Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, 5 mai 2009

The follow up to Étude no 3 pour cordes et poulies by Nicolas Bernier and Jacques Poulin-Denis is Sur fond blanc, and its also a piece of music they recorded for a dance piece, which, according to the press text “explores the themes of interior space, emptiness and absence”. Bernier and Poulin-Denis are boys with laptops, but also a keen interest in using acoustic sounds, and, what makes this release even more interesting: there is an extensive use of voice material. They whisper most of the time, and add a feeling of absence and loneliness to the play. The music itself is quite nice, but not spectacular. There are lots of drone like sounds, micro glitch material, processed guitars and all the common place from the world of microsound and lowercase, mixed with a bit of clicks and cuts. But its the use of voice material that keeps this interesting, almost in a Hörspiel like manner. Hard to say what it is about, the voices or the music, but even without the dance its quite nice. Nothing new here under the sun, and Bernier and Poulin-Denis perform their music with great care and style, no doubt, but I couldn’t help thinking I heard and saw it before.

… what makes this release even more interesting: there is an extensive use of voice material. They whisper most of the time, and add a feeling of absence and loneliness to the play.

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