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MARCHETTI, LIONEL & SEIJIRO MURAYAMA - Hatali atsalei (l'echange des yeux)

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Intransitive Recordings INT031
Release Year: 2007
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.00

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"For his second album on Intransitive, Lionel Marchetti returns to his favorite subject: music as an essential element of ritual and ecstatic trance states. Unlike his Knud un Nom du Serpent cd (to be reissued in Spring 2008), which offered a critique of avant-garde and popular music as an extension of the transcendental impulse, Hatali Atsalei is more literally an experience of ritual. Using percussion, wind instruments, field recordings of natural sounds, and most importantly the voice of collaborator Seijiro Murayama, Marchetti once again gives us a multi-leveled engagement with the elemental urge to converse with nature and to use sound as a means to achieve altered states of consciousness. Referencing narrative radio art, musique concrete and acoustic ecology, Hatali Atsali is a fascinating work that reveals more layers with each listen." [label info]

"... Marchetti uses fire, water, wind instruments and percussion along with the voice of Seijiro Murayama, the percussion of ANP. It's a work that is not like many around in the fields of musique concrete. Usually it's a strictly composed piece of music from daily sounds and field recording, heavily processed, but Marchetti and Murayama take it into a theatrical field and makes things very visual by using sound only. The crackling of fire, the far away drum sound, the splashes of water and the voice make you feel almost part of the ritual, but you remain an outsider. It's hard to tell what the ritual is about, but you can watch/listen with full fascination. It's a work that grows in the listener. It's brief at thirty-three minutes, but as soon as it was over, I played it again and it started to grow on me further. It's highly captivating visual music, very much along the lines of Etant Donnes' 'Bleu' CD - and that's possibly the only thing I can compared it with. A true beauty, fascinating and captivating." [FdW / Vital Weekly]

label-website: www.intransitiverecordings.com