Cache 2000 is the result of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community's (cec.concordia.ca) Young and Emerging Sound Artists project. A total of 37 electro-acoustic pieces were submitted to a web-based competition called Times Play. An international jury gave scores to each piece and the 14 top scorers are featured on this CD. The composers approach the genre from different angles, ranging from pure musique concrète to mixed-media pieces. The running order is alphabetical, an arbitrary decision that excludes any chance of cohesion. (When will compilers learn that a running order should not be left to arbitrary factors but rather viewed as an extended way of composing?) The standout works are Jef Chippewa's "DUO" (nice interplay with a squealing saxophone), Michael Gurevich's "Soft White" (a disturbing tape, saxophone, and poetry piece), and Julien Roy's bouncy "Rémanence (Remix)." A special mention goes to Ivan Zavada's "Relation Diplomatik," an intelligent piece mixing sound art and electronics. Cache 2000 is an honest compilation, and some of these young composers should deliver strong CDs of their own in the future.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture