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HOLTERBACH, MANU - Aare am Marzilibad

Format: mCD
Label & Cat.Number: Erewhon CDWhON011
Release Year: 2006
Note: one-tracker 18+ min.
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €7.00

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Das kleine aber feine belgische Label EREWHON meldet sich mit zwei Releases zurck (die zweite V ist die ERIC CORDIER CD), und einem neuen Namen fr uns: MANU HOLTERBACH fhrt uns ins innere einer Flasche, die durch einen Fluss treibt; eine eigene Mikro-Welt von flsterndem Rauschen, ans Glas stossenden Luftblasen & Aussengeruschen... faszinierend ! Fr 18 Minuten teilt man die Audiosphere mit einer Forelle [Bad Alchemy].

Manu Holterbach is a young French sound artist who proposes his many-faceted talents since already more than 10 years. He invents new instruments, spatialization devices and mutant loudspeakers that were showed around the world in diverse installations and performances, in solo or in collaboration with a.o. Sophie Durand, Pierre Berthet, Jean-Franois Laporte, David Maranha. You can listen to his beautifull "verres enharmoniques" instruments on his highly acclaimed CD recently released on cloudmirror, and to "parenthses flottantes" a piece freely available online on Happy New Ears (look for the www.creaties link). He is actually working on a biography of the French composer Eliane Radigue. Manu also composes pieces realized with natural and industrial environmental sound recordings, like the one we proudly propose on erewhon, Aare am Marzilibad.
This piece realized in 2003 is a ready-made recording of a Swiss choppy river, the Aare, done with a microphone hermetically locked into a bottle. What you can hear is the sound of thousands of pebbles that knock together in the powerful stream. It illustrates perfectly Manu's focus on microscopic events and fragility. [label description]
Manu Holterbach, inventor of the electronic glasses (see Vital Weekly 472), works also with spatialization devices and mutant loudspeakers, but also installations and performances. For the piece presented on this miniCD, he locked a microphone hermetically in a bottle. He threw the bottle in a Swiss river, the Aare, and made this recording. If you open a bottle of some drink with bubbles, you might be fascinated at the sounds of the bubbles escaping. The first half of this piece sounds a bit similar, but if you listen carefully you can also hear voices from aside of the river. But they are far away, and as the piece progresses, they become louder. Perhaps the bottle washed ashore? It's a pretty single-minded concept that however works out very well. It's a beauty to listen to. Somewhere between highly filtered rain sounds and opening the next beer can. [FdW / Vital Weekly]