Yves Beaupré

Humeur de Facteur

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Humeur de Facteur (The Maker's Humor) consists of one large work in six movements. It is Yves Beaupré's first album and first major work published -- at age 47. This harpsichord maker has managed to create, in his spare time so to speak, one of the most touching, enjoyable, and rewarding piece of electro-acoustic music heard in a few years. One of the main reasons why it works so well is probably because Beaupré tapped into his own sound world. Humeur de Facteur mainly draws on sounds he hears every day in his workshop and therefore consists of both a re-creation of and a fantasy about his quotidian environment. The piece sounds fresh, free of academic rules. The composer does not hesitate to integrate classic musique concrète techniques (pitch shifts, cut and paste, analog filtering, etc.) with computer music and even some electronica flavors, which never sound gratuitous -- they simply fit the man's vision naturally. "Prélude Démesuré (Enormous Prelude)" briefly exposes some of the basic material, drawing the listener into his world with a grip that won't let go for the better part of an hour. "La Beauséjour," the best movement, opens with a short harpsichord figure, the only snippet of the completed instrument on the whole record, and launches into a highly suggestive daydream about the maker's labor of love. "Péroraison" closes the piece with an unexpected turn to electronics, ending more like a Pan sonic track than anything Empreintes DIGITALes had previously released. The music follows a path similar to that of Robert Normandeau and Francis Dhomont, playing with narratives and the unconscious. This beautiful surprise is highly recommended.

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