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François Couture, AllMusic, 7 juillet 2005

Volume 3 of a three-part series documenting Martin Tétreault and Otomo Yoshihide’s April 2003 European tour, 3. Ahhh presents the ambient side of the turntablist duo, after the harsh noise of 1. Grrr and the concrete popping of 2. Tok. Tables softly turn on empty, quiet electrical hums provide background textures — most sounds are of the sustained kind. The Quebecer and the Japanese sculpt them into strange moving landscapes. One can completely forget that they are working with turntables, as their electro-acoustic aesthetics separates the music from the instrument. Things remain very calm, almost peaceful, for a gentle late night listen, but there are crescendos that push things beyond the comfort zone (the wonderful Orleans no 2 / Astrolabe 27.04.03) and moments of feedback that escalate to regions neighboring 1. Grrr (Genève no 1 / Cave 12 29.04.03 masterfully grinding to a halt). Actually, 3. Ahhh is the best-balanced volume in the series, the most representative of the duo’s work. At this point, one could question the relevance of fragmenting the duo’s persona into three characters, sold separately. It surely is debatable and several listeners would rather have a triple CD set presenting three complete shows from the tour instead of these themed best-of’s. Then again, people who don’t care about turntable noise-fests can skip volume 1 altogether. In any case, if you are thinking about giving this series a try, you may want to start with this last installment and work you way back.

In any case, if you are thinking about giving this series a try, you may want to start with this last installment and work you way back.

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