for an exhibition put together by the visual artist Derek Besant, and the music premiered in Brighton in 2012. Besant is full of interesting ideas… Broken Ground is an attempt to do something with urban environments and address the way they are changing with non-stop development and profound infrastructure shifts going on everywhere. That is not an especially original idea, but I like Besant’s take on the theme, when he talks about treating urban sites as stage sets with “props, actors, exits and entrances”, and how this helps him perceive something about the underlying laws of chaos. I can’t say that Bouchard’s music exhibits the same intellectual depths, but he is trying hard to get into the spirit of the work. The titles in this 12-part suite all refer to phenomena which may be familiar to highly advanced architectural scientists who observe the decay of buildings, such as Intergranular attack, Kinetic Friction and Low Cycle Fatigue. Or they may simply be invented. Some of the pieces are bolstered with distorted speaking voices, women rattling off what sounds like scientific data, and these factual fragments are effectively collaged into the work, giving it some added sense of authenticity. There’s also a kind of open-endedness to the music which is refreshing, unlike the majority of over-cooked and hyper-dense works we often hear on this label, which exhaust me with their overladen abundance in digital form. If Christian Bouchard wanted to leave the listener with the impression of glimpses of the future and speculative ideas about what is happening to the fabric of modern cities, then he has come close to succeeding with his enjoyable and ambiguous electronic music.

If Christian Bouchard wanted to leave the listener with the impression of glimpses of the future and speculative ideas about what is happening to the fabric of modern cities, then he has come close to succeeding with his enjoyable and ambiguous electronic music.