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Op-Ed

Phil Zampino, The Squid’s Ear, March 1, 2007

Listening more to Tétreault’s Snipettes record. As I mentioned the other day, this is a reissue of a very limited set of 1992 cassette tape releases. To me, this is far more interesting than the more recent noise improv that Tétreault has been involved with. Here he created a virtual orchestra from a set of records. The title piece is my personal favorite, an unusual but wonderfully paced set of plundered parts, including Star Trek voice samples from actors other than Shatner and Nimoy, but more importantly, using a very eclectic mix of virtual instruments. It’s clear from listening to both works that Tetreault put a lot of careful consideration into the selection of source material and how the pieces were to be performed. It’s both remarkable and really entertaining. And inspiring me to play a lot of plunderphonics material on the radio show today…

The title piece is my personal favorite, an unusual but wonderfully paced set of plundered parts…

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