Olivier Toulemonde


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This 3" CD introduced Olivier Toulemonde (treatments) and Nicolas Desmarchelier (guitar) to fans of demanding music. Taking their point of departure from the likes of Werner Dafeldecker, Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke and Burkhard Stangl, these two French musicians play engaging free improvisations where guitar and computer become entangled into a subtle mass of sound. It's all about textures, contrasts, and the weaving of sound. The first improv starts incoherently, as if the musicians are searching for each other or trying to agree on ground rules. On "Improvisation No. 2," the guitar plays hide and seek with the computer, the latter trying to "catch" the instrument's sound in order to transform it -- very good. Desmarchelier turns out to be an inventive guitarist, twanging and screaming, part Fred Frith, part Eugene Chadbourne. If Bug was intended as an introduction or a calling card, it serves its purpose, leaving the listener yearning for more.

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