Arturo Parra is a Colombian composer and guitar player living in Québec for the past ten years. With his new release Parr(A)cousmatique, we are treated with a splendid bouquet of works for guitar and tape. Five acousmatic works, five passionate meetings with the acoustic guitar, played without acessories or special preparation. With musical propositions from Bejarano, Dhomont, Gobeil, Normandeau and Roy, Parra builds organic sonic weddings far away from the usual clichés of contemporary guitar.
Newly released on the label, Le luxe de la réflexion! by French composer Laurent Grappe is an electroacoustic fresco centered on arabic dialects. Reflexions about distance and intimity are fueled by thoughts around identity and language, heritage and rupture. Initially conceived for tape and voice, Le luxe de la réflexion! is presented here in an acousmatic version.
Small Québec City label, Déluge is the second half of the “Alterflow” collective. While “Néon-magazine” gathers under its wings the electro-pop ventures of this collective, Déluge promotes more challenging experimental projects. As part of its task of making difficult music available to the greatest number, electrocd.com is proud to propose the latest titles from Gabriel Dharmoo, Le Chien borgne, Malade Mojo and Arborisationterminale. All presented in unique hand-made covers, Déluge’s albums are a unique doorway to some of Québec’s best new electronic music.
“No Type should need no introduction — it is (to my mind) the best web music label” (Ampersand Etcetera, Australia) Thirty-five young sound artists from Canada, the United States, France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom propose new sound worlds to discover in this incredible double CD compilation! Since 1998, No Type is a virtual label where these young electronic musicians presents their work completely free in MP3 format. The constant quality of these recordings brought No Type to team up with DIFFUSION i MéDIA in producing this compilation an make the world notice these new voices. Offered at the price of a single CD, The Freest of Radicals is essential to anyone interested in new experimental electronics.
“… one of the most touching, enjoyable and rewarding piece of electroacoustic music this reviewer has heard in a few years.” (All Music Guide, USA) A musical excursion in the daily life of Yves Beaupré, Humeur de facteur (The Maker’s Humour) is based upon recordings made by this world renowned harpsichord maker in his workshop. All these sounds of tools, wood and strings of a harpsichord-to-be becomes source material for surprising aural universes. A first album, maybe, but tinted by the experience of more than thirty professionnal harpsichord recordings where he was employed as a technical assistant for these delicate instruments.
An historic CD gathering the complete work for tape by composer Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, Impulsion is the musical testimony of a pionner in electroacoustic music in Québec. Influenced by Iannis Xenakis, met during Expo ’67 in Montréal, she studies in modern mathematics and leaves for the GRM in Paris to work with director Pierre Schaeffer. In the 70’s, she was the only woman to teach musical composition in the Montréal area and her efforts lead to the construction of the first electroacoustic studio at Montréal’s music conservatory. Based on voice as a fragile instrument and unfolding larges sonic motions, Coulombe Saint-Marcoux’s compositions reveals a unique ear and sensibility, preoccupied by the involvement of women in modern music.