Pierre-André Arcand

Eres+21

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Eres+21 is the last installment in a series of three CDs released between 1992 and 1997. It adds five more audio artworks to the 16 previously available (and the first piece really starts at track 17 -- this is conceptual art). All were created using Pierre-André Arcand's "macchina ricordi," a tape recorder modified to record over a tape loop of four and a half seconds. This volume is accompanied by a book (in French) of 48 pages the size of a CD booklet. Titled Écrire Fait du Bruit (Writing Makes Noise), it contains texts (versification and prose) by the composer. The title of the book refers to the sound book, one of Arcand's devices: a metal box on which he writes with a microphone. The CD contains two pieces featuring the sound book: "Petites Orgues" (Little Organs) is a long decrescendo, while "Kinkaos" has more depth. The latter includes digital treatments, like all the other pieces in this set, which brings more variety in the loops than what was found on Eres+7. Here the loops have been altered after the performance, allowing more dramatic changes, something very welcomed in "Chamomix," where the main sound input is the composer's voice. "Percep" and "Transit" are made of loops of a bow scraping an object made of copper. Arcand's music relies on repetitiveness, microscopic changes, slow-evolving textures, and a sense for the aurally bizarre. Integrated to a group of sound artists or improvisers, it brings a very distinctive color, but left alone it has a tendency to become irritating.

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