Teleform

Cosine F

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For his second proposition on the Swiss experimental electronica label Domizil, Teleform (aka Bernd Schurer) devised 35 short computer pieces. They amount to 37 minutes of music and form a rather cohesive whole. This is not a suite or at least it doesn't sound conceived as such -- playing the CD on random mode works very well and gives a more obvious role to the five last tracks, each a four-second silence. Cosine F is more akin to a polyhedral object, each face revealing an angle of the work. The tracks are untitled, even undeclared on the digipack case. The music ranks from a single high-pitched digital tone to multiphonic acousmatic pieces reminiscent of the British school of electro-acoustic music (Jonty Harrison and the likes). Some constructions (number 29 for instance) are actually very compelling and the whole album sounds assured and strong, even though the music itself tends to be slippery and evasive (composition/improvisation, electronica/sound art?). Teleform's eponymous CD from 1999 wore this eclecticism like a flaw. Here the artist's various interests converge in sharp focus to deliver a puzzling but striking piece. Things get very noisy at times, even harsh, but the short duration makes it bearable.

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