Marchetti / Lionel Marchetti / Jérôme Noetinger / Voice Crack

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Double_Wash Review

by François Couture

Double_Wash is the result of a studio session in December 1999 between sound artists Lionel Marchetti and Jérôme Noetinger, and the electronic gizmo pros Norbert Möslang and Andy Guhl, the duo Voice Crack. The material was later "reorganized" by Marchetti and released by the German label Grob in May 2001. The music takes the form of short sonic landscapes (five to ten minutes, probably edited from much longer sessions). Voice Crack provide a tapestry of clicks and buzzes generated by their cracked everyday-electronics. Marchetti and Noetinger put flesh around the bone through the use of microphones, speakers, and tape recorder -- it actually translates into voice-in-microphone and microphone-on-table effects, feedback effects, and light sampling. There is a lot of looping involved, either natural in the case of some automated home electronics, or artificial through samplers and delays. Each loop establish its own rhythm, unrelated to the others, creating a softly cycling but constantly permuted shroud of sound. The music stands generally out of Poire_Z's pastures, being more varied in sound sources and textures, but the filiation remains obvious. A more precise comparison would be with a four-member version of the MIMEO. In any case, Double_Wash shares very little similarities with Marchetti's solo album Knud un Nom de Serpent (Le Cercle des Entrailles), released at about the same time on Intransitive Records: The clever sound collages and electro-acoustic manipulations have no place in these more visceral, more immediate electronic improvisations.

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