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François Couture, Monsieur Délire, December 22, 2012

This is, recorded in the studio in the fall of 2012, the music of Ensemble Supermusique’s latest program, Bruit court-circuit, premiered at FIMAV 2012 and reprised in Montréal last October. Six noise-based works for a nine-piece ensemble — compositions involving graphic notation, chance operations, and extended techniques of all kinds. The noise part is both of acoustic and electronic origin. Martin Tétreault’s two pieces wittingly oppose rhythm and deconstruction. SM: re-trait de l’abjection by Alexandre St-Onge is a VERY strange thing (yes, strange even for me), and it’s not more convincing on record than it was on stage. Danielle Palardy Roger’s Acouphènes en partage is the album’s highlight, due to the quality of the writing and the careful execution. The other two compositions are by Joane Hétu and Jean Derome. With this CD, Ensemble Supermusique has pushed back its own limits, taking its conceptualization of musique actuelle even further. The works are destabilizing, often unpredictable, and they provide ample food for thought.

Ensemble Supermusique has pushed back its own limits, taking its conceptualization of musique actuelle even further. The works are destabilizing, often unpredictable, and they provide ample food for thought.

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