Pierre-André Arcand

Eres+7

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Eres+7 is the first installment in a series of three CDs (the other two being Eres+16 and Eres+21). The seven pieces of audio art included here have been created using Pierre-André Arcand's "macchina ricordi," a tape recorder modified to record over a tape loop of four and a half seconds. Each piece evolves through the building up and decaying of layer upon layer of sound. Sound input includes the composer's voice, a bow on a copper object, and the sound book, a metal box Arcand plays by brushing the tip of a microphone on it. No need to say the resulting music is other-worldly, repetitive, and alienating. "La Civilisation Liliputienne Tient à Se Maintenir en Sueur" (The Liliputian Civilization Insists on Keeping on Sweating) blends the sound book with various syllables from the title -- the listener places the pieces of the puzzle himself. The voice studies "La Mort d'Antonin Artaud" (The Death of Antonin Artaud) and "Lsé-Tu Chsé Pas Quoi Tiens Donc" (D'Ya Know I Dunno What Well) are interesting but limited. The 18-minute "Fer sur Fer" (Iron on Iron) will probably discourage any well-intended listener. The 20-minute "Trafic entre les Médias" (Traffic Between the Media) has more to offer: to the sound of the bow scraping copper are blended Oriental-like sounds. The piece evolves into rich patterns short-circuited by the limitations of the technology used (the tape "pops" at the beginning and/or end of recording -- on a five-second loop, it becomes annoying). Some textures bring to mind the work of German conceptual artist Stephen Froleyks. Nonetheless, Eres+7 is only for the most stubborn experimental sound art fan.

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