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Gary Flanagan, Nightwaves, no 6, 1 mai 2000

Promotional material for this album described it as "cinema for the ear", and that is a pretty accurate description. This is "sound as art" in the truest sense of the term. Grinding, whirs, buzzes, snaps and bangs are all brought together to create a suggestive sonic soundscape. Diane Labrosse (samples), Ikue Mori (electronic percussion) and Martin Tétreault (turntables) have created a work which achieves an almost organic quality from the most inorganic resources. if you are looking for something that is daring and goes nowhere near the mainstream, then this is for you. Most of the moods captured on this disc are stark and hollow, giving the listener a true taste of coldmetal machinemusic. One could almost subtitle this "Symposium for Junkyards". If you enjoy the true industrial approach (ie Einsturzende Neubauten), then you will undoubtedly love the challenge of this work. One suggestion: Île Bizarre must be heard on the best possible sound system that you can get access to. Sound enthusiasts will love turning track two (Ad Ventum Capere Grandes Machinae) up as loudly as their stereo systems will permit!

This is “sound as art” in the truest sense of the term.

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