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Review

Carlos M Pozo, Angbase, January 1, 2000

Erik M is a young French musician who has a CD out on the French Sonoris label, and played turntables in Otomo Yoshihide’s Les Sculpteurs de Vinyl supergroup (“Memory & Money” CD on Stupeur et Trompette! 1997). This CD is a work that uses as its sound sources the Cinema pour l’oreille 3" CDs on the Metamkine label. This is more than just a mix CD - the sound that dominates most is that of the CD disc skip, or “disc jam,” the startling moment when a glitch on the surface of the disc makes the music stop on a single stuttering tone. The disc skip just emphasizes the digital nature of the compact disc medium - the music, either as it bounces uncontrollably, or becomes stuck on one single loop of noise, is audibly reduced to streaming bits of unintelligible data. The resulting tracks resemble a twitchy abstract insect symphony, full of busy, seemingly random sound actions. The disc starts off very sparse - short snippets of sound followed by seconds of silence. The sounds grow in density but remain restrained as they play out within what is obviously a carefully planned structure. An impressive array of stereo effects is displayed within these 18 minutes of music, divided into 4 tracks. Track 3, the longest piece at 9:51 features a stuttering drone that emerges out of silence and dissipates into another uneasy silence, and then expands into some high speed sounds, panning, and disc skips. I haven’t heard many of the Metamkine discs this is based on (003 through 025) so I cannot say how discernible the music in the originals is. Those of us who admire musique concrète for its disorienting power will find much to enjoy on this disc.

Those of us who admire musique concrète for its disorienting power will find much to enjoy on this disc.

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