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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Montreal Sound Matter / Montreal Matiere Sonore

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Pogus Productions P21041-2
Release Year: 2006
Note: back in stock this nice compilation based on a workshop & soundproject using environmental recordings from Montreal, with: FRANCISCO LOPEZ, HELENE PREVOST, STEVE HEIMBECKER, LOUIS DUFORT, TOMAS PHILLIPS, CHANTAL DUMAS, A. DONTIGNY, MATHIEU LEVESQUE... lots of new names to discover with highly sophisticated approaches...
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Compilation zu einer Ausstellung & Workshop von FRANCISCO LOPEZ vom August 2006 mit elektro-akustischen Arbeiten die Feldaufnahmen aus Montreal als Basismaterial einsetzten... hier gibt es einiges neues zu entdecken !

Works by Francisco Lpez / Louis Dufort / Steve Heimbecker / Hlne Prvost / Mathieu Lvesque / a_dontigny / Chantal Dumas / Tomas Phillips. Montreal Sound Matter / Montral matires sonore brings together eight Canadian and international sound artists. The project began with a workshop on environmental sound collecting by Francisco Lpez and led to the development of a collective sound project including an album, a sound installation, and a concert. This is the recording. The artists create an immersive sound installation made up of fragments of Montreal, which propose a reflection and a questioning on the city. Far from being a postcard, these sound portraits suggest an abstract view of Montreal made up of fragments modeled or transformed to the liking of the artists. Through these places turned non-places and thus more or less unrecognizable, the pieces present an interesting variety of aesthetics, constructions and creative processes.[Esther Bourdages, curator]

Yet it is not about the city as a conglomerate of soundmarks or stereotyped symbolic elements--it does not aim at making a sound portrait or a representational creation. My proposal to all the participating artists involved in the project was to foresee the city --both outdoors and indoors, both the public and the private spaces-- as a constantly-changing generator of sound matter. The original source environmental recordings were carried out by the participating artists in Montreal during April 2006, and we all shared the common pool of sound matter thus generated to create the individual pieces. I believe this is an interesting way of setting up a challenging situation in which we are dealing with a limited and intentionally restricted universe of sonic extractions of reality, and also -and more importantly-a straightforward way of proceeding to reveal the creative individual substance of each one of us. [Francisco Lpez]

.-...Not to make an audio postcard of the city, but rather a more abstract and personal view of the city, by people who already lived there much longer than Lopez. So it's not a matter of saying, 'oh this is that street, or this nice restaurant ('Schwarz', anyone?)', but to sit back and take it in as a long soundscape of the city. Rather than seeing this as eight separate pieces of music, I see it as one city seen through eight microphones and some of them present their work in their most pure form, like an unaltered recording, some as a cut-up and with some it's hard to recognize any sort of field recording at all, such is the case with Tomas Philips. But all the tracks are thus placed on the CD that they make their trip through the city, from busyness to quietness and back again. Only towards the very end of the CD, in the piece by Mathieu Levesque, there is a bit of music sipping through: a computerized game music thingy. In the end we know nothing more about Montreal, but we do experienced a beautiful trip through a very nice city. It also includes pieces by Helene Prevost, Steve Heimbecker, Louis Dufort, Chantal Dumas, A_dontigny and of course Lopez himself. [FdW / Vital Weekly]