Roxanne Turcotte

Amore

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Released in Empreintes DIGITALes' Compact Compact series, Amore is a 35-minute suite by Roxanne Turcotte. An uncertain love story unfolds around a telephone and a movie in this cinema for the ear. The composer eschews the sound synthesis and acousmatic techniques usually associated with electro-acoustics to concentrate on the voices of foggy, unidentified characters, segments of synthesizer music, and quotes. The result lies more between the sound collage and the hörspiel than in the record label's academic pastures. No one would mind the change, if it were not for the fact that Turcotte's piece lacks depth. The musical bits sound like awful pastiches of dance music and the narrative fails to nourish the listener's interest. Winks at Wes Montgomery, TV themes, and sociocultural references associated with the topic of love often feel like desperate gestures to win sympathy. The last movement, "Trop Tard" (Too Late), translates well the anguish of the after-the-one-night-stand stage. Here she gets more insightful, but the last spoken remark -- too direct and down to earth -- wrecks the atmosphere. "Olé-Léa-Léo" also offers nice moments interspersed among a lot of very average material.

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