The electro-clip is a short electro-acoustic composition (in the case of this two-CD set, under five minutes), "a wry electroacoustic response to the pop song," to quote the liner notes. Of course, the format did not reach the masses. In fact, if the analogy does resist analysis, a better one exists with the short story. Electro-acoustics as a genre rarely relies on repetition. Here, the music unfolds like a mystery tale, suggesting quick psychological evolutions and rapid turns of events, with a closing punch line. The short duration makes the music easier to digest for newcomers and enhances the entertainment value it is seldom acknowledged for. Eight years after DISContact! Vol. 2, the Canadian Electroacoustic Community came back to the clip and produced a third volume: 40 pieces between one and five minutes by as many composers, from Canada as well as abroad. Presented in alphabetical order, catalog-style, the album invites random playback and partial listens. The range of approaches is open but still precisely defined: computer music, sound manipulation, treated field recording, and collage, all of academic electro-acoustic or electronic lineage. You won't find noise, beats (however microscopic), or lo-fi attempts. Contributors from all ages brush shoulders. Names you may have heard before include Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas, Mathew Ostrowsky, and Laurie Radford. Massimo Carlentini, Paul Clouvel (with a strange "etude" on the speeches of ex-East German President E. Honnecker), Rajmil Fischman, Robert Mackay, and David Paquette provide other highlights.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture