Mario Rodrigue

Alchimie

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Alchimie is part of Diffusion I Media's series of electro-acoustic recordings for introduction or exploration of the genre. The CDs, each under 40 minutes, come packed in a slimline case and are half-price. Here are five pieces recorded by Rodrigue from 1986 to 1993. This includes "Tilt," which earned him the first prize in the electro-acoustic category and the grand prize in the Seventh CBC National Competition for Young Composers (1986). Tape recordings of varied playback speed make up three of the five pieces on this disc: "Tilt," "Qu'est-ce Concert?," and "Fiano Porte." Using this technique, Rodrigue put together sounds usually encountered discretely (bells, rolling marbles, etc.) into "chords." The effect is visually evocative because each sound brings to mind a tangible shape and texture. Also, these audio collages suggest weightless floating and a fantasy setting. The unexpected sonic replication and harmonization suggest the effects of surreal distances and perceptions as encountered in dreams.