… an amalgam of noise, rhythms, textures, voice and snippets… — The New York City Jazz Record, USA
A new performance and recording project by Martin Tétreault and Susanna Hood, Tortues vapeur is a long-awaited collaboration between two long-time friends who bring the tools and skills of their unique interdisciplinary practices to a playground of their own making. “Like two ageless kids, we create our own garage-band atmosphere where neither of us have fixed roles in relation to the various toys and instruments at our disposal.” As if travelling across a radio-dial, Susanna and Martin tune to each other through frequencies from the past. They combine and layer found materials (extracts of popular songs and tunes from the last sixty years) with vocal and electronic noises, rhythms and textures. Through deconstruction and reconstruction, they create a sonic landscape tinged with nostalgia, but existing somewhere out of time.
- Label: Mikroclimat
- MKR 113 / 2019
- UCC 771028301386
- Total duration: 39:42
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In the press
Tortues vapeur (Steamed Turtles) is a digital release from Montréalers Susanna Hood and Martin Tétreault, who really are performance artists more than musicians. The sounds they produce are primarily of electroacoustic provenance. Although the six tracks are given titles, they provide no guidance to their content. Each is an amalgam of noise, rhythms, textures, voice and snippets of previously recorded material, creating a sound-garden to be tilled or left fallow as the listener chooses. So regardless of how this process is described, it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.