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BRUME - La Violence du Neant

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: EE Tapes EE47
Release Year: 2023
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00

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Long existing project of famous French composer Christian Renou, operating between the boundaries of musique concrte, sound collage and industrial noise.

His latest full work dated from 2019 ('The Rusty Seeds' - LP 100 cps on EE Tapes).

Here is his brand-new opus, a magnificent one-tracker (69 mins!) recorded and finished between 2020-2022.

Voice manipulations, percussive fireworks, unsettling atmospheres, eerie passages etc, it's all there and more.

This could be Heaven or this could be Hell!

Filed under: abstract, electroacoustic, experimental, field recording

Listen and order here (CD + DL):


"We rarely find a quote from Joseph Goebbels on a record cover, something about a repeated lie becoming a reality. I believe the quote here is not an excellent translation, but alas. It might also not be from Goebbels. So, there you go, with things being untrue. The title of Brume's latest work translates as 'The violence of the
void' if Google Translate works as it could be. Brume is the long-standing project of Christian Renou. His first cassette is from 1985, and he has been active ever since, but he has periods of fewer activities. The single piece was recorded from 2020 to 2022 using reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, field recording (bunker acoustic; maybe that means recording inside a bunker?), DIY wind instruments, percussion, metal percussion, electronic toys, voice, and a three-string guitar. Well, 'etc.' implies there is more. Even when the CD has a single, seventy-minute piece of music, the cover has twelve titles, and it's hard to say where one begins and the other stops. I have no idea why that is, and there are clear points with very few sounds, which might indicate the start of the next. Why not separate tracks, I wonder? I always hear Brume as the music project with very little silence. Sure, there is some between the various segments, but once the music is there, something is always happening.
One of the musical changes, so it seems, is that Brume plays somewhat less abstract music and works a bit more on melody and structure. It's not that he now plays pop music, but at some point, Renou might be singing; if it is his voice, we hear. The pieces are pretty diverse, but it is a very coherent album. Deep bass sounds, neatly processed field recordings, carefully placed voices, bowed instruments, atmospheric soundscapes and looped percussion. At times, dramatic music shifts back and forth, but not humourless. High-quality music, lasting over an hour and never once leaping into boredom; I never expect Brume to do that. Another consistent landmark of quality." (FdW)