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Review

Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 454, December 22, 2004

The name of Pierre-André Arcand is to me an old one, one from the time I was serving beer at an arts-centre. Arcand participated in one exhibition with a piece by telephone. Over the years I have been pleasentely surprised by his work, which is really something that crosses the territory of art and music, but also crosses soundpoetry and mechanical music. Much of his works deals with loops, repeating sounds. Usually, per piece, he has a bunch of the same loops running back and forth, but through some sort of system, these loops are in constant, but subtle decay.

Maybe nowadays this decay comes from a self-built Max/msp patch; at least the cover indicates such a thing. On the video CD that comes with this package we see how this works out visually. Some of these films are short, consisting of one line, and last only a couple of seconds. Others multiply the image and a genius play arises of the various mutations of the image. The music here seems new, and this is not the visual component of the audio CD.

Over the years Arcand has built a small but strong oeuvre of similar works, which sounds unlike anything else in the field of sound poetry - at least to my knowledge. Atlas Epileptic is the strongest work to date and perhaps also the most complete one, for it’s combination of audio and video.

Over the years Arcand has built a small but strong oeuvre of similar works, which sounds unlike anything else in the field of sound poetry…

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