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Review

Alison Melville, The WholeNote, no. 10:6, March 1, 2005

Another in the excellent series of recordings by Ambiances Magnétiques, this recording “offers several faces of Arcand: sonosaurus, singer, performer, DJ, visual poet and installer.” The package contains both audio and video CDs. Arcand is a multi-media mage whose sound-world is a colourful and often mesmerizing one, and the nine tracks on the audio CD are a testimony to his ever-curious, constantly adventurous approach to music creation. Using a visual and sonic evolution generator (Macchina Ricordi) to manipulate the sounds of his voice and “found/invented” instruments, Arcand weaves a remarkable and ever-changing web of sound.

As for the video component of this project, its a frequently hypnotic addition to the mix. Its segments are entertainingly clever, each radically different from the last, provocative examples of how extraordinary human creativity can be. While on one hand this project is time-consuming to absorb, and likely not for all tastes, it’s challenging and always compelling.

One small complaint: I wish that more information about this “sonosaurus” and his work had been included with the actual package, rather than on the record label’s website. I already spend enough time at a computer screen, and not everyone has one at their immediate disposal.

… a testimony to his ever-curious, constantly adventurous approach to music creation.

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