Martin Tétreault

21 Situations

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This encounter between two of the leading turntablists of the avant-garde was meant to be. It happened in Montreal (Martin Tétreault's territory), December 1997. Japanese pioneer Otomo Yoshihide (ex-Ground Zero) performs on turntables, sampler, and CDs. Tétreault uses his arsenal of pick-ups, prepared records, and prepared needles. They recorded 21 short improvisations (maximum duration: three-and-a-half minutes) on specific themes, ranging from traditional music to cartoon, from science-fiction to education. This working method allowed them to concentrate their efforts on a few selected sound sources for a short period of time. It resulted in sharply focused pieces summarizing the techniques and art of both musicians. Humor is always a key aspect of Tétreault's work, and it is well-represented here, especially in "Science-Fiction," where the "spacy" analog synthesizer sounds he dug out are assembled into a melody very close to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The listener's attention has no time to wander off. Recommended.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:53
2 1:38
3 2:41
4 2:46
5 2:38
6 3:08
7 0:44
8 1:23
9 2:39
10 2:40
11 1:51
12 0:44
13 0:45
14 1:41
15 2:31
16 1:29
17 1:32
18 2:26
19 2:37
20 3:40
21 2:53
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