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ON (SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU & STEVEN HESS) - Your naked Ghost comes back at Night

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Type Records
Release Year: 2009
Note: collaboration project consisting of SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU, STEVEN HESS (HAPTIC, PAN AMERICAN) & HELGE STEN (DEATHPROD) (remix)
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"Das renommierte Electro-Duo trifft auf den Dark-Ambient-Meister Helge Sten:
Bei dem Projekt On handelt es sich um die Kollaboration zwischen dem französischen Komponisten und Produzenten Sylvain Chauveau und dem in Chicago lebenden Percussionisten Steven Hess (Haptic, Pan American). Das Duo wählte schon immer recht seltsame Wege, seine Arbeit zu präsentieren. Doch das Prinzip ist einfach: Die beiden nehmen ein Album auf, um es dann einem Dritten zur Überarbeitung zu geben. Der Remix ist dann das fertige Werk. 2003 wurden über drei Stunden Arbeit vom norwegischen Dark-Ambient-Meister Helge Sten alias Deathprod bearbeitet. Stens charakteristischer Schmuddel-Ambient wird ohrenfällig, wenn er Hess und Chauveaus Kompositionen in einen Sumpf aus tiefem Hall und synthetischem Rauch taucht. Hess’ perkussives Dröhnen ist zum entfernten Summen eines Insektenflügels gefiltert und Chauveaus präparierte Gitarre wird zur tektonischen Unterhaltung zweier Kontinente. Man weiß nicht immer, wann On aufhört und wo Deathprod anfängt, aber das ist auch das Geheimnis dieser Produktion." [label info]

"..Those familiar with Deathprod will instantly recognise Helge Sten’s dense atmospheric structures and minimal and haunting soundscapes. It is, indeed, his presence which is felt the most on this record, as he manipulates Chauveau’s guitar textures into vast sonic plains and retains very few recognisable traces of the original sound sources. Hess’s percussions are even more treated and only seem to appear as occasional seismic pulses, sending shockwaves deep within the sound formations, or as distant textural touches. Album opener Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night And Flies Around My Bed is based on a slowly evolving warm and opaque drone upon which are added a few brushes of distortions stretched to the point where they become extremely polished and sleek. Erotique, which follows, opens with the distant rumble of percussions, but darker forms soon roll in and give this piece a stark desolate feel at the opposite end of the scale of what its title suggests.
Later on, on Facade, Sten uses metallic percussions as main element, progressively drawing them out into a much more compact and dense cloud of noise over the twelve minutes of the piece, while retaining the rich hue of the original component. Elsewhere, In The Forest Of The Night appears as dense but it is sign-posted with regular pulses which, while never dragging the piece out of its original torpor, brighten up its path. Too Many Demons Still Haunt This Land and The Lonesome Poetry Of Mark Rothko, which closes this album, are much darker and incredibly vast, as persistent winds blow upon barren landscapes and swallow the most vivid sonic details which attempt to arise, leaving these two pieces in a permanent state of darkness. The latter especially, stretching over seventeen and a half minutes, is an incredibly haunting moment, which, after over twelve minutes of deep-space like noises, begins to open up to a more peaceful and almost melodic sound form.
With Helge Sten applying his touch and aesthetic to the original pieces recorded by Sylvain Chauveau and Steven Hess, it is totally impossible to even envisage what these may have sounded. And while the sound sources were created by the pair, ultimately, this album sounds like the work of Sten. This however never hinders its impact in any way, the resulting compositions working extremely well together to create an intense and moody journey through some of the most stunning atmospheric soundscapes heard since SAWII." [The Milkfactory]