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Review

BLG, Downtown Music Gallery, April 13, 2007

This reissue of what was previously released as a limited edition cassette is perhaps one of Tétreault’s best works! Snipettes! consists of 22 short pieces and one long piece (31+ minutes), all recorded between 1984 and 1990. These pieces come from early in the music career of Québécois turntablist, Martin Tétreault. At this point, Martin was using two turntables, one mostly featured an album by Eddie Osborne called Baldwin Organ & Bongos, while with the other turntable he samples records on modern classical and musique concrète. He also used tape recorders and a shortwave radio. The recorded voices include Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy in their Star Trek voices, plus a variety of French actors. Records by Varèse, Luc Ferrari and the New York Jazz Quartet are utilized. Each piece gets a partial page in the enclosed booklet explaining where the sample is taken from and sometimes there is more info then the sounds we hear on the CD. What I find most charming about this disc is that it sounds like an artifact from a long lost era when folks just used turntables & records, before there were samplers.

perhaps one of Tétreault’s best works!

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