Various Artists

Cache 2002

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Cache 2002 documents the results of the third annual competition "Jeu de Temps/Time's Play" held by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and opened to young and emerging sound artists. The 11 top-scoring pieces have been included on this CD, released much quicker than usual (in comparison, the previous volume came out in April 2002). Cache 2001 contained some very good pieces and an overall high level of quality. This crop is somewhat weaker, blander. You find less creativity in these pieces, from which few stand out. Martin Messier's "Tiaré" startles with its painful cries, but that's only because the five pieces that came before have kept things very soft and ambient. Andrew Wedman's "Breath," on the other hand, is definitely worth listening to, thanks to a clever sense of spatialization and sonic plasticity. His piece evokes the acousmatic works of Francis Dhomont and Gilles Gobeil, an exception in this collection of textural, layered works. With its Tibetan theme, Terence Huang's "Birth of Eternity" provides another highlight. The other composers featured are Dominique R. Bassal, Carey Dodge, Brian Garbet, Adis Husejnagic, David Paquette, Jean-Michel Robert, Brett Ziegler (the latter's piece also has strong moments), and a collaboration between Dan Nyborg and Andrew Watson. All the submissions to the competition are also available on the CEC's website at cec.concordia.ca.

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