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Review

Tom Schulte, Outsight, June 1, 2003

Soshin is a modern guitar album from Antoine Berthiaume. The lead, title track is a solo piece that is a vague meandering but suggests that this guitar album is not about riffs and leads. The rest is duets with masters of the experimental guitar: Fred Frith and Derek Bailey. The pieces flow into each other as the sound architects twang, rub and groan their instruments with sustain only science can give. How was that done? One wonders with each moment. A moaning dog arises out of Wolf’s Wood before the disc disappears as subtly as it came in Aquathèque… Often, we find ourselves enjoying sounds that are not music, but put forward by our environment.

… duets with masters of the experimental guitar…