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Review

Jeremy Keens, Ampersand Etcetera, no. 2003_f, May 24, 2003

This is part of the No Type single series (and the difference in numbering places them in sequence with the on-line offerings) some of which will be 10" vinyl, though this is full length, at EP price.

Dontigny (computers) is a founder member of Napalm Jazz, half of morceaux_de_machines which has a No Type release and appears across the web-based catalogue, while Labrosse (samplers) has been in bands and is part of the Montréal music scene. This disk was recorded live at Casa del Popolo - the club reflected in the Montréal Free set.

The sound is what you would expect from the listed instrumentation - shifting moving comprised of generally small elements manipulated and modulated. And thus it is in t.s.f. where scrabbles whooshes blurt over a base of looped/slowed/sped musical samples. There are lots of echoes and it is as if we are adrift in a sea of sounds. A rhythm enters midway through and settles the music down somewhat but movement is the focus.

The second track antenne parabolique is in similar territory, with a soft thuddering, chittering, machine rumbles, squeaky scrapes with the tonal computer providing a basal stability. It continues with more elements - clattering percussive, computer music, long tones, whippoorwills and squeaky hiss. I was listening to this coming from the car where our horses are agisted and in the distance I could hear a wind pump creaking - and it fitted in beautifully.

There is a lighter more immediately ambient feel to photo satellite with a hissing that has notes and tones through, a musicality. This sequence lasts for some minutes - a greater stability. Spirals emerge, whoozy whoops, a brief wind storm and deep music. Mechanical waves crash - or it could be a train - and a lovely long slowly changing period ensues, gradually building but never exceeding.

Finally a more electroacoustic directness in média tactique as an extended vocal sample speaks through metal wash and deep throbs and bangs. Then choppy samples are woven together - disco beats, music fragments, some reggae dub - to create a dramatic rhythmic energy, over which some squeaky door electronics and growls swirl.

I was impressed by the variety across this album - there was much more than I expected. This makes it an interesting album to listen to, and also one which can form surprising backdrops to the world around us in a lowercase manner.

… clattering percussive, computer music, long tones, whippoorwills and squeaky hiss.

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