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Review

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, June 12, 2009

The fifth and final day of Victo 2008 began with a mighty fine trio that hadn’t played together previously: Otomo Yoshihide on turntable & guitar, René Lussier on guitars and Martin Tétreault on turntables. It is true that Otomo and Martin have recorded previously as have René & Martin, but this was their first meeting as a trio. It seemed obvious to me that these musicians have played together before since they worked so well together here. Starting quietly with soft turntable sounds, somber guitar fragments and eerie electronic sounds, building into a restrained yet quietly exciting sound. The next piece began with René and Otomo playing a thick double feedback guitar storm, howling notes erupting together just right, eventually calming down to hushed drones, humming noises and static. A perfect combination of odd sounds. Both guitars erupted once more into an intense rave-up with Martin’s turntable noise as a great accompaniment. Both Martin and Otomo played soft, haunting sounds on the turntables together at times sounding like some radiators hissing. One of the best things about this set is the way René alters the sound of his guitar on each piece to evoke a wide variety of guitar-led sounds and episodes. Otomo is also most selective musician whether playing turntables & manipulating their sounds or playing the guitar that rests in his lap. Martin Tétreault also plays turntables differently than anyone else, rarely using records and often just manipulating the turntable itself. This was a most magical set…

This was a most magical set…

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