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DAUBY, YANNICK - 蛙界蒙薰 ( Wā Ji Mng Xūn )

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Ini.Itu # 1301
Release Year: 2013
Note: field recordings from amphibians made in Taiwan 2004-2012 are combined with modular synth-sounds for an amazing soundscape....lim. 250 copies, great artwork again in this nice series from Belgium
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"ini.itu is releasing a new vinyl LP, composed by Yannick Dauby. Yannick Dauby is an artist who was born in the South of France a nd who since 2007 lives and works in Taiwan. He studied musique concrete in France and began working with field recordings in 1998, capturing fragments of environments, urban situations, animal signals and unusual acoustic phenomena. On stage, he improvises with an assemblage of found objects, recorded sounds, electro-acoustic devices, modular
synthesizers and computers. Fascinated by ethnology and natural sciences, he often wanders into these domains in collaboration with naturalists (nature sound recording, acoustic surveys) or for Taiwanese community-based projects in Hakka and aborigines villages. He has collaborated with musicians such as Hitoshi Kojo, Michael Northam, Alio Die and the visual artist and poet
Wan-Shuen Tsai. His works could be filed next to those of Eric La Casa, Emmanuel Holterbach
and Francisco Lpez.
The project for this LP started after Yannick Dauby posted a few videos showcasing his latest live set up, mangling field recordings of frogs and modular synthesizer improvisations, quickly arising our interest. In the following
months, the results of several improvisation sessions were used as compositional material for a work that now interweaves natural and synthetic lines. The LP takes you through a subtle succession of vignettes, at times
aggressively confident and brassy, at times veering towards an enigmatic elegance and sophisticated nocturnal developments. Through and through, the general tone oscillates between the playful and the elaborate, the
sensual and the spiritual. A perplexing and yet welcome confusion indeed arises from the occasionally undeterminable origins of the sounds, as if technology and nature were reflecting each others. A release full of
pensiveness, amazement and serenity. Darmstadt is in the jungle." [label info]


"More music by Yannick Dauby, of whom we reviewed a work last week. That one seemed to be about real chimes, but here it's something else, entirely. Dauby originates from France, but moved to Taiwan in 2007, where he still lives and works. Much of what he does deals with field recordings, both from the country side as well as from urban situations. He presents these along electronic sounds, from an array of devices, analogue and digital. On this new album he plays around with modular synthesizers and field recordings, more especially, field recordings of frogs. Maybe it's a bit odd to do so, (as he says himself), but in these thirty-six minutes I must say it works rather well. The frog sounds work wonderfully well with the electronic sounds. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's what here, and what seems a frog might be a synth, and vice versa of course; sometimes it's all plain and clear. The music bounces around like frogs do, it's all over the place, and makes this rather a jumpy, joyful record. You would almost rush out to a pond yourself and experience the sounds yourself. (There is no such pond easily around here however, and it's raining - although that would create a nice effect too). Maybe I like to be at home anyway? This record is a great one. It has the playfulness of an improvised music record, but upon closer inspection the more rigid organization of a seriously composed record, and none of that takes anything away from the pleasure of hearing this. Excellent record, maybe the best I heard from Dauby so far." [FdW/Vital Weekly]